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Posts Tagged ‘resveratrol’

The Top Three Antioxidants

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

The list of our top three Antioxidant Superfoods goes:

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

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

What’s So Super About SuperFoods?

The Role of Antioxidants in Superfoods

Chemical Compound of Resveratrol Antioxidant Agent

Resveratrol Antioxidant

There is so much talk around superfoods lately and the health benefits of including them in your diet. As a doctor who specializes in anti-aging strategies, I can truly say that the addition of superfoods to your daily food intake optimizes health and lowers the risk of disease. When I recommend to my patients that they should add more greens and whole foods to their diet they inevitably want to know more about what, why, and how.

Superfoods – What are they?

Superfoods are whole foods that have been identified by leading nutritionists, and dieticians as being high in a variety of essential vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals – the substances in all plants that give them color, flavor and disease resistance. Superfoods contain more disease fighting compounds than other foods with similar amounts of protein or fat.

Although all fruits and vegetables contain vitamins and nutrients, some contain far higher amounts of these nutritional properties. These foods have become known as superfoods and the description is obvious when you learn more about their healthy powers. It’s as though nature loaded all the nutritional necessities into a wonderful array of foods for all to enjoy.

However, even though green foods are some of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, most people don’t eat enough servings to reap their benefits. Greens infuse your body with easily absorbed vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fiber, chlorophyll, enzymes, and alkaline minerals that help to neutralize acids in the blood and tissues.

Superfoods – Why are they important?

Without getting too technical let’s take a look at the three major benefits jammed packed in all superfoods and why they are so important: antioxidants, nutrients, and fiber.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants strengthen the immune system, muscles, bones and skin by protecting the body from wear and tear. As we age, cell-damaging “free radicals” begin to form due to stress, excessive exercise, extended sun exposure, and unhealthy processed and sugary foods. Antioxidants stabilize cell-damage and minimize the damage caused by free radicals.

ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity of the measured fruit, spice or vegetable. This acronym is one of the critical anti- aging functions of superfoods. Experts recommend 3000-5000 points daily intake to slow down the aging process.

To give you a better idea of ORAC values see the table of Superfoods listed from USDA Agricultural Research Service, February 1999.

SAMPLE SUPERFOODS ORAC VALUES (PER 31/2-OZ SERVING)

  1. Blueberries – 2400
  2. Broccoli- 890
  3. Blackberries- 2036
  4. Kale- 1770
  5. Spinach- 1260

Nutrients

Most of these foods contain important vitamins and minerals needed in your diets but are usually lacking. They include Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and B vitamin folate, magnesium and potassium. Certain pnes also contain good carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats.

Fiber

The recommended amount of fiber needed in a healthy diet is 25-30g/daily. The typical American usually takes in half that amount which is why I encourage eating more whole foods. They aid in digestion and the absorption of nutrients. Fiber increases insulin effectiveness and gives you a feeling of fullness while lowering your risk of disease.

Superfoods – How can I get enough?

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans is at least two servings of fruits and three servings of vegetables every day (America Journal of Preventive Medicine, April 2007). Unfortunately, only 11% of adults in the United States meet that guideline.

If you are a veggie lover but don’t know which foods are best for you, try adding a few of these Superfoods to your diet:

  • Apples
  • Beans and legumes
  • Blueberries and Bilberries
  • Broccoli
  • Flaxseed
  • Garlic
  • Sweet Potato (orange)
  • Salmon
  • Spinach
  • Green Tea / Olong Tea
  • Tomatoes

On the other hand if you don’t like the taste of vegetables but still want the superfood health advantages here is good news! There are powders and supplement formulas with high concentrations of superfoods that will help provide you with the anti aging benefits.

There’s no excuse for not getting all the healthy nutrient-rich greens and whole foods one way or another. The most important thing is to find a way to consume the recommended daily amount of superfoods in a way that works best for you.

By: Mark Rosenberg, M.D.
Mark Rosenberg, M.D. on the Institute For Healthy Aging http://www.vitalmaxvitamins.com