Super Foods - What are They?

Everyone is talking about Super Foods and how good they are for you. What exactly are they and why are they good for you? They are foods that have been determined to have high levels of nutrients in concentration and are believed to have a positive effect on your health. These foods will be high in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and dietary fiber. They are the natural way to get what your body needs to function at its utmost best.

Some of the best sources of Super Foods are in the produce section of your supermarket. Blueberries top the list of everyone from doctors to dieticians as one of the best. This is because they are packed with antioxidants, potassium, and vitamin c. All three of which have health benefits including fighting cancer. Another in the fruit family that is oranges. Everyone knows that oranges are the best source of vitamin c on the planet. They were the fruit that wiped out the potentially deadly scurvy that used to afflict sailors on long voyages.

Moving along to the vegetable bin, we find things like broccoli that are on the list. Chosen because it is high in fiber, it is a wonderful thing for fighting obesity because a high fiber intake will make you feel fuller longer. All in all most of these needs can be filled at the grocery store. Pick up any of the foods on the list below and you are well on your way to natural health benefits!

• Oats
• Pumpkin
• Salmon
• Spinach
• Tea (green or black)
• Tomatoes
• Turkey
• Walnuts

We now know more about what a Super Food is and some good sources of them but what are the health benefits of changing your diet? Research is showing that a diet rich in these foods .Blueberries is beneficial for preventing some types of cancer as well as diabetes. How can a food do all that? Well let us look at some of these foods and the health benefit they offer. Salmon is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, omega 3’s lower the risk of heart disease, help with arthritis and have been shown to have an effect on Alzheimer’s disease. Anti-oxidants that are found in high concentrations in super foods. We are oxygen dependent creatures and through the use of oxygen, there are by products released in our bodies called free radicals. Free radicals are thought to be responsible diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and macular degeneration. Antioxidants are the things responsible for controlling and limiting the free radicals in our bodies thereby reducing our risk for these debilitating diseases. A food that was surprising to many was black and green teas. Black tea is a great source of antioxidants; however, green tea has ECGC an exciting discovery that has been found to be key in reducing cholesterol. Researches in the United Kingdom and Spain have also seen ECGC have an inhibiting ability on cancer cells. All these are exciting discoveries especially when we find we can get all these health benefits and more in a Super Food rich diet. No taking risky drugs to manage high blood pressure or treat arthritis, what could be better news than that?

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