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Powerful Superfoods To Loose Weight

A Most Comprehensive List Of Superfoods

Food Pyramid - Superfoods for Weight LossSuperfoods provide excellent nutrients,therefore you should implement as many superfoods into your daily diet as possible. Superfoods will help to fuel your body with an optimum of nutrients as well as reducing any kind of inflammation. If you're working out, it allows your body to recover easier between workouts. Being less tired lets you achieve higher goals easily and you will make faster progress in loosing weights.

Make sure you incorporate as many of these foods as you can on a daily basis to stoke your metabolism fat burning furnace.

Fruits: These fruits are high in antioxidants, which help with disease prevention and contain flavonoids. Flavonoids help with eyesight and coordination. These dark colored fruits are also a good source of fiber and boost your immune system.

Super Fruits

  • Acai Berries
  • Blueberries,
  • Goose berries (Amalaki)
  • Blackberries
  • Guava (great source of lycopene)
  • Himalayan Goji Berries
  • Raspberries
  • Dried Plums

Bean/Lentils: Beans are a great source of protein and fiber as well as low in calories. They help to stabilize blood sugars and provide isoflavones that help to prevent certain forms of cancers and heart disease.

Super Beans

  • Mung Beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Lima beans
  • Lentils
  • Black Beans,
  • Red Beans

Oils: Particulary Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It is a heart healthy fat that helps to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol. It contains anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps to control cravings

Super Oil

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Nuts: Great source of fiber, phytoestrogens, vitamin B6, niacin, magnesium, healthy monounsaturated fats, and protein. These nuts help to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and seem to help maintain healthy blood vessels.

Super Nuts

  • Cashew Nuts
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Hazelnuts

 

Fish: Most fish contain the potent Omega 3 fatty acids we so desperately need. Fish is potent in a very good way. It helps your body store less fat and helps your body convert fat to energy. It is a great anti-inflammatory as well as wonderful brain food. The ADA recommends that you consume 1.5-3gms of Omega 3 fats a day. One serving of the choices below will provide almost 4 gms of Omega 3 fats.

Super Fish

  • Mackerels
  • Wild caught Salmon
  • Blue Fin Tuna

Vegetables: Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach contain carotenoids that improve your immune system and is full of vitamins and minerals. Don't forget about these other powerful vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale and other cruciferous vegetables that contain cancer fighting properties as well as a great source of fiber which aids in weight loss. Carrots are a great source of beta carotene , which can reduce the risk of cancer, tomato contains lycopene another powerful antioxidant that also reduces the risk of cancer.

Super Vegetables

  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Tomato
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Cauliflower
  • Beets
  • Cabbage
  • Swiss Chard
  • Purslane

Green Tea: Not only is non-caffeinated fluid good for you, but research has shown that green tea may be one of the best disease fighting fluids you can consume. It is very high in antioxidants and scientists have shown that is has reduced cancer in individuals by as much 60%. It actually inhibits the growth of cancer cells. Studies have indicated that it reduces overall cholesterol levels as well as increasing the ratio of HDL (good) cholesterol to LDL (bad) cholesterol.

Green Tea is good to prevent:

  • Impaired immune functions
  • Cancer
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Inflammation / Infection

Besides all this, green tea has also benefits to those wanting to loose weight. Researchers showed that those that consumed green tea extract burned more calories than those that consumed caffeine or a placebo. At least two liters of green tea per day will therefore help you to loose some extra weight.

If you implement eat as many of these superfoods as you can in your daily meals your body will be burning maximum calories while running at peak efficiency and  to stoke the fat burning furnace called your metabolism. The result is obvious; Weight Loss!

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Weight Loss Using Super Foods

Loosing Weight with Superfoods

Acai Pulp from Brazil - the best superfood for weight loss

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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

The Top Three Antioxidants

Superfood Number 1 Cocoa PodsOur body needs antioxidants because antioxidants protect our cells against the effects of free radicals. The free radicals are molecules that are produced when our body breaks down food or through environmental exposures like smog, tobacco smoke and radiation. By damaging our cells, free radicals play a major role for our aging process, in heart diseases, cancer and many other diseases. Antioxidants are found in many foods, but mainly in vegetables, berries, fruits, nuts, grains but also in some meat, poultry and fresh fish. Some specific foods that top the the list of antioxidant carriers that contain a lot more antioxidants than the average fruit or vegetable. These are the Top Three Antioxidant Superfoods.

The list of our top three Antioxidant Superfoods goes:

  • Number 3: Red wine Red wine is a rich source of antioxidants called the resveratrol. Resveratrol works by targeting the cancer cell's energy source from within and crippling it. When combine with radiation, resveratrol enhances the effects of radiation chemotherapy cancer treatments. Researcher Paul Okunieff, MD, chief of radiation oncology at the University of Rochester Medical Center has already indicated that resveratrol has a promising future as part of treating cancer.
  • Number 2: Green Tea: Green tea since ancient times has already been used for its medicinal benefits treating everything from headaches to depression. Green tea also lowers cholesterol levels as well improving the ratio between bad and good cholesterol. The secret of Green tea lies in its richness of catechin polyphenols particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a very powerful antioxidant that inhibits growth of cancer cells and also killing cancer cells without harming healthy issues. As much as these two antioxidant really bring a lot of benefits in fighting free radicals. According to researchers at Cornell University one food tops them all and it is cocoa. Cocoa according to the study has already 2 times stronger than red wine, 2-3 times more stronger than green tea and 4 to 5 times more stronger than black tea.
  • Number 1: Cacao: Cacao has been raised to another level, by making it a raw organic superfood. By making it a raw organic superfood Fruity Cacao which comes from whole raw chocolate beans it now has 14 times more antioxidants than red wine and 21 times more than green tea. It is that simple Fruity Cacao tops the list and has more antioxidant power so far. No one could have imagine that cocoa, chocolate could be so beneficial but it is happening now. Raw organic superfood Fruity Cacao is making it happen.

So, now that we have concluded our talk about antioxidants. Now we know what's the top three. It is time to get healthy and start getting rid of those free radicals in our body. Have a healthy life. -By: Paul S Fitzgerald Get Your Free Ebook, 14 Superfood Secrets Unleashed. Learn about the greatest selection of Superfoods on The Planet. Please visit our site at Superfood living and learn about Raw Chocolate Cocao, Marine Phytoplankton, Noni, Goji Berries, Maca, Sacred Chocolate, and more

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)

Is Acai Really the Best Superfood?

What is a superfood?

Acai Berries Grow on Palm Trees in BrazilYou sure have heard about superfoods, and maybe even which foods are considered to be “super”. Today we’ll look into why these foods are considered super and which of them you should include in your daily diet.

A superfood is a food that has a very high phytonutrient content that many believe benefits a person’s health in a significant way. It’s believed that including a variety of superfoods in the daily diet can improve the immune system, ward off diseases like cancer, help the body age more smoothly and help the body fight fat.

Supefoods will usually contain a good mix of nutrients, including Vitamins A and C and other essentials like protein and fiber. The best superfoods are those that contain a healthy mix of these things so that the food can provide a solid helping of beneficial nutrients in one serving.

Some of the most famous superfoods include:

  • Blue-Green Algae
  • Green Tea
  • Goji Berries
  • Mangosteen
  • Oregano
  • Spinach
  • Acai Berries
  • Turmeric
  • Blueberries

As an example, blueberries contain fiber, antioxidants, Vitamin C and manganese but regardless of your knowledge about superfoods, you’ll want to include Acai Berries and Goji Berries into your superfood mix.

What is Acai and why is it a superfood?

Acai is a berry that’s found primarily in the rainforest regions of Brazil. It’s a dark blue berry that grows on palm trees in Brazil, the locals eat it fresh, or in smoothies. They also eat it with granola or yogurt and even make ice cream out of it. Depending on the region, the fruit might be used in sweet or salty confections, and new uses are being found for it each day.

The nutritional content of the acai berry is varied and beneficial. It is considered to be a superfood because it contains an essential mix of nutrients that a superfood must have. The acai fruit has an enormous high concentration of antioxidants (more than 100,000 ORAC * units per 100 gram), which is the highest concentration on antioxidants in an edible fruit known so far.  Acai Berries also contain a good amount of fiber, a small amount of fat and protein.

Acai Berries are a rather new addition to the long line of antioxidant rich health foods that are considered superfoods today. Currently, for those of us who don’t live in Brazil and don’t have easy access to the berry, there are many options. These include drinking a juice blend that contains acai (or acai berry that’s offered as is), freeze dried acai berries are by far the best choice as they contain the most of the antioxidants and the nutriton after they are packed.

Daily more superfoods are discovered and it is very likely that there will be soon more fruits and greens for us to add into our daily diet.

* ORAC = Oxygen radical absorbance capacity – The measurement for Antioxidants which kill Free Radicals in our system. Free Radicals are the main cause for our aging process.