Growth in Superfoods Market: Research Proves the Potential Health Benefits of Superfoods

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  • 14-July-2021

Superfoods such as turmeric and honey have been in the limelight for decades because of their ability to enhance the health and well-being of humans. However, hasn’t still be any breakthroughs that ensure the ability of superfoods. The situation might change with a new study that has examined studies showing how some fruits, spices, and herbs can help individuals better their diet and not just the flavor of food. The newly published research would be a huge contribution to the Superfoods Market as it has the capability to prove that superfoods do indeed increase the standard of living of people with common yet troublesome ailments such as cardio metabolic diseases, cholesterol, or blood sugar levels. 
The researchers thoroughly examined the cardio metabolic effects of introducing mixed spices and herbs to a conventional American diet in adults suffering from a higher cardio metabolic disease risk. The study involved 71 participants who were requested to intake 6.6, 3.3 and 0.5 grams daily of herbs/spices for four weeks. The conclusion showed that there was no difference in the blood and cholesterol levels. But, when the highest spice/herb diet (approx. 1.5 teaspoons) was compared to the lowest, the results showed improvement in blood pressure levels for 24 hours.
The study comprises of three key findings –

  • A most recent study did by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln demonstrate that honey contains nano-scale particles with a membrane-enclosed structure akin to exosomes present within the body. Experiments done with these exosome-like nanoparticles reflected that inflammation in mice due to experimentally induced liver injury could be reduced further, that they can possibly inhibit activation of a critical inflammation enzyme complex. 

  • Mangoes consist of a number of minerals, vitamins, fiber and other unique micronutrients. A recent San Diego State University examined 27 adults suffering from obesity. They were requested to consume 100 calories through either fresh mangoes or low-fat cookies for 12 weeks. The conclusion showed that individuals who ate the mangoes in contrast to those who consumed cookies demonstrated improvement. Their performance was better in terms of certain chronic disease risk factors like inflammation and fasting glucose levels. However, there was no difference in the body weight and cholesterol levels. Nonetheless, findings are proof that daily intake of mangoes, in contrast to low-fat cookies, can improve risk factors deeply associated with being obese or overweight. 

  • Ginger, turmeric, and cinnamon have been part of delicious food recipes for centuries and have also been known for promoting health due to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Recently, a study from Clemson University discovered that these condiments, in general, were associated with an improved lipid profile for individuals suffering from type 2 disease. Several terms were taking into consideration for the team to come to this conclusion, such as population characteristics, duration of consumption, spice dose, and species. 

Although all the studies mentioned in the new research and there is a need for several more for there to be concrete proof, the findings do suggest that these species could potentially benefit people with unhealthy high cholesterol levels and type 2 diabetes.
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