Super foods

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Super foods

  1. 1. Super foods are a special category of foods found in nature. By definition they are calorie sparse and nutrient dense meaning they pack a lot of punch for their weight as far as goodness goes. They are superior sources of anti-oxidants and essential nutrients. Antioxidant is any substance such as vitamin C or E that removes potentially damaging oxidizing agents in a living organism. We all may be adding more salads and vegetables to our diets, but concern over the quality of foods grown on mineral depleted soils makes Super foods an intelligent choice. What are super foods?
  2. 2. Green superfoods Greens are good, Green Super foods are even better! Green super foods have the highest concentrations of easily digestible nutrients, fat burning compounds, vitamins and minerals to protect and heal the body. They contain a wide array of beneficial substances including proteins, protective photo-chemicals and healthy bacteria helping you to build cleaner muscles and tissues, aid your digestive system function and more effectively protect you against disease and illness. Photo- or phyto chemicals such aslycopene in tomatoes, isoflavones in soy and flavanoids in fruits were considered used by plants for their protection but recent research has shown that they protect humans also. Green super foods
  3. 3. Fruit and nut super foods are high in anti-oxidants that fight free radicals in the body. Free radicals may sound a little like an extremist terrorist sect evading capture and wreaking havoc across the globe. But yes they are extremely reactive. Extra and unnecessary free radical load can be put on our bodies by external factors including pollution, cigarette smoke, radiation, burnt foods, deep fried fats and cooked foods. Radicals means reactive Fruit and nut super foods
  4. 4. Benefits of Seafood 1.Blood Purifying: The chemical composition of seaweeds is so close to human blood plasma, that they are excellent at regulating and purifying our blood. 2.High in Calcium: They can contain up to 10 times more calcium than milk and 8 times as much as beef. 3.Alkalizing: They help to alkalize our blood, neutralizing the over-acidic effects of our modern diet. 4.Chelating: Have Powerful Chelating (ring formation) Properties: By the process of chelation they can remove the toxins. 5.They offer protection from environmental toxins, including heavy metals, pollutants and radiation by-products, by converting them to harmless salts that the body can eliminate easily. Sea super foods
  5. 5. Chelating structure
  6. 6. Sea super foods contd 5. They offer protection from environmental toxins, including heavy metals, pollutants and radiation by-products, by converting them to harmless salts that the body can eliminate easily. 6. Contain Anti-oxidants: Seaweeds contain lignans (naturally occurring chemical compounds) which have anti cancer properties. 7. Detoxifying: They are rich in chlorophyll (the pigment that makes some seaweeds green) which is a powerful, natural detoxifier that helps to draw out waste products. 8. Boost Weight loss: Seaweeds play a role in boosting weight loss and deterring cellulite build-up. High concentration of iodine in them, helps to stimulate the thyroid gland, which is responsible for maintaining a healthy metabolism. At the same time, its' minerals act like electrolytes to break the chemical bonds that seal the fat cells, allowing trapped wastes to escape.
  7. 7. Herb Super foods Herbs offer a whole host of nutrients it may not have received either because of poor diet or environmental deficiencies in the soil or air. Herbs as medicine are essentially body balancers that work with the body functions so that it can heal and regulate itself. Herbs have been used as natural healing compounds . Nettle - the bowel mover. These plants are best known as stinging nettle plants. However when the nettle leaves are dried and eaten the saliva neutralizes the sting. Nettles are incredibly effective in removing unwanted pounds. A cup of nettle tea in the morning is ideal to get things going. The nettle leaves increase the thyroid function, increase metabolism and releases mucus in the colon allowing for the flushing of excess wastes.
  8. 8. Herb Super foods Contd Aloe vera - Aloe vera is a perennial succulent that grows in a wild and seems to do best in tropical and sub-tropical areas. It has been deemed a super food with seventy-five healing compounds including natural steroids, antibiotic agents, amino acids, minerals and enzymes. Aloe vera has been used since Egyptian times as a skin moisturizer, and healer for burns, cuts, bruises, acne and eczema. This is mostly due to the high concentration of natural sulphur that it contains. Aloe juices alkalizes the digestive tract preventing over-acidity, a common cause of indigestion, acid reflux, heartburn and ulcers.
  9. 9. Herb Super foods contd Echinacea - Echinacea is a household name when it comes to warding off colds and flu. This herb is used as a natural antibiotic and immune system stimulator, helping to build up resistance. The reason for its effectiveness is because of its ability to stimulate the lymph flow in the body. Lymph runs parallel with our bloodstream and carries toxins out of the body. The herb can be taken in liquid or capsule form for 2-3 week periods during "high risk" flu seasons. The tea from this herb has also grown in popularity for treating infections and cancers including skin cancer.
  10. 10. Other Super foods 15 grams of black beans contain satisfying proteins and zero fats
  11. 11. Contd. Oats are rich in fiber, so a serving can help you feel full throughout the day. Just a half cup packs 4.6 grams of Resistant Starch,( a low carb diet) a healthy carb that boosts metabolism and burns fat.
  12. 12. Other super foods contd • Don't afraid of eating fats—as long as they're the right fats. They are packed with excellent fats. Oleic acid, a compound in avocados' healthy monounsaturated fats (MUFAs), may trigger your body to actually satisfy hunger. Only quarter or a half of an avocado is sufficient to melt away belly fat. The creamy fruit is also packed with fiber and protein.
  13. 13. Other Super foods Contd Lean sources of protein help you feel full without adding fat. Salmon is a leaner choice than red meat and is chock-full of MUFAs to boot. A 2001 study found that dieters eating a MUFA-rich diet lost an average of 9 pounds, while their low-fat diet counterparts gained, on average 6 pounds. 
  14. 14. Other Super foods Contd Excellent anti-aging effects, blueberries, while tiny, are a powerful figure-friendly. Only 80 calories but 4 grams of fiber in one cup of blueberries.
  15. 15. Other Super foods contd Cooked or raw, this excellent veggie is well-known for its cancer- preventing powers. It has top class filling fiber with less than 30 calories a serving and is bound to prevent weight problems too.
  16. 16. Other Super foods contd Brown rice is a heartier, fiber-packed alternative to less-than-super white rice. A half-cup serving contains 1.7 grams of Resistant Starch, a healthy carb that boosts metabolism and burns fat. Plus, brown rice is a low-energy-density food, meaning it's heavy and filling but low in calories. Women who ate a higher-energy- density diet gained three times as much weight over six years than women eating a low-energy-density diet.
  17. 17. Other Super foods contd One pear packs 15% of your daily recommended amount of fiber. One study found that women who ate three pears a day consumed fewer calories and lost more weight than those who didn't. Ditch the peeler though; the skin is where all that filling fiber is hiding!
  18. 18. Other Super foods contd Resveratrol, the famed antioxidant found in grape skin, stops fat storage. Studies show that moderate wine drinkers have narrower waists and less belly fat than liquor drinkers. Downing a glass can boost your calorie burn for a good 90 minutes.
  19. 19. Other Super foods contd Even if you changed nothing else about your diet, eating half a grapefruit before each meal may help you lose up to a pound a week! A compound in the tangy fruit can lower insulin, a fat-storage hormone, and that can lead to weight loss. It's also a good source of protein, and because it's at least 90% water, it can fill you up so you eat less.

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