Superfoods: What Makes Them So Super?

By on October 30, 2013

As the “superfood” craze continues, more and more consumers are investing in groceries defined by the media as superfoods. There are so many important health benefits that superfoods offer, from providing large doses of antioxidants and minerals to reducing the risk of chronic disease. This is especially relevant given that recent studies have revealed eight of the ten leading causes of death in North America are directly related to diet and nutrition.

As the Health and Nutrition Consultant for Carrington Co., LLC, Deborah Levy, M.S., R.D., has been actively involved in the health and nutrition aspects of the company’s products. Below Deborah shares the newest items to join the “superfood family,” and explains their multiple benefits to your health.


• Digestive Health: Flax contains dietary fiber which is a type of carbohydrate important to digestive health
• Improved Brain Function: Flax seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, a type of fat essential for brain function
• Lower Blood Pressure: Research shows strong evidence that the omega-3s found in flax can help lower triglycerides and blood pressure
• Disease Prevention: Lignans found in flax seed offer several potential health benefits and may help prevent disease


• Weight Management: Chia is high in calcium, iron, potassium, folate, phosphorous, magnesium and manganese – these nutrients help prevent hypertension and maintain a healthy weight
• Cancer Prevention: Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants that help protect the body from free radicals, aging and cancer


• Weight Loss: The medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil have been shown to increase 24 hour energy expenditure by as much as 5%, leading to significant weight loss over the long term
• Skin Care: Coconut oil can be applied topically and used as a skin moisturizer – coconut oil also protects against hair damage and can be used as a mild form of sunscreen or as mouthwash

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