Uncovered Superfoods

March 21, 2018

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s an avocado. Not all foods are created equal. CHI Health will give you the scoop as we uncover superfoods.

Dr. Bob Kizer is a Gastroenterologist with CHI Health.

Everyone knows that fruits and vegetables are good for you. But, did you know that some are super? Superfoods are densely packed with nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. When added to a well-balanced diet, it may be especially beneficial for your health.

Are you looking to lower your blood pressure and feel happier? Supercharge your salad with beets. High nitrate levels can lower your blood pressure and their Betaine amino acids create natural antidepressants in your brain. 

Blueberries contain plenty of nutrients and the highest amount of antioxidants among fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants prevent cell damage and help fight off disease. Plus, they taste great.

Avocados have fat and that’s bad right? Wrong. They are healthy monounsaturated fatty acids that reduce cholesterol levels in your blood which can help protect your body from heart and brain diseases.

Two other great superfoods to consider are salmon and black beans. Salmon contains Omega 3 fatty acids which our bodies cannot produce and which reduce inflammation and improve circulation. Black beans provide ample amounts of protein, fiber, and iron.

Not all foods are created equal. Remember to begin with the simple basics.

  • Avoid sugary foods and drinks
  • Eat lean meat or plant protein with lots of vegetables and fruits
  • Limit carbohydrates

Consider adding superfoods for:

  • Maximum Vitamins
  • Healthy Fats
  • Disease Fighting Benefits