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Miracle cure superfoods - what is it?
Superfoods such as chia seeds, acai berries, goji berries, maca powder or algae are currently on everyone's lips. And since you are generally open to healthy foods with “superpowers” on a Paleo diet, let's take a closer look at them.
In general, they contain an above-average concentration of valuable vital substances that are supposed to counteract cell aging, ensure better energy levels or promote detoxification. They support well-being and vitality and are said to even help heal illnesses.
Do superfoods keep what their reputation promises?
Trending: Chia seeds
The Chia plant is mainly grown in Mexico, translated means “starch” and its seeds are now sold commercially as superfoods around the world. The seeds mostly consist of chia oil with a high proportion of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. In addition, the chia seeds contain valuable proteins, minerals and antioxidants.
When placed in water or other liquids (e.g. fruit juice) they develop into a slimy consistency and take on many times their original size. This “mass” has a digestive and detoxifying effect and contributes to the nutrition of the intestinal mucosa and the intestinal bacteria.
The seeds can absorb and remove many times their weight in toxins. We mainly use them to refine smoothies or to thicken sauces or desserts. You can also bake and cook jam with the chia seeds. However, it is now often advised not to heat the chia seeds too much.
For weight loss - the acai berry
Acai is high in antioxidants, so food producers add this fruit to all sorts of products. If it says Acai Berry, it sells better. They promise more energy and vitality and an increase in wellbeing. The acai diet is also advertised for weight loss, often in combination with a suitable “cleansing pill” internal purification.
However, studies also show that the antioxidants in the acai berry evaporate relatively quickly as soon as the berry is picked from the acai palm. Overall, this superfood does not have more antioxidants than, for example, the blueberry. We have not yet had any personal experience with Acai.
A little overrated - the goji berry
The goji berry is originally a Chinese fruit and is also called Chinese wolfberry. In China, the berries are mainly used in naturopathy and cooking. They are also said to have an antioxidant effect and a positive influence on sea power. The goji berry contains essential amino acids for the body as well as a lot of minerals. However, scientists say that this superfood has no advantage over “conventional” fruit and is therefore a bit “over-hyped”. Every now and then we spice up salads with goji berries.
Maca powder for competitive athletes
The Maca plant is mainly grown in Peru and Bolivia and its powder is extracted from the root. In addition to proteins, it contains a lot of minerals and vitamins, but also starch and sugar. For competitive athletes, the content of steroid saponins is particularly interesting, as this can have a positive effect on hormone metabolism (testosterone).
But this superfood also has advantages for the average citizen, such as Strengthening the immune system, Equalization of the hormonal balance and improved regenerative capacity with it. Some women use Maca powder as a remedy for menstrual cramps. The taste is slightly sweet and takes some getting used to. Maca powder can be used well in smoothies or desserts.
Cocoa - a miracle cure
Cocoa in its original form (cocoa beans) is one of the most nutritious foods around. In addition to a lot of magnesium and other minerals, it also contains resveratrol (similar amounts to those in red wine). This substance binds free radicals and can thus protect against cardiovascular diseases and cancer. That cocoa by the suggestions of the Serotonin production in the brain too happy is supposed to do, is now well known through the media. If you don't want to chew pure cocoa beans (bitter taste), chocolate with a high cocoa content (from 80%) is recommended. This then also contains less sugar and is therefore most likely paleo.
Other well-known superfoods include acerola, Afa algae, aloe vera, aronia berries, bamboo leaf tea, bee pollen, camu camu, chlorella, cranberry, barley grass, ginseng, pomegranate, grapefruit extract, hemp, ginger, kelp, coconut oil, linseed oil, Maitake, mangosteen, moringa, noni, olive oil, propolis, sango sea coral, schisandra, spirulina, yacon and cistus.
Superfoods - Not always worth the money
Overall, it has to be said that there is a lot of hype about these fruits, seeds and beans.
They all have their advantages, but often no more than local fruit and vegetables and are therefore not always worth the expensive money. If you want to keep an eye on costs, you should shop regionally and seasonally.
Anyone who already eats Paleo already has a good supply of the most important basic nutrients and does not necessarily need to use these superfoods.
Which superfoods do you swear by in your diet?
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