What makes a "superfood"?

When it comes to healthy eating, there are foods that are so exceptionally nutrient dense and the benefits of eating them so amazing, that they are often referred to as “super foods”.

What’s more, they have more nutrients per calorie than most other foods and have also been proven to contain vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that work to prevent many types of disease such as cancer and heart disease among many others. They are also perfect for low-fat and heart-healthy diets.

Superfood #1


Extremely rich in antioxidants (noteably ellagic acid), vitamin C and soluble fiber, berries help protect the cells in our bodies from damage, and in doing so prevent disease and aging. Blueberries in particular contain more disease-fighting antioxidants than any other fruit or vegetable.

Superfood #2


The vegetable you need to learn to love, broccoli’s nutritional benefits boast high levels of vitamin A, beta carotene, B vitamins (especially B3 and B5), folic acid, phosphorus, potassium, iron, chromium (which is an easily absorbed form of calcium), zinc, loads of fiber, and is also packed with carotenoid antioxidants.

Superfood #3

Nuts – Walnuts & Almonds

If you think that nuts are too high in fat for a healthy diet, guess again. These nuts help lower cholesterol due to the amount of antioxidants, phenols, vitamin E, ellagic acid and gallic acid they contain.

Cardiovascular Health – The monounsaturated fat in walnuts has a beneficial effect on cardiovascular health and is associated with a reduced risk for heart disease.

Heart Disease – Omega-3 essential fatty acids (a special type of fat that is essential for our bodies, but that the body cannot produce) found in these nuts protect us against heart disease and help to prevent irregular heart rhythms.

Omega-3 also helps reduce LDL (bad) and total cholesterol levels, provide anti-inflammatory benefits and are helpful if you suffer from asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, eczema or psoriasis.

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