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What's all the SuperHype over Superfoods?

Everywhere you read it seems like everyone is talking about superfoods, and how good they are for your health. Embracing superfoods, and incorporating them into your everyday diet seems to be the norm now. I can speak for experience and tell you I incorporate superfoods into my diet everyday, even if it’s just one per day. You know, Superfoods are a bit of a big deal and provide some pretty hefty health benefits.


If your searching for a way to make your meals more “super”? Look no further! Here you’ll find a short list of foods that you really ought to incorporate into your diet — because, frankly, their health benefits are through the roof.



SUPERfoods are nutrient-rich foods considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.


Why superfoods?


It's simple. Superfoods are foods — mostly plant-based — that are thought to be nutritionally dense, and “super” good for one's health. Superfoods are foods that have a very high nutritional value with substantial amount of nutrients, and very few calories.


SUPERfoods contain a high volume of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants.

Superfoods contain an abundance of antioxidants which help minimize cell damage that may lead to heart disease, Alzheimer's disease and many more. Antioxidants are natural molecules that are within certain foods, such as superfoods. They help neutralize free radicals in our bodies. Free radicals are natural byproducts of energy production that can wreak havoc on the body. Two thumbs up!


One of the main reasons I eat Superfoods is because of their ultra-potent antioxidant content and alkalizing properties that help combat, plus reduce inflammation, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, and rough dry skin. Once you make superfoods part of your everyday, you'll notice a gorgeous healthy glow from the inside out. I mean really - who doesn't want to have glowing skin?


So, do you want to learn a little more about some of my favorite superfoods? Some may seem foreign to you or maybe you've heard of these, including others. With such an array of products appearing in health food markets these days, more and more exotic products continue to hit our shelves daily, these superfoods are worth getting to know.


Goji Berries


Goji berries are long red berries that are usually available dry. They can be soaked for cereals, oats, baking or added into smoothies. Just one small handful will provide you with rich nutrient and antioxidant properties. Goji berries contain 19 amino acids, 27 trace minerals, vitamin E, B1, B2, B6, and C. Goji berries range high on the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity scale). This scale is a measure of the ability of antioxidants to absorb oxygen “free radicals” in the body. ORAC help provide the body and blood with immune enhancers which compact “rusting” of cells and tissues.


Flax Seeds


Flax seeds - a golden brown small seed - are one of the oldest crops. Just one tablespoon provides a good amount of protein, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, in addition to being a rich source of some vitamins and minerals. These tiny seeds are packed with so much fiber, by adding flax seeds to your diet promotes regular bowel movements, and can improve your digestive health.[1] Flax seeds keep you full for longer, and may help you manage your weight by controlling your appetite.


Cacao Nibs


Cacao nibs are cacao beans that have been roasted in raw form and have the least amount of processing. Cacao beans are one of the best magnesium-rich foods around. Magnesium is needed for over 300 biomechanical reactions within our bodies. It is the key to muscle and nerve functionality and have been known to enhance mood through the chemical reaction of our neurotransmitters. Cacao nibs are used in baking primarily but can be eaten raw or incorporated within smoothies.


Bee Pollen


Probably one of my favorite superfoods, especially since I can purchase it locally. I often get asked where does bee pollen come from. Bee pollen is a mixture of flower pollen, nectar, enzymes, honey, wax and bee secretions. It contains over 250 biologically active substances, including proteins, carbs, lipids, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants [2]. Bee pollen may boost your immune system, helping you avoid illnesses, inflammation, and it has shown that it may reduce the severity and onset of allergies.


Maca Root


Maca root is a relative of the radish and is used for medicinal purposes in powder form. Maca root has traditionally been used to enhance fertility and sex drive, but it's also helpful to improve energy and stamina. Maca root powder is very nutritious, and is a great source of several important vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, copper and iron. Maca can help women suffering from Menopause especially improve symptoms of hot flashes, night sweats and disrupted sleep at night. [3] Maca root powder is easy to incorporate into your diet within smoothies, coffee, baking and cereals.


Hemp Seeds


Hemp seeds are from the same species as cannabis (marijuana), and are highly nutritious. Hemp seeds can be consumed raw, cooked, or roasted. Hemp seeds are rich in healthy fats and essential fatty acids. They are also a great protein source and contain high amounts of vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron, and zinc. Hemp seeds are known to have many healing properties for skin disorders. Hemp oil has been known to relieve itchiness in dry skin and eczema, this is due to the rich fatty acids which are found within hemp seeds.


Spirulina


Spirulina is among the few popular supplements in the world. Spirulina is an organism that grows in both fresh and salt water and is often referred to as blue-green algae. It can be found within most health food stores, and is primarily consumed in smoothies. Spirulina is loaded with various nutrients and antioxidants that may benefit your body and brain. With so many health benefits associated with this blue-green superfood, spirulina can aid in red blood cell production, this is especially good for individuals that suffer with Anemia. Anemia is often referred to as “tired blood”. I use spirulina in my green smoothies everyday.





These are just a few superfoods I incorporate into my health regime daily. Berries, eggs, nuts, seeds, leafy greens, green tea, legumes, garlic, turmeric and avocado are among the other superfoods I consume, which also rank high on the nutritional platform of vitamins, minerals, fats, proteins, carbohydrates and antioxidants. However you choose to incorporate these into your diet, you can’t go wrong with adding some super power into your meals.


Do you have anymore Superfoods to add to this list?




[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18953766

[2] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0924224417301681

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21840656