Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A List of The Top 10 Superfoods

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Wild Salmon

The wild caught salmon is a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, good quality protein, minerals and vitamins. The omega 3 fatty acids are known to prevent heart diseases, depression and the onset of dementia. Salmon is also a very good source of iron and is low in calories and saturated fats. The reason wild salmon is better than farm raised is that the feed and fish oils farmers give to their salmon contain chemicals which are determined by the Department of Health and Human Services as carcinogens. Of course the risks from these chemicals are far lesser than the benefits from eating salmon, so even if you have a farm raised one in your fridge don't throw it away.

chia seed


Chia Seed

Chia seed is a super food first discovered by the Aztec to aid their warriors in long journeys. Thanks to the great nutritional value, a single tablespoon of it was enough to sustain a warrior for as long as an entire day! Chia seed is just amazing, it contains 6 times more calcium than milk, twice the antioxidants that you can find in blueberries, more omega 3 fatty acids than salmon and its a great source of fiber,complete protein and more than 27 vitamins. It includes almost every health benefit possible- better bone health, increased energy levels, better heart health, prevents cancer, diabetes and muscle tissue breakdown, anti-aging, prostate health, hydration maintenance for a longer period, prevents cravings, digestive health, reduced menopause symptoms and others. Its also very convenient, since its just a seed and has a rather neutral taste you can just throw a tablespoon on your breakfast

acai berry
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Acai Berries

Acai berries are one of the best sources of antioxidants known to mankind. Antioxidants fight the free radicals in the body, which are responsible for cell damage, aging and cancer. This means that among the benefits of Acai berries are cancer prevention and anti- aging. Oh and I almost forgot to mention these berries aid weight loss by boosting the metabolic rate. They also contain healthy fats, fiber, plant sterols, minerals and amino acids. Usually Acai berries are very hard to store so unless you are in Brazil, you will probably find them as a juice.

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Barley Grass

Get ready for another amazing superfood! For some reason barley grass isn't very popular, but its nutritional value is out of this world. It contains 30 times more vitamin B1 and 11 times more calcium than cow milk, 5 times the iron in spinach and 6 times the beta carotene, and almost 7 times the vitamin C contained in oranges. Barley grass is also rich in antioxidants, fiber, protein and chlorophyl which gets rid of toxins stored in intestines. Its also naturally reach in minerals like copper, zinc, manganese and potassium. Some of its benefits include cellular repair and regeneration, anti- inflammatory contents, cancer prevention, bone and skin health, boosted metabolism, cardiovascular health, lower cholesterol, anti- aging.

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Quinoa

Pronounced Keen-wah, this whole grain was regarded as sacred by the Incas, and for a good reason. It is rich in protein ( the complete one), iron, manganese, magnesium, copper, phosphorus and fiber. Quinoa is great for vegetarians who are concerned about their protein intake. This grain's benefits include maintaining the brain volume and function, strong bones, internal detoxification and a boost in energy levels.

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Broccoli

Broccoli conatins high amounts of vitamin C, K, D and A, fiber, folic acid, indole alkaloids that stimulate an enzyme which prevents the creation of cancer, dietary fiber and a lot of minerals. A very interesting benefit for guys is that eating broccoli will help boost testosterone. Other benefits include boosting the immune system, strong bones, healthy eyes, cardiovascular health, prevents cravings and also broccoli can prevent birth defects if eaten during pregnancy.

yogurt
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Yogurt

Yogurt contains a so called friendly bacteria that help the digestion, the immune function and the intestines. It also contains a lot of calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B2 and B12, fiber and protein. Some of the best benefits of yogurt are that it can prevent osteoporosis, reduce the risk of high blood pressure, helps the gut, prevents cravings by making you feel full. And by the way I'm very proud the say that Bulgaria ( my own country ) makes the best yogurt in the world!

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Beans

Beans are a great low fat source for fiber, protein, carbs, magnesium and potassium. Thanks to the fiber they will prevent cravings and also cleanse your body form toxins. They are also rich in antioxidants and the small amounts of fats beans contain are omega 3- the good type of fats. Thanks to that and also the potassium and magnesium they will keep your heart healthy (especially soy beans).

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Nuts

Nuts are an excellent source of protein, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Something else very important is that nuts help better the intake of some nutrients which makes them a great pair for the other superfoods on this list. Health benefits that nuts provide are lowering the cholesterol levels, healthy heart, higher energy levels, lower diabetes risk, lung cancer prevention, lower blood pressure and breast cancer prevention. Its important to know that the FDA doesn't include Brazil nuts, macadamias and cashews in the list of healthy nuts thanks to the higher amount of saturated fats they have. Also nuts are very high in calories so you need to limit your intake to about 1 ounce a day.

avocado
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Avocado

Avocados are very rich on some key nutrients like Vitamin K, folate, potassium, vitamin E, lutein, magnesium, vitamin C and vitamin B6. Thanks to the lutein avocados lower the risk of eye and skin diseases. Avocados also have a lot of omega 3 fatty acids, which make them great for your hearth and cardiovascular health. Another benefit is making the immune system stronger thanks to the effects of vitamin C and vitamin B6. Other benefits provided form avocado are blood sugar regulations, cancer prevention and better absorption of some nutrients including carotenoids.

These is my list of top 10 superfoods. If you have any questions or if you would like to add something to the list please leave a comment or e-mail me at stancho1234@gmail.com

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3 comments:

medical accident said...

wow, they all are really super-foods, full of fiber and energy.
thank you very much for the post.

Genetech said...

these are super foods, thanks for giving detail of these foods as it's an update for me

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