Truth be told, a lot of crazy stuff makes its way into my inbox, but a nice slice is worthy of sharing with the Social Sisters and Bros, like the following list of anti-aging superfoods, curated by Dr. Dennis Clark, a botanist who has devoted most of his adult life to studying plant life with a view to capitalizing on the many natural benefits he’s discovered that work to heal and prevent disease. Enjoy:
The nutritional properties of each of these antioxidant-rich powerhouses could fill an entire book. Every single one of them has been shown to single-handedly deliver powerful healthy anti-aging benefits, but when combined, they produce a spectacular boost to your overall health and well-being — like adding rocket-fuel to your car’s gas tank!
#1: GOJI BERRY
The Chinese Fruit That Freezes Time: The goji berry, or wolfberry, is a tangy, sweet fruit that comes from an evergreen shrub found in China, Mongolia, and the Himalayas in Tibet. Research shows that this little red berry is a superstar at stimulating stem cells, strengthening the immune system, and defending the body against disease. Studies also suggest that goji berries have the ability to support normal liver and kidney function, regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and boost brain health and protect against age-related diseases.
Nutritional Power Plant: Chlorella is a green alga that is more nutrient dense than broccoli and kale. It has an abundance of nucleic acids, which have powerful rejuvenating properties that regulate the aging process. Chlorella also supports youthful looking and wrinkle-free skin, and helps you have a longer potential lifespan. To benefit from chlorella in supplement form it must be raw, organic, “broken cell wall chlorella” because the human digestive system can’t break it down on its own.
Indian Plant of Immortality: Moringa leaves contain the highest levels of zeatin; a plant hormone that accelerates the growth of new skin cells and reduces the look and feel of wrinkles. Moringa has been found to lower blood sugar and cholesterol, as well as protect against cell damage in diabetics. It’s also being tested as a treatment for Alzheimer’s with favorable preliminary results. Moringa reduces disease-causing inflammation by suppressing inflammatory enzymes.
The Planet’s Most Potent Superfood: Spirulina is a blue green algae considered one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet because it contains 65% protein plus extraordinary concentrations of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Test subjects who took spirulina had longer endurance and burned more fat than the test subjects who took a placebo. Another animal study showed that spirulina was just as effective at lowering blood sugar as some medications.
The Tasty Answer to Aging: The Cacao seed pods used to make chocolate are the #1 source of magnesium on the planet. Magnesium balances brain chemistry, builds strong bones, helps regulate heartbeat and blood pressure, helps prevent constipation and even eases minor menstrual cramps. Cacao beans also contain certain compounds that can trigger weight loss and improve mood. Cacao has more antioxidant flavonoids than blueberries, red wine, and green tea!
High-Powered Cell Cleanser: Wheatgrass is the young grass of the common wheat plant. Its high chlorophyll content, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and enzymes rejuvenate aging cells and tighten loose and sagging skin.
Superior Source of Vitamin C: Dried camu camu berries contain the highest amount of vitamin C of any botanical source — 600x more than oranges! The purplish-red berries are a rich source of powerful phytochemicals that support and enhance health. Camu camu berries provide nutritional and therapeutic benefits such as regulating muscle soreness, strengthening tendons and ligaments, and keeping organs such as the eyes, brain, heart, skin, and liver in good working condition.
Leader of the Superfood Squad: The acai berry is the most antioxidant-rich superfood in the world thanks to an abundance of anthocyanins – up to 30x more than red wine! Anthocyanins are a group of polyphenols high in antioxidant value, and this gives them the ability to support healthy aging. They also have an abundance of essential fatty acids and an almost perfect essential amino acid complex and proteins that are vital to proper muscle contraction and regeneration.
Impressive non? Happy healthy eating Socials. May these superfoods super-energize your lives.