Is the term “Superfoods” just a marketing tactic?

There is a lot of hype these days around “Superfoods” – the term is used on TV commercials, in magazines, even in supermarkets, but what does it mean and why is there so much fuss?

In its simplest term, Superfoods refers to types of food with high nutritional content. They are usually plant based foods although some dairy and fish products are labelled as superfood. However, the definition and criteria for a “superfood” is subjective, which is the cause for controversy in the health community.

There is no disputing the health benefits of regularly consuming superfoods, although its important to ensure that a healthy diet consists of a well balanced quantity of nutritional food. The body cannot optimally survive on superfoods alone.

The list of superfoods below are particularly high in nutritional elements that support the body’s own detoxification process.

WHEATGRASS:

Wheatgrass contains nutrients such as chlorophyll that can cause detoxification to take place. If your body has stored toxins, it will detox. If there are no stored toxins you will not need to detox. Avoid only using wheat grass in this detox diet. Despite its high nutritive value, you will need to supplement your detoxification process with whole foods, such as whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and lean meat; wheat grass is not a means to replace meals. Doing so could lead to constipation and food deprivation.

SPIRULINA :

Spirulina is known to be alkalizing to the body, which boosts liver function, a necessary element while detoxing.

Spirulina contains chlorophyll which is used for “detoxification” by helping remove toxins such as heavy metals and other pollutants from the blood. Spirulina is known to be alkalizing to the body, which boosts liver function, a necessary element while detoxing. Spirulina contains chlorophyll which is used for “detoxification” by helping remove toxins such as heavy metals and other pollutants from the blood. Spirulina is often alternated with chlorella for detoxifying the body and is high in B-vitamins: vitamins B-1 (thiamine), B-2 (riboflavin), B-3 (nicotinamide), B-6 (pyridoxine), B-9 (folic acid).

CHILORELLA:

Chlorella’s rich green colour comes from a high concentration of chlorophyll. Chlorella benefits you by helping to regulate hormones, helping with metabolism, improving circulation, and promoting higher levels of energy. It also helps to reduce weight and body fat, and removes stored toxins. Chlorella benefits the entire body by supporting healthy hormonal function, promoting cardiovascular health, helping to negate the effects of chemotherapy and radiation, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and aiding in the detoxification of our bodies.

BARLEY:

Barley is a multi-nutrient rich super food loaded with large amounts of vitamins and minerals. These include potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, beta carotene, B1, B2, B6, C, folic acid, and pantothenic acid. Barley grass is also a rich provider of powerful antioxidants and essential amino acids and beneficial enzymes.

Barley grass also contains one of the most amazing nutrients: chlorophyll, a natural detoxifier that rids the intestines of stored toxins. It also supports the metabolic processes and aids in strengthening and detoxification of liver.

COCOA POWDER:

Cocoa powder has a high fibre contact, which helps keep your digestive system properly process and remove waste and toxins from your body. Cocoa powder is also full of flavonoids; natural antioxidants that help protect the body from free radicals and other harmful substances. Cocoa powder has a high fibre contact, which helps keep your digestive system properly process and remove waste and toxins from your body.

POMEGRANATE:

Pomegranate juice helps reduce cholesterol, improve blood flow to the heart and brain, reduce blood pressure, boost the immune system, and reduce inflammation in the body. Pomegranate juice contains high amounts of vitamin C, antioxidants, and healing properties which make it ideal for cleansing the body and prevent damage to your body cells or repair damage that has been done.

ACAI BERRIES:

Acai berries contain antioxidants, fibre and heart-healthy fats. They may have more antioxidant content than other commonly eaten berries, such as cranberries, blueberries and strawberries and many fruits besides acai berries provide antioxidants and other nutrients that are important to your health.

BLUEBERRIES:

Blueberries are loaded with many of the detoxifying antioxidants that are crucial for maintaining a healthy liver. The liver is the organ most responsible for removing toxins from the body and purifying the bloodstream, whether those toxins entered the body from foods, medications or the environment. These berries are fruits rich in antioxidants, such as anthocyanins.

Antioxidants help the liver cells are purged and improve their functionality. Even blueberries are considered a natural remedy to increase diuresis and eliminate toxins through urine.

MAQUI BERRY:

Maqui Berry is a deep purple fruit that is rich in Vitamin C, minerals, essential fatty acids, fibre, and contains very high levels of antioxidants like amino acids, polyphenols and anthocyanins. This fruit is often used as anti-aging treatment that improves skin natural ability to rejuvenate itself. Maqui Berry has anti-inflammatory properties which can be beneficial for the body’s joints and bones when influenced by suffering from arthritis pain.

It helps detox your body naturally, delays aging, stops inflammation in your joints, helps reduce allergic reactions, helps you lose weight fast,  gives you extra energy, enhances your brain function,  helps against immune system diseases, and helps prevent certain forms of cancer

GREEN TEA:

Green tea may help detox your body, but probably not in the way you might think. Your body detoxifies and eliminates harmful substances quite efficiently, which is a vital task considering the amount of toxins in the environment. Green tea doesn’t actively detox toxins all on its own, but it’s packed with natural polyphenols that support the body’s normal detox system.

Polyphenols work in two ways: they have a direct impact on your liver, the body’s major detox organ, and they’re antioxidants that fight free radicals. The molecules known as free radicals are so unstable they must be neutralized before they damage healthy cells.

Green Tea promotes weight loss and benefits exercise performance. It’s the best food source of disease-fighting catechins, high Levels of L-Theanine for an alert calm, reduces heart disease risk and hypertension and lowers type 2 diabetes risk.

BEETROOT:

Beetroot juice serves as a natural blood cleaner. It’s able to help the body detox and cleanse the blood of heavy metals, toxins and waste due to its compounds called glutathiones, which are essential for detoxification within the liver and other digestive organs. Beets contain a group of phytonutrients called betalains that support detoxification through an important phase 2 detox step in the liver. When your liver is able to detoxify chemicals and toxins more effectively, then your body is better able to balance hormones, cholesterol and energy levels.

KALE:

Kale Is a super food for your liver. Kale is known as a low-calorie food that packs in the protein, vitamins A, C and K as well as minerals, including potassium, calcium, thiamine, riboflavin and iron. Kale has one of the highest levels of antioxidants of any plant you can eat and can help reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol and detox the liver.

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