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Posts Tagged ‘Blueberry’

Blueberries – Super Food For a Reason

What makes blueberries a superfood?

Blueberries don't really look anything special. Yet they are quite delicious and versatile. In fact it is strange to believe that such a small fruit is actually a superfood. In the interests of improving my health and that of my family I've been doing some studying about superfoods, the pros, cons and benefits. I'm also interested in how we can increase our use of these superfoods in our diet without blowing the budget. Consequently, I'm not only learning all about superfoods and their uses but how to grow them myself (wherever practical).

Blueberries are a superfood because they are packed with anti-oxidants and phytonutrients. Why are these important? Antioxidants help reduce free radicals in our bodies and are widely believed to help prevent heart disease and cancer. Phytonutrients are still undergoing research but it is known that? they also help to reduce free radicals. It is also the fact that they are rich in phytonutrients that means although they do not contain significant amounts of Vitamins C or E the body receives as much antioxident protection as if? you had taken vitamin C and E. These little blue berries also contain potassium (an essential mineral for strengthening blood vessels) and vitamin C. It is this richness in vitamins and minerals that makes them a superfood and the top choice for adding to a healthy diet. By adding blueberries to your diet you can help?lower your risk of heart disease and cancer. Another amazing benefit is that? they are also anti-inflammatory. Another amazing benefit is the effect that they have on our brain. Research has shown that blueberries high quantities of phytonutrients help improve the communication between brain cells and can delay the onset of dementia and aging. When choosing your blueberries you need to look for the darker coloured berries as the darker the colour the more anti-oxidents they contain. Growing your own blueberries is relatively simple and will give you a fresh supply but the best part is you can also freeze them. Frozen and dried blueberries are just as beneficial to your health and diet as fresh. Fresh, frozen or dried there really is no reason not to have blueberries in your home ready to add to your diet every day. You do not have to eat blueberries by the handful. Instead you can add them to a range of delicious recipes. In fact adding blueberries to a smoothie has the added advantage of giving you additional fruit portions and calcium. A very simple idea for a smoothie is to add 1 cup of blueberries, to 1 cup of pro-biotic low fat natural yoghurt, half a cup of fruit juice (orange or pineapple are great) and a teaspoon of honey. Mix in a blender or smoothie maker and serve. Another delicious and simple way to add blueberries to your diet is to make blueberry muffins or fruity granola pots. Both of these dishes are great ways to get your children to eat blueberries. By: Amanda Davey Do you need more information on how to live well, eat well and be well whilst sticking to a budget? http://thehealthyfrugalhome.com offers articles, resources, hints, tips, recipes and more to help you get fit, lose weight and enjoy life.

Top Twenty Superfoods List – Part 2

Ten Great Superfoods

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Picture: Jean-Marie Hullot

Welcome to my second article on the top 20 superfoods. Last week, in my first article, I outlined my personal world top ten superfoods. This week I’m going to finish this superfoods list by looking at numbers 11 to 20. Once again I should mention that these are 10 great foods for all round diet and health. Eat all twenty consistently and you could add several more years in perfect health to your lifespan. And these superfoods are not even expensive!

To begin with; most fruits are healthy and good for you but one of the best weighs in at number 11.

11. The Blueberry: with 6552 ORAC per 100g, this little fruit is packed full of antioxidants which protect the eyes and cardio-vascular system. They also have anti cancer properties. The antioxidants are also found in abundance in blackberries and bilberries. Eat them or drink them all in smoothies, put them into your fruit salad or just eat them on their own. Lots of it!

12. Goji Berries: at number 12 in my list is the Goji berry. There isn’t anything that this great berry doesn’t do! Goji berries are a fantastic superfood. Wait for it- it contains anti-aging and anti-tumor properties, its packed with vitamin C, antioxidants, selenium, zinc and calcium. Goji berries are also high in omegas which are needed for the efficient working of the nervous systems and the brain. Not only are Gojis very healthy, they also taste great! Use them with your cereal, yogurt, in a smoothie, in muesli or dry frozen, just on their own.

13. Sauerkraut: At number 13 its raw sauerkraut. This superfood even increases your libido. Sauerkraut is rich in vitamin C and has been used in the past to treat constipation.

14. Oregano:Belongs in almost any food! Oregano is extremely rich in antioxidants, with more than 200’000 ORAC, so rich that it at the very top of the list of almost any food. This herb is great for improving digestion and the immune function. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Add it to stews and soups but make sure its after cooking or you’ll lose all its goodness.

15. Raspberries: On the 15th place is one of the world’s most eaten superfoods, the humble Raspberry. These are high in fiber and folic acid as well as containing ellagic acid which has been proven to have anti-cancer properties.

16. Carrots: At 16 it’s the humble carrot, loved by humans and by rabbits! These contain antioxidants such as zeaxanthin and lutein which protect against cancer but are also great for protecting the lungs, the eyes and skin.

17. Turmeric: weighs in at number 17. Stacked full of Curcumin which contains also extremely high amounts of antioxidants, 159’000 ORAC units/100g, has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, is incredibly good for the skin and for the sexual stamina.

18. Sea Weed: Seaweed is alkalizing and detoxifying and so powerful that you only need to eat small quantities. You can get it dried and mix it in salads. Seaweed contains lots of protein, calcium, iron, iodine and magnesium. In fact in much higher quantities than any land plants.

19. Slippery Elm Tree Tea: can help assist recovery from stress related disorders, from surgery, inflammation and gastro-intestinal disorders. The Native Americans and the pioneers of the wild west used the inner bark of the Slippery Elm Tree for food to survive and for a medicine to heal. To gain real benefits you need to drink 2-3 cups a day. DO NOT use Slippery Elm Tree products until talking to your doctor.

20. Water: Water has it’s place in this superfoods list because we need water for an efficient brain function! It is most essential for more than that; we need water for our circulation, digestion, stamina, a healthy skin and in fact every bodily function that you can think of. So drink plenty of it!!

Those are my personal top twenty superfoods. Most of these healthy foods are cheap and most of them are also easily available anywhere near to where you live, so be sensible and grab a superfood instead of a burger!

By: Paul I. Costelo

Paul Costello is the vice principal of a high school, a writer and a father. He is interested in superfood diet and health and has a great web site at: http://www.ultimatedieting.info