Superfoods

05/01/2015

What makes "superfoods" so super?

As you scroll through your Facebook or Pinterest feed you see posts about how superfoods can help you get back with those New Year’s resolutions. So you go to the store and load up your cart with fruits and veggies ready to kick start your way to healthy eating and finally attempt to lose those stubborn 15 lbs. Then it hits you, “What makes superfoods super? “ Can they make you fly, disappear, freeze time, teleport to the Virgin Islands on the beach with a Pina Colada in your hand? Ok, maybe not, but there are great health benefits to incorporating Superfoods into your diet. Read on for 5 Health Benefits of Superfoods and why they’re so super.

Reason #1: “A,B,C, D…..” (Vitamins)

All superfoods are rich in vitamins and nutrients your body needs. These vitamins and nutrients are essential to growth and cell functions in the body. In addition to growth, vitamins strengthen bones, improve vision, give you energy and boost your immune system.

Reason #2: “I woke up like this” (Antioxidants)

The antioxidants in superfoods reduce damage to your skin. Many superfoods are also rich in Vitamin C which strengthens connective tissue (a.k.a collagen) that will help keep your skin looking young and healthy. As another added bonus, the antioxidants from superfoods fight free radicals which damage the cells inside your body. This shield mechanism improves your health and reduces your risk of disease.

Reason#3: Keeps you regular (Fiber)

Many superfoods contain your digestive system’s best friend, Fiber. Fiber keeps your digestive system running smoothly and makes it easier for waste to pass through your intestines. Plus, people who eat a diet high in fiber are less likely to become constipated. (Warning: Ease into increasing fiber in your diet as too much too soon can make you painfully gassy.)

Reason#4: “Take that heart disease!”

Superfoods are super heroes when it comes to fighting diseases. Superfoods such as blueberries contain cancer-fighting compounds while others such as broccoli contain folate which can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Superfoods also strengthen your immune system so you’re less likely to catch colds and the flu.

Reason #5: “Because you know I’m all about that waist, ‘bout that waist”

One of the best benefits of superfoods is they’re super low in calories and fat and high in all the good stuff your body needs to boost your metabolism, so you can fill up your plate without the guilt. Some superfoods are also rich in protein, fiber and the good fats that curve your appetite and help you burn calories.

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Here are some top superfoods to add to your grocery list and get you on track to super health:

  • Greek Yogurt
  • Blueberries & Strawberries
  • Kale
  • Quinoa
  • Oatmeal
  • Green Tea
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Salmon
  • Pistachios
  • Almonds
  • Egss
  • Beans & Lentils
  • Garlic
  • Watermelon
  • Apples

References

Morin, K. (2012, January 31). 25 Greatist Superfoods and Why They're Super. Retrieved April 16, 2015, from http://greatist.com/health/25-greatist-superfoods-and-why-theyre-super
Agin, B., & Jegtvig, S. (n.d.). Spotlighting the Health Benefits of Superfoods. Retrieved April 16, 2015, from http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/spotlighting-the-health-benefits-of-superfoods.html
Orenstein, B. (2011, December 2). How Fiber Helps Ease Constipation. Retrieved April 16, 2015, from http://www.everydayhealth.com/digestive-health/fiber-and-constipation.aspx