5 SuperFoods Revealed
Lean, mean and green, this single-celled, freshwater-grown algae is one of the best sources of chlorophyll in the world. It has an incredible concentration of protein, vitamins, and trace minerals. Its rich chlorophyll content increase the amount of red blood cells in your body, which in turn helps deliver oxygen to your cells. The more oxygen delivered to your cells, the more nutrients will be absorbed, and the more energy you’ll have. It boosts immune function, reduces inflammation, and promotes alkalinity. Chlorella contains the Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF), which means this microscopic alga spreads faster than a run in your tights. It’s the fastest-growing plant in the world. Chlorella is also one of the highest food sources of RNA, a nucleic acid similar to DNA and an essential component of all life forms. It regulates gene expression, synthesizes proteins, and helps DNA copy and express genetic material. Chlorella is also rich in protein. Composed of nearly 60% protein, Chlorella has 12 times more digestible protein than beef. This helps balance blood-sugar levels and ward off hunger and carb/sugar cravings. It’s rich in energy-boosting and stress-busting B vitamins, especially B1, B2, and B6, in addition to antioxidant-rich vitamins A, C, and E. It has strong detoxification properties and helps remove heavy metals, pesticides, and other toxins from your body. How’s that for Super Powers?
Believe it! Rich in antioxidants, minerals, and stress-alleviating compounds, Cacao contains a compound called Phenylethylamine (PEA), which promotes a happy, elevated feeling and alleviates stress and depression. In addition, it’s one of the highest sources of magnesium, which is essential in reducing muscle tension, calming the nerves, and promoting relaxation. Cacao also contains a neurotransmitter known as anandamide that has the ability to alter dopamine levels in the brain, causing a sense of relaxation. Cacao is rich in B vitamins, which helps the body cope with stress. Cacao trumps blueberries and pomegranates in antioxidant levels. But remember, moderation is important so as not to overload on sugar and counteract the positive effects this superfood can have.
Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and has more than flax seeds. In just one tablespoon you receive 19% of your recommended daily fiber. They are also a rich source of essential minerals such as phosphorous and manganese, as well as calcium, iron, and trace amounts of sodium and potassium. So much love in a tiny seed, huh?
This “good fatty food” contains monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, and linoleic and oleic acids. Avocados boost good HDL levels and reduce bad LDL levels, which improves cardiovascular health. They have a rich source of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant known to block over 30 different carcinogens. “Guac” do you have to say about that?
Among the highest antioxidant foods, goji berries have a high concentration of carotenoids, in particular beta-carotene and zeaxanthin, both of which are essential for eye health and night vision. Polysaccharides, in combination with goji berries’ high source of antioxidant vitamin C, help strengthen the immune system and prevent age-induced free-radical damage. One of the polysaccharides in particular appears to stimulate the pituitary gland’s secretion of human growth hormone (HGH), which not only helps keep your skin young and firm, it also increases lean muscle mass and aids in fat loss. They relieve fatigue, promote visual health, protect against diabetes, enhance male sexual function, and support a healthy life span. With 18 amino acids and 21 trace minerals, there are many berry good reason to eat these!