Superfoods, Super You!

A healthy diet can reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer. It can also help you feel and look your best. In order to maintain a healthy diet, we need to consume (in moderation) foods with a wide array of necessary nutrients. One of the best ways to eat super healthy is by introducing superfoods to your diet. Superfoods can address all the important food groups and they taste…you guessed it, super!

Ok, so let’s get the obvious out of the way. Vegetables are definitely part of the superfoods family. Leafy greens are full of vitamin A, C, calcium and fiber; and they can easily be incorporated into your diet in many ways. For instance, lettuce and kale are excellent salad ingredients and spinach can be delicious when sautéed with a little garlic and olive oil. 

Vegetables such as broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower provide a nice spectrum of fiber, vitamins and phytochemicals which may prevent certain types of cancers. These are all great steamed or stir-fried with healthy oils and herbs for flavor. You can also add them to casseroles, pasta, soups and salads.

Certain fruits are certainly superfoods too. Tomatoes are high in vitamin C and lycopene which is proven to help reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Use your tomatoes in salads, for fresh sauces and in soups and chili. Fruits that are considered superfoods also include berries, which are high in fiber, antioxidants and nutrients that are proven to fight disease. Top your cereal, oatmeal or yogurt with berries, use berries to whip up smoothies or pop them in the freezer and then pop them in your mouth!

Speaking of yogurt, bet you didn’t know that yogurt – filled with probiotics which are good bacteria and can actually protect the body from bad bacteria – is a superfood. You can have it for a snack or breakfast plain, with your favorite berries or mixed with crunchy granola. Further improve your diet by replacing mayonnaise or sour cream with yogurt. It’s a healthy substitute!

Whole grains, well-known for their high fiber content, are also a vital part of the family of superfoods. Whole grains contain tons of minerals, vitamin B and phytonutrients which are known to lower cholesterol and protect against heart disease and diabetes. They are in your oatmeal and whole grain cereals. Just watch the sugar! It’s also much healthier and lower in calories to substitute whole grain breads and rice for the white varieties. Quinoa and whole wheat pasta are also healthy choices.

Don’t forget the beans! Legumes are a superfood. So go for kidney beans, black beans, red beans, garbanzo beans, soybeans or peas and add them to just about anything, including salads, soups, chili and casseroles. Legumes can be a great source of fiber, folate and protein which can reduce the risk of heart disease. This plant-based fiber source is also an excellent and healthy substitute for red meat.

Oh, nuts! Yes, nuts are a superfood too. A great source of protein, nuts are also loaded with monounsaturated fats which may reduce the risk of heart disease.

If you leave fish off your superfoods list, something is fishy. Fish can be a great source of protein as well as omega – 3 fatty acids which can help prevent heart disease. The fish with the highest omega – 3 fatty acids content are salmon, tuna steaks, trout, herring, anchovies, sardines and mackerel. So grill it, put it in a salad and order up that anchovy-topped pizza!

And I’m sure it’s not top-of-mind when you are thinking of superfoods, but – believe it or not – olive oil should be! Olive oil is packed with polyphenols, vitamin E and monounsaturated fatty acids…and if you’re wondering what most of that is, it’s super for you!

Another way we can maintain optimal health is with medical advancements through clinical research provided by world-renowned clinical trial facilities such as Riverside Clinical Research. Recently, Riverside Clinical Research joined forces with Velocity Clinical Research to streamline study-related processes and help further drive and heighten successful medical advancements. 

Although our name will change to Velocity Clinical Research and we are adding centuries of experience to our own trusted, knowledgeable clinicians, we will remain in our existing, convenient location at 1410 S. Ridgewood Avenue in the lovely, vibrant town of Edgewater…and alongside historic New Smyrna Beach, a charming beachside community.

Focused on clinical trials for over 250 years, Velocity Clinical Research has successfully completed over 5,000 clinical studies. As part of the Velocity Clinical Research organization, we will expand our efficiency and services, conducting a broader range of trials with the ultimate goal of discovering an even wider array of remarkable treatments; and we will continue to care for each of our clinical trial participants with compassion and kindness.

If you are interested in learning more about joining the Velocity Clinical Research team as a clinical trial volunteer, please feel free to call the professionals at Velocity Clinical Research at 386-428-7730 Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Friday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. You are also welcome to access the patient portal on our website and enroll with Velocity Clinical Research so that you may be contacted with information about studies conducted in your area. 

Clinical trial volunteers are critical to the clinical study process and helping to improve lives in places from our local communities to our entire world. Clinical trial participants also often benefit from access to innovative medications and therapies before they are available to the general public. In addition to taking a more active approach in their own healthcare, clinical study volunteers are paid for their time, there are no costs for the medical procedures or treatments provided and there is no insurance necessary to participate.