Superfoods

What are Superfoods?

These are foods that are both delicious and have been tested and found to contain exceptionally high concentrations of phytonutrients, enzymes, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. These foods are linked with the ability to lower the risk of a spectrum of human diseases. Superfoods have been associated with an improvement in overall health, have the ability to significantly boost the immune system, cleanse the body and facilitate a sense of wellbeing, focus and energy.

This makes them a common sense and wonderful alternative to drugs and isolated vitamin supplements. Superfoods help bring us back into balance so that the body can do its work in maintaining optimal health. Visit Super Greens, Super Fruits & Roots.


Supportive Definitions

Adaptogen: A plant that increases the body's resistance to adverse influences by a wide range of physical, chemical, and biochemical factors and has a normalizing or restorative effect on the body as a whole. An adaptogen acts nonspecifically to optimize function and help the body to adapt to physical and mental stress (infection, hot or cold temperatures, physical exertion, and emotional distress). In order to meet the stricter definition of this concept, an adaptogen should lack side effects, be effective against a wide range of diseases or disorders, and restore the body to a healthy equilibrium regardless of the cause of the disruption.

Essential Amino acids: Amino acids are the building blocks of a protein molecule, and essential amino acids are those that cannot be produced by the body and therefore need to be supplied through the diet. There are 8 amino acids that humans must include in their diet.

Phytonutrients: Are bioactive plant substances that are not assimilated by cells or used for fuel but are known to provide protection against disease and modulate the body’s defense mechanisms. They also exhibit protective functions against cancers, pollution, and radiation and help to balance the nervous system. These are found in increased concentrations in superfoods.

Enzymes: These are biologically produced catalysts for the chemical reactions necessary for maintaining life and energy in the body. They help with energy transformation and storage, make active hormones, and facilitate a wide host of processes in the body that help keep it in balance and full of life force. Having enzyme stores is associated with longevity and youthfulness. The body’s own store of enzymes is depleted over time. The best way of including them in your diet is to eat superfoods rich in enzymes as well as a diet high in raw foods (the cooking process destroys enzymes)

Antioxidants: Any chemical thought to inhibit oxidation and protect against the damaging effects of oxidation in the body. They are chemical compounds that can bind to free oxygen radicals preventing these radicals from damaging healthy cells. Free radicals are naturally produced in the body through the normal metabolism of amino acids and fats. They are unstable though and have the potential to react with healthy cells and mutate them from the DNA level. The cells then can become diseased or cancerous.

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