Some Facts About Superfoods

Superfoods is a new name for a category of foods that not only has a high nutritional value but that is also 100% organic and contains a large amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. By eating superfoods you would get fitter, get more energy and also lose weight. But is that statement correct or it is just a superfood myth? Which superfoods actually exist and what do the experts say about these foods? Finally, the question can be asked about the advantages and disadvantages of some superfoods and how you can best deal with this new group of food products.

What does the name ‘superfoods’ mean?

By superfoods is meant foods that have a high content of good nutrients and antioxidants. Because these foods are full of important nutrients, they have a positive effect on health. By eating superfoods you can get more energy, promote fat breakdown, prevent cardiovascular diseases and reduce skin aging. The risk of the name ‘superfoods’, however, is that this term is not legally defined and can therefore be used freely by everyone. It is therefore possible that one product is to a much lesser extent a ‘superfood’ than the other.

Which foods are superfoods?

A number of examples of foods that are described as superfoods are goji berries, chia seeds, wheatgrass juice, raw chocolate and coconut fat. Seaweed and algae extracts are also called superfoods.

Goji berries

Eating these small, red berries, of which there are hundreds of different varieties, would be good not only for libido, liver and kidneys, but also for mood and various skin conditions. Unfortunately, none of this has yet been scientifically proven. It is now clear that the berries contain a lot of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants and are perhaps the most nutritious fruits on earth. A disadvantage of these berries is that some species exceed the safe atropine standard of 19 ppb (‘parts per billion’) and that not all substances in the goji berry have yet been established.

Chia seed

These seeds contain a lot of fiber and healthy fats, including alpha-linolenic acid, which is a healthy omega-3 fat. Moreover, they are full of minerals such as manganese, calcium and iron. They would promote the waste process, normalize blood sugar levels and improve bowel movements. However, the seeds are so small and light that they must be eaten in large quantities before the above benefits come into effect. It is not recommended to eat these seeds if you are taking medication that can cause blood thinning or that will cause body fluid to drift away, as the seeds have a blood-thinning effect and can also cause diarrhea.

Raw chocolate

It has been proven that consuming this superfood has demonstrable benefits. For that reason, the FDA has labeled it “healthy”. Raw chocolate is good for the elasticity of the blood vessels because there are many flavonols (antioxidants) in the food. Proof of the beneficial effect of chocolate is especially true for the purer varieties. The purer the chocolate, the better the effect. It is recommended to consume around 10 grams per day. The expectation is that in the future it will turn out that raw chocolate is even better for our body than pure (processed) chocolate, but this has not yet been proven scientifically. A disadvantage is that raw chocolate is very expensive.

Eating superfoods

The same guidelines actually apply to superfoods as to all other foods: use them in moderation and with sufficient variety. No food contains all the nutrients that the human body needs, so regardless of the positive effects of these foods, it is (still) important to create sufficient variation within your diet.

What is itching anyway?

What is itching anyway?

Itching is a nasty irritating sensation on the skin. Nerves are stimulated and give a signal to the brain: you experience itching.
Itching can range from mildly tickling symptoms to severe and persistent itching. Scratching usually makes no sense, but is often an uncontrollable habit that results from itching. Discover More You may or may not have a rash with itching.

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What are possible causes of itching?

There are all kinds of itching, and all kinds of different possible causes. Itching can be a completely harmless skin irritation. An incentive that comes one moment and is gone a few seconds later.

it may be that you have a wound or bump and that it itches a bit, or that there is a red rash that causes itching;
it may also be that you have a (food) allergy that is accompanied by itching;
stress can cause itching;
if the kidneys or liver are not functioning properly, you may get itchy;
hormonal changes such as pregnancy or menopause can also cause itching;
fungal infections or bacterial infections;
insect bites.
Below you can read more about different types of itching and different causes of itching.

Itching due to an allergy

If you are allergic, your immune system reacts violently to harmless substances. An allergic reaction occurs. This can manifest itself in, among other things, a runny nose or a swollen throat, but also, for example, itchy eyes, itchy skin or itchy palate.

The itching can be caused in response to:

certain food. A food allergy or intolerance can also cause itching. Eczema with itching and bumps can sometimes decrease with dietary adjustments. Research from the University of York found that 76% of people who followed a specific diet had fewer symptoms such as itching, acne and fatigue. So it is very worthwhile to delve into this and discuss it with your doctor;
pollen ( hay fever );
chemical substances or other materials; think of a reaction to your watch strap or an allergy to your detergent.

Itching due to athlete’s foot
In the case of athlete’s foot there is a fungal infection of the skin and / or nails of the feet. A fungal infection of the feet also has itching as the main symptom.

Itching due to bugs or insects

Itching due to mosquitoes: a mosquito bump can itch considerably. Mosquito females stab people for their blood the moment they need proteins to produce eggs. Before they suck up the blood, they first inject an anticoagulant to prevent the blood from clotting immediately if it comes outside of the body. This anticoagulant causes an allergic reaction in the skin. This results in the itchy mosquito bump;

Itching of flea bites. The bite of a flea can be very itchy. Fleas are mainly found in pets such as dogs and cats. But when for some reason the dog or cat is not available for the fleas present in the house, these critters sometimes want to offend people;

Itching from head lice or pubic lice: small bugs in your hair that actually don’t belong there can cause itching. There is a lot of head lice especially among children in schools. Children play together and the itchy animals spread quickly with itch on the head as the main complaint.