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Acai Berry Superfoods – Are Acai Berries Really That Healthy?

The Health Benefits of Acai Berries

Acai Berries on the Palm Tree"Acai Berries are superfoods!" We're hearing it everywhere now. But is it true? Are Acai Berries really that healthy? In time when every food seems to be artificial and medical companies stuff us with the newest cures for everything, some people try to find help using natural products to cure the various health problems.

Over time we forgot how powerful nature can be, after all we only duplicate its achievements in medicine. That is why a category of super foods has been invented, foods so packed with healthy nutrients that they can be called natural medicine or superfoods.

Probably the most wide spread family of superfoods are vegetables from 'Allium' family – vegetables like garlic, onions or leeks. This not very glamorous group of vegetables, contains flavonoids, which stimulate production of antioxidants in the liver, thus detoxifying your body.

Up until today  blueberries where one of the most famous superfoods. They have a high number of antioxidants (ORAC value), anthocyanins and phytochemicals, preventing aging, cancer and numerous brain diseases. Blueberries are the food of choice for many healthy people in Europe and the USA.

Recently, the spotlight has been taken off the Blueberries by a new berry, the Acai Berry.

Is the Acai Berry the #1 Superfood?

When acai berries where first introduced to the public eye, there were numerous talks about how healthy it is. However, publicity seemed to focus all of it's attention on the very high antioxidants level, leaving in the background wealth of other healthy details about this berry.

The first thing I want to mention about the Acai Berry, is the very high level of anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are located mainly in peels of vegetables/fruits. They offer a very powerful protection against harmful free radicals, which develop as a result of exposure to radiation, the UV light, smoking, smog and various other metabolic processes.

Not only that, they also preserve delicate antioxidants within the fruit. While, you may have heard that red whine has a large number of anthocyanins, Acai has 10 to 30 times more, depending on the quality and ripeness of the berries. Acai berry is also very high on dietary fiber. 100 grams of Acai berries contain 45 grams of fiber.Acai Berries are rich in healthy unsaturated fats from omega family, which have been proven to help you with anything from your brain to preventing cancer. In Acai you will find mainly the most important omega-3 and omega-9 fatty acids.

Additionally, acai berries contain a lot of protein and amino acids. Acai has 19 different amino acids, which are crucial for growth, maintenance and repair of your body tissues. Our bodies can produce only 11 of these amino acids, so you have to supply the rest with your diet.

Acai also offers three different plant sterols: sigmasterol, campesterol and B-sitosterol. These three sterols are invaluable to health of your heart. This concludes the benefits of Acai Berries. Even if you don't believe in the weight loss hype of acai berries (acai berries are beneficial for weight loss due to stopping the carving for food), these berries are still the best choice of superfoods! With more than 100,000  (102,700 μ mol TE/100 gram),it is the world's antioxidant richest fruit known today!

The 3 Best Raw Superfoods

A Short Superfoods List of the Three Most Important Superfoods

Raw Food Diet with Healthy GreensIf you could choose only three food types to ensure you lived healthily, what would they be? Surely if you could live on just three types of food, these would have to be the best raw superfoods that contain more nutrients than any other and ensure a long term balanced diet.

Raw Foods are the simplest, healthiest, tastiest food available to us. Simplest in that the nutrients are retained and not lost through cooking. Healthiest in that they give your skin a radiant glow and your hair shines; you shed pounds naturally and lose most of your bad cholesterol. Tastiest in that the combinations of food makes some fantastic recipes you will never have considered.

But which 3 foods should be chosen above all others?

Before any food is chosen, you need to be sure you drink plenty of water. Water combines with the food to help the body and digestive system function properly. Generally the rule of thumb is to drink 2 litres of water per day, but this will be higher if you are in a hot or dry place or have been exercising.

1. Smoothies

A smoothie is an amazing way to consume a wide variety of raw fruit and vegetables in an easy tasty way. Smoothies can be made very easily with a food processor or blender. They can be made with or without yogurt and you can mix in whole fruit which provide a fantastic source of protein, vitamins and minerals, whilst retaining the fruits' fibre which is important for stimulating digestion and combating water retention and bloating.

The beauty of smoothies is that you can combine whichever fruit or vegetables you have to hand so each smoothie is a different mix. A key element of a balanced diet is to consume a wide variety of different food.

2 Green Vegetables

The greener a vegetable, the healthier it is. Not a bad way to determine what to eat. Pretty much all green vegetables are bursting with nutrients and vitamins which boost your health and bodily functions.

The pick of the greens must be the following 5 vegetables:

  • Celery
  • Watercress
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Kale

These 5 have such a large range of nutrients and vitamins between them that just eating them raw would give your health a huge boost, providing a body detox and dramatically lowering cholesterol.

3. Seeds

Three seeds in particular possess wonderful qualities

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds

A combination of these 3 types of seeds makes a surprisingly filling snack and takes the edge off hunger pangs.

They are helpful to intestinal health, cleansing the digestive system and preventing constipation, while pectin, the soluble fibre in sunflower seeds, is especially powerful as a detoxifier. Sunflower seeds strengthen the eyesight, sesame seeds strengthen the heart whilst pumpkin seeds help in wound healing.

By: Christine Delareya

About the Author

Christine Delareya is keenly embracing the Raw Food lifestyle. She has been vegetarian for many years and several years ago was introduced to Raw and Vegan food. The greatest benefit it brings is no longer having to worry about her weight or cholesterol levels.

She has written articles on subjects which interest her for many years. Visit a site she contributes to which helps you to get started on a Raw Food diet http://www.compare-a-diet.com/raw-vegan-diet.html

Substituting Food Cravings for Weight Loss

Why we need to eat more Healthy Foods

Weight-Loss with SuperfoodsLoosing weight is often talked about these days. Weight loss has become one of the biggest topics in the internet. No wonder, since all the information about superfoods is so easily obtainable today. If it’s not someone asking how to successfully lose weight it’s some health company capitalizing on those who are overweight. Most people who are busy with weight loss since many years are desperately looking for the next diet that promises to shed those extra kilo’s.

I do not recommend any commercial weight loss program except it is based on natural healthy foods! I believe they are mostly “commercial” in nature and not really suited for weight loss. True weight loss programs should be initiated in conjunction with your Doctor. I do however, believe the regularly eaten food today is lacking many important nutrients and essential Antioxidants that are needed to have a healthy body. Often food supplements are required to replace these deficiencies.

Unwanted weight gain can often be attributed to over indulgence of a particular food in an attempt to replace an essential Vitamin the body is missing. When our body receives sufficient supply of nutrients, cravings will be reduced and we feel fuller and stisfied with lesser food.

Our daily food is lacking in many nutrients and of those nutrients that are still present, many are obtained through application of synthetic fertilizers and are being subject to pesticides and selective herbicides. The old saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” should now be going: “Two apples a day keeps the doctor away.” because we would have to eat twice as much to get the same level of nutrients.

The growing demand on food has lead to crops produced on a large scale these days, and are produced with more synthetic stimulants and pharmaceutics than it is good for us.

I you’re busy with weight control, your diets should be organic and nutrient rich with a range of all essential vitamins and minerals and antioxidants to assist suppressing cravings in between meals.

Organically grown fresh fruit and vegetables are the perfect option for a synthetic supply of vitamins and minerals in our diets. And only if a sufficient supply of these foods is not available, organic foods supplements are an option.

The goal for successive weight loss must be to maintain a sufficient supply of vitamins and minerals to prevent cravings that force and over consumption of food leading to more unwanted kilos.

Many processed foods contain large amounts of artificial colors, flavors and preservatives, which may block the supply, or uptake of vitamins and minerals into the body. Junk foods are designed with 3 things in mind. To get your money, to fill a taste craving, or to fill a hunger craving. They are not designed to provide necessary nutrients to your body.

The more real food we eat the more likely we will attain food satisfaction through sufficient nutrient consumption.

Adding a Vitamin or Superfood such as Acai berries into the daily diet will also assist with weight loss because you may need to consume less to receive your bodies necessary nutrient requirements. Acai is highly nutritious, extremely high on antioxidants, is very filing and suppresses food cravings for a long time making it an ideal superfood for weight loss

Nevertheless, you should always consult with your Doctor before you make any sudden changes in your diet or start taking food supplements over a longer period of time.

By: Eric J Smith

Eric J Smith describes himself as being “Passionate about organic foods”. He is committed to educating people on the importance of reducing the chemical load in our bodies and in the Environment. Eric is Married and has 2 Children. Eric and his wife Narelle represent Miessence Certified Organic Skin Care.

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Diet vs Cleanse – Healthy Weight Loss

Detoxing the Body helps to Loose Weight

Henry Gray Anatomy of the Human Body

Illustration by Henry Gray

Cleansing has always had a place among humans, throughout all ages and cultures. For thousands of years, body purification has been a part of our rituals for health and well-being. It was also used in ancient times as a way to reconnect with the divine. Diets have just been in vogue during the last 150 years or so. You can look at the word diet in different ways. It has that painful reference to cutting way back on all the foods you love. It also can refer to a set of foods you allow yourself to consume without limit.

Recently diet products and supplements have turned into diet "systems". Diet products used to just burn fat or boost your metabolism so you burned more calories. They were fat burners. Now diet systems involve a cleanse portion as well, a metabolism booster and sometimes a natural appetite suppressant like Hoodia. So, what is the best way to healthy weight loss?

Let's talk about what a colon cleanse can do for healthy weight loss. Detox or cleansing is a way to clean out all the toxins, environmental pollutants, and wastes from all the drugs, toxins and chemicals ingested into our bodies. Think about all environmental poisoning from just the pesticides, insecticides and other contaminants that are on most of our foods. Think about all the chemicals in our air and water, food additives in processed food, antibiotics and more that we absorb into our cells. These environmental toxins and stresses assault our liver, blood and colon on a daily basis.

Our liver removes many of these toxins, but in today's world our liver is overloaded it just keeps dumping toxins into our colon and blood systems because it can't take the toxic load we are giving it. Repeated exposure to these toxins, pesticides, and antibiotics can take its toll on the body resulting in suppressed immune systems, unexplained aches, depression, weight gain, loss of memory, and low levels of energy.

"The colon is a sewage system, but by neglect and abuse it becomes a cesspool. When it is clean and normal, we are well and happy; let it stagnate, and it will distill the poisons of decay, fermentation and putrefaction into the blood, poisoning the brain and nervous system so that we become mentally depressed and irritable; it will poison the heart so that we are weak and listless; poisons the lungs so that the breath is foul; poisons the digestive organs so that we are distressed and bloated; and poisons the blood so that the skin is sallow and unhealthy. In short, every organ of the body is poisoned, and we age prematurely, look and feel old, the joints are stiff and painful, neuritis, dull eyes and a sluggish brain overtake us; the pleasure of living is gone."

Dr. Bernard Jensen Healthy weight loss starts with a colon cleanse. If the colon is cleansed on a regular basis it is better able to absorb nutrients into our cells. If our colon is full of compacted old waste it absorbs very little of the actual nutrients we eat. That is why the body keeps telling you that you are hungry and calls for more food. It is a vicious cycle. Healthy weight loss that lasts, comes from fine tuning your system, starting with a colon cleanse. A good colon cleanse will eliminate most sugar and salt cravings making that healthy weight loss even easier!

To keep your body running in top shape with high energy levels you should consider a colon, liver, blood and kidney cleanse once every three months or once every season. You can also buy some "health assurance" by adding a green superfood to your diet daily. That is what I call a diet! By: Marty Meshek Marty Meshek is a natural cleansing and energy specialist. He operates the website: http://www.EnergyForToday.com dedicated to free information on natural energy boosters and the power of cleansing.

Weight Loss Using Super Foods

Loosing Weight with Superfoods

Acai Pulp from Brazil - the best superfood for weight loss

Picture by Sonia Naisa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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