Dr. Steven Pratt’s first book, SuperFoods Rx, a New York Times bestseller, presented a lively nutrition bible to a public eager for sound, medically based information on foods that promote health and prevent disease. The basic, powerful concept of SuperFoods Rx is that certain foods have significant health-promoting abilities. Most people find that when they learn about these abilities it changes their relationship to food: they want to include more SuperFoods in their diets and the inevitable result is a nutrient-dense, lower-calorie, health-promoting diet. The response to this simple idea has been overwhelming.
The most important thing for everyone to know is that SuperFoods are easy to find in every local supermarket. They’re worth looking for!
These nutritional powerhouse foods are loaded with nutrients crucial to a healthy, long life. And, as you learn about each of the SuperFoods, you’ll come to understand that it’s the synergy of health-promoting nutrients in this variety of SuperFoods—whole foods—that makes the difference. Food synergy is critical to health. Food synergy refers to the interaction of two or more nutrients and other healthful substances in foods that work together to achieve an effect that each is individually unable to match. Numerous studies and peer-reviewed research by respected doctors, academics and nutrition scientists have led to what is now a powerful body of knowledge and clinical experience.
These foods were chosen because they contain high concentrations of crucial nutrients, as well as the fact that many of them are low in calories. Foods containing these nutrients have been proven to help prevent and, in some cases, reverse the well-known effects of aging, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and certain cancers.
The bottom line—if you can include a variety of the SuperFoods in your diet, everyday, we promise they will change your life!
What follows is a brief overview of the 25 SuperFoods. Explore each and learn about nutrients, micronutrients and phytochemicals that elevated them to SuperFood status. And you’ll also learn about the specific health-promoting characteristics of each, based on medical and nutritional resources. You’ll find much information and dozens and dozens of simple, delicious recipes in each of Dr. Pratt’s books, designed to help you and your family get these healthy, essential foods into you daily life.
- Dark Chocolate
- Dried and Freeze-Dried Fruits
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Spices (Cinnamon, Turmeric, Oregano, Peppercorns, and many other herbs and spices)
- Tea (Green, Black, Oolong, White, and Rooibos)
- Turkey Breast, Skinless
- Wild Salmon
- Yogurt, Low-fat or Non-fat
*This brief summary contains copyrighted material from SuperFoods HealthStyle by Steven G. Pratt, M.D. and Kathy Matthews. Copyright © 2006 by Steven G. Pratt, M.D. and Kathy Matthews Inc., published by HarperCollins; and from SuperFoods Rx For Pregnancy by Steven Pratt, M.D. Copyright © 2013 by SuperFoods Partners, LLC, published by Wiley. All rights reserved.