Why Wheatgrass And Superfoods?
Because your health is too important to ignore.
Imagine something you can eat or drink that is powerful enough to help you reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer - and it's not a drug! As an added bonus it can put you in a better mood. Without side effects! Guess what? These life-altering "super foods" are available right now.
What Are Super Foods?
Super foods are those foods that are so rich in nutrients that they can help fight aging and illness. They have high amounts of flavonoids and micro and macro nutrients while being low in calories. Super foods boost your immune system and help you fight everything from the flu to aging. Many of these foods you may be familiar with already. They include berries, citrus, cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and bok choy), eggs, green foods, leafy green vegetables, legumes, nuts, oats, olives and olive oil, fish rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids, orange vegetables, sea vegetables, seeds, tea, tomatoes, turkey, whole grains and yoghurt and kefir.
In addition to these commonly available superfoods, there are more exotic foods that have recently received a lot of publicity. These include goji berries, acai berries, wheatgrass, chlorella and spirulina.
Why Do We Need Superfoods?
It has been said that we are overfed but undernourished. While our capacity to produce food has increased enormously over the past 100 years due largely to the invention of artificial fertilisers, the downside of this increased capacity to grow food has been a degradation in the quality of the soil. Consequently trace elements that were present in the soil 100 years ago are largely not there today. Artificial fertlisers and pesticides have also destroyed most of the micro-organisms that live in healthy soil and play a vital role in helping the plant to assimilate nutrients. The role of these micro-organisms is only just starting to be researched.
The quality of the food is further impacted by the way it is processed. Whereas 60 or more years ago fruit and vegetables were destined mostly for the local community and so could be picked when they were ripe, today they are picked before they are ripe and transported across the country and even across the world. Surplus food is put into cold storage and kept anywhere from a few months to more than a year. Needless to say this has a severely detrimental effect on any vitamins that may have been present.
Despite studies that claim to show organic food to be the same as conventionally produced food, the mere fact that organic farming methods do not use pesticides or artificial fertilisers means that the soil is healthier and so the plants will be better for you. With that being said, though, it is still difficult to replace some of the trace elements that may have already been leached from the soil.
In recent years, many different foods have come to the attention of nutritionists and researchers. For the most part, these contain high levels of many of the elements lacking from modern food. In particular, they contain antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that can help improve your health or restore your body to good health. Many that you are now hearing about have not been part of our Western diet and are only now coming to notice. In particular, you will often hear of goji berry (or Chinese wolf berry), Golden Berry (or Cape Gooseberry), Acai berry. These and others can help compensate for the elements sadly lacking in our modern diet.
In most cases, they can be consumed as they are or mixed in with other foods, such as smoothies, ice cream, salads, stocks or soups, stir fries etc. That has got to be better than popping vitamin or supplement pills that tend to stick in your throat. And I also believe that when you eat a whole food it is better for you than just consuming something that has been extracted from the food. For example, goji berries are high in vitamin C. But if you just took the vitamin C it would not do you as much good as eating the entire berry because the combination of the many different elements making up the berry forms a potent synergistic source of nutrients.
Ultimately, though, when you look at the inconvenience and cost of rectifying a health problem, not to mention the side-effects of drugs to treat the problem, investing in superfoods is very cheap and easy by comparison.
Here's to you continued good health !