More and more people lately are discovering the many benefits of a balanced and natural diet and understand the importance of high quality, healthy and quality products. Among all these products, a special group stands out, and the products included in it are called “superfoods”.
These are natural foods with a high concentration of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients. Superfoods have many valuable nutritional qualities and much more beneficial properties than any other food found in nature.
Studies show that when we include superfoods in our daily diet, we:
- we feel energized.
- our mood improves.
- the digestive system does its job easily.
- our skin and hair look much better.
- we get sick less due to the increased efficiency of our immune system.
In addition, daily consumption of superfoods reduces the desire for processed foods, pastries, snacks and overeating.
Here are 10 superfoods that can provide us with a better life and health
Spirulina – the star of superfoods
Spirulina is an algae, found in freshwater lakes, and is one of the richest sources of nutrients found in nature. For example, it provides about 65% of all protein in the human body, three times more than meat, and contains many other important nutrients.
Not in vain spirulina is considered the most important superfood. Consumption of spirulina every day increases alertness, improves mind and mood.
It is rich in proteins, B vitamins and various trace elements. For example, spirulina contains almost double the amount of iron and manganese needed for the daily dose.
According to a number of studies, this seaweed has a strong antioxidant effect and can even prevent some cancers. But there is one drawback. Algae generally absorb toxins and heavy metals from the water. Therefore spirulina should be consumed in moderation or in the form of a food supplement, produced by recognized on the market by leading companies.
Wheat grains contain a lot of nutrients, flavonoids, vitamins C and E. But all this is in an inactive phase. Only when the seed gives a young sprout, its contents are mobilized. That is why sprouted wheat (or wheat germ) is many times more useful than ordinary grains or their derivatives.
Wheat germ is sold in various forms – fresh, dried, powdered, pasteurized, in the form of juice or capsules. In any case, they strengthen the immune system and reduce the risk of cancer.
Noni or Morinda citrus leaves grow in South Asia, Hawaii, Australia, New Guinea and the islands of French Polynesia. According to experts, the high amount of antioxidants in noni juice helps protect cells from oxidative stress.
Morinda juice has a tonic, immunomodulatory effect and restores the body’s natural defenses. The main disadvantage of the product is the high price. In general, you can find other equally useful products at a more adequate price.
This spice is often called a natural antibiotic.
- Has a beneficial effect on liver function.
- helps lower cholesterol levels.
- improves digestion.
- can reduce the risk of ulcers.
- Turmeric slows the development of multiple sclerosis.
- By participating in fat metabolism, it helps to stabilize weight.
- It softens the effects of radiation therapy, which is why it is used in rehabilitation of patients with liver cirrhosis.
Supplements called Gelée Royale (ie ‘royal jelly’) can be purchased at any pharmacy. The capsules contain a mixture secreted by suckling bees to feed the queen of the hive and the larvae.
Royal jelly contains various hormones, including acetylcholine, known as the hormone of creativity or the enlightened mind. Facilitates mental activity and strengthens blood vessels. In addition, vitamins B 5 and B 7, present in royal jelly, improve the condition of the skin, hair and nails.
From ancient times blueberries have been known to man as a wonderful gift of nature and an invaluable source of vitamins. Blueberries grow on a small shrub mainly in the forest, but people have learned to grow them in the garden.
In addition to great taste, blueberries have many useful properties. They work:
- antimicrobial, etc.
Blueberry leaves are just as useful as fruits.
Cranberry juice is recognized worldwide as one of the most valuable in terms of vitamins and antioxidant properties. By drinking only 0.3 glasses of natural cranberry juice a day, you can provide your body with an average daily intake of vitamins.
The beneficial properties of blueberries are widely used in traditional and folk medicine, as well as in nutrition. They are useful in the village ice health problems:
- cardiovascular disease
- stomach diseases
- intestinal disorders
- high blood sugar.
Garlic has always been valued by Ayurveda specialists. Modern scientists have proven its antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. Garlic strengthens the immune system and prevents colds.
The researchers found that those who ate more than six cloves of garlic a week were 30% less likely to get colon cancer and 50% less likely to get stomach cancer than who do not eat garlic. Finally, garlic prevents blood clots and improves blood circulation.
The easiest way to consume garlic for medicinal purposes is fresh.
Garlic is considered one of the best foods with a bright disinfectant effect. Even our distant ancestors protected themselves from an impending epidemic by holding a clove of garlic in their mouth.
Garlic mash can also be used for external use. For example, in sciatica it is considered very useful to apply a paw of crushed garlic in the lower back, and in the case of joint disease and gout, garlic is rubbed into the affected area.
Garlic infusions and decoctions are also common.
Although the product has an unpleasant odor, it is very effective for quickly cleansing the body. It is rich in mustard oil and other cleansing elements, stimulates appetite and gastric secretion, garlic also improves bowel function and urination, and its essential oils cleanse the lungs and bronchi from the accumulation of mucus.
By the way, garlic owes its specific smell to its most useful ingredient – the natural poison allicin. To get rid of the annoying smell, chew a stalk of parsley, eat a handful of nuts or drink a glass of milk.
These fruits are used in Chinese medicine. In the West, they are attributed to various miraculous properties – from weight loss to improving sexual function.
Goji (Tibetan barberry) is one of the most valuable medicinal plants in the world. It is grown in the fertile valleys of the Tibetan and Mongolian Himalayas.
Goji berries are much richer in antioxidants than any other food in the world. They contain 21 minerals (zinc, iodine, iron). Goji berry contains 500 times more vitamin C than orange and 15 times more iron than spinach !!!
How is this little goji berry useful for people?
Prolonged consumption of fruit in the diet, for example, maintains the normal course of pregnancy and restores potency.
The plant improves the condition of the brain and spinal cord, lymph nodes. It is widely used for diseases of the nasopharynx, adenoids. It is used as an anti-stress agent to strengthen sleep and rejuvenate the body.
Very often goji form the basis of various diets for weight loss. They burn fat well, help control appetite.
Fruits effectively reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels, normalize blood pressure and regulate the cardiovascular system. Fruits have pronounced antiviral and antitumor properties, they are quite strong antioxidants. They perfectly cleanse the body as a whole and the blood in particular, removing toxins.
The use of fruits strengthens the kidneys and improves lung function. Fruits have a beneficial effect on the nervous and hematopoietic systems.
The seeds of the South American plant contain an incredible amount of essential omega-3 acid, 10 times more than salmon. And whose has 6 times more iron than spinach.
In liquids such as juice or milk whose swells. The resulting dish contains fewer calories, but allows you to suppress your hunger for a long time. Therefore, whose certainly can be included in the diet of those who want to maintain their figure.
What is the secret to the success of Latin American seeds?
Chia is rich in insoluble fiber – one tablespoon of seeds contains 5 grams of fiber and 60 calories: they do not have a gram of sugar! But that’s not all. One ounce of seeds contains three times more iron than a bowl of spinach and twice as many minerals as a banana.
Pomegranate juice contains 15 amino acids, 6 of which, except in pomegranate, are contained only in meat and are essential for the human body. That is why pomegranate is a must for all vegetarians. In addition, this fruit is an excellent source of vitamins C, P, B6 and B12.
Pomegranate tannins have a disinfectant effect, help deal with dysbiosis and intestinal infections, and also improve appetite.
The vitamin-mineral complex of pomegranate is very diverse: it contains:
- vitamins C, P, B, fiber
- important organic acids (malic, citric, boric, tartaric and others)
Therefore, pomegranate has many useful properties. Fresh fruits are used as a tonic, Pomegranate juice has a large amount of antioxidants and improves the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract, fruit seeds can help restore hormonal balance, and a decoction of the bark, thanks to its contained tannins, helps with inflammatory processes and can be used to treat difficult to heal wounds, improve vision.
The caloric content of pomegranate is low – it is 72 calories per 100 grams, so this product will not harm the figure. In addition, the components contained in pomegranate will help relieve bloating, which often accompanies overweight, and will rid the body of toxins that interfere with the normal functioning of the stomach.
By the way, pomegranate can improve not only your internal but also your external condition. For example, the oil extracted from pomegranate seeds is often used in cosmetics: in anti-aging creams, for nourishment, against acne, etc.