3 Must Have Superfoods In Your Diet

August 5, 2012 0 Comments

By Gavin Gillibrand

This weeks tips are just like the title suggests.

There are of course, many other super foods to include in your diet, but here are three of my favourites.

Broccoli – Broccoli is vegetable royalty. It provides a high amount of vitamin C, which aids iron absorption in the body, prevents the development of cataracts, and also eases the symptoms of the common cold. Additionally, the health benefits of broccoli have been linked to preventing and controlling the following medical concerns: Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, calcium deficiencies, stomach and colon cancer, malignant tumors, lung cancer, heart diease, arthritis and even the ageing process. It is in the Brassica family of cruciferous vegetable, just like bok choy, cabbale, kale and swiss chard. These are all amazing veg choices too. One cup contains 2g of protein and 2g of fibre, and is packed with potassium, calcium, and many other vitamins and minerals.

It also contains indole -3- cabinol, which in addition to being a strong antioxidant and stimulator of detoxifying enzymes, seems to protect the DNA. This reduces the risk of breast and cervical cancer, so a great one for the ladies. It’s my number one super food and I try to eat it every day, raw if possible!

Walnuts – Walnuts are one of the best plant sources of protein. The fact that a walnut looks much like the human brain is a perfect indicator of it’s purpose in helping support that organ, as it’s a true brain food. A perfect choice for a snack on the go, with a glass of water. Great choice for kids too, as this will help them with their concentration. Rich in fibre, B vitamins, magnesium, and antioxidants such as vitamin E. Nuts in general are also high in plant sterols and fat, but mostly mono – unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (they contain higher amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids than any other nuts) the fats that make you thin!

Salmon – Salmon has a high amount of Omega 3 fatty acids and is one of the leanest protein sources available which makes it an excellent choice for your health, but also for your fight against fat. Research shows that it will help your body fight heart disease and cancer and also reduce blood pressure, blood clotting, and inflammation. Cholesterol levels, asthma and arthritis have also been shown to be reduced with regular consumption of salmon as well as slowing down cognitive decline in the elderly. It can also reduce inflammation of the joints, which is essential if you are training hard in the gym, and it will help elevate your metabolism, which is important in your quest to burn body fat. I try to include these three in my daily diet as much as possible and you should too. Remember to buy the best quality foods you can. Your body will thank you for that. Nothing quite beats a farmers market on the weekend. Go local where you can.I thought I would mention the fact that we have had nearly 5000 hits on the blog so far since late April, which I am very happy about. I am glad so many of you take an interest in your health, training and nutrition, and it’s with your continued support that I can keep writing.


Gavin Gillibrand BSc. Fat loss and Body Transformation Expert in the City of London, UK. Please visit our website http://ultimatecityfitness.com for more great articles like this and how to burn fat effectively

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