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Organic Vegetables in Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan - Thongsala map to organic shopKoh Phangan has a local organic vegetable shop in Thongsala, where you can get fresh fruits and veggies all week long. Now the shop is in danger to close because there seems not to be enough demand on healthy foods from the people living on the island!! Even though; organic fruits and vegetables are available at Organic Koh Phangan for the same price or less, as the pesticide covered veggies from large supermarket chains! Please help to support the Organic Koh Phangan shop!! Don’t let it close down! Eat well, live well and stay healthy. Don’t feed your children with unwanted chemicals and fertilizers if you have the choice to avoid it! There is still the old saying: “You are what you eat, eat well!” Our food is what makes our body and fuels our brain! We should always try to support all shop owners who make the effort to provide us with healthy food, anywhere in the world. And even if it is sometimes a bit more expensive, than supermarket foods, it’s worth it, anytime! I wouldn’t be here talking about it, if that wasn’t the truth and everybody who knows me, and knows my story can vouch for that! More Information on the Organic Koh Phangan Shop can be found on this link.

Organic Superfood Tips

Valuable Organic Superfood Tips

Eat organic Superfoods for better healthIf you are looking for a way to increase your vitality and longevity; then there are several options that are open to you. Some of these options entail eating the right foods so that your body can receive some vital nutrients that it needs.

Unfortunately, the modern life style of living has caused humans to adapt an unhealthy style of feeding, as unnatural and processed foods are eaten in great quantities all over the world. None of these foods that you eat such as pizza, hamburger, taco, burrito, frozen TV Dinners, fried fish, fried chicken, BBQ steak etc are equipped to give your body the elements that it needs.

Moreover, your body will also be damaged in the long term with the bombardment of these unnatural and processed foods. Although the human body is a well designed machine, due to processed foods, your body will lose its equilibrium and thus your immune system and your endocrine system will be affected to a great extent. As a result, you will end up worrying about diseases such as cancer. Hence, although the life span of humans has increased compared to 5000 years ago, the quality of health has decreased considerably.

As a result, each generation becomes weaker and weaker with various complaints and health problems. However, by eating natural and organic super foods that are specially selected; you will be able to get the trace minerals and the special anti oxidants that your body needs to maintain its health equilibrium (on its daily chemical and biological processes).

Unfortunately, the types of soil as well as the type of foods that are available today do not contain the necessary trace elements that are needed by your body. These trace elements include selenium, Germanium, Molybdenum, Platinum, Zinc, Chromium, Titanium and even silver and gold. Hence, as a result, your body will feel fatigued and will become ill due to the fact that these elements are missing from your diet.

Your best option is to consume organic and raw superfoods regularly, so that you will be able to compensate for your daily nutritional habits. Some superfoods that you can eat include Marine Phytoplankton, Peruvian Maca, Raw Cacao, Goji Berries, and even Colloidal gold and Colloidal silver. Of course, the foods that you can eat are endless as you will be able to load your body with the necessary anti oxidants and trace minerals as a result. However, the best way to consume these foods is to consume them regularly and to mix them with your daily food.

You can either buy them or consume them like smoothies or you can mix them in your juice as a tonic. In some cases, you can sprinkle them on your foods and salads for a raw and solid consumption. However, for best results, experts recommend that you eat your superfoods in raw form as much as possible for maximum benefit to your body. In addition, you should also alter your lifestyle, so that you will be able to live a more healthier life.

Article by: Paul S Fitzgerald

Learn more about the greatest selection of Superfoods on The Planet. Please visit our site at http://www.superfoodliving.com and learn about Raw Chocolate Cocao Noni, Tibetan Goji Berries, Maca, Marine Phytoplankton, Sacred Heart Chocolate, Incan Berries and more….

Six Superfoods – The Secret Key to Perfect Nutrition

Daily Quote: “Perfect health is above gold; a sound body before riches.” – Solomon

I’d like to share with you some secret keys to good nutrition and some tips to eating healthy. Are you ready for some practical insider information on what the best whole food nutritional supplements are?

Before I reveal these 6 superfoods , I need to say that you should NOT be buying processed, synthetic, man-made vitamins, minerals, and nutritional supplements. Most of these products are now being made by drug companies, and most of them are being made in foreign countries like China. The main reason that you shouldn’t be buying them is that they are “synthetic” man-made chemical copies of what is found naturally in nature. In other words, most of them have been chemically produced in a pharmaceutical laboratory and are not made from the natural food sources found in nature.

This is a huge problem because your body cannot effectively utilize these “synthetic” man-made versions of vitamins and minerals. In fact, many of them are not even recognized by your body as vitamins and minerals, and they are therefore rejected by your body as toxins, which is what they really are. If you are loading up every day on “synthetic” chemically-based man-made vitamins and minerals, you are actually weakening your body with chemicals that are often toxic to your system and are not able to be recognized or utilized by your body. I encourage you to stop buying these man-made products.

The best source for natural vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, and phytonutrients is from live whole foods. In other words, eat an apple and some watermelon. Get your nutrition from real live fresh organic whole foods such as vegetables, greens, fruits, berries, grains, seeds, nuts, legumes and beans. These foods are loaded with vitamins and minerals and hundreds of other important nutrients.

In addition to eating these whole foods, you can also juice your vegetables and fruits in order to get a concentrated amount of natural vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. However, this must be done in moderation because you don’t want to overload your system with too much natural sugar found in fruits. The down side to juicing is that many people find it just too inconvenient due to the cleaning up process. People often buy a juicer and use it for several weeks or months, but soon they stop using it because it is just too much work to buy all the fresh produce, wash it, juice it, and clean up the mess afterwards day after day.

There is another “next best alternative” source for getting your natural vitamins and minerals called live whole food nutritional supplements. What does that mean? Simply put, it means that they take the fresh live organic fruits and berries, greens and vegetables, and they pick them at their peak of ripeness and nutritional value, and turn them into a juice. Then they dry the juice using a low-heat dehydration process that preserves the nutrients without preservatives. The final product is a natural powder that you simply mix with water (rehydrate) and drink. In this way you’re able to get the full nutritional value of all of that fresh live organic whole food produce, including all of the natural occurring vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and hundreds of other nutritious compounds.

Here is a brief, condensed list of some of the very best natural whole food nutritional supplements that you can (and should) be putting in your body every day. These foods are often referred to as “superfoods” because they are loaded with powerful nutritional compounds that are so good for your body’s health, vitality, and longevity.

1. Drink a top quality organic dehydrated “Spirulina Drink” every day.

Spirulina should come in a powdered dehydrated form that you simply mix with water and drink. Never buy a green drink or superjuice that is in a liquid form because it has been pasteurized (which kills many of the living nutrients) and because it has had unhealthy preservatives added to it to keep it from going moldy. Always look for a dry dehydrated spirulina powder form that you mix with water or carrot juice.

“The Feast.” Believe it or not, my small kids even love it and demand it every morning. If you would like to learn more about this amazing green drink, you can find information on it at the following website. http://www.LiveSuperJuice.com

2. Drink some Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar every morning.

In 400 B.C., Hippocrates (the father of medicine) discovered that natural, undestilled apple cider vinegar is a powerful cleansing and healing elixir – a naturally occurring antibiotic and antiseptic that fights germs, bacteria, mold, and viruses – for a healthier, stronger, longer life. The best kind to use is organic, raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar with the “mother” in it. You can find this at most health food stores. I recommend the Bragg’s brand and their book, “Apple Cider Vinegar Miracle Health System: Learn these Powerful Health Qualities for a Longer, Healthier, Youthful Life!” by Paul Bragg and Patricia Bragg. They recommend mixing 1-2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with some raw honey or raw agave nectar in 8 ounces of water upon rising every morning.

3. Use Extra Virgin Coconut Oil every day

In your smoothies and/or cooking. It is a very healthy oil that has many benefits for your body, including assisting in weight loss. Two more excellent oils to use are Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Sesame Oil.

4. Use as a sweetener Raw Honey

(unheated, unfiltered, natural, unprocessed pollen-rich). Also, you can take honey-related powerfoods such as propolis, bee pollen, and royal jelly. Honey possesses miraculous nutritional and medicinal properties. However, I caution you not to take more than one or two teaspoons a day. Too much honey may adversely affect the pancreas, liver, and adrenals and contribute to sugar-metabolism disorders.

5. I would also recommend taking Vitamin C on a daily basis.

Most people are deficient in vitamin C, which is an essential for our overall health. While most animals produce vitamin C in their body all by themselves, humans  unfortunately, can do no such thing. We have to eat our Vitamin C

6. Start using Himalayan Salt in your diet

In moderation. Stop using table salt immediately. It contains only sodium chloride, can cause the body to retain water which can cause swelling, edema, and cellulite; and it often has additives such as aluminum hydroxide, sodiumferrocyanide, calcium phosphate, stearic acid, and others which can be toxic. When ingested, the body recognizes table salt as a poison and accumulates water in and around the cells to protect them from this invading substance. On the other hand Krystal Salt contains all 72 mineral elements that the human body consists of in ideal proportions. All these minerals are in the perfect crystal matrix and ultimate ionic form (electrically charged). Krystal salt is the only antioxidant that works everywhere in the body. Once Krystal Salt is introduced into the body, a profound regeneration of the cell membranes becomes possible. If you would like more information on Himalayan Krystal Salt or Miracle Krystal Salt, simply do a Google search, find a producer of the salt, and order some. Then get rid of all ionized table salt from your kitchen, your diet  and your life!

I want to conclude that there are many more superfoods you should look into and learn about. You can find a lot more information about superfoods on this website, If you have any questions about superfoods, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Are You Eating The Right Foods?

We are Eating the wrong Foods!

Cheeseburger Unhealthy Food Kills UsAbout a half million people die from food containing 'toxic' nutrients every year. More than 100 million Americans are still at risk and it cost the nation over $100 billion dollars a year. And yet on a daily basis no one seems to butt an eyelid, despite it still being a serious major problem – an epidemic in fact. Obesity, and of the self inflicted causes of disease it is second only to smoking. Left to current trends it is soon to take the number one slot. And yet, if the same magnitude and loss of life was attributed to Mad Cows Disease in our food chain, there would be a public outcry.

I mean, how can we have more than 100 million web pages of information about superfoods, nutrients, diet plans, pills and potions on the Internet and yet be in the middle of an obesity crisis? The only conclusion I can think of is that diets don't work. And yet people are still paying for it in one of 2 ways; with their money or with their health. Diet companies are quite happy to take a dieter's money but are dependent on a dieter's failure for their very own survival. Some even say diets are designed to fail. And now, there is insurmountable evidence that many appalling diseases are related to inappropriate nutrition and obesity, and yet 60% of Americans take little notice of it.

Why? It is because the act of eating presents no emotion of fear or threat to life and we are in fact genetically programmed to simple eat! We are biological 'eating machines'. So who is responsible? The food manufacturers, the government or us – the individual. In simple terms we all have choices as to what we decide to put inside our own body in the form of food, and therefore the ultimate responsibly lies with the individual in respect to their chosen diet. Obesity is having a massive impact on the western world at large with all the causes well documented but little in terms of real, solid and lasting solutions.

As a research specialists, we have severe concerns regarding the current obesity trends and have developed methodologies the help combat the problem for individuals based on 'our' nutritional inheritance. We have been on this planet for more than two million years and for 99.5% of this time as hunter and gatherer, consuming a diet of predominantly consisting of meat, fish, fruit and vegetables and with plenty of water as the main source of liquid refreshment.

Our nutritional inheritance was and is still is well defined, and perhaps has less tolerance to variation than originally thought. You cannot so drastically change the human diet as we have today and not expect a reaction from Mother Nature herself. It is, and it always will be the survival of the healthiest and the fittest. And the fittest are those who can adapt to their environment. We also have to face the facts of the three key revolutions we have encountered during the past century – the Agricultural, the Industrial and Technological revolution, which all have significantly contributed to our demise. We no longer work for our food and we are far from being scared about not having anything to eat. Today we work less and therefore need less, but as a people we are eating more than necessary .

If we want to solve this problem. we must go back to the basics and change our nutrition towards a diet that is aligned to the nutritional needs and expectation of our body derived over millions of years of evolution. We need to take action to be able to change to a nutrition and a lifestyle that our body was originally designed for. This can be the only natural solution for a good diet and healthy foods except you want to wait until we are able to engineer nutritional genes to control appetite, and who knows what else… or we accept a lifetime of consuming superfoods to achieve the same aim.

These natural concepts have been detailed in many publications about Superfoods, allowing everyone to review their attitude and thought process about their own diet and nutrition to that of their inheritance. Everybody is responsible by themselves for what they eat and how healthy they want to live. By: Jeff Garcia Jeff Garcia specializes in providing tangible solutions to the demands of his client base through a comprehensive understanding of specific issues and meticulous research. His latest publication Glycemic Superfoods can be found at [http://www.glycemicsuperfoods.com] For more information email Jeff Garcia at glycemicsuperfoods@yahoo.com

Picture by: Renee Comet

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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Introducing Superfoods to You and Your Family

What are Superfoods?

Raw Food Healthy Food - CarrotsIt is commonly known that our bodies require food for essential nutrients and energy, but some foods are better than others, and some are even better than that. These foods at the top of the list are known as superfoods, which are rich in vitamins and have been proven to improve your health and reduce your risk for many diseases.

What are the benefits of superfoods?

Superfoods are especially good for you because they’re rich in vitamins, minerals, and extra compounds that are good for your health and easy to process. Things such as omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and many things that are hard to pronounce. Superfoods have been involved in scientific studies to back up the health claims made for them.

How do I get these foods into my diet?

To begin using superfoods in your diet, start slowly. Change your snack of potato chips or candy to a cup of low fat flavored yogurt, and trade out lunch for a baked chicken sandwich with light mayo, a side salad, and some string cheese. Once you feel comfortable with this change, you can incorporate more super foods.

Getting your family and friends involved will provide a support system and make things even easier. It is a very simple change to make, and the benefits you’ll reap are priceless, but it does require that you do it and keep up with it. Don’t change your habits just long enough to loose a few pounds. I promise you’ll be much happier if you stick with it.

What about getting my kids to eat healthy?

The easiest way to get a child to eat healthy is to start young. Every parent has to go through the process of finding out what their kids love, what they will tolerate, and what will end up on the wall. This happens whether you choose to feed your child healthy or unhealthy food. The problem arises when you decide to make a change for the better and your child, who is used to (and loves) their current unhealthy eating habits, resists with full force.

But changing the eating habits of your whole family doesn’t have to end in tears with every meal. Just like anyone, kids need to be introduced to healthy eating slowly. This can be a positive change that you go through together, rather than against each other. There are just a few basic rules.

Pick your Battles

If your child loves carrots but feeds broccoli to the dog when you’re not looking, don’t fuss. Don’t cause a fight that will push them further and further into rebellion. Don’t give them broccoli for dinner. Instead mix a small amount in a homemade salad dressing, or a smoothie. Someday, their tastes may change and they decide to they love broccoli. It happens all the time.

Include your child in the preparation.

Many children love to assist in the kitchen. They feel important and it creates a great bonding opportunity. So let them help by washing or tearing vegetables, help them set the table, or even ask them to help you choose the food to make (within boundaries.) If your child is to the point they hate helping, ask them very nicely to do small things for you and give them lots of praise on what a great job they did without patronizing them. It helps build their willingness to do it again.

Make it fun

One way to encourage kids both to help in the kitchen AND to eat the food, is to make the preparation fun. Make the food into fun shapes or play kids music while you prepare. You could make the preparation into a game, make sound effects and be as silly as you want. You’ll be surprised to discover that you want to be in the kitchen more and more, too.

As with all diet changes, getting your child to eat healthy will take a little bit of work, some understanding, a healthy dose of creativity, and a whole lot of patience. It will also take compromises here and there. The end result is well worth the battle, though. So keep it up and one day your child will thank you.

By: Chrissy Dean

For an ever-expanding list of the superfoods and more help on changing your family’s eating habits, click here

The Next Superfoods to Eat

Brazil Despolpando Acai Berry PulpNew superfoods are always popping up and getting plenty of media attention. As of late, the Pomegranate was in focus, then came along Goji berries and now acclaimed Acai berry. What is a superfood? By definition, a superfood is a term to describe any food that has “remarkable” health properties. Make way for the new wave of superfoods which will soon be found in our beverages, yogurts, ice creams, etc. Here are the newest superfoods making an appearance in a grocery store near you!

Muscadine grapes

While they look like typical purple grapes, Muscadine grapes are a little larger and thicker and pack more nutrition than your standard grape. One particular benefit comes from the powerful antioxidant, Resveratrol (also found in red wine). Resveratrol has been linked to lowering blood-sugar levels, contains strong anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties (lowering cholesterol and preventing heart disease). Currently, these berries are hard to come by so I take the Resveratrol supplement on a daily basis.

Maqui Berry

I am a huge Food Network fan and I had heard Rachel Ray briefly mention this berry on her cooking show. This sparked me to look into this berry further. Maqui berry is the highest ranked food on the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity scale (ORAC). This test measures the antioxidant potency of foods. Just to put things into perspective: Blueberry juice has an ORAC score of 3,000 and Macqui juice has an ORAC score of 40,000! Due to the high antioxidants in this berry, it is believed to rid the body in toxins and possibly help with weight control. Macqui berry has been used in traditional medicine to help symptoms of sore throat, diarrhea and treat ulcers.

Acerola

Acerola is also known as Amazon or Barbados cherries. I’ve seen Acerola really making headway in grocery stores already. This fruit contains 40 times more vitamin C than an orange and in a test comparing it’s antioxidants to 11 other fruits, the acerola came out on top. In July 2008, Absolut Vodka came out with a limited-edition vodka containing acerola mixed with blueberries, acai and pomegranate. You’ll likely encounter this berry in desserts and preserves.

Baobob Fruit

Grown in Australia, Africa or Madagascar, this superfood seems to have it all: Iron, Vitamin C, Calcium, (2x the amount found in milk), protein in it’s seeds, phosphorus for bones, fiber and a slew of electrolytes. This fruit was just recently approved for export and has recently been used in drinks, yogurt, as well as a thickener for soups.

-By: Sharon Porter

For more information, please visit: http://www.shar-on-nutrition.com.

Top Superfoods For Your Health

Learn About The Top Superfoods For Your Health

If you’re interested in increasing the amount of superfoods in your diet, you might want to start by incorporating some of the ones which provide the most health benefits. These top superfoods can do wonders for your body and your health in many ways. Here’s a look at some of the ones you should be eating now.

Fish

While most of the top superfoods come from the produce section, fish is one striking exception. The reason comes down to a powerful nutrient known as Omega-3 fatty acid. This compound can be found in fatty fish, such as salmon, sardines, and herring. Thankfully, these same fish are the ones less likely to contain high concentrations of mercury. By eating fish twice per week, you can cut back on your risk of diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, strokes, and even Alzheimer’s disease.

Soy

Another of the non-produce aisle top superfoods is soy. Soy is rich in protein which makes it the perfect replacement for red meat in your diet. However, some research has also found that soy can reduce the risk of cancer, kidney disease, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s disease. Part of the benefit comes from the isoflavones, these powerful antioxidants, can help prevent cancer, aging, and possibly heart disease.

Tomatoes

Lycopene is one of the most well-known antioxidants, and it can be found in large amounts in tomatoes and tomato-products. Thanks to lycopene, you can greatly reduce your risk of cancer, particularly if you make a habit of eating your tomatoes with olive oil.

Pumpkin

Although you might have always thought pumpkin pie was super, pumpkins are among the top superfoods for a couple of reasons. First, they are rich in carotenoids. These are antioxidants proven to reduce the risk of cancer. They also contain large quantities of beta-carotene, as well as alpha-carotene. These antioxidants can help your immune system work better and can actually prevent you from getting cataracts.

Blueberries

In terms of top superfoods, you don’t get much better than blueberries. These delectable fruits contain a wide range of healthful compounds. Their blue color means they are rich in anthocyanidins, these chemicals can help improve brain functioning and can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Blueberries are also rich in amhocyanidins which promote heart health and reduce cancer risks.

Other Top Superfoods

In addition to the five listed above, your health will benefit if you add some of the other top superfoods available, including broccoli, walnuts, green tea, spinach, and more. Remember that you’ll always get the most benefits by choosing the freshest foods and combining the most colorful foods on your plate.

-By: Emily Hutchens

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Dietotherapy with Superfoods

Superfood is Beneficial for your Health

Blueberries are Superfoods with lots of antioxidantsSo what exactly are superfoods? According to wikipedia, superfood is a term that sometimes is used to describe food with high phytonutrient and antioxidant content that some may believe confers health benefits as a result. For example, blueberries are often considered a superfood (or superfruit) because they contain significant amounts of antioxidants, anthocyanins, vitamin C, manganese, and dietary fiber. Phytonutrients or phytochemicals are plant derived chemical compounds that are known for their potential health promoting properties.

Phytochemicals have been used as therapeutic drugs for millennia. A popular example of this is salicin, which has pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties which was originally extracted from the white willow tree and later synthetically produced to create the commonly used over the counter drug aspirin. Superfoods though as a modern term are more specifically found in the form of everyday foods we can eat to enhance our overall health, as opposed to specific herbal applications to help remedy specific body ailments.

An example of a modern superfood which we eat everyday that is also a remedy to a disease are oranges, tangerines and other fruit which are rich in vitamin C, can counteract scurvy which is a disease due to vitamin C deficiency. Garlic also behaves as a food and as a remedy for bacillary dysentery.

That being said, knowing which types of phytochemicals are found in which types of plants is great to know if we are looking to relieve and help heal specific ailments. It is interesting to note that there is no legal definition of the term ‘Superfood’. For example dieticians and nutritional scientists for the most part do not use the term superfoods as a common term among their peers. Also many claim that consuming particular foodstuffs do not actually confer an actual health benefit. To me this is actually quite shocking because it obvious to me that some foods will have a completely different impact on the body than others.

I don’t need a nutritionist to tell me this, I can actually feel the difference bodily. Not only that but taking food as medicine has been practiced by ancient cultures for millennia. The Chinese especially come to mind, they even have a specific term called Dietotherapy – which refers to the treatment of disease by taking common foodstuffs.

These foodstuffs in China are sometimes called by the name of medicinal foods. Modern western medicine though does not recognize everyday ‘food’ as medicine, so knowing this you can understand why western nutritionists and scientists frown on the term superfoods.

Simply put, food contains the various nutrients which provide the energy supply for the body’s growth and activities. Nutrients are essential for people during illness to overcome pathogenic factors and repair tissue damage, and to resist and prevent diseases while in good health. All foods have different chemical composition and nutritional values, so it makes sense that some foods will invigorate and heal more so than others.

Superfoods come in all shapes and sizes and there is no definitive ‘superfood list’. This is simply because it is not an official diet and medical term, as stated above. So why is phytonutrient or phytochemical content important to knowing what food are superfoods?

Quite simply as I stated above, phytonutrients or phytochemicals are plant derived chemical compounds that are known for their potential health promoting properties. Some animal derived foods are also known as superfoods.

Here is a good list I have compiled of some of the top superfoods that you can incorporate into your life:

SUPERFOOD ORAC*
Cloves, ground 314,446
Sumac, bran, raw 312,400
Cinnamon, ground 267,536
Sorghum, bran, hi-tannin 240,000
Oregano, dry 200,129
Turmeric, ground 159,277
Acai berry, freeze-dried 102,700
Cocoa, dry, unsweetened 80,933
Cumin seeds 76,800
Maqui berries, powder 75,000
Parsley, dried 74,349
Holy Basil, dried 67,553

*ORAC = Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (Antioxidant Measurement Scale)

Acai Berry Pulp – A Powerful Superfoods Drink

Powerful Superfoods Drink – Acai Berry Pulp

Acai Berry Pulp the Powerful Antioxidant DrinkSuperfoods are the latest craze among health food enthusiasts and advocates of healthy living. Superfoods are natural and unprocessed food that has a high concentration of a variety of nutrients that possess health-enhancing qualities. The premise of the superfoods concept is that your diet can have a great affect on how you physically and mentally feel, both now and in the future.

The funny thing is, superfoods aren’t really all that new to the market. In fact, if you open up your kitchen cabinet or refrigerator right at this moment, there’s a high chance that you would find one or more of these so-called superfoods. What’s new about them, however, is what independent studies by health experts have revealed about their potency in improving our health and well-being.

What these independent studies are saying is that many easy-to-find superfoods have the power to bring about a number of beneficial health effects such as lowering cholesterol, preventing heart disease, fighting off cancer, reducing the likelihood of diabetes, slowing down the signs of aging, lowering hypertension, prolonging life, and even putting someone in a better mood. Many of these are health effects that have traditionally been attained primarily through the use of chemical medicines.

Superfoods have become so popular for two main reasons:

  1. They are a good alternative to traditional medicines because their naturalness means they have no negative side effects.
  2. They are relatively easy to find while also being relatively inexpensive.

So what are some examples of superfoods?

Bananas are superfoods because they are jam-packed with vitamins, minerals, and 8 essential amino acids while also being rich in iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium. These nutrients are necessary for healthy bone growth and the general well-being of the immune system.

Blueberries are superfoods because they are full of antioxidants and phytoflavinoids. Antioxidants help rid the body of the toxins that cause aging and infections. They also reduce inflammation, which is a symptom in most chronic diseases.

Fish are superfoods because it contains Omega 3 fatty acids that help lower bad cholesterol levels in the bloodstream.

As you can imagine, a complete list of all the superfoods would be too long to reiterate here.

One of the premier superfoods that have recently received an immense amount of attention from health experts and the media is Acai Berry. It is a small, deep purple berry that grows in the Amazon rainforest and possesses the health-enhancing properties of many superfoods all at once. It has the highest antioxidant capacity out of all the fruits and vegetables ever tested, it is rich in fatty acids, and contains an unending number of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. In other words, the Acai Berry is the superfood of superfoods.

The Acai Berry is the latest great product to hit the health food market. Acai Berry has remarkable antioxidant effects, its cholesterol lowering ability, its enhancement of the cardiovascular, digestive, and immune systems and its capacity to restore vitality have been documented by a number of prominent health researchers and experts.

By: Michael Guzman

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