What are the top 5 wellbeing superfoods, and why?

1. Apples

When it comes to eating for wellbeing, you truly can’t go past apples. Not only are they rich in antioxidants, they have also been shown to significantly lower many of our blood fats. Apples decrease the oxidation of cell membrane fats – which is a primary risk factor in the clogging of the arteries and other cardiovascular problems. The insoluble fibre found in apples also provides bulk and aids digestion by holding water, which helps food to move quickly through the digestive system. There are enough varieties of apples to suit just about anyone’s personal taste and you really should be aiming to eat one a day. (Ed: Organic is preferable, check out our reviews on farmers markets here and here for some suggestions on where to pick some up!)

2. Fish

Fish provides an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, is extremely low in saturated fat and very high in protein. Consuming fish with a fresh salad or vegetables will keep you fuller for longer due to its high protein content and you should try to eat fish two to three times a week to truly reap the nutritional benefits. Fish is healthiest when enjoyed grilled, boiled or steamed. (If you’re going to eat fish try and source sustainably harvested types!)

3. Olive Oil

Olive oil contains the beneficial monosaturated fat, oleic acid, and the antioxidant Vitamin E. Olive oil is the essential ingredient in the Mediterranean diet, for maintenance of good health, particularly in reducing ‘metabolic syndrome’ risk.” Olive oil is believed to reduce the development of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer, and is said to increase life expectancy. Consumed in moderation, olive oil is an important part of a healthy, well-balanced diet high in fruits, vegetables and wholegrain breads and cereals.

4. Turmeric

Turmeric is a spice that is considered to be nature’s natural healer and provides excellent health benefits when added to dishes. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, recent research has also revealed that turmeric may aid in fat metabolism and assist in the treatment of many different health conditions including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis and liver damage.

5. Garlic

Proving to be a delicious addition to many dishes, garlic is known to offer a number of antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. Garlic can assist in the lowering of blood sugar and can even be used by people with diabetes in addition to their regular regime of insulin and special diets. Garlic is also believed to help prevent life threatening illnesses such as heart disease and cancer.

Article by Dr Robert Vial from SureSlim Australia for Wellness WA. Dr Vial has been working in General Practice for almost 20 years and has a special interest in obesity, nutrition medicine, weight related medical conditions and metabolic syndrome.

Be well,