Superfoods – back to basics

Superfoods are “natural nutritionally dense” foods, which also have extra synergistic health benefits which come from the “antioxidants” and “phytochemicals”. Let’s look at both of those statements in a bit more depth.

When a food is “nutritionally dense”, it means that the food has high levels of essential vitamins and dietary minerals that we know are required by human beings. That includes vitamins A, B, C, D, E, K and so on, and  dietary minerals such as Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Magnesium, Zinc and so on. But of course many foods contain these things. In fact, all foods we eat every day (even junk food!) contains at least some vitamins and minerals, so what’s this all about?

They key difference is that superfoods have an unusually high concentration of nutrients for their size, when compared to other normal foods. For example, the humble cucumber is mostly – 90% or thereabouts – water, so to get any decent levels of nutrients from a cucumber you’d have to eat an awful lot of them!

Superfoods are so potent that even as much as a handful can give you a decent sized portion of nutrients, sometimes providing your entire recommended daily allowance (or more) for individual vitamins or minerals all in one go. Now that’s truly super! Few foods show such high levels of nutrients in such small quantities, and that’s why superfoods are so beneficial. They can provide nutrition like you’ve never felt before.

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OK next up, antioxidants and phytochemicals. These may be new to you, so I want to explain them a bit more before we get any further.

Let’s start with antioxidants. These are natural chemicals which prevent creation of free radicals inside the body. Free radicals cause oxidation,  a process which damages cells when they react with oxygen. This damage is linked to many unpleasant conditions including premature ageing, degenerative diseases and some cancers. Antioxidants are like soldiers which stop the oxygen from damaging cells and in theory reduce the risk of illness. Probably the most widely known, Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is an antioxidant which we require for various internal processes.

Secondly, phytochemicals. These are natural chemical compounds found in plants and animals, but which are not required for human survival. As humans we need some vitamins and dietary minerals for the various chemical reactions inside our bodies to work properly – that’s why they’re called “essential” , but we’re only just starting to really see the real potential health benefits of these new ingredients. Lots of the astonishing anti-cancer and anti-heart disease properties of superfoods are reported to come from various phytochemicals. Only a few year ago nobody talked about phytochemicals at all, now they’re commonplace.

Superfoods contain lots more than just strong concentrations of all the essential nutrients we need, they also contain large levels of phytochemicals and antioxidants making them even more powerful!

Here’s the big summary: Since we are human , and so we require different essential vitamins and minerals to live. If we don’t get enough of these elements, our bodies stop working so well. Modern research and new scientific discoveries have suggested that there may be new and more powerful nutrients that can provide anti-ageing, anti-cancer and anti-heart disease benefits. Superfoods are foods which mix of all this goodness together, and they taste great too – so there’s  no reason not to start eating superfoods as part of a healthy eating diet.

Click here to check out a list of the world’s most powerful superfoods, all available from your local supermarket – http://www.SimpleSuperfoods.com/go/jajenkins


Health Benefits Of Chlorella Exceed Expectations

Because of the benefits of chlorella, many people consider this to be a superfood. Chlorella is a single cell algae that is so small it can only be seen by a microscope. However, it grows quickly and has a green color due to the high levels of chlorophyll that are present in the algae, so it is frequently grown in controlled circumstances for use in producing supplements. Taking a chlorella supplement is thought to be helpful in the treatment of a wide variety of different conditions due to the high content of vitamins and minerals, as well as amino acids and protein, that are present in this algae.

Some of the possible chlorella health benefits have been better documented than others, but the variety of conditions that might be helped with these supplements means that it might be worthwhile for many people to give them a try. Because chlorella is an algae, and therefore a food, it is pretty safe to take and can be taken in relatively large doses. If you plan to take supplements to help with a particular condition it might be a good idea to look into the research in order to figure out what dose might be the most helpful for you to take.

Chlorella benefits include the fact that the fibrous outer shell of this algae will bind to toxic metals and chemicals such as mercury, lead, and cadmium in the body in a process known as chelation. This helps to remove these toxic metals from the body over the course of time. Normally these heavy metals would stay in the body and accumulate, causing many health issues. The same is true with many pesticides and chemicals that might be present in the body.

Another chlorella benefit is the fact that chlorella strengthens the immune system. This is why it is thought to help with such a wide variety of different conditions. Some people take supplements in order to assist in the treatment of cancer, arthritis, infections, and degenerative diseases. A stronger immune system will help the body to heal faster from any illness or injury.

Chlorella health benefits also include improving digestion, lowering blood pressure (and therefore the risk of heart attacks and strokes), and helping the body to better control blood sugar levels (thus assisting diabetics with their condition). Due to the wide variety of people that suffer from conditions like this, it is no wonder that people are taking an interest in chlorella.

Many of us also eat a diet that is not all that healthy, containing a lot of processed foods and fast foods, which tends to alter the ideal pH in our body to make it more acidic and make us more susceptible to certain health conditions. Chlorella can help to reverse this balance since it is more alkaline in nature. An acidic environment tends to speed the growth and spread of many infections and diseases, so it is best to do what you can to maintain a more alkaline environment through eating healthfully and possibly taking supplements such as chlorella.

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Why Do I Write This Blog?

I started writing this blog several years ago, basically borne out of frustration with a comment made by my doctor.

You see, I had been ill.  Several things had happened to me.  I got sick with meningitis. A headache from hell and ten days in hospital. Then from that experience I became even sicker with a illness called Guillain Barre Syndrome. The following is an extract from Wikipedia.

Guillain–Barré syndrome (GBS) (French pronunciation: [ɡiˈlɛ̃ baˈʁe];[1][2] in English, pronounced /ˈɡiːlæn ˈbɑreɪ/,[3] /ɡiːˈlæn bəˈreɪ/,[4]etc.[5] [pronounced ghee-LAN bah-RAY]) an autoimmune disorder affecting the peripheral nervous system, usually triggered by an acute infectious process. The syndrome was named after the French physicians Guillain, Barré and Strohl, who were the first to describe it in 1916. It is sometimes called Landry’s paralysis, after the French physician who first described a variant of it in 1859. It is included in the wider group of peripheral neuropathies. There are several types of GBS, but unless otherwise stated, GBS refers to the most common form, AIDP. GBS is rare and has an incidence of 1 or 2 people per 100,000.[6] It is frequently severe and usually exhibits as an ascending paralysis noted by weakness in the legs that spreads to the upper limbs and the face along with complete loss of deep tendon reflexes. With prompt treatment by plasmapheresis or intravenous immunoglobulins and supportive care, the majority of patients will regain full functional capacity. However, death may occur if severe pulmonary complications and autonomic nervous system problems are present.[7] Guillain-Barré is one of the leading causes of (acute) non-trauma-induced paralysis in the world.”

Yep, that’s right I became partly paralysed. I know all about ascending paralysis.  Long story short – 5 weeks in hospital – came home on a walking frame.  I was lucky.

Then, believe it or not, a couple of days after I got home from hospital, I suffered a DVT (deep vein thrombosis) in my left leg.  Back to hospital for another 10 days.

When I finally got over all these acute problems I asked my doctor “what else can I do to improve my health?” – his answer – “NOTHING”

I was stunned.

From that moment on I knew I had a responsibility to act.  To do something for myself and others. To improve my health and show others they can do something too.  I also believe that nature and not pharmaceuticals were the answer.

This is why I write this blog.