A Quick Guide to Superfoods

As more of us shop at whole food markets and have become aware of the importance of eating clean and organic foods, we’re naturally moving toward foods that have the potential to make us incredibly healthy!

Superfoods aren’t new, they all go back to ancient times.

We are just rediscovering what our ancestors knew instinctively. Superfoods are natural food sources with a highly concentrated, complex supply of high-quality nutrients with the least harmful properties. The magazines are pushing them as diet aids, and the truth is they are not always low in calories, but for the number of calories present, they’re still high in nutrients. They are an excellent addition to any healthy diet.

Superfoods shouldn’t be the only part of your diet

A healthy diet would include a combination of live, raw plant foods, super herbs, and superfoods. Superfoods can help nourish the brain, muscles, bones, organs, immune system and hair, skin, and nails. They also correct an imbalance in the diet. The ultimate goal would be to be able to quit taking vitamin and mineral supplements and get these nutrients from your foods.

 

Superfoods include: 

Acai

A remarkable concentration of antioxidants that help combat premature aging, with ten times more antioxidants than red grapes and 10 to 30 times the anthocyanins of red wine.

Aloe

The gel of raw aloe has vitamins A, C, and E, the minerals, sulfur, calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, and chromium and antioxidants, fiber, amino acids, enzymes, sterols, lignins, and polysaccharides. The polysaccharides lubricate the joints, brain, nervous system, and skin. Aloe is useful for digestive problems.

Cacao Powder

Cacao (chocolate) is one of the most delicious and healthy superfoods that exist. It is beneficial with PMS symptoms, useful for regulating glucose, is heart-healthy, eases depression, and it helps as a delivery agent for many other superfoods like mushrooms, goji berries, and spirulina.

Camu Powder

Camu Camu is rich in vitamin C, a vitamin that acts as a powerful antioxidant in your body and is vital for the health of your skin and immune system. It contains 10x the vitamin C of one orange.

Goji Berries

They are an excellent antioxidant, with about three times the amount of antioxidants as are found in blueberries! Goji berries have high levels of Zeaxanthin. Zeaxanthin is what gives goji berries, saffron, and bell peppers their bright color. Antioxidants protect cells against breaking down when they become exposed to elements such as smoke and radiation. Foods with healthy levels of antioxidants are often high in fiber and low in unhealthy fats.

Maca

Supporting the adrenal gland and balancing hormones maca has another crucial benefit: it slows down the aging process and can reverse some of the physical signs of aging.

Moringa

Moringa leaves’ rich combination of nutrients, amino acids, antioxidants, as well as anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties could fill an entire book. But perhaps a fascinating discovery about moringa leaves is that they are rich in zeatin. Zeatin is a member of the plant hormone family known as cytokinins. Cytokinins induce cell division and growth and delay cell aging. A study published in Rejuvenation Research shows the undeniable youth-preserving effects of zeatin on aging human skin.

Spirulina

Oxidative damage can harm your DNA and cells. This damage can drive chronic inflammation, which contributes to cancer and other diseases. Spirulina is a fantastic source of antioxidants, which can protect against oxidative damage. Its main active component is called phycocyanin. This antioxidant substance also gives spirulina its unique blue-green color. Phycocyanin can fight free radicals and inhibit the production of inflammatory signaling molecules, providing impressive antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

Other superfoods include:

Algae
Bee Products
Chlorella
Coconut
Hempseed
Incan Berries
Kelp
Marine Phytoplankton
Noni
Yacon

Here is how superfoods affect your body:

Adaptogen: Is a plant-based substance with combined therapeutic actions in the human body. An adaptogen strengthens and invigorates the system while helping the body to deal more efficiently with stress by supporting the adrenal glands. Adaptogens are believed to reinforce the power of resistance of the body against physical, chemical or biological noxious agents. They must also have a normalizing influence and may not be harmful or alter the bodies’ normal functions.

 

Antioxidants:  Are a substance that reduces damage due to oxygen. Think rust or an apple turning brown.

 

HGH:  Human Growth Hormone is produced by the pituitary gland to fuel childhood growth and help maintain tissues and organs throughout life. Our growth hormone slows as we age.

 

Polysaccharides:   A carbohydrate whose molecules consist of several sugar molecules bonded together that fortify the immune system.

 

Sesquiterpenoids: A class of Terpenes that have anti-inflammatory properties. They increase the production of HGH by stimulating the pituitary and penal glands.

Did you find this helpful? Let me know in the comments. Are you interested in adding any superfoods to your diet?

Hi, I'm Melissa

Hi, I'm Melissa

Holistic Health Coach

 I help women feel good about food and their bodies without the constant battle of dieting. Your body wants you to feel good and is your best health advocate. Let's hang out and discover how to be well without dieting ever again. Thanks for being here!