From turmeric to moringa, here are five simple superfoods you can incorporate into your diet this World Health Day
Celebrated on April 7 every year, World Health Day is an initiative taken by the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise awareness about the overall health and well-being of people across the world. On this day, we celebrate the unparalleled value of good health which is why it is the perfect opportunity to incorporate nutrient-rich superfoods for life-changing health benefits.
What are superfoods?
The trend of superfood started in the 1920s when bananas were labeled as the first superfood owing to their massive health benefits. Over a period of time, other foods like blueberries, avocados and acai berries also rose to the status of superfood by claiming to reduce the risk of cancer and heart diseases. Research has shown that healthy dietary patterns, specifically a plant-based diet can minimize the risk of high blood pressure, heart diseases, diabetes and even certain cancers. Certain superfoods are packed with antioxidants, essential vitamins and minerals and have historically been known to carry healing properties. You can make the most of this World Health Day by boosting your diet with these superfoods that are worthy of the ‘superfood’ title.
Which superfoods should you consume on this World Health Day?
Here are five superfoods that you should add to your grocery list for the upcoming World Health Day:
Moringa is a nutrient-dense superfood that has been extensively used for its medicinal properties in India, Africa and beyond. These drought-resistant trees contain over 90 nutrients, including 47 antioxidants, 25 vitamins and minerals, and all nine amino acids. Gaining popularity in the U.S. as matcha’s alternative, Moringa is a caffeine-free energy booster that contains more protein, iron, fiber, and calcium than kale and is more potent than turmeric. You can kick-start a new beginning to good health this World Health Day by adding one teaspoon of moringa powder to smoothies, salad dressings and baked goods.
Sunflower seeds are abundant in healthy fats, beneficial plant compounds and various vitamins and minerals. They have a mild, nutty flavor and are exceptionally high in vitamin E and selenium. They are rich in antioxidants and may help lower blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar. These seeds can be consumed by adding them to cereals, burgers and granola bars. You can sprinkle them on your salads and yogurt parfaits as well.
Hibiscus has been consumed for a long time in tea due to its rich vitamin C content. It is packed with antioxidants and may lower blood pressure and aid weight loss. Apart from its numerous health benefits, hibiscus tea is delicious and easy to make at home. Many producers have also harnessed its sweet and tart flavor to create fruit spreads and yogurts.
Turmeric has been used for centuries in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicines. Also known as the “golden spice,” turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and is a potent antioxidant due to the presence of an active ingredient called curcumin. It may work as an effective antidepressant and some evidence has also shown that curcumin may boost serotonin and dopamine. This World Health Day, avail the tremendous benefits of turmeric by consuming it in the form of golden milk lattes or supplements.
Touted as a food that everyone needs, blueberries are a life-altering superfood. Loaded with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids, they can lower your risk of heart disease and cancer. Moreover, studies have also shown their efficacy in minimizing the risk of cognitive decline. Hence, adding a few blueberries to your daily diet may also keep Alzheimer’s at bay. What’s more? They are sweet, flavorful and you can enjoy them either fresh or frozen.