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Published on October 19th, 2012 | by Healthy Gay Lifestyles

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8 Superfoods to Give Your Health and Fitness a Boost

Superfoods are a special category of foods found in nature that have a direct link to gay men’s brains and beauty. By definition they are low in calories and are nutrient rich packing a lot of punch as far as goodness goes. They are superior sources of anti-oxidants and essential nutrients we need but cannot make ourselves.

Medically they lower or help regulate blood sugar levels, help build bones, prevent chronic diseases, improve your eyesight, but did you know these foods can also help you get – and stay – slim?

Most of these gay men’s dream foods can be blended into smoothies or juices, mixed with nuts to make a trail mix or added to other recipes to fortify them. All of these Superfoods can be purchased at your local organic or healthier niche stores or online. Eight of the best Superfoods are:

Acai Berries

The South American Amazon people of Brazil have been using the Açaí berry for many years and they just seem to know that it has all these Superfood powers without being formally educated about it. Today we are still discovering all the wonderful things that the Açaí berry can do, but nevertheless, some of its well known benefits have been documented already. The benefits of the Açaí berry are:

  • Helps you sleep better
  • Makes the immune system stronger
  • Slows down the aging process
  • Regulates the levels of cholesterol in the body
  • Improves Vision
  • Improves circulation and functioning of the heart
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Detoxifies the body

One of the most amazing qualities of Açai berry is that since it has such a high concentration of anti-oxidants, it is also being considered as a cancer fighter, and research is being conducted to verify this aspect.

Maca Powder

Maca Power comes from the Maca root plant and is best known for its dynamic natural effects in increasing your overall energy and vitality. As one of the most appreciated Superfoods it also helps to reduce and mange stress levels, improves quality of sleep, and increases your libido.

It helps with this because it is an adaptogen, which facilitates your body’s ability to balance overall hormonal health. Maca is also a rich source of sterols – steroid-like compounds found in both plants and animals that promote quick regeneration of fatiqued muscle tissue and respond due to stress.

Cacao/Dark Chocolate

Cacao beans are much more than a source of chocolate, they are Superfoods in themselves and have some amazing benefits. Until sugar was added the drink made from cacao was considered highly potent. Today, there’s plenty of research available to suggest that cacao is indeed really good for us. Here are some of the amazing benefits:

  • Can help reduce blood pressure
  • Increases blood flow to the brain and enhances brain function
  • Is good for the heart and helps prevent constipation
  • Fights against anemia
  • Helps maintain the balance of blood sugar
  • Enhances our immune system
  • Contains vitamin C
  • Contains essential omega 6 fatty acids
  • Contains certain compounds that can trigger weight loss, make you feel good and improve your mood
  • Helps to cleanse the digestive system.

It can be found as cacao beans with or without the skin, cacao nibs, cacao butter, powder or paste and ideally should be raw and organic.

Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds are the most nutritionally complete food source in the world. They contain all of the essential amino acids and fatty acids necessary to maintain healthy human life. No other single plant source has the essential amino acids in such an easily digestible form, nor has the essential fatty acids in as perfect a ratio to meet our nutritional needs. Hemp seeds are also a great source of chlorophyll, calcium, magnesium, ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, fiber, iron, potassium, riboflavin, niacin and thiamine and trace minerals.

Goji Berries

Grown in the Himalayan Mountain region, Goji berries are energy-boosting berries that have the richest source of carotenoids of all known foods. Also known as Wolf Berries, they are very high in antioxidants, minerals, and contain 18 amino acids. Goji berries have 500 times more vitamin C per ounce than oranges and are a complete source of protein. They help enhance the immune system, improve your eyesight, and help protect the liver. They are also extremely high in Vitamin A.

Spirulina

Spirulina is the purest Super-Algae available and is truly the ultimate athletes Superfood. It consists of 65% concentrated protein and contains all eight amino acids. It is an extremely high source of chlorphyll, salts, phytonutrients, and enzymes; not to mention rich with vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, K, and E. It offers strength and endurance and it is best to consume after workouts for rapid healing effects and balancing blood sugar levels. Spirulina also contains the same amount of iron that you would get from red meat.

Spirulina is available in pill or powder form, or as flakes. Most of the Spirulina consumed in the United States is grown in a laboratory.

Blueberries

Packed with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids, these berries are also high in potassium and Vitamin C, making them the top choice of doctors and nutritionists. Not only can they lower your risk of heart disease and cancer, they are also anti-inflamatory.

New studies make it clear that we can freeze blueberries without doing damage to their delicate anthocyanin antioxidants. However raw blueberries provide you with the best flavor and the greatest nutritional benefits.

Green or Black Tea

The overall antioxidant power of black tea is the same as green tea, but green tea has ECGC, a powerful antioxidant that is really quite special. A recent study on green tea found that men who drank green tea regularly had lower cholesterol than those who didn’t. Green tea and its extract have been shown to fight obesity and lower LDL “bad” cholesterol. Recent researchers on Spain and the United Kingdom have also shown that ECGC can inhibit the growth of cancer cells. For a double win, replace sugary sodas with tea.

 

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