Superfoods and More to Add to Your Diet

The best superfoods (foods that can improve your health) to use so that you get the results you want for your weight loss. Check out this superfood list.

The concept of top superfood (the idea that what you eat can improve your health) is appealing, especially while you are losing weight.

“Your food shall be your medicine and your medicine shall be your food.”

Losing weight can, by itself, lengthen your life by several years and eating health foods in general is of course even better.

But what are superfoods?

They are foods that give you that little extra and help you deal with health issues, the so called superfoods.

There is no agreed legal or medical definition of what a superfood is. According to Wikipedia , the term is used to describe food with high so called phytonutrient content that some may believe confers health benefits as a result. A phytonutrient is a bioactive component from plants that have health benefits.

Some of the reasons why you should include these foods in your diet, not just now and then, but every day are that they:

Prevent or reduce inflammation

• Help regulate your metabolism and burn body fat
• Lower your total cholesterol
• Lower your blood pressure
• Help protect you against heart disease
• Help protect you against cancer
• Help protect your organs from toxins
• Promote your digestive health

As the term becomes more and more popular some “experts” seems to want to pass almost anything as top superfoods. I’ve even seen beef being called that that during my research.

Gary Williamson, Professor of Functional Foods at the University of Leeds, has drawn up a superfood list of 20 foods of what he calls ‘lifespan essential’ foods needed for a long and healthy life. These foods are rich in naturally-occurring chemicals, so called polyphenols, found in plants which are widely accepted as having health benefits, and they can easily be found in any grocery store.

The superfood list

• apples
• blackberries
• black tea
• blueberries
• broccoli
• cereal bran
• cherries
• cherry tomatoes
• coffee
• cranberries
• dark chocolate
• green tea
• oranges
• peaches
• plums
• raspberries
• red grapes
• red onions
• spinach
• strawberries

You don’t have to look for any packaging with the label “Superfood Products” on it. (As of 1st July 2007, the marketing of products as such is banned in the European Union unless accompanied by a specific medical claim supported by credible scientific research.)

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