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5 Superfoods You Need to Know!

5 Superfoods You Need to Know!

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I’m sure many of us have heard of the word Superfood. But what exactly does it mean? Superfood is actually a term used to describe nutrient-rich food that is beneficial to one’s health. More and more foods are slowly becoming popular and considered as a superfood due to the nutritional properties found in them. Let’s look at 5 Superfoods that can help you to improve on your health and well-being!

1. Maca

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Packed with vitamins B1, B2, C and E, Maca is a superfood commonly grown in the high mountains in the Andes region. Maca is rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur and iron. Trace minerals like zinc, iodine, copper, selenium, bismuth, maganese and silica can also be found in Maca. Maca is an adaptogen. This means it has the ability to accustom to one’s body metabolism, and co-operate with your body to achieve the best results. Maca can also increase the stability and balance of the body system. This includes the cardiovascular system, nervous system, musculature and lymphatic system. The positive effects of Maca includes:
– Improves energy, stamina and strength
– Improves brain function
– Improves memory
– Balance hormones
– Supports the immunity system
– Aids in menstrual pain relief and regulation
– Enhance fertility
– Decrease in chronic fatigue
– Improves blood circulation
– Lift up your mood

Source: Superfoods

2. Sea Grapes Seaweed

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Sea grapes seaweed aka green caviar aka umibudo was initially found in Okinawa, Japan. However due to the recent increase in popularity, countries like Vietnam started to grow it as well. To ensure green caviar can grow well, a shelter is built over the sea grapes to shade it away from the sun. The water temperature, salt content and weather affect the growth of sea grapes. The best temperature to grow the sea grapes 25-30 degree celcius. Wild harvested green caviar has a lot of toxic and sand which is not suitable for consumption. The positive effects of Sea Grape Seaweed includes:
– Rich in iodine
– Suitable for people with eczema
– High in Calcium
– Improves bone health
– Contains vitamin A and C
– Contains omega-3
– Contains potassium
– Consists of DHA, EPA and ALA
– Improves immunity system
– Strengthens the heart
– Lower the risk of heart diseases
– Prevents constipation

Source: Meal Belly

3. Acai berries

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Acai are berries that can often be found in the Amazon rainforest. These berries contain antioxidants that has been used for centuries as a healing, immune-stimulating and energy-boosting fruit. Researchers have proven that this antioxidant-rich berry can aid in fighting the health issues related to oxidative damage and contains many other advantages. The positive effects of Acai Berries includes:
– Improves cardiovascular system
– Helps to fight harmful organisms
– Improved energy
– Improves blood circulation
– Prevent mental imbalance
– Improves skin complexion
– Aids in digestion
– Decrease the irritation caused by respiratory distress
– Keep cells strong
– Boosts immunity system
– Anti-aging
– Helps to lose weight

Source: Global Healing Center

4. Chia seeds

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Chia seeds are the seeds are found in Salvia Hispanica plant, part of the mint family. This plant can usually be found growing in South America. Chia seeds were prized items to the Aztecs and Mayans in the past. They understand its ability to provide sustainable energy. [Fun fact, ‘chia’ is actually means ‘strength’ in ancient Mayan language.] Although the benefits of chia seeds dates all the way back, it is not until recently that it is being considered a superfood. The positive effects of Chia Seeds includes:
– High in nutrients
– Low in calories
– Contains omega-3 fatty acid
– Increase performance in exercise
– Contains quality protein
– Aids in weight loss
– Improves bone health
– Improvement in Type 2 diabetics
– High amount of antioxidants
– High in fibre
– Decrease the risk of heart diseases

Source: Authority Nutrition

5. Black Garlic

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Black garlic is made from normal garlic that is being fermented at a temperature of 65 to 80 degree celsius. This process usually takes about a month. After that, the garlic is left to get oxidize for another 45 days. Black garlic is black due to a compound called melanoidin. This compound is commonly used to add flavour and colour to beers and ales. Black garlic is sweet, and unlike normal garlic, the intense smell and flavour is eliminated during fermentation. Black garlic also has more health advantages as compared to regular garlic. This is because an amino acid known as S-allylcysteine is produced during fermentaion. The positive effects of Black Garlic includes:
– High in antioxidants
– Aids in preventing heart diseases
– Improvement in Type 2 diabetics
– Reduces bad cholesterol
– Eliminates cancerous cells
– Improves damaged liver caused by alcohol
– Soothes allergies

Source: Nutrition by Angelique

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