We all know that the foods we eat play a huge part in how we look, feel, and act. We all want to stay looking young and feeling healthy, whatever our age.
Being healthy and reversing disease starts from the inside, but getting the right nutritional advice to achieve that can be confusing. With that in mind, we have been researching on your behalf and we have come up with 10 superfoods proven in medical studies to deliver health, vitality and longevity.
You’ve probably heard all of the health nuts mention chia seeds, and with good reason! These little seeds have a high amount of antioxidants and contain plenty of fibre, protein and omega 3 fatty acids. Adding them into your diet will help to keep you fuller for longer, and you only need a spoonful each serving.
Just 2 tablespoons (30 g) contains all these health giving nutrients
- Calcium: 20% of the RDA.
- Manganese: 32% of the RDA.
- Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
- Phosphorus: 28% of the RDA.
- They also contain a goodly amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.
There are so many nut butters to choose from and each one has their own benefits. Overall they all contain a number of important nutrients, including:
- healthful fats
- vitamins and minerals
As they are also low in carbohydrate, they are also a great food for people with Type 2 Diabetes.
Don’t let your fear of fats stop you from including nut butter in your diet. Many of them are great at lowering bad cholesterol, – just two ounces of nuts weekly can lower your risk of heart disease. What’s more, if you have a sweet tooth, they can be a healthy, natural way to satisfy it.
Raw Cocoa Powder
Raw Cocoa powder (chocolate) is a serious superfood with masses of health benefits.
Unlike chocolate, candy bars that contain dairy, sugar and others fillers, dark chocolate and raw cocoa powder are pure, supercharged nutrition.
It’s great for the skin, can improve mood, reduces inflammation, raises insulin sensitivity, and lowers blood pressure.
It can even help you lose weight because of its high chromium and coumarin content which helps to balance your blood sugar and suppress those unhealthy junk food cravings. I can tell you that when you add this to your diet on a regular basis you’ll get rid of your chocolate candy cravings and feel amazing.
I add it to my smoothies with cherries and blueberries for a luxurious chocolatey taste.
Lemon juice, has numerous health benefits associated with it. It is known for its clarifying and detoxifying properties and can support weight loss, aid digestion and balance your body’s PH.
It is a well-known natural treatment for kidney stones, reducing strokes and lowering body temperature when you have a fever.
We all know that lemons contain vitamin C, but did you also know that it has good levels of vitamins B6, A, E and folate, copper, calcium, flavonoids, niacin thiamin, riboflavin, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, iron magnesium and pantothenic acid?
It helps to prevent diabetes, constipation, high blood pressure, fever, indigestion and many other problems, as well as improving the skin, hair and teeth.
Add it to water, tea, juices and salad dressings to enjoy the benefits.
Green tea is a brilliant way to enjoy a brew without the milk and sugar. With a green tea, you’ll get a bunch of antioxidants and help to speed up your metabolism.
There are so many more green tea benefits too.
According to research reported by Harvard Women’s Health Watch:
Green tea is the best food source of a group called catechins. In test tubes, catechins are more powerful than vitamins C and E in halting oxidative damage to cells and appear to have other disease-fighting properties. Studies have found an association between consuming green tea and a reduced risk of several cancers, including, skin, breast, lung, colon, oesophagal, and bladder. Additional benefits for regular consumers of green and black teas include a reduced risk for heart disease. The antioxidants in green, black, and oolong teas can help block the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol, increase HDL (good) cholesterol and improve artery function.
What’s more, green tea is known to help you shed unwanted fat. You’ll want to look for a supplement that has at least 45% of EGCG or at least 90 mg to achieve this metabolism boosting result.
Coronary heart disease is one of the biggest killers in the western world. Essentially it’s a disease of inflammation.
Avocados contain a rich variety of heart healthy nutrients including:
- Vitamin E that helps prevent cholesterol oxidation
- folate for reducing homocysteine levels in the blood
- potassium which helps regulate blood pressure
- phytosterols that inhibit cholesterol absorption
- plant fibres that help control blood sugar levels.
But Avocados benefits don’t stop there. Eating this rich, creamy fruit is also great for improving your skin’s tone and texture. It helps to reduce the pain of Arthritis and is even helpful for weight loss (YES even though is it high in fats) because of its high level of monounsaturated fatty acids.
Type 2 Diabetics should pay attention too as Avocado helps to reduce blood sugar and lower ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol while raising the ‘good’ HDL cholesterol.
Personally, I think Avocado is delicious, and there are a number of recipes you can include it in. And because eating this fruit will help your body to absorb other nutrients, you can combine it with several of the other health boosting foods on this list!
Spinach is low calorie but packs a big health punch. There’s a reason Popeye loved it so much!
A 100 g portion of raw spinach leaves contains about 25% of daily intake of iron; one of the richest among green leafy vegetables. They are also are a rich source of several vital anti-oxidant vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K and flavonoid poly phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene.
What this means is that spinach is a fantastic all round health boosting super food good for digestion, healthier eyes, brain health and strong bones. Cooking spinach can help to triple the health benefits when compared to raw, so make sure you have a cooked cup with your meal!
Maca has been on the top 10 list of miracle foods for centuries so it’s no surprise it’s becoming a popular ‘must-have’ nutrient to add to raw smoothies. It’s well known for balancing your hormones because it works to restore balance to the hypothalamus and pituitary glands – the body’s master gland system.
For centuries people have been using it for everything from improving their mood, enhancing their fertility to boosting their immune system or libido, but most people simply love the non-jittery, and sustained burst of energy they get from adding the pale orange powder to a smoothie.
Research shows the more you use maca the stronger your body get’s over time, so repeated use is recommended for the fullest long-term effects.
Chlorella / Spirulina
Spirulina and chlorella are a freshwater microalgae that contain a powerhouse of essential nutrients. These two chlorophyll rich blue-green algaes are very well researched and offer a slew of healing and detoxifying nutrients.
Some of the amazing effects of Spirulina and chlorella include boosting immunity, and healing, delaying aging, and significantly lowering cancer risk.
These microalgae gently detoxify, quiet inflammation, and activate cell renewal.
In addition, these superfoods contain a powerhouse of essential nutrients: trace minerals, iron, vitamins, essential fatty acids, and highly absorbable amino acids
The list of benefits of these two superfoods is so long and comprehensive that I recommend you take a look at this report by Mike Adams (Health Ranger) to learn more about how they can help you live a longer and healthier life.
According to John H. Cole writing for NaturalNews.com, goji berries have legendary health-promoting properties.
It’s often said they are one of the most nutritionally dense foods known, and this appears to be true. The list of nutrients, in high concentration, is impressive: plant-derived polyphenolic antioxidants; carotenoids such as beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, lutein, beta-cryptoxanthin, and lycopene; vitamins C, B1, B2, and niacin; more than 30 essential and trace minerals, including zinc, iron, copper, calcium, selenium, and phosphorus; polysaccharides; and 18 amino acids such as isoleucine, tryptophan, leucine, and arginine.
That list may help explain why goji berries have the highest ORAC score among 46 foods (and one tea) listed on one web page. Goji is truly the best food to up your body’s antioxidant activity!
The bottom line is that goji’s long list of concentrated nutrients in combination with its nearly unique ability to raise SOD levels in the body IS A BIG DEAL! Raising SOD activity has been proven to help prevent damage to the skin, eye, pancreas, and other organs and tissues, and to reduce pain and inflammation in arthritis. Higher SOD levels over a period of years should have an enormous impact on health, energy, and maybe even longevity. If I were forced to choose only one of the many foods, superfoods, and herbs I consume every day, I think I’d have to choose goji berries (with the chlorella/spirulina duo a close second)
Add these superfoods to your shopping list and your mind, body, and spirit will thank you!
What do you think?
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