Superfoods oils are natural oils and not hydrogenated vegetable oils (corn, canola, sunflower, soy, margarine).
Olive oil – Olive oil is rich in polyphenols (antioxidant), vitamin E (also antioxidant and enzymatic activity regulator) and other natural antioxidants. As an antioxidant, vitamin E neutralizes free radicals before they damage or kill fat cells. Olive oil is one of the top sources of monounsaturated fats that help lower cholesterol and help prevent inflammation. Monounsaturated fats help keep your heart healthy by fighting inflammation, increasing levels of good cholesterol and lowering bad and total cholesterol. Conclusion: Olive oil is heart healthy, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, fights cancer cells and lowers blood pressure.
Coconut Oil – 50 percent of the fat content in coconut oil is a fat rarely found in nature called lauric acid. Lauric acid is a powerful virus and bacteria destroyer, and coconut oil contains the most lauric acid of any substance on Earth. Lauric acid exhibits antiviral, antimicrobial, antiprotozoal and antifungal properties. It acts by disrupting the lipid membranes in organisms like fungus, bacteria and viruses, thus killing them.
Almonds – Almonds reduce risk of heart attack, lower bad cholesterol, protect artery walls from damage thanks to flavonoids and vitamin E, build strong bones and teeth thanks to phosphorus, are full of healthy unsaturated fats, lower blood sugar, contain riboflavin and L-carnitine which boosts good brain function. Almonds contain biotin (B7 vitamin), manganese, potassium, calcium, niacin, fiber and protein. They also nourish nervous system.
Walnuts – Walnuts contain Omega-3 fats, protein, fiber, vitamin E, phenols, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B, melatonin which helps with sleep and phytonutrients which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Other Nuts – Cashews, pistachios and Brazil nuts (rich in selenium) are also recommended.
Flax Seeds – Flax Seeds have to be ground in order to enjoy its full benefits, otherwise they just pass through your body. Use any cheap coffee grinder to ground them. They’re full of Omega-3, fiber, vitamin B, magnesium, manganese, phytochemicals (lignans), they regulate hypertension, lower cholesterol, prevent getting a skin cancer, fight depression with docosahexaenoic and eicosapentanoic acids they contain, reduce risk of getting liver and prostate cancer.
Sunflower Seeds – Sunflower seeds control cell damage, thus playing a role in preventing cancer, are a good source of selenium, magnesium, copper, manganese, vitamin B, vitamin E, antioxidants and they help with cholesterol level.
Chia Seeds – Chia seeds are rich in polyunsaturated fats, especially omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, anti-oxidants and are gluten free. Two tablespoons of chia seeds contain 18 percent of the DRI for calcium, 35 percent for phosphorus, 24 percent for magnesium and about 50 percent for manganese. These nutrients help you prevent hypertension and maintain a healthy weight. Unlike flaxseeds, which are also high in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and minerals, chia seeds do not need to be ground in order to obtain their nutrient. Chia seeds also regulate blood sugar level.
Pumpkin Seeds – Pumpkin seeds are rich in magnesium, zinc (helps with prostate health), omega – 3, natural phytoestrogens, improve insulin regulation, promote heart and liver health, and contains tryptophan which is good for restful sleep and it has anti-inflammatory benefits.
Sesame Seeds–Sesame oil helps with diabetes, high blood pressure, gingivitis, multiple sclerosis and atherosclerosis. Sesame seeds are high in B1, B2, B3 and E vitamins, and minerals zinc, copper, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.
Hemp Seeds – Hemp seeds are a complete protein, they’re full of Omega 3, fiber, iron, zinc, carotene, phospholipids, phytosterols, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin D, vitamin E, chlorophyll, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, copper, potassium, phosphorus, and enzymes.
Black Seed or Black Cumin – Nigella Sativa, also known as Fennel Flower or Black Caraway helps regulate high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes and some forms of cancer. It’s rich in calcium, potassium, zinc, magnesium and Vitamins A, B, C, D and E.