What are superfoods and why we call them SUPER-food? Superfoods differ from ordinary food by a very high density of nutrients and vital substances. For example, Acerola has a lot of vitamin C so you could eat only 6 grams of these fruits to get 100 mg of vitamin C. To get this amount of vitamin C you have to eat 1 kilo of apricots or 200 grams of kiwis. Superfoods have a very positive effect on human health without having a negative impact at the same time. Which superfoods exist? The list of superfoods is very extensive and there are always new superfoods discovered. There will be only a few superfoods discussed that are the most important.
You can make green smoothies yourself in a mixer. They are made from green leafy vegetables (50%), fruits (50%) and water. Instead of fruits you can also take an avocado, spice it up and enjoy as a soup.
Why are leafy vegetables healthy?
They supply many micronutrients: especially many micronutrients have wild plants, herbs, sprouts and the leaves of carrots, beetroot and kohlrabi. Lots of fibre: dietary fibre is especially important for the health – they take toxins and transport them out of the body. They stabilize the blood sugar level and thus reduce the risk of diabetes, strengthen our immune system, prevent gallstones and various cancers and regulate cholesterol level. A lot of chlorophyll: chlorophyll is important for blood formation. Chlorophyll prevents cancer by binding the carcinogens (aflatoxins) and can block a certain enzyme that cancer cells need for their division so that chlorophyll can block the proliferation of cancer cells.
Which green leafy vegetables could be used?
- Wild vegetables, for example, dandelion, chickweed, greedy, plantain, purslane, stinging nettle
- Herbs, for example, parsley, dill, mint, basil, oregano
- Vegetables, for example, spinach, Swiss chard, kale, arugula, salads
- Leaves of carrots, kohlrabi, beetroot, broccoli
Recipe of a spinach smoothie
150 grams of spinach
1 big banana
150 ml freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tablespoon of almond paste
Mix all ingredients in a blender.
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Another wonderful superfood is almonds. Scientific studies show that even 60 grams of almonds a day have positive effects on health. Almonds protect against diabetes: already after 4 months taking 60 grams of almonds per day can improve the insulin sensitivity of the cells. Almonds lower the cholesterol level: taking 60 grams of almonds a day the cholesterol-lowering effect can be observed already after 4 weeks. Almonds do not make you fat and lower the high blood pressure.
Sprouts contain bioavailable vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and a rich variety of phytochemicals. Sprouts are full of living enzymes that support our digestion and activate the metabolism. Which sprout-seeds can be used? We can recommend amaranth, broccoli seeds, peas, barley, pumpkin seeds, peas, lentils, quinoa.
How to prepare sprouts by yourself you can read here:
There are 2 types of algae:
- Microalgae from the freshwater (Spirulina, Chlorella)
- Seaweed – brown and red algae from the ocean (Dulse, Wakame, Kombu)
Seaweed has lived on our planet for billions of years. They contain many minerals, fibre, vital substances, phytochemicals and natural iodine. They have a lot of health benefits by removing heavy metals and radioactive substances from the body and inhibiting the papillomavirus responsible for cervical cancer.
Spirulina & Chlorella
Microalgae contain all the amino acids that humans can use – both essential and nonessential: dry algae contain 60% of protein. In addition, they contain vitamin B12 and more than 40 minerals and trace elements that can be absorbed by the body very well. They can drain chemicals and heavy metals out of the body and stimulate deep detoxification. The high chlorophyll content that has the blood purifying effect stimulates the further detoxification of the body.