SUPERFOODS

Superfoods

I don’t go a day without one or more Superfoods in my diet. I blend them in my green smoothie for breakfast, toss them in a salad for lunch and even create whole desserts using superfoods. So what exactly are superfoods? Superfoods are highly nutritionally dense foods that have unique properties that benefit our health.

Superfoods are hormone free, pesticide and chemical free. They are high in protein, minerals, antioxidants, good fats and oils, essential amino acids, glyconutrients, vitamins, enzymes, coenzymes, essential fatty acids and polysaccharides. Superfoods are best eaten raw and organic because living organic food is much more superior in vitamin content than cooked food.

There are so many people in the world who live in poor health, are low in energy or have obesity. Superfoods are natures health foods that are known to improve health. By adding superfoods into your diet daily you will be in better health and will always be high in energy. Adding superfoods into your diet could be the best thing you do to your health.

My favourite superfoods are:

Goji Berries-Are a fruit that grows on a bush in America and Asia. Evidence indicates that Goji berries are the “leading longevity superfood” (David Wolf). They contain 19 amino acids the building blocks of protein including all eight that are essential for life. Goji berries are high in sesquiterpenoids that have anti inflammatory properties, great for joint pain and inflammation.

They are also packed with antioxidants that protect our DNA from free radicals (that makes us look older) and radiation damage that could lead to cancer or other forms of disease. They are also an immune system booster as they are high in beta-carotine, which enhances the thymus gland function. Goji berries help to keep our vital organs healthy by balancing blood sugar.

Amazingly Goji berries have been known to improve vision as they contain the antioxidant zeaxanthin, which helps heal the membranes of the eyes.

I often soak my berries in water to rehydrate them before I use them in my smoothie. You can buy them from most health food shops.

Cacao-Or as you may know it as Chocolate! All chocolate is made out of Cacao beans. However the Cacao I am talking about contains no sugar, dairy or other chemicals, it is just Cacao either in its natural bean form or powder. Cacao is always in season and is mostly found in Central and South America.

Cacao is such and incredible food that contains more antioxidant flavonoids than any food tested so far. Cacao raises the level of serotonin in the brain; thus acts as an anti-depressant, helps reduce PMS symptoms, and promotes a sense of well-being. Chocolate really does make you happy! It is great for cardiovascular health, contains essential minerals and neurotransmitters that facilitate rejuvenation and helps us feel good.

You may find pure cacao quite bitter, however add it to fresh dates or raw honey in a smoothie and it will taste delicious and you don’t need to feel guilty.

Maca-Maca is a root cultivated and grown in South America. You can buy Maca in powder form from most health food shops.

Maca is an incredible ingredient used to increase a persons strength and stamina. I highly recommend it to athletes or highly active people to get the most out of your day. Maca root is rich in B-vitamins, which is where we get energy , and maca is a vegetarian source of B-12.

Maca is known to improve many conditions including Anemia, Depression, Chronic Fatigue, Menopausal symptoms and much more. The protein in dried maca powder has 20 amino acids and 7 essential amino acids. It is such a nutritionally dense supplement you only need to add a small amount into your diet a few times a week.

Bee Products-Honey, Pollen, Propolis and royal jelly are all superfoods our friends the bees produce. You may think that how can something so sweet and yummy be beneficial to our health. Believe it or not it is also beneficial to our beauty. I often do face masks with raw organic honey to clear my skin. Honey can soothe burns reducing the healing time and pain, soothe sore throats and help clear sinus blockages. Manuka honey that has potent antimicrobial properties that is beneficial for healing too.

Honey is not recommended for children under the age of one as honey can be contaminated with botulism that can be toxic to children under the age of one.

I often replace sugar with honey for sweetening and add bee pollen to smoothies for breakfast.

My information was found from – Wolfe David,  Superfoods (North Atlantic Books) 2009

I highly recommend  anyone to read this book, it is so interesting and worth a read.

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