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'Superfood' is a concept that refers to a food with a lot of health benefits. There are lots of debatable options about what a superfood is and how they affect a person's health. Some claim that superfoods can boost physical ability and intelligence. Othery say these foods can slow down the aging process and lighten depression.
The food industry is exploiting the fear for unhealthy lifestyle that can lead to chronic diseases such as cancer, stroke and heart disease. They are convincing us to eat fruits and vegetables because they have the potential to improve our health.
A lot of research was done to take advantage of hidden chemicals and extracts not found in the natural state of food. However, the evidence is inconclusive. Yet, it is important to have a balanced and diversified diet of these super foods. It will provide nutrients that your body needs.
Here are the claimed superfoods and their health benefits:
With fiber and manganese, blueberries are an excellent source of Vitamins. Vitamin K helps the clotting of blood, which helps wounds heal faster. Vitamin C or ascorbic acid does many things like:
a) Maintains healthy connective tissue
b) Aids in wound healing
c) Facilitates and protects healthy cells
You can't store vitamin C in your body so it should be part of the daily diet.
In a study, there are participants who ate three or more strawberries and blueberries in a week. Results indicate that they had 32% less heart attack risk. It is higher than people who ate them only once every month.
The evidence may be inconclusive but people still think that blueberries can encourage the relaxation of the blood vessel walls. It can help cut the amount of atherosclerosis in a person's body. Atherosclerosis is a condition where fatty plaques block the arteries. Reducing the atherosclerosis in the body can decrease the risk of clogged arteries.
2) Goji berries
These berries have Vitamins A, B2, C, selenium and iron.
Vitamin B2 is also known riboflavin. It dissolves in water as they go through the bloodstream and help in breaking down carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. These may also assist in the maintenance of our digestive system's mucous membranes.
Our immune system needs Vitamin A to help us maintain healthy vision.
3) Dark Chocolate
Milk chocolate, with high sugar and fat content, has a notorious reputation as an unhealthy food. On the other hand, dark chocolate has 70% cocoa and health benefits if you eat it in small portions.
The great source of antioxidants is dark chocolates. They can protect your cells against the free radicals' effects. Your cells produce these radicals through oxidation that can lead to cell damage.
A measurement of the food's antioxidant activity is the ORAC which stands for the Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity. The raw cocoa bean has one of the highest ORAC of foods under test conditions.
Flavanols are some of the compounds in dark chocolate. They encourage the endothelium to produce Nitric Oxide (NO). The endothelium is the lining of the arteries inside the body. NO creates a signal for the arteries to relax. It can also lower the resistance to blood flow and bring blood pressure down. But, the results of researched on this compound were short-term. They need longer-term trials to strengthen the current results further.
4) Oily fish
Fillets of fatty fish like sardines, herring, mackerel, salmon, and trout have 30% oil. These oils usually have two main ingredients: EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Both of them are Omega-3 fatty acids.
The Omega-3 oils have many health benefits if taken regularly. The UK Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition created a report on Omega-3 oils. According to their studies, the consumption of oily fish can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Some studies also believe that the consumption of oily fish improves the working memory. It applies to young adults. It can also affect fetal development.
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