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Super Foods for Super Nutrition

Super Foods for Super Nutrition

Life Super Foods Micro Greens

In the world of nutrition, there are healthy foods and then there are super healthy foods. Called super foods for short, these include various vegetables, fruits and even grasses that pack a huge nutritional punch per serving. Consuming them on a regular basis is one of the best ways to fill in nutritional deficits that are common in our modern food supply.

Life Super Foods is a nutritional supplement that includes a variety of highly nutritious components like micro greens, potent antioxidants, immune boosting prebiotics and proteins. A dash of harmonizing foods like maca, squash, and holy basil round out the nutritional profile to make a supplement that adds a positive boost to any diet.

Micro Greens

Micro greens are the classification of plant foods that are older than sprouts, yet harvested before maturation. They consist of mainly common vegetables and herbs that are still small and green as the vegetable is not fully developed when picked, hence the name “micro greens.” The early harvesting creates a supplement that packs all the nutrition of the large plant and more, so less is required to get the same nutritional benefit.

While micro greens might include some common plants like arugula, chives, cilantro and beets, some lesser known greens include moringa, barley grass and blue green algae. These nutrient-dense super foods provide a wide variety of vitamins and minerals including vitamins A and K as well as manganese and folate. And the best part of these little nutritional powerhouses is that they contain up to 40 times more nutrients than their adult counterparts.

Super Powerful Vegetables

It is widely known that vegetables are an important part of a healthy lifestyle diet. Due to increased awareness about diet and health, we also know that some foods are associated with lowering the risk of chronic disease while providing numerous important nutrients like potassium, fiber and folate. Some of the vegetables found in Life Super Foods are widely known for their superior health benefits.

  • Spinach is packed with antioxidants, which can help ward of aging and disease. It contains important compounds like quercetin, lutein and natural nitrates and can support eye health and blood pressure. Antioxidants help improve oxidative stress balance in the body, making spinach a supreme leafy green.
  • Peas were once thought of as merely an inexpensive pantry item to keep on hand, but research has shown they are powerful vegetables worth mentioning. They are packed with nutrients that have anti-inflammatory effects and when used as a protein powder can aid digestion, help you feel fuller for longer and have a positive impact on muscle strength and size. (1)
  • Beets have quickly become a super food supplement in their own right. This is because they contain nitric oxide, which helps transport oxygen throughout the body. Many athletes use this supplement for increased energy and quicker recovery from workouts, along with the added benefits of blood pressure support and heart health.

Super Antioxidant Fruits

While vegetables are the focus of many healthy diet plans, fruits also boast nutritional properties that you don’t want to miss. They are high in phytonutrients that help support and nourish all functions of the body and contain high amounts of antioxidants that help fight free radicals. It happens that the fruits found in Life Super Foods are some of the most nutrient dense foods available.

  • Cranberries are low in sugar but higher in antioxidants than most other fruits. In fact, one powerful antioxidant called proanthocyanidins, or PACs for short, are anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory, which may be why they are known to support the immune system.
  • Blueberries contain strong phytonutrients and antioxidants that support cardiovascular health. They are also packed with vitamins C and B6 along with folate, potassium and fiber. And in one report from 2018 published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, researchers found that blueberry powder supplementation had a positive effect on blood glucose. (2)
  • Lemons are high in antioxidants like vitamin C and flavonoids, which help fight free radicals. Free radicals are linked to premature aging, among other things, as they damage cells and wreak havoc within the body. Vitamin C also aids in the formation of collagen, which supports healthy skin and a healthy circulatory system.

Healthy Harmonizing Foods

Harmonizing foods are those that have been traditionally used to help balance and calm all systems of the body. Herbs like maca have traditionally been used to balance women’s hormonal health, holy basil is a traditional remedy for stress and anxiety along with numerous other health benefits, and annatto promotes healthy digestion.

While one serving of Life Super Foods is merely 2 small scoops, it packs a significant dose of nutrients, like:

  • Vitamin C – The organic food blend provides 40 mg of this antioxidant, which not only supports the immune system, but also supports the health of connective tissue and bones.
  • Vitamin E – One serving provides over 44 mg of this immune boosting nutrient.
  • Folic Acid – Folic acid is a B-complex vitamin that helps maintain immunity, while aiding in digestive health. Luckily, one serving of Life Super Foods provides 133.3 mcg of folic acid, making it easy to fit it into any diet.

Life Super Foods includes foods and herbs that have been used as health aids for centuries. Supplements that include micro greens, fruits, vegetables and herbs can support any diet, especially those that fall short on nutrition or for people who are extremely active and require that extra boost. With today’s collective knowledge of various foods and their benefits, we can all take advantage to get that extra nutritional edge for energy, health and balance in all areas of our lives.

References:

1 Babault N, Païzis C, Deley G, et al. Pea proteins oral supplementation promotes muscle thickness gains during resistance training: a double-blind, randomized, Placebo-controlled clinical trial vs. Whey protein. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2015;12(1):3. Published 2015 Jan 21. doi:10.1186/s12970-014-0064-5

2 Rocha DMUP, Caldas APS, da Silva BP, Hermsdorff HHM, Alfenas RCG. Effects of blueberry and cranberry consumption on type 2 diabetes glycemic control: a systematic review. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2018;59(11):1816-1828. doi:10.1080/10408398.2018.1430019

Cindy Papp

Author

Body Cleanse and Detoxification Specialist with over 22 years experience; BSc in Holistic Nutrition, C.C.T. Colon Hydrotherapist, Cert. Holistic Health Practitioner, Spiritual Guide, Energy Work, Reiki, Author, Holistic Health Researcher

For more information on Cindy visit https://www.springclean-cleanse.com/ 

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How Can Superfoods Keep Up My Immune System?

The foods we eat have a great impact on how we feel and our overall health. When we eat healthy, we feel great and if we fill up on junk foods, we become lethargic and lack motivation. But eating a healthy diet not only provides energy, many foods works as immune boosters as they support gut health, which has a large impact on immune health.

There is evidence that certain nutrients have positive effects on our health. For example, some research suggests that zinc supports the production of certain immune cells while Vitamin C promotes healthy cell function within the immune system. (1,2) And on that note, here are some foods with amazing powers to protect your immune health and why they have earned the right to be called super foods.

Barley grass is derived from the leaf of the barley plant, and is a popular superfood used for its many health promoting properties. It is particularly rich in B vitamins as well as C and E, zinc, magnesium, potassium and a host of other nutrients. As mentioned, both zinc and vitamin C play a role in healthy immune function, but barley grass also contributes to healthy digestion. It contains organic sodium, which supports the integrity of the stomach lining, and barley grass is rich in enzymes, both of which contribute to a healthy gut. And studies do show that good gut health is critical for a healthy immune system. (3)

Kale is a leafy green vegetable that has gained popularity among health advocates, because it is loaded with B vitamins for energy, vitamin C to promote iron absorption and fiber for a healthy digestive tract. In fact, the special type of fiber in kale is a prebiotic that helps your body manufacture healthy bacteria, which is crucial for gut health. And while most of us don’t normally associate leafy greens with vitamin C, it turns out that kale is quite rich in this immune booster. And some studies show that, for those under stress, consuming enough vitamin C can lessen your chance of getting a common cold or at least reduce the duration of symptoms.

Moringa may not be found on the supermarket shelves, but it is a medicinal plant in many traditional herbal remedies, and has even earned the nickname the Miracle Tree. Touted for its nutrient count, it has 7 times more vitamin C than an orange and 15 times more potassium than a banana. It is also high in antioxidants that protect cells from damage due to oxidative stress.

Noni is a small, shrub-like tree that mainly grows around lava flows. It has been used for centuries as traditional remedy for colds and flu as well as symptoms like cough or irritated eyes. While there is not much research on this plant as a medicinal herb, it does contain important nutrients like 33% of our daily recommendation of vitamin C, as well as vitamin E, potassium and magnesium. It is rich in folate and biotin, which are B vitamins that play an important role in metabolism.

Spinach falls in the leafy green category, a group of veggies that most of us don’t get enough of. But spinach is rich in vitamins C, A and E, and it just so happens each of the nutrients supports our natural immune system. It is also high in magnesium, a mineral that is important for metabolism and healthy immune function.

Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that doesn’t normally make its way to the dinner table, but it should. This alga is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and is often added to nutritional supplements because of the high nutrient count found in a small serving. According to the University of California, Davis, adding it to cultured immune cells greatly increases production of cytokines, that are important for immune response. (4)

Blueberries are a delicious way to add immune boosting foods to your diet. They contain a host of flavonoids; a class of antioxidants that protects our body and brain from the damaging effects of free radicals. According to UT Southwestern Medical Center, eating foods rich in vitamins and antioxidants may be beneficial in supporting immune health. (5) They are also loaded with vitamins A and C, potassium and manganese and have an antihistamine effect, which can reduce allergy symptoms like a runny nose.

Elderberries are commonly used in herbal remedies and have long been considered a powerful, medicinal plant. Also called Sambucol, it may play a role in supporting the immune system by increasing immune response. One of the more recent studies showed that using elderberry extract while traveling may shorten the duration of cold symptoms in air travelers. (6)

Mangosteen is an exotic, tropical fruit that is highly nutritious with a host of health promoting benefits. It is rich in B1, B2, B9 and Vitamin C, all of which play an important role in supporting immune function and helping to keep energy levels up. It is rich in fiber, providing almost 14% of the daily requirement in just one cup. And it is rich in powerful antioxidants that neutralize free radicals that are linked to a host of disease and health issues.

Green tea has long been a home remedy for weight loss, reducing internal inflammation and protection against cancer and other disease. But it is also important for supporting immune health and may even improve immune function. (7) And drinking just 1-2 cups a day can have a beneficial impact on your health.

Maca is a cruciferous vegetable related to kale and cabbage. It is a popular medicinal herb and is a common ingredient in Peruvian cooking. Often ground into a powder, it has traditionally been used to improve mood, libido, increase energy and endurance. It also increases the body’s supply of superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione; natural antioxidants to fight free radicals and protect our cells from damage.

References:

1 Prasad AS. Zinc in human health: effect of zinc on immune cells. Mol Med. 2008;14(5-6):353–357. doi:10.2119/2008-00033.Prasad

2 Carr AC, Maggini S. Vitamin C and Immune Function. Nutrients. 2017;9(11):1211. Published 2017 Nov 3. doi:10.3390/nu9111211

3 Wu HJ, Wu E. The role of gut microbiota in immune homeostasis and autoimmunity. Gut Microbes. 2012;3(1):4–14. doi:10.4161/gmic.19320

4 UC Davis Health, & Public Affairs and Marketing. (n.d.). UC DAVIS STUDY SHOWS SPIRULINA BOOSTS IMMUNE SYSTEM. Retrieved November 12, 2019, from https://health.ucdavis.edu/health-news/newsroom/uc-davis-study-shows-spirulina-boosts-immune-system/2000/12.

5 4 foods to ease cold and flu symptoms: Prevention: UT Southwestern Medical Center. (n.d.). Retrieved November 12, 2019, from https://utswmed.org/medblog/flu-cold-remedies/.

6 Tiralongo E, Wee SS, Lea RA. Elderberry Supplementation Reduces Cold Duration and Symptoms in Air-Travellers: A Randomized, Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial. Nutrients. 2016;8(4):182. Published 2016 Mar 24. doi:10.3390/nu8040182

7 Oregon State University. (2011, June 3). Mechanism discovered for health benefit of green tea, new approach to autoimmune disease. ScienceDaily. Retrieved November 12, 2019 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/06/110602143214.htm

Cindy Papp

Author

Body Cleanse and Detoxification Specialist with over 22 years experience; BSc in Holistic Nutrition, C.C.T. Colon Hydrotherapist, Cert. Holistic Health Practitioner, Spiritual Guide, Energy Work, Reiki, Author, Holistic Health Researcher

For more information on Cindy visit https://www.springclean-cleanse.com/ 

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Adding Super Foods to Your Daily Routine

Life Super Foods Micro Greens

Superfoods are a recent classification of foods that are nutritionally dense, with many health benefits. The classification began with the holistic healing movements as companies started using the term for foods, usually micro-greens, as supplemental nutrition. As it turns out, these types of foods are nutritionally dense, usually requiring a very small amount to enjoy the massive benefits. Some micro greens include spirulina, wheatgrass and barley grass and are often used by health-conscious folks to make green drinks and smoothies, which are easily incorporated into a daily health regimen.

Today the term super foods is used more broadly as science discovers more foods that are nutritionally superior to others. Some of these are berries, beets, pomegranate and even green tea. They may be included in green drink powders, smoothies, or superfood protein bars to boost nutrition levels for extra energy and even weight loss. Check out this superfoods list used in the top supplements today:

  • Alfalfa
  • Beet powder
  • Barley grass
  • Bilberry
  • Blue Green Algae
  • Blueberries
  • Cranberries
  • Greet Tea
  • Kale
  • Moringa
  • Spirulina
  • Noni
  • Pea Protein
  • Mangosteen
  • Maca
  • Wheat Grass
  • Pomegranate
  • Wolfberries

This list is not complete, but covers most of the top foods that have a wide array of health benefits. These foods are often used by top athletes and health professionals alike, because they know that a busy life, loaded with stress, requires superior nutrition. Let’s check out some of the health benefits of some of these amazing superfoods.

Super Greens and Micro Greens are foods that many people would not normally include in a diet, as blue green algae and barley grass may not sound all that appetizing. But these definitely would be found in a Super Greens drink, and for good reason; they are loaded with nutrients. In fact, microgreens can be up to nine times as nutritious as their full-grown counterpart while grasses and algae contain more protein, chlorophyll, antioxidants, iron and potassium than leafy green vegetables.

Fruits and berries have always been known to be good for you. Many contain loads of Vitamin C, antioxidants and plenty of fiber for all around health. But some fruits and berries stand out for their superpowers, like blueberries, pomegranates and papayas. For example, blueberries are touted as being some of the best fruits heart health, pomegranates offer benefits for the circulatory system and papayas are rich in enzymes that stimulate metabolism for healthy weight management.

There are other superfoods in this category that are not so well-known including; bilberries may assist with healthy blood pressure and have excellent anti-aging properties, cranberries to boost your immune system and elderberries which are excellent antioxidants. And keep in mind, all of these superfoods help promote and health inflammation response.

Vegetables are a favorite of any nutritionist because they contain a wide array of nutrients that overall health benefits such as healthy weight management and even keep our metabolism in check. Some of the more potent vegetables include kale, broccoli and yams. In fact, kale is known to be one the most nutrient-dense foods on this planet! It is loaded with Vitamin C and antioxidants for immune support, as well as fiber to maintain the digestive system. While many people believe we need dairy to fulfil our calcium needs, broccoli alone can fill this need. It contains not only 43 milligrams in a single cup, but also comes with enough vitamin K to help our bodies absorb it.

Supplemental Foods are part of many health-conscious people. These types of foods include fiber for digestive health, maca root for the endocrine system or goji berries to stabilize blood sugar.

When combined, all of the foods on our superfoods list make a complete and well-rounded nutritional supplement. Working out, stress and a busy lifestyle require higher amounts of nutrition, and utilizing the combination of a superfood greens drink can help you get all the nutrition you need.

Cindy Papp

Author

Body Cleanse and Detoxification Specialist with over 22 years experience; BSc in Holistic Nutrition, C.C.T. Colon Hydrotherapist, Cert. Holistic Health Practitioner, Spiritual Guide, Energy Work, Reiki, Author, Holistic Health Researcher

For more information on Cindy visit https://www.springclean-cleanse.com/