What are Superfoods?
Superfoods are foods so high in nutrition and full of health benefits that eating them regularly can make a standard multivitamin obsolete.
There are many different types of superfoods. Some are rich in nutrients that are good for your skin and hair. Others are particularly high in free radical scavenging antioxidants that may help prevent many common diseases and slow down the visible signs of aging.
Many more are full of important vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, enzymes and other beneficial compounds that can improve your health and increase your energy and sense of well-being.
Eating healthy meals on a daily basis can be challenging. Conventional intensive farming techniques, along with relentless over-processing, have stripped many once nutritious fruits and vegetables of much of their original value.
Realizing this, a significant number of people have turned to multivitamin supplements, promising all the nutritional elements you need in a jar. Unfortunately, any look into scientific research and studies usually shows that, while they may prevent serious deficiencies, a standard multivitamin rarely leads to greatly improved health and energy.
Proper nutrition seems to be far too complex to engineer in a lab. Many of the vitamins in supplement tablets or capsules require certain fatty acids to be present for their assimilation. Many minerals will not be absorbed when high levels of other minerals are present, as is the case in an all in one multivitamin.
Some nutrients are beneficial in naturally occurring amounts, but may have unwanted side effects in unnatural larger doses. Perhaps most importantly, our bodies can have problems using the synthetic compounds in many supplements and, without the natural co-factors, they may actually do more harm than good.
There is an easier way. Nature has designed us to get everything we need from what we eat and drink. If certain fruits and vegetables now offer little in the way of nutrients due to over-farming and over-processing, we can turn to foods that provide exceptional nutritional value – superfoods.
Types of Superfoods
Superfoods are divided into five different categories on this site. They are Fruits and Berries, Healthy Oils, Nuts and Seeds, Supplements and Herbs and Vegetable Superfoods.
There are certain Fruits and Berries that contain extremely high levels of antioxidants for preventing free radical damage that leads to both disease and an increase in the visible signs of aging. Berries like goji berry and maqui berry and fruits like avocado and papaya not only taste amazing, when eaten regularly they can have an amazing effect on your overall energy levels and well-being.
Healthy Oils can help correct an out of balance fatty acid intake, as with fish oil or flaxseed oil. They can be incredibly rich in fat-soluble vitamins and other nutrients, as in cod liver oil and pumpkin seed oil. Or they can make a far healthier alternative to use in cooking, as are avocado oil and coconut oil. Healthy oils are also especially good for improving your skin and hair.
Nuts and Seeds like brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds and cacao are nutritional powerhouses and make a much better snack than high carbohydrate junk. While they may have a relatively high fat content, most nuts and seeds are satisfying and healthy foods that will diminish hunger and can actually help you lose weight.
There are many extremely beneficial Supplements and Herbs such as turmeric, maca, ginseng, suma and many more. New superfoods are also being recognized and discovered each year. With their growing popularity and dramatic lower prices than even a few short years back, there has never been a better time to start eating superfoods.
Vegetable Superfoods include many veggies that you may find on your dinner plate regularly, such as broccoli, pumpkin and carrots, but also some more unusual options for some of us, like shiitake mushrooms and sweet potatoes. All of them are very valuable nutritionally and well worth eating more often.
Superfood Profiles is updated regularly and any comments or questions you might have are greatly appreciated. Here’s hoping something you find here on this site can lead to a positive change in your health and well-being.