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We already know a fit, well-balanced diet that contains fruits, vegetables, and foods high in fiber. We also know that healthy foods can significantly improve the way they look and feel. But, have you ever considered the paybacks of super foods? We have, and we recommend you integrate these super foods.
What are Super Foods?
Super foods are those foods that have a large amount of phytonutrients. These are plant-derived compounds that can significantly improve your health. These types of foods also contain many antioxidants and can improve your skin’s texture and appearance.
Research shows that incorporating super foods into your diet can also provide the following benefits:
- Fight disease
- Strengthen the immune system
- Reduce the risk of certain types of cancer
- Reduce inflammation
Types of Super Foods
Super foods come in different shapes, sizes, tastes, and food groups such as:
Blueberries – This small fruit is full of antioxidants, phytoflavinoids, potassium, and Vitamin C. Research shows blueberries can act as anti-inflammatory agents and can help lower your risk of heart disease and cancer.
Kiwis – These pieces of fruit are loaded with Vitamin C and antioxidants – even the skin of the fruit contains flavonoid antioxidants.
Chia Seeds – Chia seeds are high in Omega-3 fatty acids and contain a ton of antioxidants and are high in macronutrients.
Salmon – Salmon is an amazing source of Omega-3 fatty acids. It is also packed with monounsaturated fats which can help lower your cholesterol levels. Research shows that salmon might assist in helping arthritis pains, fight against heart disease, and help with memory loss illnesses such as Alzheimer’s.
Dark Chocolate – Yes, it’s true. Dark chocolate is a super food because it is full of antioxidants, which can help break down free radicals, slow oxidation, reduce allergies, and prevent heart disease and cancer. Research suggests dark chocolate is most beneficial when it contains only small amounts of sugar and fat.
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