A Guide On What Are Superfoods, And Their Various Benefits
Believe it or not, food can be a pretty powerful medicine. So many foods out there have been shown to help decrease the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and the list goes on.
Incorporating some foods, superfoods in particular, into your diet can help to keep you healthy and disease free.
What are Superfoods?
Superfoods are foods that are very rich in vitamins, nutrients, and phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are naturally occurring chemicals that are usually found in the coloring of many foods. Ever wonder what makes a blackberry so dark? Phytochemicals! Blackberries are extremely healthy and full of these chemicals making them a superfood. Superfoods are also great for general health and weight management. They tend to be low in calories. When it comes to preventing disease, people want a magic pill. It would be great if there was one but for now, food will have to do! You can cut your risk of cancer and other diseases with these superfoods.
LIST OF CANCER FIGHTING SUPERFOODS
Now that we established what are superfoods, let’s look at the list below to see if you
Broccoli – This tree-like vegetable is the best choice out of all the cruciferous vegetables (like cauliflower, cabbage, and kale.) Broccoli contains much more of a special ingredient that the others do not. Sulforaphane is an extremely potent compound found in broccoli. Sulforaphane helps to boost the body’s protective enzymes. It also helps get rid of any
Spinach – The ultimate green vegetable…It is the perfect example of a superfood. This green leafy veggie is loaded with vitamins and antioxidants. It is especially high in vitamins A and K. It also contains flavanoids. Flavanoids are potent compounds found in some fruits and vegetables that have been shown to actually help in the treatment of some types of cancers.
Berries – Blackberries, blueberries, raspberries strawberries…all the berries fall under the superfood category! Two berries in particular rank a little bit higher on the superfoods list: blackberries and raspberries. These two berries contain a special phytochemical called
Tomatoes – The epitome of
Avocado – This delicious superfood does more than make for
Sweet Potatoes – The best kind of potato you can eat! Sweet potatoes are rich in beta carotene. Beta carotene is what gives sweet potatoes (and other orange veggies like carrots) their beautiful
Mushrooms – This fungi has a ton of powerful, cancer fighting and
Brazil Nuts – The Brazil nut is probably the least popular of all the nuts but it is also probably the best nut for you! Brazil nuts are packed with selenium. Selenium is a very powerful antioxidant that can protect against heart disease and cancers. It helps fight free radicals. Prostate cancer in particular is fought by consuming the selenium in Brazil nuts. Next time you’re at the grocery store, skip the almonds or the walnuts and reach for the Brazil nuts. They have a delicious nutty flavor and offer a wide array of health
benefits.Did we miss out on your favorite superfood? Let us know in the comments and we would be happy to add to the list!