Top 7 Superfoods of 2017 That Support and Defend Your Health
With so many healthy and nutritious foods out there being labeled "superfoods" these days, we wondered just how many of them were more trendy than helpful.
Rather than go down a long list of pureed health drinks and kale chip-derived "super snacks" like avocados, we thought we'd focus on some lesser-known foods.
The seven superfoods listed below can not only enhance and support your health, they are all among the smartest nutritional choices you can make for your body.
1. Black Currants
There are lots of people who like to use currants instead of raisins in a recipe. This might be a good time for this trend to start catching on, since it turns out that black currants are immensely nutritious and good for you in multiple ways.
There is some evidence that the antioxidants in black currants might be able to slow down the aging process altogether, making a huge difference for people who are trying to do everything that they can in order to stay young, fit, and healthy.
Consuming black currants might also be instrumental in slowing down the muscle loss that often occurs with age. Black currants may be able to help promote some muscle recovery and fat loss at the same time.
People who consume black currants may also be less likely to get type II diabetes.
There are lots of different ways to add black currants to recipes. Some people will just use them in dishes that more or less call for dried fruit. They can also replace raisins in a lot of recipes as well. Using black currants will amp up your meal plan.
Ground flaxseed is truly one of the best superfoods that anyone can try at any point in their lives. People can get essential omega-3 fatty acids from flaxseed.
Adding more omega-3 fatty acids into the diet is one of the best ways to stay healthy in general, supporting the brain, body, and immune system.
People with a better ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids will be more likely to prevent a wide range of diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
The soluble and insoluble fiber in flaxseed should also be able to make all the difference in the world for the people who are trying to preserve their bowel health.
It is a great resource for those trying to become more energetic. Consuming flaxseed might be able to help people lower their cholesterol and blood pressure in general, thus reducing their risk for heart disease and premature death.
The lignans in flaxseed might be able to help people reduce their risk of cancer, while also helping them to balance their hormones and get healthier in general.
Antioxidants of all kinds can help counteract the aging process. Of all the trendy nutritious foods out there, flaxseed is certainly worthy of the 'superfood' title.
3. Maca Root
The consumption of maca root may be able to help people balance their hormones effectively, which can have all sorts of health benefits for the body and which will make all the difference for people with a wide range of different health conditions.
Maca root is from Peru originally, and the people there have been using it for a long time. This is the sort of superfood that can help people from all over the world.
Consuming maca root can automatically give people much more energy, which should make all the difference for the people who are trying to exercise more often and otherwise improve their lives.
Some people will specifically consume maca root in order to give themselves more energy in specific areas of their lives as well, since maca root might be able to boost a person's sex drive, as well as their physical stamina in general.
This toasted young green wheat has an interesting and unique flavor bordering on smoky and nutty, so you know it tastes great while providing incredible benefits.
Freekeh is very rich in fiber and protein, fortified with vitamins and minerals, and can be prepared more efficiently than rice. This superfood is excellent for the heart.
It is also a fantastic substitute for rice in general. It provides a lot of nutrients that you can't easily get from common foods included in most western diets. Try it out!
It's a hybrid of kale and brussels sprouts, and it may just be the coolest and most interesting healthy new vegetable making the rounds in 2017.
This extremely healthy veg made its debut in the U.S. last year for the first time. Kalettes are full of essential vitamins and nutrients and they taste delicious whether you cook them or serve them raw. Kalettes are making big waves.
6. Hemp Milk
Hemp milk is one of those underrated superfoods that everyone who can tolerate it should drink more of whenever they can. It's rich with all sorts of healthy nutrients.
It is produced by grinding and soaking hemp seeds in water, and it is a tasty drink and an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids we need for heart and brain health.
Hemp milk is something you should try out if you never have before, and watch as the health benefits roll in with regular consumption. It's a top superfood, for sure.
7. Fermented Foods
This may be nothing new to those people who suffer differing digestive ailments, but fermented foods have been a staple of healthy and nutritious digestive support for a long time now. Fermented foods can revamp your entire body's health profile.
Fermented foods are extremely rich in probiotics and digestive enzymes (which facilitate smooth, regular digestion,) and specific fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi and miso soup, (among others), greatly improve other aspects of digestion.
Try to find sauerkraut and kimchi products that contain the greatest amount of live active cultures possible. Adding this into your diet will do wonders for your health.
The Bottom Line
From cognitive and cardiovascular support, to digestive regulation, reduction in overall inflammation, defense of eyesight and relief of joint pain and mobility issues, superfoods come with a myriad of healthful advantages for most.
Try adding a few of these great foods (or all of them) to your diet and notice the difference it makes for your health. You just might fall in love with some of them.
For more information about top superfoods, check out our previous article here.