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TOP 10 SUPERFOODS EVERYONE SHOULD START EATING


1.Zenbu Shake

Zenbu means “everything” or “all” in Japanese. Zenbu meal replacement powder is so named because it contains a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, which provide quality, high-grade nutrition. Many consume Zenbu for breakfast as it helps stabilize blood sugar. Zenbu also contains protein, trace nutrients, digestive enzymes, prebiotics, and probiotics.  Each serving is only 110 calories, making it a great choice for those wanting to shed a few extra pounds.

Zenbu contains over 70 superfoods and nutrients. The Organic ROY-G-BIV proprietary blend used to manufacture this meal includes spinach, banana, mango, carrot, acai, blackberry, blueberry, chlorella, alfalfa, wheatgrass, ginger, turmeric and more. All ingredients are considered superfoods.

Zenbu also contains:

    • A proprietary organic Seed and Sprout Blend (flaxseedchia seedquinoa and more)
    • An organic, full-spectrum Mushroom Powder Blend (ReishiMaitakeShiitake)
    • Lactobacillus Sporogenes, a probiotic (good bacteria)
    • Enzyme Blend (lipase, amylase, protease, bromelain and Papain)

2.Dark Leafy Greens

Dark green leafy vegetables (DGLVs) are an excellent source of nutrients including folate, zinc, calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin C and fiber.

Part of what makes DGLVs so super is their potential to reduce your risk of chronic illnesses including heart disease and type 2 diabetes

They also contain high levels of anti-inflammatory compounds known as carotenoids, which may protect against certain types of cancer

Some well-known DGLVs include:

  • Kale
  • Swiss chard
  • Collard greens
  • Turnip greens
  • Spinach

Some DGLVs have a bitter taste and not everyone enjoys them plain. You can get creative by including them in your favorite soups, salads, smoothies, stir-fries and curries.

3.Cacao Nibs

Cacao nibs are the seeds from the fruit of the cacao tree – the tree that produces the bean from which we make cocoa and chocolate. Cacao nibs are bold in flavor and slightly bitter in taste. With the perfect crunch, they add wonderful taste and texture (not to mention many many health benefits) to cookies, oatmeal, smoothies, and more.

Benefits of Cacao Nibs

  • high in antioxidants
  • naturally mood boosting
  • enhances energy and focus
  • great source of fiber, iron, and calcium
  • prevents premature aging and promotes skin health

4.Wheatgrass (Triticum aestivum)

Wheatgrass, which comes from the wheat plant, is a superfood rich in phytonutrients. Able to be cultivated indoors or outdoors, it grows in the United States and Europe. Wheatgrass is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and can be used as a snack or meal replacement when consumed as a powder.

Wheatgrass is rich in:

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

Benefits of wheatgrass

  • Promotes detoxification in the liver by supporting the phase I and phase II pathway
  • Helps optimize immunity
  • Helps alkalize the body
  • Helps lower cholesterol levels
  • Higher antioxidant properties than most other vegetables

Wheatgrass is available in capsule and powder or as a liquid.  Directions: Take as directed on the label.

5.Legumes

Legumes, or pulses, are a class of plant foods made up of beans (including soy), lentils, peas, peanuts and alfalfa.

They earn the superfood label because they’re loaded with nutrients and play a role in preventing and managing various diseases.

Legumes are a rich source of B vitamins, various minerals, protein and fiber.

Research indicates that they offer many health benefits including improved type 2 diabetes management, as well as reduced blood pressure and cholesterol

Eating beans and legumes regularly may also promote healthy weight maintenance, due to their ability to improve feelings of fullness

6.Cinnamon

Cinnamon is one of the most used spices, derived from a unique tree bark. It is used in traditional medicine, including Ayurvedic medicine, and by many cultures. The spice can be added to coffeeoatmealrice, and many other foods. It's been shown to have many health benefits.

Benefits of cinnamon:

  • Lowers blood sugar in those with diabetes
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Antibacterial properties, including activity against MRSA (also known as Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus)
  • Antioxidant properties
  • Liver protection

A 2017 study showed it may be helpful in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease

  • Reduces fasting insulin in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Reduces LDL (bad) cholesterol
  • Reduces total cholesterol

7.Hemp Hearts

Hemp hearts are the shelled seeds of the industrial hemp plant (related to cannabis plant). They have an earthy nutty flavor and a nice soft crunch. Despite being so small, they are packed with nutrients. So go ahead, sprinkle them on your salads, and dinner bowls. Blend them in your smoothies, or add them to your tofu scrambles.

Benefits of Hemp Hearts

  • Provides a complete protein
  • Promotes weight loss
  • Hair, skin, and nail health
  • Filled with Omega-3s
  • A great source of natural energy

8.Kefir (And Yogurt)

Kefir is a fermented beverage usually made from milk that contains protein, calcium, B vitamins, potassium and probiotics.

Kefir is similar to yogurt but has a thinner consistency and typically more probiotic strains than yogurt.

Fermented, probiotic-rich foods like kefir have several associated health benefits, including reduced cholesterol, lowered blood pressure, improved digestion and anti-inflammatory effects

Though kefir is traditionally made from cow’s milk, it’s typically well tolerated by people with lactose intolerance due to the fermentation of the lactose by bacteria.

However, it’s also made from non-dairy beverages such as coconut milk, rice milk and coconut water.

You can purchase kefir or make it yourself. If you’re choosing a commercially prepared product, be mindful of added sugar.

9.Turmeric

Turmeric is a bright yellow spice that comes from the roots of a plant in the ginger family. It is used often in Indian and Asian cuisine. Best known for its anti-inflammatory effects, turmeric is one of the oldest herbal medicine.  Its subtle flavor makes it easy to add to your soups, scrambles, and nut-cheeses to enhance color and provide healthful benefits without compromising the flavor.

Benefits of Turmeric

  • Decreases inflammation in vessels, skin, and gut
  • Balances mood
  • Boosts skin health
  • Alleviates joint pains
  • Promotes brain and heart health

10.Bee Propolis

It’s commonly known that bees make honey—some may also be familiar with royal jelly, a common supplement made from a secretion that worker bees produce.  However, few know that bees also make propolis, a substance made by extracting specific ingredients from plants, beeswax, and flowers.  Propolis is also known as “bee glue”.

Propolis comes from the Greek words pro, which means “at the entrance to,” and polis, which translates to “community” or “city”.  Propolis is the glue used to keep a beehive together, and it has many substances within it.  Cardol and quercetin are two of many active ingredients found in bee propolis—these substances help provide its medicinal benefits.

The Incas of South America used propolis to fight fevers while the Greeks and Romans used it to heal wounds.  

Health benefits of bee propolis:

  • Lower blood sugar levels in diabetics, according to a 2017 study in the Journal of Integrative Medicine
  • Protection against diabetic kidney disease has been demonstrated using animal models
  • Antibacterial and antifungal properties
  • Antioxidant properties
  • Protects the liver from mercury toxicity
  • May protect against dental cavities
  • A 1995 study showed a reduction in upper respiratory infections in children
  • Lowers total cholesterol levels in those with diabetes
  • Killed melanoma cancer cells in a laboratory study
  • Killed colon cancer cells in a laboratory study in 2017

 

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Sources:www.au.iherb.com,www.healthline.com,www.mydarlingvegan.com


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