The Benefits of Superfoods
The term “superfood” has become rather popular in the last few years. With this popularity, it has become difficult to define exactly what a “superfood” is. As a result, many are left confused by what exactly should fall into the category. Superfood can mean different things to different people, and there are two different ways to categorize superfoods.
The first category would be common everyday foods that have so much nutrition and health benefits that they can literally be deemed “super” in their nature.
The second category of superfoods are less known and will be thought of by most people as being “exotic” and new in nature.
Quite often these “exotic” superfoods are nothing of the sort in their native lands and environments, but are new in the West. A prime example of this phenomenon is quinoa. Quinoa is an ancient grain that enjoys a wide nutritional spectrum, easily digested and high in omegas. Yet, it has been enjoyed by people in South America for hundreds of years.
Benefits of Superfoods
Superfoods have an array of benefits. At the top of the list is the fact that superfoods are nutrient and/or antioxidant rich. Additionally, superfoods will be high in disease fighting compounds. There are many common foods that can be labeled superfoods. Here are a few that you should add to your diet.
Superfoods-Both Common and Exotic
- Garlic is a true wonder of the food world. Garlic is high in antioxidants, but that is only the beginning of how it can benefit human health, as garlic is also a powerful anti-oxidant, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and has an array of anti-cancer properties. In short, it is difficult to find one food that can do so much to boost one’s overall health. If you want to prevent colds and flu's or treat them once they’ve occurred, then reach for garlic. The health properties of garlic also change depending upon whether it is consumed raw, cooked or chopped, so try eating garlic in a variety of ways.
- Nutritional Superstars: Some common foods are nutritional superstars. Good examples of this are the foods spinach, broccoli and peppers. These three foods are very easy to find and yet are rich in a surprisingly diverse number of nutrients and disease fighting compounds.
- Tea: Green tea, white tea and black tea all have health boosting properties. Green tea is one of the most widely studied foods in the world and the result of these studies are, in aggregate, impressive. Compounds in green tea, such as ECGC, appear to fight cancer and even boost brain health and that is just for starters.
- Exotic Superfoods: There are other exotic superfoods in addition to quinoa, such as goji berries and cacao powder. Goji berries are believed to be a way to safely boost human growth hormone which declines as we age. The health benefits of cacao powder are legendary, and cacao ranks as one of the most concentrated forms of antioxidants known.