Depending on your dietary choices or lifestyle, you will hear that certain foods are superfoods and others aren’t. They have mysterious powers that allow them to cure diseases and ailments much more effectively than any other food. Yet, after a few months sometimes weeks, these foods are not super anymore another one is that you must start using it immediately. It’s sad to say but a lot of the time these foods are simply the current hype similar to a viral video, clothing line, tv-show, amongst others. For those not invested in the health field, more specifically, the nutrition side of things the hype can cause a lot of issues that can lead to more harm than good. Not to mention, discourage those who are trying to turning their life around.
That said, some foods work wonders for health. Yet to call them superfoods is a stretch because there is usually a list of others that yield the same results even if there is a bit more research on one particular fruit or vegetable. To paint a clearer picture of this notion let’s look at foods that improve memory and reduce blood pressure since there is a lot of hype around these two topics as of late.
Dark berries, for example, improve memory due to their high content of phytochemicals and pterostilbene. These compounds interact with BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor), which is vital for the production of protein in the brain as well as the spinal cord. Alternatively, items like Green tea, olive oil, soy, dark chocolate and a few other foods do the same thing. Furthermore, lifestyle changes like intermittent fasting and proper sleep will increase BDNF as well.
That said, in terms of cardiovascular health improvement, garlic is one of the gold standards. It also improves a lot of other internal functions, but studies focus on cardiovascular improvement. The main focus of these studies is the way garlic lowers blood pressure. Similar to Nitrates found in leafy greens that share the same ability while reducing arterial stiffness which promotes better blood clotting.
As you can see, there are an array of foods that should be apart of this post, but these examples prove the point I am trying to make. There is always an alternative or combination that does the same thing. Therefore, instead of following the hype, take some time to research the food. Check to see what other fruits or vegetables do the same thing in case one of the alternatives is already in your diet.
That said if researching is not your thing, I suggest reaching out to someone in the health field for advice. We are usually happy to help and not trying to push our plans or lifestyle on you to make a quick buck.