Superfoods: Which Are the Most Super, Santa Fe?
You see them in every health magazine and hear “healthy” people talking about how many of them they eat…
But what’s the real story on these so-called superfoods? And are they really “super”?
There isn’t an agreed-upon definition of the term “superfood”, but it’s generally accepted that a superfood is any food that contains high levels of vitamins and minerals that your body needs.
But do they really live up to the hype? Or is this just another fad diet?
There are a lot of overrated superfoods, but there are some that you should definitely be aware of.
Here are 9 that you should make a part of your diet.
Acai (pronounced ah- SIGH-EE) is a fruit from South America and contains high levels of antioxidants, which help fight cancer and heart disease.
You’ll have a hard time finding fresh acai, so look for juices or powders that you can add to yogurt to give it a health boost.
You can also find them as frozen tablets which are perfect to blend into smoothies.
- Goji Berries
This small red berry from Tibet is packed with Vitamin C and gives your immune system a huge boost.
They’ve also been used as a treatment for visual problems and poor circulation.
You’re most likely to find them in a powder form or dried (think red raisins).
Originating in Russia, kefir is a drink that looks a lot like milk, but tastes like yogurt.
It’s full of probiotics that can aid in digestive health and support a healthy immune system.
Look for this at your local health food store or you can make your own by simply adding kefir grains to regular milk.
- Hemp Seeds
It’s not what you think.
Hemp seeds, though related to marijuana, have none of the same side effects.
High in protein and amino acids, hemp seeds are the perfect addition to any meal.
They also provide good amounts of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, and potassium.
- Chia Seeds
You can use these for more than just covering fake pets with green fur.
Chia seeds are packed with protein, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and calcium.
These are the perfect addition to smoothies, oatmeal, and even salads.
One of the main spices in curry, turmeric is full of compounds known as curcuminoids, which carry medicinal powers.
Turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory effects and can boost your brain function.
The curcuminoid content found in Turmeric is relatively low, so you may want to take an extract.
- Cacao Powder
Cacao powder is the perfect substitute if you’re a chocolate lover. It provides a strong chocolate flavor, without any of the guilt.
It contains flavonoids, which are known to Lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to the heart and brain.
Be careful when buying though. If the label says Dutch or alkalized, it means that the cacao has been processed and lost a lot of its antioxidants.
- Maca Powder
Maca is a root vegetable, grown in the mountains of Peru, that is picked, dried, and turned into powder.
Maca is rich in vitamin B, C, and E and has energy-boosting properties.
It’s a great addition to smoothies, oatmeal, and even baked goods.
- Black Garlic
Black garlic is white garlic that is put through a month-long fermentation process, kept under strict heat and humidity control.
Garlic has antimicrobial, antibiotic, and antifungal agents which helps protect against infections.
Because black garlic is fermented, it also has twice the antioxidant properties of conventional garlic.
These supplements will put your program in overdrive!
- Whey Protein
Whey protein has been linked to a variety of health benefits, including:
- Helping your insulin work more effectively, which helps maintain your blood sugar level after a meal — This is important as research suggests lowering your blood sugar levels after meals may be more beneficial for your health than lowering fasting blood sugars.
- Promoting healthy insulin secretion, which is imperative for optimal health. This is one of the foremost reasons for avoiding sugars and grains, as overconsumption of grains and sugary foods has a negative impact on both, and is a prime factor in developing type 2 diabetes.
- Helping to promote your optimal intake of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals needed for your overall wellness
- Supporting your immune system, as it contains immunoglobulins
- Helping you preserve lean body tissue (particularly during exercise) as it delivers bioavailable amino acids and cysteine
- Maintaining blood pressure levels that are already within the normal range
Please do not just go out and buy any old whey from the shelf. It should be from a whey protein concentrate and not an isolate. It needs to be from a grass fed source and should not be loaded with a bunch of indigestible fillers. A great one that we carry is from SFH.
Described as mothers milk. Benefits of taking this are:
- Boost, balance, and maintain unsurpassed immune function
- Eliminate harmful pathogens and fight infection
- Cleanse & prevent absorption of toxins and pathogens
- Protect and heal GI and stomach lining (Leaky Gut Syndrome)
- Increase Natural Killer (NK) cell activity
- Increase muscle strength and stamina; speed recovery after exercise or injury; burn fat; and maintain blood glucose homeostasis
- Provide anti-aging benefits
Make sure you get a colostrum supplement that is from a grass fed source and doesn’t breakdown to much in the digestive track. The best we have found is one we carry from Sovereign laboratories.
- Branch Chain Amino Acids
BCAA’s help stimulate protein synthesis more so than protein on its own. They also increase the capacity of the cells for protein synthesis. BCAA’s in food and even in Whey supplements need to be broken down first and thus not as readily available. A BCAA supplement goes directly to the blood stream. Because of this ability you get an anti catabolic effect (lack of muscle breakdown). This helps:
- Accelerate recovery of the muscles to reduce muscle soreness/fatigue.*
- Force the body to burn more stored fat as fuel during training.*
- Protect muscle from being destroyed during intense exercise.*
- Provide a powerful alternative energy source during training.*
- Optimize recovery of the nervous system to peak performance.*
- Lay the raw material foundation of easily utilized ingredient ratios for accelerated muscle growth and repair.*
- Fight fatigue.*
- Lower the negative impact of physical and emotional stress*
- Increase mental focus*
- Reduce the likelihood of fatigue related injuries*
There are tons of BCAA’s supplements but the best we have found so far is from Infinity nutrition, which we carry. It is not only a great blend derived from food source, but we get the naturally flavored Stevia brand. Again no fillers.
While some superfoods are just superfakers, bringing these 9 foods into your diet is sure to help you boost your health. And adding these supplements will definitely accelerate your progress and keep your body strong on multiple levels.
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