If you like making your own nut butter to spread on toasts and various other snacks, you would love making this one as well! It is very simple to make and is quite nutritious to boost your energy for a couple of hours.
When the creamy texture and an array of health benefits possessed by cashews and maca combine, this nut butter becomes irresistible!
This is a very delicious and nutritious recipe. Whether you want to eat it for lunch or even breakfast to get energy for the day ahead, it will serve the purpose. Moreover, it does not require a lot of ingredients. All you need is a couple of fresh ingredients mentioned below together with a refrigerator and a food processor.
If you haven’t tried a raw food before, here is your bet!
Serves: 6-8 persons
(For mango filling)
(Zest – an organic lime)
It is a delicacy that can be prepared within 20 minutes and could be stored in a refrigerator for a couple of weeks. Apart from being delicious, maca provides a great deal of energy and helps your body to handle stress.
Therefore, making it a perfect snack in the working hours or after a hectic day! There is a reason it is also called a power snack!
All around the world, everyone is talking about Matcha. People are seemingly obsessed by this miracle elixir. Celebrities, models and their tribes are all toting jars of the matcha green tea into their daily lifestyles. Japan’s valued green tea has been named one of the most powerful superfoods. Traditionally and widely used in most Japanese ceremonies, matcha is not your typical green tea. It is the highest quality high grade and concentrated powdered green tea available all over the world and made from young nutrient leaves of Camellia sinensis plant.
Unlike other types of green teas, Matcha tea leaves are often cultivated in shaded areas, thus increasing their chlorophyll content preserving the natural nutrients.Matcha is 100 percent whole leaf, meticulously grown, gently dried and stone grounded into an emerald bright green unfermented powder. Since the entire leaf is grounded into a powder, dissolving it into water will provide immense minerals, vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants that are inherent in the plant itself, delivering a richly organic, deeply satisfying flavor profile that is not found in other steeped green teas. In fact, one cup of hot matcha tea has many antioxidants in ten cups of other regular tea. It is rich in antioxidants, nutrients, chlorophyll and fiber.
Nutritional Data of Matcha Green Tea
NUTRIENT PER 1G MATCHA
Total AminoAcids 34mg
Total Catechins 105mg
Vitamin A 291 Units
Vitamin C 1.75mg
Health Benefits of Matcha Green Tea
Matcha is widely known for its numerous healing properties as outlined below:
Antioxidants are naturally occurring compounds found in food which help the human body fight against diseases, prevents aging and cell and tissue damages ensuring that the body functions at its peak potential by scavenging any free radical responsible for oxidative damages to our bodies. Matcha green tea is extremely high in antioxidant contents elevating it to the super tea status. A study was done by Tufts University and the USDA Agricultural Research Institute measured the ORAC value (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) of Matcha to be at 1384 units per gram as compared to other superfoods such as blueberries, cranberries that are well graded as antioxidant powerhouses. As a result of its antioxidant properties, Matcha helps in fighting off various diseases and illnesses at various stages.
Matcha and Weight Loss
A study done by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that Matcha has been associated with weight loss. When combined with exercises matcha increases metabolism by increasing the rate of thermogenesis thus promoting fat oxidation. It has been proven that The antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate,(ECGC), boosts the rate of the metabolism. Matcha gently boosts the rate of metabolism without necessarily causing any negative side effects such as increased heart rate and blood pressure. The catechins inhibit the movement of glucose into the fat cells, slowing down the rise of blood sugar levels, subsequently preventing fat storages and high insulin levels in the body. Eventually, the matcha green tea regulates appetite and hunger pangs in a person. In fact when your levels of blood sugar are quite stable, you are less likely to cave into cravings. Through glucose control and insulin sensitivities, Matcha green tea decreases the fasting concentrations of glucose subsequently lowering the risks of type 2 diabetes.
Matcha helps in boosting energy levels
Another mesmerizing property of Matcha green tea is its ability to boost the energy levels throughout the day.Clinical studies show that Matcha helps to speed up the rate of recovery in athletes and performers who mainly focus on intense workouts. A much more recent study found out that the Matcha powder improved the physical endurance while exercising by over 25%.
This has been attributed to the effects of the EGCG present in the Matcha which helps to reverse the cellular damages caused by oxidative-nitrosative stress(internal imbalances of the antioxidants and free radicals ,which ultimately prevents cell repair and destroys cells bringing about illnesses).EGCG completely alters any stress and biochemical markers that cause apoptosis and cell deaths. This was demonstrated in a study to evaluate the effects of EGCG on chronic fatigue syndrome during exercises.
Matcha calms the mind and reduces stress.
Matcha Green Tea is rich in the L-theanine and caffeine which are said to induce alert calm feelings without any nervous energy. L-theanine is a non-dietary amino acid responsible for enhancing moods by relaxing the human mind, hence sharpening concentration in a person. L-theanine promotes the alpha waves in the brain leading to a relaxed alertness by increasing the production of mood-enhancing chemicals, the serotonin and dopamine. A study done on the importance of L-theanine in patients with anxiety and depression issues shows that L-theanine significantly increases the GABA (an inhibitory neurotransmitter) and dopamine levels in the human brain. Matcha has five times more L-theanine as compared to other green teas. This has been attributed to its cultivating technique when growing the tea.
Matcha Reduce Risks of Cancer
Matcha possesses a unique and potent class of antioxidants and polyphenols, particularly the catechins, which are not found in other types of foods. The catechin, EGCG provides powerful cancer-fighting properties to the human body. Catechins, most importantly the EGCG counteracts the harmful effects of the free radicals from the effects of Uv rays, radiation, pollution and chemical exposures which causes cell deaths and DNA damages trough oxidative stress. Various studies show a direct link between the consumptions of matcha green tea and the reduction of the respective cancers. Besides that the tea polyphenols inhibit the development of tumor cells while significantly inducing apoptosis. The catechins work by activating the detoxification of enzymes such quinone reductase and glutathione S-transferase which prevent the growth of tumors and ultimately improving the immune system functioning.
Matcha helps in Detoxification
The high contents of chlorophyll in Matcha green tea make it an excellent detoxifier capable of eliminating unwanted toxins, heavy metals and toxins from the human body. This is because chlorophyll increases the capacity of the blood cells to delivers nutrients and oxygen within the body thus helping in the regeneration of the body and cleansing at the cellular level.
Reduces risks of Heart Diseases and Hypertension
Based on the studies by Harvard University, Matcha lowers the high triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, hence significantly reducing the risks of heart diseases and strokes. The antioxidants in Matcha blocks the oxidation of the bad cholesterol, by increasing the good HDL cholesterol, eventually improving the arterial functions. This was demonstrated by the study done on a person who consumed matcha tea on a regular basis in comparison to the non-consumers of the tea.
Recommended Daily Intake
Take ½–1 teaspoon daily.
It is easier to buy products that are not real Matcha, so it is important to buy the matcha products from a reputable store.
There are no known side effects of Matcha Green Tea, however for expectant and lactating mothers you should consult your physician.
Let’s all join this craze of the super tea Matcha and enjoy its immense health benefits to our bodies.
Smoothies and juices are the most popular ways of consuming wheatgrass, but other recipes involve baking, dips and pesto’s, which makes an excellent treat to dress up the veggie snacks. Wheatgrass has a much more distinctive flavour that a person can either hate or love. Freshly extracted wheatgrass juice either in the form of a juice or powder supplement is the recommended when you want to incorporate into your meals. Since the cellulose in the grass is tough, you might not be able to efficiently extract all the nutrients unless you use a high-end blender. As with other foods, wheatgrass should also be consumed in moderation.2 to 3 oz. of freshly squeezed juice or 1 tablespoon of the powder is enough for any daily intake.
You should always bear in mind the guidelines when making smoothies, juices or any other wheatgrass recipes; thus it is necessary to consult your nutritionist or dietician before intake.
If you have a juicer or a blender and fresh wheatgrass, then you can easily enjoy a glass (One serving) of the wheatgrass juice for your breakfast or as a snack in between your meals, that is lunch and dinner. Just 2oz of the juice cats a full meal due to its high chlorophyll and nutrient contents. Drinking this healthy feast first thing in the morning will help boost the immune system, reduce blood pressure and protecting your body against any infection and diseases. This is because wheatgrass juice is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream as soon as it is drunk, meaning that you will feel an energy boost since it increases the red blood cells count. Wheatgrass juice makes such an ideal treat and snack for an afternoon slump.
The Super Green Juice
Cut the cucumber and the celery into chunks that fit into the blender or the juicer. Blend and dilute with water.
Nutrition Information: Calories: 204 /Protein :5g/Fat: 1g | Carbs:55g | Calcium: 3% | Iron:6mg | Vitamin C: 106% | Vitamin C: 10%
Fresh Start Cleanser Recipe
This is an ideal recipe for those who want to cleanse their bodies off the toxins. You can drink this special juice for two weeks every morning before ingesting anything into the body.
Nutritional Information: Calories :400/Fat :3g/Protein :7g/Carbs :85g/Calcium :14%/ Iron :65%/Vit A :722%/Vit C :69%/Sodium :313gm/Potassium :1000g
Can be served with Ice
Optional: You can add in a handful; of fresh mint leaves. You will love the touch and taste of mint. This can make a significant refreshing summer combination which easily disguises the taste of the wheatgrass.
The nutrition value differs depending on the fruit of your choice.
If the taste of the juice isn’t your best, then you can blend in some fruits into a healthy smoothie which can quickly make an ideal breakfast or snack. Pineapples, grapes, and apples are the best complementary fruits, but you can also choose your favourite treat. You can either use powdered supplements or fresh wheatgrass to make your smoothie depending on the availability of the wheatgrass.
Pineapple-Coconut Wheatgrass Green Smoothie
I find this recipe a much more appealing smoothie, making it highly sweet and distinctive by creating a different savoury flavour.
Directions: Start by adding a liquid ingredient to the blender, followed by soft fruits. Then lastly add the greens to your blender. Blend until the smoothie is creamy. Blend in together in a juicer or blender until your desired thickness is achieved. You can add another half banana if want a much thicker smoothie, or you can use less if you need more of a glass of juice.
Nutrition Information: Calories: 423 | | Protein: 7g/ Fat: 1g Calcium: 16% | Carbohydrates: 103g | | Iron: 4.3mg | Vitamin C: 277% | Vitamin C: 238%
Pineapple-Peach Wheatgrass Green Smoothie
This one of my best’ supergreen’ smoothie and I would definitely recommend it to you.
1/2 cup green grapes
Nutritional Information: Calories: 125 | Protein :5g/Fat: 1g | Carbs: 32g | Calcium: 2% | Iron: .7mg | Vitamin C: 150% | Vitamin A: 17%
Wheatgrass can be much more than just the typical beverage! You can add it to condiments and dips to give meals a zesty flavour. Boost your nervous and immune system by using the recipe below on your sandwich.
Stir all the ingredients in the bowl and generously spread across the bread.
Nutritional information: Calories :844/ Fat: 76g/Protein :8g/Carbs :37g/Calcium :19%/Iron :54%/Vit A :4%/ Vit C :64%/Sodium: 653g/Potassium :524g
If you don’t love mayonnaise, or if you desire a new way to treat your family or friends during a feast or a get-together, then you can try this amazing recipe for a pesto which easily supplements all the powerhouse of nutrients in just a dip of the pesto. You can even use it the place or red sauce on your favourite pizza or pasta.
Combine all the ingredients in your food processor or blender and mix them.
You can add a quarter cup of nuts such as pine or cashew nuts, to give the pesto an extra taste and flavour to the pesto.
Nutritional Information: Calories :1405/Fat :130g/Protein :48g/Carbs :16g/Calcium :150%/Iron :173%/Vit A :127%/Vit C :96%/Sodium :1530g/Potassium :1030g
Wheatgrass Sour Cream Dip
A wheatgrass Sour Cream Dip can be an excellent party stopper, especially if you are a vegan. Blend in together with celery, carrots, and cucumber. Add a dash of cinnamon and one oz. instead of vinegar to turn into the best fruit dip.
Stir together the ingredients and refrigerate it before serving.
Nutritional Information: Calories 300/Fat :8g/Protein :10g/Carbs :105g/Calcium :24%/ Iron: 65%/Vit A 300%/Vit C :57%/Sodium :224gm/Potassium :800g
These are some of the best recipes for incorporating wheatgrass into your diet. However, we all have our preferences, and we would love to hear your best recipes that we have highlighted yet.
Enjoy every bit of the recipes we have for you!
Nutritional Values and Information
Nutritional Values of Fruits and Vegetables
Wheatgrass Nutrition Facts
Within the spectra of the medicinal plants, a few plants possess such a wide range of therapeutic and medicinal properties and qualities as the turmeric plant. Dating back to nearly 4000 years, Turmeric has long been used to treat a myriad of ailments and diseases in the Southeast Asia. Not only is it a principal spice in this region, but also a significant component in various religious ceremonies. Turmeric belongs to the Curcuma longa species, a rhizomatous perennial herb belonging to the ginger family.
Composition of the Turmeric
There are more than hundred components of the turmeric. However, the main components are the volatile oils containing turmerone and the curcuminoids, which have been proven to be natural antioxidants. Nutritional analysis of Turmeric shows that 100 g of turmeric has 10 g total fat, 390 kcal, 21 g dietary fiber, 3 g saturated fat, 0.2 g calcium, 0 mg cholesterol, 10 mg sodium, 0.26 g phosphorous, 47.5 mg iron, 2500 mg potassium, 0.19 mg riboflavin, 4.8 mg niacin, 0.9 mg thiamine, 50 mg ascorbic acid, 69.9 g total carbohydrates, 8 g protein and 3 g sugars (Balakrishnan 2007). Turmeric is also an excellent source of the omega three fatty acids and linoleic acid (Goud, Polasa, and Krishnaswamy 1993).
Modern studies prove that turmeric can be used in the treatment of the ailments such as cancer, arthritis, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s Disease, Multiple sclerosis, Bowel syndromes, inflammations, and liver diseases Scientifically, there are at least 12 molecules in turmeric that are anti-inflammatory,20 that are anti-biotic,12 that are antitumor and at least a further ten that are classified as anti-oxidants. But most research has been on the powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of the curcumin, a major molecular substance found in the roots of the turmeric herb. Its healing properties are attributed to potent anti-inflammatory actions by fighting free radicals by stimulating the human body to produce anti-oxidant enzymes thus neutralizing the free radicals (Thomas-Eapen, N. E., 2009).
Turmeric is the most efficient existing nutritional constituent due to its excellent and unparalleled benefits for the brain and the body as it solely used in the treatments of a wide range of ailments and diseases. Based on the findings of the ethnobotanist, James Duke, turmeric actually outperforms and outdoes most pharmaceuticals in its effectiveness in the treatment of chronic diseases.
Turmeric as a Powerful Anti-Oxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Agent
Its potent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties are the most researched and well known medical action of the turmeric. Curcumin being the bioactive substance in the turmeric fights inflammations that occur at the molecular levels, posing as a strong and effective analgesia, anti-mutagenic, anti-tumor, antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-allergic, stimulant, diuretic, carminative and digestive.
Curcumin also blocks the Nuclear Factor Beta molecules, a major causative agent of chronic diseases which causes inflammations and damage of the cells. Hence, it helps our bodies fight against foreigners and repairing of the existing cell damages.
In addition to that, the above properties prevent and treat the neurodegenerative diseases such as Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Diseases, and the Alzheimer’s diseases. Based on the Alzheimer’s Society, Curcumin breaks down the amyloid-beta plague which mostly is the disease hallmark.
Turmeric and the Brain Function
Curcumin also boosts the neurotropic brain-derived factor that is primarily linked to improved brain functions. This is because it increases the levels of the Brain-Derived Neurotropic Factor, a growth hormone that plays a crucial role on the brain functions, thus making turmeric an excellent compound in reversing or delaying age-related and brain diseases in the human brain. Ultimately it helps reduce the Alzheimer’s disease that is more prevalent in the old age.
For instance Depression, a condition often caused by reduced and shrinking hippocampus and BDNF levels has been treated with curcumin, thus proving that turmeric is an effective antidepressant.
Besides that, a new study done by Verma, Suruchi, and Vikas Kumar reveals that ar-turmerone, a component of the turmeric significantly increases brain stem cell production by over 50%.The ar-turmerone provides neuroprotection against the oxidative stress hence an efficient remedy for any neurological disease.
Turmeric and the Body Immunity
Curcumin also boosts the overall body immunity. According to Funk, J.L et al. curcumin is eight times stronger than Vitamin E and C. It’s proven beneficial significance in the treatments of allergies, asthma, and arthritis, heart diseases, atherosclerosis, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and cancer is attributed to its modulation of the immune system. Curcumin regulates most inflammatory transcriptions factors such as the Nuclear Factor Kappa Beta, enzymes and cytokines such as the tumors necrosis factors which are all responsible for hindering the development of various ailments.
Turmeric and Diabetes
Curcumin also prevents the development of diabetes especially in people who have pre-diabetes (Arun, N., & Nalini, N. 2002). A study carried out in Thai and published by the Diabetes Care Journals found out that person who had been diagnosed with pre-diabetes and took curcumin capsules did not develop type 2 diabetes as compared to those who didn’t take the curcumin capsules. Drew Tortoriello, a research scientist at the Columbia Medical Center, argues that turmeric reduces and lessens the resistance of insulin, thus preventing the development of the type 2 diabetes.
Turmeric and Obesity
Turmeric also helps reduce the obesity-related illness and promotes weight loss. Macrophages immune cells that are present in the fat tissues throughout the human body is responsible for all the inflammations linked to obesity. Macrophages produce cytokines which cause inflammations in various body organs such as the pancreases, the liver, and heart while also increasing the resistance of the insulin. According to Gupta, S. C. et al. (2013), turmeric suppresses and reduces the number of macrophages in the fat tissues thus reduces the adverse effects and consequences of overweight and obesity.
Turmeric and the Heart
Turmeric prevents heart diseases by improving the endothelium functions and the blood vessels linings. Endothelial dysfunctions are the leading causes of various heart diseases such as blood pressures and clotting of the blood. Due to its inflammatory properties, curcumin in turmeric exhibits a diverse range of cardioprotective functions such as inhibition of the oxidation of the low-density lipoproteins, thrombosis, blocking of the homocysteine-induced and formation of the aortic fatty streaks endothelial dysfunctions. For instance, curcumin protects the myocardium and the heart by suppressing the pathways which generate reactive oxygen species and causes lipid peroxidization thus regulating all the paths which help to detoxify the free radicals. Recent studies and research also suggest that curcumin in the turmeric can lessen vascular inflammations and prevent strokes.
Turmeric and Cancer
Turmeric can also be a beneficial herb in the treatment of cancer due to its curcumin components. The antioxidant kills and suppresses the cancer cell cultures from the bloodstreams, cells, and skins. Studies done by Walston J. reveal that it significantly reduces metastasis (cancer spreads) and angiogenesis (tumor growths in the blood vessels and cells).This is because they inhibit metabolisms of carcinogens and metastasis by modulating the inflammatory cytokine levels which helps control proliferation, apoptosis, and angiogenesis.
Dosage and Caution:
400mg of Turmeric can be taken two times a day. However, it is recommended to take it with black pepper as its component; piperine helps in the absorption of the curcumin in the turmeric. Ginger is also an excellent turmeric companion.
People with bile duct obstruction and gallstones should not take turmeric without the instructions of the physician. Excessive consumptions of turmeric can cause ulcers or reduce the total number of the white and the red blood cells.
You should buy turmeric from a reputable seller to avoid cases of toxic turmeric species.
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According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention reports, over 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, way up from the previous 2010 reports that had an estimate of 26 million people. Aside from that, almost 86 million of adults, that is one in four adults, have pre-diabetes whereby their blood glucose or sugar levels are higher than the normal levels, but not really enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes. It is predicted that within five years a further 30 percent of people without physical activity and weight loss programs, will eventually develop type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is associated with high blood glucose levels, due to inadequate insulin production or their body cells cannot respond to the insulin, or in some instance, both phenomena occur.90 percent of diabetic patients have Type 2 diabetes whereby their bodies don’t produce adequate insulin as compared with the Type 1 diabetes whereby the body cannot produce insulin. Diabetes is prevalent amongst all age groups and is often linked to obesity, family history, high sugar diets, and poor physical activities.
Recent studies classify baobab as a natural whole, sweet superfood, the source of natural medicines that can treat the blood sugar related diseases making it more ideal for persons with hypoglycemia and diabetes. Thus supplementing your diet with baobab powder has the potential of controlling and stabilizing the blood sugar levels. Research done by various Centre’s suggest that baobab is helpful in the management of the Type 2 diabetes. Maintenance of a healthy diet, exercise, and consumption of the baobab is crucial for the prevention and regulation of diabetes. Baobab fruit manages the levels of blood sugar levels by actually counteracting any negative sugar levels spike that arises from eating foods high in carbohydrates.
Baobab Fruit Products and Diabetes
Dr.Shelly Coe of the Oxford Brooke University Centre for Health and Nutrition points out that Baobab’s richness in fiber slows down blood glucose rise thus preventing any occurrence of sugar spikes. This is because the dietary fiber in baobab slows down the process of digestion and the carbohydrate intake, thus reducing the increased blood glucose levels and the response of the insulin after consumption of the meal. This greatly helps people with diabetes or even pre-diabetes or those people with fluctuating blood glucose levels and their consequences such mood swings and hot chills. When the attacks of the insatiable hunger pangs or the high insulin values mainly associated with the blood sugar or glucose fluctuations make the loss of weight tough, Baobab fruit comes in to alleviate the problem.
Besides that, numerous studies have done at the center, thus consistently proving that baobab powder has an immense stabilizing effect on the blood glucose levels. According to Dr.Shelly, baobab is a high content of polyphenols which helps effect sugar release from the dietary carbohydrates into the bloodstreams, eventually reducing glucose conversion and glycemic response.
This effect was proven and determined as soon as the baobab powder was ingested alongside the high-glycemic foods (carbohydrate-rich foods).The Glycemic Index measures how high or how fast the blood glucose level increases as soon something is consumed. According to the study done by Oxford and Monash Universities in the United Kingdom and Australia respectively, when the baobab fruit powder is added to any meal of high Glycemic Index, the blood glucose levels suddenly stops.
Researchers from Australian Monash University, provide evidence that the high content of polyphenols in the baobab interferes with certain activities of the digestive enzymes, thus preventing the starch breakdown. The high sugar levels are slowly released into the bloodstreams, making baobab idea for dieters and weight loss program.
The baobab powder is a nutritionally rich super food product that has a variety of minerals and vitamins. The baobab fruit is high in Vitamin C, Calcium, magnesium, potassium, Vitamin A and B6, Zinc, bioflavonoids and thiamin. Particularly Baobab is rich in Vitamin C, with 40g covering more than the Recommended Daily Intake. The kernels and the seeds of the baobab fruit has a high content of lipid and exhibit high properties of antioxidants. For instance, it said that it contains six times levels of Vitamin C as in oranges, twice as much calcium’s as contained in milk and more iron than in the red meat. It also contains Four times the levels of potassium in bananas and five more times magnesium quantities of avocados. Its fruit pulp is rich in both soluble and non-soluble fibers than in any other fruits. The soluble fibers exert the prebiotic effects hence promoting the growth of healthy bacteria in the alimentary canal.
Usage of Baobab
Since baobab is mostly found in the form of powder, it can easily be used in sauces, smoothies, baked goods and soups. For any post works drink, stir one tablespoon of the baobab powder in a glass of water so as to replenish the lost electrolytes during the work out sessions. Baobab powder is good for the vegetarian diet as they significantly aid in the absorption of iron from various foods.
Baobab fruit powder potential risk and side effects
The Baobab fruit was certified and recognized as safe by the United States Foods and Drug Administrations in the year 2009. However, caution should be taken in nursing and pregnant women, children, and persons with medical conditions. There are no known safety concerns and toxicity with the consumptions and intake of the products of the baobab fruit. No cases or evidence have been proven yet about the allergic effects that may be caused by the direct consumption of the baobab.
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It is a necessity to have a proper diet to always stay healthy, as it is said you are what you eat. The type of diet we use and the kind of food we consume impacts on our bodies. The kind of food you consume plays a significant role in the amount of energy your body burns since dietary –induced thermogenesis accounts for almost ten percent of the energy in our foods. The diet struggle is real for those who intend to lose some weight. Well, worry no more, because superfoods are here to help you get your desired weight. Superfoods are the current in-thing in natural health, and for an excellent reason. They are nutrient dense foods which are the nature’s answers to the present distortions in the modern western diets. According to Adams, M, Superfoods are the nutritional heart and powerhouses which load the human body with minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins that fires up the rate of metabolism, pilling up the protein building nutrients which trades fat for muscle gain.
Although there is no definitive description of superfoods, we can refer to them as those foods that are rich in nutrients and have significant benefits to our body system including slowing down the aging process, boost our physical ability and reduce cholesterol and blood pressure. Superfoods are the foods that have been elevated and are recommended to individuals on a diet. But with recent elevation of some foods, the question has been can they be approved as part of the weight loss diet? We can examine evidence illustrating the importance of some super foods when weight loss is concerned. Examples of superfoods we’ll discuss in detail regarding their advantage in a weight loss diet are the Spirulina and Chlorella.
According to Spirulina World Website, Spirulina is one of the earliest life forms of the planet earth, single-celled, microscopic blue, green algae. It is regarded as a superfood because of its massive array of nutrients, essential fatty acids, Chlorophyll, Proteins, Vitamins B, C, and E. Spirulina is usually consumed in the form of a tablets, capsules or powdered way, and can be used as a significant part of the weight loss program. However, Spirulina should be taken by the manufacturer’s instructions, and you should consult your physician before including the superfood as part of your weight loss struggle.
If harvested in the right way from pond or water bodies that are not contaminated, it makes up one of the best sources of nutrients available. Some of the reasons why it has been classified as a superfood and an essential aspect for a healthy, weight loss diet include;
Based on Capelli, B and Cysewski, G. research study in 2011,Spirulina is a nutrient-dense type of food since it is rich in proteins (with a utilization rate of about 55 percent), thiamin, riboflavin, pyridoxine, folic acid, iron, minerals and dietary fibers which makes it an excellent weight loss supplement. These vitamins, minerals, dietary fibers and enzymes help in metabolism, digestions, removal of toxins, and also prevents absorption of fat.
Whenever you feel hungry your body mechanism is creating this effect so as to fill its needs for nutrients. Thus when you continually feed your body with poor quality foods, your brains triggers appetite in an effort to satisfy what it wants. Based on studies from Spirulina World Website, Spirulina increases the concentrations of the nutrients in the body, thus reducing cravings and hunger in the process. It also suppresses appetite due to its composition of amino acid, Phenylalanine which help stimulate the secretions of cholecystokinin, the scientifically proven appetite suppressant.
When it comes to losing weight, a high protein and low carb diet is necessary. Regular intake of Spirulina is ideal for muscle buildings and low carbohydrate diet because of the high content of protein. It contains up to seventy percent of the protein, as well as all the essentials amino acids. According to Moorhead, K., Capelli, B., & Cysewski, G. R. (2011), the rate of digestive absorption of the protein contained in Spirulina is four times much more than that of a typical beef. An easily digestible protein in combination with a suitable exercise plan helps build the lean body mass, thus helping the body burn more calories through the day.
As compared to beef, Spirulina contains only 3.9 calories in each protein gram, supplying a total of 65 calories for each equivalent protein gram. A 500mg spirulina tablet contains two calories. Because of its chemical compositions, Spirulina enhances the energy performance index since they act by unlocking sugars from the body cells since it provides you with right proportions of daily nutritional needs, without any significant caloric deficiencies.
According to Boone, L. (2013), Spirulina is a rich source of the Omega-3 fatty acids and Gamma Linolenic acid, GLA. The GLA regulates the blood sugar levels thus controlling the level of insulin in the human body, eventually minimizing the binging of carbohydrate, helping you lose weight efficiently.
Spirulina has both anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties which nullifies the harmful oxygen radical, hence preventing the production of pro-inflammatory molecules. Eventually, it avoids inflammations and the state of stress, which are regarded as the world’s leading factors of weight gains. Another main reason of the importance of Spirulina in weight loss is its ability to increase fat burning during an exercise session. The high oxidant content makes it beneficial in decreasing exercise-induced oxidation that results in muscle fatigue.
Though it might not have an appealing taste, Spirulina can be consumed as a capsule or by mixing it with water . The only limitation of Spirulina is that it is costly when compared to the other types of superfoods used for a weight loss diet. Spirulina and Chlorella share some similarities, but they also have differences.
Chlorella is a single-celled microscopic, blue-green algae, often revered as an essential superfood. It is closely related to Spirulina. However, they share slight differences. Unlike the Spirulina, Chlorella can be categorized as either Chlorella Vulgaris or Chlorella pyrenoidosa. The hard outer shell may make it seem not edible but what is important is what is on the inside. Chlorella is primarily composed of a nucleus and a vast array of bioavailable chlorophyll, an excellent substance which counteracts the toxins available in the foods, Besides that, it has B, C and E vitamins, peptides, amino acids, nucleic acids (DNA and RNA ), proteins and polysaccharides. Chlorella has so many health benefits to the human body, and it’s a weight loss superfood due to the following;
Chlorella is mainly can be consumed as a capsule, powder mixed with water or directly after extraction from the hard shell. Though it is viewed as a relative to the Spirulina, some notable differences include: the Spirulina is much larger than the Chlorella. The Spirulina is a blue-green type of algae while the Chlorella is a green type of algae, Chlorella has got a more substantial amount of nucleic acids compared to Spirulina, the Spirulina is easily consumable after harvest, unlike Chlorella which has a hard outer cell. Lastly, Spirulina has got a higher mineral content compared to Chlorella.
For any individual on a diet, superfoods are the foods to consider for your diet, and the Chlorella and Spirulina are the types of superfoods not to leave out. Chlorella and Spirulina need not be taken alone but can be used as supplements to the already available foods. What makes superfoods essential for diet is because they have a dense concentration of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and also because of the healthy properties provided. The ability of most superfoods to lower the body cholesterol levels and increase body metabolism make them essential to be included in a weight loss diet.
Recent trends have illustrated how people have adapted superfoods to their diet. Although it may seem tedious adding superfoods to an already set diet plan, the outcome may be well worth it. Superfoods are satisfying hunger-curbing foods and one advantage compared to other food types is that you can eat more but still lose weight. Chlorella and Spirulina are super foods that we need to tap into for even more and better results. Your diet begins with you and as such consider superfoods for you to have a healthy diet.
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Want to have greater energy and stamina? Looking for natural ways to detox your body? Or maybe you want to slim down? If so, include chlorella in your diet! This superfood helps flush out toxins and heavy metals from your system, regulates blood pressure, and supports fat loss. It’s also an excellent source of protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Make sure you choose organic chlorella powder, which is free of allergens and chemicals.
Chlorella is one of the most powerful natural detox aids available today. In Japan, it’s used by over 10 million people. Decades ago, it was seen as a remarkable food source that could solve the world hunger crisis. This green alga is two to 10 μm in diameter, and consists of 45 percent protein, 20 percent carbs, and 20 percent fat. Fiber, vitamins, and minerals account for the remaining 15 percent. Chlorella is able to reproduce eight times a day, which makes it a sustainable source of nutrients.
Chlorella also contains thiamin, niacin, folate, vitamin C, and amino acids. Its green color comes from chlorophyll. Other names for it are freshwater seaweed, green algae, and Algue Verte d’Eau Douce. This alga grows in fresh water and requires only water, CO2, sunlight, and minerals to reproduce. Nowadays, it is also cultivated in artificial ponds. Chlorella comes in power and capsule form, and can be used as a dietary supplement. You may also add it to smoothies and green juices, make your own body wraps, or mix it with water and other natural ingredients to prepare facial masks.
A growing body of research supports the health of chlorella. This alga is consumed as a food supplement in Asian countries, and as a health supplement in the U.S. and Canada. Currently, Japan is the world’s largest producer of chlorella. Due to its high nutrient density, this superfood fights cancer, boosts immune function, and cleanses your body from the inside out. It’s also the most potent source of chlorophyll on earth.
The first studies on chlorella date back to the late 1940s. According to health experts, this plant has a protective role against hypertension, heart disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, ulcerative colitis, and impaired immune function. Japanese researchers claim that chlorella regulates blood sugar and lowers body fat levels. It’s particularly beneficial for people struggling with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity.
Considered one of the most nutritious organic superfoods available, chlorella boosts your energy naturally, protects from common cold and flu, and helps prevent chronic conditions. It also restores gut flora by stimulating the growth of good bacteria in the GI tract. Studies conducted in the 80s have found that chlorella improves immune function in cancer patients, which helps speed up healing.
Evidence also shows that organic chlorella powder regulates the genes that control insulin response, which helps prevent and treat metabolic syndrome. Just like spirulina, it purifies your blood and strengthens your body’s natural defense mechanisms. This alga is a complete source of protein, making it suitable for vegans and vegetarians. It actually contains 55 times more protein than rice and 38 times more than soy. When used as part of a balanced diet, it can help you shed pounds, build muscle, and enhance your athletic performance. Due to its energy-boosting effects, it allows you to work out harder for longer.
Japanese researchers have found that cadmium-poisoning victims who took chlorella eliminated heavy metals seven times faster compared to the placebo group. This superfood may also improve mental health, relieve constipation, and keep your digestive system running smoothly. In clinical studies, it lowered blood pressure in half of cases.
Chlorella is so great for detox because of its ability to bio-accumulate heavy metals to a greater degree than its environment. Rich in chlorophyll, it helps your body get rid of toxins and use oxygen more efficiently. The magnesium in chlorella keeps your brain sharp, wards off depression, and aids in digestion. Due to its high antioxidant levels, this alga scavenges oxidative stress and slows down aging. Inn just a few weeks, you’ll look and feel younger, have more energy, and focus better on your tasks.
As with any supplement, you should do some research before buying chlorella. Not all brands are created equal. Organ chlorella powder has no synthetic ingredients and delivers a pure whole food formula that’s easily absorbed into your system. Conventional chlorella supplements may contain traces of gluten, dairy, nuts, and other allergens used in manufacturing facilities. Some products also have added sugar, artificial dyes, sweeteners, and preservatives. A study conducted in 2015 has found that 14 out of 39 samples of chlorella and spirulina contained neurotoxin.
Organic chlorella powder is extensively tested for quality and purity. It contains no binders, additives, preservatives, or fillers. The safety tests are conducted by third party labs, so you can trust the results. Additionally, organic chlorella is 100 percent vegan, soy free, and non-GMO. It’s a perfect choice for those following a raw food or vegetarian diet. To reap its benefits, add one teaspoon (2-3 grams) to your favorite shakes, smoothies, or juices, or use it in recipes. Chlorella powder goes well in salad dressings, nut butters, tahini, and homemade desserts. It doesn’t affect food flavor and can be used on a daily basis.
This superfood should be a staple in your diet. Its healing properties are backed up by science. Regular consumption promotes healthy weight loss, reduces LDL (bad) cholesterol, and assists in detoxifying your body. Chlorella also protects your cells from radiation and free radical damage, removes radioactive particles from your system, and increases lifespan. High in phytonutrients, it balances your hormone levels and enhances the action of T cells, which play a key role in cancer prevention. In the long run, chlorella can improve your quality of life and guard against diseases.
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Baobab is an organic and 100% natural superfruit that comes from Africa. It has the remarkable property of drying right on the branch, so it’s easy to process into a nutritious powder supplement. Also, baobab is used for a variety of health and beauty applications. It’s a rich source of vitamin C, which in turn may help the immune system and assist in the critical process of energy release. Baobab is nearly 50% fibre and contains more antioxidants than any other whole fruit. Here are a few more reasons to add baobab to your healthy lifestyle.
Some people don’t like dosing themselves with vitamins in manufactured pills. If you’re one of them, then know that baobab is a natural source of vitamins and nutrients, which means that they’re easier to absorb. Wondering how it tastes? Then know that baobab is delicious. It has a citrus flavour and tastes sweet, so you’re certain to like the way it tastes.
Did you know that the human body cannot make vitamin C? That makes it important to get the requisite amount from our diet. A serving of baobab powder (2 to 3 teaspoons) contains about 33% of your daily vitamin C requirement. Adequate vitamin C intake is essential for collagen formation. In turn, collagen supports healthy bones, blood vessels, teeth, gums and skin. Vitamin C helps the body release energy and reduces fatigue and tiredness. It’s also necessary for the correct functioning of the nervous system. Proponents of baobab tell us that it’s a critical component for healthy psychological function. Further, baobab works to protect cells from oxidative stress.
Very few people in the UK have an adequate intake of fibre. An easy way to add fibre to your diet is to use baobab, because it’s nearly 50% fibre. Your body needs two distinct types of fibre: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibre is important because research indicates that it helps to curtail the release of sugar in the blood stream. The result? Fewer jittery energy spikes. In addition, fibre benefits the digestive system, including bowel regularity. If you’re watching your weight or trying to lose weight, this superfood is considered effective for helping you feel fuller longer.
Research has shown that baobab has an antioxidant content higher than any fruit. Baobab powder contains twice the antioxidants of goji berries, when compared gram per gram. Even fresh fruits like pomegranates and blueberries have fewer antioxidants, even when taken together. Baobab powder has twice the antioxidants gram per gram of goji berries and more than blueberries and pomegranates combined. Besides the benefits mentioned earlier, antioxidants are important because they work to counteract the harm caused by free radicals, which are molecules that damage the skin’s collagen. This can result in premature ageing, fine lines, wrinkles and dryness. Baobab supports collagen formation, which in turn can give the skin a radiant glow.
Baobab is considered effective in protecting the body from major illnesses such as cancer and heart disease. Research indicates that is also can help with conditions that are inflammation-related. Such diseases include allergies and arthritis. Another report cites the fact that baobab fruit contains significant levels of key minerals such as magnesium, calcium and potassium. Potassium is an important component of baobab and is known to have heart health benefits. It works as a vasodilator to reduce strain and increase blood flow, keeping the heart from working too hard. Lowering the blood pressure in this way is considered effective for fighting cardiovascular conditions like heart attacks and atherosclerosis, a condition in which fatty deposits known as plaque form on the inner lining of the arteries. Finally, the magnesium and calcium found in baobab are key minerals for maintaining healthy bones.
An Easy Baobab Recipe
2 teaspoons baobab superfruit powder
1 teaspoon organic honey
¾ cup purified or spring water
Squeeze of fresh lemon
Mix together, making sure sure honey is mixed throughout. Take this along with your morning smoothie to get the benefits of baobab in an easy and delicious way.
With so much to recommend it, isn’t it worth adding this remarkable superfood to your health regimen?