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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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Superfood – The Best Food For Your Health

Only Nature’s Finest for your Health

High on Antioxidants - Avocados are SuperfoodSuperfoods are the type of food that is especially good for your body because it contains many different micro and macro-nutrients, vitamins and minerals. They contain everything your body needs to stay healthy and fight off disease and aging. There are many different kinds of superfoods. This article will explain the benefits of consuming superfoods and list some of the most important ones, their benefits and how you can easily add superfood to your diet.

The term superfood has been created by dieticians and nutritionists to describe the foods that have great nutritional value or medicinal qualities. More and more people are realizing that their diseases and illnesses are being caused by the processed foods they are eating which contain too much sugar, high-fructose corn syrup and salt and that food is natures very own medicine. Many superfoods have been shown to help the body fight inflammation diseases like arthritis, heart disease, a build up of bad cholesterol, and premature signs of aging. What follows is a list of some amazing examples of superfood and an explanation of why they are so good.

Avocado: The avocado is a superfood from Central and South America but is now grown in many tropical areas around the world. It is a egg or pear shaped green fruit slightly larger than an apple with a large pit. The skin turns darker the more ripe it is. Some amazing facts about this superfood include that 75% of its calories consist of good monosaturated fat, it contains 60% more potassium than the average banana and also contains a lot of vitamin B, E and K. The avocado also contains a lot of fiber.

Eating a lot of avocado has shown to be beneficial for cholesterol levels in the blood. People eating avocados for just seven days experienced a 22% drop in their harmful cholesterol levels in one scientific study.

Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are only distantly related to normal potatoes, it is actually a root, and they are much healthier for people than normal potatoes. Sweet potatoes are rich in complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, Vitamin B, C and beta-carotene. Sweet potatoes are a very important super-food not only because they contain so much nutrition (twice as much as a normal potato) but because as mentioned earlier they are rich in complex corbohydrates. Foods that contain simple carbohydrates cause the human body to have a spike in insulin which causes more fat to be produced and stored. This is one of the biggest reasons people gain weigh so easily. By eating sweet potatoes and other superfoods that contain complex carbohydrates people can enjoy carbohydrates without suffering the associated weight gain.

There are many more natural superfoods including the acai, inca, goji and mulberry, broccoli, eggs, fresh spinach, wheat and barley grass, raw cacao, salmon, olive oil, spirulina, chia seeds, mango, papaya and other tropical fruits. All of these contain many different kinds of vitamins and minerals to help your body stay strong and healthy, they help you fight illness and disease and delay aging. In addition many of these superfoods have specific qualities. Whether its many antioxidants, plenty of fiber, appetite suppression or an energy or libido boost. You are encouraged to search out those specific superfoods that fit in with your specific health goals. In any case you can only do your body good by eating a broad range of superfoods.

An easy way to make sure that you are eating healthy natural superfoods is by sticking to the outside aisles at supermarkets, this is where all the fresh produce is kept. You can also visit farmers markets and health food stores where they are sure to stock all the best superfoods and the staff are usually very helpful and knowledgeable about superfood and natural supplements.

By: Alan Mcmyra

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