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SUPERFOODS

Superfoods
Written by Sabrina Scovino

Lately, the term “Superfoods” has been used frequently in the areas of health. Being a quite new term many people do not know what it refers to. So, what exactly are superfoods? The Oxford Dictionary defines it as a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being. So, these particular foods are concentrated with nutrients that provide benefits such as lowering inflammation in the body, boosting the immune system, and alkalizing the body. Let’s take a look at some of these famous superfoods:

Cacao:

Some of you might find this surprising, but the benefits this tropical seed provides are so miraculous that it can even help cancer patients. Raw cacao is very high in magnesium, iron, manganese, and it is the best natural source of antioxidants in the world.  Some of the health benefits that it offers are: improves mental health, lowers blood pressure, cardiovascular support, and increases energy. Cacao also helps diabetics since it contains proanthocyanidins, which is a substance that is sold over the counter and helps lower blood sugar.

Bee Pollen:

This amazing food contains practically all the nutrients essential for human beings. Its content in protein (40%) meets a significant amount of our daily needs, it contains all essential amino acids, and B vitamins such as folate. Bee pollen decreases cholesterol by increasing the HDL (good cholesterol) in the body, aids in preventing the flu/cold, in longevity, and endurance.

Goji Berries:

These delicious berries, also known as wolfberries, are rich in minerals. They contain A and E, and come B vitamins, and more iron than spinach. They benefit the nervous system and the eye health with the content of great antioxidants such as lutein and it also aids in longevity. They have a great flavor and can be eaten as a snack or along with oatmeal, cereal, etc.

Other superfoods:

Cinnamon, ginger, quinoa, medicinal mushrooms, sea vegetables, other berries, dark leafy greens, etc.

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