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Achieve Victory With These Superfoods

Achieve Victory With These Superfoods

Superfoods are full of nutritional and health benefits and can be found in any local supermarket.

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• Honey

– Honey is one of the oldest medicines known to man and has been used in the treatment of respiratory diseases, skin ulcers, wounds, urinary diseases, gastrointestinal diseases, eczema, psoriasis, and dandruff. Today, research has demonstrated that honey can inhibit the growth of bacteria, yeast, fungi, and viruses and contains oligosaccharides which increase the number of “good” bacteria in the colon, reduce levels of toxic metabolites in the intestine, help prevent constipation, and help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. To determine the health benefits of any honey, the darker the colour of the honey, the higher the level of antioxidants.

• Avocado

– The healthy monounsaturated fat in the avocado is one of its biggest Superfood health claims. The only other fruit with a comparable amount of monounsaturated fat is the olive. The monounsaturated fat in avocados is oleic acid, which may help lower cholesterol. At 145 calories it contains approximately 2 grams of protein, 6 grams of fibre, and 13 grams of fat, most of which (8.5 grams) is monounsaturated fat.

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• Coconuts

– Young coconuts are one of the highest sources of electrolytes in nature. Electrolytes are ionized salts in our cells that transport energy throughout the body. Coconut water is a much better alternative to commercial sports drinks laden with artificial sugars and colours as the molecular structure of coconut water is identical to human blood plasma, which means that it is immediately recognized by the body and put to good use. Whereas other saturated fats are stored in the body’s cells, the medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil are sent directly to the liver where they are immediately converted into energy. Coconut oil will actually speed up metabolism so your body will burn more calories in a day which will contribute to weight loss

• Green leafy vegetables

– Are both readily available and highly nutritious. Studies continuously confirm that populations that eat a diet high in green leafy vegetables run a far lower risk of heart disease and cancer. Fresh raw green leafy vegetables contain high doses of chlorophyll, easily digestible proteins, enzymes and a wide range of vitamins and minerals. These particular vegetables act as mini-transfusions for the blood, a health tonic for the brain and immune system and a cleanser of the kidneys. Try any of the following: rocket, spinach, dandelion greens, kale, watercress, parsley, lettuce, endive, chicory, broccoli sprouts and mustard sprouts.

• Omega 3

– We know that the omega 3s you get in fish lower heart disease risk, help arthritis, and may possibly help with memory loss and Alzheimer’s but there is some evidence to show that it reduces depression as well. Look for wild (not farmed) salmon, herring, sardines, and mackerel or fortified eggs, flax seed, and walnuts. These superfoods have the added benefit of being high in monounsaturated fats, which can lower cholesterol.  You should aim for two-to-three servings a week.

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