The marketing definition of a superfood is foods that have supposed high amounts of health benefits. What else do we know about the products that are so heavily marketed in our society aside from the fact that they usually contain beneficial vitamins, antioxidants, polyphenols, and minerals? Check out this list of the six superfoods you absolutely should be including in your diet.
Tomatoes usually aren’t advertised as superfoods, but they’re as beneficial for your body as blueberries (more on that later), due to their high levels of antioxidants. One antioxidant found in tomatoes is lycopene, which is rather uncommon in other foods. There have been many studies that have shown the positive effects of lycopene. It helps protect the skin against dangerous UV rays, can help prevent certain cancers, and it can also help lower your cholesterol. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that there are around 73.5 million adults who have high low-density lipoprotein, which is also known as bad cholesterol. Those statistics are relatively high, which is why some doctors recommend their patients incorporate more tomatoes into their diet. The fruit also has high levels of vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. While other foods possess high levels of potassium, tomatoes are a good way to help reach the recommended 4,700mg a day. Potassium helps keep blood pressure under control, prevent blood and kidney diseases, lowers stress and anxiety levels, keep metabolism regular, balance the body’s water levels, and help with electrolyte functions.