Nature is filled with amazing plants and ingredients that can help us be healthy, live longer and also lose weight and stay fit for good. If only we would consume more plant-based foods and less human-made foods. But that’s another story. For today let’s take a look at some of the healthiest superfoods on the planet:
This green algae found in South East Asia is the nature’s ultimate multivitamin. It’s filled with protein, polyunsaturated fats as well as other nutrients that were shown to reduce cravings, boost metabolism and improve insulin sensitivity…thus leading to less hunger and more fat burning!
This plant found at the foot of the Himalayas contains the highest amount of zeatin out of all plants. The nutrient zeatin is a type of cytokin, and cytokins are known to boost cellular growth and slow the aging process. More cells are built compared to the ones that die, which means youthful skin cells and less wrinkles for you.
You may know that mint is good for your breath (after all it’s used in most chewing-gum products) but it’s also great for your stomach. It helps to fix upset stomachs, diarrhea and indigestion and it’s also a good antioxidant.
You may eat beets from time to time, but this is not enough to get all of its benefits. They are nutrient dense, they detoxify and purify your blood and liver and they even help muscle oxygenation during exercise.
6. Matcha Green Tea
Studies have shown that this tea has the highest levels of the antioxidant ECGG out of all teas. ECGG lowers stress, balances hormones and lowers appetite, which is great for your weight loss efforts!
Wheatgrass is another popular superfood that has been used since the time of the ancient Egyptians. It promotes a healthy aging process, it cleanses the blood and helps to rejuvenate aging cells and tighten sagging skin (which may become a problem after you’ll lose a lot of weight).
If you ever ate curry, you ate turmeric as well, because this is the spice that gives it its unique color. It is a powerful antioxidant and studies found that curcumin (a compound found in turmeric) decreases levels of insulin resistance and leptin resistance. So turmeric intake is associated with healthy fat loss and decreased insulin issues.
Lemon has many health benefits and I’m sure you already know them from all those people that promote drinking lemon-water each and every day. It boosts immunity thanks to the high levels of vitamin C and it also stabilize blood-sugar levels.
10. Coconut water
Coconut is another highly promoted ingredient. It has become so popular (coconut water, coconut oil, coconut milk etc.) that the quantity of coconut trees is decreasing rapidly. Coconut water is high in potassium, it helps to flush away toxins in your body, it can reduce oxidative stress and high blood sugar levels and it also helps with the absorption of all the nutrients that you consume.
Also known as the Indian Ginseng, this hard-to-pronounce plant has so many health benefits, that we would need an entirely new article to write about all of them. It improves memory and cognition, reduces depression and anxiety, helps you sleep better and feel better…but what really concerns us in our weight loss journey is its ability to reduce cortisol (the stress hormone). Studies have shown that this hormone is responsible for your body holding on to that “stubborn belly fat”. So by fixing this issue, you will end up feeling better and looking better!