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News from the Superfoods Front

Skin Cancer – One Year Later

Healthy Foods - SuperfoodsIt’s been a while since I found the time to write about myself and how I’m doing with superfoods and healthy living. I’m a successful webmaster and internet marketer and it comes with the territory that we alway have the least time to work on our own sites. I first started this blog about superfoods and information that I feel, everybody needs and is entitled to have, one year ago and I’m walking the walk since then. I don’t know if you realized, but we are living in the most fantastic time ever! Never before, in history of mankind, we had the possibility to get the worlds best superfoods delivered to our doorsteps. Neither our parents nor any of our ancestors could go the local health store and just get the world’s best food supplements for a more or less affordable price. No generation before us had ever the chance to simply order all superfoods and food supplements online! As I said, we’re living in an incredible time! We can have it all today; and who dares to say that we can’t get 150 years old if we only eat the best superfoods? Now it’s all in our hands what we do with this unique chance. All the information about superfoods is available on the internet today and so nobody can say: “I didn’t know… nobody told me..”

Who is interested in Superfoods?

Goji Berries BranchBut you know what; I found that only a fraction of the people who could actually afford to live healthy, really do live healthy! What amazes me most after talking with hundreds of people about superfoods, healthy living and longevity, is that most of them don’t seem to care much and love their burgers and french fries! Some people though, had wide open ears and adapted my raw food diet which consists mainly of delicious,  fresh organic salads made of all kinds of vegetables, organic eggs (only organic eggs or none at all), Spirulina, fresh carrot and apple juice and sometimes fresh fish.  I am not a vegan nor a strict vegetarian, I don’t eat meat and I wouldn’t even get near a chicken anymore today! If you feel you need to eat chicken, watch the movie “Food Inc”, I promise, chicken will never the the same. Many people also tell me that they don’t want to get old, being afraid of becoming helpless and dependent. but that’s not what happens; if you live healthy you will get old and vital and you will be in charge of your life. But I’m not giving in! With many people who have changed their diet after talking with me and seeing (and often tasting) how I live, I’m still in contact today and I get amazing feedback!

What is the perfect diet?

Fresh Organic WheatgrassThere is no such thing as a perfect diet, I’m afraid. A diet is individual for each person but don’t worry, you have your body as your best friend! Your body will soon tell you what the ideal diet for you is. Follow your nose and your instincts. If something doesn’t taste good when you try it the first time, give it a couple of more chances, our body is a world champion in adjusting. Things I never liked to eat taste fantastic today! I even like Spirulina. I suggest that  you try to eat raw food, if possible organic or as much organic as you can get or afford, for one month and watch your weight carefully. Raw food also contains sugar and sometimes a lot of sugar. Sweet fruits and even superfoods like amalaki / gooseberry, bananas and pineapple, but also carrots and cucumbers contain large amounts of sugars. While  these sugars are of the ‘good kind’ of sugars, not like the white sugar from the supermarket, they will still produce fat in your body. Here is where exercising kicks in! A good diet doesn’t consist of healthy food only. Other factors for a balanced health and longevity, are exercise and meditation. If your body is fit, your digesting system will work perfect and keep everything in balance. After one month you should already be able to see significant results! Your skin will look healthier, you will feel fit the whole day long and will not get tired in the afternoon anymore. You will probably find that you have been very productive in whatever it is you’re doing. After four to eight weeks on an organic superfoods diet your weight will also have leveled, and even if you loose weight in the beginning, your body will automatically find it’s ideal weight after some time.

My List of Superfoods

Finally I want to give you a list of the healthy foods and superfoods that made my meals interesting, tasty and absolutely healthy during the past year! I also want to add that my cancer has gone, I’m obviously still sticking around, and that I won’t give it a chance to come back! For me it was the yellow card in the world championship finals and we all know what a second yellow card means! Therefore I will keep up my healthy and very tasty diet, keep on doing sports like bicycling, swimming, weight lifting and running several times a week and live at least  another seventy years! It’s all about the right nutrition, antioxidants and being fit and therefore everything is possible and no one before us had the chance to try…

  • Raw Cacao
  • Spirulina
  • Turmeric
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Thyme
  • Aloe Vera
  • Avocados
  • Cinnamon
  • Goji Berries
  • Gooseberries – Amalaki
  • Coconuts
  • Fresh Organic Wheatgrass
  • Green Tea
  • Peking Grass – Murdannia loriformis – fights cancer
  • Sauerkraut
  • Leafy Greens
  • Carrots
  • Apples
  • Cashew Nuts – Anti Depressant
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Ginger
  • Radish
  • Garlic
  • Red Onions
  • Green & Red Peppers and Paprika
  • And all kinds of Organic Vegetables
  • Organic Eggs
  • Fish

Top 5 Superfoods That Make Your Skin Sparkle

How to get a glowing skin with help of superfoods?

Curing skin problems with superfoodsYou have to nourish yourself with the most nutritious foods for glowing skin in the world, and you’ll see your skin get healthier and naturally more moisturized. The effects won’t be immediate but over time and if you use superfoods regularly you will have amazing results.

How to Get Healthy Skin with Superfoods

Superfoods are foods and supplements with a remarkably high nutrient content, some of which can be eaten just like any other foods while others are more for supplementing.

Adding any of these to your diet can give great benefits to your skin, as they nourish and help the skin get healthier from the inside out.

1. MSM

This mineral-rich food supplement, Methylsulfonylmethane, has proven to be superb for the health of the skin and whole body. It is already present in your body and in many foods, but when you supplement with it your body gets a much needed boost to create glowing, moisturized skin. It can also be used topically to help repair the skin.

2. Algae

In Japan they eat both fresh and dried Wakame algae for its health-giving, mineral-rich properties and abilities to keep the skin young and beautiful. It has also shown to be beneficial as an ingredient in skin cream, proven to increase skin elasticity and glowing tone of the skin.

3. Maca

This is especially good if you have a lot of blemishes or acne and suspect it is caused by hormonal imbalance. Maca is proven to balance the hormones if you take it consistently for a few months, and this should help clear up your skin.

4. Royal Jelly

This is a popular anti-aging supplement which is rich proteins and other nutrients that are great for the skin, and has shown to improve certain skin conditions. It can also be used topically like a face mask or in a cleansing tonic.

5. Raw Cacao

Raw cacao is very rich in health-giving minerals, fantastic if you want to get glowing skin. It is rich in the vital magnesium, vitamin C and antioxidants. Put it in a fruit smoothie or buy a delicious raw chocolate bar. Raw cacao butter can also be used topically as it is a great moisturizer.

These are all great ways for how to get glowing skin, and what most of them have in common are a high content minerals and antioxidants. More regular foods that are also super healthy are dark leafy greens, all kinds of berries and pomegranate.

Getting enough nutrition is definitely the foundation of improving your skin, but it’s not all there is. Another great way for how to get glowing skin is using a natural skin cream with proven effective ingredients like Cynergy TK and Natural vitamin E.

Article By: Ingela M. Johansson

If you’re interested in learning the secrets of finding the best skin cream, visit my website, where I share what products I personally use for fast, and effective results.

Visit Ingela’s website here: http://www.natural-flawless-skin.com

What’s With Superfoods?

The Best Superfoods for Weight Loss

Barley Field - Superfoods in Nature

Photo by: Jurema Oliveira

There is a lot of buzz about acai, the benefits of the little power packed berry and what it can do. You may have been wondering if this is all true, or if it is a great deal of hype. There is actually some truth to the excitement about acai berry- but maybe not for the reasons that most people think. Also, there are other foods, other "super foods" that you should know about so that you can bring them into your overall weight loss and nutrition plan that can help you succeed. Understanding exactly what the benefits are of these foods and why, as well as what they can actually do for you is important though. To make an informed choice you need to know the facts, and actually, in spite of some of the bad practices, there is some truth to the hype about the acai berry in regards to healthy weight loss.

Acai berry itself is a very healthy food- that much is very true. While no single food can change your physique or enhance your life, a complete and balanced diet rich in antioxidants can really boost any health and fitness program, especially weight loss geared ones. So, given the fact that acai does in fact have ten times more antioxidants than red grapes, it seems reasonable to assert that it is a good food to include in your diet. However, it is not the only such food. There are a number of foods that are classified as "super foods" and the common thread in most of these is that antioxidants, fiber or essential fatty acids. It is always best to discuss major diet changes with your doctor before you try them, however, just including a few of these foods in your daily diet is not something that is going to impact you in a negative way. On the contrary, you may find a new snack food or side dish favorite that really is as good for you as it tastes.

The next superfood we will have a look at is Barley. Rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber, barley not only helps by enabling the digestive tract to be more healthy, but can in some cases reduce the risk of certain cancers. Soluble fiber is great for those on active weight loss regimens, because it does help the body to metabolize fats and carbohydrates more efficiently.

Nuts and seeds are also a commonly overlooked food- many people avoid them in weight loss plans due to the fat content, but, the benefits of the nutrients far outweigh that risk. When used in moderation, nuts and seeds are a wonderful addition to almost any dish that can power pack proteins and other heart healthy nutrients- as well as fighting the signs of aging.

On the whole, the "superfoods" are great additions to an existing well balanced diet. Most physicians do not recommend that you go on fasts or anything rash like that, so, the "Peanut diet" or exclusion diets such as that are not likely key. But add some of these superfoods to your diet and you'll see some results in your overall health.

-By: Richard Bragg, M.D.

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The Best 2 Natural Superfoods

Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food” Hippocrates 460 – 359 BC

“Vitality and beauty are gifts from nature for those who live according to its laws.” Leonardo DeVinci

In these topics, we would like to introduce you to the sensational superfoods. Eating these super foods regularly, in general can alleviating certain health conditions and prevent some others. It also helps to overcome the shortcomings of the gene pool.

Garlic

Garlic is important SuperfoodGarlic is the natural super food healer for its natural antibiotic with antiviral, antifungal, anticoagulant and antiseptic properties. Garlic cooked is fine but it loses many of its health-giving powers. Raw garlic does most of its antibiotic and preventive medicines. Here are some of effective use of garlics for PROVEN DISEASE CURED.

*Garlic For blood fortifier. Raw garlic is said to do a super job of blood fortifying. It also helps REJUVENATE the body. Eat raw garlic and garlic supplements daily.

CAUTION: If you have a BLEEDING DISORDER, ULCER, OR TAKING ANTICOAGULANTS DO NOT TAKE GARLIC or GARLIC SUPPLEMENTS.

*Garlic For cholesterol: Eating 4 cloves of garlic a day can cut total cholesterol by 70%(Fresh or Supplement). The member of the allium family fights poor circulation.The sulfur compound in garlic keep your platelets from clumping together. It helps UNCLOG your Arteries but check with your Doctor if you are taking Blood thinning medications. Cook with both Garlic and onion to fight high blood pressure effectively. Try to take them everyday if you have high blood pressure and Cholesterol.

*Garlic to fight cold and FLU. The natural compound Allicin is released when garlic is crushed. Allicin works to fight cold, flu and other infections by breaking down into smaller chemicals called Sulfur compounds. They wake up your immune system, helping your body to get rid of toxins and

microorganisms naturally.

*Garlic for veins. Garlic helps to keep your blood from clumping or becoming too sticky, helping your blood move through your blood vessels and reduces the risk of blood clots. One clove a day should do the trick. You can also take garlic capsules.

CAUTION: Medication and Garlic could lead to uncontrolled bleeding and spell HEMORRHAGIC STROKES if it occurs in your brain. To avoid this, take caution against taking standardized garlic extract, and eating no more than one clove of garlic a day.There’s more than just garlic that can help to improve your quality of life, health,…. and Longevity. We ask you to read the complete analysis of this at Super Foods Library.

You will have the chance to learn more of other Superfoods that we will discuss later on. Please use the information wisely. If you have any doubt of any of the side effects, please consult with your doctor before using it.

ONCE AGAIN, CAUTION: If you have a BLEEDING DISORDER, ULCER, OR TAKING ANTICOAGULANTS, PLEASE DO NOT TAKE GARLIC or GARLIC SUPPLEMENTS.

GINGER

Important Superfoods - GingerThe second super food has been used for thousand of years by mankind, we will try to give you as much information as possible. Here are some ways that ginger has been used medicinally.

**Ginger for treating Migraine: Mix some powdered gingers into a glass of hot water and drink. Daily approach worked for long time migraine sufferer.

**Ginger for Nausea: For centuries, sailors have relied on ginger to keep them free of seasickness and prevent nausea when you go on board. Eat some Ginger 1/2 hour before boarding.

Before we go further, we would like to remind you of cautions of using Super food Ginger. While Ginger can help to strengthen anticoagulants such as heparin, warfarin and ticlopidine by helping your blood get less sticky but ginger raises the odd of bleeding.

**Ginger for eye disorders: Taking Ginger will increase blood circulation so that more nutrition can reach your eye.

**Ginger for heart disease: Ginger helps to lower cholesterol levels, elevated blood pressure and prevent blood clots in the arterial walls when taken with vitamin E. It also helps to stimulate and revitalize the heart muscle and strengthen the peripherals circulation.

**Ginger for hypoglycemia: Ginger helps to Balance Blood Sugar. Please note that hypoglycemia people generally need to eat frequently, small meals to provide the body with steady supply of food that easily and slowly converts to glucose.

**Ginger for Motion Sickness: The key to ginger’s effectiveness appears to stem from the oils it contain. Gingerols and shogaols. These oils calm the intestinal tract and slowly depresses the central nervous system.

** Ginger for arthritis: Traditionally used as an Ayurvedic herb, it is capable of relieving pain caused by arthritis joints.

** GINGER for Cancer: Ginger will alleviate nausea associated with chemotherapy. It can be taken as tea.

Above are only some of Ginger’s uses to treat diseases. There are many more effectivenesses of ginger, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Cholesterol, Cold, Depression, digestive disorders,……….We urge you to read more information from the link below:

-By: Kyle J Norton

http://amazingsuperfood.blogspot.com/

Superfoods For Health

What are Superfoods? Superfoods are whole foods. Whole foods are foods that are unprocessed or are only minimally processed in a way that none or little of the nutrition has been altered or destroyed. Canned foods for example, are processed foods. Cooked foods are also processed foods and therefore less healthy than raw foods.

Superfoods are not necessarily some exotic fruits. Apples have been proven to be potent weapons against cancer, heart disease, asthma, and type 2 diabetes but other fruits and vegetables have some remarkable health benefits as well. Or strawberries and raspberries for instance; they contain a compound called ellagic acid, one of the best cancer fighters nature ever created. When you’re eating these fruits the ellagic acid enters the bloodstream and will help to destroy cancer cells on contact.

Other “Superfoods” which can improve your health, boost your immune system to a healthy level and take care of anti aging are:

  • Beans such as pinto beans, black beans and lentils are another series of foods to lower cholesterol, combat heart disease, stabilize blood sugar, reduce obesity, relieve constipation and lessen the risk of cancer.
  • Blueberries are a small but mighty nutritional force. They combine more powerful antioxidants than any other fruit or vegetables. Although they have many health benefits, the one thing they are known for most is the ability to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • Broccoli is a great cancer fighter and very beneficial in many other ways as well.
  • Avocados are believed to help lower cholesterol and they are rich in magnesium (an essential nutrient for healthy bones)
  • Dark chocolate may come as a real surprise to most, as being one of the healthiest foods on the planet. It’s a source of phytonutrients which act as an antioxidant that helps protect our DNA and inhibits the growth of unwanted blood vessels. Make sure you buy the right kind of dark chocolate, one that isn’t as processed and has a high cacao content. Raw cacao beans or nibs are even better since the chocolate needs to be heated up.
  • Garlic and onions are great cancer fighting foods
  • Honey is beneficial in maintaining optimal blood-sugar levels. Honey should be consumed as is, fresh from the spoon. adding honey to your tea will destroy most of it’s benefits.
  • Kiwi is an antioxidant all-star. It offers an unusual array of health-promoting substances. One very important thing it does is it promotes heart health by helping to lower triglycerides levels and reducing platelet hyperactivity.

Other superfoods that display great health promoting properties are – oranges, pomegranates, pumpkins, wild salmon, soy, spinach, tea, tomatoes, turkey (skinless breast), walnuts, and low-fat or nonfat yogurt.

I’m not a doctor or nutrition authority, I have become very well-informed about nutrition and healthy eating habits in the last nine years. My Mother died of cancer at age 68, she never got to see her grandson. I made the decision I would feed my family real food as often as possible. We aren’t perfect so I can’t say I’m a total health nut, but I do the best I can.

Today, I’m cautious about the food we eat. I do a lot of research on the Internet, subscribe to several newsletters about alternative health issues.

I suggest that you educate yourself and your family about your health. If your doctor practices conventional medicine and is prescribing prescription drugs, scrutinize his decisions. Have a serious talk with him about nutrition and preventative care. If you don’t get the answers you want, get a second opinion, preferably from a naturopathic doctor. No one said it would be easy, I know that and while we do try to eat right, we are not prefect and our food today is far from being perfect so we will have to take some daily food supplements like vitamin C or Omega3 rich fish oil pills.

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.

Benefits of Eating Superfoods

Superfoods are various types of foods that are good for your body. Whether you are an avid athlete or are someone who is simply trying to eat better, consuming food that is healthy for you will benefit you overall. Examples of these foods include things such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Studies have shown that eating a variety of raw fruits and vegetables can help prevent certain diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. However, it should be noted that you cannot simply eat superfoods by themselves. Rather, a diet that consists of both healthy eating as well as plenty of exercise and rest are ideal for a long, healthy life.

To go about eating superfoods, you should first begin by considering your current diet. What sorts of foods are you eating now? Does your diet consist of mostly carbohydrates in the form of rice, pasta and breads? On an average day, how many servings of vegetables are you consuming? For instance, you should be getting at least five to ten servings of fruits and vegetables a day. To give you an idea of what this would look like, one orange is equal to one serving of fruit. In order to make things a little bit easier so that we could get all of our fruit and vegetable servings, my boyfriend and I invested a very small amount of money into purchasing a juicer. The juicer has been a godsend in terms of making eating healthier both easy and fun.

For ideas on juicing recipes, simply look some up online or come up with your own. My personal favorite includes a juice recipe of four to five organic carrots, a small serving of fresh ginger, kale leaves and three apples. In this one juice, I am already getting over half of my daily intake of fruits and veggies, and it didn’t cost me that much or take that much time to do! For many people, juicing makes eating their vegetables and fruits more palatable. However, for some of us, we prefer to eat our fruits and veggies raw. For example, veggies and fruits make great snacks for in between meals- plus they are super healthy! Some examples include things such as grape tomatoes, baby carrots, blueberries, a few apple slices or even a few cuts of celery. Even something as small as an orange makes a great snack that is both incredibly filling as well as nutritious.

One of the benefits to eating fruits and vegetable is that they fill you up. Because these foods are nutrient rich and often dense in fiber, you often feel full after just a little snack. As we all know, fiber is great for digestion as well as improving your overall weight. If you are looking to improve your diet or if you are trying to lose weight in a healthy way, try to make sure that the ratio of raw fruits and vegetables is higher than the ratio of processed foods, starches and grains that you consume. Combine this with sufficient sleep and a little exercise, and you’ll be on your way to a more healthful you.

-By: Brenda Williams

Group Health Insurance

Maca – Aphrodisiac and Organic Superfood

When it comes to eating superfoods, perhaps the most popular items are those foods that have aphrodisiac properties. This is a popular concept, as both men and women have been fond of using stimulating foods for thousands of years in every culture. Of course, the history of aphrodisiac foods goes way back to thousands of years. One such popular modern super food with aphrodisiac properties is the famous Peruvian Maca (Lepidium meyenii).

Maca Sexual Enhancement SuperfoodsIt is a raw organic super food that is found in Peru and in nearby South American countries. This special organic substance has various positive benefits to your health. Some of these positive effects on your health include increased energy levels, increased endurance levels, increased stamina, removal of lethargy and chronic fatigue, and increased muscular strength. Some other benefits of Peruvian Maca are improved blood circulation in your body, regulation of your hormonal system and of your various body systems since it is considered an adaptogen which is a special substance that regulates body mechanisms and builds immunity when taken over time.

However, the most popular property is the fact that it helps to increase sexual strength and libido. In addition, fertility is approved for both men and women along with sexual desire. In fact, even legends talk about the aphrodisiac and libido increasing properties. History reports, whenever the ancient Incan warriors invaded a city; the warriors were prohibited from consuming this organic superfood. The reason for this was due to the fact that the Incans were trying to protect the women inhabitants in the city that was invaded. This example clearly shows the aphrodisiac properties of this wonderful super food.

In addition to increasing your sexual prowess, it is a great way to treat hormonal dysfunctions that are associated with men and women. Due to this hormone regulating property of this super food both menopause in women and andropause in men can be treated with the consumption of Peruvian Maca. Another important advantage of Peruvian Maca is the fact that it is non toxic. This allows it to be consumable in great quantities every day by people of all age and sex groups. No discernible side effects are noted making it an ideal super food to consume every day.

Besides increasing your sexual strength and besides increasing your sexual appetite, you will feel healthier after consuming this superfood of Peru, as a nice side benefit your circulation will improve. Also as a result, aches and pains may disappear from your body. Moreover, you will feel better about yourself as your chronic fatigue will dissipate and you will feel more energetic and more alive. Of course, for best results, experts recommend that you consume it regularly either by mixing it with your favorite drink or by consuming it raw by sprinkling it on your salad or on blending in a super smoothie.

Article written by Paul S Fitzgerald

Learn about the greatest selection of Superfoods on The Planet. Visit Paul’s website 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.

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!

Health Benefits of Oranges – A Natural Superfood

Oranges Superfoods IllustrationOften, we take the simple fruit many of us see daily, for granted. Oranges are available in grocery stores and markets, in almost every country in the world. They grow on the trees in the yards of many of my family and friends throughout the USA. Oranges also grow in Europe and in some Asian countries like China. Often ignored in favor of processed foods from our local grocery stores, oranges are a 100% natural superfood with many health and healing benefits.

What is so Super on Oranges?

First of all the Vitamin C,as weall know: Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid, the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C is 200-1000 mg. An orange contains almost 100 mg of this nutrient. Vitamin C is used in the treatment and prevention of most cancers because of its protection from free radicals. It also helps prevent and treat atherosclerosis, heart disease, infections, colds and flu, asthma attacks, lung inflammation, cataracts and glaucoma. How many of us reach for the Vitamin C when we are experiencing a cold?

Cancer fighter: Vitamin C is also a very powerful antioxidant and an important cancer fighter. When my dad was diagnosed with Stage IV liver and prostate cancer, we took matters out of the hands of traditional medicine. After testing for Vitamin deficiencies we started Vitamin C IV's for 2 weeks. The results in health were amazing. Besides the benefits of Vitamin C in oranges, the peel contains a flavonoid called hesperidin, which is a natural cancer fighter, with added benefits of lowering bad cholesterol and normalizing blood pressure.

Then there is Fiber: The recommended intake of fiber is 25 to 35 grams daily. The fleshy portion of an orange contains about 3.1 grams of fiber, making it a great source for your dietary requirements. Include the orange zest in your diet and the fiber increases to 6 grams per fruit. Combine this with other fruits and vegetables and you can easily provide the fiber you need daily. 2 medium oranges without utilizing the peel, 2 medium bananas and 2 medium apples daily will more than meet your fiber needs.

Oranges contain Natural Oils: The natural oil is in the skin of the oranges. This oil acts as a natural exfoliator and moisturizer for your skin. Combined with the Vitamin C benefits, oranges will keep your skin looking young and smooth.

It's Sweet,, Affordable and Nutrient Packed: The average unpeeled orange provides 3.1 grams of fiber, 1 gram of protein and approximately 69 calories of energy, 48 of which is from natural sugars. An orange contains about 60 mg of calcium, 15 mg of magnesium, and 232 mg of potassium. It is a great source of Vitamin C, folate, choline, Vitamin A and beta carotene. The orange is therefor definitely to be placed amongst the superfoods.

What to do with Orange Peel: Orange peels are useful for exfoliating scrubs, orange peel oil baths are beneficial to the skin, orange zest has cancer fighting properties and enhances many cooking and baking recipes, dried orange peel contains oil and works great as high octane kindling fuel to start any fire, fresh orange peel acts as a natural cat, slug and ant repellent when sprinkled around your garden, orange peel is a deodorizer, orange peel can help revitalize and soften hard brown sugar, fresh orange peel rubbed on your skin will repel mosquitoes, the oil from the peels works as a degreaser, orange peel is a natural aroma therapy for depression, and orange peel has been used by the Chinese for centuries to help lower high blood pressure. Beyond the benefits of the fleshy portion of the orange, you can see that the entire orange has many uses.

As you can see, oranges are a powerhouse all-natural superfood to be included in your diet. The orange is definitely an amazing food. If you are one of the fortunate to have your own trees producing oranges, don't let this valuable fruit go to waste. If you have somewhere too many oranges, provide the excess to the homeless and to food banks.

By: Jeff Keto

Jeff Keto has a degree in Sports Medicine, writes various articles about things he has learned over the past years including his knowledge he gained from his personal experiences. He contributes to information found at http://ThingsYouWantToKnow.com .