The 2011 Crop Of ‘Superfoods’
NEW YORK (CBS 2) — It’s not every day that you see a mangosteen or sea buckthorn berries in your supermarket, but you’re very likely to see them now.
Both fruits are part of the latest batch of “superfoods” proven to contain high amounts of nutrients, and some health experts said “very small amounts can affect the body profoundly.”
“You’re going to feel a lot better and you’re going to look a lot better in a very short period of time,” Dr. Nicholas Perricone told CBS 2’s Dr. Holly Phillips.
The latest superfoods list includes cinnamon, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, watercress and the aforementioned sea buckthorn berries and mangosteen.
Perricone said each of the foods has a unique health benefit.
Cinnamon: “It’s an anti-oxidant, powerful anti-inflammatory, its anti-bacterial,” Perricone said. New clinical studies showed even a small amount daily could do everything from lower cholesterol to help control blood sugar levels.
Green Vegetables: “Two really important studies out of the U.K. show that it can inhibit the growth of breast cancer and at the same time, prevent the formation of breast cancer,” Perricone said.
Mangosteen: Experts said the tropical fruit can help fight aging.
Sea Buckthorn Berries: “It’s one of the only foods on the planet that has the fatty acid omega-7. Omega fatty acid 7 is incredible for the skin, the hair,” Nutritionist Dr. Lindsey Duncan said.
Selena Cate is among those who incorporated a number of high-nutrient foods in her 2010 diet with great results. This year, she said she’s looking forward to doing the same.
“I probably eat superfoods every day,” she said. “I just feel all around mentally happier and healthier.”
Rounding out the list were yogurt and an ingredient found in grape juice and red wine called Resveratrol, which studies have shown has anti-aging properties and can help prevent heart disease. Experts also noted you don’t need to eat much of the superfoods to reap the benefits.