Getting Nutrition from Superfoods

Why Superfoods are Worth Eating
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Our bodies and brains need a lot of amino acids, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and many other nutrients in order to function at their best. Unfortunately, our intensive farming methods put chemical fertilizers into the soil and grow the same crop year after year in the same soil, never giving it a chance to recover its nutrient content. The result is that the food that we grow and eat is devoid of the nutrients it is supposed to have.

Some people are aware of this problem and they believe that by taking a variety of supplements they  can rectify the problem. Only those who take very high quality supplements manage to correct some of the nutrient-deficiency problem. The rest of the people are swallowing synthetics that are not easily absorbable and are of marginal value.

Instead of swallowing more a more supplements, health-conscious people can nutrients from food. They buy a variety of organically grown foods (which are better quality) and superfoods (which are nutrient-rich). Most superfoods are grown in exotic places by small farmers who practice organic farming methods. Their nutrient quality is very high. Each serving of superfoods has a long list of nutrients and each nutrient plays an important role in the functioning of the body. Superfoods are definitely worth the money spent on them and they are worth eating. Their cost is far less than the cost of poor health which requires continuous medical attention.

At Extreme Health USA we sell superfoods that provideb nutrients that you need in the form of delicious snacks. Instead of snacking on empty calories that are found on supermarket shelves, it is wiser to snack on these superfoods that are packed with nutrients. Below we give a few examples of the superfoods and some of their health benefits.

Cacao nibs contain protein, fiber, healthy fats, sugars, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, copper, and antioxidants. Cacao nibs improve cellular health, prompt the brain to release serotonin (the feel-good hormone), protect heart health, prevent premature aging through their antiaging properties, control weight and reset the metabolism.

Chia seeds contain large amounts of fiber, high quality protein, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, carbohydrates, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, copper, iron, magnesium, calcium, and antioxidants. Chia seeds prevent early aging through their antioxidant action, relieve constipation, help to control weight, lower risks of heart disease, improve bone health, reduce blood sugar levels, and reduce chronic inflammation.

Organic dark chocolate contains iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, antioxidants (flavanols and polyphenols). Organic dark chocolate prevents early aging because of its antioxidant action, improves blood flow, lowers blood pressure, reduces the risk of heart disease, protects the skin from sun damage, and improves brain function.

Mulberries contain protein, sugar, fiber, vitamins C, E and K1, riboflavin, calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, and anthocyanins that give them their color and have antioxidant effects. Mulberries prevent constipation, improve circulation, regulate blood pressure, improve vision, may prevent cancer, reduce inflammation, boost immunity, build healthy bones, reduce bad cholesterol, and prevent premature aging through antioxidant activity.

Dragon fruit contains protein, sugars, fiber, vitamins C and E, iron, magnesium and antioxidants. Dragon fruit prevents type 2 diabetes, reduce inflammation, reduce liver fat, improves gut health, Dragon fruit prevents chronic diseases and premature aging through its antioxidant action, improves digestive health, strengthens the immune system, improves red blood cell count, improves metabolism, improves bone health.

Goji berries contain vitamins A and C, riboflavin, fiber, sugars, protein, iron, sodium, copper, selenium, zinc, calcium, potassium, and antioxidants. Goji berries boost the immune system, help with weight loss, improve skin health, regulate blood sugar levels, improve sexual function and fertility in men, relieve stress, improve energy and generally improve health.

These are some of the many superfoods that we sell on our website. Each one of them is super-packed with nutrients and they all have a long list of health benefits, which is why they are worth eating daily.

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Healthy Snacks for the Brain

Superfoods for the Brain:

 

Brain health is critical to normal body function and eating a healthy diet provides the brain with the essential nutrients and energy to fuel it. Among the healthy snacks for the brain that help in boosting its health include;

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Acai Berries

These are dark small sized purple fruits that contain a high level of nutrients including carbohydrates, fiber, proteins, vitamins A, B, C, and E, essential minerals such as calcium, sodium, magnesium and potassium, amino acids and antioxidant compounds such as polyphenols and flavonoids essential for brain function and health.
The antioxidants in acai berries help in preventing brain cell damage and aging by inhibiting the formation of free radicals formed as a result of oxidative stress thus maintaining the normal antioxidant nature of brain cells.

Acai berries also prevent neuroinflammation of brain cells associated with loss of memory and cognitive function by reducing the production of inflammatory cytokines.

Essential fatty acids in acai berries help in the repair of damaged brain cells by enhancing membrane formation which improves brain cell communication.

Acai with Dark Chocolate Mulberries

Pomegranate

Pomegranate contains high levels of antioxidants including polyphenols that prevent oxidative stress in brain cells and their consequential death thus improving brain function.

They also help in preventing neuroinflammation in the brain and reduce the production of amyloid beta proteins that reduce brain activity.

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Cacao Nibs
These are produced by crushing cacao beans into smaller pieces. They are known to contain high nutritional content including proteins, fiber, sugar, amino acids and essential minerals such as magnesium, calcium, copper, potassium, iron, and zinc. They also contain flavonoids and polyphenols rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Flavonoids and polyphenols in cacao nibs help in reducing free radical formation and inflammation of brain cells and nerves, this helps in improving the cognitive functions of the brain. They also help in increasing blood flow to the brain promoting its function.
Amino acids in cacao nibs aid in the synthesis and production of serotonin hormone essential in improving mood especially in cases of stress, anxiety, and depression.

Essential minerals in cacao beans such as magnesium promote memory, potassium increases brain concentration ability, calcium promotes brain nerve transmission ability and zinc promotes brain cell development.

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Goji Berries

Consumption of goji berries provides the brain with essential nutrients such as proteins, polysaccharides, vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals which enhance its function.

Goji berries antioxidant nature help protect the brain from brain cell damage and death by reducing oxidative stress.

Polysaccharides and vitamins in goji berries offer neuroprotection to brain cells and also prevent them from aging.

In a nutshell, the inclusion of the above foods in an individual’s diet goes a long way in ensuring a healthy brain.

An assortment of Goji Berries

Green Tea

Consuming green tea helps provides the body with polyphenols, caffeine, amino acid L-theanine, which are essential for improved brain function.

Polyphenol antioxidants in green tea help in preventing brain cell damage, death and memory loss by preventing neurodegeneration. They also help in stimulating the production of dopamine hormone that aids in neurotransmission and hence helps in maintaining a good mood.

Polyphenols also help in stimulating and increasing the sensitivity of insulin hormone that promotes glucose metabolism supplying the brain with glucose for energy.

Caffeine and the amino acid L-theanine in green tea help in inhibiting GABA activity in the brain which inhibits neurotransmission. This helps in increasing the production of dopamine associated with improved mood and brain function.

Organic Loose Leaf Green Tea

References

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-acai-berries#section1

https://letsreachsuccess.com/drinking-green-tea-for-brain-power/

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-09-pomegranates-brain-dementia.html

https://www.nutritionadvance.com/cocoa-nibs-health-benefits/

https://www.awakeningfromalzheimers.com/goji-berries-possess-a-unique-brain-nutrient/


What is an ORAC and Why It is Important

Importance of  Antioxidants to Counter Free Radicals

Free radicals are molecules or atoms that are unstable and are produced courtesy of the normal process of metabolism and from external sources like exposure to industrial chemicals, air pollutants, etc. It is a fact that we are exposed to free radicals all the time because they are everywhere.

Free radicals are able to cause other molecules to strip their electrons and this often leads to a chain of reactions yielding oxidative damage. This type of damage, over a longer period of time, has been shown to account for degenerative aging changes and various age-related diseases such as coronary heart disease and Alzheimer disease. To counter or neutralize the damage generated by free radicals, we need antioxidants.

It has been established that the consumption of high antioxidant foods is important for slowing the oxidative processes and damage caused by free radicals resulting in age-related diseases and degeneration. You should eat a food combination including nuts, spices, and fruits having high ORAC scores which boosts blood antioxidant scores.

What is an Orac
What is ORAC?
ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) refers to a lab test or a method used for quantifying or measuring the antioxidant capacity in any food or substance. This test was developed around 1990 by the NIH (National Institutes of Health).

This test involves placing in a test tube a food sample together with particular molecules that are able to produce free radical activity and also those molecules susceptible to oxidation. After a while, there is a measuring of how well the food sample managed to safeguard the oxidation of vulnerable molecules by the existing free radical molecules.

If the free radical damaged is lesser, then that means that the test substance antioxidant capacity was higher. In other words, if the ORAC is higher, this means higher antioxidant activity.

The Antioxidant/ ORACs Intake Amount

Most researchers and scientists suggest that your body is able to effectively use from between 3000 to 5000 antioxidants/ORACs every day. Other studies have even suggested that 10,000-12,000 ORAC units may be needed daily for the antioxidant levels in the blood to be affected significantly and adequate protection provided from free radical damage from different sources. This is especially advised if you happen to be exposed to lots of environmental toxins and you are suffering from a chronic physical illness.

You should note that while there is no recommended intake of ORAC units, you should avoid excess intake. That is because there is tight regulation of the blood antioxidant capacity. The excess antioxidants are excreted by your kidneys.

Foods High In ORACs

It is important to understand that often healthy foods have ORAC scores that are high. Consequently, here are some of the foods high in ORACs for your consumption.


I. Fruits
Fruits are important for helping fight cancer, heart disease, and for protection of the immune system.
Goji Berries– ORAC Score is 25,300. About 20 Grams needed to reach DRI
• Black Raspberries- ORAC Score is 7,700. About 65 grams needed to reach DRI
• Prunes- ORAC Score is 5,770. About 87 grams needed to reach DRI
II. Vegetables
Green vegetables are important for the body in protecting aging eyes from macular degeneration and cataracts development. Cruciferous vegetables are important for reducing cancer risk.
• Garlic- ORAC Score is 1939. About 258 grams needed for reaching DRI
• Spinach- ORAC Score is 1,770. About 282 grams needed
• Baked beans- ORAC Score is 503. About 994 grams needed
• Cabbage- ORAC Score is 295. About 1695 grams needed

In conclusion, as you have seen from the foods high in ORAC above, the Goji Berry has the ability that is unmatched for the absorption of free radicals that attacks the body and is injurious. Eating foods that are rich in antioxidants can greatly help our bodies protected against free radicals bombarding us from different sources including from drinking water, breathing air, and food preservatives.

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References

http://www.foodtrients.com/news-page/anti-aging/let-oracs-keep-you-healthy/


Nutrition Matters

Dr  Peter Glidden says we need 90 essential nutrients everyday or our body will suffer and deteriorate.   At Extreme Health USA we believe deeply in the value of nutrition and every opportunity to eat should be an opportunity to add nutrition to your body.  But is also important that what you eat be tasty.   We offer many highly nutritious and delicious snacks.

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