The Benefits of Organic Superfoods for Healing

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Superfoods are naturally nutrient dense foods, mostly plant foods but may include fish and eggs. They are whole food, i.e. they are unprocessed and unrefined and full of high levels of nutrients that are easily absorbed into the body. People need a lot of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and many other nutrients in order for the body and brain to function at their best. Unfortunately, intensive farming methods utilized by farmers produce foods that are devoid of nutrients but full of harmful chemicals. Added to this, the foods are processed beyond recognition and filled with even more chemicals and sugar. In an effort to counter this problem, some people take a variety of vitamin and mineral pills but then most of the mass-produced pills are laboratory chemicals that are not absorbable by the body and are therefore useless. Only good quality supplements extracted from natural food can manage to correct the nutrient-deficiency problem.

Instead of swallowing synthetic supplements, health-conscious people get all their nutrients from a variety of organically grown foods (which are better quality) and superfoods (which are nutrient-rich). The best foods are organically-grown superfoods grown in exotic places by small farmers. The nutrient quality and quantity are very high and each one contributes to the optimum functioning of the body. Superfoods are expensive but they are worth the high cost because of their long list of nutrients which prevent continuous expenditure on the treatment of diseases later in life. However, people cannot live on superfoods alone but should make them part of their balanced diet.

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The Benefits of Superfoods

The high vitamin and mineral content in superfoods help the body to fight off diseases and stay healthy. Incorporating superfoods into a well-balanced diet promotes brain health, heart health, the health of all the organs, and weight loss, improves energy levels and even reduces the effects of aging. We will mention some of these benefits under each food item given as an example.

Antioxidants found in many superfoods defend the cells from DNA damaged caused by free radicals. By reducing oxidative stress, superfoods prevent cancer, early aging, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, brain diseases, arthritis, immune deficiency, and many other lifestyle diseases.

Essential fatty acids (omega-3s and 6s) are found in the right proportions within superfoods. These healthy fats improve brain health and thereby reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, improve the length and quality of sleep, reduce symptoms of mood swings, reverse symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and reduce frequency of relapse in people suffering from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. For the heart, the fatty acids reduce triglycerides in the blood, prevent plaque formation, increase levels of good cholesterol, prevent formation of blood clots in blood vessels and lower blood pressure. They also reduce inflammation in the body and lower insulin resistance and improve eye health. There are many other benefits.

Superfoods mainly consist of plant foods that are rich in fiber which prevents diabetes and digestive health problems.

Many superfoods also contain many other phytochemicals that are responsible for deep colors and aromas which have various health benefits.

Knowing which foods are superfoods is a good idea since one can then incorporate them into the daily diet. There is no standard list of superfoods as such but simply a list of foods that are nutrient-dense. Here are some of the foods that are considered to be superfoods and their benefits

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List of Superfoods and Their Benefits

Spirulina contains Vitamins A, B6 and K, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, protein, carbohydrates, fats, and minerals (calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium). It is an antioxidant which neutralizes free radicals in the body, preventing many degenerative diseases. It has anti-cancer properties, lowers blood sugar levels, reverses anemia, relieves symptoms of allergic rhinitis, and improves muscle strength and endurance. It lowers hypertension, and lowers LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood while increasing HDL levels, preventing heart disease. Best of all, it binds with heavy metals, such as arsenic, in the body and helps to remove them from the body. Now there is evidence that it binds with radioactive isotopes and can be used to treat people exposed to radiation.

Chia seeds contain large amounts of omega 3 fatty acids, omega 6 fatty acids, fiber, high quality protein, carbohydrates, antioxidants and minerals (manganese, phosphorus, selenium, copper, iron, magnesium, and calcium). Chia seeds prevent early aging through their antioxidant action, reduce inflammation, relieve constipation, improve heart health, help to control weight, improve bone health, and reduce blood sugar levels.

Mulberries contain vitamins C, E and K1, riboflavin, protein, sugar, fiber, and minerals (calcium, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus). They also contain anthocyanins that give them their color and have antioxidant effects that prevent premature aging. They also prevent constipation, reduce inflammation, reduce bad cholesterol, build healthy bones, boost immunity, prevent cancer, improve circulation, regulate blood pressure, and improve vision.

Açaí berries are high in antioxidants, A and B vitamins, healthy fats, fiber, and minerals (calcium, iron, potassium, chromium, zinc, copper, manganese, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus). They contain many antioxidants including anthocyanins which give them their deep purple color. They suppress and repair oxidative damage and help to maintain normal blood sugar. They also reduce levels of bad cholesterol, boost brain health and have been found to stop cancer cells from forming and spreading.

Goji berries contain antioxidants, vitamins A and C, riboflavin, protein, sugars, fiber, and minerals (potassium, iron, copper, calcium, sodium, selenium, and zinc) They improve energy levels, relieve stress, regulate blood sugar levels, boost the immune system, help with weight loss, improve skin health, improve sexual function and fertility in men, and generally improve health.

Organic dark chocolate contains fiber, saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, antioxidants (flavanols, polyphenols and catechins), and minerals (iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, and selenium). It prevents early aging, reduces blood pressure, improves blood flow, prevents heart disease, protects the skin from sun damage, and improves brain function. It also raises levels of good cholesterol and protects LDL from oxidation.

Moringa contains vitamins A, C and E, amino acids, calcium, and antioxidants such as flavonoids, polyphenols and ascorbic acid which fight free radicals and prevent lipid, protein and DNA oxidation. It reduces blood clotting time and enhances wound healing. Its high polyphenol content reduces and reverses liver fibrosis and damage. It reduces inflammation and thereby prevents or reverses diseases associated with inflammation such as arthritis, heart disease and diabetes. Moringa improves heart health by controlling fat levels, reducing cholesterol levels and preventing plaque formation in the arteries. It lowers blood sugar levels, and supports brain health due to its antioxidant and neuro-enhancing action. It improves digestive health in cases of diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain, intestinal ulcers and intestinal spasms. It boosts the immune system and believed to treat cancer. There are many more benefits!

Most of these superfoods can be accessed fresh but due to changes in season availability and their remote sources, most of them are available as supplements, either capsules that can be swallowed or powders that can be added to smoothies. For healing of addiction and mental problems, it is best to seek help at an addiction clinic that can provide holistic healing methods to combat the problem.