In times like today, health has become the primary concern for all. Good immunity proportionates healthy living which comes from eating the right food in the right amount. Superfoods are the go-to food items for strong immunity and good health.
Superfoods are high in nutrition having very few calorie count. They contain high value of vitamins, minerals and naturally occuring antioxidants which keep your body disease-free and make you healthier. When included in the diet in the right quantity, superfoods can improve heart health and increase energy level in the body, detox the body, regulate metabolism, lower body cholestrol, reduce cardiovascular disease risks and also help in weight reduction.
>Green leafy vegetables
Green leafy vegetable are a great source of many nutrients that boost our immunity such as vitamin A,C,E and K, calcium, iron, fibre, zinc, potassium, magnesium etc. The fibres and nutrients present in green leafy vegetables are found useful in preventing heart diseases, type-2 diabetes and certain chronic diseases. Some well known green leafy vegetables include kale, spinach, beet greens, watercress etc.
Citrus fruits are rich source of vitamin C and B6, ribloflavin, calcium, magnesium and a variety of phytochemicals. These nutrients are responsible for improved gastrointestinal function and vascular protection. Also, consuming citrus fruits reduces risk of diabetes, cancer and neurological diseases. Examples of citrus fruits are orange, sweet lime, tangerine, kinnow, pomelo etc.
>Berries and cherries
Berries are rich in vitamin C, minerals, manganese and antioxidants and are also low in calories. They also contain flavonoids which are responsible for protection of body cells. Similar to berries, cherries are also a great source of antioxidants which help in protection against viruses. Potassium rich berries are also good for improved blood pressure.
Known for its antibacterial properties, turmeric is a very commonly found and well known ingredient in Indian households. It is rich in proteins, carbohydrates and minerals like manganese, potassium and phosphorous. Scientifically proven health benefits of turmeric include prevention of heart diseases, cancer, Alzheimer’s and prevention of symptoms of depression and arthritis.
Honey, which is often considered a substitute of sugar, is a rich source of ascorbic acid, pantothenic acid, niacin and riboflavin and minerals like iron, copper, zin, calcium, phosphorous etc. It is also rich in antioxidants and if taken in right quantity, helps regulate blood pressure and has benefits on heart health.
Yogurt provides to the body good amount of vitamin B12, minerals like calcium, riboflavin, phosphorous etc and proteins. The fermentation process used to make yogurt makes it healthier than milk and easy to digest which cause the nutrients to get absorbed by the body more easily and quickly. This not just improves digestive health but also helps in weight management, strengthens immune system and prevents bone diseases like osteoporosis.