Superfoods are very high in antioxidants and they fight the free radical damage to our body.
Young coconuts are one of the highest sources of electrolytes in nature. Electrolytes are ionized salts in our cells, that transport energy throughout the body. Coconut water is a much better alternative to commercial sports drinks laden with artificial sugars and colors. The molecular structure of coconut water is identical to human blood plasma, which means that it is immediately recognized by the body and put to good use. Drinking the juice from a young coconut is like giving your body an instant blood transfusion. In fact this was common practice during World War II in the Pacific, where both sides in the conflict regularly used coconut water, siphoned directly from the coconut, to give emergency transfusions to wounded soldiers.
What is it? Cocoa contains complex molecules that are active in our bodies, including several bioactive amines, such as serotonin and dopamine, which are potent antidepressant compounds. Phenylethylamine (PEA) is also found in chocolate; it produces the same brain chemistry as falling in love. Cocoa also contains potent antioxidant compounds called polyphenols, also found in red wine, which researchers believe are responsible for the cardiovascular and metabolic health benefits of chocolate.
What's so great about it? The benefits of cocoa are innumerable: Several studies suggest cocoa-derived polyphenols reduce blood pressure, improve insulin sensitivity, increase antioxidant capacity, protect LDL cholesterol from oxidation and raise HDL ("good") cholesterol. An additional study found that dark chocolate helped reduce the risk of blood clotting, which lowered the risk of stroke or heart attacks.
Use them... All the health benefits of chocolate come from dark chocolate, which is closest to the pure source of cacao beans. David Wolfe, author of Eating for Beauty and Naked Chocolate, recommends eating raw cacao beans. "They might taste a little bitter at first, but you'll quickly get addicted. Mix them with goji berries and wow-a powerhouse of nutrition!"
Hemp Seeds -
are packed with an incredible amount of fatty acids, minerals and protein.
What's so great about it? Hemp has the ideal ratio of omega-3 and -6, which helps us achieve sustainable human health. A U.S. study found a balanced omega ratio reduces the risk of atherosclerosis and sudden cardiac death, and has anti-inflammatory benefits that can decrease arthritic symptoms. Hemp has a full amino acid spectrum-meaning it provides a well-balanced, complete protein source, and amino acids are important for growth and maintenance of body tissue. In fact, in times of famine, some civilizations have survived solely on hemp and water. Hemp is an easily digested protein.
Use them... the way you would any other seed: Blend with fruit and juices in smoothies; use them raw in salads. Hemp foods are expanding in health food stores, and hemp seeds can also be found in oil form. You can mix it into a salad dressing, but don't try cooking with it: Hemp oil isn't heat stable.
To learn more about Superfoods, Meditation and healthy lifestyle, join Yoga Studio South on April 20 at BMO center for The Seed Event:
| David Wolfe in Calgary on April 20 Seed Event|