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Great Superfoods and SupplementsGreat Superfoods and Supplements

Superfoods

The term "superfood" has been gaining a lot of attracting within the last couple of years, and many people are wondering, what exactly does it mean? Superfoods are a very special category of whole foods that are calorie-sparse and nutrient-dense. They are generally high in fiber, protein, enzymes, essential fats, vitamins and minerals.

Supplements

Supplements are generally a concentrated form of a food source, vitamin, mineral or nutrient. Nature's Happiness proudly supplies premium quality, whole food, organic, and natural supplements. The vitamins and supplements that we offer are purity tested, 100% additive-free, and gluten-free. Fortify your health with products from trusted brands that share our high standards, including Emerald Laboratories, Fruitrients, and Healthforce Nutritionals.

We have listed some of our top selling and personal favorite superfood and supplements that can easily be incorporated into your daily lifestyle.

1. Hemp Seeds & Powder

Hemp (cannabis sativa) contains high amounts of protein (about 50%), essential fatty acids, antioxidants, chlorophyll, amino acids, Vitamin E, magnesium, and iron. It also contains Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids, which are known to play a crucial role in brain functioning, growth and development. Having a diet that is low in Omega-3 has been linked to inflammatory disorders among other chronic diseases. Hemp seeds and powders are also very high in fiber, which plays a crucial role in moving waste through the intestines.

Hemp seeds are a high, whole-food protein source containing all nine essential amino acids. They also include essential fats, Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA), fiber, iron, zinc, carotene, B-Vitamins (1, 2, and 6), Vitamin D, Vitamin E, calcium, copper, potassium, chlorophyll, enzymes and more. Hemp products are sustainable, eco-friendly whole-foods, that are a nutritional powerhouse. Hemp seeds can be eaten by those unable to tolerate nuts, gluten, and lactose. Click here to learn more about hemp products.

2. Cacao or Raw Chocolate

Raw cacao (Theobroma Cacao) has more antioxidant flavonoids than any other food tested so far, including blueberries, red wine, and black and green tea. The antioxidant content benefits the cardiovascular system and general whole body health. The phytochemical analysis of cacao beans reveals that raw chocolate is perhaps the most chemical complex food on Earth. Phytochemicals usually degrade in the cooking process, so the raw forms of them should be abundant in every diet for longevity.
The essential fatty acids found in raw cacao may help body to raise good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol. It is also a great source of magnesium, which is beneficial for heart health, good digestion, brain alertness, strong bones, and mental health. Most people following the standard American diet are lacking magnesium.
Raw cacao also contains many important Vitamins and Minerals, including calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, manganese, protein, fiber and Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, C and E. It also contains chromium, phosphorus, Omega-6 fatty acids, saturated fat, amino acids, soluble fiber and enzymes. It has heart healthy fat: oleic and monounsaturated fat. Some of the benefits of cacao range from reducing cataracts to improving heart function to alleviate stress. Theobromine found in cacao is naturally a mild, non-addictive, stimulant that some believe can treat depression. It may cause the brain to produce more of a neurotransmitter called anandamide, which would account for the euphoric sensation some feel when indulging in chocolate. Click here to learn more about raw cacao (theobroma cacao).

3. Coconut Products

Coconut products contain a healthy form of saturated fat that has been shown in research to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. They also have high levels of medium chain triglycerides (MCT's). Recent research has shown that the naturally high ketone content in coconut oils may offer brain health benefits. Coconut products have been shown to have many healthful benefits including assisting in healthy weight loss, providing intestinal and immune support, promoting brain health and healthy cholesterol levels. Learn more about the coconut products that we carry here!

4. Reishi Mushrooms

Reishi mushrooms are native to China and grow wild on decaying matter such as dead trees. They are now cultivated in North America and Asia, due to popularity. Reishi has been known as the "king of herbs". A hearty and abundant medicine with much promise. Constituents include an array of alkaloids, triterpine acids, ergosterols, fumaric acid, coumarins, lactone, mannitol, and many polysaccharides. Studies have shown that reishi mushroom has an array of health benefits including strengthening the immune system, reducing allergies and inflammation, suppressing the growth of tumors, protection from free-radicals and reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Click here for more details and to purchase reishi mushroom powder!

5. Goji Berries

Goji Berries (Lycium barbarum), also known as wolfberries, are small ruby colored berries. The goji berry is high in natural protein, trace minerals, essential fatty-acids, amino acids, antioxidants, Polysaccharides, over 20 different vitamins & minerals. The Goji Berry is known as the "Roof of the World". For thousands of years, traditional Chinese Medicine has used this revered fruit to enhance the immune system and treat more than 100 different ailments. The delightful, ruby colored Goji Berries are an excellent, healthy, high energy snack that contain hundreds of healthful benefits. Goji berries can be snacked on right out of the bag just like raisins, or added to tea's, juices, trail mix, granola's, smoothies, and so much more. Click here to learn more about Goji Berries.

6. Blue-green Algae

Blue green algae supports the immune system, brain, joints, nerves, and kidney function along with physical energy, stamina, and a positive and focused mental state.* It is a nutritional powerhouse and a true superfood, containing high levels of a vast array of unique and extremely beneficial nutrients, including chlorophyll, B vitamins, beta-carotene (non-toxic vitamin A), macro minerals, trace minerals, phycocyanin and phenylethylamine (PEA), and trace amounts of the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA. Blue green algae are also among the world's highest naturally-occurring sources of protein (50 to 60%). They are 100% complete plant protein (does NOT form high uric acid like all animal proteins do). Click here to learn more about blue-green algae's.

7. Maca Root Powder

Maca (Lepidium megenii) is a root vegetable that grows at a higher altitude that any other plant in the world, in the Andes Mountains of Peru. In ancient times, it was only available to the elite class of the Incas and given as a reward to warriors. Maca is an adaptogenic superfood root. An adaptogen is simply a substance in our body that plays an important role in increasing the resistance of our body, energy support, boosting the immune system and reducing stress. Maca root is rich in major minerals: calcium, magnesium, sulfur, phosphorous, sodium, and potassium. It is a good source of trace minerals: iron, zinc, iodine, copper, selenium, bismuth, manganese, tin, silicon and boron. It also contains: B-Vitamins(1,2 and 12), Vitamin C and E, over 20 fatty acids, four types of alkaloids, and 20 amino acids. Click here to learn more about maca root powder and capsules.

8. MSM (MethylSulfonylMethane)

MSM, or MethylSulfonylMethane is a naturally occurring, sulfur-bearing molecule that is found in all living organisms, and assists in multiple functions in the body. MSM supplements have been shown effective in helping reduce joint problems, minor and chronic aches and pains, provides allergy season support, nourishes the skin, and removes toxins from the body.
We offer only 100% pure MSM Supplements that are additive-free and gluten-free. The MSM products that we carry do not contain Magnesium Stearate, Flow Agents, Fillers, Chemicals or Irradiated Ingredients. Click here to shop for MSM powder and supplements.

9. Probiotics

On average, we humans are comprised of some 100 trillion cells. Shockingly, around 90% of these 100 trillion cells are single-celled microorganisms (bacteria, yeasts, and protozoa), most of which live in our intestinal tract. The human intestinal tract harbors one of the densest microbial communities found on Earth. When healthy, we have about 3 to 5 pounds of microorganisms living in our gut in perfect symbiotic relationship with us. We give them a place to live, and they perform numerous functions which enhance our health. Click here to read the full article!

SOURCES FOR THIS ARTICLE:

http://bocamag.com/blog/2014/10/22/great-supplements-and-superfoods/

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