The best Superfoods that Heal and give you amazing benefits?
“Cacao, Food of the Gods”
Nature’s Special Energy-boosting and Self-healing Superfoods.
As kids, we were taught about the many wonderful foods that are good to eat, and good for our health.
We don’t really understand the fuss about health, the why, and what, it’s just not important when we are young. Life is good, sweets are great and they give us an amazing energy boost, that’s all that matters.
As we get older we recognize shapes and sizes. Suddenly it starts to matter when the teens kick in and the pimples arrive uninvited. Now there’s a concern, and we need answers quickly, magic remedies if possible. ” I have a problem mom!” we shout with a nervous twitch “ How do I fix this?”
This is our new reality, we search for solutions to these and many related problems. Most of the solutions lie in what we eat, our well being, what we believe, and what our knowledge level is.
We all heard the saying, “You are what you eat.”
This cannot be more truthful. Understanding Food is vital to our survival, body health, and mental capabilities, so why do we know so little about nutritional foods and their benefits? This is a question best left for another time.
Let’s get on with what is good for our health. Things we should know! Eating fruits, vegetables, and various whole grains and nuts are good for you but which ones are most important? Organic superfoods are the best for maximum nutritional benefits, but what are superfoods? Learn more
When you need healing or you want that healthy lifestyle and healthy life back again use this list of 11 Superfoods with high-density nutritional value as a quick reference.
“For a stronger immune system have a variety of berries – they contain Vitamin C and Potassium vital for assisting the body’s mineral and fluid balance”
ref : FOODS THAT HARM FOODS THAT HEAL
Berries are one of the most perfect and best foods you can eat. Our Ancestors and Ancients lived on them for thousands of years.
Raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, and strawberries are some of the best superfoods and a vital part of our nutrition, a few of these reasons include excellent antioxidant-rich foods, they act as a blood cleanser, laxative, are rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
They contain the all-important phytochemicals that protect our cells from damage. Berries in particular Blueberries have some of the highest antioxidants of fruits.
Have these superfoods several times a week with a preference towards blueberries. Low in calories and packed with anthocyanins – the red pigments linked to the prevention and reversal of age-related mental decline, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes, and also have anti-cancer qualities.
Beets are sweet and have one of the highest sugar contents of any vegetable but very low in calories. Beetroot is a good source of folate, an important B-vitamin that protects the heart against disease and cancer.
Beets are also believed to stimulate and bolster the immune system and are said to possess curative powers for headaches. Antioxidants in beets may also assist heart disease as discovered in a recent study. Other animal studies indicate that eating beets caused the slowing of the growth of skin and lung tumors.
The edible leafy tops are rich in beta carotene, calcium, and iron. The green tops are best eaten young and green as they contain vitamin C, iron, and rich in potassium. A good way to get the full benefits is by juicing the leaves.
To get the best out of beets, eat grated in a salad, juice, and add to a smoothie with other fruits, boil and eat as a vegetable is highly recommended for its high nutritional value. Pickling is good, however, they lose some of the nutrients in both vitamins and minerals.
“Beets roasted with garlic.”
“Freshly Squeezed Cloudy Apple Juice.”
We have all heard this very true saying, an apple a day keeps the doctor (cardiologist) away.
Apples are a great food for many reasons including the ability to reduce the risk of heart disease, risk of stroke, certain cancers, high blood pressure, and type-2 diabetes. Apples lower total cholesterol and triglycerides. They are the best-known source of catechins (protects cells from damage caused by free radicals) and quercetin, a potent cancer preventative substance. This benefits the respiratory system by preventing lung cancer and asthma. The high antioxidant activity in apples improves brain functioning and memory.
By consuming apples your body gets fiber, potassium, and antioxidants, such as Vitamin C and polyphenols. Studies show that the real benefit comes from the synergistic interaction between these ingredients.
To take the best advantage of apples for your health, eat a wide variety, and make sure that you eat the peel, which contains several times more antioxidants than the inside. Red Delicious are the highest in antioxidants.
You may also consider including organic apple cider vinegar in your eating plan.
Apples are also useful in assisting with ripening other unripe fruit by placing them in a loosely closed paper bag.
Avocados have more protein than any other fruit. Rich in Phytochemicals it is an excellent hydrating facial mask.
It has one of the highest sources of the potent antioxidant Lutein. Lutein protects your cardiovascular system from atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), prevents cancer, and protects the eyes against cataracts.
Ancients of Central and South America called it the “testicle fruit”.
When you want to help your body absorb more nutrients from the foods you eat, have an avocado. Fat-soluble phytonutrients, like beta-carotene, are more easily absorbed by the body because of the monounsaturated fat in the avocado.
Avocados also help you keep your weight down because they help you feel full, which triggers your body to stop eating.
They are high in fat and are calorie-rich at 48 calories per ounce, so for best results eat one-third to one-half an avocado two to three times a week especially when on a weight reduction program.
“Avocados growing on a tree.”
“Sliced Cacao fruit with raw beans”
Dark Chocolate (Cacao Bean)
When your resistance is low and you need to indulge in the world’s most delectable food, compromise and have dark chocolate or cocoa nibs. It contains loads of polyphenols which is great at lowering blood pressure and is a natural anti-inflammatory. Other benefits include cardiovascular health, brain health, energy-boosting, a natural anti-depressant, and weight loss.
In 2000 a study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that the effect on blood flow from high flavanol cocoa was similar to taking low-dose aspirin. In conclusion, Dark chocolate’s use extends to the treatment of ailments like minor pains or headaches.
For the best indulgence try to use Newman’s Own Sweet Dart Chocolate, as it has more polyphenols than most other dark chocolates. Chocolate is high in calories, so aim for no more than 100 calories a day.
The Mediterranean diet includes one ingredient that has the most amazing flavor, Olive Oil and its benefits are outstanding. It is a great substitute for other oils and fats and has been shown to reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer, lower blood pressure, and improve the health of your cardiovascular system.
For best results take a tablespoon a day of extra virgin olive oil that is cold-pressed and greenish. This green color indicates high levels of polyphenols.
“Olive oil infused with herbs and spices
“Garlic on a cutting board”
A Mediterranean favorite is Garlic, which has been used for many diseases for thousands of years. Garlic is scrumptious and eating garlic regularly will reduce your blood pressure, triglyceride levels, and LDL(bad) cholesterol.
Garlic is great for your cardiovascular system and has many other benefits including anti-inflammatory agents, antibiotic properties, antifungal properties, and antibacterial activity.
To get the best health benefits from garlic, eat one clove several times a week or mix with olive oil and drizzle over a salad. Garlic is best and most nutritious when eaten raw, however, it may be too powerful for some. Cooked garlic reduces its potency in taste and smell. When roasted whole it provides a mild nutty taste and often used in sauces, dressings, and even purees. Fact is, dried garlic and garlic supplements don’t necessarily have the same benefits as fresh garlic.
Bee products have been around for millennia, records show their uses in prehistoric times for healing and nutritional values, most notably by the Greeks and Egyptians.
Raw honey is honey in its purest form and is known as nature’s multivitamin.
Today for some reason it is rarely seen on the healthy foods checklist. Raw honey however contains an amazing amount of nutritional goodness like Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and Vitamin C rich in antioxidants. Eating honey daily increases the amounts of antioxidants in the blood, helps to prevent constipation, and reduces cholesterol and blood sugar balancing. It assists with cardiovascular health, it is a skin healer, has antiviral and antitumor benefits.
When you are running low on energy, it is an energy enhancer, reaching for the honey, not sugar. Honey does the best job of maintaining blood sugar and energy than another sweetener. Choose dark honey over light ones, because they are higher in antioxidants and flavor. One to two teaspoons several times a week over breakfast or lunch fruit bowls or with Green tea or Chai tea.
“Honey in a Jar
“ Fresh Kiwi Fruit Smoothie”
The Kiwi fruit is indigenous to China where it is called gooseberry, however, it was first imported to New Zealander where it became very popular, hence the name change.
KIWI is your go-to fruit for extreme quantities of Vitamin C and E, packed in goodness. It can reduce the risk of asthma, osteoarthritis, and colon cancer, reduce the risk of blood clots, and boost your immune system.
The dietary vitamin E in Kiwi’s appears to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s, and by consuming them, you get vitamin E without the calories than most other vitamin e rich foods contain, such as nuts and oils.
Other key ingredients are lutein and zeaxanthin antioxidants, which improve eye health by lowering the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. Take advantage of these Kiwi’s benefits by eating one, two to three times a week.
Onions are more than just flavor, thickness, and body to stews; they have amazing nutritional value. Spring onions popular in salads contain Vitamin C and beta-carotene. It is a powerful antioxidant and lowers blood cholesterol and has antibacterial properties.
It prevents blood clotting, high blood pressure and therefore may prevent heart attacks. Eat meals and salads containing onions at least three times a week.
Leave sliced onions in water for an hour before using them in a salad to reduce its potent and pungent smell and flavor.
“Green Onions used in salads”
“ Pomegranate growing on a tree”
Pomegranates have made a comeback and are extremely popular and even used as a juice.
Packed with loads of phytochemicals like potassium, this superfood is great for lowering your blood pressure and is said to reduce plaque build-up in arteries, as reported in the research reported by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2000).
Other studies also suggest that pomegranates can slow the progression of prostate cancer and reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, and oxidative stress.
Eat pomegranate regularly and try four to eight ounces of 100% pure juice several times a week. Make ice cubes and enjoy on a hot day as a dessert, in ice tea, 100% freshly squeezed juice, or smoothie.