There is no medical or legal definition yet, but super foods, as you might have guessed, are foods packed with large amounts of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and polyphenols.
Below are foods that experts consider super.
Tomatoes are a great source of lycopene, an antioxidant that, studies suggest, protect the skin against harmful UV rays, lower cholesterol, and protect against certain cancers. Lycopene is rarely found in other foods.
Tomatoes also contain large amounts of potassium, fiber, and vitamin C.
Blueberries contain huge doses of phytonutrients that keep free radicals in check. Blueberries also contain antioxidants that may protect against cancer. These antioxidants, along with phytonutrients, help reduce the effects age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
Kale contains a certain type of phytonutrient that appears to reduce the risks of developing breast, ovarian and several other kinds of cancers. Though scientists have yet to be certain about why this occurs, they think that the phytonutrients in kale cause the liver to produce enzymes that counteract substances that could possibly cause cancer.
Black beans are a great source of "heart-healthy" fibers, antioxidants, and energy-boosting iron. Black beans are also a healthy source of protein. A cup of black beans gives you 15 grams of protein – minues the saturated fat found in meats that can clog your arteries and cause heart diseases.
Brocolli is packed with phytonutrients which may suppress the growth of tumors and lower cancer risk. It’s also a great source of folic acid and vitamin C. One cup is enough to meet your daily vitamin C requirements, and a large percentage of your daily folic acid needs.
Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which our body cannot produce on its own. Omega-3 reduces offers a number of health benefits. It reduces inflammation, improves blood circulation, increases the ratio of good to bad cholesterol, and lower cancer risk. It’s also packed with selenium which inhibits cell damage, as well as several B vitamins.
Oats are super rich in fiber and are great source of potassium, magnesium, and phytonutrients. Magnesium regulates blood-sugar levels, and studies indicate that eating whole-grain oats may lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.