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Superfoods: Health benefits, uses, and risks

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What are superfoods?

Superfoods are foods that have a very high nutritional density. This means that they provide a substantial amount of nutrients and very few calories.

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  • They contain a high volume of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants which will help you reach your daily nutritional goals.
  • The nutrients they contain help promote a healthy complexion, nails, and hair and increase energy levels.
  • They can also help ma...

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Berries

The higher levels of flavonoids in berries have been shown to lower the risk of a heart attack . A few commonly identified superfood berries include

  • acai berries
  • blueberries
  • raspberries

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Salmon

The high omega-3 fatty acid content in salmon and other fatty fish, such as trout and herring, can decrease the risk of abnormal heartbeats, reduce cholesterol and slow the growth of arterial plaque.

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Dark chocolate

Research has found that dark chocolate is high in flavonoids. Flavonoids demonstrate antioxidant activity, prevent coronary heart disease and certain types of cancer, and boost the immune system.

The component in chocolate specifically responsible for these benefits is cacao powder. Manufac...

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Wine and Grapes

Resveratrol, the polyphenol found in wine that made it famously “heart healthy”, is present in the skins of red grapes.

A few studies have shown promise that resveratrol can protect against diabetic neuropathy and retinopathy. T...

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