Superfoods for health

Superfoods are everyday foods that have been found to contain large doses of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

Whilst the scientific evidence is still inconclusive, eating them certainly contributes to an overall healthier lifestyle and it is generally believed they may well reduce the risk of chronic disease and cancers.

Blueberries

A study in 2012 of 93,000 women, found that participants who ate three or more portions of blueberries and strawberries a week had a 32% lower risk of a heart attack compared with those who ate berries once a month or less.

Blueberries are full of phytonutrients that neutralize free radicals, the agents thought to cause ageing and cell damage. The antioxidants in these berries may also protect against cancers and reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or Dementia.

Broccoli

Known as a cruciferous vegetable, broccoli contains phytonutrients that may suppress the growth of tumours and reduce cancer risk generally. Just one portion will supplies us with our daily dose of vitamin C and a large percentage of folic acid.

Salmon

Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids, which the body cannot produce by itself. These fatty acids reduce inflammation, improve circulation and increase the ratio of good to bad cholesterol. Salmon is a rich source of selenium, which helps prevent cell damage and contains several B vitamins.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant rarely found in other foods. Studies suggest that it could protect the skin against harmful UV rays, help prevent certain cancers and lower cholesterol. Plus, tomatoes contain high amounts of potassium, fibre and vitamin C.

Oats

Oats are a rich source of magnesium, potassium and phytonutrients. They contain a special type of fibre that helps lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease. Magnesium works to regulate blood-sugar levels and research suggests that eating whole-grain oats may also reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Kale

Kale contains a type of phytonutrient that appears to lessen the occurrence of a wide variety of cancers. Though scientists are still studying why this happens. They believe the phytonutrients in kale may trigger the liver to produce enzymes that may help neutralise potentially cancer-causing substances.

Other super-foods include goji berries, acai, spinach and blackberries. It’s important to include as many superfoods in our diet, as part of a healthy lifestyle.


6 May, 2015

4 thoughts on “Superfoods for health

  1. This is a great post. I agree totally with eating food that is healthy and if it can actually help protect against disease as well, then that’s a real bonus.

    The scientific evidence in support of superfood claims, or lack thereof, doesn’t concern me at all. The possibility of these foods contributing to a healthier lifestyle is good enough.

  2. I am very guilty of not eating the right foods, but I eat broccoli and salmon pretty much on a regular basis.

    Posts like this remind me to change my ways and give my body what it deserves.

    1. Thanks Tim. I think we’re probably all guilty to a certain extent, but Salmon and Broccoli are good. It’s comforting for me to know that my blog has served as a gentle reminder.

      Our lifestyle and what we have to deal with, usually dictate our eating pattern, but that said We need to remember not to stay out too long from our healthy lifestyle. That is so important to anyone’s longevity.

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