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What is a Super Food?

Updated on August 14, 2014

Super Food

By definition super food includes those food stuff that contains phytonutrients along with many essential nutrients. The phytochemicals have tendency to boost health and reduce chances of many diseases. Phytochemicals are still not recognized as major nutrient but they are said to have beneficial effects on health.

The term super food has not been defined legally yet. Many scientific researches support the fact that super food are essential for healthy body but still there is no strong evidence to suggest that phytochemicals are actually responsible for this health boosting effect. As food that are rich in phytochemicals also contain many essential nutrients like vitamins and minerals.

Many dietitians, nutritionists and scientists say that super foods are only promoted due to marketing reasons. In many researches it has been proved that people who often consume super food are least likely to develop cancer, heart diseases or diabetes among many of the other diseases.

Super food contain anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, anthocyanins that help fight many diseases. Many of the medicines are prepared form these chemicals.

Types of Super Food:

Super food include many fruits and vegetables like blueberries, acaiberries, cranberries, pomegranates, broccoli, cabbage, walnuts etc. These super food contain dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants along with other essential nutrients. Whole grain food, herbal teas (specially green tea) and mangoes are also thought as super food by some researchers.

Recent Researches:

Many researches have been conducted on super food for their benefits on human health. These researches suggest that super food are very effective in getting safe from many major diseases but still there is debate over whether the essential nutrients are responsible for health boosting effect or the phytochemicals.

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Some Super Food

Acaiberry: Acaiberry is grown in Brazil and Venezuela. It is black-purple in color and is similar to grapes except in its size and pulp it contains. Acaiberries contain polyphenols, anthocyanins, and some flavonoids-like compounds. Previously their use was not that common as fruit but as they became popular as super fruits their cultivation and their commercial importance increased.

Broccoli: Broccoli is rich in many antioxidants as well as it contains many minerals like iron, manganese and potassium. It contains sulphoraphane that is anti-carcinogenic in nature.

Pomegranates: Pomegranates are in major supplied from United States and Mediterranean countries but in small amounts they are grown in many other parts of the world like in Southern Asia and in West Indies. Pomegranates contain antioxidants which inhibit oxidation of cells in body. One serving of pomegranate fulfills 16% of vitamin C requirement for an adult daily. Along with vitamins and minerals it contains antioxidants, flavonoids and phytochemicals like polyphenolic catechins, anthocyanins, and gallocatechins.

Walnuts: Walnuts are dry fruits that are rich in protein, fiber, B vitamins and E vitamins. They also contain omega 3 fatty acids. Walnuts are good for heart and is also anti-carcinogenic. FDA has approved its role in reducing LDL cholesterol.

Blueberries: Blueberries grow in Europe, America, Russia and Canada. Blueberries have dark purple color. Their taste is sweet but if it is unripe it contains some acidity. Researches suggest that blueberries contain anthocyanins, flavanols, and tannins which inhibit growth of cancer in many parts of body. Blueberries are also a rich source of many essential minerals and vitamins.




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