Superfoods offer the human body an extraordinary supply of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and nutrients, packed into one food source. Plant-based Superfoods like goji berries, acai berries, maca root, and sacha inchi, provide health benefits beyond their nutritional components, often working synergistically to heal the body and bring it back to a state of balance, naturally.
There are many foods that are considered Superfoods, but what they all have in common is a miraculous ability to optimize the function of the body’s systems and to promote all over wellness.
These nutrient-dense Superfoods have often been used for thousands of years by traditional healers and medicine people in ancient cultures, including the Aztecs, Mayans, and Chinese. Our ancestors were keenly aware of the healing power of plants in their natural state, and incorporated these Superfoods into their lives long before the West discovered their powers.
Scientific research is now catching up with tradition, as more and more scientific research and studies are showing that regular consumption of Superfoods can make significant, positive improvements in overall health and well-being. These studies show that the health benefits of eating Superfoods can vastly exceed the health benefits of consuming "normal" healthy food.
Rich in antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, nutrients, vitamins, and phytonutrients, Superfoods can help cure and prevent degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, combat cancer, and reverse ailments like diabetes, chronic fatigue, and infection.
These are the most significant of the many benefits of Superfoods:
- Superfoods contain extremely high-levels of powerful antioxidants. Some Superfoods, like maqui berries and acai berries, contain up to 65 times the level of antioxidants as better-known antioxidant superstars like blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and cranberries. The more antioxidants in your diet, the better chance of warding off viruses like the cold and flu and helping the body to fight free radicals that can cause cells to mutate and become overgrown. Antioxidant-rich Superfoods protect cells from damage and repair them to their original, healthy state.
- Superfoods are rich sources of vitamins and minerals. For example, chlorella, an extremely powerful micro-algae, contains more than 20 bio-available nutrients, including most B vitamins, 19 amino acids, and 60% complete protein. It also has more chlorophyll than any other known source -- five times as much as wheat grass. Other Superfoods, like camu camu, amla, and acerola, contain levels of vitamins and minerals that are many, many times higher than the levels found in conventional food.
- Superfoods contain "good" fats in the form of essential fatty acids (EFA’s). Many food pyramids and nutritional programs have grouped all fats into the "bad" category when, in fact, the body needs fat to balance metabolism and optimize fat burning. Many Superfoods, such as chia, flax, and sea buckthorn, are rich in Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids, which also help to build a healthy heart and strengthen the immune system.
- Superfoods provide vital nutrients that are rarely found anywhere else in nature. Vegans probably know that finding an animal-free source of Vitamin B12 can be difficult. Spirulina, a true Superfood, is one of the only plant-based foods to contain an abundant supply of B12. In addition, Spirulina is packed with more iron than most animal foods and 300% more calcium than cow’s milk.
We all see around us a seemingly never-ending rise in the number of people suffering from degenerative diseases, cancer, auto-immune diseases, nervous disorders, and other ailments. In response, the world of nutrition continues to move towards more and more healthful, natural food choices that can combat and remedy these diseases. Superfoods, the most densely nutritional foods on the planet, are leading the way, as it becomes more and more obvious that consuming whole, natural, balanced foods is the key to optimal health.