In the first part of this series, we discovered what superfoods are and how they could make a change to our lives. We found out that superfoods don’t possess just a single nutrient, but numerous. They offer us numerous benefits at the same time so effectively you get more nutrition with lesser amount of food that you eat.
Part 1 also discussed why we should eat superfoods. They’re rich in nutrients and work wonders in keeping your mind and body healthy. They help you eliminate toxins more regularly and leave you with a healthy glow. They aid in maintaining your weight and you can continue to stay healthy with out having to take annoying minerals and vitamins tablets.
In this part of our sequence, we will learn about six superfoods that can make a remarkable change in your life.
5. Spirulina – Spirulina is a certain type of blue green algae that has been around from a long time. This astounding superfood is full of proteins, and it is becoming quite popular as a nutrition supplement. Spirulina is classified among algae but to be truthful, it lies between the animal and plant kingdom because of its metabolic functions and cell structure that make it a step above regular plants but not quite in the animal kingdom yet.
Thus, what are the health benefits of this astounding superfood and how can it help you? Let’s take a look…
* Contains plenty of vitamin A, E, B complex and C.
* Is a rich source of minerals like calcium, magnesium and iron.
* Has plenty of antioxidants that help in eliminating free radicals to keep you young and healthy; these antioxidants are also known to help in fighting cancer
* Has a distinctive blue green color that is pretty much one of the reasons why this superfood is a cancer fighter.
* Helps in constructing protein, which is even better than soy.
* Is loaded in GLA or Gamma Linolenic Acid. GLA is an important fatty acid that helps in keeping the heart healthy; people have also found it to be beneficial in controlling weight and PMS problems.
* Helps digestion and it also diffuses the appetite so that you do not feel that hungry.
* Contains beta carotene in a form that is even more potent than what is found in carrots.
* Contains lutein, which is really important for the eyes.
* Consists of phytonutrients such as polysaccharides, sulfolipids and calcium spirulan which are rather unusual but offer lots of health benefits.
* Helps in making people feel energetic because it balances the immune system and helps your body absorb necessary nutrients and heal.
* Helps in cleansing our bodies, especially where heavy metals like mercury and dioxin are in excess.
Research is still on to figure out the long-term benefits of Spirulina. Spirulina is easy to get although you must be careful to buy pure forms, because impure varieties are easier to get but just as harmful.
Spirulina is obtainable in tablets or powder form, and the latter could well be added to your milkshakes and smoothies to make them more healthy.
6. Blue green algae – Algae are one of the oldest forms of life on earth and blue green algae are certainly one of the oldest. These simple plants have a negative reputation because they are usually responsible for water blooms that clog lakes and cause harm to marine life. However, blue green algae have their uses also and even have a lot of benefits. In fact, recent studies have concluded that blue green algae like Spirulina are in fact a powerful superfood with chockfull of nutrients and goodness.
Blue green algae –
* Are full of antioxidants that are important to fight free radicals that cause condition and ageing.
* Are known to relax blood vessels and lower the lipid content of blood.
* Help people who want to reduce their weight or lose weight faster. It is worth noting that blue greens have a lot of nutrients but very little calories, which make it such an ideal superfood.
* Help in lowering the blood pressure.
* Consist of a high amount of protein and aid in keeping blood sugar levels in control. Also helpful in cleaning the body so people who are fasting can take it without any qualms.
* Help the growth of intestinal bacteria, which is great for digestion.
* Lower bad cholesterol and increase great cholesterol.
* Help in overcoming bad breath
Blue green algae also have a few side effects so care should be taken when eating them because sometimes it can cause sweating, headaches and flushing. Another important thing to note is that blue green algae that are harvested from the wild can be extremely toxic and cause problems such as liver damage, vomiting and diarrhea.
A good idea would be to just purchase organic blue green algae and make them a regular part of your diet. Blue green algae are available in the form of powder, capsules, tablets and flakes. Make sure you take only the recommended amount of dosage so that you derive the health benefits with out the side effects.
7. Marine Phytoplankton -The marine phytoplankton happens to be the blue whale’s food for as long as it has existed. Do we really need another testimonial to the phytoplankton’s astounding ability to make the blue whale so strong and healthy? Not really, but we’ll look at it anyway because the marine phytoplankton is now being regarded one of the top most superfoods that are there on this planet.
The marine phytoplankton has been on the earth for billions of years and was a key component in getting human life started on the planet because of its capacity to give out oxygen.
We already know how well blue green algae and Spirulina work for us, but close on their ranks is this amazing superfood, which is distinguished from the others because it is full of live nutrients.
Now, how can the marine phytoplankton help us?
* Marine phytoplankton has a large whopping amount of carotenoids, amino acids and minerals. Many of these fight ageing and others help in fighting disease causing free radicals.
* Trace minerals found in marine phytoplankton like zinc, selenium, magnesium, strontium, iodine and chromium are beneficial in many ways right from fighting cancer to controlling thyroid function and reversing neurological disorders.
* Marine phytoplankton consists of phytochemicals which are great for removing toxins from your body, aiding in circulation and preventing abnormal cell division that usually leads to cancer.
* Helps preventing diseases that cause degeneration of the body and mind
Marine phytoplankton has so many nutrients that it’s hard to classify them all here. Suffice it to say that it consists of all the goodness necessary to treat conditions and disorders such as atherosclerosis, eczema, Parkinson’s disease, asthma, osteoporosis and many other conditions.
Raw marine phytoplankton is really potent and there are many products which offer it to you in liquid form. Of course, it’s also available as powder or tablet but many health aware people feel that it loses its powers and potency if it’s processed in any form.
8. Aloe – Aloe is well known today for many reasons, be it for providing soft and supple skin or to help assuage mild burns or most likely even help in diaper rash. However, did you know that aloe vera is also a superfood and can be ingested because it provides many really astounding health benefits?
Aloe vera has long been recognized for its superficial effects on our body but now scientists are realizing that this plant is quite a potent superfood also. Here are many of the benefits it provides:
* Helps maintain the balance of great bacteria in the intestinal tract so that digestion is good
* Helps people suffering from allergies and helps in keeping blood sugar normal.
* Consists of trace minerals such as calcium, selenium, zinc, magnesium and chromium, which are really great for health.
* Polysaccharides help in keeping the immune system healthy.
* Detoxifies the body and even eliminates harmful bacteria from the body.
* Consists of sterils, which greatly lower the risk of atherosclerosis.
* Helps in preventing and healing fungus infections.
Aloe can be taken in the form of smoothies, juice, dips, soups or even salad dressing and it will provide all the much needed nutrients without a hitch.
9. Hemp seed – Hemp as we understand is an extremely flexible product of nature and right from ropes to paper, hemp has been a key component in making our lives easier. On the other hand, in recent times, hemp seed has slowly gained recognition as a superfood because of its amazing powers in keeping us healthy.
Consistent research is being conducted on this aspect but we do know that hemp seed assists us in the following ways:
* Hemp seeds are full of important amino acids and fatty acids that are necessary for a healthy life; in fact, hemp seeds are better than meat, eggs and soy, traditional sources of protein because of its amazing amino acid profile.
* It has calcium, iron as well as other minerals such as magnesium, zinc, copper and manganese.
* Hemp seeds are known to alleviate the symptoms of those suffering from eczema.
* Hemp seeds are richer in omega-3 than walnuts.
* Hemp seeds are perfect for vegans who do not eat meat at all as it meets all their protein specifications.
* Hemp seeds make your immune system stronger and helps you fight diseases better.
* Hemp oil extracted from hemp seeds is the best possible EFA (Important Fatty Acid) supplement there is.
Hemp seeds could be consumed in its raw form; they can be made into tea, or made into hemp milk like soy milk. Hemp leaves can also be added to salads while there’s hemp tofu and hemp butter also. There are a lot of recipes that can liven up your meal with the many advantages of hemp.
10. Coconut – Tropical countries where coconuts abound usually take them for granted. On the other hand, since they also consume enough coconut water constantly, it’s one of the reason for their great health. Coconut water found inside the shell is pure because of the numerous filters it has had to pass through till it reached the center.
Are you aware that tender coconut water is very identical to the plasma in human blood? So, when you drink tender coconut water mixed with some other fresh juice, preferably a green leaf one like wheat grass, you’re giving your body an amazing boost of power and energy.
Soft coconut meat has its own uses also but here’s a look at what coconut water can do for you:
* Those struggling with cholera can find great alleviation in tender coconut water because of its sodium and albumin content.
* For those with kidney stones, drinking coconut water helps in tackling the pain, while safeguarding the kidneys from bad calcium sources.
* Coconut water, at times, is used as an alternative for blood plasma because of its purity.
* Coconut cream and coconut oil have Medium Chain Fatty Acids, which are instrumental in making the immune system more powerful.
* Coconut oil contains antioxidants such as pregnenolone that are highly helpful for the body.
* Coconut oil and coconut cream help in balancing the blood sugar level and enable you to with out food without feeling the start of hypoglycemia.
* In young coconuts, the meat inside is soft and is excellent for creating breast milk.
Coconuts are without a doubt a superfood that have been overlooked largely because of misleading reports of cholesterol raise on coconut consumption. There’s no end to the various uses that can be created with the humble coconut, right from oil to cream or just its water.