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5 Superfoods For Better Health

A List of 5 Top Superfoods for your Health

The more I read and study, the more evidence I find that what you eat makes a huge difference in your overall health. Many foods promote disease while others prevent disease. The more nutrient rich food you eat, the better it is for your health.

Following is a list of 5 superfoods that are very good for your health.

1. Blueberries – Blueberries rank at the top of all fruits in terms of having the highest antioxidant capacity. They contain anthocyanins (more than red wine) which protect against cancer. They are a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, manganese, selenium, and zinc. Blueberries, along with other fruits, can prevent or delay visual problems. They are high in fiber, low in calories, and contain anti-inflammatory compounds. Blueberries, like cranberries, help prevent urinary tract infections.

2. Broccoli – Broccoli, a member of the cabbage family, offers incredible health benefits. It is a very good source of carotenoids, calcium, folate, and Vitamins A, K, and C. A diet high in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale, and cabbage is shown to prevent several types of cancer. Broccoli is a low glycemic food, a good source of fiber, and has been found to be cardio-protective.

3. Nuts – Nuts contain heart-healthy fats and are high in fiber. They contain antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and are a good source of calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Nuts can help reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers. Most nuts are high in arginine which can help reduce cholesterol levels and blood pressure. You should have several small servings per week to get the greatest benefits.Some choices: almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, walnuts, pistachio nuts

4. Quinoa – Quinoa is usually listed as a grain but is actually the seed of a plant related to spinach. It is lower in sodium content and higher in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, manganese, and zinc than wheat, barley, or corn. Quinoa is a complete high quality protein (has all 8 essential amino acids). In fact, The World Health Organization rates the quality of the protein in quinoa to be at least equivalent to that in milk. It is gluten-free, low glycemic, and high in fiber. It can be used as a substitute for any grain.

5. Salmon– Salmon is an excellent source of omega 3, a fatty acid that helps reduce inflammation. It is high in protein, low in saturated fat, and low in calories. It is a good source of Vitamins D and B12, selenium, and magnesium. Salmon promotes cardiovascular health, can help control high blood pressure, and can lower your risk of several types of cancer. The cold water variety is best.

I hope you are already eating some or all of these superfoods. If you aren't including these foods in your diet, you might consider adding some or all of them.

By: M Conley Stone

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Everyday Superfoods List

Eat More Superfoods!

During the past few years, the research in the most healthy foods in the world has increased dramatically and has now spawned the term "super food or superfoods". These superfoods are nothing else but foods that are very rich in nutrients, vitamins minerals and trace elements. They have therefor many health benefits. Superfoods can be used by to maintain weight or even loose weight, superfoods are also great for recovery of a recent illness or to prevent getting ill in the firsat place. But really the point is; superfoods are for those who are trying to start a healthier lifestyle, for those who want to achieve more than what they have right now!

Fat Burning Superfoods

Superfoos can easily become super fat burning foods the more you eat them. Eating superfoods, combined with a healthy exercise, you'll be able to burn calories and accelerate your metabolism in no time. Superfoods should become a major part of your diet if they are not already, and they are available in your local supermarket or the next organic food store. The number of what are super foods may surprise you, since you can find them in fruit or vegetable section of your supermarket. Superfoods are not only good for you, but they can also become tasty additions to any part of your diet. Mix some cashewnuts and some gojiberries int your next salad and exellerate the antioxidant value of your meal by 200%. You can implement super foods in almost any kind of the meal, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner.

What You Get Out of Eating Super Foods

Most of the superfoods that have been discovered lately are fruits, vegetables, nuts, and spices. Some of the most popular superfoods are those which contain high levels of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and minerals. Antioxidants keep you from aging prematuraly and some super foods can also help in the regulation of blood sugar levels, prevent cancer, altzheimer and many other illnesses we have developed.

All superfoods come with different benefits, they are not all the same. They range from prevention of inflammation, regulation of metabolism, faster fatburning, promoting a better digestion, lowered total cholesterol and blood pressure, and protection from toxins, cancer, and heart disease. Find below a short A to Z Everyday Superfoods List to get your diet: going.

Everyday Superfoods from A to Z

  • Acai Berries
  • Apples
  • Artichokes
  • Apricots
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Broccoli, cabbage
  • Cacao – Chocolate
  • Cashew Nuts
  • Carrots
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cauliflower
  • Cherries
  • Celery
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Cranberries
  • Cumin Seeds
  • Eggplants
  • Grapefruit
  • Garlic
  • Green beans
  • Green tea
  • Grapes
  • Kale
  • Lemons
  • Lentils
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Limes
  • Marjoram
  • Maqui Berries
  • Mushrooms
  • Mango
  • Nectarines
  • Onions
  • Okra
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Papaya
  • Peas
  • Pears
  • Peppers
  • Prunes
  • Pumpkin
  • Pineapple
  • Raspberries
  • Radishes
  • Red cabbage
  • Sauerkraut
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • String beans
  • Squash
  • Sumac
  • Tangerines
  • Turmeric
  • Tomatoes
  • Walnuts
  • Watermelon
  • Wild salmon

Most fruits are considered to be superfoods. Oranges, limes, lemons and grapefruits are composed of flavonoids. Flavonoids are antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and can prevent blood clotting. Likewise, are berries, they are also rich in antioxidants and can help improve memory and brain functionality. Vitamin C and fiber can also be obtained from berries. Another vegetable, the tomato, also contains antioxidants thanks to its major component lycopene which minimizes cellular damage.

Anti Cancer and Anti Diabetics Properties of Sulforaphane

3D Illustration by Ben Mills

Cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower also help prevent or at least hinder the development of cancer cells. they contain high amounts of antioxidants. Their major component is sulforaphane, which is known to prevents cancer. On the other hand, spinach is also considered a superfood since it is composed of lutein. Lutein can prevent blindness as well as muscular degeneration.

In terms of protein, wild salmon and non fat turkey meat from organic farming, are both considered to be superfoods as well. Wild salmon and other fatty fish, contain lots of omega-3 fatty acids which prevent blood clotting. Salmon also can help minimize the risk of heart disease and the occurrence of a stroke. Since our body cannot make its own omega-3 fatty acids, it is imperative to find alternative means to get omega-3 fatty acids into our bodies. Turkey also contains selenium, which helps the thyroids, boosts the immune system, and decreases the chance of cancer ever developing. Turkey is low in calories and fat, which qualifies it as one of the best sources of animal protein.

Other superfods that are commonly used in our kitchens that are considered superfoods are oats, nuts, ginger, onions and garlic. Oats can be used to lower cholesterol levels. Diabetics can also benefit from eating oats since this has less sugar. Similarly, nuts can also be used to lower cholesterol levels. Nuts, specifically walnuts, contain omega-3 fatty acids, which, as mentioned earlier, also prevent heart disease. Garlic and onions have been found to lower cholesterol levels as well as blood pressure.

By: Tim Lazaro

Tim Lazaro is a Fat Burning Nutrition enthusiast. He owns and maintains a List of Fat Burning Foods for those who want to burn off some unwanted fat and then keep it off forever!

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.

Blueberries – Super Food For a Reason

What makes blueberries a superfood?

Blueberries don't really look anything special. Yet they are quite delicious and versatile. In fact it is strange to believe that such a small fruit is actually a superfood. In the interests of improving my health and that of my family I've been doing some studying about superfoods, the pros, cons and benefits. I'm also interested in how we can increase our use of these superfoods in our diet without blowing the budget. Consequently, I'm not only learning all about superfoods and their uses but how to grow them myself (wherever practical).

Blueberries are a superfood because they are packed with anti-oxidants and phytonutrients. Why are these important? Antioxidants help reduce free radicals in our bodies and are widely believed to help prevent heart disease and cancer. Phytonutrients are still undergoing research but it is known that? they also help to reduce free radicals. It is also the fact that they are rich in phytonutrients that means although they do not contain significant amounts of Vitamins C or E the body receives as much antioxident protection as if? you had taken vitamin C and E. These little blue berries also contain potassium (an essential mineral for strengthening blood vessels) and vitamin C. It is this richness in vitamins and minerals that makes them a superfood and the top choice for adding to a healthy diet. By adding blueberries to your diet you can help?lower your risk of heart disease and cancer. Another amazing benefit is that? they are also anti-inflammatory. Another amazing benefit is the effect that they have on our brain. Research has shown that blueberries high quantities of phytonutrients help improve the communication between brain cells and can delay the onset of dementia and aging. When choosing your blueberries you need to look for the darker coloured berries as the darker the colour the more anti-oxidents they contain. Growing your own blueberries is relatively simple and will give you a fresh supply but the best part is you can also freeze them. Frozen and dried blueberries are just as beneficial to your health and diet as fresh. Fresh, frozen or dried there really is no reason not to have blueberries in your home ready to add to your diet every day. You do not have to eat blueberries by the handful. Instead you can add them to a range of delicious recipes. In fact adding blueberries to a smoothie has the added advantage of giving you additional fruit portions and calcium. A very simple idea for a smoothie is to add 1 cup of blueberries, to 1 cup of pro-biotic low fat natural yoghurt, half a cup of fruit juice (orange or pineapple are great) and a teaspoon of honey. Mix in a blender or smoothie maker and serve. Another delicious and simple way to add blueberries to your diet is to make blueberry muffins or fruity granola pots. Both of these dishes are great ways to get your children to eat blueberries. By: Amanda Davey Do you need more information on how to live well, eat well and be well whilst sticking to a budget? http://thehealthyfrugalhome.com offers articles, resources, hints, tips, recipes and more to help you get fit, lose weight and enjoy life.

Why Greens Are So Important For Your Health

People are talking and it seems that more and more people are looking for ways to extend their life. People lead very hectic lives and find it difficult to just try and get all of the nutrients they should be consuming.

Antioxidant greens are a vital element in the prevention of free radicals that can lead to cellular genetic damage. Think about dry wrinkled skin for a moment. What you are seeing is the damage done by free radicals.

The many benefits of greens to everyone’s health can be seen by examining the contents inside them. Just take a look at what’s inside this so called miracle food and you will likely be amazed at what’s inside.

Free radicals can not only cause your skin to appear prematurely aged, they can also contribute to more serious problems such as cancer, arthritis, heart disease and diabetes.

When a persons free radicals are at a minimum, a person will age more slowly. When a persons life lifestyle is out of control and full of stress, a person will tend to age more quickly. And when there is an excessive amount of free radicals within our bodies, we actually increase our chances for becoming sick, as in disease.

So just what are these greens all about anyway and how do they help promote good health? If you are sill wondering why greens are good for your health consider the fact that antioxidants have disease fighting properties that protect cells from damage by substances called free radicals. Antioxidants are able to do this by neutralizing free radicals that are formed when body cells burn oxygen for energy.

Antioxidants may also help keep the immune system healthy and reduce the risk for cancer and other diseases.

The antioxidants in greens are one of the many benefits of greens and are scientifically developed and tested. They were designed to contain the most powerful green foods that your body needs for optimal health.

So when people are not able to eat a wholesome organic diet that is filled with nutritious fruits and vegetables, these superfoods are the next best thing for many who just don’t have the time to eat all of the fresh fruits and vegetables they really should be eating.

There are many variations of these superfoods, as they are sometimes referred to. If you are looking for a premium superfood, keep in mind that a good greens drink product will not contain any fillers of any kind and will most certainly contain natural high quality ingredients that are going to be the most beneficial to your nutritional consumption.

Greens were developed as a way for people to get the proper nutrition that they fail to get on their own. They are green in color and they typically come in different flavors such as mint or berry.

The benefits of greens to your health are many. But a very important benefit is the fact that many do not contain any additives such as soy, wheat, dairy, or preservatives, all of which can be harmful to some. They are also great for those who have a weakened immune system because they help aid digestion and contain probiotics which help with a healthy intestinal flora.

Other benefits of these superfoods include the following:

Alkalizes your body: By alkalizing your body, you are helping your body to better ward off infections or diseases.

Balances your PH: By balancing your PH, your body is much more able to work efficiently.

Energy: Many people believe that by getting proper nutrition, they just feel better. And with the proper nutrients, people tend to feel that they have more energy.

Weight Loss: Greens have been known to help many shed weight. Greens are known to help curb cravings for unhealthy food because they not only fill people up, they provide a great deal of nutrients.

Greens are also safe to use with prescriptions, which make them even more popular.

Let’s face it, many of us try to get all of the recommended vegetable and fruit servings. But with even the best of anyone’s intentions, very few individuals are ever able to get the allotted amount each and every day. Busy schedules usually prevent our good intentions which is why these superfoods are an absolutely important natural health supplementation to anyone’s diet.

When searching for greens, look for something that is not only nutritious, but great tasting, easy to mix, and always look for certified organic whole food and plant extracts, which are the most beneficial to your good health.

Another helpful tip to find the best superfood is to consider how much antioxidant power you are rally getting. Some superfoods contain a very small amount of antioxidants. Look for a number that equals the antioxidant power equal to 20 servings of fruits and vegetables in every serving.

Many people who consume these organic green plants, and antioxidants contained within greens, say that the benefits are well worth it. Free radicals can damage cells and lead to disease and greens help prevent the damage brought on by free radicals.

Other great benefits to taking greens are the super blend of vitamins, digestive enzymes, natural food concentrates, and symbiotic intestinal flora that provide maximum energy.

Greens have also been known to help improve a persons weight management as they help increase metabolism through increased fat burning. It does not take long for many to see the positive results that these superfoods have such as a reduction in food cravings.

By: Ceci Valenzuela

Cecilia Valenzuela is a full time entrepreneur and business owner. Valenzuela is a translator, teacher, and successful online business entrepreneur and a fan of promoting ones optimal health through natural health supplements. She also believes in using natural products that preserve the earth. Find out more about optimal health at http://www.goldcanyonnaturals.com/

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.

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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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.