Superfoods to Improve Your Health

What does food really mean to the body? Which foods would be classified as "superfoods"? To answer the first question, food is fuel/energy for the body. In addition to fueling the body, food is also a key source of nutrients that keep our systems functioning normally. The term superfoods, is a relative term used to describe, fruits, nuts, and vegetables that are packed with a high amount of nutrients. These can range from Vitamin A, to Potassium, and Zinc. That makes food a key component to improving our overall health. Superfoods come in all sizes and colors. In fact a good guideline is to get as many colors of the rainbow into your meals as you can on a daily basis. The more colorful the foods are, the more likely that you are getting the nutrients that provide the greatest health benefits.

There are various forms of supplements to get many of the nutrients that our body needs. However, the most ideal way to obtain these vitamins and minerals is directly through a food source. As an example, let’s say you have a desire to improve your skin. You can eat foods that provide you with healthier skin. Of course you can buy various creams and pills that say they can provide you with results such as soft, smooth, supple skin. The alternative is to eat your way to better skin, just by making a few food choices. The superfoods that can help accomplish this will be high in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Omega-3 fatty acids. For instance bell peppers are a very good source of Vitamin C. They are often overlooked in the produce section, and are a cost effective and nutritious source of a much needed vitamin.

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Heart related ailments such as high blood pressure, or high cholesterol can also be improved through our diets. Foods that are high in Vitamin B, Omega-3 fatty acids, Magnesium, and Potassium have been identified as being heart healthy. Some of the specific superfoods that have these particular nutrients include spinach, flax seeds, walnuts, squash, Swiss chard, and cantaloupe. This is another example of where getting nutrition through food can improve your health.

Whether you are searching for superfoods to improve your memory, limit the effects of migraines, or to battle against the common cold & flu. You can find a food that will help to improve your health. If you check the links on this page you will find some more in depth information about these various superfoods. This will include what they look like, how they can be used in recipes, and the nutrients they can provide.

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For instance, have you seen this particular fruit (to the right) before? These are known as goji berries. They have various miracle cure claims associated with them. But this is simply a good wholesome fruit choice that has been shown to contain significant amounts of Vitamin C, and Caratenoids (Beta Carotene, Lutein, Lycopene, etc...)

The health benefits from eating goji berries on a regular basis include improving immune system functions, and protecting cells against damage. Protecting cells from being damaged slows down the effects of aging, as well as the advancement of certain diseases.

Goji berries can be used in place of raisins, either in a recipe or as a snack. Goji has the tartness of a cranberry, but with more sweetness associated with it. This is yet another superfood that can be added to your daily eating routine, which can provide those much needed health benefits.