So what are Superfoods? Here are some facts

So what are Superfoods? Here are some facts

What are Superfoods?

  • Superfoods (called functional foods by the European Commission) refer to non-medical terms but still they improve physical and emotional health.
  • Superfoods are not pills, capsules or any form of dietary complements.
  • They are natural food patterns/ailments which have an unusually high content of health beneficial properties: antioxidants, vitamins, fibres or other nutrients.
  • Super Foods are foods with natural values like berries, nuts and seeds in general, dark green vegetables (such as kale, collard greens, Swiss chard, Brussels sprouts and broccoli), citrus fruits, fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines, vegetables with bright, dark or intense colors (such as beets and their greens, and sweet potatoes), certain wild mushrooms, many legumes (peanuts, lentils, beans, raw cocoa), and whole grains as a group.

To the rescue 1st June 2014 http://nrn.com/healthy-helpings/superfoods-rescue

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  • According to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, we can split Super Foods on different families:
    • carotenoids (stimulate the immune system),
    • cruciferous (reinforce the protective enzymes),
    • Legumes (prevent tumor),
    • Others (Apples, apricots, barley, citrus fruit, cranberries, fiber, figs, fish oil, fish, ginger, green tea, spinach and seaweed have the ability to slow tumor growth in various ways).

http://www.cancercenter.com/community/nutritional-support/super-foods/

What are the health benefits of Superfoods?

  • can prevent or cure disease  *please note this is not a claim, rather some Superfoods contain nutrients that have shown to assist or completely cure various ailments.   Please research this further for yourself
  • ware off heart disease, cancer or cholesterol and more.
  • Not a drug but powerful/healthy ingredients that help you to feel better and though, keep you in a great mood.
  • The impacts on your daily feelings are astounding.
  • reduce almost 50 – 70% of suffering disease such as: heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and hypertension.
  • Do not eat only one specific ailment but incorporate a variety of Superfoods that will help you maintain your weight, fight disease, and live longer.
  • are easy to find (link with our distributors?)

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/superfoods-everyone-needs

To the rescue 1st June 2014 http://nrn.com/healthy-helpings/superfoods-rescue

‘and cancer" Cancer Research UK. Retrieved August 2013 – Wikipedia

 

Some critical arguments – advice.

  • Health benefits and effects of foods described as Superfoods are often disputed or unsupported by scientific studies.
  • Ex: raw cocoa has positive effects on blood pressure and markers of heart health, while other research indicated less certainty about the possible effects of cocoa on cardiovascular disease.
  • It is important to mix Super Foods and do not abuse of one type of Superfoods (e.x: nuts) in order to avoid addiction or to impair a disease.
  • People must be careful about the real natural values of a Superfoods because it happens that brands promote health benefits just for the marketing strategy (e.x: green tea – weight loss is true but it has been well-known for years for high-quality teas)

To the rescue 1st June 2014 http://nrn.com/healthy-helpings/superfoods-rescue

‘and cancer" Cancer Research UK. Retrieved August 2013 – Wikipedia

Two (great!) websites – refer to studies: WebMD / health.

 More details.

  • Growing up of customers towards healthy foods. This new movement has encouraged restaurants to change their menus.
  • Best to weight loss – website Health (serious website): 28 super foods. http://www.health.com/health/gallery/thumbnails/0,,20475957,00.html
  • To prevent cancer: World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research pointed to the benefits of eating mostly foods of plant origin. They're low in calories and fat and power-packed with phytochemicals and antioxidants that may help to reduce risks. 6 main Super Foods – broccoli, berries, tomatoes, walnuts, garlic, beans.

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20430736_2,00.html

http://www.webmd.com/cancer/features/seven-easy-to-find-foods-that-may-help-fight-cancer

  • To prevent heart disease: there are many Superfoods to make people feel better because a diet is the best “medicine” to fight against heart disease. People who eat fruits, vegetables (included oatmeal) and fishes (included sardines thanks to omega 3) with moderation low down the risks.

http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/prevent-heart-attacks-best-foods-heart-health

http://www.bhg.com/health-family/conditions/heart-disease/superfoods-for-heart-disease/

  • To prevent cholesterol. It is mostly similar to heart healthy foods but we can add tofu or fruit such as prunes and vegetables like chickpeas.

Hurt UK, The Cholesterol Charity: 6 super foods categories called “Cholesterol Busters”: soya foods, nuts, oats and barley, plants sterols and stanols, fruits and vegetables, foods rich in unsaturated fats.

http://heartuk.org.uk/cholesterol-and-diet/six-super-foods-for-lower-cholesterol

In general, all that Super Foods must be seriously integrated to your daily meals since overweight and obesity are risk factors for heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

Easy to eat - easy to prepare. Recipes. http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/10_everyday_superfoods?page=2

http://www.oprah.com/health/Dr-Perricones-10-Superfoods