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Powerful Superfoods To Loose Weight

A Most Comprehensive List Of Superfoods

Food Pyramid - Superfoods for Weight LossSuperfoods provide excellent nutrients,therefore you should implement as many superfoods into your daily diet as possible. Superfoods will help to fuel your body with an optimum of nutrients as well as reducing any kind of inflammation. If you're working out, it allows your body to recover easier between workouts. Being less tired lets you achieve higher goals easily and you will make faster progress in loosing weights.

Make sure you incorporate as many of these foods as you can on a daily basis to stoke your metabolism fat burning furnace.

Fruits: These fruits are high in antioxidants, which help with disease prevention and contain flavonoids. Flavonoids help with eyesight and coordination. These dark colored fruits are also a good source of fiber and boost your immune system.

Super Fruits

  • Acai Berries
  • Blueberries,
  • Goose berries (Amalaki)
  • Blackberries
  • Guava (great source of lycopene)
  • Himalayan Goji Berries
  • Raspberries
  • Dried Plums

Bean/Lentils: Beans are a great source of protein and fiber as well as low in calories. They help to stabilize blood sugars and provide isoflavones that help to prevent certain forms of cancers and heart disease.

Super Beans

  • Mung Beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Lima beans
  • Lentils
  • Black Beans,
  • Red Beans

Oils: Particulary Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It is a heart healthy fat that helps to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol. It contains anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps to control cravings

Super Oil

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Nuts: Great source of fiber, phytoestrogens, vitamin B6, niacin, magnesium, healthy monounsaturated fats, and protein. These nuts help to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and seem to help maintain healthy blood vessels.

Super Nuts

  • Cashew Nuts
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Hazelnuts

 

Fish: Most fish contain the potent Omega 3 fatty acids we so desperately need. Fish is potent in a very good way. It helps your body store less fat and helps your body convert fat to energy. It is a great anti-inflammatory as well as wonderful brain food. The ADA recommends that you consume 1.5-3gms of Omega 3 fats a day. One serving of the choices below will provide almost 4 gms of Omega 3 fats.

Super Fish

  • Mackerels
  • Wild caught Salmon
  • Blue Fin Tuna

Vegetables: Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach contain carotenoids that improve your immune system and is full of vitamins and minerals. Don't forget about these other powerful vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale and other cruciferous vegetables that contain cancer fighting properties as well as a great source of fiber which aids in weight loss. Carrots are a great source of beta carotene , which can reduce the risk of cancer, tomato contains lycopene another powerful antioxidant that also reduces the risk of cancer.

Super Vegetables

  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Tomato
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Cauliflower
  • Beets
  • Cabbage
  • Swiss Chard
  • Purslane

Green Tea: Not only is non-caffeinated fluid good for you, but research has shown that green tea may be one of the best disease fighting fluids you can consume. It is very high in antioxidants and scientists have shown that is has reduced cancer in individuals by as much 60%. It actually inhibits the growth of cancer cells. Studies have indicated that it reduces overall cholesterol levels as well as increasing the ratio of HDL (good) cholesterol to LDL (bad) cholesterol.

Green Tea is good to prevent:

  • Impaired immune functions
  • Cancer
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Inflammation / Infection

Besides all this, green tea has also benefits to those wanting to loose weight. Researchers showed that those that consumed green tea extract burned more calories than those that consumed caffeine or a placebo. At least two liters of green tea per day will therefore help you to loose some extra weight.

If you implement eat as many of these superfoods as you can in your daily meals your body will be burning maximum calories while running at peak efficiency and  to stoke the fat burning furnace called your metabolism. The result is obvious; Weight Loss!

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The Health Benefits of Acai Berries

Acai Berry Helps for High Blood Pressure and Weight Loss

Acai Palm Tree The acai berry is growing in south America for many centuries. The amazing health benefits of the Acai berry started to get introduced to the western world during the late 90's and it took until 2005 until the Acai berries got introduced to a broad audience by Oprah Winfrey.

The Acai berry, pronounced "ah-sigh-ee". It is believed that the tribes of the Amazon in Brazil have used the benefits of this superfood for centuries already. The Amazon is the world's largest rain forest and one third of the population's plants and animals reside there. Here, in this remote region of the world, is where the acai berry has been discovered. The Amazon river has borders to eight different countries and supplies one fifth of the worlds freshwater.

The reason acai is so revered is because of its health promoting properties and high content of antioxidants. When eaten in proper quantities it provides our bodies with enough nutrition to help fight off the harmful effects of free radicals, it lowers high blood pressure, Acai berries decrease high cholesterol levels and helps to reduce joint pain. The Acai berry is also known to be very helpful for weight loss. Acai is also a marvelous source of energy for the human body. It helps to fight off infections, and strengthens the bodies immune system. Modern science is continually documenting the amazing health benefits of the acai berry. Today, the Acai berry has been recognized as one of the worlds top superfoods.

Acai is full of essential phytonutrients, trace minerals, amino acids, and vitamins. It boasts an ORAC score, a newly invented measurement of antioxidant levels, higher than any other fruit and vegetable tested to date on a gram for gram basis. It is rich in proteins and fiber content which aides in a healthy immune system and regulation of the body. Acai comes in a broad variety of foods such as freeze dried, which is the best way to preserve antioxidants, in fruit juices, pills and snack bars. There are many different companies that produce products that contain the acai berry. Companies such as Monavie, Xango, and Goji are top producers of health juice industry.

Research shows that certain acai products provide better nutritional value than others which comes at a higher cost. It's important to differentiate the true nutritional products from the cheap imitations. Science has shown today that freeze drying acai is the best way to capture the vital nutrients in this fruit. Some of the top products have plant-derived glucosamine, which has been scientifically shown to aide in healthy joint function. Some also have added heart health benefits originating from plant sterols, resveratol, and omega 3 fatty acids which makes maintaining healthy cholesterol levels easier.

The amazing health benefits of the Acai berry make it one of the worlds top superfoods.

Photo by: Agência de Notícias do Acre

A Word About Evolution

What is Evolution and where does it get us?

Charles Darwin - 12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882According to Charles Darwin, evolution is what supposedly brought us down from the trees and from the cave man to the computer geek. That's a long way, although only during the past 100 years we really made progress, with one extraordinary exception that is, and that was Greece. Right, the Greeks had warm and cold water in their private bathrooms 3000 years ago, while the rest of the world still peed on trees and bathed in the river. Anyway, that's another story. Evolution hasn't stopped in the last 11 million years and we can therefore relay on the fact that it won't stop tomorrow or the day after. The reason for that is that we are not done yet! A 100 000 years ago, the cave man thought that evolution probably had finished here, if he ever knew what evolution is, and he would have torn he's wife on her hair into the cave, thought her what he likes and what not, and that was evolution for him. But he actually had a good point of view, because he was looking at the monkeys in the trees. He was looking at how they behaved and he was laughing and thinking to himself how evolved he was, compared to those monkeys. Today we're looking at the same monkeys and we're thinking the same things, how is that for evolution?

The point is that during the past we evolved towards an unknown destination. Nobody can say or know what "the big plan" behind all that is, but we can relay on the fact that it isn't over yet. Even though many seem to believe that in December 2012 the end of the world will come, I'm already writing "Happy 2013" cards for my friends. We are not finished human beings and we have to evolve further, there is no way around that. I hear many voices talking about how old people will get who are today 20 years old. Most people I know estimate that today's young people will become about a 100 – 120 years old in average. I would top it with 150+ if the food they eat gets healthy and they take food supplements on daily bases.

If you think this is impossible, think back a bit, 300 years ago the average age of a human being was around 40 years, the people living then would never have believed that humans can get older than 100 years and yet; look at us today!

Master Hsu Yun died 120 years old in 1959In many remote regions of the world people become 100 years old and are still active members of the community. I know of a doctor who makes house visits in the countryside in China, the man is 103 years old! The regions where people get so old are interesting for scientists who study the anti aging process in these people. And that is more or less the way that superfoods got discovered. In some higher regions of China and in the Himalaya are many such villages where people get very old more or less without or with very little help of western medicine and pharmaceutics. In these region we find Goji Berries. You must have heard about those anti aging berries. Goji Berries are loaded with antioxidants, they contain 25 300 ORAC per 100 gram. (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) That's a lot. Antioxidants are fighting the free radicals in our bodies. The free radicals are what makes us age and makes us wrinkle. So the best known anti aging drugs today are antioxidants. 

But with Goji Berries, better known to the western world as "Wolfberries"* having around 25 000 ORAC, there are even better foods out there carrying even more of those anti aging angels. look at the Acai berry for example. Acai contains 4 times more antioxidants than Goji, 102 700 ORAC (determined from both hydrophilic and lipophilic sources, was 102,700 units per 100 g)! Raw Cacao is also amongst the top runners with a stunning 81 000 ORAC.

Goji Berries Wolfberries Dutch processed cacao powder is not bad either and much tastier to consume; it still contains more than 40 000 units per 100g chocolate. During the past few years only, have all these superfoods been discovered. It took thousands of years and we had to invent and develop all kinds of technology and techniques including the internet for communication and a new measuring scale called ORAC, to be able to just begin to understand what superfoods are and what they are capable of doing to our body AND our minds. We just begin to understand what we are supposed to eat to become 100 years old and even older. But we slowly do understand and this is where evolution leads us! This is what it is all about; at least for now, for our generation. Keep on reading here and elsewhere about superfoods. Gather all the information you can get about these miracle fruits and berries and spices. Learn, Stay Healthy and Evolve!

* The name Wolfberry doesn't have anything to do with the nutritionist David Wolfe, the nutritionist; it's more like a funny coincidence.

The photo of Charles Darwin was taken by Henry Maull (1829–1914) and John Fox (1832–1907) (Maull & Fox)

Losing Weight With Acai Berries

How to Loose Weight with Acai Berries

Acai Berries Brazil

Photo Breno Peck

The Acai berry is a natural dietary supplement that really lives up to the many news stories that have been circulating about it. Unlike many fad health foods, this berry actually lives up to its reputation. It is not just a Hollywood fairy tale, but also a natural superfood that can help to make people look and feel healthier and happier. Called the number one superfood, it has been discussed on many of the major talk shows and presented in prestigious newspapers.

One reason why the it has generated so much fuss, and why it is going to be around for a long time to come, is that it can help people to lose weight. New weight loss pills and treatments are always being produced, but they rarely stick around for long, because they are unable to live up to the promises of their manufacturers. This superfood is different.

The Acai berry is a completely natural product. This means that it does not pose the same risks to health and well-being that synthetic weight loss treatments do. The most that is added to this supplement are some additional antioxidants and ingredients that provide a boost to the metabolism. There are no artificial ingredients, and certainly no active drugs.

Acai berries also provide a useful energy boost. This can help people to feel better while also helping them to lose weight by making them more active and able to take plenty of exercise. Taking this supplement can also be helpful for people who need to keep up with a busy lifestyle, but who do not want to risk taking any synthetic stimulants or supplements.

Despite its effects on energy levels, this berry does not prevent people from getting a good night’s rest. It can in fact actually help people to sleep better, by preventing insomnia and aiding relaxation. Getting the right amount and quality of sleep is vital for a healthy body, and it can even help people who are trying to lose weight by ensuring that they are ready for a busy, active day when they wake up.

Acai berry supplements can also help to cleanse and detoxify the body and the digestive system. The harmful toxins that have built up in the body can be eliminated through the use of this superfood. These natural berries contain high levels of antioxidants that can promote health and help to increase weight loss.

Another beneficial effect of the Acai is that it can improve the functioning of the digestive system. It helps the body to digest food more efficiently and reduces the amount of fat that is stored in the body. This means that the this natural superfood cannot only help people to lose weight, but also to prevent unwanted excess weight from returning again.

Taking Acai berry supplements can help to promote weight loss and overall health in a number of different ways. They are a natural and effective alternative to artificial weight loss treatments.

By: Dave Lim
Picture: Breno Peck
For more information on losing weight with Acai Berry and its many benefits please visit Acai Berry Weight loss for more information.

Cupuacu – The Miracle Superfood from the Amazon

Cupuacu is a true Miracle Superfood from the Amazon

There are hundreds of  anti aging supplement on the market. They claim to help you to stay younger, reverse the signs of aging and  looking good for many years longer. How do you know which ones are actually going to produce results and which ones will not? In this article, you'll learn about what may just become the new elixir of youthfulness.

Before you buy any anti aging supplement, you should read up on research that has been done on any anti aging supplement you are considering using. There can be some dangers involved in taking too many supplements so you must educate yourself on the effects and dangers. Be aware that some supplements or herbal formulas may interfere with prescription drugs, so consult with your health care provider first.

There has been a good deal of research regarding the so-called Amazonian Super-foods and their effect on the aging process. The most famous of these is probably the acai berry. Originally brought to the public consciousness by Dr. Nicholas Perricone, acai products have been widely touted as a miracle food that can restore vitality and good health.

Acai products seem to require extensive processing due to their tendency to deteriorate rapidly once harvested. While these precious berries can pack a powerful punch in their natural, freshly picked state, it's hard to ensure that potency levels are the same or if they will do the same job after the manufacturing process. Enter cupuacu, a plentiful fruit that can deliver the goods beyond even what acai does without the same concerns of the delicate nature of acai berries.

Prized not only for its healing properties, cupuacu is a tasty component for many delicious treats in Brazil and other areas of South America. A member of the cocoa family, the rich, exotic taste resembles that of chocolate. Packed with antioxidants, essential fatty acids and amino acids, this amazing fruit has long been a staple among the indigenous people of the Amazon Rainforest.

With the introduction of Cupuacu Vital, the benefits of cupuacu can now be enjoyed by people worldwide. Because of its high antioxidant, phytonutrient polyphenol content, the fruit has been demonstrated to improve signs of aging, boost immunity and cardiovascular function among other benefits. This in turn promotes a healthier, more vibrant and youthful look.

A proper diet and regular exercise is necessary to maintain good health. A good multi vitamin can generally provide you with some of the nutrients that may be missing from your diet. However, it can be difficult to get all of the nutrients that you need strictly from your diet. As we get older, this is simply not enough to fight off the effects of aging, so a high quality anti aging supplement such as Cupuacu Vital will be necessary.

-By: Karina Potthast

See for yourself why Cupuacu Vital is the one anti aging product being hailed as "Youth In A Bottle".

Enjoy Weight Loss Benefits With Acai Berries

Loose Weight easily with Acai Berries

Superfoods - Acai Berry Harvest by Caca MeirellesWe have seen enough celebrities and television talk shows that have featured what acai berry superfood can do to our health. People raved about its excellent health benefits, both in its fruit or food supplement form. However, of all its long list of impressive health benefits, people who eat or consume the fruit attested to its effective weight loss aids and benefits. Now we know the reason behind the hype on linking weight loss and health with acai berry fruits and supplements.

Acai berry superfood has been around for hundreds of years. It is that native fruit of the Amazon, distinct for its deep purple to dark brown color. The ancient tribes have used the fruit to remedy common digestion complaints, aside from being an abundant food source. During the past decade, the knowledge on the beneficial properties of acai berry has spread through Europe and through the Americas. Researchers were stunned by the impressive beneficial properties that the fruit carry.

Research studies have discovered that acai berry superfood contain high concentrations of antioxidants, phytosterols, Omega 3s and other important and highly beneficial food nutrients. It is also packed with amino acids and essential fatty acids, which and excellent in maintaining health and well-being. This remarkable mix of natural goodness delivers a synergy of an almost perfect essential amino acid complex that is vital to healthy cell growth and repair or regeneration.

Acai berries have been related to better health for centuries because of its weight loss side-effect. While the fruit is accounted for its powerful antioxidants and remarkable mix of essential food nutrients, it was discovered to also help curb hunger. It gives you the feeling of fullness, which naturally controls the appetite. Its interesting mix of food nutrients and essential fatty acids was discovered to contribute to your body's ability to burn fat, giving you more energy and stamina. In incorporating fiber to your diet, it hastens digestion and promotes quick processing of food. As a result, you boost your metabolism and limit the chances for getting stored fat. Hence, acai weight loss benefits work by cleansing your system of fat and relieving the body of toxic buildup.

Surely, as a smart consumer, you will sure have doubts on the actual weight loss benefits of the acai berry superfood. In truth, weight loss or reduced waist line is not the primary benefit of the fruit. Its slimming effects can be accounted to the body's reaction to its beneficial properties. In improving digestion, it improves the body's ability to expend energy from fat or its ability to eliminate fat. It has components that deliver effects like increased metabolism, which increases the body's caloric consumption without making changes to your usual daily activities or habits. While it causes the body to burn more calories, it leaves very little room for fat to settle.

Unlike any other weight loss products, acai berry superfood pulp, juice and supplements are rather more reliable when it comes to weight loss. For one thing, it does not cause weight loss by manipulating your water weight. It increases your metabolism to burn and eliminate excess fat. The main factor for Acai berries to help loosing weight is it's ability to make you feel full and stop the craving for food..Acai berries can help you reach your ideal weight with more permanent results.

Is Acai Really the Best Superfood?

What is a superfood?

Acai Berries Grow on Palm Trees in BrazilYou sure have heard about superfoods, and maybe even which foods are considered to be “super”. Today we’ll look into why these foods are considered super and which of them you should include in your daily diet.

A superfood is a food that has a very high phytonutrient content that many believe benefits a person’s health in a significant way. It’s believed that including a variety of superfoods in the daily diet can improve the immune system, ward off diseases like cancer, help the body age more smoothly and help the body fight fat.

Supefoods will usually contain a good mix of nutrients, including Vitamins A and C and other essentials like protein and fiber. The best superfoods are those that contain a healthy mix of these things so that the food can provide a solid helping of beneficial nutrients in one serving.

Some of the most famous superfoods include:

  • Blue-Green Algae
  • Green Tea
  • Goji Berries
  • Mangosteen
  • Oregano
  • Spinach
  • Acai Berries
  • Turmeric
  • Blueberries

As an example, blueberries contain fiber, antioxidants, Vitamin C and manganese but regardless of your knowledge about superfoods, you’ll want to include Acai Berries and Goji Berries into your superfood mix.

What is Acai and why is it a superfood?

Acai is a berry that’s found primarily in the rainforest regions of Brazil. It’s a dark blue berry that grows on palm trees in Brazil, the locals eat it fresh, or in smoothies. They also eat it with granola or yogurt and even make ice cream out of it. Depending on the region, the fruit might be used in sweet or salty confections, and new uses are being found for it each day.

The nutritional content of the acai berry is varied and beneficial. It is considered to be a superfood because it contains an essential mix of nutrients that a superfood must have. The acai fruit has an enormous high concentration of antioxidants (more than 100,000 ORAC * units per 100 gram), which is the highest concentration on antioxidants in an edible fruit known so far.  Acai Berries also contain a good amount of fiber, a small amount of fat and protein.

Acai Berries are a rather new addition to the long line of antioxidant rich health foods that are considered superfoods today. Currently, for those of us who don’t live in Brazil and don’t have easy access to the berry, there are many options. These include drinking a juice blend that contains acai (or acai berry that’s offered as is), freeze dried acai berries are by far the best choice as they contain the most of the antioxidants and the nutriton after they are packed.

Daily more superfoods are discovered and it is very likely that there will be soon more fruits and greens for us to add into our daily diet.

* ORAC = Oxygen radical absorbance capacity – The measurement for Antioxidants which kill Free Radicals in our system. Free Radicals are the main cause for our aging process.

What is a Superfood?

Another Opinion on what is Superfood

Green Spirulina Tablets - Spirulina is also available in powder formA superfood is a whole food that is very rich in nutrients and health promoting properties. In order to be considered a superfood, it should have a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, co factors and so on… There are a lot of so called superfoods out there, but which ones are truly super? Let’s take a look.

Here are some of todays most popular superfoods:

  • Spirulina
  • Chlorella
  • Maca
  • Noni
  • Mangosteen
  • Goji berry
  • Acai
  • Camu Camu
  • Wheatgrass
  • Barley grass
  • Acerola Cherry

All of these superfoods are very rich in nutrients and do have wonderful health promoting properties. But, which ones truly are the best?

From a purely nutritional stand, Spirulina and Chlorella are the best over all superfoods. Spirulina has more concentrated vegetable nutrition than any other whole food known. Chlorella is second in nutrients only to spirulina. Both have the widest and most complete assortment of nutrients and health promoting properties of any food known to man. The others superfoods are also healthy, but in more specific areas.

Goji Berry, Acai and Mangosteen are excellent for antioxidant boosting. Antioxidants are excellent for anti-aging, because they neutralize free radicals which are partly responsible for speeding up the aging process by disrupting DNA. So, pick one of these superfoods to boost your antioxidant levels. You can also boost your antioxidants levels by eating more fruit, particularly berries.

Acerola cherry, noni and camu camu are very rich in Vitamin C and bioflavonoids which are known to boost the immune system. By boosting the immune system, your body produces white blood cells to help fight off infections, viruses and disease. These fruits contain some of the richest whole food sources of vitamin c on earth. It is much better to get vitamin c from these fruits than ascorbic acid which is not a complete food and can be toxic in large amounts.

By far the weakest superfoods that are touted by companies are wheat grass and barley grass. They do not have anywhere near the nutritional makeup of Spirulina or Chlorella, nor do they have any of the specific properties of the other superfoods mentioned above. The grasses certainly are healthy, but I don’t consider them particularly super. Despite the many claims that are made for these grasses, the nutritional profile for them is not very impressive. You would be far better off eating a dark leafy green like kale which is incredibly high in many more nutrients. In that light, I do recommend eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables instead of relying solely on supplements and superfoods for your health.

By: Scott Malin

Scott Malin is rapidly becoming a widely respected writer on the subject of nutrition and detoxification. You can find excellent advice about how to successfully detox in a safe and healthy way at: http://www.organichealthandbeauty.com/New-Detox-Diet_ep_227-1.html