More Than 10 Superfoods To Add To Your Diet

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There are easily more than 10 superfoods currently known to Man. What are superfoods? They are foods which we have discovered to be nutritionally potent, complete, dense and power-packed, with superb antioxidant, disease preventing, health promoting and even disease reversing properties.

Besides their wonderful nutritional and health giving effects, another great thing about such superfoods is that their nutrients are usually easily absorbed and used by the human body, often within minutes. It's almost like instant nutrition.

Many health-conscious people today already embark on a potent superfoods diet to really reap the excellent health and vitality which it brings.

Typically, the currently known top superfoods fall into the following categories:

  • Algae
  • Berries
  • Green foods, e.g. beet greens
  • Herbs
  • Mushrooms
  • Seaweeds, e.g. Kelp
  • Sprouts

    Dr Richard Schulze, the great herbalist and natural healer, for example, has included the following superfoods in his Superfood Plus blend. He describes them as "nature's blood transfusion".

    Dr Richard Schulze's Superfoods

  • Blue-Green Algae
  • Chlorella (Broken-Cell) Algae - said to have almost 40 times the amount of protein found in soybeans, and contains a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, essential fatty acids, carotenoids and other nutrients
  • Spirulina - high in protein, and one of the best sources of beta-carotene known
  • Alfalfa Grass - very rich in vitamins and minerals
  • Barley Grass - very rich in vitamins and minerals, and said to contain all the nutrients needed by Man
  • Wheat Grass - very rich in vitamins, minerals and chlorophyll
  • Purple Dulse Seaweed - one of the best known sources of digestible minerals
  • Acerola Cherries - one of the best known sources of fully natural vitamin C complex i.e. includes important co-factors like bioflavonoids, hesperidin, rutin, etc.
  • Lemon Peels - very rich in vitamin C and important co-factors
  • Orange Peels - very rich in vitamin C and important co-factors
  • Rose Hips - very rich in vitamin C and important co-factors
  • Palm Fruits - one of the best known sources of vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant
  • Beetroot - excellent blood builder
  • Spinach Leaf - excellent blood builder
  • Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Non-Fermentable Nutritional Yeast

    Separately, Dr Nicholas Perricone, M.D., a clinical and research dermatologist who got his medical degree in just three years, has come up with his list of 10 superfoods which is said to help us look better and defy the effects of aging.

    Dr Nicholas Perricone's 10 Superfoods

  • Acai fruit - said to be one of the most nutritious foods known
  • Allium Family, i.e. chives, garlic, leeks, onions, scallions, shallots - a wide range of documented health effects, especially for garlic, including anti-cancer effects
  • Barley
  • Green Foods - such foods are usually extremely rich in nutrients
  • Buckwheat - high in amino acids and protein
  • Beans and Lentils - good sources of antioxidants and potassium
  • Hot Peppers - sources of antioxidants, high in vitamin C, and also good for improving circulation
  • Nuts and Seeds (raw) - good sources of omega-3 essential fatty acids and protein
  • Sprouts - great sources of proteins, vitamin C and nutrients in general; the grass is said to be much more nutritious than the grain
  • Yogurt and Kefir - contains beneficial good bacteria

    You may or may not agree with all of these suggestions, but, in my opinion, his 10 superfoods certainly look like useful additions to anyone's diet. The one exception I may disagree with is perhaps yogurt / kefir, and that very much depends on whether one chooses to consume animal products.

    Why do we need to consume superfoods?

    Well, strictly speaking, if we consume a varied healthy diet containing mainly vegetarian, organic, raw and whole foods, we should be getting more than our fair share of nutrition needed for excellent and vibrant health. (Click here for a discussion on understanding nutrition and its various aspects.)

    However, due to issues such as soil depletion, the food which we grow today has significantly less nutrients than it once did one or two hundred years ago. It is thus a good idea to supplement our nutritional needs with superfoods.

    Further, the use of superfoods can really supercharge your health and bring it to a new level altogether, a level which is very difficult to obtain using 'normal' foods alone.

    Broadly speaking, here are 10 superfoods health benefits which I can think of.

    My Favorite Top 10 Superfood Health Benefits of Organic Superfood

  • Excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals
  • Excellent source of antioxidants, which offer many health benefits and protective effects
  • Is nutritionally complete and very concentrated, including many phytochemicals (plant chemicals) whose positive health effects are not yet known to us
  • Easily digested and assimilated by your body, enabling its nutrients to be used within literally minutes
  • Regulates and improves factors such as your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, digestion, metabolism, etc
  • Improves the health of various organs in your body, including vital organs such as the heart, liver, pancreas and kidneys
  • Boosts your immune system greatly, helping it to fight all sorts of health issues
  • Helps protect against and prevent serious diseases, such as cancer
  • Gives you an indescribable energy boost
  • Improves your mental clarity and function

    Personally, I, like many others, consume a superfoods diet by adding a superfood powder or superfood supplements to my daily dietary intake. It feels really good.

    Truth be told, there are more than just the abovementioned 10 superfood health benefits. You will probably have to try it for yourself to really believe it, and I'm quite sure you will not regret it. Chances are, you won't be looking back thereafter either!

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