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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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What Are Superfoods and Why You Need Them?

Antioxidants and Superfoods

Vitamin C Antioxidant Illustration

Vitamin C Antioxidant

With the entire craze about what to eat and what not to eat, what are superfoods is a question going through the minds of many people in the world today. The guardian newspaper reports that the term “superfoods” was coined in the 1990s to define a specific group of foods that were though to benefit the body, tremendously. Such foods range from the exotic types such as spirulina, wheatgrass and alfa alfa and others like beans, beetroot and broccoli fall in the prosaic category.

With time, the list of superfoods has been growing, as research explores more food possibilities. Watercress was for example added to the list due to its antioxidants properties. Fish, specifically tuna, mackerel and salmon preferably wild also make the list of superfoods, as is the case with tomatoes garlic blueberries, carrots, olive oil and red wine. To say the least, the question “what are superfoods?” cannot be answered definitively because the list keeps growing by the day and for different reasons too!

Fish made it to the superfoods list due to omega 3 fatty acids present in it, while blueberries provide the body with vitamin C. Brazil nuts on the other hand are said to have plenty of selenium, while Carrots have beta-carotene. Tomatoes are laden with lycopene goodness, while olive oil is said to have anti-inflammatory properties.

Different Antioxidant Compounds Foods containing high levels of these Antioxidants
   
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Vitamin E (tocopherols, tocotrienols) Vegetable Oils
Polyphenolic antioxidants (resveratrol, flavonoids) Tea, Coffee, Soy, Fruits, Olive Oil, Chocolate, Cocoa, Cinnamon, Oregano, Turmeric and Red wine
Carotenoids (lycopene, carotenes, lutein) Fruits, Vegetables and Eggs

Superfoods are said to have health benefits, which range from preventing cancer, heart disease, improving one’s sporting abilities, enhancing one’s appearance to improving IQ. Though dieticians and nutritionists highly doubt some of the things said about superfoods, there is little doubt that including them in one’s diet is worthwhile. Some people still wonder what are superfoods’ goodness that people cannot substitute them with some of the nutritional supplements in the market today. The truth is, more people enjoy eating more than they do swallowing pills.

More so, the superfoods concept encourages people to eat more unprocessed vitamins and minerals thus reducing the tendency of consuming dead vitamins. When consumed in their raw states, the body easily absorbs them, thus providing it with the necessary nutrients required to fight disease and maintain health. One of the qualms that nutritionists have with the superfoods concept is that it advances some foods more than others, and can therefore lead people to a lifestyle where some of the essential foods in the human diet are neglected. Their advice to the general populace is that people should eat everything in moderation. More to this, people should ensure that they eat a variety of foods in order to get the maximum nutritional benefits that one can get from foods. Overall, the wise thing is to include the superfoods as part of one’s diet, rather than making them all one eats. A little tea, a little spinach, potatoes, beans and some oil, will no doubt make a good meal.

-By: Reggie R Andersen

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