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Superfoods: Powerful Tools or Unnecessary for Health?

By Genevieve Cunningham

We’ve all heard rumor about these superfoods floating around the fitness world. What are they? Generally, they’re foods that have so many benefits to eating them, they simply must be added to the everyday diet. If you keep up with health and fitness, you may notice that these superfoods seem to change from time to time. So what’s the deal? Are they just another fad, or is there some real magic behind eating these so-called powerful ingredients? To understand the science behind these kinds of foods, take a look at these quick facts.

What are Some of These Superfoods?

Even though the most popular superfoods change often, there are definitely some staples that remain on the list year after year. Some of these foods include the dark leafy green kale, berries of all sorts, tomatoes, garlic, the spices cinnamon and turmeric, and a few others. Each of these foods is thought to contain very specific nutrients that make them non-negotiables in a regular menu.

Do They Work?

The short answer to this question is both yes and no. These foods absolutely contain multiple healthy nutrients and vitamins that make them worthwhile. Vitamin C, fiber, protein, and valuable antioxidants are among the most common. These nutrients are vital to the body’s function, and eating them regularly absolutely enhances overall health. So what’s the no part about? It’s not essential that you get these nutrients from these foods specifically. If you enjoy other foods that also bring about these benefits, then these superfoods become just another healthy dish on the table.

So are They Necessary?

The nutrients and vitamins provided by these foods are necessary. If you prefer to get them from these superfoods, that’s great! But if you prefer to stick to an overall healthy and well balanced diet, that works too. The key is to pay attention to what goes into your mouth. Good food should go in, and the bad food should stay out. Whether or not that means these items are on your everyday menu is a personal choice that only you and your doctor can make.

There’s nothing wrong with relying on superfoods to enhance health … as long as they are part of a healthy diet. It won’t do much good to eat superfoods with your favorite fast food. Balance, planning, and awareness are key, so get informed and get your diet on the path to better health today.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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