Natural Superfoods – Learn From The Ancients

Why should you get interested in Natural Superfoods?

Simply, they are a superior source of nutrients, being nutrient dense relative to the calories they contain.  Why is this important? Your normal diet, despite your best efforts, may not contain sufficient nutrients.  So, while you may be trying to consume all the nutrients for your health from a regular diet (and even if you’re deliberately adding more fruit and vegetables), the problem is that our foods are being grown in soils which are mineral depleted. Processing, storage and cooking also takes a toll on the nutrient content.  It’s possible to overeat and still be nutrient deficient.

I’ve already posted a lot of information on Natural Superfoods, like Wheatgrass, Spirulina, chlorella and Stabilized Rice Bran in this blog.  Is there anything new to report?  The answer is always yes!  We are constantly rediscovering what traditional cultures have long known. The following Superfoods are certainly not new, but they may be news.

Raw Cacao

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Raw cacao beans contain possibly the world’s most concentrated source of antioxidants found in any food. They are extremely high in Magnesium which has been found to be the most common deficient major mineral even following a balanced diet. Their iron content is stunning, one small 28 gram serving of raw cacao beans gives 314% of the recommended daily allowance of iron. Raw cacao beans have a magnificent antioxidant (ORAC) score of 95,500. To put that into perspective, that’s 14 times more antioxidant flavonoids than red wine and 21 times more than green tea.

This does not mean you will get the benefits described above by eating heaps of chocolate. As with a lot of processed food changes have occurred in the processing. Most cocoa powder and commercial chocolate is processed via the “Dutch method” meaning it is subjected to scorching temperatures of up to 150°C with the additional aid of solvents, thus destroying most of the nutrients and antioxidants. Be sure to buy certified organic raw cacao in a powder, nib or whole bean form as the temperature will have never been allowed to exceed 40°C , allowing all the heat-sensitive vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to remain intact.

Maca

Maca powder is from the Maca root. Maca root is a flavorful ancient superfood from Peru. Maca has been cultivated for at least 2000 years and consumed by Inca warriors to increase strength and endurance. It is a highly nutritious food that has been used traditionally to gain increased energy, promote sexual desire, support fertility and enhance immune system function. It continues today to be a significant staple food and medicinal plant for the Peruvian people and is now widely available the world over as a whole food supplement.

Coconuts

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Apart from being delicious, young coconuts are one of the highest sources of electrolytes in nature. Electrolytes are ionized salts in our cells. Electrolytes transport energy throughout the body.

The molecular structure of coconut water is identical to human blood plasma, which means that it is immediately recognized by the body and put to good use. Drinking the juice from a young coconut is like giving your body an instant blood transfusion. In fact coconut water was commonly used as an emergency transfusion for wounded troops (of both sides) during World War II in the Pacific.

The only problem is availability, so when you get the chance be sure you take advantage and drink all you can.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil supports healthy metabolic function and is a revered anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal agent. Coconut oil’s saturated fat is of the medium-chain fatty acid variety, which are digested more easily and utilized differently by the body than other saturated fats (like butter, meat and eggs). Whereas other saturated fats are stored in the body’s cells, the medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil are sent directly to the liver where they are immediately converted into energy. Coconut oil will actually speed up metabolism so your body will burn more calories in a day which will contribute to weight loss.

Pacific islanders consider coconut oil to be the cure-all gift from nature for all illness.

Noni

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This fruit has been used by Polynesian islanders as a regenerative medicine for more than 1500 years. Research documents that the noni fruit has astounding anti-bacterial properties, even against E-coli. It has anti-tumor activity, anti-inflammatory properties, is effective as a pain reliever, generates cell repair and strengthens the immune system.

Noni contains a multitude of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients. Many believe that the synergistic effect of the multi-spectrum nutrients is what gives it its potency. It has been proven beneficial for colds and flu’s, digestive disorders, skin disorders, pain relief, headaches, infections and more.

For best results look for a freeze-dried product that uses only the whole fruit or when buying the juice look for a brand that does not use pasteurizing.

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