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Are Superfoods Actually Super?

“Superfoods” are a pretty common phenomenon nowadays. These foods pop up all over on menus at juice bars, healthy restaurants and even have their own aisles in supermarkets sometimes.

The term “superfood” is nothing more than a marketing term. However, many of the foods that get labeled as superfoods do have a ton of health benefits.

Here are eight of the best superfoods you should try right now:

Acai
Acai berries are one of the most popular superfoods – and for good reasons. These Brazilian berries are filled with nutrients.
For one, they’re incredibly high in antioxidants. They also may help lower cholesterol and boost brain function. Try them in a smoothie, a bowl, or on their own!

Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes are an awesome source of carbohydrates. They’re also incredibly versatile and can be eaten with any meal.
Sweet potatoes are high in potassium, fiber, and vitamins A and C. While sweet, they don’t increase your blood pressure. Try them at breakfast in a skillet, at lunch as fries, and baked at dinner.

Pomegranates
Pomegranates – specifically the seeds, which you’re probably most familiar with – are definitely a superfood. They’re tasty, nutritious, and versatile.
These fruits are good sources of fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. There’s been some evidence that pomegranates can help with cancer prevention and heart health. If you’ve never had it before, try pomegranate juice!

Garlic
Who doesn’t love garlic? Believe it or not, garlic actually has a ton of health benefits in addition to its distinct flavor.
Garlic is a good source of manganese, selenium, and fiber, in addition to several vitamins. Some research shows that garlic can help reduce cholesterol and blood pressure while supporting your immune system.

Ginger
Ginger has been used for centuries as a medicine and as a flavor booster. It comes from the root of a Chinese plant. It’s so easy to add to a wide variety of dishes.
This root has a ton of benefits. It can help manage nausea and reduce both acute and chronic inflammation. It may also reduce the risk of heart disease and dementia.

Turmeric
This bright yellow Indian root is a cousin of ginger. Like ginger, it has been used for a long time in both cooking and medicine. It also has similar benefits.
Turmeric is loaded with something called curcumin. This compound is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It also helps with wound healing and pain reduction. In order to fully absorb curcumin into your body, pair it with fats or black pepper.

Avocado
This fruit (yes, it’s a fruit!) is a wildly popular superfood. It has become a staple of a healthy diet. There are good reasons for this.
Avocados are very high in fiber, vitamins, and healthy fats. These healthy fats, monounsaturated fats, help reduce inflammation in your body. If you need some healthy fats in your diet, try avocados!

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