What is a “superfood”? Most doctors and nutritionists will say that there is no scientific definition of “superfood,” that it is a marketing buzzword applied to foods that are good for you. Functional medicine specialist Dr. Marsha Nunley, founder of H.E.A.L. Medical, agrees but says: “While it is true that there is no legal or medical specification for a ‘superfood,’ it is without question that there are foods that are high in healthful nutrients and adding them to your diet may reduce your risk of chronic disease and improve your overall health and well-being.”
Superfoods are packed with combinations of vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and fiber, as well as antioxidants, flavonoids, and phytochemicals – substances found mostly in plants that have a wide variety of beneficial effects. “Including some of these nutrient-dense foods in your daily diet can help ensure that you’re eating for optimal health.”
Dr. Nunley suggests, “start by stocking your pantry and refrigerator with these ten powerhouse foods:”
Dr. Nunley emphasizes that we shouldn’t look at foods in isolation and shouldn’t base our diets on just a handful of foods, even superfoods. “The healthiest diet is based on a variety of nutritious foods in moderate amounts. If you focus on plant-based foods and lean, sustainably raised animal protein, you’ll be on the right track.”
Marsha Nunley, M.D., founder of H.E.A.L. Medical is board-certified in internal medicine, geriatric medicine, and palliative care. Dr. Nunley specializes in functional medicine, a systems-based approach to treating the whole person.http://www.marshanunleymd.com
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