The Three Most Powerful Superfoods

by Dr. David Williams
Filed Under: General Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Superfoods are so named because of their unparalleled concentrations of essential nutrient groups: vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, phytonutrients, and fiber. I've been taking superfoods and superfood-based vitamins for over 25 years, and I can't think of a single "new" nutrient that's been discovered that wasn't already in one of the three superfoods I will discuss with you now. Regardless of your age or current health status, taking advantage of these superfoods can have a tremendously positive impact on your energy, immunity, longevity, and overall well-being.

1. Spirulina
 
After taking spirulina consistently for over 20 years, I can honestly say that if I were forced to limit myself to only one supplement, spirulina would definitely be my first choice. Spirulina is a form of blue-green algae rich in phytonutrient antioxidants. It is perhaps the best source of carotenoids like beta-carotene, and provides healthy doses of natural vitamin E and vitamin B12, which can greatly help improve mental function and memory. Spirulina is an excellent source of numerous carotenes and other phytonutrients.

In addition, spirulina is lower in fat and provides more usable protein than virtually all other protein sources. By usable I mean the amount that is properly digested and assimilated by the body. To give you a rough comparison, spirulina's usable protein value is 65 percent, soybeans 35 percent, meats and fish from 15 to 25 percent, and eggs only 12 percent.
Spirulina usage helps most problems from arthritis to cancer to diabetes and cataracts.

2. Royal Jelly

Royal jelly is the "food" that turns an ordinary worker bee into a queen bee. Because of this royal diet, queen bees reach full maturity in about two-thirds of the time it takes a normal worker bee to mature, and will be 40 percent larger and 60 percent heavier than their counterparts. And while a worker bee will only live for a period of seven or eight weeks, queen bees will live from five to seven years! All of this thanks to the royal jelly.

Royal jelly can change the blood's lipid/protein consistency, which lessens the chance of clogged arteries and varicose veins. It has achieved weight gain and improved nutritional status in weakened convalescent adults and in young girls suffering from anorexia nervosa. Cases of insomnia, depression, senility and menstrual problems have all improved with royal jelly. This is likely due in part to its high content of B vitamins, especially pantothenic acid (B5), which is effective at reducing stress levels. Royal jelly boosts the immune system by increasing gamma globulin levels.

For a maintenance dosage, I recommend a minimum of 50 milligrams of royal jelly that has been freeze-dried within 24 hours of collection, as this is the only way to preserve its nutrients.

3. Bee Pollen

Throughout history, cultures have touted the benefits of bee pollen--Hippocrates used it regularly to treat patients. Bee pollen is the male seed of flowering plants. It contains all known vitamins, from A to K, 22 amino acids, including eight essential ones, 27 minerals, vitamins, unique and beneficial pigments (like the phycocyanin in spirulina), and several hormone-like compounds. As such, it has a variety of health uses.

One of the most common uses is as an oral desensitization process to alleviate hay fever, allergies and pollen-induced asthma. Thousands of allergy sufferers are now finding relief through bee pollen. Bee pollen stimulates the production of hemoglobin in the blood, increasing the blood's oxygen-carrying capacity and improving energy levels, overall stamina, and endurance. Bee pollen is one of the few rich sources of rutin, a bioflavonoid that helps strengthen capillary walls, improve heart function and respiration, and control hypertension. Bee pollen contains powerful antibiotic mixtures that have a protective effect against E. coli, Salmonella and several other strains of bacteria. Doctors all over Europe routinely use bee pollen orally to treat influenza and other infections. Like royal jelly, bee pollen enhances immunity and has been shown to prevent cancer.

As with royal jelly, you only need a small amount of bee pollen on a daily basis if you're taking it for prevention--100 milligrams a day is plenty.

Now it’s your turn: What superfood has improved your health and alleviated your ailments?

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