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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable follow-up, December 31, 2008
This review is from: SuperHealth: 6 Simple Steps, 6 Easy Weeks, 1 Longer, Healthier Life (Hardcover)
I went straight from the original SuperfoodsRx to this book, which I now see as the former's legitimate sequel.

The first thing I noticed was a slight change in tone. The information's still there, and even though the original wasn't a problem in the "dry"ness area, this has been combed-through to make it over in an even more universally accessible image.

My initial fear was that I'd plunk down the money the day this came out and it would be more of the same with everything else added for filler (a concern a few folks had with Healthstyle, which I believe was the actual sequel that introduced the newer foods). I was pleased to find that's not the case.

If you're looking for more of the same, in a sense that's there, because most of the big mention of the Superfoods themselves in the first part of the book, except in greater detail about the processes at work in the body and what exactly these different nutrients are doing for you. It's a fascinating presentation of the body and its systems, when that's discussed, even after a high school biology and college anatomy/physiology class.

It's also highly motivating to find out because many of the "features" of these foods directly affect me (the role of lutein in the eye, for example, and its relevance to the thing most of us have to look at more now than we have previously).

But the biggest perk this time around is the formatting. This is the Superfood gallery, practically applied. Aside from daily meal planners, that do the work for you and shake up the types of foods you get in each day to achieve each benefit, the low-commitment exercises are truly things you can squeeze in with no excuses into any routine. What's more, the theme of being well-researched continues this time around and if the easy descriptions don't sell you on exercising the facts and figures put forth on just how much doing the SLIGHTEST amount of work will save your [...] will.

The reference section towards the end is also very handy, breaking up information by nutrients, ailments, you name it. The shopping lists are there as well.

I rated this a four only because it was over pretty quickly (like its initial predecessor, this is a lightning-fast read: your free time for three or four days and it's done) and that might turn people away for 25 bucks (what we paid retail), if they can't get use out of the reference. It's a good solid idea to pick up at 17, especially when you can supplement in the original for just another 7 or 8 bucks. Also, truth be told, I was expecting some serious recipes. There are foods used here that weren't in the first book, or on the website, and that's nice, but the marketing made me feel it'd be a bit more exotic or at least more hands-on.

Superfood is abused as a term nowadays. When you tear out all the marketing and scheming and fads and people talking out of their rears, you end up returning to this series. It's a simple as eating the foods and knowing you're doing well for yourself.
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