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Why Are Superfoods So Important?

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Superfoods have been proven to be the perfect addition to any healthy diet and lifestyle, helping to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and cholesterol.

As well as the above, superfoods offer a quality supply of natural sources; maintaining healthy levels which enhance both body and mind. Mostly a quality selection of fruits and vegetables, superfoods enhance the body’s immune system and encourage a natural detox throughout, for both organ and skin efficiency.

Don’t forget though, a healthy lifestyle will often include a well-maintained diet and plenty of exercise – yet, by adding super foods to your diet, you will notice an improvement in weight control, your body’s ability to fight disease, and in turn, live a longer and healthier life.

What Are Superfoods?

 

Simply, superfoods are not processed, and are ‘real’ foods that offer a collective source of vitamins, minerals and nutrients which work to encourage your body’s ability to look after itself, gain nourishment and prevent illness. Some of the top and easy-accessible superfoods that offer super-health benefits include:

  • Soya
  • Beans
  • Oranges
  • Salmon
  • Yoghurt
  • Nuts
  • Oats
  • Tomatoes
  • Green tea
  • Spinach
  • Berries
  • Broccoli

Omega-3 Superfoods

When it comes to Omega-3 fatty acids, fish is the perfect superfood that’ll look after your heart, and your memory. Omega-3 superfoods work to lower the risk of heart disease, arthritis and Alzheimer’s. Salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel and tuna are ideal sources of Omega-3, and a good level of these nutrients is provided by 2-3 portions of fish a week.

Antioxidant Superfoods

Superfoods rich in antioxidants include berries, especially blueberries which are high in potassium, vitamin C and are often the top-choice berry throughout healthy and nutritional natural diets. Antioxidant superfoods also offer anti-inflammatory benefits, which are often related to chronic diseases, and usually the darker the berry – the more antioxidants present.

Cholesterol Lowering Superfoods

Superfoods which work towards lowering cholesterol levels are those which provide high levels of soya fibre and protein. These include avocados, almonds, soya milk, soya beans, barley and tofu, all of which are ideal food options which not only make tasty additions to meals, but nourish the body and raise HDL cholesterol levels.

High in Fibre Superfoods

A diet high in fibre helps the body to maintain a healthy level of blood sugar and cholesterol. Fibres encourage you to feel fuller for longer, and are a great tool when trying to lose weight or focus on particular types of food intake. Most fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans are generally high in fibre; keeping the body healthy, supple and able to effectively lose weight.

Here at the London Gastroenterology Centre, we understand the importance of your health, and offer expert gastroenterology in London for all types of gastrointestinal disease. As leading medical professionals, our team of specialists are highly-trained in their field, and are happy to answer any questions you may have. For further information, or to speak to a member of our helpful and expert team – please do not hesitate to contact us on 020 7183 7965 and book your private consultation today!

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