By Dr. Mercola
Superfoods are foods that stand out from the rest because of their unusually dense nutrient content. Superfoods generally have high amounts of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, for instance, and many also contain healthy fats, high-quality protein, and fiber.
What superfoods don’t contain are added sugars, synthetic fats, and food additives, such as artificial colors and flavors. Most any food that is heavily processed will not stand up to superfood criteria – but once you’re eating primarily whole foods—foods that are as close to their natural state as possible—then basically everything you eat is a “superfood.”
You need nutrients—all of them—and nutrients are found in abundance in fresh whole foods. That being said, certain superfoods can be combined with great synergy, which means that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The following superfood combinations in particular, which were compiled by TIME,1 may be even healthier than eating the same foods on their own.
10 Best Superfood Combinations
1. Tomatoes + Olive Oil
Lycopene — a carotenoid antioxidant that gives fruits and vegetables like tomatoes and watermelon a pink or red color — is one of the key reasons why tomatoes are so good for you.
However, when you eat tomatoes with olive oil, the antioxidant activity of the lycopene is increased.2 Lycopene is a fat-soluble nutrient, which means eating it with some dietary fat is essential in order for it to be properly absorbed. But this doesn’t explain the whole picture.
When researchers combined tomatoes with sunflower oil, the activity of lycopene did not increase, which suggests there’s something especially beneficial about the olive oil.
If you’re a fan of tomato sauce, you’re in luck as well, as lycopene is one example of a nutrient that becomes more bioavailable when it’s
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