What Exactly is a Superfood?

As next year will be fast approaching when August comes around, and the excitement of stationary shopping will pretty much cease by the 2nd of September, we need to find something that will help us cope with the potential disasters of the coming semester. Other than Drapers and forgetting that responsibility will soon be knocking at the door, we must calm our mental chaos and attempt to start accepting the perils of more intense university life. For me, coming up to my third year and prior to my veganism, late nights and junk food had finally taken their toll on my body. One way of organizing the storm of student living is to start with your body. In an attempt not to sound like a Gillian Mckeith, superfoods are believed to be the healthiest of healthy foods, the cream of the crop, the crème de la crème and so forth. As students, what we put into our bodies is vitally important for our focus, energy levels, and attentions span, and superfoods can be handy when exam and essay stress is impending.

Superfoods have been a long-standing topic, and have constantly held the question of: do they actually do anything beneficial to our body? Short answer: yes. But the long answer is here. Initially, the superfood was typically defined as an organic food that kept its nutrients without being genetically modified or nutrient deficient. However, the hype that surrounded superfoods concluded that as well as being healthy fruit and vegetables, they double up as specifically boosting the efficiency and functionality of our organs. After a little research, I realised that there is a distinctive line that separates the superfood industry. There are superfoods that are super good for your body, then there are superfoods that are super good for your body as well as being super expensive. Foods like wheatgrass, goji berries and spirulina were highly recommended by some nutritionists and fitness buffs, but didn’t thrive well amongst the student community, and understandably! The cost in addition to their small portions in stores typically aren’t worth your loan money.

As well as their high cost, you wouldn’t really see any effects from the foods unless permanently part of your diet: you would have to consume the foods as part of a continuing balanced diet, meaning regularly buying and consuming them. However, in lieu of expensive and in some cases unnecessary superfoods, there are so many superfoods hiding under normal food in your local Tesco and Sainsbury’s. Garlic, broccoli, avocado, and honey, are all considered superfoods due to their anti-oxidant properties and their ability to rejuvenate your body by aiding cell repair. It’s much easier (and cheaper) to stroll down the normal supermarket aisle and pick up a bunch of great veg at a cheap price that doesn’t compromise our student budget.

In addition to their so-called ‘healing’ properties, superfoods are also considered as preventers. Much like many fruit and vegetables, superfoods are specifically singled out as potentially preventing certain diseases and illnesses. As we as know, getting ill is pretty much a game of luck, but it wouldn’t hurt to be healthy and eat foods that can help decrease the chances of contracting a sickness.

Overall, the superfood can be considered a superpower as they do help contribute to a healthy body, and in most cases, a healthy body makes a healthy mind. And obviously no one (especially students) have perfect diets all the time, but a generous helping of these when coming up to exam and essay season can help monumentally in your studies to becoming super efficient!

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