Are Super Foods and Super Fruits Super Over Claiming Their Health Benefits?

You’ve no doubt seen all the claims and the wide assortment of super foods and fruits. The list is huge:

  • Broccoli
  • Basil
  • Blueberries
  • Pomegranates
  • Acai berries
  • Raspberries
  • And I could go on and on and on.
Blueberries Super Food

What makes these foods super is the amount of antioxidants in them. From a broad view, these antioxidants help fight free radicals in the body which can cause disease and cancer. The super fruit industry is definitely a billion dollar industry.

However What If Super Foods Are A Hoax?

What if these super foods and their powerful antioxidants don’t actually get into our bodies to fight free radicals?

What if these free radicals never make it past our stomach and small intestine?

That is exactly what researchers at London’s Kingston University have set out to test. They have not tested much yet, but what they have shown does not look too good.

What Is The Absorption Test?

The idea here is that the super fruits and their antioxidants never make it into the blood stream to help our bodies. They simply pass through and we just get the other nutritional benefits from foods like this.

Testing this is very difficult because you need to measure the rate of absorption in the small intestine where things like this are typically absorbed. Not easily done with a human.

However, in the early 1980s there was a model called the Caco-2 developed to test the absorption of Chinese medicinal herbs.

“The Caco-2 is a single layer of cells grown in a laboratory environment that develops the characteristics and functions of the micro-villi, the tiny hair-like projections that aid efficient absorption found mainly in the small intestine,” Dr Opara said.

Simply put… these cells act like the small intestine to help see what gets absorbed and what doesn’t.

So far they have tested parsley, rosemary, thyme and sage.

What About The Results?

They never said. Here is the link to the full study so far.

Obviously they are no where close to being done with this as they have yet to get to the popular super foods and fruits.

I am sorry to disappoint with no real data yet. But it’s a very interesting concept. After all the idea of eating something that really helps our body is such a cool idea. I personally love that idea. I would hate to see that taken away.

It Does Make You Think About Your Diet…

Think about all the super foods you do eat know. Maybe you take some supplements as well or drink some of the specialty drinks.

Have you every felt any real difference?

I can honestly say that I have not. I use to love using an Acai drink from Costco in my protein shakes, but I never felt anything from it. I guess I blindly hoped that it was making my innards stronger and more fortified.

Maybe it’s the placebo affect?

What do you think? Do you have real evidence that a super fruit or food has helped you in some way?

I find this topic really interesting. I’ll follow the study more as it develops and let you know first thing!

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121005082537.htm