Why choose food over supplements? Why can't we just pick up a bottle of "SuperFood Supplements," pop a few and go about our merry, healthy way? It doesn't quite work like that -- and even the experts aren't sure as to why. In his book "The Red Wine Diet," Roger Corger says, "Although we do not fully understand the process involved, the many components of specific foods seems to work together in a way that manufactured supplements do not." Dr. Susan Evans, one of Oprah's go-to health and beauty gurus, concurs. "While many of the phytonutrients and chemicals that have been identified in superfoods have been extracted and put in to supplement form, scientists are finding that they don't always work quite the same way."
Why? She explains. "While we have identified some of the substances contained in these foods, there are literally thousands of other substances we know [that] exist inside of these foods that have yet to be identified. It is hard to say if we've identified exactly the right components, or if the various components work in a synergistic fashion." So, basically, what's inside a blueberry that makes it so good for you may be more than just its antioxidant properties -- it may be something specific to the genetic makeup of the blueberry itself.
While we wait for the white coats to make sense of it all, we can benefit from what they already know -- that so-called "superfoods" are definitely good for you -- so why not eat them?
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