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Using Superfoods For Healthy And Natural Conception

How Much Superfoods Should We Eat

Using Superfoods For Healthy And Natural ConceptionDespite the fact that in most cases children come the natural way, there are a lot of couples who are looking for medical intervention to conceive a child. One of the most important factors to conceive children is that the hormones are well balanced in both, the male and female partner. In order to conceive and get pregnant your bodies have to be in good shape and all the necessary ingredients must be present. This doesn't mean that you should only eat superfoods from now on, quite the opposite; too much nutrients can also mess with the hormonal balance and influence the pregnancy process negatively.

To keep your hormones in balance and proportion it is important to practice a healthy and well balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle, some exercise will do just fine. These two factors have a big influence in your hormone household as well as on the rest of your body Eating more whole foods in your meals betters your chances of acquiring the right nutrients for your body. Whole foods include fresh and best all organic vegetables and fruits, beans, seeds, nuts, eggs, fresh fish like blue fin tuna and wild caught salmon and many unrefined grains. It is important that you to eat whole superfoods with plenty of vitamins and minerals.

You need to constantly refill your vitamin B complex because these vitamins are swept out from your body with every time you go to the bathroom. The vitamins B6 and B12 are vital for hormonal functions and fertility, thus influence your chances of conceiving. Great sources of vitamin B6 are skinned baked potatoes, fortified cereals, fortified soy-based substitutes for meat. Very good sources of vitamin B's are bananas, spinach, turkey, white chicken meat and organic eggs. mussels, poultry, crabs, clams, wild salmon, and soybeans.

Folic acid or otherwise known as folate in association with vitamin B12, plays an important role in the production of genetic materials. Bear in mind that your body cannot naturally produce its own folic acids, so like the B complex vitamins, you need to refill this too. Folate-rich foods are those green and leafy vegetables, carrots, apricots, avocados, melons, egg yolks, yeasts, liver and whole grains. Folates are important in the baby's brain development as well.

Zinc is also an essential component of genetic materials. It likewise portrays an important role in men and women's fertility. Zinc is substantial for a healthy and normal cell division, making it crucial for conception. Foods like oats, pumpkin seeds, rye, peas and almonds are reliable sources of zinc.

Fish oils are famous sources of these Essential Fatty Acids. Essential Fatty Acids are needed for hormone production. Essential Fatty Acids can minimize and prevent blood clots and work well for women who had a miscarriage and blood clots before.

Vitamin A is a favorable antioxidant for the development of the embryo. Increase your level of this nutrient by adding more tomatoes, spinach, carrots and cabbages to your diet.

Vitamin C, is another antioxidant needed for sperm production and it plays a role in healthy ovulation. Vitamin C may be thought of as the universal vitamins for it is accountable for almost all healthy functions of the body. Excellent supply of vitamin C may be taken from amalaki fruits, raw red peppers, black currants, guavas, strawberries, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, kiwi fruits, and all citrus fruits such as lime, grapefruits, oranges and so on.

Another important nutrient is the vitamin E, which also is an antioxidant. Low levels of vitamin E cause sub-fertility in both men and women. Therefore you should start incorporating some superfoods into your meals, such as leafy green vegetables, wheat germ cereal, sunflower seeds, brown rice, organ meats, nuts, milk, organic eggs, sweet potatoes and soy beans.

Enough iron supply in the body is just as essential. Iron helps in red blood cells production and it also circulates oxygen through the body. Iron deficiency happens through menstrual periods, blood loss or childbirth. Once more, leafy greens are certified sources of iron along with red meat, shellfish, beans, soy products and poultry. The best source for iron is still spinach as we all know.

For all of you who are planning to get pregnant or are awaiting a child already, it is essential to ready your body with a variety of nutrients and minerals to provide you and your baby superior health throughout the whole process. I have to say it again; superfoods are not much more expensive than junk food, your health and your baby's health must be worth the slight difference.

Picture by: Alan Bruce

Two Servings of Fruit and Five Servings of Vegetables

What are antioxidants?

An antioxidant is either: 1) a chemical compound or substance that inhibits oxidation. Or 2) a (natural) substance, such as Vitamin E, Vitamin C, or beta carotene, thought to protect body cells from the damaging effects of oxidation.

Antioxidants can be found naturally occurring in whole foods where they are usually found in groupings; or they are synthetically manufactured and sold as supplements, usually featuring only one single antioxidant rather than several.

What Are Free Radicals? Do We Need Antioxidants?

Oxidation occurs when free radicals (highly reactive, high-energy particles) ricochet wildly throughout the body and damage cells. Free radicals can be produced within the body by natural biological processes or introduced from outside via tobacco smoke, toxins, pollutants and sub-optimal eating habits. Free radicals are believed to accelerate the progression of cancer, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue, and age-related diseases. Antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables help neutralize free radicals in the body.

It is generally recommended that people eat 7 servings of fruit and vegetables a day: 2 servings of fruit and 5 serves of vegetables. Most people do not eat the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables each day. Additionally, most fruits and vegetables grown industrially do not contain the same nutritional benefits that are available in organically grown whole foods and also contain more toxins (free radical sources) for the body to combat.

Why Are Antioxidants Found in Plants?

Photosynthesis is the process whereby plants convert light energy from the sun into stored physical energy (nutrition). Photosynthesis exposes plants to a massive number of free radicals. Plants produce antioxidants to protect themselves from damage by these free radicals. Antioxidant plant pigments, primarily carotenoids and polyphenols that are responsible for the bright

colors of many orange, red, blue and purple fruits, berries and algae, provide most of this protection. Research has shown that human ingestion of these plant-based antioxidants result in similar protection for humans. Research also shows that antioxidants work synergistically (where the combined effect is greater than the sum of the individual effects) and are far more effective when a spectrum of antioxidants are ingested, rather that individual isolated compounds. For example, the herb, thyme, contains over 20 separate antioxidants alone.

Additionally, when foods are grown organically, without the use of synthetic pesticides and herbicides, the plant must get stronger (via struggle) – thus imparting to itself more nutrition – in order to survive. While foods grown industrially with the liberal use of synthetic herbicides and pesticides, rely on the chemicals to protect them, and therefore do not contain the same available nutrition as organically grown foods by as much as 60% less.

What Are ORAC Units? How Many Do We Need?

ORAC, short for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, is a standardized measurement of the total antioxidant power of a substance which is its ability to neutralize oxygen free radicals. The more free radicals a substance can absorb, the higher it's ORAC score. Nutritionists recommend that we consume around 5000 ORAC units per day to significantly impact antioxidant activity in the body and reduce free radical damage. To give you perspective, one half cup serving of fruits or vegetables provides approximately 500 ORAC units. If you're not eating at least 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day (preferably organically grown), you're not getting the recommended amount of ORAC units to neutralize the damage caused by free radicals in your body every day. Considering the amounts and exposures to the many and varied sources of toxins in today's world, a better guesstimate of necessary ORAC units necessary would be 7000 ORAC per day.

Whole Foods vs Supplements

If you supplement with single-dose antioxidants, or a combination of a few isolated antioxidant nutrients, you are probably not be getting the benefits you need. While isolated nutrients may have powerful antioxidant benefits in vitro (test tube,) they have significantly less benefits in vivo (body). Whereas foods high in antioxidants have proven benefits in both humans and in vitro, it is known that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help prevent cancers, coronary heart disease and strokes. Synthetic antioxidants may actually increase cancer risk. In fact, every large clinical trial that has used isolated antioxidant nutrients has failed to show benefit for cancer and cardiovascular disease. Most isolated antioxidant nutrients are chemically, and structurally, different to those found in real foods; and do not have the desired effect in the human body. Research has found that whole tomato powder but not lycopene, a carotenoid found in tomatoes, inhibited prostate carcinogenesis in rats, which demonstrates the superior functionality and efficacy of whole-food nutrition compared with high dose, isolated nutrient, supplementation.

What is a Superfood?

A superfood is a type of food that is believed to have more significant health benefits than any other type of food due to their specific phytonutrient content. For instance, blueberries are considered a superfood because they contain significant amounts of antioxidants, phytoflavinoids, vitamin C, and potassium,which are believed to provide important health benefits.

How to Get Your Daily Requirements of 5000-7000 ORAC Units

You can eat the recommended 2-3 servings of fruits and 5-7 servings of vegetables daily, choosing high quality organically grown fruits and vegetables.

You can choose a blend of certified organic whole superfoods, providing a wide spectrum of nutritional and antioxidant benefits and preferably in powder form. For example a blend such as: certified organic raw unrefined cacao powder, dried coffee fruit extract, certified organic freeze-dried pomegranate powder ;certified organic freeze-dried goji berry powder, certified organic freeze-dried acai berry powder, certified organic whole dried dunaliella salina marine microalgae, certified organic freeze-dried blueberry powder, certified organic freeze-dried raspberry powder, certified organic freeze-dried strawberry powder, certified organic freeze-dried olive juice extract. A blend such as this provides all the nutrition and antioxidant benefits of each whole food together with the benefits of all of the whole foods together. One serving of such a blend would provide the daily recommended ORAC requirements.

What Form of Blended Superfood Should I Consume?

Hands down you should look for a powdered form where the superfoods contained within have been freeze dried, thus putting the nutrition and antioxidants in suspended animation, undamaged. Adding the powder to your own liquid (water, juice, soy milk, etc.) makes a quick and easy fortifying drink.

You need to pay attention to how the superfood was processed (freeze dried) and to the quality of the superfoods contained in the powder (organic).

A helpful feature would be individual serving packets rather than the large jar for ease of portability.

-By: Kathy Kirk

Kathy Kirk grew up gardening in Ohio and Pennsylvania. She has a BS Degree from Cornell University in business. Currently she lives in the back country of San Diego County where she grows organic herbs and garlic. In the past she has formulated her own skin care and nutrition from her own garden. Now Kathy is an Independent Representative for One Group and the Miessence, Mivitality and MiEnviron products, including the Superfood Probiotic InLiven, Fast Track Liquid Probiotic, and Berry Radical Antioxidant – all whole food superfoods and certified organic. Miessence and MiVitality comprise the first extensive range of 100% Natural Certified Organic Personal Care Products in the world that are certified organic by both the Australian Government and the USDA. And they are formulated to food grade standards. Kathy is committed to being a voice of common sense in the "green" world and supporting others in trusting their own good common sense. You can read her other articles at her blog – Her website is where you can shop the Miessence products. Kathy can be reached at and she welcomes you, your questions and comments.

Wheatgrass Barley Grass and Green Superfoods

It's all about going Green

Wheatgrass and Barley Grass are SuperfoodsWheatgrass, Barley Grass and other "cereal grasses" are nutrient powerhouses. The young tender leaves of the wheatgrass, barley grass, oat and rye plants have a nutrient density like no other plants.. During their early stages of growth, these grasses are actually considered to be vegetables, not grains. Once they reach their nutritional peak, usually after seven days, just before developing into a firm stalk, the grasses are harvested and grinded into juice, or low-temperature dehydrated into a whole food powder, which preserves all the natural nutrients and enzymes in the grasses.

Green Superfoods like Cereal grasses are richer than ordinary vegetables in many nutrients, including antioxidants like beta-carotene. They're also very rich in phytonutrients, and have what early researchers called 'The Grass Juice Factor'. This unidentifiable 'factor' was consistent evidence that livestock and other animals raised with these 'cereal grasses' as part of their diets showed superior health and vitality when compared to animals raised on more conventional feeds. Prominent food scientists Charles Schnabel and Dr. George Kohler began researching the effects of these powerful foods in the 1920's and 30's. They discovered uniquely high amounts of diverse nutrients and food factors in the grasses, when compared to other vegetables. "15 lbs of wheat grass is equal in overall nutritional value to over 350 lbs of ordinary vegetables,' said Schnabel.

After Schnabel and Kohler's findings were recognized and endorsed by government agencies, dehydrated wheat grass tablets were the first 'multivitamins' sold nationwide, and were even prescribed by doctors for various ailments. It wasn't until the chemical revolution in the 1950's that consumers began forsaking nature's nutrients in favor of manmade vitamins. But…results don't lie, and over the last few decades there has fortunately been a renewed interest and appreciation for whole food nutrition, and green superfoods like cereal grasses.

Green Superfoods such as wheatgrass are an awesome addition to anyone's daily diet. They are:

  • Super-rich in Antioxidant beta carotene
  • Source of Alkalizing trace minerals and Phytonutrients
  • Big nutritional punch per gram vs. many common vegetables

Superfoods are in general ultra-concentrated sources of broad spectrum nutrients
When shopping for a wheatgrass / barley grass product / green foods product, there's a few requirements you should have. A good green superfood product should:

  • Use organically grown grasses
  • Be concentrated and in a form easy to drink and digest
  • Have a dark green look, a smooth rich texture, and a rich, 'greens' scent
  • Be wild-crafted and all-natural, with no added synthetic ingredients
  • Use no low cost fillers such as soy lecithin or apple pectin fiber
  • Have additional support super-ingredients like spirulina and chlorella

In my opinion, green superfoods are the absolute best whole food supplement to your daily diet.

Remember, invest into your health, and your life will thank you!

By: Aaron Hughes

Aaron Hughes Nutritionist and Superfoods SpecialistAaron Hughes is a whole foods nutrition researcher, and is the founder/president of Harvest Nutrition LLC. Find the best Green Superfoods and other nutritional resources from Harvest Nutrition.After battling debilitating fatigue and illness a few years ago, he started to eat a more traditional diet, rich in nutrients that are lacking in modern processed foods. Through simple lifestyle and dietary changes he regained his health, and now is on a mission to inspire lasting change in people's lives through better food and nutrition.

Superfoods and Why They Are So Popular Today

There is no question about the popularity of superfoods. For the benefit of those who have yet to get to know what superfoods are, they are the whole foods which are enriched with vitamins, minerals, and a lot of health motivating properties. For a product to be named as such, it must contain a wide spectrum of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, phytonutrients, and a lot other factors. There are several names of products that claim they are the best superfoods and one among which is the Brazilian acai.

The Brazilian acai is deeply set back in the rainforest of the Amazon region. The acai goes with the scientific name of Euterpe Oleracea. The fruit appears to be small in size, round in shape, and then dark purplish in color. The Brazilian acai bears lesser pulp yet a bigger seed. Others often mistake it for the grape fruit only that it is smaller and then darker as compared to it. This type of medicinal plant has piqued the interest of the experts as well as it has warmed the hearts of numerous people who are emphatically concerned with their well being. Others may not be totally convinced but once you get to know the amazing effects that the berry possesses, you would likely end up craving for your own chance to give it a try.

The following are the benefits that the Brazilian acai as a superfood is able to furnish its users.

The Brazilian acai berry enhances the metabolism process in a natural manner. When the metabolism process is improved, it would mean that weight loss is on its way to please you.

The toxins need to be flushed out of the body and this could be better done with the aid of a superfood product that boasts of its efficiency. The body toxins are wastes that could promote problems related to fat loss, bloating, gas, and the maintenance of sufficient energy levels.

The immune system is that which shields the body against diseases and infections. Therefore, as the immune system is improved, you lessen the chances of your body succumbing to illnesses and your metabolism further boosted to get on with its weight loss scheme.

Apart from the enhancement of the immune system as well as the metabolism process, the Brazilian acai similarly does a great job in stabilizing the circulation of the blood within the body. When there is proper circulation, the skin would become healthier and younger looking.

More than ever, the acai could fight against the cancerous cells that thrive within the body.

There are a lot other significant advantages that can be rooted from the Brazilian acai berry and thereby the products which are crafted out of this fruit are deemed to be useful and healthy options for many people.

A lot other superfood products have been conceptualized with the use of the Brazilian acai berry. Among of which are in the forms of energy drinks, ice cream, energy bars, juices, and pills. Whatever the type of superfood product it is, the fact remains that the benefits of the acai are very much significant and popular.

-By: Robert Melkonyan

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