The popularity of “superfoods” has exploded in America as health food stores and organic food markets have swooped up business from larger grocery chains.
Everyone’s looking for the next big thing in the world of superfoods, but is it possible that arguably the best (at least among leafy greens that is) has been right under our noses this whole time?
In 2014 the results of a study undertaken by researchers at William Paterson University in New Jersey produced a list of the top 41 “powerhouse fruits and vegetables,” and yet almost a year afterward it still remains an afterthought in the holistic health community.
The Top Superfood Vegetable?
For the purposes of the study, researcher ranked fruits and vegetables based on the amounts of 17 critical nutrients they contain.
The 41 top foods were then ranked according to their content of the following nutrients: fiber, potassium, protein, calcium, folate, vitamin B12, vitamin A, vitamin D and several others.
The study, published by the CDC in their journal ‘Preventing Chronic Disease,’ found a surprising winner among them: the humble watercress, an oft-overlooked leafy vegetable with a slight peppery taste.
The vegetable scored a perfect 100 on the researchers’ chart, topping Chinese cabbage (91.99), chard (89.27), beet greens (87.08), spinach (86.43) and chicory (73.36).
Fruit did not score particularly high, however, although fruits do tend to be quite high in antioxidants.
Get Over 80-Plus Vitamins and Minerals With One Food
If you can’t find watercress at a store near you, you may want to try Shilajit instead.
Shilajit contains over 80 different minerals.
This high-mineral Ayurvedic paste, harvested in the Himalayan Mountains region, is also known by its nicknames ‘Destroyer of Weakness’ and ‘Liquid Gold.’