There are many things in the grocery store that our limited knowledge can identify as health-boosters or Superfoods that have hidden marvels in them.
However, there are still many more undiscovered Superfoods for women – spices that can fight cancer, seeds that are rich in Omega-3, and many more.
You can get all that information here in this article, so read on to discover 10 more items you can always add to your grocery list.
1. Sweet Cinnamon
Many of us are already aware of the benefits of antioxidants and we don’t waste time grabbing such foods that have antioxidants like dark chocolate, berries, and apples.
What most of us don’t know is that cinnamon is also one of those wondrous things that have antioxidants.
Not only that, cinnamon also has anti-inflammatory properties and an ingredient that acts as a natural anti-aging formula. So cinnamon guarantees bursting health and wrinkle-free skin.
As if that was not enough, cinnamon is also known to decrease the blood sugar levels in our body thereby protecting it from diabetes. It also reduces cravings, hence helping out in losing weight.
2. Bright-Colored Turmeric
Turmeric is another spice, like cinnamon, that has great qualities. Other than being a natural healer, it also contains antioxidants like cinnamon.
In fact, the spice gets its bright yellow color from the curcuminoid pigments which are antioxidants. The job of these pigments, other than giving the color is to work in conjunction with turmeric to fight and capture free radicals which enter the body; hence protecting it from organ damage and even cancer.
3. Fresh Watercress
Watercress is also often forgotten, but it is actually loaded with different vitamins and minerals.
It can easily be sprinkled in the salad or made into a delicious and healthy green soup that can provide more Vitamins B, C, E, K, calcium, iron, and zinc than tomatoes and apples combined.
What’s more, it is also rich in different antioxidants like zeaxanthin, quercetin, and lutein. Watercress also helps in excreting excess liquid from the body.
4. The Unsuspecting Chia Seeds
Usually, people would give examples of oily fish such as sardines, tuna, and salmon for being a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids.
These fatty acids have a lot of advantages like improving cognitive function and giving the body healthy fats. They also protect the body from conditions like cancer.
Because of these qualities, Omega-3 is recommended to be eaten at least 2 – 3 times in a week. But luckily for those who don’t have a fresh supply of fish or think it is expensive.
Chia seeds are also known to contain a good dose of Omega- 3 as well as protein, dietary fiber, and carbohydrates which are low in GI hence becoming a good diet food as well.
5. The Black Colored Rice
Black rice was once considered the forbidden rice in China because the nobles saved it for themselves in order to keep the commoners away from it.
This is because it is actually the best rice. A spoonful of this rice is said to contain more antioxidants than the same amount of blueberries.
It also has a lot more vitamins and fiber. Black rice also helps in losing weight because it has very less sugar and fat.
6. Popcorn – Who Would’ve Known
You would probably be right in thinking that sugar-coated or butter-flavored popcorn is the only good source of unwanted calories. But you would definitely be wrong about thinking the same for plain popcorn.
This is because recent research has revealed that plain popcorn offers a very healthy supply of antioxidant called polyphenols which has the ability to protect against cancer, aging, and heart disease.
7. Herb Flowers
Often the wildflowers of the herb plants are discarded before the herbs are supplied to the grocery store.
However little does anyone know that these flowers are again a good source of antioxidants like polyphenols, flavonoids, and anthocyanins.
Not only that, they look good in appearance when sprinkled on top and they taste great. So next time perhaps you can try garlic, thyme, lavender, dill, and chives flowers when doing your grocery.
8. The New Berries in Town
Berries of different sorts are known to be really good for our health, but now try adding Aronia berries to your list.
Aronia berries are known to be really healthy for the gut. It protects the intestine and stomach from different illnesses and conditions such as colon cancer.
The antioxidants present in it lower the risk of cardiovascular illnesses and blood clot formation as well.
9. Acerola Fruit
This fruit is mainly grown in South America and Central America. It is also known as the Barbados Cherry and is a tropical fruit.
It is one of the best foods for Vitamin C, it has almost 30 times more of this vitamin than our favorite orange.
Like all other vitamins, Vitamin C has its own advantages. For one thing, it has been known to boost the immune system; it also helps in the growth of tissues which further helps in vanishing those ugly wrinkles.
Therefore vitamin C has a lot to do with preventing the horrible signs of aging.
10. The Oolong Tea
Most people can’t do without their early dose of coffee. Sure, it boosts energy levels and kills appetite a bit, but there is something even better than this hidden cup of calories – the Chinese Oolong tea. It really is a Superfood; one that you can drink.
It is a healthy source of a lot of vitamins like Vitamins A, B, D, E, and K. Other than that, it really helps in speeding up the metabolism and we all know that faster metabolism leads to weight loss.
Oolong tea is also packed with potassium, calcium, and zinc. Perhaps after knowing this you would want to switch to tea from coffee.