Superfoods: Part 3

This is my final installment of Superfoods for you.  The tastiest and in my opinion easiest way to add extra nutrition and protection to your diet.  These Superfoods not only act like little multivitamins, but also add all of those super antioxidants that combat oxidative damage, essential fatty acids to combat inflammation, polyphenols to combat disease in innumerable ways , polysaccharides to benefit the immune system.  And don’t forget the additional benefit of Superfoods, you get more nutrition while eating less!  You have to love that! All of the benefits add up to increased health and longevity.

I have 3 final Superfoods to feature for you.  Are there others?  Certainly, but these are the ones that I incorporate into my rotation, are the tastiest of the bunch, and are easily accessible.

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Maca is actually part of the cruciferous family like broccoli, cabbage and kale.  Maca’s benefit actually comes from its root. Maca has been used medicinally in South America for centuries to boost fertility in humans and livestock.

Maca like all Superfoods has many benefits.

Adaptogen. It helps the body cope with stressors whether physical, psychological or environmental.  It allows the body to maintain a state of homeostasis.

Mineral Rich.  Maca is chock full of minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, sulfur, iron and trace minerals.

Increases Oxygen.  Maca can increase blood oxygen which is good for two things in particular.  First it is great for high altitude sickness as it increases blood oxygen levels.  Second increased blood oxygen levels can help to increase energy when needed but will not overstimulate the body.

The Hypothalamus.  The hypothalamus is the master gland of the brain.  Researchers have found that maca works on this gland. It is considered to be the center of the sex hormone cascade in that it ultimately affects the adrenal and sex hormones.  Note that maca is free of actual plant hormones like soy, so it is safe for use because it acts more at the top of the hormone cascade.

Fertility and Reproduction.   It normalizes the steroid hormones like testosterone, progesterone and estrogen.  This helps to keep us young and increase libido.  Research on rats has shown that it increases sperm counts and motility while in female rats it has shown to increase egg follicle maturations.

Thyroid function. It reduces or eliminates thyroid symptoms with regular use.

It is recommended that you start with the minimum dose of one heaping tablespoon a day and work up to two heaping tablespoons a day for the most benefit.  Some also recommend that you take a day or two off each week and to only use maca 3-5 times a week.

Maca can be mixed with some coconut milk or mixed into a smoothie.  It has an almost malt-like taste to it, so it adds a richness to whatever you mix it into.chlorellabag

Chlorella.

Chlorella is a single celled algae that is loaded with chlorophyll. In fact it contains more chlorophyll per gram than any other plant.

Blood Builder.  Chlorella is an excellent food for building blood. If you tend to have low blood markers or are borderline anemic this is a great addition.

Improves Digestion & Elimination. Helps to multiply the growth rate of beneficial bacteria in the gut. It also contains two digestive enzymes which help to regulate digestion.

Detoxification.  It helps to remove alcohol from the liver and helps to remove toxic heavy metals, pesticides and PCB’s by binding them and removing them from bodily tissues. Japan has researched chlorella and found in animal studies that it increases the elimination of cadmium 3-7 times using just 8 grams a day.

Liver Health.  Chlorella helps the liver to function well which is important because it is your main detoxing organ.

Immune Health.  Chlorella helps the immune system, in particular the white blood cells, to recover after a chronic illness or chemotherapy. Studies have also shown that it helps the body to fight bacterial and viral infections.

Protein.  Chlorella is 60% protein, one of the highest sources available.  This is an ideal protein supplement especially for vegans and vegetarians.

Multivitamin.  I like to use chlorella as a multivitamin because it is so rich in nutrition. Outside of protein, chlorella is dense with vitamins and minerals and especially rich in iron and calcium. It’s also rich in essential fatty acids.

I recommend 3-5 grams of chlorella a day.  The only caution is for men who may want to take this every other month as the iron content may be too high for some men.  I would suggest getting bloodwork to see what is the best dosage for you.

 

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Camu Camu is known for its high Vitamin C content. In fact, no other food contains more Vitamin C than the fruit of Camu Camu.  You only need to take a teaspoon a day to get many times over the RDA recommendations.

Vitamin C is important for collagen.  This is not only important in skin and keeping those wrinkles at bay but also for all of the other cells in your body.

Immune System.  Camu Camu helps to strengthen the immune system and ward off viral infections. In fact, Linus Pauling is famous for his work in studying vitamin C and its effect on the common cold and the flu.

Nutrient Rich.  Camu Camu is also a great source of other nutrients like calcium, potassium, iron, and the amino acids serine, valine and leucine.

Anti-Inflammatory.  It helps repair joint, cartilage, and ligament damage by supporting collagen production.

Anti-Viral.  In South America people use the fruit to decrease flare-ups of Herpes and Epstein Barre viruses.

A special note here.  Dr. James Duke has famously ranked camu camu along side hundreds of other herbs for effectiveness in treating many diseases and conditions.  Camu Camu was ranked #1 in 13 different conditions and in the top ten for numerous others.

Camu Camu has a tart taste and mixes well with other fruits and veggies, especially green smoothies.

I much prefer you get your vitamin C boost from this exceptional whole food source rather than the synthetic packets that are so popular today that contain synthetic and artificial ingredients.

I’ll state again that there are many more Superfoods available to you.  These are just a few to add to your rotation.  Also, most of these Superfoods have had entire books written about them because the list of benefits is so long.  I have only scratched the surface of how these Superfoods improve your health and longevity.

Hopefully you can incorporate some of these Superfoods that we have discussed over the last few weeks.  Put them in rotation for the most benefit. Make this a part of your whole foods health revolution. Here’s to health and longevity.

If you have questions or would like to pick up or have us send out any of the Superfoods mentioned in this series, just call the office.

 

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