I’ve read that many Americans are suffering from PIDS—Politically Induced Distress Syndrome. It’s a new “ailment” that came upon us during this election cycle and, hopefully, will dissipate as our attention turn to Thanksgiving and Christmas. As a treatment for PIDS, allow me to suggest a heavy dose of Superfoods, you know, those products that supposedly alter our well-being for the better.
How does a product get such a designation? One biochemist said that an item qualifies “if eating a normal quantity can deliver a research-backed benefit.”
While some foods rank high on the benefit scale: almonds, eggs, chia seeds, beets, acai, kimchee, quinoa, cherries, coconut oil, gluten-free four, they don’t pack the punch of the mightiest of the superheroes. Here are ten that are well worth including in your diet, whether it’s election time or not. Listed in order of their magnificence. . .
Best of the Superfoods
1. Blueberries: This tiny berry leads nearly every research-backed list, because of it’s ability to lower risk of heart disease, lessen joint and muscle pain, reduce stress, and hinder growth of cancer cells. And a little goes a long way. A half-cup a day of fresh or frozen berries results in “significant longevity benefits.” For years, I’ve eaten a handful at breakfast. According to University of California dietitian Suzanne Smith, the bad news is that no one healthy food can undo a otherwise poor diet. Hmm. . . does that mean no one unhealthy food can undo an otherwise good diet?
2. Turmeric: Profoundly anti-inflammatory and strongly suspected of fighting cancer, as well. Sprinkle in salad dressings, on vegetables and sandwiches.
3. Salmon: Boosts brain and heart health. Nice blood thinning effect that can reduce heart attacks and strokes.
4. Red Wine: It appears a little red vino may have anti-inflammatory and blood pressure lowering benefits, as well as anti-aging properties. Sorry, but no more than 3 glasses a day for best results.
5. Dark Chocolate: How wonderful to know this yummy stuffy has health benefits. But only if it’s 70% cocoa, or higher. Just a few ounces can helps lower LDL cholesterol and improves brain function.
6. Black Beans: Legumes are rich in fiber, iron and B vitamins known to lower risk of cardiovascular disease and increase longevity. But black beans do it even better.
7. Green Tea: This ancient drink has long been been hailed in China and Japan for its anti-aging properties. Because it boosts metabolism, green tea drinkers are less likely to suffer from depression or cognitive impairment.
8. Apples: Yep, the “apple a day” adage has merit and has been shown to lower blood pressure and improve athletic performance.
9. Coffee: Too much can cause jitters, but the right amount may lower chance of dementia.
10. Broccoli: A good competitor of kale and packed with fiber, vitamins and cancer-fighting ingredients.
I’ve got to go now. It’s time for the 6 o’clock news. Yes, I’m addicted. I need to pour myself a glass of Pinot Noir and find a square of that dark chocolate I brought back from Sicily. I had salmon and broccoli for dinner, so I should be in good shape to fend off any attack of PIDS that might occur.