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 Super foods are sometimes described as having an exceptionally high nutrient content per calorie. 

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  1.         Chia seed Chia seeds (Salvia Hispania) are the highest known plant source of Omega-3, with 8 times more than salmon! Unlike other sources of this important Essential Fatty Acid (eg. Flax or fish oil), it is in a highly stable form due to its powerful naturally occurring antioxidants. The plant originated from central America, it is heat loving and can grow in d esert  like conditions, with beautiful purple, blue or white flowers.

     2.         Maca powder This root, mainly used in powder form, is often used to nourish the endocrine system, increase stamina, combat fatigue, and boost libido. Maca is considered to be one of the most potent “super foods” on the planet. Many users  believe these incredible little root possess magical powers, but a scientific analysis reveals that the benefits of Maca comes from the many nutrients in it, t hat fuels your brain, eases hormone irregularities, and enhances your libido. Maca root is a highly nutrient-dense whole food; it’s packed with vitamins, plant sterols, many essential minerals, amino acids and healthy fats. This is a particularly powerful and balanced food for athletes and those who are looking to combat stress or increase stamina.    3.         Acai berry A remarkable concentration of antioxidants that help combat premature aging, with 10 times more antioxidants than red grapes and 10 to 30 times the anthocyanin’s of red wine. A synergy of monounsaturated (healthy) fats, dietary fibre and phytosterols to help promote cardi ovascular and digestive health. An almost perfect essential amino acid complex in conjunction with valuable trace minerals, vital to proper muscle contraction and regeneration.   4.         Cultured vegetables (fermented) Raw cultured veggies (think raw sauerkraut) can help reestablish your gut flora. Times

of stress, anti-biotic use, or an excess of denatured foods can compromise a healthy gut.  Cultured vegetables can also aid in digestion as a side to meal and are very alkaline in nature.
Why Eat Cultured Vegetables?

Rich in Lactobacilli CV help re-establish a healthy inner ecosystem. The friendly bacteria in raw, cultured vegetables are a less expensive alternative to probiotics (although we recommend both initially when in the healing process.) Digestive Aid The enzymes in the CV also help digest other foods eaten with them.They improve digestion because they are “pre-digested” which means that the friendly bacteria has converted the natural sugars and starches in the vegetables into lactic acid before they even reach your mouth – a job your saliva and digestive enzymes would do anyway. Alkaline forming and very cleansing CV balance a toxic, acidic condition. They will also trigger cleansing. You may have an increase in intestinal gas initially as the vegetables stir up waste and toxins in the intestinal tract.  Soon, however, you will notice an improvement in your stools.  To ease the discomfort of the gas, colonics and enemas are very useful during this period. Excellent source of vitamin C Dutch Seaman used to carry them to prevent scurvy. Ideal for pregnant and nursing women CV alleviate morning sickness during the early part of the pregnancy. Once the baby is born, the mother should continue eating the vegetables and drinking the juice. And the liquid from the juice can be fed to the baby in tiny spoonful’s relive colic. Appetite control and weight loss CV are ideal for those with wanting to reduce their sugar cravings.  The veggies help take away cravings for the sweet taste in pastries, colas, bread, pasta, dairy, and fruit Increase Longevity You could think of the friendly bacteria in the raw CV as little powerhouses. By eating the vegetables, you will maintain your own enzyme reserve and use it to eliminate toxins, rejuvenate your cells, and strengthen your immune system – which all adds up to a longer, healthier life.  5.         Coconut kefir Coconut kefir has been said to stop cravings for sugar, aid in the digestion of all foods, tone the abdomen, cleanse the liver, supply the body with minerals, and support the endocrine system. Another super food is All Natural Coconut Oil

6.         Turmeric Turmeric is the 4th highest anti-oxidant rich herb with an extraordinarily impressive ORAC score of 159,277. These anti-oxidants such as cur cumin are very powerful modulators of oxidative stress.Turmeric also boosts levels of natural cellular anti-oxidants such as glutathione, superoxide dismutase, and catalase. These molecules are critical for the body to limit oxidative stress all day long. The greater the surplus of cellular anti-oxidants the less stress and damage occurs to vital organ systems.         7.         Amaranth Amaranth is another super grain that is extremely high in protein. Amaranth seeds, derived from the amaranth plant, are similar to quinoa in that they contain lysine, the amino acid lacking in most other grains that is responsible for adding protein. Amaranth contains three times more fibre and five times more iron than wheat, and has more protein than milk.In addition to these benefits, amaranth also has high levels of vitamins A and C, calcium, potassium, and phosphorous.   8.         Sprouts   Why Sprouts?  There are a great many reasons to eat sprouts. As we age, our body’s ability to produce enzymes declines. Sprouts are a concentrated source of the living enzymes and “life force” that is lost when foods are cooked or not picked fresh from your own garden. Additionally, due to their high enzyme content, sprouts are also much easier to digest than the seed or bean from which they came.           9.         Cacao (Daintree forest) Yes, we’re talking chocolate.  This is the raw, unprocessed form that works wonders in smoothies, desserts, chocolate drinks, and trail mixes depending on what form (powder or nibs) you have.  Cacao contains iron, magnesium, flavanols, dietary fiber, and polyphenols.

      10.   Pomegranate Easily the trendiest super food around, pomegranates have actually been used for medicinal purposes for a millennia. Stomach upsets, conjunctivitis and haemorrhoids are among the conditions the fruit was believed to cure. But it has only been in the past few years that health studies have revealed its full power. This Middle Eastern fruit is now known to combat heart disease, as well as containing three times as many cancer-fighting antioxidants as green tea. It is believed to be particularly effective in warding off prostate cancer and, very possibly breast cancer. Pomegranates have effective antibacterial properties and have also been shown to alleviate the symptoms of osteoarthritis. Key ingredients? Pomegranates are a source of polyphenols, which help the body rid itself of cancer-causing agents; tannins, which lower blood pressure and stimulate the immune system; and anthocyanin’s, which reduce inflammation and protect blood vessels. The fruit is rich in vitamins A, C and E, and in iron, which helps the blood maintain an effective supply of oxygen to the body. It is a good source of iron for pregnant women.

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