Superfood: brain – beauty connection

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February 16, 2011 – Superfood is real unprocessed food that is rich in a variety of phytonutrients (neutraceuticals) content that may confer healthy promoting and are responsible for preventing non-communicable diseases such as cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, constipation and many more.  For food to be considered a superfood it should have a wide variety of antioxidants, bioflavonoids, phytosterols, dietary fibre, essential fatty acids, essential amino acids, enzymes, coenzymes, trace minerals, antioxidant vitamins and co-factors. All superfoods are rich in antioxidants which are excellent for fighting aging and diseases because they neutralise free radicals which are partly
responsible for accelerating aging process and onset of diseases by disrupting DNA and normal body metabolisms.

Superfoods supply essential phytonutrients, nutrients we need but cannot be synthesised in our bodies, and that are missing in typical Kenyan diets. We may be adding more whole grain/legumes, vegetables and fruits in our diets, but concern over the quality of foods grown using chemicals and on mineral depleted soils makes superfoods an intelligent choice. A healthy diet incorporating a variety of the following superfoods will help you maintain weight, fight diseases, live longer and maintain youthful appearance. Some of todays most popular supefoods are; Spirulina, chlorella, stingless bee honey, terere, moringa, baobab, aloe vera, acai and as well as other foods like yoghurt, mala and cold water fish. Superfoods have no side effects, but all foods have to be consumed in moderation.

Terere (amaranth) oil – is the strongest of these superfoods, and you most likely have never heard of it. Know more about terere oil (Ageless Radiance): future super oil from www.aviva-africa.com

-Has remarkable concentration of antioxidants that help combat premature aging and offer broad spectrum UV protection by supplying 50 times more antioxidant vitamin E tocotrienol than traditional vitamin E tocopherol.

-A synergy of monosaturated (healthy) fatty acid (oleic) and squalene, help promote cardiovascular and digestive health, and maintain smooth & supple skin.

-Squalene energises the body by supplying oxygen to billions body cells

-Oleic acid carries other nutrients across cell membranes, making the membranes more supple. By keeping the cell membranes supple, all hormones, neurotransmitters and insulin receptors function more effectively

-Phytosterol effectively lower the amount of cholesterol in our bloodstream and inhibit excessive cell  division thus preventing cancer growth

-Essential fatty acids and squalene are the brain food enhancing cognitive (memory) abilities, mental alertness and for added bonus put you in a better mood

-Essential fatty acids enhance stored fat metabolism which is a great way to manage weight

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  • Charleys Ghoverhn

    This is an insightful article. It is interesting how some of the things we take for granted end up being so much more beneficial than we ever imagined.
    We should be getting more of such articles.
    Including the AVIVA website in this article is so much helfull

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