Superfoods are considered to be superior to ordinary foods because of their high nutritional content and low fat content. These are the foods that have numerous phytonutrients and special compounds that can help give you a bit of a boost during the day. Feelings of fatigue, depression and other problems can be treated by consuming these foods. These are nutrient-dense foods that can also help people recovering from and illness to get better faster.
1. Bee Pollen
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Bee pollen is approximately 40% protein. It is considered one of nature's most completely nourishing foods. It contains nearly all nutrients required by humans. About half of its protein is in the form of free amino acids that are ready to be sued directly by the body. Bee pollen contains as substantial amount of B12 and is a good source of the vitamin if you are vegan or vegetarian. B12 helps us sustain energy over long periods of time. It is also helpful for asthma, allergies and arthritis; three health conditions that can really slow people down.
Bee Pollen looks like rolled golden dust balls. These are crunchy and taste a bit sweet. You can eat bee pollen straight or sprinkle it on cereal or eat it with honey on toast.
Maca is adaptogenic superfood that has been a staple food of the Peruvian Andes for centuries. Dried maca powder contains more than 10% protein, nearly 20 amino acids, and 7 essential amino acids. As a root crop, maca contains five times more protein than a potato and four times more fiber. It is not a complete protein but it contains many amino acids and the building blocks needed to create certain hormones. It is also rich in phosphorous, potassium, sulfur and iron and contains the B vitamins, C and E.
Maca, which is sold as a powder, has a very earthy taste with a nutty quality. Maca can be added to all kinds of smoothies, teas, nut milks, coffee or drunk as a hot beverage on its own. As an ingredient it also enhances desserts and treats.
Mangosteens, grown in East Asia are small shiny round deep-red to purple to black fruits about the size of a plum topped with a green stem with four green leaves. Inside the fruit is purple or red juice and segments of snow white, soft flesh.
Mangosteen is very high in Vitamin C providing about 12% of RDA per 100 grams with B vitamins, magnesium, copper and substances called xanothones that remedy arthritis, fibromyalgia and asthma. Eating this fruit can also prevent mental degeneration and prevent cancer.
It is found in exotic fruit markets. It is best eaten raw or in a smoothie.
Spirulina is an edible cyanobacterium that if full two kinds of cyanobacteria: Arthrospira patensis and Arthrospira maxima. It is used as both a dietary supplement and as a whole food and it is available in tablet, flake and powder form. It has been marketed in cake form since the 1th century by Aztecs who called it techuitiati.
Spirulina is rich in gamma-lineolic acid and alpha-linoleic, which improve brain function and extend life. It also contains all of the B vitamins, C D, A, E and allot the minerals such as chromium, copper, calcium, iron magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, sodium and zinc.
Spirulina increases energy because it detoxifies it of heavy metals. It is also beneficial for the thyroid and contains all of the amino acids, which makes it one of the most efficient foods that you can eat.
It is best to consume it as a pre-mixed solution.
5. Kiwi Fruit
Kiwis are full of antioxidants that help neutralize the free radicals that damage cells and lead to inflammation and cancer. The high Vitamin C content helps prevent asthma, arteriosclerosis, osteoarthritis and colon cancer. Kiwi is high in Vitamin E, which helps lower cholesterol and boost immunity. Eating two to three Kiwi fruits a day can reduce the potential for blood clots and decrease triglycerides.
The high Vitamin C content also helps fight the effects of stress and aging. The high magnesium content improves muscle and nerve function and helps boost energy levels.
It is best to eat it raw or blended in a smoothie.
The herb tarragon has been found to have constituents in it that help calm the digestive system and increase its ability to assimilate nutrients. This is of great assistance to those who are older or are in recovery. The herb increases the appetite and a sense of well being. It also contains volatile oils that are helpful in allowing cells to purge waste.
Tarragon is an herb that is often used in French cooking to season vegetables and especially chicken.
Passion fruit is a tropical fruit that is about the size of an apple. It is red on the outside and filled with tiny golden green seeds.
Passionfruit is a superior source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A and potassium providing antioxidant protection for all of the organs of the body. The high potassium level regulates heart rate and blood pressure and creates feelings of vitality and energy.
8. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is contains short chained saturated fats called medium chain triglycerides or MCTs. This type of oil lessens the strain on the pancreas, liver, and GI tract and helps us digest protein more easily. It is also the most stable of the fatty acid sources.
Coconut oil promotes vitality by stabilizing blood sugar and hormones and stimulating the thyroid, liver and pancreas.
You can use coconut oil in most situations that you would normally use cooking oil.
Papayas are long pear shaped fruits with a rich orange flesh and black peppery tasting seeds. The enzymes in papaya have unique qualities that reduce inflammation and promote digestive health. This in turn leads to more energy. The high levels of vitamin C and A in papaya also leads to a healthier immune system. This is also a fruit that has the ability to dissolve the dangerous plaques that can cause heart attacks or strokes on artery walls.
Papaya is best eaten raw or mixed into a smoothie.
10. Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are a source of zinc and also every available form of vitamin E including alpha-tocopherol, gamma-tocopherol, delta-tocopherol, alpha-tocomonoenol, and gamma-tocomonoenol. This makes pumpkin seeds a potent anti-aging, healing and disease fighting food that sharpens mental acuity and bestows a feeling of vitality. They are known for fighting cancer.
Pumpkin seed can be bought as a supplementary powder or as a roasted snack.
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