Though there is no legal or medical definition, superfoods are nutrient powerhouses that pack large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. Eating them may reduce the risk of chronic disease, and prolong life, and people who eat more of them are healthier and thinner than those who don’t. Read about several foods that are considered super, what health benefits they offer, and how to fit them into your diet.
- Low-fat yogurt – high in healthy probiotics and calcium.
- Tomatoes – Containing lycopene, an antioxidant rarely found in other foods, that suggest it could protect the skin against harmful UV rays, prevent certain cancers, and lower cholesterol.
- Fatty Fish – It not only plays a vital role in the health of the membrane of every cell in our body, it also helps protect us from a number of key health threats including heart disease, stroke, hypertension,depression, joint pain, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Kale – Some studies believe the phytonutrients in kale trigger the liver to produce enzymes that neutralize potentially cancer-causing substances.
- Blueberries – full of antioxidants and phytonutrients that neutralize free radicals (agents that cause aging and cell damage)
- Beans – Low in fat, beans are a good source of protein and fiber and may have protective effects against heart disease and breast cancer.