One of the problems with the American diet is that is relies increasingly on processed foods. This foods are usually not only high in simple carbohydrates, sodium and saturated fats, they also tend to be nutrient-poor. This means that more people than ever are suffering from nutritional deficiencies. However, there are some foods which are so nutritionally rich they can go a long way to helping to restore the general health. Six of them are discussed below.
Aloe vera is a nutritional powerhouse, packing in 32 vitamins and minerals as well as amino acids and a whopping 200 phytonutrients, plant-based chemicals shown to support a strong immune system and improve the body’s overall health. It also has strong anti-microbial properties and can reduces inflammation, lower the risk of cancer and heart disease and treat a variety of wounds.
Bee pollen is also amazingly nutritious. It is a rich source of Vitamins B, C, and E as well as an array of minerals, enzymes and amino acids. It has been shown to lower the risk of developing chronic diseases such as arthritis, cancer and diabetes. It can strengthen the immune system and lead to increased energy levels and lower rates of infection.
This South American tuber is an incredibly nutrient-rich food that is rich in several vitamins, minerals like copper, iron, zinc and magnesium and is also a complete source for essential amino acids. It has been shown to improve fertility, help treat anemia and chronic fatigue and also support healthy adrenal function.
Reishi mushrooms are healthful because they provide B-vitamins as well as important minerals like magnesium, selenium, copper and phosphorous. Their powerful antioxidants help support the immune system and reduce chances of developing certain forms of cancer. They also reduce general inflammation and help improve liver and digestive function.
These amazing berries provide Vitamins A, B, C and E as well as 21 different minerals and 18 amino acids, making them a definite “superfood”. Regular consumption of these berries helps to promote eye health, lower the chances of developing cardiac disease, improve liver function and reduce inflammation throughout the body.
There are good reasons why this superfood is finally catching on in the West. It is a complete source of plant-based protein (making it an excellent choice for vegetarians and vegans) as well as being rich in vitamins, minerals and chlorophyll. It can help improve insulin resistance in diabetics, alleviate pain and inflammation, and reduce the chances of developing cancer.
This superfoods are available in health food stores and even some supermarkets. They are well worth consuming on a regular basis and can go a long way to correcting the chronic health problems associated with a nutrient-poor diet.