Perhaps a surprising superfood to include, it is mainly due to the fact that tomatoes are high in lycopene, a fairly well-known fact. Lycopene has been shown to have a vast amount more benefits when actually packaged inside a tomato, as opposed to in a pill. Lycopene is necessary for bone health, making it extremely important for women due to their bodies’ tendency to lose bone mass throughout life. Lycopene is very important for men as well, due to its ability to detoxify and build the prostate. They also protect the kidney and liver with their vast amount of antioxidants. Tomatoes are also very high in vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, potassium, molybdenum, manganese, fiber, vitamin B6 and B3, copper and folate. Buy organic tomatoes if you can’t grow your own, as they are increasingly genetically modified and unlabeled as such.
4 Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are an excellent find in superfoods, as they are loved by most people (sweet potato fries anyone?). Extremely high in vitamin A, and high in vitamin C, manganese, vitamin B6, B5 and B3, potassium, fiber, and copper, they are excellent to accompany a detox program, as they help one to feel full while still detoxing. When steamed ion slices for 5-7 minutes, sweet potatoes are low-glycemic and their antioxidant levels are preserved. They are anti-inflammatory as well as excellent binders to heavy metals in the body hence their detox properties, and also increase digestive tract health, making them excellent for those suffering irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive issues. Buy organic sweet potatoes for higher nutrient levels.
Spinach has some properties that are just now making their way into our findings – namely those of healing the lining of the digestive tract. High in vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, vitamin C, vitamin B2 and B2, calcium, potassium, vitamin E, fiber, copper, and many others. Aside from being high in nutrients, it is the specific ‘packaging’ of the spinach that makes it so beneficial. Being alkalizing and anti-inflammatory, spinach also helps to build strong bones and healthy blood cells, often incorporated into diets by those who are anemic. Buy spinach as fresh as possible, and always organic. Packaged baby spinach off the grocery store shelf is fine if you can’t find it fresh.
Broccoli has an incredible array of nutrients, but the ones it is particularly high in are vitamin K, vitamin C, folate, vitamin A, manganese, fiber, tryptophan, and potassium. Broccoli is incredibly detoxifying, as it helps to bind to and bring toxins out of the body, helping also to detox at a genetic level. It is beneficial to the digestive tract, alkalizing, anti-allergenic and anti-inflammatory. Anyone can benefit from broccoli, and it is very widely available. Make sure it is organic and steam it lightly if eating it raw is unpalatable.
Blueberries are delicious, very high in anthocyanins, vitamin K, vitamin C, manganese, and fiber. This makes them great for nervous system and brain health, memory, anti-aging, blood sugar regulation, eye health, and studies have shown that in larger quantities (1-3 cups/day) can prevent cancer and lower cholesterol. If you live in an area where blueberries are not widely available, or if they are not in season, feel free to buy them frozen. Make sure you buy organic blueberries as they are significantly higher in antioxidants and significantly lower in harmful pesticides.
Superfoods don’t have to be super-expensive, and if you can buy a few basic whole fruit and vegetables and eat them regularly, while decreasing your refined/processed/packaged foods, you will most definitely witness your body growing healthier and functioning better.