They say that back in the day, we used to eat about 1,200 different types of food. Today, we eat about 120. If it’s easy to grow and easy to store and easy to preserve, you’re more likely find it in your supermarket. That narrows it down a bit, doesn’t it. And then of course we’re all fussy about we eat, so that narrows it down a bit further. What do you put into your shopping basket every week? Do you think your cart would contain 120 different types of foods or not even close? For long-term health and wellness, nutritionists recommend that we eat a variety of food. Maybe it’s time to expand your horizons and add a few new things to your basket. If you’re super fussy and only brave enough to add one or two new things to your diet, make them the superfoods. The superfoods are packed with micronutrients that improve vitality and longevity, so they’re the best bang for your buck. And your body will LOVE you.
Here is a list of some of the superfoods you might find in your supermarket or health food store.
Green superfoods are rich in chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is your friend. It has so many benefits, I’m not going to list them all. But to name a few, it is widely believed to have antioxidant and anti-inflamitory properties, it improves the production of hemoglobin in the blood, detoxes the body and is even used to fight chronic bad breath. Some studies have shown that it even helps the body to fight cancer cells. The highest concentrations of chlorophyll can be found in green foods such as wheat grass, barley grass and algae.
- Wheat grass – Wheat grass is the sprouted seed of the common wheat plant Triticum aestivum. The juice contains chlorophyll, amino acids, enzymes, vitamins and minerals and is alkalizing. Because it is sprouted, it contains no gluten. It has been argued that wheat grass helps blood flow, digestion and general detoxification of the body.
- Barley grass – Barley grass is a member of the grass family (H. vulgare L.). The juice contains all of the essential amino acids, 12 minerals and 13 vitamins (including B12 which is important for vegetarians). It has more calcium than milk, more iron and carotene than spinach, more vitamin C and bioflavonoids than oranges, as much protein per ounce as a steak and a truckload of enzymes. Barley grass has high levels of the enzyme SOD (superoxide dismutase), a powerful antioxidant. It also contains chlorophyll which rids the intestines of stored toxins. It is thought that barley grass juice assists with weight loss, longevity, anti-aging, increased energy, improved sleep and improved immune system. Barley grass juice also has anti-viral qualities.
More superfoods (below) to come. This is a new site, give us a little time :)
Wild blue-green algae
Green leafy vegetables
Fruit & Nuts