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8 superfoods

Saturday, March 15, 2014

They are, of course, selling a product. they always are...however, along they way the information can be useful as well. I have no intention of purchasing their product, but I am interested in what they say is IN it and why these ingredients are superfoods. Have a look for yourself:

Mister B's Secret Recipe Reveals the 8 Most Nutrient Dense Superfoods on Earth...

The nutritional properties of each of these nutritional powerhouses could fill an entire book. Every single one of them has been shown to single-handedly deliver powerful healthy aging benefits—but when combined, they produce a spectacular, synergistic boost to your overall health and well-being... like adding rocket-fuel to your car's gas tank!
Superfood #1: Chlorella - The World's Greatest Healthy Aging Food!

Chlorella is a single-celled, water-grown algae that contains more health-enhancing chlorophyll per gram than any other plant. It is extremely rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids and many other nutrients that are beneficial to your health.

Chlorella also has an abundance of nucleic acids, which have powerful rejuvenating properties that regulate the aging process, supports youthful looking and wrinkle-free skin, and helps you have a longer potential lifespan.

Dr. Benjamin S. Frank, author of The No-Aging Diet and Nucleic Acid Therapy in Aging and Degenerative Disease, offered his patients with foods rich in nucleic acids, and reported that such a diet helped his patient's look and feel 6 to 12 years younger than their chronological age, and their overall health dramatically improved. They also experienced a substantial fading of the look and feel of lines and wrinkles, and developed healthier, younger-looking skin after only 2 months.

The raw and organic chlorella in Mega-Nutrition Organic Superfood is "broken cell wall chlorella"—the most beneficial kind of chlorella. This means that the cellulose cell walls of chlorella have been pulverized or broken down, thereby making it bioavailable... or able to be easily absorbed and used by the body... giving it the power to deliver superior health benefits.
Superfood #2: Moringa - The "Miracle Tree" of Cell Rejuvenation and The Enemy of Abnormal Cell Growth

The moringa is a genus of trees indigenous to Southern India and Northern Africa, and now cultivated in Central and South America, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and the Philippines. The leaves of the species called moringa oleifera, have become recognized in recent years as being highly beneficial to human health.

Moringa leaves are a healthy aging powerhouse because they contain several thousand times more of the powerful nutrient zeatin than any other known plant. A study published in Rejuvenation Research shows the undeniable youth-preserving effects of zeatin are due to its ability to regulate cell division and growth, and delay cell aging. With the zeatin contained in moringa, new skin cells grow at a faster rate than old skin cells die. This results in a marked reduction of look and feel of wrinkles on the face and other parts of the body, and a more youthful skin appearance.

Moringa leaves also have 90 essential nutrients and 2 compounds that have been shown to regulate abnormal cell growth (or a retardation of their growth). This has earned moringa the reputation of being a plant that supports health. India's traditional natural Ayurvedic medicine currently uses moringa leaves to in the care of over 300 diseases.

A Bureau of Plant Industry report states that, gram per gram, moringa leaves contain: twice the protein content of 8 ounces of milk (and 4 times the calcium); the Vitamin C equivalent of 7 oranges; the potassium content of 3 bananas; 3 times the iron of spinach; and 4 times the Vitamin A of carrots.
Superfood #3: Maca - The Sacred Plant More Precious Than Gold!

Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a hearty root vegetable that grows in the high Andean plateaus of Peru. It is full of essential nutrients drawn from the mineral rich soil of the high Andes and the ancient Inca worshipped it as a sacred plant.

Maca was so highly prized by the ancient Inca that Conquistadors often asked to be paid their tributes in maca rather than gold!

Maca has gained the reputation of being a super herb in recent years, but it has actually been traditionally used for over 2,000 years to address a variety of health conditions.

In 1960, Gloria Chacon de Popovici, Ph.D., a Peruvian biologist, isolated the 4 alkaloids responsible for maca's reputed positive support for hormonal issues such as hot flashes, fatigue, mood swings, memory loss—and even male impotence. Maca's reputation for restoring physical strength and libido has been remarked upon by many South Americans.

Maca is not only a powerful libido enhancer, but it also...

promotes reproductive health
enhances fertility in both men and women
alleviates minor discomforts symptoms of menopause and PMS
supports normal bone retention during menopause
boosts energy levels and aids in athletic performance
helps strengthen the body's immune system

promotes mental clarity
increases the body's resistance to stress, trauma, anxiety and fatigue
has a high iron content
helps maintain normal cholesterol levels

Superfood #4: Spirulina - The Most Nutrient-
Dense Food on the Planet!

Spirulina is a blue green algae, considered to be the most nutrient dense food on the planet.

Because spirulina's nutrient profile is more potent than that of any other food, plant, grain or herb, it is considered a superior whole food alternative to isolated vitamin supplements. In addition to its contribution to the body's nutritional needs, it has been shown to support beneficial outcomes when concerned about:

cancer (abnormal cell growth)
high cholesterol
elevated blood sugar

viral infections
cardiovascular diseases (heart concerns)
liver damage (problems)
inflammatory conditions
and immunodeficiency diseases (immune concerns).

Of course, no food, including spirulina, can treat any of these conditions,
but good nutrition can offer support for good health and healing.

Spirulina is the best source of vegetable protein, containing about 65% protein — higher than any other natural food — far more than animal flesh (20%), eggs (12%), whole milk (3%), soybeans (35%), peanuts (25%) or grains (8 to 14%). It is considered a complete protein because it contains all the essential amino acids, which are the amino acids the body cannot make, but must ingest.

Spirulina also contains extraordinary concentrations of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, such as beta carotene (10 times more concentrated than that of carrots), iron, potassium, magnesium, copper, calcium, chromium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, zinc, essential trace minerals, and gamma-linolenic acid. It is also the most abundant source of Vitamin B-12, and is also rich in phytonutrients and functional nutrients that have a demonstrably positive effect on health.
Superfood #5: Cacao - The No. 1 Longevity Food

Cacao comes from raw cacao seeds, the product of a fruit grown on the cacao tree (theobroma cacao), which grow naturally in the shade of tropical rainforests in South America and the West Indies.

Cocoa, a component of chocolate, is derived from cacao, which many researchers dub as "one of nature's most fantastic superfoods." Here are just a few of cacao's far-reaching health benefits:

Increases blood flow to the brain and enhances brain function
Cacao is the No. 1 source of magnesium of any food. Magnesium balances brain chemistry... builds strong bones... helps regulate heartbeat and blood pressure... helps prevent constipation and even eases minor menstrual cramps.
Cacao beans contain certain compounds that can trigger weight loss, make you feel good and improve your mood considerably.
Cacao has more antioxidant flavonoids than any food tested so far—more than blueberries, red wine, and black and green teas.
Serotonin - Cacao raises the level of serotonin in the brain; thus acts to regulate mood, help with PMS discomfort, and promote 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.
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.

The key to gaining the most benefit from the world's No. 1 longevity food is to choose cacao that is organic, raw, and cold-processed, such as the cacao contained in the Mega-Nutrition Organic Superfood blend.
Superfood #6: Wheatgrass - The Absolute Best Superfood for the Rejuvenation of Aging Cells

Wheatgrass is the young grass of the common wheat plant, triticum aestivum. Its leaves are juiced or dried into powder for human consumption.

In The Wheatgrass Book, Ann Wigmore suggests that consuming wheatgrass juice promotes a healthy aging process because it cleanses the blood, thereby helping to rejuvenate aging cells and helping to tighten loose and sagging skin.

The high chlorophyll content of wheatgrass, as well as the amino acids, minerals, vitamins and enzymes it contains enable wheatgrass to provide a wide range of health benefits, as follows:

Regulates normal cell growth: Studies show that wheatgrass juice has a powerful ability to regulate cell growth.
Powerful detoxifier: Wheatgrass protects the liver and the blood, and neutralizes toxic substances like cadmium, nicotine, strontium, mercury, and polyvinyl chloride.
Blood builder: The chlorophyll in wheatgrass is almost identical in chemical composition to hemoglobin, the compound that carries oxygen in the blood.

Superfood #7: Camu-Camu - The Superfruit with
600 Times More Vitamin C Than Oranges!

Camu camu is a bush that grows in the black water rivers of the South American Amazon rainforest. Its purplish red berries are a rich source of antioxidants and powerful phytochemicals that support and enhance health.

Camu camu berries contain the highest amount of Vitamin C of any botanical source—30 to 60 times more than a fresh orange. But when they are dried and reduced to powder form (as they are in Mega-Nutrition Organic Superfood blend), they deliver 600 times more Vitamin C than oranges! This amount of Vitamin C provides extraordinary immune system support and enhances mental health.

The berries also contain beneficial phytochemicals, such as leucine, serine and valine, as well as significant levels of beta carotene, calcium, iron, potassium, niacin, phosphorus, riboflavin and thiamine—all of which provide these nutritional and therapeutic benefits:

Regulates soreness considerably
Supports healthy respiratory function (helps keep your lungs healthy)
Maintains healthy skin, hair and nails

Helps support vibrant eyesight
Strengthens tendons and ligaments
Helps to keep organs such as the eyes, brain, heart, skin and liver in good working condition

Dr. James Duke, Ph.D., the retired chief botanist for 30 years with the USDA (and author of several books on botanical medicine, including The Green Pharmacy) conducted an extensive study of hundreds of botanicals. He concluded that camu camu is one of the most outstanding natural mood support nutrients, and ranked it the No. 1 Natural Remedy for many traditional ailments.
Superfood #8: Acai - The Most Antioxidant-
Rich Superfood in the World!

The acai berry (Euterpe Oleracea), the fruit of the Acai Palm tree which grows in the flood plains of the Amazon in Brazil, is a small, black-purple berry that is considered by many to be one of the world's most nutritious foods. That's because it's the most antioxidant-rich superfood in the world, with a phenomenally high ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value.

These berries contain a high concentration of beneficial anthocyanins—up to 30 times more anthocyanins than red wine! Anthocyanins are a group of polyphenols high in antioxidant value, and this gives them the ability to support healthy aging.

Acai berries are rich in dietary fiber, monounsaturated (healthy) fats and phytosterols that help promote healthy digestive and cardiovascular systems—and contribute to weight loss. They also have an abundance of essential fatty acids and an almost perfect essential amino acid complex and proteins that are essential for proper muscle contraction and regeneration.

Acai berries have been shown to support a graceful aging process... strengthen the immune system... regulate normal cholesterol levels in the body... reduce soreness... improve circulation and cardiovascular function... detoxify the body... improve vision... and help you sleep better, naturally."

This is from the INH newsletter sent online to me on March 15, 2014

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CELEST 3/29/2014 7:24AM

    I have a book on super foods which I bought when Michelle married Daniel. They are every bit the super foods they claim to be. Michelle came to us, worn out and tired at the tender age of early twenties and it didnt take long at all for her to have more energy than she had in most of her life. I LOVE SUPER FOODS. Thx for the article.

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1CRAZYDOG 3/15/2014 9:38AM

  Thanks for all the wonderful information!!

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MAMALISA1975 3/15/2014 8:59AM

    Thanks for the info. I had actually bought Spirullina last year...took them for a while and forgot about them. I saw them sitting in my medicine cabinet the other day and thought that it couldn't hurt to take them again. I probably need the cocoa for mental clarity because the reason I have so many supplements in my medicine cabinet is because I forget to take them! LOL!
Thanks for posting this!

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BOOKWERME 3/15/2014 7:36AM

    Came out a lot longer than I thought it would! emoticon

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Oil Pulling

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Until recently, I knew nothing of this age old practice. I suggested it to someone and she asked me to explain. Thought I would share the info here, too.

"Re: oil pulling. I only learned of it recently..and at first, thought the idea rather gross. BUT having tried it myself and seeing the benefits both I and others are having, I certainly have become an advocate!

I suggest you Google "oil pulling" and see what info you can find. Basically, you can do it with olive oil or other nut/seed oils. Some say not coconut oil..others say coconut is the best because of it's other health benefits.

Basically it involves taking a tsp or two of oil, putting it in your mouth and swishing it through your teeth and around your gums for 10 minutes or more (recommended is 20 I think). Then spit the used oil out in the trash (coconut oil turns white with the swishing and will harden when it gets cold, so you REALLY don't want that one in the drains!) Afterward, brush your teeth and you are done."

My husband had a terrible sinus mess going on...he was miserable...and grumpy. After his rejecting everything I suggested he try, I just fixed him a small cup with melted coconut oil in it one morning, handed him the cup and told him to swish it in his mouth (don't swallow it!) for at least 10 minutes..then spit it in the trash. His sinuses had been clogged but would cause sudden bouts of terrible and loud coughing and gagging and was awful to listen to. He tried the oil pulling that first morning. Shortly afterward, had a major bout of the coughing, gagging, etc...but then, to our amazement, virtually NO other sinus issues all day!!! After about three days with oil pulling each morning, just about all the sinus issues were totally gone and he has been feeling fine since then. That was a simple solution (experiment for us!) after months of feeling wretched...and nothing helping.

Educate yourself on this...don't take my word for it. Cocnut oil has many health benefits...oil pulling does, too...and using coconut oil for oil pulling is amazing.

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BOOKWERME 3/2/2014 3:53PM

    The coconut oil has a variety of health benefits. The oil pulling has a variety of health benefits. I haven't been doing this long enough to be able to confirm much...but my teeth and mouth are cleaner, stained fillings and tooth enamel are looking much better. Husband and friend are finding it helps tremendously with sinus issues. Hopefully, if anyone tries it and has good results, they will tell us about it, too. I DO recommend researching...and remind folks to not believe EVERYthing you hear/read. lol

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CINA-MINI 3/2/2014 3:35PM

    So, as I see it, it helps with sinus problems and weight loss? It's worth a try. I will google it first.

Thanks for further explanation!

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GINNABOOTS 3/2/2014 12:55PM

    Never heard of it, but I have terrible sinus issues. I will definitely try this! Thank you for posting.

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MAMALISA1975 3/2/2014 8:00AM

    I've read about this before and thought about trying it myself. Thanks for sharing your hubby's experience with it. I'm glad to hear that it helped him.

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CELEST 3/2/2014 4:38AM

    Sounds impressive. I havent seen any coconut oil in our stores, only coconut milk and cream. I will check the health shops and see if they stock it. Otherwise we do have olive oil and other nut oils.

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    I think the reason for the different opinions on coconut oil for pulling (other than just being unique individuals) could be in the type of coconut oil used. For me I would and have only used pure virgin coconut oil, organic too. I stay away from the over-processed brands in most stores these days.

Awesome results for your hubby too! :)

I know someone who was dubious about the range of benefits (including me) and set upon a 6-month DAILY trial use of it... and aside from many other benefits in her health she lost 50, almost 60 pounds without changing anything else in her diet or exercise routines!!!
As soon as I get some more coconut oil I'm starting on oil-pulling DAILY (instead of just when some problems crops up that I know it helps with) for a few months and see how that helps my new (as of Feb 1st) weight-loss program!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/1/2014 6:08PM

  Coconut oil is the winner fo me.

Thanks for the information.

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Choose progress, not perfection.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

I was reading a Better Homes and Gardens newsletter this morning and one of the pages struck me as being good advice for OUR efforts at better health and fitness. So often we are overwhelmed by the task at hand, or let details and small failures trip us up. The advice here just seemed like a good way for US to be thinking about our efforts here on SparkPeople. See what you think.

Here is the link:

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TATTER3 1/30/2014 3:17PM

    It really is a choice at a time. Just keep Sparkin'!!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/30/2014 12:40PM

  True! THANKS!

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Fire prevention lesson

Friday, January 24, 2014

Another FaceBook find...and one that could be life saving. The simple tip in this video is new to me...but certainly makes sense. Have a look:

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JACKIE542 1/24/2014 8:52PM

    emoticon I never knew this!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/24/2014 8:11PM

  Thank you!!

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Weightless Project dot org.

Monday, January 20, 2014

This is an interesting effort to help both the overweight AND the malnourished. Worth looking into for everyone's sake.

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MISSCUS 1/31/2014 1:25AM

    Thank you! I'm going to check out that link. Sounds interesting.

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SPARTAN40 1/20/2014 9:25PM

    Very cool. Thanks for the info.

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TATTER3 1/20/2014 8:49PM

    Thanks for posting!

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