An Introduction to Superfood
Basically a superfood is any kind of whole food that is rich in nutrient and health-promoting properties. Accordingly, a superfood is to meet a sufficient richness level of one of the following criteria: it ought have a broad range of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutruents, co-factors and so forth.
Now, since "superfood" is a relatively popular term to toss around at whim, this article aims to inform and set certain criteria which may help tell apart the real stuff from the "merely labeled one".
Superfoods may include: spirulina, Chlorella, maca, noni, mangosteen, goji berry, acai, camu camu, wheat grass, barley grass, acerolla cherry and so forth, etc. All of the mentioned are rich in nutrients and have thus got incredible healing properties. Also noteworthy: these foods are universally wholsome. This is not to say that other superfoods are "less good", but rather that they are good in specific areas instead.
Antioxidant boosting is best achieved via: goji, acai and mangosteen. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals (the factors which are responsible for aging) which makes these foods perfect for fighting the aging process. Other recommended antioxidant level boosters include fruits such as berries.
An immune system alongside with a richer level of Vitamin C can be achieved via intake of acerola cherry, noni and camu camu. What, in actuality, is meant by boosting the immune system is: the increased production of blood cells which are then used to fight off viruses and diseases. The particular type of fruits are among the richest whole food sources of vitamin C. These fruits are also a far better source of vitamin C than ascorbic acid is, because the latter is, actually, not a complete food and may thus be toxic in large amounts.
It is also interesting to note that amongst the weakest of superfoods that are promoted by a range of companies are, by far: wheat grass and barley grass. This is because they do not come even close to the the nutritional makeup of, say, spirulina or Chlorella. They also lack the specific properties the previously mentioned superfoods do not. This is to say that despite the claims promoted through various media, outlets and while they actually ARE healthy, these foods are completely unimpressive in comparison to other superfoods.
Conclusively, it is also a valuable bit of info to know that there is, however, a substitute to just about any superfood out there. Asking a nutritionist about these supplements would be a good idea in order to make sure a person is taking in all the substances he or she has planned to.