The Oxford English Dictionary (dating 1915 to 1949) defines it as “a food considered especially nutritious or otherwise beneficial to health and well-being”. Today it’s a term sometime used to describe food with high phytonutrient content. Many dieticians and nutritional scientists dispute the fact that they have any health benefits and it’s not a common term used by them. This may be because nutrition education is controlled by those that would benefit from lack of knowledge in what really is healthy food. On the other hand, it’s been alleged that the term superfood has been over-used as a marketing tool.
Superfoods fall into several categories. They are green, bee, fruit and nut, seaweed, and herb.
Green superfoods have the highest concentration of easily digestible nutrients, vitamins, minerals and fat-burning substances. They contain many beneficial substances such as protective photo-chemicals, proteins and beneficial bacteria. They’re rich in chlorophyll, which is what makes plants green. The molecular structure of chlorophyll is similar to human blood and when it’s consumed it increases the production of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin carries oxygen in the blood to all parts of the body.
Types of green superfoods are:
- Barley Grass
- Wheat Grass
- Green Leafy Vegetables
- Wild blue-green algae
Bee superfoods were discovered accidently by the Western world although the benefits were known as far back as 5500 B.C. by the Egyptians and 1000 B.C. by the Babylonians. Investigation of native Russian beekeepers that regularly lived to be centenarians and ate raw honey every day led to the discovery.
Fruit and nut superfoods are rich in anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants fight free radicals, which invade our immune system.Example of fruit and nut superfoods are:
- Coconut Oil
- Goji Berries
- Macadamia Nuts
Seaweeds are nutritionally dense plants as they have access to all the nutrients in the ocean. They’re extremely rich in calcium and so close to human blood plasma their most important benefit is purifying our blood. They alkalize our blood and counter-act the acid effects of the modern diet. They protect us from toxins in the environment, heavy metals, and radiation by-products.Seaweeds also boost weight loss and deter cellulite because their natural iodine content stimulates the thyroid gland, which burns food before it can be turned into fat. Their mineral content breaks the chemical bond that seals fat cells so that they can be allowed to escape the body.
Examples of seaweed superfoods are:
Herb superfoods offer nutrients and work with the body so that it might heal itself. Herbs have been used for centuries for natural healing. Examples of herb superfoods are:
- Aloe Vera