Ever wonder why they are called Superfoods? Superfood is a term used to describe food with high phytonutrient content and other power-packed nutrient values that are massively abundant and bio-available to the human organism.
Here's just a taste of what they can do for you:
Kale has one of the highest levels of antioxidants of any vegetable. It also has one of the highest levels of total carotenes. It’s especially high in lutein and zeaxanthin, which prevent macular degenration. As a member of the cabage family, it’s loaded with anti-cancer phytochemicals. Kale is also loaded full of chlorophyll, manganese, calcium, b-vitamins, and fiber. Kale also contains sulforaphane (particularly when chopped or minced), a chemical with potent anti-cancer properties. Boiling has shown to decrease the level of sulforaphane; however, steaming, microwaving, or stir frying do not result in significant loss. Kale is also a source of indole-3-carbinol, a chemical which boosts DNA repair in cells and appears to block the growth of cancer cells.
Garlic is an antimicrobial and has been found to kill viral, bacterial, and fungal pathogens. Eating half a clove daily can help guard against cancer; some studies suggest it may also lower cholesterol levels and help prevent heart disease. Garlic is used to prevent certain types of cancer, including stomach and colon cancers. In fact, countries where garlic is consumed in higher amounts, because of traditional cuisine, have been found to have a lower prevalence of cancer.
Chia Seeds are 16 percent protein, 31 percent fat, and 44 percent carbohydrate, of which 38 percent is fiber. Most of its fat is the essential omega-3 fatty acid – alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). It’s also high in antioxidants… as much as 8 times higher than blueberries.
1 tsp alone contains the following:
Most Goji berries are cultivated along the Yellow River for more than 600 years. In Asia, goji berries have earned a reputation as "red diamonds." They are one of the richest sources of vitamin C, contain many nutrients and phytochemicals including, 11 essential and 22 trace dietary minerals, 18 amino acids. Per 100 grams of dried fruit, they contain:
Blueberries contain polyphenols which combat the effects of free radicals, a key cause of wrinkles. Keep your skin younger for longer. Blueberries also help the body to make collagen which keeps skin supple. Researchers have shown blueberries contain pterostilbene, anthocyanins, proanthocyanidins, resveratrol, flavonols, and tannins, which inhibit mechanisms of cancer cell development and inflammation. Other studies have found blueberries to lower the effects of brain damage on stroke as well to lower cholesterol and total blood lipid levels.
Coconuts are rich in the immune boosting lauric acid which is converted in our body to monolaurin. Monolaurin contains extraordinarily powerful anti-biotic, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties. These fatty acids pose no danger within our bodies, yet are powerful at destroying harmful microbes by damaging the cell membrane of these competing organisms. This makes coconut one of the best foods to eat during cold/flu season.
Inside a coconut is a cavity filled with coconut water, which is sterile until opened. It mixes easily with blood, and was used during World War II in emergency transfusions. This is possible because the coconut water has a high level of sugar and other salts that makes it possible to be used in the bloodstream. It is also a great way to replenish electrolytes for the same reasons.
10 minerals have been found in dates, with the most prominent being selenium, copper, potassium and magnesium. As dates have a high potassium and low sodium content, they are a healthy choice for those with hypertension. Dates have a high tannin content and may be used medicinally to cleanse and tone intestinal troubles. As an infusion, dates may be administered for sore throat, colds, bronchial troubles and has even been shown to lower fever.