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Dr. Perricone – 10 Everyday Superfoods

Dr. Perricones Top Ten Superfood List

Superfood since 8000 years - Buckwheat SeedsThere are a great many superfoods available right there where you live! These superfoods include colorful, shiny fruits and vegetables, spices, beans, seeds, nuts and herbs. There are so many superfoods that it simply is impossible to put them all in just one article. However, here is the top 10 Superfoods List recommended by Dr.Perricone.

1. Acai Berry –  Euterpe oleracea

The Acai Berry is an extremely concentrated antioxidant (30x more antioxidants than anthocyanins in red wine) that aid in fighting early aging. Acai berries also promote digestive and cardiovascular health benefits. Acai is contains a near perfect amino acid complex, plus it is packed with traces of minerals.

2. Garlic, Onions and Leek

Garlic lowers th cholesterol, reduces the risk of clodding the arteries, it lowers blood pressure, destroys infection and Garlic reduces the risk of certain cancers. And as this wasn't enough, Garlic also helps fighting two of the worst neurological diseases, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

Onions inhibit the growth of cancerous cells, they lower bad cholesterol, help to prevent colds and stimulate your immune system. Onions reduce the risk of some cancers, and helps relieve gastro disorders.

Leeks carry many of the benefits of the other members of the Allium family but thet also contain high amounts of Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Foliate, Iron, Organic Fibers and Manganese..

3. Barley – Hordeum vulgare

Barley is a grain equally used as fodder for animals and as healthy human food. Hulled barley can lower blood cholesterol levels when eaten regularly. Barley reduces the risk of developing colon cancer and protect your heart. It furthermore provides high levels of  Vitamin E, reduces levels of breast cancer, and it also contains large amounts of antioxidants.

4. Beans and Lentils

Lentils and Beans are one of the best sources of potassium. Potassium reduces the risk of  high blood pressure and strokes. Beans and Lentils also reduce birth defects and the risk for cancer. Beans are rich in saponins which prevents genetic mutations.

5. Buckwheat

Buckwheat pollen has been found in Japan as early as 4000 BC. It was first cultivated in south ast Asia about 6000 BC. Buckwheat is filed with the best amino acids, lowering cholesterol, of any food known to date. Buckwheat stabilizes blood sugar levels, and interestingly it reduces the activity of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) the same effect of many heart medications.

6. Green Foods

Wheatgrass and Barley grasses are recognizable by their rich emerald coloring. Spirulina and Chlorella are two other greens with excellent nutritional value. All are known to contain very high amounts of plant based proteins, Green foods also help to reduce or even eliminate hay fever and protect the liver from toxicity. They also reduce cholesterol and blood pressure levels and help to reduce symptoms associated with colitis, Green foods also contain high amounts of powerful antioxidants.

7. Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Peppers are members of the capsicum plant genus and the capsaicinoids compound. Hot peppers are an amazingly anti inflammatory, thet fight cancer, analgesic, and they are very beneficial for a healthy heart condition.

8. Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and Seeds significantly reduce the risk of heart diseases, diabetes, and cancer, By eating nuts and seeds you can also control your weight, your hunger cravings and reduce the signs of aging. Nuts and seeds really do belong in every diet. Cashew nuts have also very strong anti depression effects.

9. Sprouts

A sprout is the beginning of any seed whether its grains, vegetables, beans, or radishes, leaving the protective hull. Spouts are extremely nutritious and with the nutrition comes a lot of health benefits. Sprouts are an excellent source of Vitamin C and protein.

10. Kefir and Yogurt

Kefir and Yogurt contain Probiotics and these are an important part of our diet. Yogurt and kefir are actually the original fermented ancient foods. Up until today they remain important in keeping people healthy and promote overall health. Probiotics are beneficial for anti aging and for younger and fresher looking skin. So have a look and put them into practice right away. This said; Yogurt and Kefir you buy should be organic!

These are the 10 superfoods that Dr. Perricone recommends. You can easily implement them in any of your menus. Keep in mind that cocking healthy is not more work and not more expensive. With the help of the superfoods in this list you will feel better and stronger and much more vital after only a few days of consuming them regularly. Bon Apetit!

The Benefits of Coconut Oil – A True Superfood

Coconut oil has gained a reputation for being unhealthy because it's made up of mostly saturated fat. However, not only is it extremely healthy, there are many significant benefits that are not even available from any other food!

The primary health benefits fall into these general categories:

  • improvement in heart health
  • weight loss
  • improved energy levels and endurance
  • stronger immune system
  • healthier digestion and better metabolism
  • healthier skin and hair

Improves your heart health. Even though it's predominately a saturated fat, there are many factors that contribute to a reduced risk of heart disease compared to other dietary oils. Natural coconut oil tends to increase HDL cholesterol and actually improve your cholesterol profile. New research has demonstrated that its medium-chain fats protect against heart disease and may one day even be used as a treatment to cure it!

Stimulates your metabolism to help with weight loss. It contains medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) that help in taking off excess weight. MCFAs are sent directly to your liver, where they are immediately converted into energy rather than being stored as fat.

Coconut oil is also easy to digest and helps in the healthy functioning of your thyroid gland. A sluggish thyroid is one reason why some people are unable to lose weight, no matter what they do.

Helps in improving the digestive system. It aids in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, minerals and amino acids – thus preventing various stomach- and digestion-related problems, including irritable bowel syndrome.

Boosts energy levels and endurance. It breaks down quickly in the liver and can be used like you would use a carbohydrate. Athletes and bodybuilders use it as a natural supplement in sports drinks.

Maintains normal blood sugar levels. Regular use reduces your risk of developing diabetes, and is effective in controlling the symptoms of diabetes.

Coconut oil has often been compared to carbohydrates in its ability to be "burned" for energy. However, since insulin is not involved in the process of digesting it, you won't get those carb-related spikes in your blood sugar level.

Support for your immune system. Coconut oil is very effective against a variety of infections due to its antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. It kills the bacteria that cause pneumonia, sore throats, dental cavities, urinary tract infections, measles, meningitis, gonorrhea, food poisoning, pneumonia, and many more bacterial infections. It also kills the fungus/yeast infections that cause candida, ringworm, athletes foot, thrush, jock itch, diaper rash and more.

Keeps your skin and hair healthy and young-looking. There's no better oil for your skin! It smoothes and moisturizes, promotes skin elasticity, helps protect your skin from the aging effects of free radicals. It also helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by helping to keep connective tissues strong and supple.

Coconut oil is one of the most common natural ingredients found in shampoos and hair conditioning products today, for good reason. It contains several different nutrients that keep your hair strong, protect it from the effects of aging, and make it healthier and shinier.

How to Use It in Your Diet

There are several ways you can add coconut oil to your everyday life, and it really is easy! It's stable even during long periods of storage, and needs no refrigeration. Because its melting point is 76? F, it can be used in both liquid or solid forms. It has a neutral flavor that makes it ideal for use in frying, cooking and baking. You can use it in any recipe that calls for vegetable oil, shortening or butter

You can even try it right out of the jar for a quick burst of energy, without creating a spike in your blood sugar levels.

So don't avoid coconut oil because you've heard that it's bad for you. Discover more of the Health Benefits of Coconut Oil and start using it today!

-By: Stan Mrak

Stan Mrak has had a passion for anti aging nutrition for over 30 years. Visit his website at www.antioxidants-for-health-and-longevity.com for the most practical and useful information on antioxidants anywhere. Discover how antioxidants hold the secret for staying young and avoiding degenerative diseases.