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Perhaps you’ve heard about the innumerable benefits of organic superfoods and are considering incorporating them into your daily diet? These days there is such a vast amount of confusing, and at times conflicting, information on superfoods, that it can be difficult to know where to start. That’s why it’s so important to arm yourself with the facts, before you begin your new, healthier lifestyle.

The dramatic decline in the quality of our food In addition to a well documented rise in the popularity of processed ‘fast foods’, which contain high volumes of saturated fats, bad sugars and artificial colourings, flavourings and preservatives, there has also been a dramatic reduction in the quality of our fresh food products in recent decades. These days, many fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and dairy products contain significantly fewer vitamins, minerals and other valuable nutrients, than they did say 50 years ago. Whilst many rawfoods contain valuable enzymes and minerals, eating them in isolation can lead to serious deficiencies in certain nutrients. This is partly due to the steady depletion of minerals in our fresh food products and because rawfoods don’t necessarily have a high nutritional content by default.

Vegetables now contain 49% less sodium, 16% less potassium, 24% less magnesium, 46% less calcium, 27% less iron and 76% less copper than they did fifty years ago. Spinach, revered for its high iron content and famous for nourishing Popeye on his adventures, contained 60% less iron in 2002, than it did in 1940. And if we were to receive the same amount of copper from our tomatoes, then we would need to consume ten times more of them than we did fifty years ago. For fruits, meat and dairy products the pattern is the same. This is particularly worrying when so many of us are making a conscious decision to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables, precisely because they’re supposed to be such a valuable source of nutrients.

The increasing consumption of processed ‘fast foods’ combined with the mineral depletion in our fresh food products, is having a direct impact on our health. Scientists have linked food additives to an entire range of health conditions including hyperactivity in children, allergies such as asthma and eczema, migraines and even cancer.

Faced with these grim statistics, it’s hardly surprising that more and more of us want to regain control of what goes into our bodies and are switching to organic superfoods.

Organic superfoods are pure, ancient foods, created by the force of nature. They are found in some of the finest, most remote and untouched corners of our planet, where they have been harnessed for centuries by local inhabitants. And their myriad of powerful properties are finally being recognised by the western world, whose scientists have confirmed a range of beneficial effects such as longevity, on indigenous populations. As well as being an incredibly delicious addition to any balanced diet, organic superfoods can offer an almost limitless selection of health benefits including a strengthened immune system, increased energy levels, libido and athletic performance, enhanced mental clarity and focus, improved physical and emotional balance and a heightened sense of spiritual connection. They are also an effective aid in weight loss, can delay the signs of aging and may prevent or offer relief from the symptoms of a variety of modern diseases. Unlike rawfoods, organic superfoods do all have an exceptionally high nutritional value and are densely packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Superfoods are by definition, low in calories and rich in nutrients, making them an excellent choice for those wishing to pursue a very much healthier lifestyle.

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