Superfoods to the Rescue

We’ve all read about extraordinary ‘superfoods’ that are bombarding the food industry and are vital to nutrition-based diet. Advertisements claim certain foods can boost your metabolism, strengthen your immune system and can help protect you from cancer, heart disease and high cholesterol – all achieved with natural foods, no drugs whatsoever. Recently, there has been a lot of buzz around Greek yogurt because it has twice the amount of protein and low-fat content. The same has been done with cranberries and kale in the past. But what are the real benefits of superfoods and what are just exaggerations made by ad agencies? After consulting Web MD, I found a few superfoods that are proven to improve your health. http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/superfoods-everyone-needs

Tea

Whether it is black tea or green tea, tea is a superfood (superdrink?) that lowers cholesterol and said to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. ECGC is a powerful antioxidant found in tea. Tea is also a healthy alternative from sugary sodas. Tea can be ordered in almost every restaurant and is associated with relaxation and pleasure.

Dark Chocolate

Looking for an excuse to eat chocolate? Research has shown dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants and can lower blood pressure. Experts recommend that you should look for chocolate with 60% or higher cocoa content (the darker, the better). In addition, the darker the chocolate, the lower the fat and sugar content.

 

 

Omega 3 Rich Fish

The omega-3s found in fish lower heart disease, help arthritis, and some experts believe help with memory loss. Omega-3s are found most often in fatty, cold-water fish. Try eating salmon, herring, sardines and mackerel. Omega-3s can also be found in fortified eggs, flax seed and walnuts.

 

Blueberries

The delicious fruit is a superfood powerhouse. Berries are loaded with antioxidants, phytoflavinoids (compounds that protect our bodies from stress), potassium and vitamin C. Blueberries are said to decrease your risk of heart disease and cancer and are also anti-inflammatory. Fresh berries can also help with weight management – as they are high in water content and low in calories.

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