Superfood Details

 Spirulina

• One 3 g (6 x 500 mg tablets) serving supplies the nutritional equivalent of TWO servings of fresh vegetables!
• Rich in antioxidants
• Boosts energy and cellular health
• More than 60% easy-to-digest all-vegetable protein.
• Rare food source of the essential fatty acid GLA
• High in B-12 and easy-to-absorb iron
• http://www.relfe.com/ spirulina_health_benefits.html
• As well as beta carotene, Spirulina contains other nutrients such as iron, manganese, zinc, copper, selenium, and chromium.
• Every 10 grams of spirulina can supply up to 70% of the minimum daily requirements for iron, and about three to four times of minimum daily requirements for vitamins A (in the form of beta carotene), B complex, D,and K.
• http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-spirulina.html

Chlorella
• Helping your heart to utilize magnesium - Magnesium is essential for proper heart function. Chlorella also helps to prevent anemia while  stimulating the body to product more red blood cells.
•Improving your digestive system - Chlorella helps to eliminate bad breath as well as foul smelling stools. Constipation is also relieved with the use of this product.
•Fighting cancer - Interferon helps your body fight cancer. Chlorella increase interferon levels. Additionally, this helps to boost the immune system.
•Balancing the pH levels of the body - Our body's pH level is ideally between 7.2 and 7.4. This is considered neutral.  Often though this drops as we eat junk food or processed foods. This allows diseases to start and grow.
•Normalized blood pressure and blood sugar - Low blood sugar leads to improper brain and heart function. Your
body also doesn't metabolize energy properly. High blood pressure can lead to strokes and/or heart attacks.
• Chlorella is a whole food, one that is a complete protein.
• It contains all of the essential B vitamins as well as vitamins C and E.
• Chlorella contains all of the major minerals including iron and zinc.
• Not only does this food boost the immune system, it also accelerates healing and protects against radiation.
• Chlorella benefits include help in the prevent of degenerative diseases, relief from arthritis pain, help in losing weight and aid in Candida albicans treatment.
• http://www.chlorellafella.com/pages/Chlorella-Benefits.html

Goji Berries
• High in antioxidants. Eating foods high in antioxidants may slow the aging process as well. It does this by minimizing damage from free radicals that injure cells and damage DNA. When a cell's DNA changes, the cell grows abnormally. Antioxidants can take away the destructive power of free radicals. By doing so, antioxidants help reduce the risk of some serious diseases.
• Rich in vitamin A that may have anti- aging benefits. These special compounds help boost immune function, protect vision, and may help prevent heart disease.
• Some research suggests that goji berry extracts may boost brain health and may protect against age- related diseases such as Alzheimer's.
• Other studies using goji berry juice founds benefits in mental well-being, and calmness, athletic performance, happiness, quality of sleep, and feelings of good health. These are preliminary studies that need to be repeated before definitive conclusions can be drawn.
• Precautions: There may be some possible herb-drug interactions with goji berries. If you take warfarin (a blood thinner), you may want to avoid goji berries. Goji berries may also interact with diabetes and blood pressure drugs.
• http://www.webmd.com/balance/goji-berries-health-benefits-and-side-effects Maca
• It is an adapdogen:
• An adaptogen is a substance which raises the non-specific resistance in an organism.
• Adaptogens enable the body to enhance its power of resistance and adapt to external conditions.
• They work with the body's natural rhythms to help rebuild weak immune systems, re- mineralize poorly nourished bodies, and increase energy and endurance.
• Its fiber as well as glucosinolate content show promise in helping combat some cancers.
• Bio-available calcium, in conjunction with its alkaloids, make it an effective bond builder, thus reducing osteomalacia and rickets.
• Some of its fatty acids function as fungicides and local antiseptics, which may aid in overall immunity enhancement.
• Tannins bind and precipitate proteins, which improves the nutritional value of maca.
• Saponins and terpenoids may aid as a sedative, expectorant, pain reliever, anti- tumoral, and analgesic.
• Effects general and not localized to a specific organ.
•Normalizing action irrespective of the pathological state.
•Enhancing sexual desire in men.
•“Tired blood” (anemia).
•Leukemia.
•Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
•Improving energy and athletic performance.
•Improving memory.
•Depression.
•Female hormone imbalance.
•Menstrual problems.
•Infertility.
•Symptoms of menopause.
•Osteoporosis.
•Stomach cancer.
•Tuberculosis.
•Sexual problems.
•Boosting the immune system.
•AIDS.
•http://www.macaroot.com/benefits

Hemp
• All 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids (EAAs) our bodies cannot produce.
• A high protein percentage of the simple proteins that strengthen immunity and fend off toxins.
• Eating hemp seeds in any form could aid, if not heal, people suffering from immune deficiency diseases. This conclusion is supported by the fact that hemp seed has been used to treat nutritional deficiencies brought on by tuberculosis, a severe nutrition blocking disease that causes the body to waste away.3
•  Nature’s highest botanical source of essential fatty acid, with more essential fatty acid than flax or any other nut or seed oil.
• A perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 Linoleic Acid and Omega-3 Linolenic Acid – for cardiovascular health and general
strengthening of the immune system.
• A superior vegetarian source of protein considered easily digestible.
• A rich source of phytonutrients, the disease- protective element of plants with benefits protecting your immunity, bloodstream, tissues, cells, skin, organs and mitochondria.
• The richest known source of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids
• http://nutiva.com/articles/hemp-seed-nutritional-value-nutrition-benefits/ Chia Seeds
•Aztec seed said to sustain through battles and wars.
•Energy and Hydration protein, absorb water (1 pt. chia, 9 pts. water/liquid)
•Fiber- Cleanse the digestive tract, aid elimination, and filling
•Omegas- Higher Omega-3’s than flax seed
•http://rawfoodswitch.com/raw-food-product-reviews/chia-seeds/

Cacao
Antioxidants: Cacao has more antioxidant flavonoids than any food tested so far, including blueberries, red wine, and black and green teas.  In fact, it has up to four times the quantity of antioxidants found in green tea.  Health benefits of these antioxidants include:
◦ Promote cardiovascular health - Help dilate bloods vessels, reduce blood clotting, improve circulation, help regulate heartbeat and blood pressure, lower LDL cholesterol, and reduce the risk of stroke and heart attacks.
◦ Protect from environmental and metabolic toxins - Help repair and resist damage caused by free radicals, and may reduce risk of certain cancers.  Neurotransmitters: By increasing the levels of specific neurotransmitters in our brains, cacao promotes positive outlook, facilitates rejuvenation and simply helps us feel good.
◦ Serotonin - Cacao raises the level of serotonin in the brain; thus acts as an anti-depressant, helps reduce PMS symptoms, and promotes a sense of well-being.
◦ Endorphins - Cacao stimulates the secretion of endorphins, producing a pleasurable sensation similar to the “runner’s high” a jogger feels after running several miles.
◦ Phenylethylamine - Found in chocolate, phenylethylamine is also created within the brain and released when we are in love. Acts as mild mood elevator and anti-depressant, and helps increase focus and alertness.
◦ Anandamide - Anandamide is known as the “bliss chemical” because it is released by the brain when we are feeling great. Cacao contains both N-acylethanolamines, believed to temporarily increase the levels of anandamide in
the brain, and enzyme inhibitors that slow its breakdown. Promotes relaxation, and helps us feel good longer.  Essential Minerals: Cacao beans are rich in a number of essential minerals, including magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese.
◦ Magnesium - Cacao seems to be the #1 source of magnesium of any food.  Magnesium balances brain chemistry, builds strong bones, and helps regulate heartbeat and blood pressure. Magnesium deficiency, present in 80% of Americans, is linked with PMT, hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and joint problems.
◦ Sulfur - Cacao is high in the beauty mineral sulfur. Sulfur builds strong nails and hair, promotes beautiful skin, detoxifies the liver, and supports healthy pancreas functioning.
Essential fats: There is a misperception that chocolate is fattening. In truth, the fats in cocoa butter are healthy fats. Cacao contains oleic acid, a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, also found in olive oil, that may raise good cholesterol. Also, substances found in cacao are known to help reduce appetite.  Important note- To fully benefit from chocolate’s wide array of nutrients, eat chocolate that is as close to its natural state as possible. Whole cacao beans and nibs are best.  You lose many of the health benefits when you eat commercially produced chocolate.
Sesame Seed
•The seeds are especially rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acid oleic acid which comprise up to 50% fatty acids in them. Oleic acid helps to lower LDL or "bad cholesterol" and increase HDL or "good cholesterol" in the blood. The seeds are also very good source of dietary proteins with fine quality amino acids that are essential for growth, especially in children. Just 100 g of seeds provide about 18 g of protein (32% of daily recommended values).
•Contain many health benefiting compounds such as sesamol (3, 4-methylene-dioxyphenol), sesaminol, furyl methanthiol, guajacol (2-methoxyphenol), phenylethanthiol and furaneol, vinylguacol and decadienal. Sesamol and sesaminol are phenolic anti-oxidants. Together, these compounds help stave off harmful free radicals from the body.
• They are very good sources of B-complex vitamins such as niacin, folic acid, thiamin (vitamin B1), pyridoxine (vitamin B6) and riboflavin.
• 100 g of sesame contains 97 mcg of folic acid, about 25% of recommended daily intake. Folic acid is essential for DNA synthesis. When given in expectant mothers during peri-conception period, it may prevent neural tube defects in the baby.
• Niacin is another B-complex vitamin found abundantly in sesame. About 4.5 mg or 28% of daily required levels of niacin is provided by just 100 g of seeds. Niacin help reduce LDL-cholesterol levels in the blood. Also, it enhances GABA activity inside the brain which in turn helps reduce anxiety and neurosis.
• The seeds are incredibly rich sources of many essential minerals. Calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, selenium and copper are especially concentrated in sesame seeds.
• http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/sesame-seeds.html Sunflower Seed
• The seeds are especially rich in poly-unsaturated fatty acid linooleic acid which comprise more 50% fatty acids in them. They are also good in mono-unsaturated oleic acid which helps lower LDL or "bad cholesterol" and increase HDL or "good cholesterol" in the blood.  
• Like other nuts, they are also very good source of proteins with fine quality amino acids such as tryptophan that are essential for growth, especially in children. Just 100 g of seeds provide about 21 g of protein (37% of daily recommended values).
• In addition, the sunflower seeds contain many health benefiting poly-phenol compounds such as chlorgenic acid, quinic acid, and caffeic acids. These are natural anti-oxidants which help remove harmful oxidant molecules from the body.  Further, chlorgenic acid help reduce blood sugar levels by reducing breakdown of glycogen in the liver.
• They are indeed very rich source of vitamin E; contain about 35.17 g per100 g (about 234% of RDA). Vitamin E is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant, required for maintaining the integrity of cell membrane of mucus membranes and skin by protecting it from harmful oxygen free radicals.
• Sunflower kernels amongst are one of the finest sources of B-complex group of vitamins. They are very good sources of B-complex vitamins such as niacin, folic acid, thiamin (vitamin B1), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), pantothenic acid, and riboflavin.
• Sunflower kernels are incredible sources of folic acid. 100 g of kernels contains 227 mcg of folic acid, that is about 37% of recommended daily intake. Folic acid is essential for DNA synthesis. When given in expectant mothers during peri-conception period, it may prevent neural tube defects in the baby.
• Niacin and pyridoxine are another B-complex vitamins found abundantly in sunflower. About 8.35 mg or 52% of daily required levels of niacin is provided by just 100 g of seeds. Niacin help reduce LDL-cholesterol levels in the blood. Also, it enhances GABA activity inside the brain which in turn helps reduce anxiety and neurosis.
• The seeds are incredibly rich sources of many essential minerals.  Calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, selenium and copper are especially concentrated in sunflower.
• http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/sunflower-seeds.html


Agave
•Low on the Glycemic Index - When it comes to comparing agave nectar and sugar, agave syrups are much lower on the glycemic index, which measures how the sugars in a food or drink interacts with blood sugars.  Those at risk for
diabetes may want to swap out sugar for agave nectar.  
•Calcium - With a low glycemic rating, high inulin, and calcium, agave nectar accommodates calcium absorption for
bone density and overall health. Getting calcium into your diet prevents osteoporosis and related conditions late in life.
• Calorie Counts - Cup for cup, agave nectar has a much lower calorie count than conventional sugar. According to industry resources, that estimates savings of up to 300 or more calories per cup when switching from cane sugar to agave nectar.
• Raw Options - Although all of the above health benefits have been attributed to processed agave nectar, which is seated at over 100 degrees farenheit for many hours, some choosy shoppers still look for completely raw and unprocessed agave nectar.  Experts claim that processing the agave nectar breaks down its “fructosans,” adding the intense sweetness of the product. Where natural products are available, shoppers may be able to choose from processed or raw agave nectar.
• Other Health Benefits - Fans of agave nectar also claim that this product can boost the immune system and help increase energy levels. It has also been reported to be helpful to some people in promoting weight loss, as part of a comprehensive diet that cuts down on processed foods and those where the nutritional value has been largely
leached out or depleted.
• http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/6-health-benefits-of-madhava-agave-nectar.html
• Is a vegan sweetner, compared to honey and cane sugar (often processed with bone).  It is also more diverse in its uses than fruits such as date, raisins, and figs.


Chlorophyll
• It has been seen to help in the growth and repair of tissues.
• Chlorophyll helps in neutralizing the pollution that we breathe in and intake everyday - a good supplement for smokers.
• It efficiently delivers magnesium and helps the blood in carrying the much needed oxygen to all cells and tissues.
• It is also found to be useful in assimilating and chelating calcium and other heavy minerals.
• It had been seen to have a good potential in stimulating red blood cells to improve oxygen supply.
• Along with other vitamins such as A, C and E, chlorophyll has been seen to help neutralize free radicals that do damage to healthy cells.
• Chlorophyll is also an effective deodorizer to reduce bad breath, urine, fecal waste, and body odor.
• It may reduce the ability of carcinogens to bind with the DNA in different major organs in the body.
• Chlorophyll may be useful in treating calcium oxalate stone ailments.
• It possesses some anti-atherogenic activity as well.
• It can be used to treat infected wounds naturally.
• It has anti-mutagenic and anti-carcinogenic properties so that it may be helpful in protecting your body against toxins and in reducing drug side effects.
• http://www.nutritional-supplements-health-guide.com/chlorophyll-benefits.html


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