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Everyone has heard about superfoods being very useful and healthy foods. In fact, a huge number of available products may be called superfoods.

Super Facts About Superfoods

For example beets, spinach, blueberries. There is no clear scientific definition of what a superfood really is, it is rather a marketing ploy. So-called products have a high level of vitamins, minerals, and other substances that are useful for our body. Superfoods are rich in protein, fiber, antioxidants, and healthy fats. Let’s look at some of the products that fall into this category.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is one of the best sources of saturated fatty acids. In addition, it is rich in calcium, phosphorus, and vitamins A, C, and E, which preserve beauty and youth. Coconut oil becomes liquid and transparent when heated to 26 degrees and higher. It increases the level of "good" cholesterol and lowers the level of "bad", reducing the likelihood of developing vascular and heart diseases.

Sweet Potatoes

One medium sweet potato contains 4 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein and a large amount of vitamin B6, potassium and manganese. Sweet potatoes have a high concentration of vitamin C, but it also contains a lot of vitamin A (beta-carotene), which strengthens the immune system and helps the body to restore the skin and reduce acne. Eating sweet potatoes contributes to the more efficient function of the brain and nerve cells. Use it instead of traditional mashed potatoes.

Broccoli

Carotenoids which are contained in broccoli help the body fight against toxic substances. Broccoli is the only green vegetable with a high sulforaphane content. Sulforaphane removes carcinogenic chemicals from the body.

Avocado

Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, namely oleic acid, which reduces inflammation and “bad” cholesterol. Regular consumption of avocado reduces the risk of developing metabolic syndrome, so you will lower your risk for developing diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Spirulina

Spirulina is considered almost a cure-all, but this is not quite true. Even spirulina which is rich in vitamins, minerals, and proteins, has contraindications. For example, the consumption of spirulina is undesirable in cases of autoimmune diseases. Just because of its powerful immunomodulatory effects, and in cases of autoimmune diseases the immune system fights with itself. But spirulina lowers blood pressure. This is caused by an increase in the production of nitric oxide. It helps blood vessels to relax and expand.

Sauerkraut

Any fermented food, such as sauerkraut, is good for digestion. It has a high content of fiber and lactic acid bacteria which facilitate the digestion of food. The content of vitamin C in this superfood is 20 times higher than in fresh cabbage. However, in the case of the syndrome of excessive growth of bacteria and fungi in the intestines, this superfood can be harmful by giving food not only to beneficial bacteria but also the pathogenic type.

Ginger

Ginger speeds up digestion by moving food from the stomach to the upper intestine. It is often advised to pregnant women who suffer from toxemia. Tea or water with ginger relieves nausea. In addition, ginger enhances our cognitive abilities and has anti-cancer properties.

Flax Seeds

Flax seeds contain vitamins A and E, which are necessary for young skin, as well as omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are necessary for proper fat balance, lower cholesterol and proper function of the cardiovascular system. Flax seeds, like chia seeds, absorb liquid, swell and have a positive effect on the digestive tract. They are also a good source of fiber. Flax seeds should be used with caution in the case of colitis, cholecystitis, pancreatitis, and stones in the gall bladder because they have a strong choleretic property.

Hempseeds

Hempseeds contain a balanced complex of Omega-3 and Omega-6 acids. Edible hemp seeds do not contain phytic acid, which reduces the absorption of useful minerals: calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and zinc.

Almond Milk

One portion of almond milk contains 50 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin E that is good for skin health. It is also useful for prevention of vision loss, it strengthens bones, regulates blood sugar levels, maintains heart health and blood pressure levels. Almond milk can be added to cereals at the end of cooking, tea or coffee.

Garlic

Garlic helps in the prevention of colds, as it contains allicin. It’s a very important compound that has antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antioxidant properties. Black garlic is especially useful, it is fermented for a long time at a certain temperature. This is a traditional Korean dish. You can eat it even before work or a date, there is no sharp smell in it.

Peruvian Ginseng or Maca

Maca is a root vegetable. It is rich in minerals, vitamins, and amino acids, and has an amazing property - it affects male and female organisms in different ways, normalizes hormone levels and acts as an aphrodisiac. Maca is actively used by athletes instead of synthetic steroids, as it contains a lot of protein and promotes the growth of muscle mass.

Guarana

Guarana is a great alternative to coffee. It helps to maintain the acid-base balance. And the effect of cheerfulness lasts up to 8 hours after consumption of this superfood. Usually, 1 teaspoon of guarana is enough to stay awake and concentrated all day. Guaranine promotes the rapid hydrolysis of lipids (fats) and generally speeds up the metabolic processes. Guarana also reduces appetite. This property is associated with a high concentration of caffeine and tannins, which slightly dull the feeling of hunger.

Goji Berries

Goji berries contain eighteen amino acids, due to which they are an excellent source of protein. This nourishing snack reduces hunger, boosts immunity and improves the nervous system.

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Don’t believe claims on the Internet and elsewhere that coconut oil is good for you. Coconut oil is bad news for your LDL cholesterol, heart, and overall health.

Coconut oil is pretty controversial these days and it's hard to filter through the articles and get to the truth.  Personally, I have some on hand for flavoring certain dishes rarely but don't consider it a superfood worth consuming.  But one can certainly find plenty of sources that say otherwise and we have to make up our minds for ourselves.

https://www.pritikin.com/your-health/healthy-living/eating-right/1790-is-coconut-oil-bad-for-you.html

 

Also about spirulina:

 

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Researchers once believed that the active ingredient of guarana was a chemical specific to the plant -- guaranine. But they later discovered that it was just caffeine. Guarana has among the highest concentrations of caffeine in any plant. It may contain up to 3.6% to 5.8% caffeine by weight. Coffee only has up to 2%.

Coffee and other caffeinated beverages seem to increase alertness when consumed throughout the day. Caffeine can improve mental performance and alertness in sleep-deprived people, and guarana would logically have the same effect.

Experts have not studied guarana extensively. So far, studies have not found that guarana is helpful for improving cognitive ability or mood. Some people use guarana to boost athletic or sexual performance. But there’s no evidence to back this up.

About guarana:      https://www.webmd.com/diet/supplement-guide-guarana#1

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On 5/20/2019 at 7:37 AM, Tweety said:

Coconut oil is pretty controversial these days and it's hard to filter through the articles and get to the truth.  Personally, I have some on hand for flavoring certain dishes rarely but don't consider it a superfood worth consuming.  But one can certainly find plenty of sources that say otherwise and we have to make up our minds for ourselves.

I just can not wrap my head around coconut oil being good for you after so many years of bad reviews,I know many who grew up on those coconut related products and have not seen any miraculous effects.So  I guess I must wait for more studies or research.

Having lived through the artificial sweetener scares,when everyone was told to drink Diet tab with lemon, then eggs were so bad,then egg whites were bad for awhile,avocados were a big no no,I remember OPrah coming on her show saying how full of fat they were,I am so confused.

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