I LIKE POWERFOODS! DO YOU?
I like the word powerfood better than superfood.
Superfoods have been talked about so much that it now is commercialized.
The idea of Powerfoods reminds people that there are unique benefits, unique qualities, and unique 'powers' to many foods of the world.
Powerfoods usually have high concentrations of certain nutrients.
We usually just don't know about them or appreciate them.
You may have powerfoods in your kitchen right now.
What do you consider powerfoods?
What are your favorite powerfoods?
Diana Herrington just wrote a Care2 article on Raspberries but there are other powerfood articles as well. The raspberry article is at http://www.care2.com/greenliving/raspberry-summer-powerfood.html
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Thank you Randy! I am a great Powerfoods fan which is why I write about them. Love to hear what Powerfoods others like here and more about them.
I love walnuts! My mom loved to cook with them because they add flavor and crunch to any meal. Now I know that walnuts are also highly nutritious, so much so that I consider them a powerfood.
Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/12-benefits-of-walnuts.html#ixzz1Xx1NuyZj
I consider powerfoods as almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, blueberries, raspberries and apples.
I consider my green smoothies a powerfood. They give me energy, provide plant based healthy protein and lots of vitamins and minerals.
Thanks Cathy and Cindy for YOUR powerfoods. I eat all the foods you do and consider them powerfoods. For myself the powerfood I eat/drink evey single day is Green Tea!
are my powerfood, an ounce a day keeps you smiling away benefits,increased energy easier time in the bathroom , the next day there are a million other claims I also like quinoa,azuki beans, buckwheat noodles,hemp seeds seaweeds,kombucha, and acai tonic
By eating powerfoods everyday you can energize and balance your body without costly vitamins and medical bills. Foods affect us on many levels and understanding these factors can help you make better health choices.
Before understanding the power of the foods around me, I was unhealthy, unhappy and confused. Constant visits to doctors and health food stores had little effect on my deep fatigue and constant hunger. That was 30 years ago when Western nutritional science was not as advanced as it is now.
Read more: 5 Ways Powerfoods Help Us: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-ways-powerfoods-help-us.html#ixzz1YdJuoY8u
Thanks Diana for another great powerfood article in the healthy living article section. This one is on apples. (link included) 10 Reasons Why To Eat An Apple A Day. I don't eat a whole apple every day but pretty close! I particularly like crab-apples which are still available in Canada right now! http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-reasons-to-eat-an-apple-a-day.html
ANOTHER powerfood article by Diana. This one was originally called Zucchini Love. There have been times in my life I think I lived on zucchini. Here is the Care2 link. http://www.care2.com/greenliving/why-i-love-zucchini.html
Guess I must like Powerfoods! Thank you Randy for being a big fan.
I LOVE Powerfoods! I sure wish I lived where I could buy more of them regularly! I consider all Raw fruits and veggies Powerfoods, and especially Organic ones without all the chemicals and poison's added! Another of my fav Powerfood's is Organic Raw, Unpasteurized, unfiltered, Apple Cider Vinegar. I believe it is of great benefit to our bodies. It helps with acid reflux, arthritis, allergies, and gout, to name a few! Wishing you all a blessed and Powerfood filled day!
Newest powerfoods post is on PUMPKINS: the Scary Powerfood.
I personally LOVE pumpkin pie.
That link did not work even tho it looks correct: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/pumpkin-the-magical-superfood.htmlWeird as they look exactly the same but only this one works.
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Homer, famous author of the Odyessy, called pears gift of the gods. That was in 800 B.C. Thousands of years before and thousands of years later, there are many (including me) who would agree.
Did you know?
- Pears were cultivated in 5000 B.C. in China by Feng Li, a Chinese diplomat as a commercial venture.
- The Chinese believed that the pear was a symbol of immortality. (Pear trees live for a long time.)
- In Greek and Roman mythology, pears are sacred to three goddesses.
- Pears are members of the rose family.
- There are more than 5,000 varieties of pears! (When I was at the farmers market a guy showed me 5 varieties last week; I was impressed.)
- Pear trees can produce fruit for up to 100 years.
- Pears were cultivated to become the sweet juicy taste we know today.
Onions for Better Health, says World Health Organization
Everyone loves onions but few recognize how good they are for you! They are full of protective phytonutrients, vitamins, trace minerals, and unique anti-inflammatory compounds. Onions are one of my favorite powerfoods.
6 Health Benefits of Onions:
1. WHO recognizes that onions help relieve symptoms such as coughs, congestion asthma and respiratory infections.
- Early American settlers used wild onions to treat colds, coughs, and asthma, and to repel insects.
- In Chinese medicine, onions have been used to treat angina, coughs, bacterial infections, and breathing problems.
- Sugar and onion juice form syrup, much used in domestic practice, for cough and other affections of the air-tubes among children.
Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/onions-for-health.html#ixzz1qRhvUprR
1. Prevents Cancer:
Research has shown antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. These compounds include quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat, as well as the abundant enzymes.
2. Lowers Cholesterol: The high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C help to lower serum cholesterol levels, specifically Low-Density Lipoprotein (the bad stuff)
3. Clears the Skin: Can be used both internally and externally for the skin. Mangos clear clogged pores and eliminate pimples. (Read more on page 5.)
broccoli,cauliflower,and brussel sprouts. all supposedly specific cancer fighting,hence the name.
Thank you everyone for your healthy food. I am in a hurry, I have to come at night at a Coffee Depot... with my laptop. I was coming to the group for many years and I had to quit. I am staying in a shelter, hoping to find a studio, before going back to Brooklyn NY. It is not easy to eat. To give you an example at Easter dinner, was fat pork with too cooked veges etc... I think I will buy my food, but the way to eat it is to cook it on their microwave, the one I am against. There is a Market I know where I can buy organic but it will be only in small quantity and as I am tired the way I eat, I can't imagine to go to the Market, it is far from that Shelter, but what is the choice to be healthy?
I am diabetic, arthrose and tonight I have a big headache.
I have to go to meet the borders at the PET (Pierre Elliot Trudeau) Airport on the 12, this Thursday, someone is coming with me it is enough to cause headache too.
So, one thing at the time. It is so mix on my head right now.
Thank you everyone, Diana, I think you remember me, and I have problem to go to Yahoo. My life is not easy.
I will come back to look for the solutions I know you can help me.
Good Evening everyone. Nobody answered? I think that I will write to Diana personnally.
I am not going back to Brooklyn, my decision. I have to think about me first.
Thank you for all the good stuff I can found here. I know a lot too. But leaving in a Shelter you can't do what you want. I'll try to ask what I need, as a Juicing Machine, you can prevent, heal and learn how to eat to be healthy.
we are all.
thanks everyone for your kindness
Diana has posted yet another powerfood on Care2 - this time asparagus! Thanks!
8 Health Benefits of Asparagus
It is asparagus season and that means it is spring!
Keep bees and grow asparagus, watch the tides and listen to the wind instead of the politicians if you want to live the good life. Miriam Waddington, Driving Home, Advice to the Young
1. Feeds friendly bacteria: Asparagus is one of the few vegetables containing a carbohydrate called inulin. Inulin promotes the growth and activity of these friendly bacteria in the intestines making it difficult for unfriendly bacteria to grow.
2. Anti-carcinogen: Asparagus is the food highest in glutathione, an important anti-carcinogen according to the National Cancer Institute.
3. The root is used to treat urinary issues as well as kidney and bladder stones.
4. Help with a hangover: Researchers say amino acids and minerals in asparagus extract may ease hangovers and protect liver cells against the toxins in alcohol. These results provide evidence of how the biological functions of asparagus can help alleviate alcohol hangover and protect liver cells, said lead researcher B.Y. Kim, Institute of Medical Science and Jeju National University in South Korea.
5. Is used as a tonic in Ayurvedic medicine.
6. Excellent source of folacin which has been shown to help in the prevention of neural tube defects that cause paralysis and death in 2,500 babies each year.
7. Has many medicinal properties, according to the ancient Romans.
Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/8-health-benefits-of-asparagus.html#ixzz1tp0I5VRX
My powerfood, without question is asparagus. Sometimes if I'm without it in my food rotation, I crave it desperately. Hated it as a child, love out today. We are also big on cranberries, blueberries and tart cherries. Salads are not complete without a handful of the berries and seeds By the way, I'm new around here so it's likely just me but, I found this a particularity difficult thread to follow.
while unable to chew ,I relied on huge yams to satisfy my hunger. they are nutritious and considered one of the top ten foods,amongst oatmeal,salmon,blueberries,etc because they help fight inflamation in the body. also,they are delicious also let's not forget apples,I eat one daily,applesauce when I couldn't chew. the pectin is good for the stomach,my biggest source of grief.
There is another powerfood post by Diana on MILLET.
Millet is one of my favorite grains, along with rice and quinoa.
One more Powerfood for you!
9 Health Benefits of Broccoli
1. Cancer Prevention
Broccoli contains glucoraphanin, which the body processes into the anti-cancer compound sulforaphane. This compound rids the body of H. pylori, a bacterium found to highly increase the risk of gastric cancer. Furthermore, broccoli contains indole-3-carbinol, a powerful antioxidant compound and anti-carcinogen found to not only hinder the growth of breast, cervical and prostate cancer, but also boosts liver function.
Broccoli shares these cancer fighting, immune boosting properties with other cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbage.
2. Cholesterol Reduction
Like many whole foods, broccoli is packed with soluble fiber that draws cholesterol out of your body.
3. Reducing Allergy Reaction and Inflammation
Broccoli is a particularly rich source of kaempferol and isothiocyanates, both anti-inflammatory phyto nutrients. Research has shown the ability of kaempferol to lessen the impact of allergy-related substances on our body. Broccoli even has significant amounts of omega 3 fatty acids, which are well know as an anti-inflammatory.
4. Powerful Antioxidant
Of all the cruciferous vegetables, broccoli stands out as the most concentrated source of vitamin C, plus the flavonoids necessary for vitamin C to recycle effectively. Also concentrated in broccoli are the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene, other powerful antioxidants.
5. Bone Health
Broccoli contains high levels of both calcium and vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.
6. Heart Health
The anti-inflammatory properties of sulforaphane, one of the isothiocyanates (ITCs) in broccoli, may be able to prevent (or even reverse) some of the damage to blood vessel linings that can be caused by inflammation due to chronic blood sugar problems.
Glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiin and glucobrassicin are special phytonutrients that support all steps in the bodys detox process, including activation, neutralization and elimination of unwanted contaminants. These three are in the perfect combination in broccoli. Broccoli also contains isothiocyanates (which you read about in inflammation) which help control the detox process at a genetic level.
8. Diet Aid
Broccoli is a smart carb and is high in fiber, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeating. Furthermore, a cup of broccoli has as much protein as a cup of rice or corn with half the calories.
9. Alkalizes Your Body
Like many vegetables, broccoli helps keep your whole body less acidic, which has a host of health benefits. Read the dangers of an over acid body at: Balance Your Body.
Next Page: Interesting Trivia & Tips for Use
Get to Page 3 to see 2 very funny videos about broccoli.
Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/love-it-or-hate-it-broccoli-is-good-for-you.html#ixzz1wTne7WmI
Another amazing powerfood article I enjoyed by Diana.
13 Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds:
Pumpkin seeds are the only seed that is alkaline-forming; in this world of highly acidic diets, that is a very good thing.
Pumpkin seeds taste so good that I add them to many of my meals. They are easy to make highly digestible by soaking for only six hours. I have added a video of this soaking process for you to watch on the last page.
Happy Independence Day Everyone
I know that has nothing to do with the most recent powerfood post by Diana but I just had to say that.
This week it is one LEMONS. - the most alkaline food there is.
1. They reduce heart attack risk.
Those who consume nuts five times a week have about a 50 percent reduction in risk of heart attack according to the Loma Linda School of Public Health.
2. They lower ‘bad’ cholesterol.
Almonds added to the diet have a favorable effect on blood cholesterol levels, according to a clinical study by Dr. Gene Spiller, Director of the Health Research and Studies Center, Inc.
3. They protects artery walls from damage.
It was found that the flavonoids in almond skins work in synergy with the vitamin E, thus reducing the risk of heart disease (Research at Tufts University).
4. Almonds help build strong bones and teeth.
The phosphorus in almonds helps make this possible.
5. They provide healthy fats and aid in weight loss:
- Although nuts are high in fat, frequent nut eaters are thinner on average than those who almost never consume nuts. (Data from the Nurses’ Health Study)
- Those who ate nuts at least two times per week were 31 percent less likely to gain weight than were those who never or seldom ate them in a study involving 8865 adults. (WHFood’s article on almonds)
6. Almonds lower the rise in blood sugar and insulin after meals.
7. They help provide good brain function.
Almonds contain riboflavin and L-carnitine, nutrients that boost brain activity and may also reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
8. They nourish the nervous system.
According to Ayurveda, almonds help increase high intellectual level and longevity.
9. They alkalize the body.
Almonds are the only nut and one of the few proteins that are alkaline forming. When your body is not alkaline enough, you risk osteoporosis, poor immune function, low energy and weight gain.
Did you know?
- Almonds are actually stone fruits related to cherries, plums and peaches.
- 2.51 million tons of almonds were produced in 2010 according to Food and Agriculture Organization.
- United States is the largest producer of almonds. Unfortunately, it also demands that almonds are pasteurized or irradiated. Read more at: The Killing of California Almonds
- From ancient Egypt to modern times, almonds have always been a popular ingredient in lotions and potions.
Next Page: Almond Nutrition, almond concerns and 8 great ways to use almonds.
Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/8-health-benefits-of-almonds-king-of-nuts.html#ixzz2ECaDPWpp
It is always great to know about varies foods that power health, and I learned that almonds protect teeth. A good thing to incorporate in green salads and in fresh fruit salads and for the holidays, dressing and turkey.
You may not believe but seaweed is a powerfood too!
Amazing Benefits of Seaweed: (part of the benefits from: Seaweeds)
- Has important antibacterial and antiviral effects.
- Reduces cholesterol levels in the blood, high blood pressure, and arteriosclerosis.
- Helps discharge other radioactive elements.
- Macrobiotic doctors & patients in Nagasaki, survived the atomic bombing in August of 1945. They protected themselves against lethal doses of radiation on a diet of brown rice, miso soup, seaweed, and sea salt.
- Contains B12 (rarely found in vegetables).
- Is rich in iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, manganese and 60 trace minerals.
- Provides a substance called aliginic acid that helps the body eliminate toxins. (Study at McGill University in Montreal)
- When the body is saturated with natural iodine from seaweed, it will more readily excrete radioactive iodine taken in from the air, water, or food.
- Contains 14 times more calcium by weight than milk.
- Is high in protein, low in fat, and contains little or no carbs.
- Has components that lower blood pressure.
1. Broad chemical influences on the body.
- Alkaline-forming vs. acid-forming
- Organic vs. chemical-infused
- Raw vs. cooked
- Gluten-free vs. gluten-containing foods
- Complex carbohydrates (smart carbs) vs. simple sugars (dumb carbs)
- Whole vs. processed
Each of these factors has multiple influences on the body and a person will respond to these differences depending on their predisposition and levels of health.
Powerfoods are almost always whole but not necessarily gluten-free, raw or alkaline.
2. Specific Chemical Needs: The GAP Theory
Each food has different levels of specific nutrients. If a person has a particular need for a nutrient it will affect them greatly. Powerfoods tend to have very high levels of certain nutrients.
For example: suppose a person has a strong need for vitamin C. It is winter and she is not eating enough fruits and vegetables. An orange has vitamin C, so mandarin oranges that are popular around Christmas, have just the right chemistry to feed her immune system and prevent a cold.
3. Genetic Influences of Food
Scientists have been debating for years what is more important: your genetics given to you by your parents or your upbringing. It turns out that the two are combined. Your environment activates the expression of your genes. This is very powerful.
For example research has shown that a diet high in omega-3 fats reduces the expression of the Alzheimer’s gene APOE4. We can sidestep bad genes by eating healthy.
4. Subtle Influences of Food
Many healthy systems around the world have different ways to conceptualize health with very powerful results. Instead of interpreting food in terms of vitamins and minerals and proteins they talked about principles like heat, cold, fire, water and air, which they could directly perceive.
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Another great article about another great powerfood - Strawberries
The Strawberry is called ‘the queen of fruits” In Asian countries because it’s packed with health benefits.
10 Health Benefits of Strawberries
1. Helps burn stored fat
The red coloring contains anthocyanins, which stimulate the burning of stored fat. When a group of animals was fed a high-fat diet along with anthocyanins, they gained 24 percent less weight than the animals eating the high-fat diet without added anthocyanins.
2. Boost short term memory
The anthocyanins boost short term memory by 100 percent in eight weeks.
3. Low in Calories – High in Fiber
One cup contains only 54 calories.
4. Ease Inflammation
Strawberries lower blood levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a signal of inflammation in the body. In a study, women who ate 16 or more strawberries per week were 14 percent less likely to have elevated levels of CRP.
5. Lower cardiovascular disease
Flavonoids — which are responsible for the colour and flavour of strawberries — lower the risk for heart disease.
6. Promote bone health
Strawberries contain potassium, vitamin K and magnesium which are important for bone health.
7. Prevent oesophageal cancer
Studies show freeze-dried strawberry powder may help prevent human oesophageal cancer.
8. Anti-aging properties
Strawberries are filled with biotin, which helps build strong hair and nails. They also contain the antioxidant ellagic acid, which protects the elastic fibers in our skin to prevent sagging.
9. Good for weight loss
The compound nitrate found promotes blood flow and oxygen in our body, which is great for weight loss.
10. Promote eye health
Eating three or more servings of fruit like strawberries may lower the risk of macular degeneration, a condition resulting in vision loss.
My favorite recipes:
This is another care2 article by Diana on PEACHES!
Who doesn’t love a juicy, tasty peach?
Peaches have been grown for centuries. They were first cultivated in China where they are considered a symbol of immortality and friendship.
16 Ways Peaches Fortify Your Health
1. Peaches are the perfect snack food for losing weight. A peach makes you feel full and keeps you from overeating. The bonus: one peach only contains about 35-50 calories and no fat!
2. Fight obesity-related diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
3. Keep the skin healthy.
5. A healthy stress-reliever that helps reduce anxiety. Peaches are often referred to as the ‘Fruit of Calmness’ in Hungary.
6. Helps prevent cancer with selenium — a mineral with antioxidant properties that may help protect cells from damage.
7. Peaches can help remove worms from the intestines.
9. Peaches can calm an upset stomach.
10. Compounds in stone fruits could help with “metabolic syndrome,”
11. Those suffering from gout and rheumatism are recommended by dieticians to eat peaches because peaches tend to have a diuretic and a light laxative effect.
12. Peaches are thought to be an aphrodisiac.
13. Peach flowers have sedative properties . A remedy for restlessness includes boiling peach flowers in water along with some honey.
14. Inhibit tumour growth activity. Peaches have excellent antimicrobial and antioxidant activity according to research.
15. Chronic bronchitis, coughs and gastritis are relieved with the medicinal tea of the leaves and bark of peach trees.
16. Peach tea is used as a kidney cleanser in China.
Note: Detailed nutrition can be found at Peach Calories and Nutrition.
Don‘t Miss Out!
Peaches are so delicious and nutritious that you will want to get the most from them.
Read How To Buy, Store and Cook Peaches.
Creamy Peach Vegan Ice Cream – This sugar free ice cream is easy to make without a ice cream maker.
Wow! What a wonderful bunch of information. I would call these Superfoods.
Are there a lot more of these and if so what are they?
Oh yes, thank you Randy, Diana and Irene for all of this.
Discover the newest superfood of the stars, its health benefits AND cautions.
“Every leaf of kale your chew adds another stem to your tree of life.” Ancient Turkish Saying
Kale was once called the poor people food’ but now it’s the new trend. Celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Woody Harrelson, and Gwyneth Paltrow are all eating kale to feel better and keep the ‘sleek physique’ needed for stardom.
It is one of the my top Powerfoods!
Did you know?
- There are over 50 varieties of kale
- National Kale Day is celebrated on the first Wednesday of October.
- Kale plants continue to produce late into winter. It is the perfect green for seasonal eating in fall or winter.
- Kale needs a frost to become sweeter. The frost converts some of plant’s starch into sugar.
- In Scotland, an invitation to “come to kale” was an invitation to dinner.
- An adult hippopotamus at Washington D.C.’s National Zoo eats 10 pounds of kale a day!
8 Health Benefits of Kale:
1. Can help lower cholesterol levels.
The fiber fiber in kale binds bile acids and helps lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. It’s best when kale is cooked instead of raw.
2. Kale is a detox food.
It’s filled with fiber and sulfur which are great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy.
3. Low in calories
A cup of chopped kale has..
Great article Diana!
Thank you for so much good information and I will now make sure to include kale in my meals.
Herbs are one of the best and easiest things you can grow yourself at home. You donât need a large space to do so, and by having herbs on tap youâll be able to pick them fresh for all of your juices, smoothies, salads and other dishes. Plus, growing your own is way cheaper than buying them and you wonât end up with a fridge full of wilted left over herbs.
Hereâs a list of top 10 healing herbs and their medicinal properties.
1. Coridander (aka Cilantro): Coriander is an awesome chelation herb, which means that it helps the body to detoxify heavy metals and supports the liver in this process. I add this herb to salad, stir fry, curry, green juice and green smoothies.
2. Sheepâs Sorrell: This herb is fantastic for anyone healing from cancer. It has a diuretic action and can be used to remove excess fluid from the body, and as a tonic for the urinary tract and kidneys. The leaves are also rich in vitamin C. The bite size leaves are great to add to a salad, they add a sour lemony taste. The leaves can also be added to sauces and soups.
Growing tip: Sheep sorrel prefers a moist but well drained soil, which is slightly acidic. Grow in an area with a little sun and partial shade. It will not do well in super hot weather.
3. Rosemary: Rosemary contains caffeic acid and rosmarinic acid, both of which are potent antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory agents. Rosemary is also a good source of antioxidant vitamin E (alpha tocopherol) and other important antioxidants. Adding rosemary to your cooked meat will help reduce carcinogens. Rosemary is a hardy perennial that copes well with drought and poor soils, but it prefers slightly alkaline soils.
4. Mint: This is such a versatile herb. I love it in salads, stir fry, smoothies, juices, and desserts. Mint is awesome for digestion and is a great mouth freshener. Mint grows like wildfire, so always keep it in a separate pot to your other herbs. I also love other herbs I the mint family like peppermint and choc mint.
5. Basil: Basil leaves contain essential oils that have potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Basil is also a great source of iron and vitamin A. Add to salads and stir fry.
6. Parsley: Out of all of the herbs, parsley is the one Iâm least fond of when it comes to taste. However, I eat it because itâs so good for you. Itâs great for the immune system, helps flush excess fluid from the body, heals the nervous system and tones the bones. Itâs also a powerful breath freshener.
7. Sage: Sage is anti-hypertensive, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. Plus it helps cleanse your blood and may even prevent Alzheimerâs disease.
8. Lemon balm: Great in salads, this herb soothes nervous tension and anxiety, promotes sleep, and speeds the healing of cold sores.
9. Mother Of Herb: Containing vitamins A, B, C and minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron. This herb powerful when it comes to healing the digestive system
10. Herb Robert: Herb Robert works to increase the immune response and the bodyâs ability to regenerate. It has a very unique ability to oxygenate the cells, making it another awesome herb for those of us healing from cancer. Drink as a fresh herbal tea.
This article is from The Wellness Warrior.
Ok I did it! I bought some kale and made your Steamed winter vegetables from the link at the bottom of the kale article and it was good. Better then I expected.
If you want beautiful glowing skin, and an immune system powerful enough to fight off just about anything, don’t forget this highly nutritious but common vegetable.
Cabbage is powerful. Ancient healers declared it contained moon power because it grew in the moonlight. Modern nutritional science understands its power comes from its high sulfur and vitamin C content. Either way – it’s worth adding this Powerfood to your weekly diet.
9 Healthy Benefits of Cabbage:
1. Ideal for weight loss!
It has only 33 calories in a cup of cooked cabbage, is low in fat and high in fiber. It is definitely a smart carb.
2. It is a brain food!
It is full of vitamin K and anthocyanins that help with mental function and concentration. These nutrients also prevent nerve damage, improving your defense against Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia. Red cabbage has the highest amount of these power nutrients.
20 Huge Health Benefits of Sesame
Sesame seeds may be tiny, but they have huge health benefits. They were worth their weight in gold during the Middle Ages, and for many good reasons.
The more I learn about this precious seed, the more I want to share it with other people. I’m an enthusiastic eater of all sorts of seeds, but sesame seeds in the form of tahini and oil are favorites of mine.
20 Health Benefits of Sesame Seeds
1. Full of Great Protein
Sesame seeds are full of high quality protein making up 20 percent of the seed with 4.7 grams of protein per ounce.
2. Helps Prevent Diabetes
For the rest of the 20 go to:
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hi thanks for the suugestion i wanna know wether apricot is involved in this list or not
I would definitley consider apricots a powerfood.
Besides all the nutrients they are one of the few HEATING fruits.
Some people avoid avocados due to their high fat content. Most of us know by now that avocados have the kind of fat that actually help you lose weight!
Avocados are bursting with of other health benefits too, and are so strongly associated with fertility and aphrodisiacs that the Aztecs would lock up virgin daughters during avocado harvest time to keep them safe. Read the details and check out the infographic below on this Powerfood.
“Either you run the day, or the day runs you. Or you eat guacamole.” John Rohn
10 Avocados Benefits
1. Nutrient dense fruit
Yes, they are actually a large berry with one seed. One avocado contains approximately 1/3 of the daily requirement of vitamin K and folate, lots of pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin C.
Avocado has twice the potassium of a banana. It also contain vitamin E, niacin, and riboflavin. That is definitely nutrient dense!
2. A Source of Healthy Fat
They help increase good cholesterol. Avocados are full of fat, but adding avocados to the diet can increase HDL and decrease triglycerides.
3. Help Cure Cancer
The glutathione found in avocados has been found to help prevent some kinds of cancers.
4. Excellent as a First Baby Food
Dr. William Sears puts it as #1 on the top ten list of fruits for babies because avocado nutrition is well-suited for a baby’s growing development.
5. Stabilize Blood Sugar Levels
Avocado slows digestion which keeps blood sugar from spiking after a meal.
6. Avocados can Protect Unborn Babies
One avocado provides one third of your recommended daily intake of folate, which helps form a baby’s brain and nervous system. The USDA recommends avocados as one of the best sources for some of the nutrients needed when pregnant.
For the rest of the article and the infografic:
So happy to hear how good avocados are for me. TY
good to know
Yet another powerfood The following info by Diana is part of a list of 10 Health Benefits and her favorite recipes of cucumbers.
Cucumbers are very cool and healthy. Discover how this perfect summer veggie keeps your body hydrated, strong and happy. Enjoy some of my favorite cucumber recipes.
Some People Say Cucumbers Will Do Almost Everything!
Have you ever heard of those wives’ tale cucumber cleaning tips? I tried a few of them to find out if they really were true. Here’s what I found:
- Cucumber to take the tarnish off stainless steel did not work any better than dish soap and cloth.
- Polishing my shoes with cucumber was not fun! I had to clean up the seeds after. Using a damp cloth is much better.
- Using cucumber to erase ink writing did not work at all!
The bad news is, cucumber is not a natural cleaner. The good news is, it’s loaded with health benefits.
Health Benefits of Cucumbers:
1. Hydrate Your Body.
Like watermelons, cucumbers are 95 percent water.
2. Help Flush Toxins from the body.
The high water content in cucumbers gets your urinary system moving. This is why they are in many detox recipes.
4. May Help Fight Cancer.
Although research is just beginning, there’s a compound found in cucumbers called cucurbitacin that has been found to fight cancer.
5. Help With Weight Loss.
A half-cup of sliced cucumber only has 8 calories and has high water content; it is a good food to add to the diet.
6. May Help Diabetes.
Rest of article: 10 Cool Cucumber Benefits
Cucumbers are for sure are one of the vegetables I eat almost every day.
I'm pretty sure I've posted this information before...but here it is again.
Cucumbers also have some great medicinal properties. Seeded and mashed they are a good help for upset stomach, and safe to use with babies as well as adults. (To much can encourage diarrhea, so use sparingly...a couple of spoonfuls for little ones, about half a cucumber for adults.) Close your eyes and place very very thin slices of cucumber on them to relief eyes reddened and stressed by allergies or overuse.
The Amazing Healing Power of Blueberries
Blueberries help protect you from cancer, keep your heart and brain healthy and even help you lose weight. I love their taste and consider them a powerfood.
“Have blueberries whenever you are low – destiny will change and you will be high.” Adam Voichester
6 Top Health Benefits of Blueberries
1. More antioxidants per serving than all other fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings.
Antioxidants are compounds in foods that neutralize chemicals called free radicals (unstable molecules), produced by oxidation in the human body. Antioxidants found in foods protect your cells from the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are produced when your body digests your food for energy and by environmental toxins. They can damage cells; have been linked to conditions such as heart and liver disease, cancer and weakened immune system.
2. Great for the Brain – They Improve Memory.
Blueberry juice improves memory in older adults. This is good news for us baby boomers!
“When it comes to brain protection, there is nothing quite like blueberries, call the blueberry the brain berry,” says Dr. James Joseph, at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University.
3. Anti-Cancer Benefits.
Studies with blueberries have found that breast cancer, colon cancer, esophageal cancer, and cancers of the small intestine were reduced. These studies were on human cells or laboratory animals so we are still waiting for more research, but so far research points to astounding healing powers. Good news is there is an increasing percentage of blueberry research focusing on anti-cancer benefits.
Tasunka, thanks for the great shareable graphic
Tasunka, that is great info about pain killers. TY.
1. Leafy greens. Some ideas: kale, spinach, collard and mustard greens. These foods are high in folate and B9, which improve cognition and reduce depression.
2. Cruciferous vegetables. Broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, brussels sprouts and kale contain folate and have cartenoids that lower homo-cysteine (an amino acid linked with cognitive impairment).
3. Beans and legumes. These foods contain more folate, iron, magensium and potassium that can help with general body function and neuron firing. They also contain choline, a B vitamin that boosts acetylcholine (a neuro transmitter critical for brain function).
4. Whole grains. Good bets include quinoa, kammut and gluten-free oats (not bread and cereal)
5. Berries and cherries. These fruits contain anthocyanin that protects the brain from further damage caused by free radicals. They also have anti-inflammatory properties and contain antioxidants and lots of vitamin C and E.
6. Pumpkin, squash, asparagus, tomatoes, carrots and beets. These vegetables, if not overcooked, contain vitamin A, folate and iron that help with cognition.
7. Omega 3s. People whose diets contain daily omega 3s have been shown to have 26% less risk of having brain lesions that cause dementia compared with those who do not. These fatty acids help the brain to stay in top shape. You can get your omega fatty acids from fish, flax seeds, olive oil (not safflower) or by taking a good quality omega 3 supplement.
8. Almonds, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts and pecans. All of these nuts contain omega-3s and omega-6s, vitamin E, folate, vitamin B6 and magnesium.
9. Sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. These seeds contain zinc, choline and vitamin E.
10. Cinnamon, sage, tumeric and cumin. Theses spices can all help to break up brain plaque and reduce inflammation of the brain which can cause memory issues. In addition to eating the foods listed above, you’ll want to decrease the risk of illnesses that can make your brain age such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes and hypertension.
Good stuff Tasuunka TY for the information.
i particularly like chlorella. algae is really interesting
This is very interesting subject! To me, any vegetarian non-processed food is a power food. Plus anything you can eat raw.
Lately I have been feeding a craving for Seaweed...Nori sheets
for snacks,low cal,full of vitamins and minerals
Thank you for the great info!
Definitely some good reading here.
My advice~Be intuitive with food.
& have a great day one & all!
Thanks a lot for the info. I also love maca powder. It always give me energy.
Great info everyone!
i had no idea i was eating so many 'power foods' good to know!
Guys thanks for the information. .
thank you for post
tyfs and I really love Seaweed!!
Here is ONE MORE POWERFOOD _ CHERRIES
This is part of a article by Diana called :
Cherries are back! Are you ready to be nourished with their divine deliciousness and prodigious health benefits?
Oh cherries, how I love thee! Whether it’s simply popping you in my mouth raw and whole, making chocolate cherry ice cream, or a raw cherry pudding, I revel in your sweet taste and crimson sight.
Once you see the recipes below, hopefully you will adore cherries too.
10 Health Benefits of Cherries
3. Decreases Belly Fat: Tart cherries reduce belly fat researchers found.
4. Helps Ward of Alzheimer’s: The Alzheimer’s Association includes cherries as a memory-boosting food because they are rich in antioxidants.
5. Reduces Risk of Stroke: Eat cherries to reduce risk factors for high cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes, according to research.
What fruits and vegetables don’t qualify as powerfoods?
You are right Sam, they mostly do.
I love cherries too. I made that pudding recipe and it was as easy as you said and so good. TY
Thank you for sharing.
Cilantro, basil, rosemary... Easy to grow, lots of vitamins and minerals, fragrant and delicious.
Kabocha, the Superstar of Squash
Kabocha Squash can turn your kitchen into a fall food festival. With its bright orange color and rich, sweet delicious flavor, it can add a delightful dynamism to any meal. Learn below about its health benefits and how to find and cook it properly.
All squash is good for your health, but Kabocha Squash is my favorite because it tastes so good! Read about Squash the Powerfood.
5 Kabocha Squash Health Benefits
Excellent High Source of Beta-carotene
Beta-carotene converts to vitamin A in the body. Many of the Kabocha health benefits come from the benefits of vitamin A and the powerful antioxidant properties of beta-carotene.
1. Good for Healthy Eyes
Vitamin A is essential for good vision. Often poor sight at night and dry eyes are signs of a vitamin A deficiency according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
One cup of Kabocha Squash has 93 percent of the amount of Vitamin A required for the day.
2. Helps Decrease Heart Disease
In a study of 1899 men aged 40 to 59 years, it was found that those with higher amounts of Vitamin A had a decreased risk of incident CHD. Kabocha squash is very high in vitamin A.
3. Good for Weight Loss – Low in carbohydrates
One cup of Kobocha Squash has only 40 calories compared to Butternut Squash, which has 60 calories.
CRUCERA-SGS is an advanced antioxidant formula that harnesses the chemoprotective properties of sulforaphane glucosinolate (SG – a natural substance from the seeds and sprouts of select broccoli varietals – for effective up-regulation of the body's natural phase II detoxification enzymes.* SGS is an indirect antioxidant that provides long-lasting cell protection from free radical damage for days after being consumed.*
When CRUCERA-SGS is ingested and begins breaking down in the gut, it releases sulforaphane, thereby activating the body's natural detoxification and antioxidant enzymes and protecting cells from free radical damage.* Sulforaphane was identified in 1992 by researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is thought to be the key factor behind the many health benefits attributed to cruciferous vegetables.* The research has produced more than 500 journal publications over the past two decades.
Typical antioxidants, such as vitamin C, vitamin E, or beta carotene, work "directly" to neutralize free radicals and are usually only effective for approximately three hours after ingestion. As an "indirect" antioxidant, CRUCERA-SGS induces the activity of phase II detoxification enzymes, which then triggers broad-spectrum antioxidant activity that can last for several days – long after CRUCERA-SGS has been consumed.*
Each capsule of CRUCERA-SGS contains 50 mg of sulforaphane glucosinolate – equivalent to eating 2 lbs of cooked broccoli.
Last week I researched all about sweet potatoes and was surprised to learn how very good they are for us. They are a Powerfood!
Here is part of the article on Care2 Green Living: 13 Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes
13 Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes
Whether you bake or mash them, or give them a quick fry. Or transform them into a beautiful sweet potato pie! This starchy superstar is a delicious treat and has become a sentimental staple at Thanksgiving dinners. The good news is that sweet potatoes are actually very nutritious as well as being exceptionally delicious.
Don’t let the ‘sweet’ in sweet potatoes scare you.
They actually have a lower glycemic index then white potatoes. That means they are less likely to produce insulin resistance and its accompanying health problems, including weight gain. Sweet potatoes are a smart carb, very rich in carotenoids, vitamins A, B6, C, potassium, iron and fiber. They provide a wealth of health benefits and are a great addition to your meals.
Did you know that sweet potatoes were cultivated and consumed before the white (Irish) potato?
13 Surprising Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes
1. Maintains Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
Yes, sweet potatoes are sweet, but they have a low glycemic index meaning the sugar is released slowly into the bloodstream. Most consumed starchy foods raise blood sugar rapidly; with sweet potato you will not get a blood sugar spike, but you will get a steady amount of energy. Research at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences found the Beauregard sweet potato to be a low-glycemic index food.
2. Treatment for Diabetes
A study of 61 people with type 2 diabetes saw that those who took the extract, Caiapo, from the sweet potato daily for 3 months had their blood sugar drop with no significant adverse effects.
Caiapo has been used without medical prescription for years in Japan as a food additive for prevention and treatment for diabetes.
“We’re hoping that diet, particularly the consumption of sweet potatoes, will become a more widely used tool in the treatment of diabetes. It has the potential to be more cost-effective than drugs.” – Dr. Jon Allen, CALS professor of food science.
Read more: 13 Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes
Brussels Sprouts, Not Just For the Holidays
If you’ve already decided you don’t like brussels sprouts, it’s probably because at some point in your life someone served you some where their tasty, nutty, sweet flavor was boiled away. When you learn how to cook them properly, you may find them totally yummy!
Brussels sprouts look like mini cabbages and are in fact in the same family.
5 Health Benefits of Brussels Sprouts
1. Keeps Bones Strong and Healthy
Brussels sprouts are full of vitamin K, which is responsible for good bone health. One cup of Brussels sprouts has over 270 percent of your daily vitamin K requirement. Studies have found vitamin K to be helpful in increasing bone density and reducing fractures in osteoporosis patients.
2. Helps Fight Cancer
The research for how Brussels sprouts helps fight cancer is vast. Here are a few highlights.
- Brussels sprouts are a cruciferous vegetable, which have been shown to lower overall cancer risk according to research at Oregon State University.
- It was found that people who ate greater amounts of Brussels sprouts had a lower risk of cancer, as stated at the National Cancer Institute fact page.
- Cruciferous vegetables have been found to help inhibit and regulate cancer-causing genes. Cruciferous vegetables are “key to eliminating cancer” according to research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
- Also, Brussels sprouts are a glucosinolate-containing cruciferous vegetable, which a 1995 study found reduces colon cancer.
3. Lowers Cholesterol......Read more www.care2.com/greenliving/brussels-sprouts
Another powerfood post by Diana. Mandarin oranges have become one of the most popular pleasures of the festive season; we pile the beautiful orange gleaming fruit into large bowls and stuff them into children’s stockings.
Below are 3 tasty and simple recipes for your pleasure. First, let’s learn how good they are for us.
5 Health Benefits Of Mandarin Oranges
1. Reduces Risk of Liver Cancer
The National Institute of Fruit Tree Science studied a Japanese population who ate a high number of mandarin oranges. In another study, a team at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine studied patients with hepatitis who drank mandarin juice for a year. Both of the studies showed that mandarin oranges reduced the chance of liver cancer.
2. Inhibits the Growth of Leukemia
Mandarin oranges contain tangeretin, a flavone found in citrus peels which studies have shown help reduce the risk of leukemia.
3. Reduces Risk of Hardened Arteries
Tangerines contain a powerful flavonoid known as nobiletin, which has been shown in a study to lessen the hardening of arteries, especially in diabetics.
4. Combats breast cancer
Both tangeretin and nobiletin were found to fight breast cancer cells, according to a study using the extract of the peel.
5. Full of Nutrients
They are an excellent source of Vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that helps prevent chemical damage to cells and helps keep the immune system healthy. They are also a good source of vitamin A, and a source of B-complex vitamins.
Mandarin Orange Green Smoothie
This is a super easy green smoothie to make with only 3 main ingredients, so there’s not much shopping to do. I love a green smoothie for breakfast. Learn 10 Reasons to Eat Green Smoothies.
2 – 3 Mandarin Oranges, peeled and sectioned
1 cup Kale or Baby Spinach
A few Strawberries (Optional)
- Start with blending mandarins till liquefied.
- Next add the strawberries and avocado till fully blended.
- Then add kale or spinach slowly till blended in.
- Add just enough pure water to be able to add more spinach.
- Blend till smooth; use the liquefy button on the blender.
- Drink immediately.
Refreshing Fruit Salad with Mandarin Oranges
Read More: Mandarin Orange
.Grapefruit, Not Just For Weight Loss Anymore
“So far I’ve always kept my diet secret but now I might as well tell everyone what it is. Lots of grapefruit throughout the day and plenty of virile young men at night.” – Angie Dickinson
Grapefruit has been scientifically proven to help with health and weight loss. The good news is you don’t have to go on a Hollywood fad diet to get those benefits.
Grapefruit and Weight Loss
Here are two studies verifying grapefruits help with weight loss:
- A 12 week study had people who were overweight consume half a fresh grapefruit before a meal for 12 weeks, the results showed they lost almost 5 pounds after 4 weeks, and almost 11 ½ pounds after 12 weeks.
- Another study with 91 obese patients was conducted to find out how grapefruit affected body weight, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. They found that those who ate half of a fresh grapefruit before meals (meals had no restriction) lost 3.5 pounds in 12 weeks, improved insulin resistance and had a reduction in two-hour post-glucose insulin level.
Grapefruits Burn More Calories Than They Contain
This fruit is similar to celery, as it is made up of about 60 percent water, with a bit of healthy fiber thrown in. The fiber helps with digestion and makes you feel full.
7 Health Benefits of Grapefruits
We know grapefruit is helpful for weight loss. Grapefruits are also full of pectin, nutrients, are low in calories and contain no saturated fats or cholesterol. On top of all those wonderful elements, they have many health benefits.
- Red Grapefruit Lowers Cholesterol & Fights Heart Disease.
Cashews have a sweet aroma and a delicious taste. They are delightfully crunchy yet have a buttery texture.
This explains why these crescent-shaped nuts are found in so many exotic cuisines around the world. They add flavor, texture and nutrition to stir-fries, salads and curries. Cashews have become the third most consumed nut in the world.
4 Health Benefits of Cashews
1. Helps as an Anti-diabetic
Cashew extract has been found to be effective as an anti-diabetic according to a study at the University of Montreal (Canada) and the Université de Yaoundé (Cameroun). Diabetes affects almost 220 million people in the world and has been found to provoke heart and kidney problems.
2. Nutrients in Cashews Assists Memory
Grab a handful of delicious gourmet pecans to celebrate National Pecan Month. Sure, pecan pie tastes amazing, but we can get the wonderful health benefits of pecans into our bodies in other ways too!
The name pecan is an Algonquian word which means “a nut requiring a stone to crack.” The pecan is not really a nut; it is technically a fruit with a single stone or pit, surrounded by a husk.
Health Benefits of Pecans:
Good for Heart Health
Pecans are rich in one form of vitamin E, gamma tocopherol, which has been found to be helpful in preventing coronary heart disease.
Health Benefits of Papaya, ‘Fruit of the Angels’
Did you know that a sweet delicious succulent papaya will increase your sensual pleasures immensely with its soft butter-like consistency? Christopher Columbus called papayas ‘the fruit of the angels’.
Papaya was once a rare and exotic fruit, but now can be found at most times of the year. Almost all parts of the papaya (fruit, seed, root, stem, leaf, flower, peel and latex) are used for their health benefits.
6 Health Benefits of Papaya
1. Assists Digestion
Papayas contain the enzyme papain which helps the stomach in digesting protein, according to a study at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011. Ripe papaya worked the best.
Also, papaya is used to treat a number of digestive issues such as intestinal problems, indigestion, constipation and diarrhoea.
2. Helps Prevent Cancer
Dried papaya leaf extract was found to have a very successful anticancer effect against lab-grown tumors (cancers of the breast, liver, lung cervix and pancreas). The results were stronger when the cancer cells received larger doses of the tea.
3. Good for Eye Health....Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/health-benefits-of-papaya-fruit-of-the-angels.html#ixzz48m6hHjRb
Thanks Diana for the helpful tips! I like papaya!
So many amazing power foods!