Superfoods And Their Super Uses

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Superfoods And Their Super Uses

By now everyone has heard of superfoods. This buzz term is making its way through health and wellness communities at a rapid rate and has become the base of many individuals’ diets. Superfoods are also known as functional foods, as they contain vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fats, oils and other nutrients that go above and beyond the body’s survival needs, offering many additional benefits and disease-fighting properties. While these nutrients can be obtained via natural supplements (read Review Critic and click here for more info on supplements), superfoods are high in the minerals and vitamins your body needs to run on a super level.

Acai

Originating deep in the rainforests of South America, the acai berry is a small, purplish fruit that has been closely associated with weight loss and aging. Containing large quantities of antioxidants which help the body fight cancer and cardiovascular disease, it also contains oleic acid which is also great for maintaining a healthy heart.

Acai Uses:

  • Arthritis
  • Cholesterol
  • Weight loss
  • Aging skin
  • Improving general health
  • Metabolic syndrome

Goji

Becoming more readily available in recent times, goji berries are native to parts of Asia (Tibet) and are packed full of vitamin C. Orange or red in appearance, these berries have been used in traditional practices to improve a diverse list of ailments and afflictions. Promoting better eyesight, circulation and immune function – these berries are also rich in antioxidants.

Goji Uses:

  • Weight loss
  • Blood circulation
  • Cancer
  • Fever
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes

Seaweed

Sushi enthusiasts will love this superfood. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, and antioxidants – seaweed holds many potential health benefits. A great addition to any diet, this ocean-based vegetable can help cardiovascular health, bone density and much more. There are various types of seaweed you can eat including nori, wakame, and kombu.

Seaweed Uses:

  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Insomnia
  • Cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Asthma

Hemp

While many people might think of marijuana when they hear hemp, these seeds have no psychoactive qualities and have an abundance of health benefits. Generally consumed in powder form, hemp seeds are rich in plant protein, essential amino acids, omega-6 and omega-3 as well as a host of other minerals. This superfood makes a great addition to soups, salads and even smoothies.

Hemp Uses:

  • Arthritis
  • Joint pain
  • Weight loss
  • Digestion
  • Healthy skin
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease

Maca

Naturally found in the Andes, this root vegetable has long been used as a traditional health booster. Typically dried and made into a powder, maca has an earthy almost nutty flavor that has many energy increasing properties. Maca is full of many minerals and amino acids which have been credited for this superfoods ability to promote health.

Maca Uses:

  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Infertility
  • Libido
  • Anemia
  • Increased energy

Chia

Chia seeds are native to regions in Mexico and are rich in essential nutrients. As one of the most popular superfoods, chia seeds are full of omega-3, calcium and is a great source of fiber. This superfood is also high in protein and therefore is commonly included in vegan and vegetarian diets. They are also low in calories, which makes chia seeds great for weight loss.

Chia Uses:

  • Weight loss
  • Blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Cholesterol
  • Metabolic function
  • Heart disease

Cacao

As the plant chocolate is made from cacao, it also contains the same flavonoids as its delicious byproduct. This plant has long been used in traditional medicine and is full of beneficial nutrients. The flavonoids found in this plant has been associated with the reduction of inflammation, blood pressure, and stress. While this superfood is believed to be good for you, it is important to use organic cacao and avoid products that have added sugar and other preservatives and additives – as these are less effective.

Cacao Uses:

  • Heart disease
  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Depression
  • Energy
  • Weight loss
  • Diabetes

Superfoods are super for a reason and can be a great addition to any healthy, balanced diet – with positive properties that go above and beyond your health requirements. By including one or more of these superfoods into your diet you could reap the rewards and health benefits – keeping you healthy for longer.

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