Being healthy and getting your daily dose of “superfoods” has become such a hype that many people are willing to spend big bucks on supplements that may or may not be doing them any good. TV shows, websites and health articles promise amazing health benefits from these so-called superfoods. While there may be some truth to these claims, most of these super foods have not undergone credible testing methods; they are just pseudoscientific opinion based claims.
If you hear terms like “burns fat cells,” “boosts your immune system” and “detoxes your body” you may want to think twice about buying, and really look at the evidence-based medicine. If your body actually needs a detox, you should go to your nearest emergency room immediately. Detoxification is the removal of life-threatening real toxins from your body using medication you cannot order online. Many websites advocating for superfoods claim that your body is full of “toxins” and taking an herbal supplement will detox and renew your body. Our bodies do a great job of filtering out the good from the bad using our liver, kidneys, and other organs. This does not mean that toxins are being accumulated in those organs and we need to intake a substance to cleanse them out. If toxins are actually accumulating in our body, we have a much bigger problem.
So before spending $20 for a tiny bottle of honey bee pollen, stocking up on your favorite “detoxifying” green tea supplement, or popping a raspberry ketone miracle fat burner pill, really research the evidence-based medicine behind it. Evidence-based medicine involves thoroughly evaluating published research to ensure credibility. If there is not a single published paper about the health benefits of these so-called superfoods, it is likely you shouldn’t believe what you read.
To conclude, don’t expect these superfoods to give you miraculous results if there is no evidence-based medicine suggesting so. However, I do believe that consuming these superfoods is an active step towards good health. Maybe eating those chia seeds will help you feel healthy and therefore motivate you to go to the gym or skip out on the double cheeseburger.