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Top 10 Superfoods For Top Performance

Top Ten Superfoods For Body, Brain and Mind

Superfoods- Fresh and dried carobsWhat do you think would happen to your health and your performance if you fueled your body on the most nutritious superfoods available today? You must have wondered which superfoods are actually the best ones. In this article I will give you a quick overview of the top ten superfoods for your body and your brain. Superfoods not only make your body stronger but they also make your brain work better, thus making you more productive and vibrant.

1.) Raw Cacao

Lets start with something very pleasant; everyone likes chocolate right? Chocolate In it's original state, raw cacao is the food source with the highest PEA, the feel good pleasure chemical. Raw cocoa the highest food source of magnesium fueling the biggest mineral deficiency in the west and it contains huge amounts of Vitamin C and amino acids and antioxidants, essential for optimal brain function. Raw Cacao has more than 80'000 ORAC units per 100gram, dutch processed cacao still has 40,000, so don't worry if you don't find raw cacao in your neighborhood. Unsweetened cooking chocolate will do just fine. Remember, oranges have only 700 ORAC per 100g.

2.) Bee Pollen

Back to the honey bees! Bee pollen contain every single trace mineral, and  14 amino acids required for peak mental function. Bee pollen adds a nice flavor to smoothies and fresh shakes and similar to honey, it can take on valuable medicinal qualities depending on it's source. Look for pollens wildcrafted from pristine pollutant-free areas, as the pollen grains are extremely porous substances. Better sources are often at higher altitudes.

3.) Maca

This unusual hormone building yam from Alto Plano Peru has been used for centuries as a strength, stamina and virility building food for high altitude warriors.

4.) Goji Berries

These tasty little berries pack a hefty amount of anti-oxidants, beta-carotene, and lutein. Mineral rich and unusually high in protein these hardy fruits taste somewhere between a cherry and a raisin. Great for snacking on and so revered for their longevity benefits that there's even a Goji festival in Tibet each year.

5.) Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass juice is already a potent nutrient source, when you and grow it using sea water concentrate you can increase it's mineral density and maximize the vitamin production in the wheatgrss. The result is a more intense, very rich juice, from grass that almost glows in the dark from vitality! Wheatgrass doesn't really blend well with anything so best just to down it in shots.

6.) Fish Oil – Krill Oil

Nutritionally dense seawater superfoods are fish oils and krill oils containing substantial levels of important fatty acids and a huge amount of valuable Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids.

7.) Camu Berry

The Camu berries are sometimes also called Camu Camu. The berry comes from the Amazon and was discovered about  20 years ago.  Camu berries are the single highest source of Vitamin C found in nature. A tart, tangy, pink berry with a taste akin to sherbet, Camu is fantastic in smoothies with fresh fruits and berries.

8.) Carob

Carobs grow in the Mediterranean regions and it is the highest food source of the trace mineral calcium. This is particularly interesting as when consumed with Cacao in a 1:3-5 ratio, your body absorbs the minerals into your bones. In old times, especially during warfare, carobs where used as chocolate substitute for children.

9.) Reishi Mushroom

The mushroom of immortality, as reishi mushrooms are also called in ancient china, the reishi mushroom is arguably the best tonic mushroom on earth. Tonic herbs can intelligently adjust your biochemistry up or down as needed, meaning it can be used indefinitely.Reishi Mushrooms are Immune enhancing and spirit calming, it's no wonder this exotic fungi has been revered by Emperors and monks alike for over 4000 years.

10.) Gynostemma Tea (Gynostemma pentaphyllum)

The "Twisting Wine Orchid" gynostemma is often referred to in Asia as 'Ginseng at tea prices', this tasty herb has around 20 times the anti-oxidant load of the much vaunted green tea, a robust slightly sweet flavor and over 80 immune system enhancing adaptogenic compounds. Adaptogenes are stress reducing when taken over a prolonged period of time.Gynostemma is a gentle adaptogenic herb, accumulating due to daily use and excellent in soups or smoothies for those who want the maximum nutritional value from everything they eat.

10 Superfoods You Need to Know About

Green Leafy Vegetables are Superfoods

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There is an old saying that you are what you eat. If you eat foods that are good for you, you are naturally going to be healthier as an individual. That is why many people are now turning to superfoods and making sure that they get plenty of these in their diet regularly. Here are 10 superfoods that you not only need to know about, but you need to eat them regularly.

Blueberries – These small berries are really a gem, and not only can they provide you with a lot of antioxidants, they are also essential for prostate health. Make sure that you include these in your daily diet, either eating them with breakfast or mixing them into a smoothie.

Green Leafy Vegetables – Although not typically included in the list of 10 superfoods, you really can't beat the health benefits of including plenty of greens in your diet. Although it is possible for you to get your greens through eating salad, I prefer to make a green smoothie everyday which helps the body to assimilate it very quickly.

Cocoa Nibs – Everybody knows about the benefits of dark chocolate but I'm going to take it a step further than that. Cocoa nibs are the essence of dark chocolate, without anything bad included. They are one of the highest foods in antioxidants and you should make sure that you are eating a couple of tablespoons every day of this natural wonder.

Chia Seeds – Most people know about these from the cheesy late-night infomercials but they don't realize exactly what they are missing if they are not including them in their diet. These are so good for you that they were once worshipped by the ancient Aztecs. They contain healthy fats and enough fiber to keep you going throughout the day.

Kiwi – You should make sure that you are eating this fruit every single day. It is an excellent source of vitamin A. and E, along with giving you a lot of antioxidants. Not only that, it's delicious and it has a place on the list of 10 superfoods.

Quinoa – If there is something that could be considered a perfect food, this is it. It has much of the proteins that you're going to need to keep your body healthy and it is considered by the World Health Organization to be the perfect food for developing countries.

Salmon – Make sure that you include a little bit of fish in your diet on a weekly basis, but don't get the farm raised fish. If you are able to afford natural salmon, you will provide your body with much of what it needs in the form of essential fatty acids.

Legumes – As it turns out, beans really are good for your heart. They contain a lot of fiber and are low glycemic, helping you to keep the weight off while giving you enough calories to maintain a healthy diet.

Other Berries – If you are able to afford it, include plenty of berries in your daily diet. I like to have a berry smoothie in the morning, getting my day started with an antioxidant punch that really keeps me going.

Green Powers – One more thing that you can include in your diet are green powders. These help to round out your diet with super foods and can make it easy for you to get a healthy dose every day.

Hopefully you've picked up a few tips here on eating superfoods – including these into your diet will reward you greatly and combined with exercise will further help you to lose belly and body fat.

By: Jack Miller

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Are Superfoods Really Super?

Why Superfoods

Lately, you’ve probably been hearing a lot about “superfoods“. A Google search of the term will lead to a large collection of websites on this topic. You’ll be overwhelmed by advertisements to buy Goji Berries from the Himalaya and Chlorella, a blue-green algae referred to as “Nature’s Perfect Superfood” from the sea. You will read about raw cacao, and how beneficial it is for your health and about many other health products.

Organizations like the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), which is very reputable, are tapping into the superfoods craze today. The CSPI offers information about all the superfoods that everyone needs and “10 Superfoods for Better Health!” Some other not-so-reputable sources of information are talking about multiple (and questionable) potions and elixirs making unrealistic promises. Most of these companies offer to deliver the benefits of superfoods quickly and easily, without actually having to eat any of the food. That doesn’t sound right to me.

So, now what is this superfoods hype all about? And what is in it for your health?

From Superfoods to Superdiet

The idea of taking superfoods mostly begins with an interest in certain foods that only are found in a few specific and sometimes remote regions of the world. It’s exotic! Soy foods, for example, areone of the first foods to be called super food. Traditional soy foods, like Tofu, Miso, and Tempeh, are consumed a lot in far east Asian countries, such as Thailand, Japan and Korea. In these areas, soy beans have been consumed for generations.

The above mentioned countries also happen to enjoy some of the worldwide lowest levels of chronic diseases. Rates of high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, diabetes and strokes represent only a fraction of what they are in Europe and in the United States

Soy Bean Foods are one obvious dietary difference between Asia and many western countries. This led people to suspect that soy foods were special or super in their ability to heal or to at least prevent diseases. This might seem like a logical conclusion to you. Most Asian cultures consume soy foods, so most Asian cultures enjoy very low disease rates and therefore, soy foods must prevent disease.

Although traditional Asian soy foods can be part of a healthy diet an it is true that these foods contain an abundance of phytonutrients (plant nutrients) and medical research does support the disease preventive properties of whole soy bean foods, it is not true that soy and soy alone is responsible for the superior health and longevity found in these Asian countries. There are far more differences in what people eat in Asian and in Western cultures, to simply credit the low disease rates to soy beans alone.

Asian people tend to be leaner. They often get more exercise, more sleep, and less fat in the diet than the rest of the civilized world. Asians may have better social and extended family lives and far less stress in their daily lives. Asians eat less processed foods and a lot more vegetables and rice. They consume plants that are never or rarely eaten in western cultures, such as seaweed. All of these factors are likely to contribute to the low disease rates seen in Asia.

Important Superfoods in Colors

Eat green, yellow, red, purple, blue, and orange foods: Eat kale, chard, and kiwi (green); pineapples, bananas, and corn (yellow); apples, strawberries, raspberries, red beans, beets, and tomatoes (red); plums, blackberries, blueberries, raisins, and eggplant (purple); and carrots, oranges, sweet potatoes, and melon (orange). These are just a few of the dozens of brightly colored foods that you’ll need if you want to eat a super diet.