LETS THINK OLD SCHOOL
“Superfood” is a popular buzzword you’ve probably seen on health blogs, in grocery stores, and from well-meaning friends. It sort of scares us away because it seems that something is new and involved every time we turn around. Whether the latest fad is a rare fruit from the Amazon or a seed that cures every disease known to man, most superfoods build on hype, not evidence of real health benefits. HOWEVER … your grandma had it right!
Here are some foods that are MOST EXCELLENT FOR YOUR HEALTH. And they are easy. And cheap!
Garlic has strong evidence to suggest it can improve circulatory health by facilitating blood flow, reducing blood pressure, and improving cholesterol levels. Garlic also provides antioxidant benefits because it supports the activity of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant. There is also evidence to suggest garlic consumption may ward off upper respiratory infections. It even has an anti-cancer effect. Including cloves of garlic in your diet is one of the healthiest habits you can have.
What you really want to know, garlic can positively impact …
- Acne, especially the big ugly ones under the chin
- Special issues in bikini area, like those ingrown things from biking!
- Bacterial infections, in the groin area, on the butt, etc.
Dark berries, including blueberries, are a rich source of anthocyanins. Anthocyanins have antioxidant properties and can reduce DNA damage related to oxidation and stress.
Older people can eat dark berries to improve memory. Though the mechanism behind this effect — increasing a growth factor called BDNF — could potentially work for young people as well, this has yet to be confirmed by dedicated studies.
What you really want to know, dark berries can positively impact …
- Eye twitching brought about by stress, deficiency in a B vitamin
- Cracks in the sides of your mouth, another deficiency in a different B vitamin
- Immunity, happiness and cardiovascular health
Spirulina is a blue-green algae with a 55–70% protein content. It is safe to supplement and provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
Studies suggest that supplementing spirulina can increase bile acid blood levels, a characteristic of Gilbert’s Syndrome. People with Gilbert’s Syndrome are at lower risk for diabetes and obesity, as well as cardiovascular and neurological diseases. Animal research suggests spirulina may also be neuroprotective, but human studies are needed to confirm this effect.
Unfortunately, spirulina is the worst-tasting supplement on this list.
Leafy green vegetables contain high levels of nitrate, as do beetroot. In fact, beetroot has so much nitrate that it can serve as a legitimate ergogenic aid and pre-workout supplement.
Nitrates improve blood flow by dilating blood vessels. Eating nitrate-rich vegetables daily can help lower blood pressure over time.
What you really want to know, dark greens can positively impact …
- Macular (eye) health
- Clean up and nurture the liver and cardiovascular system
- Provide iron and other plant nutrients that helps the body to deliver oxygen more efficiently, meaning better athletic performance.
YO! Did you know that Juice Plus, the Orchard, Garden, Vineyard Blend along with the Complete Protein Powder covers all of these!