Not all food is created equal. There are foods, and then there are SUPERFOODS. You may be asking yourself, what exactly IS a superfood? To me, they are simply foods that pack a big nutritional punch. They are like the superheroes we see in comic books and movies. These comic book heroes typically possess superhuman powers and their mission is to help protect the people. Superfoods are kind of like that. They are vibrant, nutritionally rich foods that offer tremendous dietary and healing potential. They are higher in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and nutrients than other foods, which is where they get their ‘super powers’. There are many, many foods considered to be superfoods in the world today (most fruits and vegetables fall into this category), and we are very fortunate in our modern society that we have access to almost all of them. There are a few, however, that rise to the top for me. I’d like to share with you my top five FAVORITE superfoods!
1) CELERY – Celery tops the charts for me. This amazing herb helps to strengthen HCL production in the gut and increases the production of bile in the liver. According to Anthony William, the Medical Medium, celery contains special mineral salts that help break down viral loads in the body. There is a recent phenomenon sweeping the globe right row, and it is celery juice. All you have to do to start feeling these benefits is start juicing daily! Drink a minimum of 16 oz. of straight celery juice every morning on an empty stomach, then wait 15-30 minutes before eating breakfast! That’s it, that’s the protocol, and it’s helping a lot of people. Celery Juice = Pure Magic.
2) WILD BLUEBERRIES – If you are in search of antioxidants, well, search no further. Not to be confused with their larger, cultivated cousins, wild blueberries have one of the highest proportions of antioxidants of any food on the entire planet! Antioxidants help defend your cells against free radicals which ultimately oxidize your tissues and age you. Wild blueberries help to restore the central nervous system and are one of the most effective foods for detoxifying the body of heavy metals. Oh, and did I mention, they are DELICIOUS!
3) RAW COCOA – You read this correctly, yes, chocolate is a superfood! All chocolate, from the super milky to the super dark, is made from cacao beans. Cacao beans were once so revered, that the Mayans and the Aztecs used the beans as money, instead of gold. Cacao, like the wild blueberry, is astonishingly high in antioxidants, in fact, it is one of the highest antioxidant foods in the world. This bean is a mineral powerhouse. It’s the number one source of magnesium, and is a rich source of iron, chromium, manganese, zinc, and copper. This is one delicious food you don’t have to feel guilty about eating (eating cacao in the raw form whenever possible, helps to maintain many of the nutritional components).
4) SPIRILUNA – The protein queen of the plant world, consists of 65-71% protein. The brilliant blue green pigments of spirulina contain high levels of chlorophyll and phycocyanin. The benefits of spirulina are tremendous. This beautiful green food is rich in A, B, and K vitamins, and is one of the highest complete protein foods on the planet. It is anti-inflammatory and super detoxifying. Just remember GREEN = CLEAN.
5) HONEY – Honey, the divine, golden nectar of nature. Did you know that raw honey will never spoil? It has a shelf life of 3,000 years, which is unheard of in nature. According to Russian research, raw, unprocessed honey is nature’s richest source of live healing enzymes and they found that it increases reflexes, mental alertness and even IQ! Honey is antimicrobial, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, all packaged into one bottle of gooey goodness.
Honorable mentions include: There are a few ‘superfoods’ that I also feel like mentioning, even if they didn’t make it into the top 5. They are: Goji Berries, Maca, and Coconut Products.
I invite you to experiment with ‘superfoods’, and see how they enhance your life. They might just make you feel like a superhero!
By Amber Sherman, a raw food enthusiast.