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Organic Superfood

“Superfood” is a term coined to define foods rich in phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are certain organic constituents of plants. Nutritionists agree that these phytonutrients have health-promoting benefits. Fruits and vegetables, along with nuts, certain teas like green tea, grains, and legumes are rich sources of phytonutrients. Phytonutrients consist of carotenoids, phytosterols, isoflavones (including genistein and daidzen), coumarins, indoles, lignans, flavonoids and organosulfurs. Phytonutrients are commonly associated with the color of foods. There is a variety of colors in every day foods that we eat. Such colors like vibrant green, bright juicy red, white, tempting yellow-orange and blue-purple not only add color to our plate, but add a variety of nutrients as well. Because of this dieticians recommend the rainbow diet-a variety of colored foods every day.Evidence that eating a variety of fruits and vegetables protects human health is accumulating from large population studies, human feeding studies, and cell culture studies. As research expands, more conclusive results are awaited. “For now”, the USDA Agriculture Research Center states, “it appears that an effective strategy for reducing risk of cancer and heart disease is to increase consumption of phytonutrient-rich foods including fruits, vegetables, grains and teas.”Foods rich in phytonutrients are:

  • All the brightly colored foods such as tomatoes, squashes, carrots-any food which is yellow and orange, green or red.
  • Fruits which include citrus fruits and berries
  • Flaxseeds
  • Whole grains and legumes
  • Garlic and leeks
  • Green teas
  • Members of the cabbage family known as cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli or romaine lettuce
  • Dark leafy greens such as spinach
  • Soybeans

The National Cancer Institute recommends eating at least 5 – 9 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. On average, Americans consume 3.3 servings of vegetables a day. Dark green vegetables and deep yellow vegetables each represent only 0.2 daily servings. About 48% of Americans consume less than one serving of fruit a day. Fruits and vegetables retain more nutrients when they are organic. The word “organic” signifies that these foods are totally naturally. No pesticides, or artificial fertilizers are used to grow organic foods. There is no genetic modification. Foods claiming to be organic must be free of artificial food additives, and are often processed with fewer artificial methods, materials and conditions. Organic food production is legally regulated.

Organic Superfoods
Organic Superfoods contain a combination of superfoods as natural, organic ingredients in a synergistic ratio. You get a good dose of phytonutrients in one single serving! It is important to read the label carefully to make sure you are buying a product made with organic ingredients as these have the highest nutritive value and are more easily digested by the body. Organic superfoods are not meant to be a replacement for food. But not all of us can consistently eat the required fruit and vegetables we need each day. Superfoods can augment your daily diet to make sure you are getting phytonutrient power for optimum health protection.

By: Kevin Agrawal

New Vitality is a health supplements company. It develops supplement products which are carefully formulated under the guidance of an elite panel comprised of renowned doctors, nutritionists, chemists and researchers. Whether you want a nutritional supplement, pet health supplement, a personal care product or a health care product, New Vitality is a one-stop shop for all needs.

Kevin Gianni Interviews Happy Oasis about her Favorite Superfoods

Happy Oasis, founder the Raw Spirit Festival Inc, shares her favorite superfoods

Kevin: Sara says you really inspired her on the Rawkathon. She wants to know, you talked about foraging food but what do you eat? Do you fix it yourself? Is it simple? Is it gourmet? What’s daily fare?

Happy: Well, first of all, thank you Sara. You inspire me. I love this mirroring of inspiration because it always encourages me to go on. I have the option to just go back and be a hermit. I’m so content like that. So thank you, Sara.

What do I eat? Well, I try to be versatile. However I’m more or less pretty much raw vegan. I’ll say 99 percent raw vegan. Once in a while I will eat something else but it’s so rare that I can’t even remember the last time I had something else. This morning I had juice. I’m home so I had some carrot, apple, celery. Then I went into the garden. We grow a garden here four seasons. I’m up in the mountains but I put a piece of plastic over our garden. I raise it up a little bit in the winter. We also have a sun room. That sun room is part living area and part indoor raised bed gardens. So we have lounge chairs, a French dining table and we also have these vegetables growing. I love to grow greens. In Arizona by the time the greens get here they can be a week old. So I ate some parsley and cilantro. Almost everything I eat in the green category is from the garden here. Our garden is just lush right now. I love arugula. It’s one of my favorites. I love the mustard family. Chard sometimes, and lots of spinach in the winter. I’m not so into lettuce because I like the dark, leafy greens for their nutritional value even more. Then after the juice – oh, a little bit of ginger and lemon in it. Sometimes I’ll throw a couple tablespoons of spirulina in there. I’m pretty simple.

I’m really into fresh fruits. I usually only eat locally, as much as possible, and fresh, organic. I go to the farmer’s markets. I went to the farmer’s market in California three days ago and ate [indecipherable] and some blood oranges that had just come off of somebody’s tree.

Then there are these potluck celebrations which have more complex foods. However this digestive tract is other than able to digest gourmet foods with a lot of ease because of so many years of eating wild, edible plants and mono foods. If you know what I mean. Just like eating one cucumber. One of my favorite meals or snacks is just to eat a cucumber. Sometimes for my teeth I’ll just eat celery or a big carrot. I love beets as well.

Then in the tropics, I just came from a couple of months in Hawaii, I was having coconut every day, fresh coconut right off the tree. It would plunk down in the middle of the night. You can hear the avocados falling down on the ground, as well, at night. I go easy on bananas. I really try to avoid those. But coconut every day. Papaya. In the tropics it’s really easy to eat too much fruit so I try to start my day with salad. I used to be diabetic. And then try to end my day with a salad. Then I have fruit in between as my snacks. That’s it. Pretty simple.

I almost never eat dried fruit. I don’t do any raisins, Gobi berries, dates, or any of that because of the diabetes and also I find it very dehydrating and more difficult to digest. I also go easy on the nuts. I try to eat a lot more olives and avocados for my main source of fat. And flax seed oil and olive oil.

I’m pre-superfoods. I’ve been raw vegan for 14 years. The word “superfood” I’d never heard of. They kind of came in as this big fad. This has been going on for a few years. In the long run the superfoods are great and it’s really about fresh, organic produce and sprouting your own mung beans and other sprouts and your own garden and foraging. That’s really the sustainable, long-term diet of the millennia.

Kevin: Right. It makes a lot of sense. Gail does ask, “What is your favorite superfood?” So I imagine that even though you’re pre-superfood I’m sure that you’ve eaten a few of them. What would be your favorite one?

Happy: I would say my favorite superfood is loving kindness. It just feeds me. When people are really loving and kind and funny. When people are really hilarious, it just giggles me forth and it gives me so much energy. I love affection. I love to hug people and be hugged. And just living in nature is the finest superfood. But on that level that I know what you’re talking about, I would say spirulina. I do use, because I travel a lot, Jameth Sheridan’s Healthforce Nutritionals. He has this VitaMineral Green which seems to be a really nice blend. Sometimes I just put a couple tablespoons in water. I’m not gourmet, please understand. That will just do it for me. I eat to live. I don’t live to eat. People are sometimes shocked that I’m not a gourmet chef. I leave that to other people. I love the gourmet food on very occasional occasions.

Superfoods, I eat dulse. Dulse is wonderful. Sometimes nori sheets. But I don’t really take anything out of a bottle personally. However, if those people are in transition or they feel that they’re even busier than I am and they prefer eating out of a bottle then more power to them. However for me and for my budget, because I have a non-profit salary, so for my budget and for my vitality I just love fresh greens and fresh fruits.

By: Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni the host of “Renegade Health Show” – a fun and informative daily health show that is changing the perception of health across the world. His is an internationally known health advocate, author, and film consultant. He has helped thousands and thousands of people in over 21 countries though online health tele-seminars about abundance, optimum health and longevity. He is also the creator and co-author of “The Busy Person’s Fitness Solution.”