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Did you know you can treat your body well with superfoods?



The current outbreak of diseases has increased the need to find solutions from the natural environment, with more and more people now turning to food of high nutritional value that can improve the quality of their lives and promote their health. Those foods are known as superfoods.


Old research data suggest that superfoods are a very good option to improve overall health, boosting the immune system, increasing the production of hormones, and promoting the smooth operation of the various organ systems of the human body. In the 21st century, the term “superfood” drove sales of each specific food item, not because they are really super, but because everyone needs a shortcut to good health.


New studies however suggest that there is no food that is good enough to promote health alone, and there are other equally nutritious foods that are not called superfoods! Instead, they suggest everyone create a “Super Plate, full of different healthy and flavorful foods”. There is no doubt that superfoods are often nutritious but it’s clear that the term is more useful for driving sales than it is for providing optimal nutrition recommendations.


With that said, each superfood item mentioned below should be included in a balanced diet and consumed in moderation and prudence. The most important superfoods according to the data obtained from several studies, are the following:

Fruits

Pomegranate, berries, blueberries, avocado, raspberries, strawberries, goji berry, chickpeas, grape, acai berry, hippophaes.




Dried nuts

Walnuts, almonds, cereals.


Pulses

Red beans, cocoa, sweet potatoes, mastic.



Vegetables

Broccoli, spinach.


Seaweed

Spirulina, chlorella.

Milk products

Kefir, donkey milk.


Herbs

Ginger, ginkgo biloba, tea (Camellia Sinensis).


Bee products

Honey, royal jelly, wax



Quick health benefits:


Health Benefits of Tea

  • Reduced relative risk of cancer

  • Cardioprotective effect

  • Improving memory and learning skills

  • Reduce the incidence of joint diseases (arthritis)

  • Prevent neurological diseases and aging


Health benefits of Hippophaes

  • Enhancement of the function of the nervous system

  • Protection against cardiovascular diseases and immune enhancement

  • Antioxidant activity: free radical scavenging

  • Strong anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and healing action


Health benefits of Blueberries

  • Cerebral function and reduction of neurodegenerative diseases and blood pressure

  • Prevention of various types of cancer

  • Prevent and help with constipation and diarrhea

  • Hepatitis C virus protection and infection of the urinary tract prevention


Health benefits of Royal Jelly

  • Adjustment of blood glucose levels: Royal jelly appears to reduce blood glucose levels and improves lipid profile

  • Contribution to connective tissue, muscle, and skeletal tissue. Evidence suggests that royal jelly acts as a means of protecting ligaments, muscles, and skin

  • Improving neurological, endocrinological, and metabolic disorders

  • Effect on urinary and genital system

  • Elderly disorders, insomnia, increased appetite, better mental and psychological functioning of the elderly.


Health benefits of Spirulina

  • Improve effect on blood glucose level, pulmonary function

  • Immune system enhancement

  • Antiviral effect

  • Antimicrobial and antioxidant activity


Health benefits of Maize

  • Nutrients absorption and inflammation suppression

  • Immune system strengthening

  • Antidepressant action

  • Vision strengthening and protection

  • Improvement of the lipid profile and regulation of blood sugar levels


Health benefits of Maca Plant

  • Improvement of sexual function and increased fertility

  • Improving the symptoms of menopause

  • The antimicrobial and detoxifying action

  • Antidepressant action

  • Supportive in the endocrine system, adrenal glands and thyroid, while promoting regulation of metabolism


Health benefits of Ginger Root

  • Cardiovascular disease prevention

  • Digestion

  • Antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory act


Health benefits of Pomegranate

  • Antioxidant activity

  • Hypertension Prevention and endothelial function improvement

  • Reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease




Superfoods, when consumed even in small quantities is beneficial for the human body due to the number of beneficial substances contained. Don’t forget to include them in the daily diet. Explore individual foods and learn how to select, prepare, and enjoy them.


For more details, reach out to healthcare providers on BYON8 to get a personalized nutritional plan.



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