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Must Try Superfoods

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I’m sure you’ve heard it before, Superfoods, but what does that really mean?
Well, Superfoods are a special category of foods found in nature. By definition they are low in calories and high in nutrients, meaning they pack a lot of punch for their weight as far as goodness goes. They are superior sources of anti-oxidants and essential nutrients, which are nutrients your bodies need but cannot make on their own. With all the debate over the quality of the fruits and vegetables we eat these days, one thing’s for sure, Superfoods are always an intelligent choice.

There are 5 classifications of superfoods: Green superfoods, fruit and nut superfoods, Bee superfoods, seaweed superfoods, and herb superfoods...

Green Superfoods:
Greens are good, Green Superfoods are even better! Green superfoods have the highest concentrations of easily digestible nutrients, fat burning compounds, vitamins and minerals to protect and heal the body. They contain a wide array of beneficial substances including proteins, protective photo-chemicals and healthy bacteria helping you to build cleaner muscles and tissues, aid your digestive system function and more effectively protect you against disease and illness.Some of the best green superfoods are: green leafy vegetables, Chlorella, Spirulina, wheat grass, barley grass, wild green-blue algae, matcha

Fruit and nut superfoods: Fruit and nut superfoods are high in anti-oxidants that fight free radicals in the body. They are, in part, a natural occurrence through metabolism however extra and unnecessary free radical load can be put on our bodies by external factors including pollution, cigarette smoke, radiation, burnt foods, deep fried fats and cooked foods.
They include: goji berries, raw cacao, maca, acai, coconut, coconut oil, noni, blueberries

Bee Superfoods: The Egyptians wrote about it back in 5500 B.C., the Indians used it for their religious ceremonies in 1000 B.C. and even the Babylonians have been noted to use it in their medicinal practices. The western world actually discovered the benefits of bee superfoods by accident during an investigation of native Russian Beekeepers who regularly lived past 100 years of age who ate raw honey, rich in bee pollen, every day.
They include: royal jelly, raw honey, manuka honey, bee pollen, propolis

Seaweed Superfoods: Seaweeds are the most nutritionally dense plants on the planet as they have access to all the nutrients in the ocean. They can contain up to 10 times more calcium than milk and eight times as much as beef. The chemical composition of seaweeds is so close to human blood plasma, that perhaps their greatest benefit is regulating and purifying our blood system.
Seaweed you can enjoy: arame, wakame, kombu, dulse, kelp, nori

Herb Superfoods: Herbs as nourishment offer the body a whole host of nutrients it may not have received either because of poor diet or environmental deficiencies in the soil or air. Herbs as medicine are essentially body balancers that work with the body functions so that it can heal and regulate itself. Herbs have been used for centuries as part of the wisdoms of natural healing methods. Herbs are best used in their whole form rather than isolating effective plant constituents so-called "active ingredients". Since all body parts and most disease symptoms are interrelated, it is wise to use herbs which can affect each part of the problem.
Some healthy herbs: nettle, aloe vera, Echinacea, ginseng

Here are 3 popular and powerful superfoods you should be incorporating into your diet:

1. Matcha Green Tea:
One of the major health benefits of matcha tea is that it delivers a mega dose of antioxidants in every sip. According to the latest innovation in antioxidant research, matcha is packed with exponentially more antioxidants than any other ‘superfood’. Is packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg. Some of the amazing effects of consuming matcha: Boosts metabolism and burns calories, detoxifies effectively and naturally, calms the mind and relaxes the body, is rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins, enhances mood and aids in concentration, provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium, prevents disease, lowers cholesterol and blood sugar.

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2. Bee Pollen:
Bee pollen is collected by bees from flowering plants and formed into granules. Bee pollen is the most complete food found in nature and has five to seven times more protein than beef. It is especially beneficial for the extra nutritional and energy needs of athletes and those recovering from illness. It is a natural antidote
for fighting allergies particulary hayfever and sinusitus. Research shows that pollen counteracts the signs of aging and increases both mental and physical capability.

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3. Spirulina:
Spirulina is a cultivated micro-algae which has been consumed for thousands of years by the indigenous peoples in Mexico and Africa. It is one of the highest known protein sources on Earth and contains 70% complete protein, towering over steak which consists of only 25% protein once cooked. Studies have shown that spirulina can help control blood sugar levels and cravings thus making it a key food for diabetics, and can be used to assist in weight loss and as a general nutritional supplement.

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