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Six Superfoods Aid Sex Drive, Depression, Cancer, Herpes and More

"Superfood."

The term has become as ubiquitous as it is vague. Products from chocolate bars to convenience drinks claim to contain them, but what are they and what separates them from regular foods? Can they make you fly or see through walls? Can they make you faster or smarter or live forever? And if not, what is so super about them?

To be clear, the ability to fly and the acquisition of X-ray vision are not associated with superfood consumption. Increased athletic ability, brain function, and life span? Possibly. Superfoods have high phytonutrient (plant nutrient) or micronutrient content, are loaded with antioxidants, and have positive medicinal properties - without most of the side effects that come with traditional western medicines. They are whole foods harvested directly from nature and altered only by, say, dehydration, if at all. They do not come solely from remote Amazonian rain forests, but are growing in our own American pumpkin patches, forests, and fields. Here are six of these powerful foods, demystified, and how you can painlessly incorporate them into your diet.

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Camille Lamb Guzman is a journalist who writes on wellness, travel, and culture. She is also finishing a book of creative nonfiction.