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Loose Weight With Superfoods

Natural Weight Loss with Superfoods

Do you want to shred some pounds without starving yourself to bits and still having fun in the process? There is a wide choice of Superfoods available to achieve just that. Superfoods are super to eat and super for your health! In this article you'll find some of the amazing superfoods that will have an impact on your health as well as your weight.

Incan Golden Berries are succulent golden fruits the size of marbles. You can eat them raw, dried or use them as ingredients in jams and desserts. In their dried form, they can be added to cereal or baked goods. On their own, they make a quick and satisfying snack full of nutrients.

Golden Inca Berry - SuperfoodsGolden Inca Berriesare indigenous to South America but was cultivated in South Africa in the region of the Cape of Good Hope during the 1800s. They are energizing and loaded with health beneficial nutrients, Golden Inca Berries also have a mouth-watering taste with a combination of a sweet and tangy flavor. The berries are soft and chewy and really nice to eat. Rich in protein and vitamins, they make for a calorie-wise snack and have all the necessary ingredients of a healthy weight loss diet. You can eat them anytime to satisfy the cravings of hunger in between meals without being afraid of gaining unwanted weight. A great treat for your body and your palate!

Blue-Green Algae have the broadest range of phytonutrients of any known algae, including rare trace elements, biologically active enzymes, amino acids, essential fatty acids, B12, chlorophyll, Phenylethylamine , glycol-proteins, complex sugars, vitamins and minerals which can be easily absorbed in our body due to its soft cell wall. It also contains all eight essential amino acids plus the "semi-essential" amino acids in such a manner that the human body absorbs and metabolizes this super-food at nearly 100% rate! It makes your stomach feel full so that you do not feel hungry all the time. A great way to lose those excess pounds!

Superfoods - Maca RootRaw Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a superfood from South America growing at the highest altitude and belonging to the Radish-Cauliflower family has great health advantages. It contains fatty acids, 20 different amino acids and unique minerals and helps rejuvenate the endocrine system. Raw Cacao Bean – Lots of people, young and old, all over the world love eating chocolate. Imagine eating chocolate to lose weight! Raw Cacao, the ingredient from which all chocolate is made, in its raw natural form, has the highest Vitamin C and antioxidant content.

Maca is very rich in minerals, a natural source of magnesium, chromium, iron, copper and zinc. It can be used as a very good mineral supplement. Raw Cacao contains many beneficial ingredients that can change your life. The brain chemicals it has give you a sense of physical as well as emotional well being and leave you feeling really great. Now people who want to watch their weight can eat chocolate too! You can combine Goji berries and Raw Cacao to have a great sugar free treat and also ensure that your blood sugar level does not drop in the process.

You can have lots of different varieties of food with the different combinations of these amazing superfoods. Raw Maca with Raw Cacoa, Goji berries, Mushroom Cordyceps and Alkaline green formula with Papaya and Mango can be used judiciously to make a delicious weight loss smoothie! You can also incorporate these raw organic foods in a salad with healthy olive oil and have the benefit of great taste, optimum weight and good health. The list of these great superfoods does not end here.

Many more like Marine Phytoplankton, Noni and Aloe Vera provide great benefits too. Superfoods are easily available naturally from plants, easy to eat, nutritious and make us active, alert, energetic, innovative and alive. Losing weight is no more starving or eating tasteless foods. It is just fun with the Superfood raw Health Diet. Now you can have your cake and eat it too!

By: Paul S Fitzgerald

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Micronutrients Antioxidants and Superfoods

What are Micronutrients and Antioxidants?

You need a Microscope to see MicronutrientsMicronutrients are nutrients required by humans throughout life in small quantities to orchestrate a whole range of physiological functions, but which the human body itself cannot produce and this is where superfoods come in. There is a great variety of different "superfoods" which provide essential vitamins, antioxidants, energy enhancers, macro minerals, lipotropic factors, and other key nutrients which have been known to help minimize free radical formation that speeds up the aging process and supports optimal heart, brain and immune functioning.

Blueberries, for instance, are rated as a superfood because they are very dense in the antioxidants called anthocyannins, which are also present in blackberries.

Berries in general are among the foods which are the most antioxidant-dense. Cranberries, Strawberries, Bilberries, Cherries and Raspberries have a particularly high ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) Value.

Spirulina is a considered a superfood because it is a"live" food which is extremely protein dense. Many of the nutrients in superfoods simply are not found in everyday foods. Lutein, for example is found in leafy green vegetables such as Popeye's favorite superfood, Spinach. Among other benefits, Lutein acts as an antioxidant in the eye protecting cells from harmful free radicals. Our bodies do not produce lutein, it must be consumed in our food.
Grapes are another major superfood. Grape Seed Extract in particular is well known for its proanthocyanadins and actually contains more antioxidant power than vitamins E, C or Beta Carotene.

It is a tremendous free radical fighter which is noted for cardiovascular health, brain health and even mental alertness. That is why it is found in many of the better supplements out there. Oh yeah, grapes and grape juice by themselves are pretty good for you as well.

Green Tea and Green Tea extract qualifies as a bona fide superfood.

There are 4 principle polyphenols in green tea which are sometimes referred to as catechins. These super-antioxidants have been shown in various research studies to support the immune system, support healthy aging as well as to have a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular health. It is considered by some researchers to aid in fat usage rather than deposition. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is another key antioxidant found in green tea. It is at least one hundred more times more effective than vitamin C and some twenty-five times more effective than vitamin E at protecting cells and DNA!

Pineapple and Papaya qualify because they feature proteolytic enzymes that are needed for the restoration of old cells and the building of new ones.
They also have a systemic cellular anti-inflammatory action and they are noted for their helpful effects on joints, blood clotting as well as on the respiratory system. They offer superb support for the immune system.
Other foods which could be called superfoods or at least close to it are Wild Salmon (fish oil is extremely rich in the crucial omega-3 fatty acids epa and dha), Black beans (high in protein and antioxidants) and Watermelon (this fruit has the most antioxidants of any)

A List Of Live Superfoods To Improve Your Health

Another List of Superfoods to Improve your Health!

Nettle (Urtica Dioica)Live superfoods have probably been around since the dawn of man. However, though once a fundamental component in everyone’s diet they lost their popularity after the birth of the Industrial Age which introduced processed food. Today, live superfoods are making a comeback. We are once again understanding their importance in everyday eating. Moreover, the health benefits of superfoods are second to none. Not even conventional medicine can match superfoods in effectiveness.

What are live superfoods? Live superfoods are those unprocessed foods high in phytonutrient content. These foods are antidioxidant rich, provide the human body with longevity, high energy, and low risk of illness and disease. You can consume live superfoods in a variety of ways. For instance, superfood powders may be added to smoothies, yogurt or juice and absorbed as a liquid. You may also consume live superfoods as a dried fruit or berry for a convenient, nutrient-rich snack. There are many types of live superfoods ranging from berries to seaweeds. Among them are:

  • Spirulina – a member of the algae family, spirulina is the highest protein food in the world. It’s an anti-aging food as well as an antidioxidant and an immune enhancer.
  • Cacao Beans – also known as raw chocolate, the cacao bean is a major source of magnesium. It’s also good for weight loss, asthma and mood enhancement for persons suffering from anxiety and depression.
  • Maca Powder – best known for it’s amazing health benefits. Maca powder is used as a natural viagra, minus the side effects. It is additionally useful as an energy and strength enhancer and to raise low pressure and lower high blood pressure.
  • Goji Berries – is an excellent source of Vitamin C and fiber. It’s also a powerful anti-bacterial food.
  • Wheatgrass – is a natural raw detoxer. It is made of 70% chlorophyll, which builds the blood and also contains protein, about 30 enzymes, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and zinc.
  • Kelp – is a sea vegetable. It is helpful for iodine deficiency and has over 70 minerals and trace elements, growth hormones, vitamin enzymes and proteins.
  • Acai Berry – is one of the favorites and it best known for it’s heart health benefits and weight loss.
  • Goldenseal – is popularly known as the herbal antibiotic and immune system enhancer. In the U.S. goldenseal is one of the highest revenue-producing superfoods.
  • Echinacea – is most often associated with its ability to relieve common cold symptoms.
  • Nettle – commonly referred to as “the stinging nettle” because of the tiny stinging hairs and bristles on the leaves and stems has been used to treat allergy symptoms, arthritis, eczema, and more.

By: Amirah Bellamy

Amirah Bellamy is a Vegan Transitional Coach, Vegan Fitness Meal Planning Expert.

Superfoods – Ten Reasons to Eat Superfoods

Hippocrates said 2400 years ago:

Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food!

Nature provided us with everything we need in order for our bodies to remain healthy. Superfoods are very rich in nutrients and here are ten reasons to include them in your diet:

  1. With the modern day food industry refining natural foods to such an extent that they have the nutrients refined out them, very many people have diets far removed from what nature intended and are therefore deplete in essential nutrients.
  2. Superfoods can be less expensive than refined ready made and packaged foods to be found in the supermarkets. So called superfoods do not have to be the exotic and/or more expensive fruit and vegetables, which may have been imported from afar, that appear on many lists. They may be foods found closer to home such as peppers of all colors, sprouts, tomatoes, carrots, broccoli.
  3. Superfoods are colorful, tasty and full of texture and are therefore more satisfying. Part of the feeling of ‘having had enough’ or satiated is due to the experience of the actual eating itself and of the different textures and colors of the food. People are likely to eat less of the highly calorific and refined foods and therefore less likely to put on weight.
  4. Many superfoods produce an alkaline ash in the body which is much healthier for the individual. The body needs to maintain a slightly alkaline pH in order to stay healthy. A more acidic body is prone to inflammation, degenerative diseases, loss of skeletal calcium and gaining weight.
  5. Including superfoods in a balanced and varied diet may enable you to actually lose weight. Superfoods are ‘nutrient dense’ and it has been shown that people who consume the most nutrient dense diets may lose weight the easiest. This is likely to be because in this case, people are not eating so many highly calorific foods which are also relatively empty in nutrients.
  6. Eating superfoods is likely to bring back a balanced way of eating, reducing cravings and bingeing on refined, sugary foods. This will stabilize the blood glucose levels and reduce the possibility of adult onset diabetes.
  7. The majority of superfoods are low in fat and therefore calories, and so help with calorie controlled eating and weight loss.
  8. Also they generally have quite a high fiber content and as well has helping with weight loss they help the digestive system to function well and speed up transit time of the alimentary canal contents
  9. Superfoods combine phytonutrients – vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and adaptogens vital for health. Eg. they may reduce the risk of cancer, lower blood pressure and even improve eyesight.
  10. Superfoods boost your immune system and help you to fight off infections and diseases.

I hope that these top ten reasons to eat superfoods will encourage you to learn more about them and to include them in your daily eating.

-By: Anne Groom

Anne Groom is a Wellness Counselor and Psychotherapist. http://www.SelfHealSystems.com

Discover the Benefits of Superfoods

Superfoods are Extremly Beneficial for our Immune System

Paul Ehrlich - Nobel Prize in 1908

Paul Ehrlich

Superfoods have been around for decades. Only in the last few years have they gone really main stream. Products have been based around them and many diet authorities have been singing praises of Superfoods. They can make you healthier, give you more energy, and help you resist disease and more.

Most people eat food because they want to enjoy the taste and not because they want to get the right nutrition. The unfortunate truth is that most foods that taste good and that we like to eat, do not have many healthy benefits to them. If cheese burgers helped you lose weight and boost your immune system, our country would be among the healthiest in the world. Unfortunately it just doesn’t work that way.

There are a few reasons people do not eat the healthiest foods. One reason is that it usually doesn’t taste as good as unhealthy foods but mostly it’s because they just haven’t had the proper education about the health benefits that come with eating nutritional foods such as Superfoods.

I’m going to give you a bit of education right now. Here is a list of the many benefits you can achieve by eating Superfoods and a little bit of information about each one.

Boost Your Immune System: Superfoods are great at helping to boost your immune system. Research has shown that many Superfoods contain the ability to help you prevent diseases such as heart disease, cancer and even common ailments like colds and infections. Superfoods that specialize in this area are Resveratrol and Garlic.

Keeping Your Heart Healthy: Your heart works incredibly hard to keep your body functioning and most people do not even know it. Since you are not thinking consciously about the work it’s doing, it’s easy to take it for granted. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women. Luckily, Superfoods work to keep your heart healthy and working smoothly without any prescriptions. Superfoods like colorful fruits and vegetables contain flavonoids, which can reduce inflammation in your arteries, work to reduce your cholesterol and blood pressure. Fish, nuts and seeds contain polyunsaturated fatty acids that work to lower your cholesterol. Fruits vegetables and oatmeal also contain a lot of fiber, which helps to lower your cholesterol as well.

Losing Weight Easier: An unfortunate statistic is that more than 70% of all US adults are overweight. About a third of the population is obese. This has to change or many people are going to live shorter, unhealthy lives. Poor diet and inactivity are the major reasons for the high amount of obesity. The main way to solve this issue is to exercise and eat better, but you can also eat Superfoods which will help you lose weight easier. The best Superfoods for losing weight faster are items with omega-3 fatty acids, green tea and dark chocolate.

You can eat all of the Superfoods possible and it still won’t help you if you do not have a good diet and exercise plan. Think of the future and your children. Shouldn’t you do anything and everything in your power to ensure that you are healthy and live a long life, for your children, if not for yourself?

By: Jesus Smith

Jesus is a big fan of Gone With the Wind. He owns many collectibles and he writes on his website about subjects such as gone with the wind collectibles

Superfood – The Best Food For Your Health

Only Nature’s Finest for your Health

High on Antioxidants - Avocados are SuperfoodSuperfoods are the type of food that is especially good for your body because it contains many different micro and macro-nutrients, vitamins and minerals. They contain everything your body needs to stay healthy and fight off disease and aging. There are many different kinds of superfoods. This article will explain the benefits of consuming superfoods and list some of the most important ones, their benefits and how you can easily add superfood to your diet.

The term superfood has been created by dieticians and nutritionists to describe the foods that have great nutritional value or medicinal qualities. More and more people are realizing that their diseases and illnesses are being caused by the processed foods they are eating which contain too much sugar, high-fructose corn syrup and salt and that food is natures very own medicine. Many superfoods have been shown to help the body fight inflammation diseases like arthritis, heart disease, a build up of bad cholesterol, and premature signs of aging. What follows is a list of some amazing examples of superfood and an explanation of why they are so good.

Avocado: The avocado is a superfood from Central and South America but is now grown in many tropical areas around the world. It is a egg or pear shaped green fruit slightly larger than an apple with a large pit. The skin turns darker the more ripe it is. Some amazing facts about this superfood include that 75% of its calories consist of good monosaturated fat, it contains 60% more potassium than the average banana and also contains a lot of vitamin B, E and K. The avocado also contains a lot of fiber.

Eating a lot of avocado has shown to be beneficial for cholesterol levels in the blood. People eating avocados for just seven days experienced a 22% drop in their harmful cholesterol levels in one scientific study.

Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are only distantly related to normal potatoes, it is actually a root, and they are much healthier for people than normal potatoes. Sweet potatoes are rich in complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, Vitamin B, C and beta-carotene. Sweet potatoes are a very important super-food not only because they contain so much nutrition (twice as much as a normal potato) but because as mentioned earlier they are rich in complex corbohydrates. Foods that contain simple carbohydrates cause the human body to have a spike in insulin which causes more fat to be produced and stored. This is one of the biggest reasons people gain weigh so easily. By eating sweet potatoes and other superfoods that contain complex carbohydrates people can enjoy carbohydrates without suffering the associated weight gain.

There are many more natural superfoods including the acai, inca, goji and mulberry, broccoli, eggs, fresh spinach, wheat and barley grass, raw cacao, salmon, olive oil, spirulina, chia seeds, mango, papaya and other tropical fruits. All of these contain many different kinds of vitamins and minerals to help your body stay strong and healthy, they help you fight illness and disease and delay aging. In addition many of these superfoods have specific qualities. Whether its many antioxidants, plenty of fiber, appetite suppression or an energy or libido boost. You are encouraged to search out those specific superfoods that fit in with your specific health goals. In any case you can only do your body good by eating a broad range of superfoods.

An easy way to make sure that you are eating healthy natural superfoods is by sticking to the outside aisles at supermarkets, this is where all the fresh produce is kept. You can also visit farmers markets and health food stores where they are sure to stock all the best superfoods and the staff are usually very helpful and knowledgeable about superfood and natural supplements.

By: Alan Mcmyra

Please read more about superfoods, vitamins and nutrition here.