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What are Superfoods:

The term "Superfoods" is a special term given to those particular foods that offer a higher amount of nutritional benefit whilst only containing a minimum amount of calories. The best superfoods contain a mix of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and are great for the human body.

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What are antioxidants:

Antioxidants are those molecules that fight free radicals within your body and thereby helping you to reduce the likelihood of sickness and illness. Antioxidants can be found in both whole plant foods and also animal origins however the best source of where to get your antioxidants from are your fruits and vegetables. Your body does create some antioxidants however not enough to be sufficient for your body, hence the importance of consuming high antioxidant foods within your diet.

What are free radicals?

Free radicals are the unstable small atoms within one's body that have potential to damage cells, cause illness and lead to other serious health problems. These atoms have an outer shell which are not complete and hence attach themselves to other atoms which result in a reactions that may lead to illness. Some linked illnesses include diabetes, heart disease and cancer. As a result it is vital that you ensure you provide your body with sufficient amount of antioxidants to fight off these free radicals. The best and easiest way to do that is consuming a variety of superfoods many of which are high in antioxidants.

What are amino acids:

For those that don't know what the term amino acids mean and have only heard the phrase, amino acids are the building blocks of protein and play a vital role within the human body. Their are three categories for amino acids which are categorised into the below:

The most important are the "Essential Amino Acids" as these cannot be created from your body itself but rather only obtained through ones diet. Hence the importance of foods that are high in amino acids.

The 9 Essential Amino Acids include:

  • Histidine
  • Isoleucine
  • Leucine
  • Lysine
  • Methionine
  • Phenylalaning
  • Threonine
  • Tryptophan
  • Valine

What does the acronym BCAA refer to:

The acronym BCAA stands for Branch Chain Amino Acids and what it refers to are a group of 3 essential amino acids. The three amino acids are Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine.

These 3 amino acids are extremely important as they represent about 35 - 40% of your body's total amino acids. Consumption of the BCAA's are vital as they promote strong muscle growth, help to produce energy, regulate blood sugar and also reduce fatigue in humans.

It is important that we consume a variety of foods that contain these BCAA's as well as the other essential amino acids to ensure our bodies are kept as healthy and happy as possible.