Are there really super foods?

Are super-foods really super-foods? The answer is yes – but not all.

We’ve all seen the media advertise certain ‘super-foods’ that are supposedly magical. But how many of these foods are actually evidence based?

Based on my research of super-foods and discussions with other nutrition practitioners, foods like Garlic, Berries, Spirulina and Leafy Greens are super-foods backed by solid evidence.

Here’s a brief overview of these super-foods:

1) Garlic

Eating 1-2 cloves of fresh garlic a day can do you wonders. The evidence suggests garlic to improve blood flow, cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Additionally, garlic has anti-oxidant properties that can help fight off cancer.

2) Berries

Berries contain a powerful anti-oxidant, Anthocyanin, which can help reduce body inflammation and provide an anti-cancer effect. Berry awesome.

3) Spirulina

Terrible taste, but powerful effect! Spirulina is quite potent with protein and similar to berries and garlic, can provide anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects.

4) Leafy Greens

Leafy greens include, but are not limited to, kale, spinach, broccoli, cabbage and iceburg lettuce. The benefit of leafy greens stems from their nitrate content. Nitrate, also found in beetroot, can increase blood flow by dilating blood vessels. This, in turn, can decrease blood pressure.

Consuming other super-foods presented by the media will pose no harm. But it’s always good to separate the wheat from the chaff – the evidence-based from the ‘bro’ science.

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