There are lots of superfood supplements on the market, but it is more preferable for you to eat real superfoods as much as possible as opposed to the supplements. When it comes to healthy eating, predominately choose real nutrient dense foods as opposed to food supplements. The nutrients in food appear to work synergistically to benefit our body, and supplements do not always have the same effect as whole foods. With a few exceptions (such as AFA blue-green algae, spirulina, and chlorella), the superfoods in this book are typically found in their whole food form. And they are super tasty and super simple to add to your everyday diet. So go ahead and toss some açaí pulp into your smoothies, crush a little extra garlic into your salads and soups. Curl up with a cup of green tea - and make friends with real food. An additional bonus: The money you save on supplements can be spent on organic food!
Antioxidants are compounds (including vitamins like vitamins C and E; minerals like selenium; and phytochemicals like beta-carotene) that help quench the activities of free radicals, unstable molecules that can damage your body's cells. Free radicals are produced as normal by-products of metabolism and by external factors, such as your lifestyle choices. A poor diet (too much processed food, sugar, caffeine, and alcohol) excessive exercise, poor sleep, emotional stress, and exposure to environmental toxins can all drive the production of free radicals in the body. When your body produces more free radicals than it can handle, oxidative stress occurs, setting the stage for diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and even brain autoimmune disorders. Just as a car left outside to weather the elements will rust, so will your body when left unprotected. Eating antioxidant-rich superfoods can help combat the cell-damaging effects of free radicals and fight inflammation. And as researchers are still learning, antioxidants also appear to have beneficial activities (outside of their ability to scavenge free radicals) that may contribute to their potential health benefits.
Source: Powerful Plant Based Super Foods - The best way to eat for maximum health, energy, and weight loss. - Author: Lauri Boone, R.D.