I was asked, just exactly what are super foods and why do we need them? There seems to be a huge craze out there to understand how the right types of foods in our diet can greatly improve our health condition(s) and incorporate these foods into our preventative health, wellness and nutrition program.
What’s the deal? Could this be the anti-aging or fountain of youth formulae? Or could this just be another way to get money out of your wallet? Well I’ve done a little research for you and here’s what I came up with. There currently is no official or legal definition of super foods. Also there is a common denominator of discussion amongst dieticians and nutritional scientists. Mostly, the claims made regarding specific food items and benefits toward health. The problem is marketing companies now are using the term “super foods” as a catch all tool to sell more product. We understand science has come up with some very good data on select foods that provide extreme nutrient and health benefits. After all, God provides natural good foods (super foods) as everything we need on this earth to be healthy and fit.
Only because of man’s greed have many consumer foods now become a blend of additives and chemically preserved and altered foods. The chemical food companies, FDA, FTC, lobbyists, politicians, special interest groups and others control and back much of the processed food and chemical industries. The food and chemical industries are worth billions of dollars to investors and keep millions of workers employed, much like our health, pharmaceutical and petroleum industries. Money rules the roost regardless of whether these processed foods knowingly make our families sick. If food is not in its natural form and/or man-processed (some with carcinogenic chemical additives) be suspicious and read the ingredients on the label prior to purchasing, for many additives are known to cause cancer. If you can’t pronounce the ingredient(s) on the label, or understand what the ingredients are… Chances are it’s one of thousands of addictive chemicals used to addict you to a product, much like nicotine keeps smokers addicted to cigarettes that can have an ill-health effect on you.
The food industry is now saturating our retail food markets with chemically induced additives to our foods that not only get you addicted to a product but are creating a whole generation of unhealthy children and adults through fast food chains. Products such as diet sodas, candy, desserts, etc., use artificial sweetener (Aspartame – Also known as splendid, spoonful and a whole lot of other brand labels). Read my articles, “Aspartame the Silent Killer,” “Can You Prevent Cancer?” Also “Is Cancer in Your Tub? Located within Mirror Athlete Corp., Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets Blog.
On the forefront of best supper foods you can consume here they are: Blueberries, apples, avocado, bananas, beans, bee pollen, broccoli, flax seed, oats, oranges, papaya, raspberries, soy, spinach, green tea, walnuts, yogurt… and many more. Some benefits of super foods boast of longer healthier living, less wrinkles, better skin, lower blood pressure, healthy heart, cancer prevention, etc. Each super food listed above has high concentrations of antioxidants, vitamin C, manganese, fiber and anthocyanins [provides the concentrated pigment in berries where consumption has health benefits per scientific studies: Cancer, aging, neurological disease, inflammation, diabetes and bacterial infection]. Because these specifically identified foods are highly nutritious and beneficial to health and well-being they have been coined “super foods.”
I believe there are many benefits to consuming super foods. You’ll need to do a little homework to determine what is backed by scientific research versus which foods are backed by marketing sales hype. I will not do this for you because; everybody’s bodies and health requirements are so different. Our bodies are like cars that perform better or worse dependant on the fuels, oils and additives for longer lasting maintenance free operations. However, our bodies do not perform as simplistically as our car fuel analogy would depict. This is because the human body is a zillion times more complicated than any car on the road. Another good analogy is when you go to your primary physician for whatever ails you… They may perform a combination of various exams; send you for an MRI, x-ray, or blood work for example to determine which specialist to refer you to if required. Hence, to endorse a super food combination that would be “just right” for all that would read this article is not possible, because our health needs vary across the board for each one of us.
To customize your super food requirements, just go to any search engine on the world wide web and research “super foods,” look for food combinations that make sense for your medical or health prevention benefits, type in “super food and/or health condition.”
For example, some super foods work better for high blood pressure, or cholesterol reduction, you get the point. If you have no idea what would work best for your body, just start incorporating some of the super foods I listed into your diet. You will most likely start feeling better, have more energy, lose weight, etc. Or see your primary care physician and request an Annual physical with blood work so you can see your base line blood pressure, triglycerides, cholesterol, glucose levels etc., then you have a foundation to base your customized super food needs.
I highly recommend all adults over the age of 35, or younger (dependant on health) supplement their diet with a high quality absorbable mineral-vitamin complex, antioxidant, flora (good bacteria) daily supplements as an insurance program for good health. Of course you should make every attempt to eat as nutritiously as possible by eating fresh fruits and vegetables, fiber, reduce animal fat and reduce sugar in the diet.
The most important advice I could add as a bonus… Stay away from diet sodas and aspartame laced desert-candy products (an additive in thousands of our processed and packaged foods). Also read “Lose Weight with Super Foods.”
Author: Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET. 2008 Copyright, All rights reserved. Mirror Athlete Enterprises Publishing @: www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your free eNewsletter.