27 Superfoods That You Can Eat Right Now
What exactly does the word “superfood” mean? Does it mean your spaghetti and meatballs have a red cape on with a big “S” on the back? Or perhaps your salmon is a vigilante for justice at night?
As awesome as that would be, that isn’t the case. The internets definition of a “superfood” goes as follows:
‘A nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.’
Keywords: well-being. Are you tired of feeling poor-being? Of course you are! Fibromyalgia saps the energy from everyone who has it and it seems like there is no peace sometimes. As humans, we look for the easy way out the majority of the time — the fastest route, the path of least resistance, and the fastest way to feel relief. How could you not with the symptoms you’ve been experiencing lately?
One of my favorite quotes of all time comes from the historical Greek physician Hippocrates:
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
So, what is the fastest way to feel relief? In today’s day and age, the answer is usually medication. Can you trust this medication, though? What about all of these news articles and studies about addiction and newly developed diseases because of the medication prescribed to you?
A bigger question is this:
“How can I feel better by myself?”
Like the historical physician Hippocrates stated, it’s all about what you eat. After all, you are what you eat right?
More like you feel what you eat.
Here are the Top 26 Superfoods That You Can Eat Right Now.
Loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids, fish like salmon reduce inflammation in the body and help prevent cardiovascular disease. One study shows the significant breakthrough linked with reduction of pain in chronic pain sufferers, including a fibromyalgia patient.
This curvy little crustacean is quite powerful. This mini aquatic creature is a must-have in many fibromyalgia diets due to its content of brilliant micronutrients and macronutrients. Check out this ingredient breakdown for more information on how amazing this little guy is.
I like to call apricots “mineral fruits” because of how stuffed to the peel (that was a good one) they are with a plethora of micronutrients. These snack-sized fruits are an amazing source of organic iron, copper, and cobalt — this means that they are a fantastic source of relief for reproductive health, irritable bowel syndrome, anemia, and chronic fatigue (ding!).
This one is 50/50 with a lot of people for many reasons, but the main idea behind this one is this: focus on the yogurt with little (or even better, none at all) lactose. Lactose can be harmful to fibro-sufferers due to the possibility of starting (or worsening) irritable bowel syndrome, which you are predisposed to if you have fibromyalgia. Focus on having lactose-free everything.
Avocados are packed with healthy fats that are great for any person (plus they taste so good!). Without boring you with the nitty-gritty specifics and science stuff, avocados have a significant amount of vitamin E, vitamin K, fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin B6, copper and vitamin C. These little guys rock!
You don’t need to put these on a list for me to eat them. Not only are raspberries delicious, but they are around to help you fight your fibromyalgia symptoms because raspberries are a great source of phytonutrients – with over 22 different ones to help fight inflammation and neutralize cell-killing free radicals. I’d put these on your shopping list!
Lentils are the underdog in my opinion. Magnesium-based, lentils boast muscle-relaxing properties as well as sleep-aid properties. If you check out the credible studies on the internet, you’ll find that the majority of people with fibromyalgia are often said to have low levels of magnesium. This is usually caused by stress (raise your hand if you’re stressed, am I right?) sleep disturbances (both hands should be up in the air now) and hormonal imbalance. If you have been experiencing all of these, give lentils a try.
Cantaloupe is not only one of my favorite words to say, but it’s also one of my favorite fruits — this fruit is packed with antioxidants such as vitamin A, C, and E. Try it out!
Jumping back into healthy fats, here is a great way to microdose your diet with some extra healthy Omega 3’s. Remember this important fact: Omega 3 = pain-free. Obviously, it won’t take all of your pain away but it certainly helps.
Spinach! The powerful leafy green that everyone in the world should eat, particularly you. We already talked about magnesium, but this is another great source of the micronutrient if you don’t want to eat lentils. What’s great about spinach is that you only need one cup of cooked spinach to counteract the symptoms of low magnesium that you may be experiencing.
Do you remember eating celery and peanut butter as a kid? I still eat celery to this day, just with something a little healthier. Honestly, there is so much to say about celery: pain relief, inflammation reduction, blood pressure regulation, relaxation, and sleep are all commonly linked with this green miracle. MORE: 4 Ways Celery Will Help Fibromyalgia Sufferers
The alkaline-forming quinoa is a great food friend. Quinoa is gluten-free which is important for those with fibromyalgia — gluten tends to make things way worse.
Grapes & Raisins
Both grapes and raisins contain a powerful acid called malic acid. This acid is an organic compound that you can probably pick out of a crowd — that telltale tart you taste in fruit such as apples or even in candy is malic acid. The skin of red grapes contains resveratrol, which can help your brain function even better and reduce your risk of both heart disease and cancer. Malic acid is responsible for the following:
- Supporting energy production
- Increased muscle performance
- Reduction in fatigue after exercise
Please be aware: this fruit seems to be 50/50 with a lot of people in terms of symptoms and irritable bowel syndrome exacerbation. Try a couple and then move forward if your body permits.
Gluten-free oatmeal is a great way to get carbohydrates in your body without irritating your gastrointestinal tract (GI tract). IMPORTANT: Please don’t purchase the commonly known “oatmeal”. Look for the right kind: read the label!
Figs are an additional source of magnesium. You want magnesium! You need it!
Anti-inflammatory arugula. After you try saying that five times fast, try arugula to stave off the inflammation in your body. Arugula is powerful: we are talking about cancer-fighting. Not only that, arugula fights off bad things in your gastrointestinal tract, like tumors and IBS.
Lemons & Limes
Do you remember that tart and sour taste we were talking about in fruits and vegetables? That was malic acid, and lemon and limes are packed with it. Remember that one time you had just a little too much lime in something? I do: I made a smoothie and decided I needed an entire lime in it. I was very wrong. Remember: malic acid is great for you. Revisit the ‘grapes & raisins’ section if you can’t remember what malic acid does.
Garlic possesses anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties. Garlic has also been known to reduce pain in muscles and joints. Wary of the stuff? Here is an article explaining it in detail.
Onions offer compounds to fight disease: fructans, flavonoids and organosulfur.
Another great source of magnesium, pumpkin seeds are off the charts! Be sure to read the label to ensure no additives are present that may cause fibromyalgia flare-ups.
Do you like to feel good after you eat something? Artichokes contain the powerful vitamin B8, which improves the activity of serotonin and supports the nervous system. Feel better after an artichoke!
This close relative of cabbage boasts phosphorus, zinc, sodium, copper, manganese, selenium, niacin, folate, choline, beta-carotene, and vitamin K as its properties. These are all important for the fibro-sufferer.
Vitamin C, ascorbigen (released when cooked), folate, and iron are all major properties in broccoli and help fight inflammation in the body. Do yourself a favor and eat more broccoli!
I don’t think I need an explanation for anyone to eat chocolate, but I think it’s warranted. Dark chocolate is important to those who suffer from fibromyalgia because of its magnesium, potassium, copper and zinc content. Don’t overdo it, but you should definitely add some flavor to your life if your diet seems a bit boring.
I think these are important enough to add to the bonus section.
Much like garlic, ginger possesses anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties. Try it out!
Curry has properties known to alleviate fibromyalgia symptoms in many people. Check out this article to read more about the powerful ingredients found in curry!
We truly hope you find this article helpful! Good luck on your fibromyalgia journey!