The Ultimate Guide to Superfoods

Find out the facts about superfoods, including how they can help your overall health, which are in season, and more!

October 19, 2016 | HF Healthy Living Team

Superfoods are nutrient-rich foods proven to be highly beneficial to overall health. They are a great way to get your daily intake of fruits and vegetables, and sometimes even protein too.

Check out how superfoods can benefit your well-being, what’s in season, and more below.

What Makes Up a Superfood?

Superfoods are mostly plant-based but can also include fish and dairy. These foods are packed with necessary antioxidants (natural or man-made substances that can help delay cell damage), polyphenols (micronutrients that can help prevent diseases), vitamins, and minerals.

When combined with a balanced diet, they can give you more energy and support your overall health.

Potential Health Benefits of Superfoods

Superfoods have some potential health benefits that can support your overall well-being. They can:

Most superfoods are packed with antioxidants, which are known to prevent infections like colds and the flu. It’s recommended that a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables be eaten regularly for optimal health, as each food provides different essential nutrients.

Which Superfoods Are in Season This Fall?

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There are plenty of delicious, in-season superfoods available in autumn.

Apples and Pumpkins
These fall favorites are full of antioxidants, vitamins, potassium, and more. Find the best places for some apple and/or pumpkin picking to get the best selection for the best price.

Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene, which helps to repair cells that may be exposed to disease. They can even reduce inflammation throughout the body. Check out this Thai sweet potato hash recipe for a nutritious and tasty side dish.

More fall superfoods to add to your shopping list:

  • Pomegranates
  • Turnips
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Pears
  • Rutabagas
  • Winter Squash
  • Parsnips
  • Kiwis
  • Grapefruit
  • Tangerines
  • Dates

Year-Round Superfoods

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While the superfoods above can be easier to come by in the fall, it is important to keep up with a healthy diet to maintain optimal health all year round.

Check out some foods to add to your diet in the list below.

  • Whole Grains
  • Oats
  • Tomatoes
  • Berries
  • Avocado
  • Leafy Greens
  • Spirulina
  • Chlorella (Green algae)
  • Herbs and Spices
  • Nuts
  • Legumes and Lentils
  • Cranberries
  • Salmon and Sardines
  • Tea
  • Yogurt
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Quinoa
  • Olive Oil

Remember that everyone’s body is different. Some may lack certain nutrients, like magnesium, potassium, or a specific vitamin. That’s why it’s important to understand your individual needs and how to reach your peak health.

Speak with your doctor to check your vitamin levels and to see how you can improve your overall health and well-being. And before heading to the store, don’t forget to get some tips on how to keep a healthy stocked kitchen!

 

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This health information or program is for educational purposes only and not intended to treat, diagnose, or act as a substitute for medical advice from your provider. Consult your healthcare provider and always follow your healthcare provider’s instructions.

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http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/hea/wellness/docs/WebinarPage/2012/2012.06.13_Superfoods.pdf

“What are Superfoods,” Live Science. Accessed September 13, 2016.
http://www.livescience.com/34693-superfoods.html

“What’s so super about superfoods?” Heart.org. Accessed September 14, 2016.
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/Nutrition/Whats-so-super-about-superfoods_UCM_457937_Article.jsp

“Antioxidants,” MedlinePlus. Accessed September 16, 2016.
https://medlineplus.gov/antioxidants.html

“Information about Nutrition,” Health.gov. Accessed September 16, 2016.
http://health.mo.gov/living/wellness/nutrition/

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