What Are Superfoods & Why Are They Important

The term "superfood" refers to foods that have maximum nutritional benefits with minimum calories. These foods contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. There is no standard criterion that classifies any food as a superfood; however, most are plant-based.

What are Superfoods?

Antioxidants are natural molecules present in foods that help to neutralize free radicals (natural by-products of energy produced that can negatively affect the body). The antioxidant molecules can decrease or reverse the effects of these free radicals. They have close links with diseases such as:

  • heart disease

  • cancer

  • arthritis

  • stroke

  • respiratory diseases

  • immune deficiency

  • emphysema

  • Parkinson’s disease

Superfoods are not cure-all foods, but they would be suitable in your diet on a daily basis. Superfoods provide fiber, unrefined carbs, and an array of vitamins and minerals.

Common Superfoods

Studies have demonstrated that superfoods high in antioxidants and flavonoids help prevent coronary heart disease and cancer, as well as improving immunity and decreasing inflammation.

Regularly eating fruits and vegetables also has strong associations with a lower risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions and overall mortality.

The nutrients they contain help promote a healthy complexion, nails, and hair and increase energy levels.

They can also help maintain a healthy weight.

  • Acai Berries

  • Activated Charcoal

  • Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Bee Pollen

  • Bentonite Clay

  • Chia Seed

  • Flax Seed

  • Hemp Seeds

  • Kombucha

  • Manuka Honey

  • Pumpkin Seed

  • Wheatgrass

Benefits of Superfoods

Every superfood has a specific characteristic, each of which offers some typical health benefits to the human body. They improve physical and mental health, strengthen the immune system, and increase resistance to diseases. They also provide the body with caloric energy.

Superfoods can help burn calories as they improve metabolism. The rejuvenation of the skin is another advantage of superfoods, thanks in part to vitamin C. Lastly, they help in reducing the risk of cancer and protect the heart.

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