Supercharge with Superfoods



By Jordan Miller;

While It is often understood that the body needs certain nutrients to function, most people focus on the need for macronutrients, such as proteins, fats, and carbohydrates to satisfy the bodies’ dietary needs.  Unfortunately, few individuals do not understand the importance of micronutrients in this matrix (vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and polysaccharides). Moreover, even fewer people realize that all bodily functions rely on minerals.

De-mineralization

Over the last 150 years or so it has been scientifically proven that demineralization has been linked to poor health and disease.  As it is understood in this perspective, demineralization means not only the absence of major dietary minerals like phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, and iron or trace minerals like selenium, copper and zinc, but the toxic burden that has been introduced from pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and other inorganic compounds. In light of this, it is necessary, in our present-day environment, that we limit our exposure to toxic compounds and work to facilitate a properly mineralized body. The greater the toxic load on our body, the harder our immune system has to work in order to neutralize these harmful substances.  As a result of this, we need to mineralize our body to build a strong immune system so we can properly detoxify some of these harmful compounds. In order to supercharge our immune system, we need to infuse the body with what many people today call superfoods.

Superfoods


The term superfood is becoming more prevalent in our day to day vocabulary as we become aware of the meaning and importance of such foods which are classified under this expression.  As defined by Wikipedia,  “Superfood is a term sometimes used to describe food with high phytonutrient content that may confer health benefits as a result. “In other words, foods that are classified as a “superfood” are loaded with essential nutrients to enhance energy, improve moods, and ward off sickness and disease.
In an effort to acquaint the audience to these foods, I have a listed directly below, what I consider to be the top superfoods available on the market today:


1. Goji Berries  ( Also known as: Chinese wolfberry, mede berry, barbary matrimony vine, bocksdorn, Duke of Argyll's tea tree, Murali (in India),red medlar, or matrimony vine.) (Wikipedia):  Known as the longevity fruit, gogi berries are considered to be one of the top five herbs in ancient Chinese Herbal Medicine. They have been used for well over 6000 years by herbalists in China, Tibet, and India. Gogi berries have an array of micronutrients that will infuse the body with plenty of bioavailable nutrition. The goji berry is a complete protein consisting of 18 amino acids, including the 8 essential. It is extremely high in vitamin A and it is packed full of carotenoids like beta-carotene and zeaxanthin to nourish the eyes by preventing against cataracts and macular degeneration.  Further to this, the gogi berry can protect the liver, improve sexual function and fertility, boost immune function, and improve circulation. The berries can be ingested in their whole state, dry form or made into a tea. In my opinion, goji berries are one of the most important superfoods.

2. Maca  (known in some circles as Lepidium meyenii) is slowly gaining popularity around the globe. Native to Peru, maca was once used in trade as a form of payment. For many thousands of years the maca root has been used for its medicinal properties; some claim that it was used to provide strength to warriors before battle. Maca contains calcium, zinc, iron, potassium, B vitamins, vitamin C, fiber, protein and fatty acids that improve your brain function and benefit your nervous system. Maca is considered an “adaptogen” as it helps balance ones hormones (especially women. On the other hand, it improves fertility and libido in men.  Maca has been proven to increase semen and strengthen bones and your immune system, and is used as a healthy alternative to steroids to increase athletic performance. If you suffer from menopause, maca may reduce your symptoms.

3. Spirulina (or other forms of fresh/salt water algae’s) is a blue - green algae which is believed to be one of the first living organisms on earth nearly 3.5 billion years ago. Ever since its rediscovery in the 1960’s, Spirulina has been extensively tested by scientists around the world. It was discovered that when taken daily, it strengthens the body’s defence mechanisms.  Spirulina is the richest source of vegetable protein (60-70%) with all amino acids in perfect balance.  It also contains beta carotene, iron, vitamin B12 and the rare essential fatty acid GLA.  Spirulina is a true superfood offering us a unique mix of vitamins minerals and many other essential nutrients.

4.Cacao (Raw Chocolate) is the ultimate micronutrient powerhouse.  When looking at the Oxidative Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) chart, Cacao ranks amongst the very top antioxidant foods (even well above goji berries and a├žai). Cacao is extremely high in magnesium, chromium, iron, zinc, manganese as well as vitamin C. It is likely the most powerful foods you can eat. Not only is it a highly sought after superfood, but it tastes amazing! When left in its raw state, it is by far the most nutritious, mineral dense food we can ingest.

5. Coconuts (and their constituents: coconut oil, milk, butter, and water) are tropical fruit that are very high in protein and fat but also include a varying source of essential micronutrients including vitamin B, C, E, Calcium and Iron.  The health benefits of coconut oil/butter include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength.  Coconut water is incredibly healthy and one of the best drinks to hydrate the body. Besides helping to remove toxins from the body and aiding digestion, coconuts have amazing anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial properties. "It's a natural isotonic beverage, with the same level of electrolytic balance as we have in our blood. It's the fluid of life, so to speak." In fact, during the Pacific War of 1941-45, both sides in the conflict regularly used coconut water - siphoned directly from the nut - to give emergency plasma transfusions to wounded soldiers.  Coconuts are also believed to prevent simple goiter (enlarged thyroid gland) because of its natural iodine content. All in all they are simply delicious to eat!

6. Bee products (including raw honey, bee pollen, and royal jelly) are very high in “B” vitamins.  It’s no surprise that we generally refer to the species that create these wonder foods as “bees”.  Raw, unpasteurized, honey contains 27 minerals 22 amino acids and 5,000 live enzymes. It keeps you healthy by fighting disease and boosting the digestive system. Other than eating it, honey has been used to treat wounds for thousands of years. The antiseptic properties of honey will clean wounds and inhibit bacterial growth. Its natural antibiotic and antibacterial properties aid in treating cuts and burns. It promotes healing, reduces swelling and prevents infections.  Bee pollen is sometimes called 'the perfect food'. It contains more than 96 different nutrients, including every single nutrient that is needed to sustain human life. It is made up of 40% protein, nearly all of it usable by the body without any further breakdown or metabolism.  Some of the health benefits of bee pollen include strengthening the immune system, building resistance to allergies, coping more easily with stress, and increasing energy and endurance.  Royal jelly is a secretion from honey bees that is used to deliver nutrition to larvae and adult queen bees. Research has found that royal jelly carries several health benefits for humans. Some of these benefits include:  improving brain health by stimulating the growth of neural stem cells, lowering total serum cholesterol, improving overall skin appearance through collagen production, and in some areas, it has been used to effectively treat and reduce the spread of cancer.

The Truth

The fact is, if we include superfoods in our diet more often, then we are more likely to benefit from their use. Much of what we consider disease in our world is usually a bi-product of our own doing. By increasing the amount of nutrient dense foods we ingest we are not only doing ourselves a favour, but we are respecting the environment as a whole.  Follow your instincts and “supercharge” your life!

Your question: What is your favourite superfood? (post your comments below)

Sources:
1. Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future; David Wolfe
2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superfood
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About the Author : Jordan Miller is the co-founder of guidinginstincts.com. He has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Jordan is currently learning about traditional North American medicinal herbs, in hopes of becoming a Certified Herbalist.

3 comments:

  1. can't decide between coconut, cacao, or raw honey.... <3 I LOVE them all and so should you =]

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  2. Super food such as these are definitely needed for our health. Always include them in your diet to maintain your health.

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  3. @ Ellie and Paul ~ Thank you very much for your comments

    With Love,

    Jordan & Kyla

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