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Getting Additional Nutrition from Superfoods

What means nutrition from Superfoods?

Leafy Greens - Collards are Superfood

Picture by Darya Pino

Superfoods are a class of foods that are considered to be better than other foods because they contain more nutritional elements and antioxidants. It is common sense that some foods are better than others, for example, an apple is more nutritious than a bag of potato chips, and broccoli is healthier than eating gummy bears. Fact is that there are highly loaded superfoods that can help us to live healthier and have a more vibrant live and they can even prolong or lifespan.

All Superfoods have a high concentration of important nutrients and they are typically low in calories and fat. Many of these nutrients have been proven to be helpful in the prevention of various diseases, and some are even able to reverse the effects of aging! Going on a diet that is rich in all the vital nutrients that is found in these superfoods can help prevent cardiovascular disease, certain Cancers, Type II Diabetes, Hypertension, Parkinson and Alzheimer's .

Most of these extremely nutritious superfoods also contain a great variety of antioxidants, phytonutrients, polyphenols, omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, and trace minerals. Superfoods are best eaten wholevas they come in nature with as little processing as possible. Superfoods are very complex and we don't know all of their benefits yet. Many superfoods contain hundreds of compounds and nutrients that have yet to be discovered.

Superfood researchers suggests that the nutrients from individual superfoods work best in combination with each other. This is the reason why it is best to be informed about as many healthy foods as possible rather than focus on just a few that you know already. Nutrients from a wide range of foods work together to promote good health and to prevent the problems like cancer and prematurely aging.

How are Superfoods measured?

Since a few year only we can measure antioxidants in different foods and the surprises don't stop coming. The ORAC scale, or the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, measures the antioxidant levels of a superfoods. ORAC is a measurement of how much antioxidants contained in the particular food were able to destroy oxygen free radicals in a test tube. The higher the ORAC number the higher the antioxidant capacity of the food. All antioxidant capacity measures are estimated by Ferric Reducing Power and are expressed as Micromole Trolox Equivalent µ(TE) per 100 grams or 3.53 ounces. The ORAC measurement is accurate up to ±5%.

There is a whole list of superfoods that score high on the ORAC scale but the fruit that scores by far the highest is the Acai berry, coming from the rain forests of Brazil. The purple little berries grow on palm trees and are loaded with antioxidants, polyphenols, essential fatty omega acids and the full range of amino acids essential to our health. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and are needed for muscle building.

Other foods that are considered to be superfoods, include all of the berries, including raw cocoa, blueberries and cranberries, spinach and many other leafy greens, cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables, wild salmon, walnuts and other nuts green tea and dark chocolate.

Eating a healthy and balanced diet that includes the superior nutrition of the healthiest foods on earth is probably the very best way in the world to remain healthy and strong. If you're interested in Acai products have a look in our health store where you can find many superfood products and also many books about superfoods, written by people who have studied superfoods for many years already.

By: Karen Lynch

Karen Lynch is a writer and Mom and has a strong interest in superfoods and nutrition. She is excited about the advanced nutrition in Acai berries.