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Every Day Superfoods

10 Every Day Superfoods that you can get everywhere!

Cinnamon Canelle - Antioxidant rich superfood

Picture: Luc-Viatour

When we’re talking about Superfoods, we’re not talking about some wonder drugs in a golden pill box, no, we’re talking about organic every day foods that are pure and unprocessed, containing a broad variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Superfoods are nutritional power houses with a high phytochemical and phytonutrient content. Phytonutrient are known to have disease fighting properties. Phytochemicals and Phytonutrients strengthen the immune system, reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of heart disease, high cholesterol level, diabetes and even cancer.

But first of all; What are Phytonutrients & Phytochemicals?
Phytochemicals are chemicals in vegetables and fruits, other than vitamins and minerals and macronutrients, which are incredibly important for our health. The term “phyto” comes from the Greek word meaning plant. There are literally thousands of them and they have many different functions in our body. They can be antioxidants and fight free radicals or they boost the immune system, they can be anti-viral or anti-bacterial, many of them are anti-inflammatory and help repairing damaged cells. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables tend to have high concentrations of Phytochemicals and the highest concentrations are usually found in the skin of the plant. Examples of phytonutrients you may have heard about are anthocyanins in berries, lycopene in tomatoes and carotenoids in carrots.

What we eat has an incredible impact on our body and our mind and even our lives as such! What we eat affects how we feel, if we are moody or feel great, if we have energy to waste or if we need a nap in the afternoon already. If we follow a healthy diet, it can help guard against all so many diseases. Eating a wide variety of fresh and organic vegetables and include as many superfoods as possible in our daily meals helps to ensure that we give our bodies the best possible treatment

Here is my every day superfoods list

Find below a list of common, easily obtained superfoods that we can find in our stores for most of the year.

  1. Cinnamon: This superfood is just the top of the pop. It contains an unbelievable high antioxidant level of 267,000 ORAC units which brings it on the third place of the antioxidants list. Cinnamon is great at stabilizing blood sugar levels. Cinnamon has been reported to have a pharmacological effects in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes mellitus and insulin resistance, the latest research also documents anti-melanoma activity of cinnamic aldehyde observed in cell culture and a mouse model of human melanoma. Cinnamon can be used for backing, cooking and for tea.
  2. Almonds: Our next every day superfood is a great source of calcium. Almonds contain four times more calcium than diary milk, They contain magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc and vitamin E and are high in protein and fiber. Almonds also contain omega 3s and monounsaturated fatty acids which again help to prevent heart disease. Almonds taste good in almost everything. You can use them in your breakfast cereal, use them in cookies, use almond butter instead of diary butter or simply eat them raw to get the most out of this superfood.
  3. Sumac The next on our list of superfoods is Sumec; honestly, it has been a few days only, since I first heard of Sumac but I’m already a fan. Sumac grows as shrubs or small trees with loads of red berries, they can reach a height of 1 to 10 meters! Sumac was primarily used in Islamic countries as a treatment for many different ailments in medieval medicine and the native Americans used Sumac leaves and drupes of the combined with tobacco, in traditional smoking mixtures. The sumac fruits or drupes,are ground into a deep red or purple powder used to add a lemony taste to the Middle Eastern cuisine’s meat or salads. Sumac is the second richest food on antioxidants, known today. Sumac bran contains 312,400! ORAC units per 100 gram bran. Compare that to our oh so healthy Oranges that contain 700 ORAC units per 100gram. That’s an enormously high amount of antioxidants and can only be beaten by our next superfood!
  4. ClovesWell, nobody in his right mind would want to eat 100gram cloves in a day, but if you would, you would have ingested 314,446 antioxidant units. Cloves are great in many cooked dishes and also in meat, for oven baked foods and for toothache. Cloves are used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine and in the Chinese medicine where it is used for severe burns, skin irritations and to reduce the sensitiveness of skin and it has antiseptic properties.
  5. Apples: Apples are an amazing superfood that everybody loves. Apples contain 18 of the 20 amino acids our body needs. Unpealed apples contain quecitin which is a phytonutrient that helps prevent damage to LDL cholesterol (that’s the good cholesterol), keeping the arteries clean and healthy and therefore lowering the risk of a heart disease. Apples also contain pectin which is a soluble fiber which helps so lower the bad HDL cholesterol levels in the blood. Pectin also binds with heavy metals such as lead in the body and removes them from the gut.
  6. Avocados: Avocados are an extremely nutritious superfood. Avocados are high in healthy mono-unsaturated fat, fiber, Vitamin E, potassium and folic acid (folate). They are the best fruit source of beta-sitosterol which is a substance that can reduce total cholesterol as well as being high in lutein which is known to protect against cataracts, keeping the cardiovascular system healthy and preventing prostrate cancer.
  7. Beans: Any kind of beans are incredible superfoods, high in antioxidants and a great source of soluble fiber which traps bile that contains cholesterol in the digestive tract and removes it from the body before it is absorbed. Beans are high in protein and very low in fat and can help lower cholesterol. Beans help to keep blood sugar levels stable which is beneficial to those with diabetes. Beans also reduce the risk of cancer – especially breast cancer. According to a study in the International Journal of Cancer (2005;114:628–33), Women who eat frequently beans and lentils have a significantly lower risk to get breast cancer than women who seldom eat them. Beans contain calcium, potassium, vitamin B6, magnesium and folic acid (folate).
  8. Blueberries: They’re jus great fruits! Blueberries contain incredibly high amounts of antioxidants (6550 ORAC/100g) including the flavonoid anthocyanins which combats the effects of toxins and pollution and are thought to have anti-aging properties. Blueberries also contain ellegic acid which is a phytonutrient thought to prevent abnormal cellular changes. They are also anti-inflammatory, reduce allergic reactions and keep capillaries healthy which is great if you bruise easily or have varicose veins. Blueberries further help strengthen your immune system and they are a great source of vitamin C and extra fiber.
  9. Broccoli: A great vegetable! And at least something Clinton was right in! Broccoli contains more vitamin C than oranges and is high in potassium and beta-carotene which again helps to reduce the risk of heart disease. Broccoli is an amazing superfood that contains anti-cancer substances, especially helping to prevent gastric cancers, breast cancer and stomach ulcers. Broccoli strengthens the immune system and increases the body’s resistance to illness and it also helps the body to detox easier. Broccoli is rich in glucosinolates which are detoxifying all kinds of toxins and carcinogens in our body, that are substances which can trigger cancer. Studies have shown that eating broccoli and similar vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower, sprouts, radish, horseradish, turnip, cress, kale, kohlrabi and mustard at least three times a week can significantly lower the risk of colon cancer
  10. ChocolateYes, you got that right! Chocolate is full of antioxidants and absolutely health beneficial as long as it is unsweetened. With around 40,000 ORAC units per 100gram dark chocolate it’s one of the highest antioxidant suppliers. And yes,I can eat 100 gram chocolate per day; easily! And raw cocoa nibs are even better. Other beneficial effects of chocolate or cacao, suggest anti-cancer, cough preventer and anti-diarrhea effects and it is also a brain stimulator! And there are sooo many things you can use chocolate for; just leave the sugar away. Sugar is no good for you!
  11. Ok, now I’m hungry! If you’re craving as much for food right now as I am after all this superfood talk, grab some chocolate and stay healthy! See you next time and don’t forget to subscribe to my superfood blog here:Click to Subscribe to Superfood Information by Email. After you subscribe you will be notified by email about new publications on my blog. I won’t give your email address to nobody else ever! Promise.

Raw Cacao Plus Coconut Plus Banana Equals Superfood Drink

Raw Cacao + Fresh Coconut + Fresh Banana = Superfood Drink for Athletes

Superfoods - Raw Cocoa Pods on the TreeRaw Cacao, Coconut juice and Coconut meat are great energizers if you're working out, no matter if you do it for weight loss or for muscle gain, you sure know how important it is to give your body good food right after you're working out. I 'invented' a superfood drink that keeps you healthy, feeds your muscles with fresh energy and tastes great! Eating raw cocoa beans is not really tasty, so you have to figure out a pleasing way to get them into your system. I hope you have a blender in your kitchen, here is what you need to do:

  • Cut a fresh coconut open and poor the juice into your blender
  • Add a small handful of fresh cocoa beans, about 12 cacao bean should do it
  • Add two large or 4 small Bananas

The coconut has enough energy too feed your muscles and so do the bananas. The raw cacao will give your body all the other necessary nutrients for your body. Coconut is an amazing superfood that has been known as 'bad for your health' for many many years until just recently, studies showed how great this tropical fruit really is. Did you know for example that coconut juice was used during the second world war to replace blood? Have a look at the video below and be amazed! Coconut is really healthy even if you're trying to loose weight.

Cacao Beans – The Healthy Miracle of Nature

Why is Cacao a Superfood?

Raw cacao nibs are full of nutrientsIf staying healthy is what you are interested in, you have sure heard about all the different superfoods that pop upon the market like mushrooms in fall. There are many different so called Superfoods, and all of them can do various great things for our bodies. This all sounds wonderful, but the truth is that you cannot and should not believe that every health food on the market is really as healthy as it states. Which foods should you choose and use? What makes some super foods better than others? Are they not all the same anyway; where is the difference?

These questions could go on for a while. The best choice is to use healthy foods that are organic and have been proven to work for very real reasons. If you are new to superfoods, then you may not have heard about the amazing power of cocoa nibs. If the term raw cacao beans sounds familiar to you, it's probably because you know that this is the same bean that chocolate is made of even though the beans don't taste much like chocolate when you eat them raw. They are a little bitter, yet they will do wonders for your health and your immune system. You can buy cacao as nibs, as raw cacao, and as organic cacao and ir doesn't matter how you decide to ingest cacao, you will find yourself moving into a healthier state of body and mind quite quickly.

People often feel stronger, more energetic and get less often sick, when they have the correct nutrition. Wherever you're going to look; you will always find cacao in the top three superfoods. And here is why cacao beans that make them such a great superfood: Raw cacao is full of great ingredients that your body needs. In organic cacao, you find extraordinary high amounts of antioxidants, vitamin C, magnesium, and chromium. These substances are needed by your body to be at optimum health and to function correctly.

You can do achieve almost anything after fueling your brain with cacao!

These elements are the secret to high energy levels, a strong immune system, higher brain function activity and the enormous powers of concentration. You can do almost anything after fueling your brain with cacao! After consuming raw cacao you will feel healthier, stronger, and far less stressed. If you are not sure about cacao beans yet, search for the term Cacao in the search field above and see what others write about the Superfood number one. Cacao in my personal opinion, are the best superfoods. Just look at how small they are and how little you have to eat to get most of the energy your body needs during a day. Remember, if you want to try different kinds of raw cacao, you can always try organic cacao and cacao nibs. But no matter how you eat the raw cacao, you will sure benefit from this amazing miracle of nature. You can find organic cocoa beans in our health shop where you also find various superfood supplements and interesting superfood books, if you're interested in learning more details about cacao, chocolate, antioxidants and all the other SUPER foods there are..

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".