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Cabbage is even more nutritious when fermented.

When you hear the term “superfood,” items like blueberries and avocados probably come to mind. However, there are plenty of foods that also boast an impressive nutritional bounty, and Shape magazine has recently highlighted a few options that certainly merit a place on your shopping list thanks to their nutritional value.

Sauerkraut – The source points out that, while cabbage is already nutritious on its own, fermenting this vegetable “puts it on nutritional steroids,” as the probiotics used in the process also reduce inflammation and promote a happy, healthy digestive tract. Meanwhile, fermentation also makes the antioxidants in cabbage easier for the body to take in. Given these benefits, you may see this dish as more than just an additive for bratwurst.

Asparagus – One stalk of this vegetable is just three calories, and contains vitamin K and he entire B family. These compounds are essential for healthy blood clotting and the efficient conversion of food into energy. Plus, points out that asparagus is rich in antioxidants and contains a detoxifying agent also found in avocado and kale.

Beets – These richly hued root vegetables were singled out by Shape for their nitrate stores. The chemical elements are converted into nitric oxide in the body, which causes the blood vessels to dilate and permit more blood and oxygen to make its way to various muscles. This function may be part of why beets have been shown to enhance athletic performance. Yahoo! Voices also explains that this vegetable contains high levels of iron and can substantially boost your immune system.

So, if you don’t already include these vegetables regularly in your diet, consider experimenting with these less conventional offerings. To further increase your daily nutrient intake, click to read information about our multivitamins and probiotics.

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