Super foods are defined as those foods that are so nutrient-rich that they can help fight aging and illness. They have high amounts of flavonoids and micro and macro nutrients while being low in calories. These are the foods that will boost a person's immune system and help him or her fight everything from the flu to aging. Foods given this title are usually based on solid research and should be considered seriously for almost anyone’s diet.
One of the top super foods is spinach. It has more than 100% of vitamins K and A for starters, and it contains more than half the daily requirements for folate and manganese. Spinach has a special concoction of flavonoids, 13 to be exact, that all work together to help slow a number of cancers, including breast cancer. If that wasn’t enough to make it a super food, spinach does more. It’s been associated with improved brain function, eyesight, energy, and gastrointestinal function.
While being green and leafy is a good thing, it’s not the only food that’s good for people. Pumpkin is another super food. Even though this plump squash is associated with Halloween, it’s full of nutrients that the body needs every day. Technically, it’s a fruit, not a vegetable, and canned is as good for health as fresh. Pumpkin has lots of fiber, which helps to keep people feeling full, and beta carotene as well.
No one would ever leave turkey off any list talking about super foods. It's a good source of protein with less saturated fat than red meat, plus it has selenium, which is a trace mineral that gives people a cancer fighting boost. Turkey also has B vitamins that will give people who eat it energy and boost brain power.
These three super foods are just a sampling of the good things available. Other foods include blueberries (fresh or frozen), beans (dried helps lower cholesterol), tea (green or black), tomatoes (fresh and canned), walnuts, wild salmon, and oats, just to name a few. Combining foods will increase the absorption of the micronutrients and give diners more bang for their buck. People can try eating oatmeal with orange juice for a morning antioxidant boost. There are so many good foods out there, and they’re easy to incorporate into any diet.