Enrich Your Body With Healthy Foods

In the age of fad diets and synthetic dietary supplements, we often forget that nothing compares to the nutritional benefits one can get from food. However, not all foods are created equal, as there are some that have naturally concentrated nutrients. These are called Superfoods, which provide many nutrients that support each other and prevent the kind of imbalances that often occur when vitamins are taken singly. Here are some of the superfoods and their health benefits, but remember to consult you doctor before taking any.

Açaí – A type of berry found in the Brazilian Amazon, it has antioxidant properties as well as omega fatty acids. Its taste has been touted as a mixture of chocolate and red wine. It can be consumed in frozen fruit pulps and juice that can be turned into smoothies and even ice cream.

Acerola Tablets – Acerola is a berry rich in ascorbic acid as well as numerous complementary nutrients such as bioflavonoids and rutin that optimize the body’s intake of vitamin C. The small quantities of vitamin C in the form of acerola tablets can provide the same protection as large amounts of pure ascorbic acid, without the side effects associated with excessive vitamin C such as kidney ailments.

Azomite Mineral Powder – This powdery mineral supplement contains montmorillonite clay and other compounds. It is an excellent source of silica, calcium, magnesium, and an array of trace minerals. The clay also has detoxifying effects as the negatively-charged clay particles attract positively charged pathogens and take them out of the body. Take a heaping teaspoon mixed with water daily.

Bee Pollen – Whether in capsule form or by consuming raw, unprocessed honey, bee pollen has been used successfully to treat a variety of ailments from allergies to arthritis. It contains 22 amino acids including the eight essential ones, 27 minerals and a whole range of vitamins, hormones, and fatty acids. It also has over 5,000 enzymes and co-enzymes that have immediate detoxifying effects. However, those who are taking bee pollen for the first time may experience allergic reactions. If this happens, start with very small amounts and gradually build up to a tablespoon every day.

Bitters – Herbal extracts of bitter, mineral-rich herbs are a traditional tonic for stimulating the bile and increasing digestion and assimilation of fats. They are often the best remedy for calming an upset stomach.

Blue-Green Algae, Spirulina, and Chlorella – These microorganisms grow on inland waters all over the world. These are high in protein, carotenoid, and minerals. Of the three, spirulina is said to be the easiest to digest and absorb. Consume them in tablet form in order to be sure of its potency as well as its safety.

Cod Liver Oil – It provides fat-soluble vitamins A and D. Cod liver oil supplements should be taken by couples several months before conception and by women during pregnancy.  It is rich in eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), which is very important for the proper function of the brain and nervous system. Buy cod liver oil in dark bottle and should be stored in a cool, dark place. It is much recommended to combine it with high vitamin butter oil for excellent results. However, large intakes of cod liver oil is toxic so don’t overdo it.

Dark Chocolate – Chocolate has been known to have beneficial health properties as well as an aphrodisiac. It is recommended to consume dark chocolate, which has at least 70% cacao, to improve the health of your heart and skin. In determining the chocolate’s concentration of cacao, just take note of its color: the darker, the better.

Evening Primrose Oil, Borage Oil, or Black Currant Oil – These contain a fatty acid called gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which is used to treat cancer, premenstrual syndrome, breast disease, scleroderma, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and cystic fibrosis. They have been shown to increase liver function and mental activity.

Glandular and Organ Extracts – Consuming dried tissue from the glands and organs of animal are used to treat the same gland or organ in human beings. This includes thyroid, adrenal, pituitary, liver, thymus, spleen, kidney, and eye tissue. Look for products that are either fresh or have been freeze-dried rather then processed at high temperatures. Remember that glandulars are best taken under the supervision of a qualified health practitioner.

High Vitamin Butter – Deep yellow butter oil from cow eating rapidly growing green grass not only supplies vitamins A and D, but also the X Activator, a type of fat-soluble vitamin that promote healthy teeth and resistance to diseases. It can be used as a supplement to regular dietary butter, particularly during winter and early spring.

Kelp – Like all sea vegetables, kelp provides minerals found in sea water, especially iodine and trace minerals. If you are unaccustomed to including seaweeds in the diet, a small daily supplement of kelp in tablet or powdered form is a good idea. However, excessive iodine dosage could cause thyroid problems.

Noni Juice – The juice of the Tahitian noni fruit is revered by the Polynesians for its curative powers. It has high amounts of potassium and has found to have anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties. It may have a bitter taste, but noni juice has been used to treat blood sugar problems, injuries, digestive disorders, depression, and many other ailments. It is advisable to drink in about 2 ounces a day on an empty stomach.

Wheat Germ Oil – It is an excellent source of natural vitamin E, which is our best natural protection for the cell membrane. Natural vitamin E has also been discovered as an effective defense against heart disease.

Yeast – Dried traditional yeast is an excellent natural source of B complex vitamins (except for B12) plus a variety of minerals. Check for yeast that has been processed at low temperatures. Yeast supplements can also be consumed for the treatment of chronic fatigue.

Yerba Mate – It is a South American herb that is processed into a brew that can be taken hot or cold. Yerba Mate is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, as well as caffeine but without the depressive properties you get from coffee. It is used to boost immunity, cleanse and detoxify the blood, tone the nervous system, restore youthful hair color, retard aging, combat fatigue, stimulate the mind, control the appetite, and reduce stress. However, chronic usage of Yerba Mate has been found to cause certain cancers.