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Superfoods are nutrient-dense foods that come straight from the earth and the sea. These powerhouse foods are chalked full of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants. By regularly eating a diverse selection of superfoods, you can reduce your risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and other chronic ailments.
Superfoods have also been linked to metabolism regulation, healthy weight management, reduced inflammation, improved brain function, softened signs of aging, and an increase in energy, immunity, and overall wellness.
While the awareness and availability of superfoods is nothing new, what is likely to trend in 2019 in relation to superfoods is the rise of mesonutrients. Mesonutrients are the nutrients that are found in the superfoods that make them so super.
While we should all be eating more plant-based foods and more nutrient-dense foods, in order to obtain the full range of benefits that are often listed next to foods like turmeric, green tea, pomegranates, and tomatoes, you would actually have to consume an inordinate amount every day.
For example, most studies that have been conducted proving the benefits of curcumin, the mesonutrient found in turmeric have been on study subjects who are taking 400 mg of curcumin a day. In order to get 400 mg of curcumin by ingesting turmeric root you would need to consume 220 pounds of turmeric or 22 pounds of dried turmeric powder. This is completely impossible and unobtainable.
This is not to say however that there aren’t amazing benefits that come from consuming less than 400 mg of curcumin on a daily basis. It is just that a lot of the data highlighting turmeric’s super strength as a superfood comes from studies where subjects were just taking the curcumin and not the entire root.
This is the same with the mesonutrients anthocyanins, lycopene, saffronal, and epigallocatechin gallate. Eating the whole food has many benefits that go beyond the key mesonutrient found within each of them, so this is not a call to stop eating the whole food. The trend that we will see in 2019 though is a rise in the direct access to these powerful mesonutrients. This could be through powdered or capsule concentrates.
While curative medicine is still the front runner methodology in Western medicine, preventative medicine in the form of diet and nutrition is really starting to make some bigger waves in the wellness world. Access to mesonutrients could end up playing a key role in preventing many of the diseases that are commonly faced in our modern world.
Inflammation is the root of all bodily evil. Inflammation is linked to nearly every chronic disease and is at the source of physical pain. Chronic inflammation has been connected to cardiovascular disease and autoimmune disorders, among a long list of other detrimental maladies. The good news though, is that inflammation can be controlled and even eliminated through your diet.
Superfoods are foods that provide greater health benefits than other foods. This is due to their high concentration of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Most superfoods are plants. Kale, quinoa, broccoli, blueberries, chia seeds, green tea, and turmeric have long topped the charts of super powerful foods that can reduce inflammation, as well as lower cholesterol, decrease oxidative stress, protect your heart, strengthen your immune system, and even prevent cancer.
But watch out, there’s a new member on the scene and she’s incredibly powerful!
Moringa is a tree that is grown in tropical and sub-tropical parts of Asia, Africa, and South America. While this tree and its leaves, pods, flowers, seeds, fruit, and bark have been used in herbal medicine for centuries in the countries where it naturally flourishes, it is only recently become more widely known and used in North America.
This year, moringa really took the center stage. It is most commonly found in powder form, which is simply made from grounding up its leaves. Moringa is a popular add in to smoothies, acai bowls, juices, salads, and beverages like kombucha. The powder has a mild nutty and grassy taste, similar to an earthy tea.
Moringa has 3.5 times more calcium than cow’s milk, 9 times the protein of yogurt, 10 times the vitamin A of carrots, 15 times the potassium of bananas, 12 times the vitamin C of oranges, and 25 times the iron of spinach.
Moringa is one of the strongest natural anti-inflammatories. It is even stronger than turmeric! This vibrant green superfood has 15 anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving nutrients.
One of the easiest ways to take control of our health and wellness is by taking control of what we are putting in our bodies. Adding superfoods like moringa, chai seeds, hemp seeds, cacao, and flax seeds to your smoothies, pressed juices, fruit and yogurt bowls, acai bowls, or salads is the easiest way to load up on these nutrient-dense foods.
The results can be truly life changing and life extending!
The Native Americans of North America, the indigenous people of Central and South America, the aboriginals of Africa, Asia, Australia, and beyond all relied on fruits, vegetables, and herbs to maintain optimal health, prevent diseases, and cure maladies. Modern medicine is exactly that, modern. Ancient traditions were passed down from generation to generation regarding the cultivation, collection, and preparation of plants for all different purposes. There was a deep understanding that certain plants produced fruits, vegetables, or herbs that all had their own individual value. This information is still available to us, and is the key to good health.
While every fruit and vegetable contains some combination of vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to various parts of our bodies, there are several fruits and vegetables that stand out as the superstars of the bunch. These so called superfoods are packed with antioxidants and other nutrients that help reduce cellular oxidation, repair damage, and strengthen our systems. This decreases the effects internally and externally of the natural process of aging. Here are a few more to add to that list: aronia berries, hemp seeds, raw cacao, and wheat grass.
Aronia Berries: Aronia berries are native to the deciduous forests of the eastern United States. These berries are said to have the highest amount of antioxidants out of all of the other berries. They also are rich in vitamin C. They are often consumed raw, dried, or in juice form. If you are looking for a way to increase your antioxidants, incorporating this berry into your diet is a great way to accomplish that.
Hemp Seed: Hemp has been used for various purposes, including for clothing, paper, cosmetics, and hygiene products for thousands of years. The seeds have a superior nutritional value and are highly beneficial to our skin, hair, nails, and metabolism. They are very high in antioxidants, omega-6, and vitamin E, which are all great anti-agers. Hemp seed is also one of the best sources of plant-based protein.
Raw Cacao: Cacao, which is a fruit, grows on Theobroma cacao trees in South America. The Aztecs believed that the cacao tree was a gift from the gods, and with good reason. Cacao beans contain over 300 nutrients and it has the highest concentration of antioxidants out of any other fruit. Cacao is also loaded with omega-6, protein, zinc, magnesium, calcium, and iron. This is the epitome of a superfood!
Wheat Grass: Wheat grass is one of the best ways to ingest living chlorophyll, which has incredible benefits. Chlorophyll contains an important enzyme, which is responsible for breaking down superoxide radicals. This awesome green attack is what slows down the aging process in your body. It is also a natural healer, and works wonders on the inside and outside of the body. Wheatgrass contains over 100 different elements that are essential to our health, including 17 amino acids, B-complex, and vitamin A. Wheat grass consumption is an excellent way to help your body detoxify. Wheat grass is rich in protein and considered a nutritionally complete food. The list can go on and on as to why this sprouted grass is an exceptional addition to your diet!
Exotic superfoods are a potent and exciting way to help your body stay strong, healthy, and young. Little additions like adding a wheat grass shot to your morning regiment, mixing raw cacao into your next smoothie, or toasting hemp seeds and eating them for a snack, can literally and figuratively change the face of your health. There is considerable research, resources, and recipes to support the addition of superfoods into your everyday life. Enjoy the benefits that the earth has offered us since the beginning of our time!
We have been blessed to live on a beautiful planet that is naturally rich with plants that provide us with foods that have extraordinary health benefits. These “superfoods” aid in fighting disease, promoting longevity, and strengthening all different parts of our bodies. Superfoods are nutrient dense foods that contain essential vitamins and minerals. When we incorporate these types of foods into our daily diet the results can be life changing. Foods like blueberries, avocado, olive oil, wild salmon, and kale have become commonly recognized as powerhouse foods that can reduce the risk of heart disease, improve the immune system, and even slow down the aging process. But what do you know about goji berries, spirulina, raw cacao, hemp seeds, kumquats, wheat grass, aronia berries, and turmeric?
In our modern society, access to exotic foods is easier than ever. Ancient cultures from around the world have been using plants for preventative measures and medicine for centuries. The knowledge that has been passed down from generation to generation is invaluable and should be utilized with great gratitude.
Most of us, however, are unaware of the uses and benefits of foods that might not be so common in our culture. This article will serve as a brief guide to some exciting new foods that are definitely worth seeking out and incorporating into your life. While the list of exotic superfoods is quite long, the focus here will be superfoods that play a part in slowing down the aging process and that promote healthy skin.
Goji Berries are native to the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet and Mongolia and are packed full of antioxidants. This tiny super berry contains vitamins B, C, and E, 21 trace minerals, including zinc, copper, iron, and calcium, and they have the highest protein content out of any other fruit with all eight essential amino acids. Goji berries are typically consumed as dried fruit. They are a powerful snack!
Kumquats are native to the Asian-Pacific region of the world but cultivation spread extensively in the 19th century to Europe and the Americas. This small orange citrus fruit has a wealth of health benefits. Kumquats are beneficial to almost all areas of the body. There are loaded with fiber, potassium, vitamins A and C, calcium, and a wide range of essential oils. The high levels of antioxidants found in Kumquats make them an ideal fruit to protect your skin.
Turmeric is native to South Asia and has been used medicinally for centuries. Turmeric, in combinations with other ingredients, can be used topically in the form of a paste or mask to combat a wide variety of skin conditions from acne, wrinkles, stretch marks, and pigmentation. The website StyleCraze provides some great recipes for DIY pastes, scrubs, and masks that incorporate turmeric. (www.stylecraze.com/articles/turmeric-history-how-to-use-benefits/)
Spirulina has been cultivated by the indigenous people of Mexico and Africa for thousands of years. It is a micro alga that is bursting with vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12, E, calcium, iron, and phosphorus. It is also very high in antioxidants. Spirulina is most commonly found in a powder form and consumed as part of a smoothie or juice mixture. Spirulina is a great promoter of bright, glowing, clear skin.
This is just the start! Later this week, we will introduce several more, easily accessible exotic superfoods that can do wonders for you health, especially in regards to anti-aging and skincare.