Superfoods are foods that have powerful components called antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals that are powerful neutralizers to diseases such as cancer, heart disease and mental disease (to name a few). Superfoods are a special category of foods found in nature. By definition they are low in calories and dense in nutrients meaning they pack a lot of punch as far as goodness goes. They are superior sources of anti-oxidants and essential nutrients – nutrients we need but cannot make ourselves. Superfoods, are a particular category of foods within nature with “super” numbers of nutrients. Experts state they could do things just like reduce inflammation, reduced blood pressure, even reduce the chances of cancer! They also contain manganese, vitamin C, anthocyanins and dietary fiber. The foods that you eat have a huge impact on your immune system. Your immune system is like an army of defenders in your body. Your immune system is the key to good health and to the prevention of everything from colds to cancer, and food poisoning to allergies.
Your digestive system is a key part of your immune system. Everyone has a balance of friendly and unfriendly bacteria in their gut. When the balance is in harmony, your digestive immunity is strong, but when the balance is skewed, you may begin to develop problems such as fungal infections and leaky gut syndrome. Foods can alter the balance or keep balance where it is needed.
So, back to SUPERFOODS!!!! It is vital to eat the right foods to keep your body’s immune organs and cells healthy. Powerhouse vitamins for immune function are Vitamin C for entire immune system, Vitamin A is anti-viral and good for the Thymus gland (which produces powerhouse T-cells) Vitamins B and E also play important roles and so do the array of minerals. Just about all fresh fruits and vegetables in as much variety that you can find will support your body, but we’re going to focus on the Superfoods and why you need them.
The following list of foods has been on the superfoods list over time, many among the top 10 lists:
Acai berries – Yogurt – Avocado – Watercress – Beans – Turkey – Bilberry – Blackcurrants – Quinoa – Spinach – Bee Pollen – Pumpkin – Broccoli – Cinnamon – Blue Green Algae – Cacao, Raw chocolate – Coffee Berry – Chlorella – Flax seed – Maca – Blueberries – Noni Fruit – Kale – Oats – Walnuts – Oranges – Raspberries – Papaya – Salmon, wild – Spirulina – Green Tea or Black Tea – Tomatoes – Wolfberries / Goji Berries – Yacon Root
Here is a small sample of what some of these Superfoods can do for you…
Blueberries contribute a great deal of antioxidants to the body to help fight off cancer cells. They have Ellagic acid (an antioxidant), which is thought to prevent the development of cancer. This is Super because one serving of blueberries has as many antioxidants as five servings of broccoli, apples or carrots. Put them in a smoothie:
- 2 cups of blueberries
- 1 cup of raspberries
- 1 cup of plain bio-yoghurt (filled with Probiotics)
- Blend in a blender with a scoop of ice. If you have no bee allergies, add some bee pollen to it.
Kale is another Cancer fighting food. Kale is high in glucosinolates, which block cancer and stimulate detoxifying and repair enzymes in the body and can suppress cancer cell division. Has plant sterols which help keep cholesterol down. It also has high levels of Vitamins C and K, which are good for the immune system and promotes blood clotting and healing. Lastly, it’s packed with B-vitamins that can give you extra energy and help fight stress.
Walnuts contain glutathione, which is another powerhouse antioxidant. Glutathione also aids your body in detoxification and help supports the liver. They are rich in alpha-linoleic acid, which helps reduce cholesterol levels and boost heart health. Also high in B-vitamins and E-vitamins, adding to brain and skin health.
Goji Berries support vision health, as well as healthy mood, brain and memory.
Cinnamon is a great anti-oxidant, powerful anti-inflammatory, and contains anti-bacterial properties. In addition, it can stabilize blood glucose after just 1/8 of your teaspoon. It shows qualities that exhibit potent anti-cancer activity.
Other Veggies have also been proven to help the fight in preventing cancer: Broccoli, Brussel plants sprouts and Watercress
Superfoods are the foods you need to try and incorporate into your life everyday. Make it simple and just shop for and eat the most colorful, whole foods you have access to. These foods will support your body, immune system and health for life. Make it simple and add one new Superfood to your diet each month, but if you are ambitious, add a new, unprocessed, whole food each week.
Do something SUPER and new each day- whatever that may be. Share this with a friend and remember to Laugh Often and Love Alot!!!