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The Wonders of Superfoods

Updated on December 16, 2012

Superfoods: The Best Diet in the World

The term "Superfoods" refers to a specialized category of natural whole foods that contain very high concentrations of nutrients, health-promoting and antioxidants. Most foods included in the super food list are calorie-sparse or low in calories and fats. These so-called superfoods have been proven by experts through numerous research and studies to help prevent and, in some cases, reverse the well-known effects of aging, as well as to reduce our risks in developing several diseases and certain cancers. Regular intake of superfoods is the best diet in the world. Guaranteed, you'll have a long and healthy life with these foods.

Foods Considered As Superfoods

Whole Foods

Whole foods generally refer to those foods that are unprocessed or are minimally processed foods in which their nutritional profile have not been altered or intentionally modified. Whole foods are complex in terms of their nutritional profiles. They are usually rich in essential amino acids and complete protein and also contain hundreds of unidentified compounds and nutrients. A few examples of whole foods are nuts, seeds, cereals and grains. .

The Colorful Foods

Fruits and Vegetables

Do you know that the different hues of fruits and vegetables signify the variety of nutrients they offer? Truly, their colors tell us what specific nutrients and antioxidants they contain such as flavonoids for dark blue and purple fruits, and lycopene for orange to red fruits.

For example, the green foods have the highest concentrations of easily digestible nutrients, fat burning compounds, vitamins and minerals. Green vegetables and fruits, edible grasses,and blue-green algae may contain chlorophyll, B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, calcium and complete protein.

The red to purple shades of berries and other fruits offer us a high concentration of flavonoids. Flavonoid is a potent antioxidant.

The yellow and orange foods are excellent sources of beta-carotene, alpha carotene, vitamins A, C and E.

Ginseng roots
Ginseng roots

Herbs

Herbs have been used for centuries as a nourishment as well as a medicine. Most herbs usually contain nutrients that the body couldn't easily obtain from other foods. They help the systems in the body function to an optimum level so that it can heal and regulate itself. Examples of herbs are the nettle leaves, Aloe vera and ginseng. Nettle leaves help with bowel movement and weight loss while Aloe vera contain several healing compounds that would heal burns, cuts, bruises, acne and eczema. Ginseng is a special herb that promotes regeneration from stress and fatigue.

Spices

Because inflammation is linked to be one of the primary factors in the development of heart disease, cancer, atherosclerosis, arthritis, asthma, and allergies, there are powerful spices found in nature that work on inflammation in a multi-faceted holistic and balanced way. These are considered as superfood spices and include ginger, turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon, rosemary, basil, chives, cilantro, cloves, garlic and parsley

The Super food list

The good thing about superfood is you can easily find them in the market place or easily pick them in your backyards. Here's a quick list of foods you should include in your diet. These foods are considered by experts and by many people as superfoods, and has already been proven to be beneficial.

- Apples

- Avocado

- Beans

- Blueberries

- Broccoli

- Cinnamon

- Dark Chocolate

- Dried SuperFruits

- Extra Virgin Olive Oil

- Garlic

- Honey

- Kiwi

- Low Fat Yogurt

- Oats

- Onions

- Oranges

- Pomegranates

- Pumpkin

- Soy

- Spinach

- Tea

- Tomatoes

- Turkey

- Walnuts

- Wild Salmon

The Super Food Collage

The Super Food Collage
The Super Food Collage

What Can Super Foods Do?

Anticancer and Anti aging

Most superfoods are proven and some are currently studied by experts with respect to its ability to prevent cancer through the remarkable effects of its antioxidants and anti inflammatory nutrients. These antioxidants found in superfoods are believed to inhibit pro inflammatory agents which greatly contribute to the development of many types of cancer. Certain phytonutrients and compounds in superfoods, lycopene in tomatoes for instance, can slow down the growth of cancer-causing tumors . Aside from their antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties, their overall action in the body helps reverse the effects of aging and also prevent the development of age-related illnesses including heart disease, atherosclerosis, arthritis and other degenerative disorders. Antioxidants fight oxidative stress and scavenge free radicals in the body before it can damage our cells which will lead to manifestations of early signs of aging. Super foods will not just prevent illnesses but helps us maintain a young and beautiful body as well, sine they come with remarkably healthy effects in the skin, hair and bones.

Superfoods Fight Inflammation

Every superfood showcases different array of health benefits. However, superfoods have one thing in common and that is the ability to inhibit or slow down inflammatory processes in the body. Although each superfood executes this anti-inflammatory action in different mechanisms, it will always end up leaving good effects in the body. Inflammation whether chronic or acute, is destructive to the body and may trigger the occurrence of life-threatening health problems. Some of the most deadly and destructive diseases including atherosclerosis, arthritis, diabetes, Alzheimer's and even cancer are precipitated by inflammation within cells, tissues, colon and arteries. Subsequently, this suggest that a diet rich in antioxidant and anti inflammatory rich foods is highly required to protect the body and maintain health.

Superfoods provide us with massive amounts of anti inflammatory phytonutrients. Common examples are the flavonoids in onions, carotenoids in brightly coloured fruits and vegetables, and anthocyanins in berries. These are under a broad category of nutrients called phytonutrients which provide us with exemplary anti inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. Phytonutrients are not the only compounds that are able to fight against inflammation, omega 3 fatty acids in fish, flaxseeds and nuts are able to do so too. So make it a habit to eat fish like salmon or tuna and then have a serving or two of superfood fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. Through this, you can be assured that you're protected against any kind of inflammation.

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      oivatco 5 years ago

      Started to eating more super foods and reduce my diet in high calories and processed foods. Need to develop eating super food lifestyle. It's just amazing how whole foods can improve your overall heath and even feel more energized!