The term ‘super food’ has been a buzzword for the past decade, but what really is a superfood? Are they a myth? Or do some of the so-called fads actually yield powerful health benefits? We give the round up of our top super foods for managing your health and wellbeing:
It will come as no surprise that leafy green vegetables is first MySelfCare’s list of superfoods, after all *everybody knows* that they should eat their greens. Classic green veg like lettuce, spinach and kale are all high in potassium. Potassium aids kidney health, helping rid your body of more sodium, which consequently, lowers your blood pressure. If you’re looking for a big, potassium hit, why not blend a range of different leafy greens with a banana and some almond milk for a healthy smoothie that will help you manage your blood pressure as well as your overall wellness.
Filled with naturally-occurring caffeine, green tea has long been thought of as a healthier alternative to regular tea and coffee. The powerful tea leaves can actually bolster overall health and wellbeing by improving metabolism, this in turn, promotes weight loss and healthy weight maintenance.
Furthermore, patients managing diabetes may also reap the health benefits of green tea, as the drink – which can be enjoyed hot or iced – helps control blood sugar levels. As well as managing diabetes and potentially contributing to god brain function and a healthy heart, green tea’s properties can also help control and prevent Type 2 diabetes.
Garlic is often associated with general health benefits including boosting your immunity against illnesses like flu and the common cold. While this body of research perhaps requires more solid evidence, it appears that the health benefits of garlic may reach far further than arming you against winter sniffles. In addition to lowering cholesterol, studies have also shown that garlic can have a very positive impact in people managing hypertension and high blood pressure. Though best enjoyed fresh, in its natural clove form, daily garlic dietary supplements may help promote a healthy blood pressure.
Initial research into the potential health benefits of oily fish was evoked by the realisation that Inuits – whose diet consists largely of oily fish – had far better cardiovascular health and were therefore less likely to suffer strokes or heart attacks.
Omega-3-rich fish like mackerel, sardines and herring can improve blood lipids and contribute to a healthy blood pressure level and reduce the risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions. Getting two to three portions of fish a week needn’t break the bank – tinned fish is reasonably priced and perfect for a quick, convenient meal that may also reduce your risk of developing dementia or rheumatoid arthritis.
Beetroot is rich in nitrates and a great source of iron, magnesium and folic acid. Science suggests that human bodies convert the naturally occurring nitrates in beetroot to nitric oxide, which is widely believed to lower and mange blood pressure. Whether it’s juice or chopped freshly into a salad, beetroot may prove helpful in reducing highly blood pressure or aiding hypertension. Alongside this, reducing your salt intake, maintaining a healthy weight and regularly monitoring your blood pressure will greatly improve your overall health.