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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!

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.

The Health Benefits of Acai Berries

Acai Berry Helps for High Blood Pressure and Weight Loss

Acai Palm Tree The acai berry is growing in south America for many centuries. The amazing health benefits of the Acai berry started to get introduced to the western world during the late 90's and it took until 2005 until the Acai berries got introduced to a broad audience by Oprah Winfrey.

The Acai berry, pronounced "ah-sigh-ee". It is believed that the tribes of the Amazon in Brazil have used the benefits of this superfood for centuries already. The Amazon is the world's largest rain forest and one third of the population's plants and animals reside there. Here, in this remote region of the world, is where the acai berry has been discovered. The Amazon river has borders to eight different countries and supplies one fifth of the worlds freshwater.

The reason acai is so revered is because of its health promoting properties and high content of antioxidants. When eaten in proper quantities it provides our bodies with enough nutrition to help fight off the harmful effects of free radicals, it lowers high blood pressure, Acai berries decrease high cholesterol levels and helps to reduce joint pain. The Acai berry is also known to be very helpful for weight loss. Acai is also a marvelous source of energy for the human body. It helps to fight off infections, and strengthens the bodies immune system. Modern science is continually documenting the amazing health benefits of the acai berry. Today, the Acai berry has been recognized as one of the worlds top superfoods.

Acai is full of essential phytonutrients, trace minerals, amino acids, and vitamins. It boasts an ORAC score, a newly invented measurement of antioxidant levels, higher than any other fruit and vegetable tested to date on a gram for gram basis. It is rich in proteins and fiber content which aides in a healthy immune system and regulation of the body. Acai comes in a broad variety of foods such as freeze dried, which is the best way to preserve antioxidants, in fruit juices, pills and snack bars. There are many different companies that produce products that contain the acai berry. Companies such as Monavie, Xango, and Goji are top producers of health juice industry.

Research shows that certain acai products provide better nutritional value than others which comes at a higher cost. It's important to differentiate the true nutritional products from the cheap imitations. Science has shown today that freeze drying acai is the best way to capture the vital nutrients in this fruit. Some of the top products have plant-derived glucosamine, which has been scientifically shown to aide in healthy joint function. Some also have added heart health benefits originating from plant sterols, resveratol, and omega 3 fatty acids which makes maintaining healthy cholesterol levels easier.

The amazing health benefits of the Acai berry make it one of the worlds top superfoods.

Photo by: Agência de Notícias do Acre

Five Foods for Health and Weight Loss

Healthy Weight Loss

Time to loose some weight?Most people today have never heard about eating well and eating healthy foods. Nobody has taught what is really healthy for us and sometimes it takes a while to rid ourselves off the convenience of packaged, precooked and otherwise processed food. Only during the past 6 years we are hearing about how important good nutrition is and about superfoods that can prolong our live and much more. However, the benefits, of making a change towards eating healthy foods are numerous. We should take the time to find out what foods taste good to us and start including them in our daily foods. Trust your body, it knows what it needs. Implementing and eating healthy foods in your daily diet promises more success than the common crash dieting and sudden extreme food changes that many weight loss programs suggest.

With this in mind, we can start substituting food that we love but that isn’t so good for our health and body weight, with far healthier alternatives. This is a great way to start this process.

Here are five examples of changes you can make in your diet that can improve both, your health and your waistline:

Yogurt: A great superfood is plain yogurt because it has a balanced amounts of carbs, fat, and protein. Yogurt can satiate you while keeping your blood sugar levels stable for many hours.

In a study from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, subjects on a low-calorie diet that included yogurt lost 61 percent more fat overall and 81 percent more belly fat than people on a similar plan but without yogurt.

Nevertheless, it is important to stick with plain, organic yogurt because sweetened yogurt can have more sugar than ice cream.

  • Yogurt makes a great substitute for sour cream and mayonnaise in dips and as a topping for potatoes, soups, and mexican food.
  • I like to eat plain yogurt, add some berries, an apple and a spoon of honey and mix it all up. That’s a great substitute for ice cream.

Almond Butter: If you’re in love with peanut butter, try Almond butter. Almond butter tastes as rich but it is much better for you. Studies have shown that eating bread with almond butter lowers the glycemic index of the bread, even white bread, so that it keeps blood sugar levels low. Almonds are also a great source of protein, amino acids, and vitamins. They are great for digestion and help keep the body from becoming too acidic.

  • Put it on bread and crackers instead of peanut butter.
  • Add some almond butter to your oatmeal for protein.
  • Make a sauce or dipp for stir fried veggies and serve with brown rice.

Quinoa: This superfood comes from Peru and is high in fiber and protein as well as an almost complete source of amino acids. It keeps you full longer than pasta or rice, is versatile, and it’s greatto keep a pot will stay fresh all week.

  • Use Quinoa as substitute for rice with stir fried, fish, or meat.
  • Quinoa can be added to many salads.
  • In Peru it’s often eaten as a morning cereal with a bit of milk and honey or chopped fruit and nuts.

Sardines: With levels of mercury rocketing sky high in tuna and many wild fish and pollution concerns with farmed fish, sardines are a natural and super healthy answer. Packed full of omega 3 fatty acids and extremely high in calcium, sardines are also low on the food and mercury chain. Many people shy away from sardines because they taste ‘fishy’ but this can be solved by soaking them in milk for an hour or so. Substitutions:

  • Use sardines instead of anchovies in dressings, in ceasar salads, and on pizza.
  • Use chopped sardines in place of tuna in cold and hot sandwiches.

Berries: Most especially, acai berries blueberries and goji berries are the best fruits to be eating right now. Blueberries are high in antioxidants and fiber, while goji berries contain 18 of the 20 amino acids needed by the human body, making them a great source of protein and more beta carotene than carrots.

  • Instead of bananas in your cereal or oatmeal, try blueberries. Unlike bananas which can spike blood sugar, blueberries help keep insulin levels stable while providing a wide range of nutrients.
  • You can add dried acai or goji berries to a mixture of nuts to boost your stamina trail mix or add them to green tea for tartness, they are nice to eat after you have finished the tea.

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..

Weight Loss Using Super Foods

Loosing Weight with Superfoods

Acai Pulp from Brazil - the best superfood for weight loss

Picture by Sonia Naisa

According to nutrition experts there is two primary categories of foods that can be called Superfoods. These superfoods satisfy your stomach without stacking on the calories: fruits and vegetables. The nutrients that give fruits and vegetables that have stamina is fiber. Therefore, if fruits and vegetables are in the keeping it off superfood groups, dietary fibers could easily constitute the keeping it off super nutrient. Protein can be considered as another super nutrient. Lately it's getting more scientifically acknowledged that protein could assist to curbing the appetite. Protein can also supercharge your metabolism and offer the needed staying power. But it is pretty important that you select the right proteins for your diet wisely. Similar to other foods, if you are consuming more than your body requires, it will appear on the scales as weight gain, instead of weight loss.

The superfoods detailed below are smart, low-calorie options that will help towards your weight loss efforts:

Green Tea – Researchers suspect that the catechins (assistive phytochemicals) in green tea could activate weight loss through stimulating the body to burning calories and gently reducing body fat. Therefore indulging in either a hot cup or an iced glass of green tea, is something to consider.

Acai Berries – Acai berries come from south America and have become one of the superfoods known to help with weight loss. Acai is very high in the right omega fats, high in protein and fiber. Acai berries are also full of vitamins. The taste of Acai Berries is a bit chocolaty. Since the Acai berry is a completely natural product, it does not pose the same risks to health and wellbeing that synthetic weight loss treatments often do.

Broth – or tomato-based soup – Soups can assist to reducing hunger prior to meals times and increase your feeling of being full.

Green Salads – Consuming a low-calorie salad, which is defined without having the following, lot's of croutons, high fat dressings, and cheese. By opting to have this as a first course can make you feel full, thereby reducing the amount of food you eat for your main course. Wisely selecting the ingredients with high fiber content will aid in fighting those cravings later on in the day.

Yogurt – Try to get organic and probiotic Yogurt if you can. Adding yogurt to your healthy diet can encourage your weight loss efforts. Opting for a low fat yogurt will be more beneficial in fighting off those hunger pangs due to the combining of protein and carbohydrate. Probiotic yogurts are essentially yogurts containing live active cultures. Most natural or regular yogurt is a probiotic food. It contains bacteria of various sorts that are thought to be beneficial to the human body.

Beans – Beans contain a great combination of fiber and protein, beans aid in you feeling fuller for longer, which implies they will work to help curbing your appetite in between your regular meals.

Water – Water is probably the most important, it is your body's life elixir, and you need to be drinking a lot of water throughout the whole day. You should start your day by drinking 1 – 1.5 liters in the morning BEFORE you drink or consume anything else. Not even Green tee. It is a great noncaloric drink, and you are able to get it by drinking unsweetened tea and mineral water with lemon or lime. This will add valuable antioxidants to your diet. Besides assisting in flushing those toxins from the body, it can also help you to feel fuller for longer. Therefore when you get hungry, try to drink a glass of water before seizing the next snack.

Organic High Fiber Whole Grain Cereals – Whole grain cereals generally help boosting the fiber and nutritional content of your meal. The easiest way to give your day to day diet a wholegrain boost is to have a bowl of higher fiber wholegrain cereal as breakfast or a snack. Happy Weight Loss

Whats The Fuss About Superfoods?

Why do we need Superfoods when Cake tastes Better?

Breakfast Eggs and Bacon - Unhealthy Foods reign the worldIn the past 50 years the environment has changed around your house; I'm sure you must have noticed. The population of the planet has doubled and the environmental issues have multiplied! More food needs to be produced faster. In 25 years from now, the world population will have doubled again and even more food will have to produced in an even shorter time. Now that alone will be a problem, but for YOU it means that the quality of the food you will be able to buy in the supermarket everyday, will get worst by the month rather than by the year. And there is where Superfoods come in. Superfoods  are foods like berries and other fruits, vegetables, nuts and so on, which contain a extraordinary high amount of nutrients, minerals and antioxidants. By reading through this blog you will find lots of infos about superfoods; which are the best super foods and what they all provide to your health. So if you want to take care for your family and you want to be healthy for a long time you need to consider what you're eating.  Eating fatty hamburgers, will  not do the job. One single meal consisting of one burger, one coke and French fries in of the most famous food chains we all know (or better; Fat Chains) , contains  more calories than the average people need in a day; in one day! Now what about donuts for breakfast then? Or bacon and eggs maybe? If that sounds like your lunch and your breakfast, you should watch this video and learn about what you shouldn't eat. In this video, Zoe talks about the ten worst things you can eat or even feed your family with, you're up for some surprises?

Health Food Game – What Are The Ten Worst Foods You Can Eat?

If you want to have some fun with your friends and family, give everybody a pen and a paper and write down what YOU and the people around you, think, that is the Top Ten Worst Foods, and THEN WATCH THE VIDEO!

After watching this video, every responsibly mother's life should change! I can just not imagine anyone watching this video without a rather significant impact to the daily menu. Today's daily meals need to content enough dietary fibers, enough minerals and vitamins and plenty of good protein to keep the engine running all day. If you feel tired in the afternoon and you need a nap; you already know that there is something dead wrong with your nutrition. If you want to be happy and relaxed and not moody or grumpy, what will bring you many plus points all around from friends and family as well as from coworkers, then these ten foods in this video should be as far away from your house as possible!

Noni, Ginger Turmeric Enzymes and other Superfoods

Morinda citrifolia Flower of Noni BerriesConsidered by health experts such as David Wolfe and Steve Adler, Island Fire has to be the best Noni product on the market, it consists of Tahitian Noni, ginger, Hawaiian Turmeric, cayenne, lemon, apple cider vinegar, and trace minerals (both from colloidal, and plant and ocean-sourced ionic minerals). A shot or two in the morning will really get your metabolism and taste buds going! This is a daily health tonic focused on rejuvenation, detoxification, superior energy, good mood, and overall health. The leading authority on raw foods and superfoods, David Wolfe, has mentioned Noni numerous times as the world's most powerful fruit. It is found all over the Polynesian Islands and other tropical environments. In the last 15 years, all sorts of Noni products have been introduced to the market. Unfortunately, most of the benefits are lost in the pasteurization or dilution of the juice with other fruit juices and sugars.

Noni fruit (Morinda_citrifolia)For thousands of years Noni has been used in Polynesian culture, and is known in Polynesian lore to be a cure-all food. Noni contains has the highest natural concentration of polysaccharides than any other plant species. Polysaccharides are a type of complex sugar that stimulates the immune system to be more resistant to immune system disorders. As we learn more about this, the future of nutrition may one day lie in polysaccharides. Noni also contains a tremendous amount of the beauty mineral sulfur, which is especially good for our hair, skin, and nails. Another superfood characteristic of Noni is its anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties. This means it can assist in boosting your immune system. And because there is no added sugar to Island Fire (only 1 gram of sugar total per 1 ounce serving), there is no sugar stimulation when you have an ounce or two. Instead, there is long-term energy that is supportive of your immune system. Also, because it has never been flash heated, it is actually enzyme active and live. Island Fire actually contains more than 140 bio-active enzymes.

These enzymes, and enzymes in general, are crucial for our health and energy. Enzymes are the "workers" that convert the food we eat into energy, enable our five senses, and break down food into usable nutrition and waste. What puts Island Fire Noni Elixir leaps ahead of other Noni products besides being unpasteurized and organic is its added ingredients such as Turmeric and Ginger (as well as cayenne, lemon, and raw apple cider vinegar). Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory antioxidant. It is actually the greatest anti-inflammatory in the Ayurvedic System. This assists in reducing joint inflammation if you're injured or after a workout.

The ginger, because of its high sulfur content, is also wonderful for muscle recovery and tissue repair. Sulfur also helps rejuvenate our skin and protect it from the sun, free radical damage and wrinkling. Island Fire Noni Elixir is a powerful tonic to use in supporting your overall health, immune system, and energy. The smell and taste can be quite interesting as first but can grow on you the more you drink it. If you've ever taken a shot of liquor before, you can definitely handle Noni though! You can sip Island Fire alone or on ice, just like you would a cocktail, you can take a straight shot of it in the morning to get your metabolism and energy going, you could even mix it with some coconut water or soaked and blended goji berries to sweeten it up naturally.

It's wonderful that Elements for Life has come up with such a healthy way to make Noni juice taste good though. Enjoy this one of a kind superfood Elixir.

Article yy Lenette Nakauchi

Pictures by Wilfredo Rodríguez

Lenette Nakauchi is a raw foodist who loves teaching, coaching and demonstrating to others how to incorporate more raw foods into their diets in a fun, healthy, sustainable way. Learn more about raw foods and superfoods such as Noni by checking out Go Raw Have Fun! and her Elements for Life website.

Although Wilfredo Rodríguez ' primary career is in information technology, he also loves painting and cartography. That's why he works on image requests and improving the multimedia content of articles.

Are Superfoods Really Super?

Why Superfoods

Lately, you’ve probably been hearing a lot about “superfoods“. A Google search of the term will lead to a large collection of websites on this topic. You’ll be overwhelmed by advertisements to buy Goji Berries from the Himalaya and Chlorella, a blue-green algae referred to as “Nature’s Perfect Superfood” from the sea. You will read about raw cacao, and how beneficial it is for your health and about many other health products.

Organizations like the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), which is very reputable, are tapping into the superfoods craze today. The CSPI offers information about all the superfoods that everyone needs and “10 Superfoods for Better Health!” Some other not-so-reputable sources of information are talking about multiple (and questionable) potions and elixirs making unrealistic promises. Most of these companies offer to deliver the benefits of superfoods quickly and easily, without actually having to eat any of the food. That doesn’t sound right to me.

So, now what is this superfoods hype all about? And what is in it for your health?

From Superfoods to Superdiet

The idea of taking superfoods mostly begins with an interest in certain foods that only are found in a few specific and sometimes remote regions of the world. It’s exotic! Soy foods, for example, areone of the first foods to be called super food. Traditional soy foods, like Tofu, Miso, and Tempeh, are consumed a lot in far east Asian countries, such as Thailand, Japan and Korea. In these areas, soy beans have been consumed for generations.

The above mentioned countries also happen to enjoy some of the worldwide lowest levels of chronic diseases. Rates of high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, diabetes and strokes represent only a fraction of what they are in Europe and in the United States

Soy Bean Foods are one obvious dietary difference between Asia and many western countries. This led people to suspect that soy foods were special or super in their ability to heal or to at least prevent diseases. This might seem like a logical conclusion to you. Most Asian cultures consume soy foods, so most Asian cultures enjoy very low disease rates and therefore, soy foods must prevent disease.

Although traditional Asian soy foods can be part of a healthy diet an it is true that these foods contain an abundance of phytonutrients (plant nutrients) and medical research does support the disease preventive properties of whole soy bean foods, it is not true that soy and soy alone is responsible for the superior health and longevity found in these Asian countries. There are far more differences in what people eat in Asian and in Western cultures, to simply credit the low disease rates to soy beans alone.

Asian people tend to be leaner. They often get more exercise, more sleep, and less fat in the diet than the rest of the civilized world. Asians may have better social and extended family lives and far less stress in their daily lives. Asians eat less processed foods and a lot more vegetables and rice. They consume plants that are never or rarely eaten in western cultures, such as seaweed. All of these factors are likely to contribute to the low disease rates seen in Asia.

Important Superfoods in Colors

Eat green, yellow, red, purple, blue, and orange foods: Eat kale, chard, and kiwi (green); pineapples, bananas, and corn (yellow); apples, strawberries, raspberries, red beans, beets, and tomatoes (red); plums, blackberries, blueberries, raisins, and eggplant (purple); and carrots, oranges, sweet potatoes, and melon (orange). These are just a few of the dozens of brightly colored foods that you’ll need if you want to eat a super diet.