The word “superfood” is often used as a marketing tool, so I am going to give you the straight scientific facts on these foods that many claim to have cancer-fighting properties. It seems that there are different opinions from health-care professionals on these foods that are so rich in antioxidants and nutrients, so let’s get to the bottom of this superfood craze. Media has created this word SUPERFOOD to entice the public into eating foods that are not manufactured. Foods like berries, seeds, avocados, leafy greens, fatty omega-rich fish and even chocolate are all getting attention as foods that can keep you healthy if you incorporate them into your diet. Part of why we are glorifying healthy foods that come from the earth is because, as a nation, we have lost touch with this concept. Instead, we’ve turned to mass-produced and processed products (usually in a box, a can, a freezer or a fast food establishment) mostly for convenience and lack of knowledge. This mentality keeps us from realizing that foods (the way Mother Nature created them for our species) were never intended to be processed to the point that our bodies can’t recognize them. Therefore, the word SUPERFOOD grabbed our attention as the “hot, natural, nutrient-rich” products that should be incorporated into the body to keep us from getting cancer, etc. While science would argue that there is no direct link between superfood and cancer, we are less likely to get cancer if we’re eating the nutrients nature intended for us. So, let’s do it. Let’s eat better. Let’s recognize and pronounce the food we eat. Let’s be aware of where it comes from and what vitamins it has that can aid your body into supreme health.
There are several top SUPERFOODS (most of which, we serve at DIVE):
The Top 9 Superfoods by Dr Frank Lipman
1. Leafy Greens- containing fiber, Vitamin A,C, & K
2. Cruciferous Vegetables- Like Cabbage, Kale, Collard Greens, Swiss Chard, Brussel Sprouts, Broccoli, Cauliflower (these are all known to allegedly reduce the production of free radicals)
3. Avocado- Monosaturated Fats- to help break down trans fats, Vitamin K, Potassium, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Magnesium, Luetin, Folate
4. Blueberries- Vitamin C, K, Phytochemicals, Flavanoids, Soluble Fiber
5. Beans- raise hormone Leptin, B Vitamins, Calcium, Potassium, Folate
6. Walnuts- omega-3, melatonin, manganese, Vitamin E
7. Wild Salmon- Protein, Omega-3, Vitamin D, Selinium, Vitamins B2, B3, B6, B12
8. Chocolate- known to improve blood flow and lower blood pressure. In moderation
9. Chia Seeds- richest source of plant based Omega 3’s
Refer to www.drfranklipman.com for more info on this topic. Hope you learned something, as I did.