Our love for food is natural. Sadly, we’ve been brought up to believe too much of it can lead to complications such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth folks.

The reality is that we’re consuming the wrong foods, which have a high calorie content and very little nutritional value. So the answer isn’t eating less, but eating the right food, also known as, superfoods. For men trying to lose that belly fat, stay young, build some muscle and just feel great, there are plenty of options you can choose from. They might even be in your fridge as we speak. So let’s take a look at the superfoods you should give a try.

Bok Choy

If you love your Asian food, especially food with ingredients such as the cruciferous Bok Choy, then you’re on the right track to staying healthy. Of course, it depends on what you consume with it, but the vegetable is known to reduce hypertension as well as lung and bladder cancer. This is because it contains vitamins A and C, folic acid, beta-carotene and potassium. The presence of calcium also makes it ideal for keeping bones strong.

Nuts

Nuts, especially almonds, are known to contain a variety of good-for-you fats, including monounsaturated fatty acids. The benefits can range from a lowered risk of diabetes to a decrease in blood pressure. What’s more, nuts can contain amino acids which improve testosterone levels and contribute to muscle growth.

To lower your risks of a non-fatal myocardial infarction (which is basically the destruction of a heart muscle), experts say you should consume at least 4 servings of nuts per week. While this article is meant for men’s health, women with type-2 diabetes can also lower their risk of cardiovascular disease. You can find out more about the health benefits of nuts by reading this.

Dried plums

While you might think superfoods only help with losing weight, they’re also responsible for helping us look our age and even younger. Dried plums have a high copper and boron content, which dieticians say is essential to preventing osteoporosis. Apart from the mineral content, dried plums also offer a fiber known as inulin which helps with your digestive tract as it boost the acidic environment.

A study to determine the potency of dried plums found that people who consumed at least 100 grams of the fruit had a higher quality of bone mass in comparison to those who ate dried apples.

Black beans

If you could reduce your chances of suffering from a heart attack by 38%, would you? If you said yes, then you should eat black beans. A study published in the journal of nutrition found that those who consumed at least 3-ounce servings of black beans a day, greatly reduced the risk of suffering from a heart attack.

Eggs

Once upon a time, eating eggs was seen as the antithesis of practicing a healthy diet. However, times have changed with research published in the revised USDA Dietary Guidelines, showing that they’re actually really good for men’s health. In fact, a study was carried out to determine the health benefits of consuming eggs as compared to consuming bagels.  The study concluded that those who consumed eggs every week lost 61% more weight than those who consumed bagels.

This is because eggs contain high quality protein, which builds muscle, as well as vitamin d, B6, B12 and minerals like zinc, iron and copper. To get a better picture of the health benefits of eggs, read this.

Turmeric

Alzheimer’s is a big concern for most of us, as it can happen to anyone. However, turmeric can greatly reduce the chances of Alzheimer’s because it contains a polyphenol called curcumin. Curcumin is known by researchers for its anti-inflammatory effects, but most of all, its ability to remove amyloid plaque, which are blockages in the brain that cause Alzheimer’s. However, turmeric’s effects go beyond just fighting dementia, it also contains anticancer properties, and tumor-fighting elements known as anti-angiogenesis. Researchers have gone as far as to correlate the low rate of Alzheimer’s in India with high level consumption of turmeric.