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Author: doctor Eric Madrid

Superfoods are a group of foods rich in vitamins, minerals and plant nutrients with antioxidant properties — the so-called phytonutrients. Food Corporation long and hard to create and brought to market products which we usually call “junk food”. The nutritional value of such products is either low or missing altogether. Products are special scientists and are designed to cause addiction and food addiction, and it worked — many people in the United States of America and in a growing number of countries around the world eat foods high degree of processing, which increases the risk of many diseases.

Ideally, you should focus on a diet with lots of fruits and vegetables. In the diet include Superfoods as part of the equation, and it will help you on the path to health and well-being.

Cocktail Zenbu

Zenbu (ぜんぶ) in Japanese means “all” or “all”. Zenbu powder, replacement meal, is so called because it contains a wide range of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, which provide superior nutrition. Many used Zenbu for Breakfast because it helps stabilize blood sugar levels. Zenbu also contains protein, trace minerals, digestive enzymes, prebiotics and probiotics. Each serving contains only 110 calories, making it a great option for those who want to lose a few extra pounds.

In Zenbu has over 70 Superfoods and nutrients. Patented organic compound ROY-G-BIV, which is used to manufacture this product includes spinach, banana, mango, carrot, acai, BlackBerry, blueberry, Chlorella, alfalfa, wheat grass, ginger, turmeric and many more. All the ingredients considered to be Superfoods.

Zenbu also contains:

    • Proprietary blend of organic seeds and sprouts (flax seed, Chia seeds, quinoa and many others)
    • Organic blend of mushroom powders full spectrum (Reishi, Maitake, shiitake)
    • Probiotic Lactobacillus Sporogenes (good bacteria)
    • A mixture of enzymes (lipase, amylase, protease, bromelain and papain)

Application. Taken as directed on the label.

Wheat grass (Triticum aestivum)

Wheat grass is a superfood rich in phytonutrients. Wheat can be grown indoors and outdoors, it grows in the United States and Europe. Wheat germ is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and can be used as a snack or replace a meal when consumed in powder form.

Wheat germ is rich in:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K
  • Selenium
  • Magnesium
  • Antioxidants, such as phenolic acids and chlorophyll

Useful properties of wheat germ

  • Help to detoxify of phases I and II in the liver
  • Help to strengthen the immune system
  • Help to alkalize the body
  • Help to lower cholesterol
  • Can contribute to the destruction of certain types of cancer cells
  • Higher antioxidant properties in comparison with other vegetables

Wheat germ is available in the form of capsules, powder or liquid. Application. Taken as directed on the label.

Goji berries (Dereza ordinary , or Goji Russian)

Goji berries contain powerful antioxidants. They are rich in phenolic acids, tannins, flavonoids, anthocyanins, and certain vitamins. Goji berries are native to Asia, where they often eat. Goji berries contain vitamins A and C, iron and potassium — they will be a great addition to the diet if you set a goal to improve health.

Useful properties of Goji berries:

  • Anti-aging properties
  • Antioxidant properties
  • Help to protect the brain from Alzheimer’s
  • Increase endurance, according to practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine
  • Useful for people with diabetes
  • Reduce cholesterol
  • Help maintain the health of the cells of the retina

Goji berries can be taken as a dietary Supplement, in the form of dried berries, to be applied topically on the skin or drink the juice of these berries.

Taken as directed on the label.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is one of the most commonly used spices, which is produced from the bark of a unique tree in India. It is used in folk (traditional) medicine, including Ayurveda, and in many cultures. This spice can be added to coffee, oatmeal, rice and many other dishes. Proven that cinnamon has many beneficial properties.

Useful properties of cinnamon:

  • Lowers blood sugar in patients with diabetes
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Antibacterial properties, including activity against MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
  • Antioxidant properties
  • Liver protection

Held in 2017, the study showed that cinnamon can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease

  • Reduces the concentration of fasting insulin in women with polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Lowers LDL (bad cholesterol)
  • Reduces total cholesterol

Cinnamon comes in the form of supplements, as well as in the form of culinary spices and essential oils.

Application. Taken as directed on the label.

Acai (Euterpe vegetable)

The birthplace of acai berries of the Amazon in South America, where indigenous peoples for hundreds of years used this berry as food and drinks. In recent years, these valuable fruits, rich in polyphenols and antioxidants, are gaining in popularity around the world.

Studies have shown that acai berries possess many useful properties:

  • Weight control
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Protect the heart
  • Help to improve blood circulation by dilating blood vessels
  • Anti-diabetic properties
  • Help to lower cholesterol
  • Antioxidant properties
  • Can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, according to a 2013 study (by inhibiting the accumulation of amyloid in the brain, causing Alzheimer’s)

Acai berries are available in Supplement form and in powder form.

Application. Taken as directed on the label.

The Chilean maqui berries

Aristotelia Chilean has dark purple fruit and grows in the southern part of Chile. These berries are extracted for commercial use by the Mapuche Indians and has a powerful antioxidant effect. The ability of these berries to protect the body from oxidation caused by the high content of phenolic acids, flavonoids, anthocyanins, especially delphinidin — the most powerful antioxidant among the anthocyanins. Held in 2017, the study of Nutrition and body functions has shown that the maqui berries is the Chilean when used as a Supplement to a diet high in fiber maintain a high level of antioxidant ability.

Chilean maqui berries have the following properties:

  • Anti-inflammatory properties inhibit COX-2, according to the study, 2017 This is the same enzyme targeted by the action of pharmaceutical drugs such as celecoxib (Celebrex).
  • Antioxidant properties
  • Contribute to the strengthening of the cardiovascular system through the production of nitric oxide
  • Reduce inflammation of blood vessels (according to the study, 2015).
  • Promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut according to a study the international journal of molecular Sciences International Journal of Molecular Sciences
  • The study showed 2016, Chilean maqui berries help to improve blood sugar (glucose) in people with prediabetes
  • Anti-aging properties when applied topically

Chilean maqui berries can be taken in Supplement form or powder, separately or add to fruit smoothies.

Application. Taken as directed on the label.

Propolis

It is well known that bees make honey — some also know Royal jelly is a common food additive which is prepared from a secretion, produced by worker bees. However, few people know that bees also produce propolis, a substance made by drawing certain ingredients from plants, beeswax and flowers. Propolis is also called “bee glue”.

The word “propolis” comes from the Greek words pro, meaning “inlet”, and polis, which translates as “community” or “town”. Propolis is the glue used to bond the hive and contains many substances. Cardol and quercetin are two of the many active ingredients of propolis — these substances, along with other give propolis its healing properties.

The Incas in South America have used propolis for the treatment of high temperature, and the Greeks and Romans treated wounds with propolis.

The beneficial properties of propolis:

  • Reducing blood sugar in patients with diabetes, according to the study, 2017 in the journal of integrative medicine Journal of Integrative Medicine
  • Animal studies have demonstrated the ability of propolis to protect the body against diabetic nephropathy
  • Antibacterial and antifungal properties
  • Antioxidant properties
  • Protects the liver against the toxicity of mercury
  • Can protect teeth from decay
  • A study conducted in 1995, showed a decrease in the incidence of upper respiratory tract infections in children
  • Reduces total cholesterol in patients with diabetes mellitus
  • In laboratory research, propolis killed the cancer cells of melanoma
  • In laboratory studies conducted in 2017, propolis killed the cancer cells of the colon

Despite the fact that a number of studies have shown that bee propolis may be active against some types of cancer cells, human studies proving the anticancer properties of propolis, was conducted.

Propolis can be taken in the form of supplements, as a spray administered orally or topically to wounds to prevent infection.

Application. Taken as directed on the label.

Spirulina

Spirulina is an easily digestible dietary Supplement that belongs to the family of blue-green algae and available in the form of tablets or powder. Spirulina refers to the type of bacteria that scientists call cyanobacteria, namely arthrospira platensis. Learn more about spirulina.

Spirulina is a comprehensive source of proteins, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.

The beneficial properties of spirulina:

  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Can reduce pain caused by arthritis
  • Antioxidant properties
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Lowers blood sugar in patients with diabetes and prediabetes
  • A good source of zinc, which is important for healthy skin, a strong immune system and memory
  • A good source of B vitamins, which are important for the nervous system, brain and heart. Because the people who adhere to vegetarian diets usually lack vitamin B12 daily supplements spirulina can provide up to 60% of the recommended daily value of vitamin B12.
  • Contains gamma-linolenic acid — essential fatty acid, which is vegetables. Relates to the beneficial fats are omega-6 and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Those who are trying to maximize the nutrient content of the diet, it is recommended to start with adding spirulina to the diet. Spirulina can be taken in Supplement form or powder that you can add to your dishes, or fruit smoothies.

Other Superfoods:

  • Almonds
  • Cocoa/cocoa powder
  • Chia seeds
  • Garlic
  • Hemp seed
  • Cabbage
  • Spinach
  • Algae

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  • The author of this article — doctor Eric Madrid, a member of the American Council on integrative and holistic medicine, certified American Board of family medicine and the American Council on integrative and holistic medicine. He is the author of “the purpose of the vitamin D, the healing energy of the sun.” Eric Madrid graduated from medical school at Ohio State University. He is a partner of Rancho Family Medical Group and is accepting patients in Menifee, California. More information about Dr. Madrid here.

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