There are many different types of food, but to use it as our medicine we need to get the most effective nutrients and the least amount of calories to have an impact on our health. I will list the foods to incorporate into your daily living that you can think of as insurance for good health. Each of these nutrients packs a lot of punch! Our current day nutrient-deficient soils and multiple chemical laden foods make us require more nutrient dense, calorie and chemical deficient super-foods!
Bee pollen is approximately half protein (containing more than even meat sources) and half vitamins (containing the richest source of vitamins than any other single food). It is the highest source of Rutin in nature, which strengthens our blood vessels. It is one of nature’s most completely nourishing foods as it contains nearly all essential nutrients required by humans and has been proven time and time again that it cannot be manufactured in the laboratory.
Honeybees do double duty. Just one teaspoon of bee pollen takes one bee almost 300 hours of work to make! Each granule of bee pollen contains over two million flower pollen grains. When people take in Bee Pollen, they are usually thinking of ridding allergies, which it does quite well. In addition, it helps with energy and endurance, decreases appetite and cravings and strengthens the immune system so that you get less colds and flus. Be Pollen is a healthy and delicious complete food as it contains protein and all the B vitamins. Bee Pollen contains an antibiotic property that cannot be reproduced and is effective against numerous bacteria. Bee Pollen increases both the synthesis of red and white blood cells. Cholesterol levels improve in people who use Bee Pollen as well. For allergies, one must take the Bee Pollen for a minimum of 2 months before allergy season. As a person takes in Bee Pollen, they develop a natural acceptance, rather than a resistance, from the numerous pollens we are exposed to.
As you start to use Bee Pollen, take one granule at a time as this tests the allergenicity of it. If no itching or swelling, increase the intake slowly over time. If you have multiple allergies, make sure you are under the care of a doctor while ingesting. Eat it raw or add it to a shake and never heat it as heat destroys the multiple nutrients and pollen. Once you’re able, increase to 1tsp and when comfortable 1 tbsp daily, every day, for vitality and allergy prevention. Always keep your Bee Pollen refrigerated or it will go rancid. Research shows that pollen counteracts the signs of aging and increases both mental and physical capability.
Turmeric is part of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. There are enormous health benefits from turmeric from digestion (as a tonic or anti-parasitic) to inflammation (like arthritis internally and for sunburns externally)! The yellow color signifies that it stimulates liver function and is known in its prevention of multiple types of cancer. Some people take it in the herb form and mix it with olive oil and pepper to increase absorption. One half tsp has .5 grams of turmeric of which 2% is curcumin. One to two teaspoons daily is minimum for anti-inflammatory properties. There is a product made by Xymogen called NRF2, which has curcumin with green tea extract, resveratrol and black pepper for absorption. It is one of my favorite products for “insurance” for a strong immune system.
Spirulina is a green superfood that is even better than regular greens as they are packed with easy to absorb high quality/quantity chlorophyll that naturally protect us from illness (acute and chronic). Chlorophyll gives green foods their color and is similar to the red in our blood. In fact, ingesting enough high chlorophyll foods increases our own production of hemoglobin! Spirulina is an algae that contains 70% protein and for this reason it has been consumed for thousands of years by the indigenous peoples in Mexico and Africa. The benefits of adding this superfood to a healthy diet are enormous from the protein content, its oxygenating content and it has positive effects on both blood sugar regulation and weight management.
Goji berries are fruits grown in valleys specifically of Tibet and Mongolia. These distinctive red berries are a very rich source of vitamin C, more so than any other fruit. In addition to vitamin C, Gogi Berries contain high amounts of beta-carotene, vitamin B1, B2, B6, vitamin E, minerals, antioxidants and 18 of the 21 amino acids necessary for human life. These nutrient rich berries are dried and sold at Health Food Markets as antioxidant rich foods to protect against disease.
Raw, organic cacao is never cooked as the heating process destroys its naturally high antioxidant and mineral content. The cacao plant contains the most concentrated source of antioxidants than any other natural food source. The amount of iron and magnesium is also the highest than any other plant and higher than what is found in animal sources. Although green tea is a superfood, cacao has 20 times the amount of antioxidants than green tea.
Maca powder is from the Maca root, a flavorful ancient superfood from Peru. Maca has been cultivated for at least 2000 years and was consumed by Inca warriors to increase strength and endurance. It is a highly nutritious food that has been used traditionally to gain energy, promote sexual desire, support fertility and enhance immune system function. It continues today to be a significant staple food and medicinal plant for the Peruvian people and is now widely available around the world as a whole food supplement.
Royal Jelly is known to increase longevity and vitality. It has a complete host of nutrients and is the highest natural source of B5. Vitamin B5 helps the body adapt to stress. Royal jelly also is a strong nutritive for the nervous system and is used in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. You can mix it into protein shakes, as it doesn’t taste good straight. It also comes in capsules. The Egyptians have used royal jelly as far back as 5500 B.C.
Western civilization “accidentally” began to understand its benefits by studying Russian beekeepers that lived 100+ years with great vitality. It was discovered that the honey rich in Royal Jelly was responsible for their tremendous health.
Dr. Theresa Ramsey is a practicing physician, speaker, lifestyle expert, author of the best selling book, Healing 101: A Guide to Creating the Foundation for Complete Wellness, and a weekly guest expert on Arizona’s top morning show, Your Life A to Z. Dr. Ramsey has been nominated Phoenix Magazine’s Top Doc for two years in a row and recently selected as an eHow.com health expert, as well as the 2012 Natural Choice Award winning Naturopathic Physician. As a nationally recognized speaker, she elegantly bridges the gap between Allopathic and Naturopathic medicine educating patients & physicians on the language of wellness and root causes to illness & dis-ease.