What Are Superfoods?
"Superfood" is a term loosely used to describe a dietary supplement that could be also considered food and in most cases used as food. Superfoods are minimally-processed and provide a range of nutrients, not just isolated amounts of specific nutrients as in most dietary supplements. Some superfoods like nutritional yeasts and lecithin were among the very first dietary supplements on the market. Nowadays, the superfoods include barley, chlorella, bee pollen, flax seed, lecithin, spirulina, wheat grass and other things.
Health Benefits of Superfoods
The benefits of superfoods varies and depends on the superfood in question. For example, greens supplements like spirulina and wheat grass provide amino acids, chlorophyll, antioxidants and are considered to be alkalizing by many. Lecithin is a source of healthy nutrient fats and B vitamins and may promote healthy cholesterol levels. Acai and pomegranate and other berries provide antioxidant support. Cocoa provides cardiovascular-friendly antioxidants, mood-boosting alkaloids, fiber and an intense, deep chocolate taste. Flaxseed meal (ground flaxseed) provides fiber, omega 3s, protein and hormone-balancing lignans. You can use as many superfoods as you wish, in any combination, to improve the nutritional content of your diet and your health.
You use each Superfood differently, since each is better suited for some things than others. Labels usually have some good recommendations, usage guidelines and recipes.