BOOST YOUR IMMMUNITY WITH SUPERFOODS
THE RISING SUN OF SEVEN SEAS
The U. S. Global International is an Export and Import company, established in the year 2013, as the Merchant Exporter and Importer of Agriculture commodities. We are based in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. We are pioneer of specialties foods products term as Superfoods. We have forayed into products such as Superfoods, Organic and Herbal products, GMO free Organic Black Rice, Teas, Nuts and Seeds, Essential Oils, condiments etc. to align with our intent to promote health and wellness. U. S. Global International has come to an existence with a view to diversified food Distribution solutions to Food Industry over India using management skills has evolved as a major dynamic market. Over the years, the company has grown steadily to expand the product range it deals in. During the same period, we expanded the range of our distributorship all over India and also included re-export to markets in neighboring countries. We are specialized in supplying various food and nonfood items to major hotels and restaurant and catering companies. Today, we are a full-fledged trading organization with exports and imports from Asian as well as Austria, Thailand, China, India, Hong Kong, Spain and other Asian countries, as well as the United States of America (U.S.A). We are one of the major Distributors importers and Exporters of world class quality brands in food stuff and general items. Over the years we have gained our repute to supply the best quality products that are cultivated organically and are chemical-free. We are proud to be associate member of Agriculture & processed Food Product Export Development Authority (APEDA, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt.of India) can visit our ecommerce website for more detail information. Please visit our website .www.usglobalinternational.store.
THE SUPERFOODS SHELF
SUPERFOODS is a marketing term for food assumed to confer health benefits resulting form an exceptional nutrient density. The term superfood is not commonly used by experts, dietitians and nutrition scientists, many of whom dispute that particular foods have the health benefits claimed by their advocates. Even without scientific evidence of exceptional nutrient content, many new, exotic, and foreign frutis or ancient grains are marketed under the term or superfruit or supergrain respectively after being introduced or re - introduced to Western markets. Superfoods term originated in the early 20th century when the United State Fruit Company was looking for a catchy way to promote sales of bananas. Think about it - bananas are inexpensive, versatile and rich in nutrients we need. Isn’t that super? Hence, the term superfood was born and it’s been around ever since. However, for every nutritional blog mentioning the term, there is another one attacking it. In Europe, the term has been banned since 2007 “unless it is accompanied by a specific authorized health claim that explains to consumers why the product is good for their health.” While it is always good to understand that we are constantly being fed marketing messages, might the backlash be a bit beside the point, The truth is that most of us are deficient in our vitamin, mineral and antioxidant intake. The Standard American Diet, filled with processed foods and unhealthy fats, means we take in less of the fruits, veggies and healthy fats that can offer real benefits to our health - from digestion to heart health to brain function and more. I searched the internet for the most up to date list for 2021. Not a shock that there was some variety depending on the source. So, I am giving you a sampling of the ones that overlapped on most of the lists I found. If you search for yourself, your list may be slightly different. Interestingly, over time the lists have steered away from lesser known items like lingonberries and acai to include lots of everyday foods and healthy fats. Yes, fat from the right sources is a superfood too! Here is the list of the latest superfoods to guide you in giving your diet the extra bit of oomph it may be lacking.
1.] Forbidden Black Rice - Black rice, also called forbidden rice or "Emperor's rice" is gaining popularity for its high levels of antioxidants and superior nutritional value.Forbidden rice earned its name because it was once reserved for the Chinese emperor to ensure his health and longevity, and forbidden to anyone else. Forbidden rice is a medium-grain, non-glutinous heirloom rice with a deep purple hue and a nutty, slightly sweet flavor. This whole-grain rice is rich in anthocyanins, which are antioxidant pigments that give the rice its unusual color. Relative to other rice varieties, forbidden rice is high in protein and iron; according to Chinese medicine, it is considered a blood tonic.
2.) Fermented Foods - The popularity and availability of fermented foods is definitely on the rise. Your local grocery store likely has coolers full of every flavor of Kombucha imaginable, some local eateries may even have it on tap. Kombucha is made by fermenting sweet tea with a SCOBY, or symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts. It’s lightly effervescent and has a tangy flavor. Specialty sauerkraut companies are popping up using beets, carrots and other veggies in their ferments in addition to the traditional cabbage version. Then there are the more common fermented foods like yogurt, kefir and kimchi. This renewed interest in fermented foods stems from their positive effects on gut health. They aid in digestion, have a positive impact on healthy gut bacteria and may improve immune function.
3.) Blueberries - Rich in flavonoids called anthocyanins, blueberries may have a positive affect on cognitive function. A study published in 2012 showed that consumption of blueberries was linked to a slowing of cognitive decline in an aging population by up to 2.5 years .
For organic when possible, as conventional ones have been found to have up to 50 pesticide residues on them.
4.) Green Tea - Green Tea, whether for enjoyment or medicinal purposes, has been consumed since the Han Dynasty in the years 206-220. The benefits of enjoying this comforting beverage are many. A notable few: It’s packed with polyphenol compounds called catechins. EGCG, which is neuroprotective, is one of these chemicals and may aid in preserving brain function and memory. EGCG is a powerful antioxidant and regular consumption may help to keep cells healthy. Many studies have demonstrated that the compounds in green tea can inhibit cancer cell growth, although the exact mechanisms are still unclear. Drinking steeped green tea is better than green tea extract in pill form where dosing and quality may be an issue.
5.) Hemp Seeds - Hemp seeds are low in calories and a complete protein, meaning they contain all nine of the essential amino acids our bodies require. They are high in fiber, heart healthy Omega-3s and Omega-6s, magnesium, iron, phosphorous and iron. And don’t fret - although they come from the hemp plant, they don’t contain any THC. You will find these as “Hemp Hearts,” which is the raw, shelled seed. They have a nice, light nutty flavor and can be added to salads, yogurt, smoothies, and even as a topping to pasta dishes!
6.) Avocados - Did you jump on the avocado toast trend of the past few years? Yum! This is one health trend that I hope sticks around. Not only are avocados creamy and delicious but they are oh so good for you. They are packed with fiber and more than 20 vitamins and minerals. They contain more potassium than bananas - important for cardiovascular health and many studies have shown that consumption of avocados has a positive impact on cardiovascular risk factors. Their fat content also helps you to absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. They are filled with antioxidants, which are anti-inflammatory. Also, of note, the fat in avocado is heat resistant making avocado oil a great choice for cooking.
7.) Spinach/Kale/Leafy greens - When your mom told you to eat your greens, she was right. Whatever the variety, greens are packed with fiber and nutrients, while being low in calories. This increased fiber content helps with satiety, meaning you stay fuller longer. Greens are loaded with Vitamin K, which is important for bone health. Studies have shown that low Vitamin K can be linked to increases in hip fractures and low bone density in women. Like the other superfoods on the list, greens are a great source of antioxidants and may help with oxidative stress levels in the body. Finally, they contain high levels of magnesium, which is involved in over 600 reactions in the body and plays a role in preventing the development of Type 2 diabetes.
8.) Nuts - If you thought nuts were to be avoided because of their high fat content - think again! Nuts are full of those heart healthy fats, plant-based protein, and you guessed it - antioxidants. Adding nuts to a healthy diet may help to lower your LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol, lower inflammation, and improve your heart health. But do pay attention to your serving size, because even though it’s a healthy fat, nuts are high in calories and should be enjoyed in moderation. A palm sized amount, around 1.5 ounces, 3-4 times per week is recommended by the American Heart Association.
9.) Wild Salmon - Containing protein, B Vitamins, antioxidants and more of those Omega-3s, salmon is definitely super. Eating 1-2 servings per week has been shown to increase HDL, or “good,” cholesterol and lower rates of heart failure. Wild Salmon also contains a carotenoid called astaxanthin which combats oxidative stress, boosts cognitive function, reduces inflammation, promotes healthy skin and eyes and is cardioprotective. Whether you choose to roast, poach, grill or bake your salmon, do try to add this fabulous fish to your weekly rotation.
10.) Beets - Beets are a root vegetable known for their beautiful bright colors. Both the root itself and the leaves are edible. They are high in fiber, folate, manganese and copper. They are also rich in inorganic nitrates that our bodies convert to nitric oxide, which reduces blood pressure. This nitrate content also improves the flow of oxygen through our blood vessels. This is great news for athletes looking to boost performance. Studies have shown adding beetroot to the diet improves athletic performance and reduces muscular fatigue. Beets can be eaten raw, cooked or even juiced and they pair wonderfully with creamy goat cheese!
11.) Cacao - Not to be confused with cocoa, cacao is the minimally processed form of chocolate that is full of health benefits. Cacao is high in antioxidants and flavonoids with anti-inflammatory, heart and immune health benefits. Cacao is a great source of iron, it’s full of magnesium (remember above where I said magnesium is needed for over 600 reactions in the body?), and it contains the feel good chemicals serotonin and tyrosine. Adding cacao powder to your diet can lower blood pressure, improve cellular health, improve cognitive health AND make you feel good. It does tend to be a bit more bitter than unsweetened cocoa, so a little goes a long way. Add cacao powder to smoothies, sprinkle over fresh fruit, or grab a bar of raw organic chocolate and break into squares.
What makes a Buddhist a Zen Buddhist?
The Lord Buddha is ninth reincarnation of Lord Vishnu. Buddhism is one of the world’s largest religions and originated 2,500 years ago in India. Buddhists believe that the human life is one of suffering, and that meditation, spiritual and physical labor, and good behavior are the ways to achieve Enlightenment, or Nirvana. Zen is a Mahayana tradition that emphasizes simplicity, zazen meditation, nonduality, and nonconceptual understanding. Zen is the Japanese name for a Buddhist tradition practiced by millions of people across the world. Historically, Zen practice originated in China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam, and later came to in the West. Zen takes many forms, as each culture that embraced it did so with their own emphases and tastes. Traditionally speaking, “Zen” is not an adjective (as in, They were totally zen). Zen is a Japanese transliteration of the Chinese word Chan, which is itself a transliteration of dhyana, the word for concentration or meditation in the ancient Indian language Sanskrit. (Zen is Seon or Son in Korean and Thien in Vietnamese.) When Buddhism came to China from India some 2,000 years ago, it encountered Daoism and Confucianism, absorbing some elements of both while rejecting others. Chan is the tradition that emerged. In this context, Chan refers to the quality of mind cultivated through sitting meditation, known as zazen in Japanese, which many Zen Buddhists consider to be the tradition’s most important practice. Zen is as diverse as its practitioners, but common features include an emphasis on simplicity and the teachings of nonduality and nonconceptual understanding. Nonduality is sometimes described as “not one not two,” meaning that things are neither entirely unified nor are they entirely distinct from one another. Zen recognizes, for example, that the body and mind are interconnected: they are neither the same nor completely separate. Nonconceptual understanding refers to insight into “things as they are” that cannot be expressed in words. To help students discover nonduality without relying on thought, Zen teachers use koans—stories that appear nonsensical at first but as objects of contemplation in zazen lead to a shift of perspective from separation to interconnectedness. Because teachers play such an important role in Zen, the tradition emphasizes reverence for its “Dharma ancestors,” or lineage, influenced by Confucianism’s teaching of filial piety. At the same time, throughout Chinese history, Zen challenged other Confucian ideas by stressing the absolute equality of all beings and women’s capacity for enlightenment. Ultimately, Zen Buddhism offers practitioners ways to heal their hearts and minds and connect with the world. These ways have differed over time and from culture to culture. In medieval Japan, for example, Zen monks served as doctors to the poor, doling out medicine and magic talismans, and as ministers, offering funerals and memorial services. Today in the West, many practitioners come to Zen looking to gain peace of mind and mental clarity through meditation. Like all schools of Buddhism, Zen begins with an understanding that human beings suffer, and it offers a solution to this suffering through recognizing the interconnectedness of all beings and learning to live in a way that aligns with this truth.