Our Top Superfoods/Health Benefits List

 

Our Top Superfoods/Health Benefits List and Why You Need to Add Them to Your Diet! What are Superfoods and Why Should We Care? As you stand in line at the grocery store, you’ve surely seen headlines on the front cover of nearly every “health” magazine touting the next “superfood.”

For a while, it seemed like there was a new so-called superfood hitting the grocery store or supplement shop every month. Each one more exotic than its predecessor and ranging from açai berries to mangosteen to goji berries to maca powder.

What are superfoods anyway? Why do you need to make sure they’re in your diet? In the most basic terms, superfoods are foods that provide an abundance of nutrients; in other words, they’re nutrient-dense foods. However, there’s no set standard, so it’s a fairly broad, subjective category. Having said that, the word “superfood” can now be found in the dictionary, where it is often defined as a food that is rich in compounds considered beneficial to a person’s health.

The top superfoods are a wealth of antioxidants, others provide healthy fats, some are higher in fiber, and still, others are loaded with phytonutrients. (The chemicals responsible for the rainbow of colors we enjoy in plant foods.) Many hit a number of these criteria, and because they’re so nutrient-dense, they’re believed to help people live healthier, more vibrant lives.

The good news is that you can easily include some of the more impressive superfoods in your nutrition plan. And to make sure you’re on the right track, we wanted to share our top superfoods/health benefits list with you. It’s made up of highly recommended superfoods and exactly why they’re, well, super:

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1. Spirulina

Admittedly, spirulina is somewhat of a new kid on the superfood block. It’s easily the most unusual on the list, but it’s just got so many benefits, we had to include it. In fact, we consider it Nature’s Ultimate Super Food. Spirulina is a formidable nutrient powerhouse, providing high-quality protein, including all the essential amino acids. It’s list of vitamins and minerals, like iron, magnesium, potassium, and B12; and potent levels of antioxidants are impressive.

2. Blueberries

Honestly, all berries are worthy of the title of “superfood,” but blueberries hold a top spot as one of the most nutrient-dense foods around. These delicious bursts of flavor provide a profusion of phytonutrients (including anthocyanin’s, flavonols, and resveratrol), are rich in vitamins (especially vitamin C) and antioxidants, and also provide soluble fiber. Plus, berries are lower in sugar and calories than many other fruits, so they help support healthy carbohydrate metabolism and glycemic control.

3. Cinnamon

Ah… the rich smell and flavor of cinnamon. This popular spice has been used around the world for thousands of years and is believed to be one of the most beneficial spices (and top superfoods/health benefits) on earth due to its health-promoting properties. Cinnamon provides up to 41 different protective antioxidants, and it has been shown to have positive effects on digestion while adding a sweet flavor.

Along with a healthy diet, cinnamon can help maintain healthy blood sugar levels. You don’t need much for its purported health benefits. A mere half teaspoon may help support digestion, immune function, cognitive function, and carbohydrate metabolism.

4. Beans

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What?! Beans are so common, so humble. How can they be considered one of the top superfoods? Beans are indeed one of the most undervalued superfoods. Yet they’re completely affordable, super easy to find, and so rich in a wide array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Plus, they provide slow-digesting carbs, and they’re a good source of protein. They keep you feeling full for longer as well as helping to support glycemic control, which means they may help support weight management. With a healthy serving of soluble fiber, beans have been shown to support heart health.

Finally, they’re so very versatile. Whether used as a main dish, a side dish, or even the secret ingredient in brownies, you can easily take advantage of their nutrient-density as you support your health and weight-loss goals.

5. Avocados

Avocados are another favorite food that had to be included in our top superfoods/health benefits list. They are not only creamy and delicious but are also nutrient-dense. They’re high in fiber, and they’re packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants as well as healthy monounsaturated fats.

Interestingly, they provide more potassium than bananas. They also contain lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidant carotenoids known for supporting eye health and vision, cognitive function, and heart health. And because avocados help reduce hunger and increase satiety, they have been shown to help promote weight loss.

6. Whey Protein

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whey protein

Top superfoods are often considered to be part of the plant world, but that isn’t always the case. Whey protein also fits the superfood bill with exceptional nutrient density and health benefits. Enhanced muscle recovery, strength, and hypertrophy; appetite control and weight management; immune support; heart health; and even healthy aging are among its health benefits.

When it comes to protein quality, whey is often crowned the king, and it’s an excellent source of protein.

Final Thoughts: Our Top Superfoods/Health Benefits List

As you can see, it’s not difficult to make your diet super. Superfoods are easily found at your local grocery store (and I’ve provided links to the pictured products). And the above is our short list of top superfoods/health benefits. Others include kale, broccoli, salmon and other fish, and even apples and tomatoes. The main point is to eat a wide variety of nutrient-dense foods—your health, waistline, and taste buds will all thank you!

I hope you found this article helpful. If you have anything that you’d like to share or any opinions on any of the content on my site, please do speak up. I look forward to your comments, questions and the sharing of ideas.

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22 Comments

  1. Albeneth said:

    Thanks for this health article. Now I have new additional ideas to integrate to my diet.

    January 23, 2018
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    • Hello Albeneth, you’re welcome. You’ll be glad you’ve decided to add some of these superfoods to your diet. Thanks for joining the conversation, Robert

      January 23, 2018
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  2. milca said:

    Beans and avocados, superfood? This is a great blog, I’ve learnt a lot about healthy eating lifestyle and I will implement it, all thanks to you.

    January 23, 2018
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    • Hello Milca, thanks a lot. I really appreciate your kind words. Have you tried avocado toast yet? It’s delicious and healthy for you. Robert

      January 23, 2018
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  3. Faith Marfil said:

    You’re right Spirulina is a new kid in super foods list. A lot of people is still not familiar nor heard about this amazing and nutritious super food.

    January 23, 2018
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    • Hi Faith, you are absolutely right about Spirulina. The other superfoods on our list aren’t bad either. Thanks for joining in, Robert

      January 23, 2018
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  4. Esdyi said:

    Cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar particularly the ceylon variety (Sri Lanka). Avocado is considered as a good fat.

    January 22, 2018
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    • Hi Esdyi, thanks for your input. Have you tried avocado toast yet? It is amazing. Robert

      January 23, 2018
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  5. Era said:

    I love cinnamon and avocados! Been eating them since I was a little kid! I’m glad they’re included in the superfoods! Thanks for this!

    January 22, 2018
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    • Hi Era, you’re welcome. I’m glad you enjoyed the article. Spread the word with your friends. Thanks for sharing, Robert

      January 23, 2018
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  6. Stephanie Cullum said:

    I eat beans regularly and avocados too but I did not know they fall in the super foods category. From that list I have never heard of spirulina but I will ask around if it is something that I can easily get my hand on.
    Talking from experience if you want to be healthy, incorporate Kiwi fruit on your diet and you will notice the health benefits within a week.

    January 22, 2018
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    • Hi Stephanie, thanks for the information about Kiwi fruit. You’ve made me curious so I’ll check it out. Thank-you, Robert

      January 23, 2018
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  7. David Mureithi said:

    You know what’s my favorite? I like avocados with all my heart. Avocados can make me lick the plate. So awesome.

    January 22, 2018
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    • Hi David, I love avocados too!. I hope you’ll try some of the other superfoods as well. Thanks for sharing, Robert

      January 22, 2018
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  8. Gaby said:

    Thank you very much, it was very useful, I only knew about beans and avocados. I’ve tried those exotic ones that you mentioned but they were distasteful.

    January 22, 2018
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    • Hello Gaby, beans, and avocados are great for your overall health. Thanks for joining the conversation, Robert

      January 22, 2018
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  9. Roma Abuelo said:

    I love blueberries so I’m so happy to know that they are considered superfoods. On top of it, you included the health benefits so it’s very encouraging. I hope you can add more superfoods list in your next article. Thank you!

    January 22, 2018
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    • Hi Roma, thanks for joining the conversation. I love blueberries too!. I’ll have a new superfood list coming out soon so be looking for it. Thanks again, Robert

      January 22, 2018
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  10. Raphael Steele said:

    I love me some avocados! They are so versatile and delicious!

    January 22, 2018
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    • Hello Raphael, I agree. I hope you’ll try some of the other superfoods. Thanks for your comments, Robert

      January 22, 2018
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  11. RJay Fuentes said:

    Good to know that avocado is considered as one of the top superfoods since we have an avocado tree. Looking forward to harvesting the fruits and eating them.

    January 22, 2018
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    • Hello RJay, Wow, you are lucky to have an avocado tree. Thanks for sharing, Robert

      January 22, 2018
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