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A Fact Based Analysis of Foods with Uncommonly High Nutritive Values
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Chapter 1 - What Superfoods Are Not
Can Acai Berry Or Echinacea Be Referred To As Superfoods?
Is There Anything Mystical About Goji Berry?
Chapter 2 - Non-Common Superfoods With Above Average Nutritive Value
Maca (Lepidium Meyenii)
Chia (Salvia Hispanica)
Quinoa (Chenopodium Quinoa)
American Ginseng (Panax Quinquefolius)
Spirulina (Arthrospira Platensis, Arthrospira Maxima)
Chapter 3 - Commonly Found Green Vegetables and Naturally Growing Wild Species
Common wild and cultivated vegetables
Black turtle bean (Black bean)
Green leafy vegetables
Edible green wild species
Plantain (Plantago major)
Chickweed (Stellaria media)
Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Chapter 4 - The Superfood
Superfoods are defined as those types of foods that contain an unusually high content of nutritive and/or medical chemical compounds known for their benefits to human health. There is no shortage of books proclaiming the benefits of superfoods for everything from longevity to weight loss.
This book is meant to serve as a comprehensive collection of scientific analyses of top nutritive resources meant for those who are living an active life. Specifically those involved in regular sports activities that require high energy output who need not only natural and regular rich source of specific nutrients but also an alternative for prevention of different health related conditions connected with their specific activity.
The subject of superfoods for this book is confined to naturally growing, plant based species. Animal based foods are not of interest since all of their properties are well known to the general population and not one can be singled out to contain higher than usual nutritive or health benefits. There is one essential nutrient found in animals that is not found elsewhere in plant based foods which will be addressed.
There are other species that in fact do not contain particularly higher amounts of nutrients, vitamins, minerals or chemical compounds but are currently marketed quite popularly as superfoods. This book will address these “superfoods” and break common myths connected with the falsely represented, unconfirmed and out-of-context claims. These claims create a misperception in the general population and draw attention from those foods that really do have more than the usual amounts of specific compounds that are beneficial for those with high demands that can benefit from the real superfoods.
With only one exception, we eliminated a couple of species that are advertised and claimed to be healthy and nutritive but at the same time cannot be obtained in a simple way and on a regular basis. Rare plants that grow on in the Himalayas or other distant and out-of-reach destinations might potentially be beneficial but those benefits cannot be exploited due to the fact that they are not easily attainable or cannot be cultivated because of protective regulations (endemic species.)
What is important to know is that superfoods should only be additions to a regular diet. Each possesses only one or a few beneficial compounds but those are present in high doses. It is a specific set of metabolites that hold the potential nutritive and/or healing properties, already discovered and used by the pharmaceutical industry in the production of medicaments. Not one of them can provide you with the entire set.
But, when observed as a whole, the superfoods explained in this guide will provide you with the essential supplies for high-energy output and almost all necessary nutrients. As you will see, this list, in some sense, represents almost a perfect diet when combined properly in respect to specific phytochemical content and body dynamics.
At the end, we will demonstrate that there is only one type (combination) of food that really does deserve to be called “Superfood” because it envelops both nutrition and long-term health. You will be provided with a detailed explanation of its benefits and the optimal way of preparation to exploit its full potential.
Superfoods are not magical plants that can provide you with an above-average life span, total immunity or can serve as a full-scale replacement for a regular diet. As far as we know, nothing like that exists.