There is no exact definition of a “superfood.” However, superfoods are considered to be nutrient powerhouses that provide large quantities of antioxidants, phytochemicals (chemicals in plants responsible for colors and smells), vitamins, and minerals.
Examples of popular superfoods include lentils, kale, avocado, açaí berries, kefir, quinoa and almonds, just to name a few. Since there is not a strict definition of superfoods, any food that is nutrient-dense is commonly put into this category.
The high vitamin and mineral content can help your body fight diseases and keep you healthier.
These foods can promote heart health, weight loss, improve energy levels and even reduce the effects of aging.
Antioxidants may help prevent cancer, while healthy fats can reduce your risk of heart disease.
Fiber can help prevent diabetes and digestive problems.
Phytochemicals reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.
Superfoods protect your organs from toxins, help lower cholesterol, regulate metabolism and reduce inflammation.
Note that eating too much of one type of food can actually be detrimental to your health and prevent you from getting all of the nutrients you need. So superfoods need to be balanced and mixed in your diet.
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