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Prescription Opioid Addiction – What To Do If You Fear You’re Developing An Addiction

Pain is a terrible, debilitating thing [1]. Those who suffer from chronic pain would do almost anything to relieve their suffering. Unsurprisingly, medical science has devoted considerable time and resources to solving the problem of pain – and they’ve developed some pretty effective painkillers. Unfortunately, nothing comes without a price. Arguably the most effective kinds of painkillers are opioids. We’ve been using opioids to medicate ourselves for centuries, in the form of laudanum, opium, heroin, and (more recently) things like vicodin and oxycodone. They’re very effective – but also dangerously addictive. In some parts of the world (notably the USA [2]), addiction to prescription painkillers is becoming a major public health issue – and Australia is fast catching up with America’s prescription opioid addiction position [3]. If you’re on prescription painkillers, and fear that you may be becoming addicted, what should you do?

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Learn The Difference Between Dependency And Addiction

While we know that prescription drug abuse is a problem, we’re less familiar with quite how it manifests, and what can be done about it [4]. How can this be? Well, up until very recently, the only kind of opioid abuse which got any attention from researchers was intravenous heroin use. People addicted to prescription opioids tend to take them in differing formats, and the addiction frequently progresses down a differing path from that of heroin users. As a consequence, many who are deep within the throes of addiction have absolutely no idea that they have a problem, while others may worry that they are dangerously addicted when they are in fact just mildly dependent. But isn’t it bad to be dependent on drugs? Well, yes and no. Anyone who takes prescription opioids for pain will develop a physical dependency of some sort, and will probably start to develop a tolerance to them after a while [5] – meaning that dosages have to be upped. So long as you keep your doctor informed about your tolerance levels, and any withdrawal symptoms you may have from your painkillers, it should be perfectly possible to manage your prescription quite satisfactorily without true addiction ever developing. However, if you find yourself taking more painkillers than you need, becoming deceptive about your drug-taking behaviour, and going out of your way to obtain more painkillers (among other things), then you may need to take a long, hard look at yourself.

Be Honest With Yourself About Prescription Opioid Addiction

It can, in all fairness, be difficult to discern where dependency ends and addiction begins. However, there are certain warning signs [6] that your pill-popping is becoming problematic. If you find yourself perpetually so drugged up that you are listless, drowsy, and unable (or unwilling) to participate in your regular activities, then you may have a problem. If your painkillers are interfering with your cognitive abilities or state of mind, then you may have a problem. If your painkillers are more important to you than your friends, family, appearance, behaviour etc then you may well have a problem. If you lie about how many pills you have taken (or obtained), or lie to obtain more pills, then you probably have a problem. It can be tough to admit that you may have an addiction to painkillers – particularly when you need them to prevent awful pain. However, for the sake of your long-term health and relationships, it is important to be honest with yourself about these things.

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Seek Help, And Find Alternatives

If you think that you are addicted to painkillers, don’t panic. It can be a long, tough, and tiring process – but it is perfectly possible to treat these addictions. If you’re scared that you’ll be immediately taken off your pain pills and all of your pain will come flooding back, then don’t be. Doctors who know about pain and addiction are well versed in treating pain through managed opioid doses [7] in addicted individuals. It may require rather more regulation and overseeing than you’re used to, but your pain will be kept at bay without your addiction getting any worse. If you would prefer not to use opioids at all, then there are a surprisingly high number of effective alternatives by which you can manage your pain in a non-addictive manner. Speak to your doctor, or seek out an addiction specialist. It is perfectly possible for all of your problems to be treated, and for an effective outcome to be achieved.


[1] Margarita Tartakovsky, “Living with Chronic Pain and Depression”, Psych Central

[2] Nora D Volkow, “America’s Addiction to Opioids: Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse”, National Institute On Drug Abuse, May 2014

[3] The Cabin, “Prescription Drug Addiction in Australia is Out of Control”, Sept 2015

[4] Anne M Fletcher, “What Do We Really Know About Treating Prescription Opioid Addiction?”,, Feb 2016

[5] Institute For Chronic Pain, “Tolerance To Opioid Pain Medications”

[6] CBS News, “Five signs a loved one is abusing painkillers”, Feb 2013

[7] Pain Edu, “Treating Patients with Pain and Addiction Issues”


Author’s Bio

It’s been a long road to the point Mel Chester finds herself at now. She’d originally battled opioid addiction during her mid twenties, after an accident left her in pain and immobile. Whilst in recovery, she tried many other therapies and found Yoga to be one that helped her immensely. After a career in the health care industry, working with other addicts, she took a short career break to become a mom – and now is in the position of being able to work from home, spend time with her family and write for a living

Mel Chester

Freelance writer

Oral Hygiene Health Tips To Prevent Dental Problems

Oral hygiene touches every aspect of our lives but is often taken for granted. Your mouth is a window into the health of your body. It can show signs of nutritional deficiencies or general infection. Systemic diseases, those that affect the entire body, may first become apparent because of mouth lesions or other dental problems.

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The most important aspect which alters oral hygiene is formation of plaque and calculus in the oral cavity which may lead to various dental problems ,the most common being dental caries.

Plaque can also be defined as the soft deposits that form the biofilm adhering to the tooth surface or other hard surfaces in the oral cavity, including removable and fixed restorations.

Dental calculus is an adherent, calcified or calcifying mass that forms on the surfaces of teeth and dental appliances.

Dental caries is a demineralization of the tooth surface caused by bacteria.

The nine most common ways of maintaining oral hygiene are:-

1.Teeth Brushing

Once, it was a simple question of up and down or round and round. Today, tooth brushing – a basic ritual of oral hygiene – is fraught with decisions: Should you use an oscillating electric brush, or a giant, rubber-flanged monster brush.The answer is brushing your teeth using a regular toothbrush in a proper way is enough to maintain oral hygiene.

The main reason we brush our teeth is to remove plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that grows on their surface. Some of these bacteria produce substances that irritate the gums. Others convert sugar into acid, which erodes the teeth. Bacteria also produce stinky substances that cause bad breath.

  • What’s the most effective way to brush your teeth?

The Dental Health Foundation reports that one-in-four people think electric toothbrushes are for lazy people. That may be so, but unless you are particularly gifted with a manual toothbrush, they do generally result in cleaner teeth – particularly those with an oscillating head. When a group of dentists charged with publishing summaries of the best available evidence – looked at this issue, it concluded that, over three months, using an electric brush was associated with a 21% reduction in plaque and an 11% reduction in gum inflammation compared with manual brushing.

That is not to say that manual toothbrushes are useless, however. They work pretty well, if you use them properly; the problem is that most people develop a system over time, and it’s not uncommon for them to miss areas. If you prefer to use a manual brush, choosing one with a smallish head and medium bristles to ensure that you reach all the nooks and crannies.

  • When should I brush them?

At least twice a day – before bed, and at one other time. An ongoing area of disagreement is whether you should brush before, or after, breakfast. It depends on what you have eaten. Quite how long you should avoid brushing for remains unclear; the overall pH of the mouth seems to return to normal within minutes, but tooth surfaces may remain soft for up to an hour.

  • Do I have to use toothpaste?

Brushing protects against dental problems, but it’s the fluoride in toothpaste that prevents tooth decay. Because of the foods we eat, our teeth are constantly demineralising and remineralising; if fluoride is present during the remineralisation process, it gets incorporated and strengthens the teeth. For this reason, adults should look for a toothpaste that contains at least 1,350ppm fluoride, and steer clear of alternatives such as bicarbonate of soda, which are too abrasive to be used for tooth-cleaning

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2. Mouthwash

Using a fluoride mouthwash straight after brushing is fairly pointless: you’re flushing away fluoride and replacing it with more of the same. Where it can come in handy, however, is in topping up fluoride levels in between toothbrushing – particularly if you’re at high risk of cavities. It can also be useful if you have had something acidic to eat, so don’t want to brush.

Of course, mouthwashes contain more than just fluoride; many contain antiseptic agents such as chlorhexidine, which kill some of the bacteria your toothbrush misses, and help freshen the breath and maintain oral hygiene. But while there is some evidence that such mouthwashes can reduce plaque and gum inflammation, if you’re brushing your teeth twice or three times a day with a fluoride toothpaste, the additional benefit you will get isn’t likely to be huge.

3. Dental floss

Plaque accumulates between the teeth, as well as on their surfaces, and this is difficult to remove using a toothbrush alone. The risk here is gum disease, which in its early stages manifests as bleeding when you brush. When  Oral Health Group looked at this issue, it concluded that people who brush and floss regularly experience less gum-bleeding  and dental problems compared with those who use brushing alone.

Similarly, although there is some evidence that interdental brushes are more effective than floss at reducing gum inflammation, the quality of available evidence means it is difficult to say for sure.

4. Chewing gum

So long as it is sugar-free, chewing gum is generally a good thing for teeth. For one thing, it stimulates saliva production, which buffers the acid that erodes teeth. It can also help dislodge particles of food from the teeth.

Then there is chewing gum containing xylitol – a low-calorie sweetener that the bacteria responsible for causing tooth decay seem to prefer over sugar. If they are hovering up less sugar, this means they are producing less acid, which is good news for teeth. What is unclear, however, is how much of this gum we would need to chew to achieve a measurable impact.

5. Interdental brushes

An interdental brush, also called an interproximal brush or a proxy brush, is a small brush, typically disposable, either supplied with a reusable angled plastic handle or an integral handle, used for cleaning between teeth and between the wire of dental braces and the teeth. Brushes are available in a range of widths, color coded .The brush sizes range from 1 to 7. The  brush size is determined by the PHD or Passage Hole Diameter in mm. This PHD is the minimum diameter of a hole that the interdental brush will pass through without deforming the brush wire stem. A  study has found that using a toothbrush and an interdental brush more effectively removes plaque than using a toothbrush and dental floss.

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6. Oral irrigation

Some dental professionals recommend oral irrigation as a way to maintain oral hygiene.

Oral irrigators reach 3–4 mm under the gum line. Oral irrigators use a pressured, directed stream of water to disrupt plaque and bacteria.

7 . Diet Control in Oral Hygiene

Foods that help muscles and bones also help teeth and gums. Breads and cereals are rich in vitamin B while fruits and vegetables contain vitamin C, both of which contribute to healthy gum tissue.Lean meat, fish, and poultry provide magnesium and zinc for teeth.

Eating a balanced diet and limiting snacks can prevent tooth decay and dental problems.

Drinking fluoridated water is recommended while milk and cheese are also rich in calcium and phosphate, and may also encourage remineralisation. All foods increase saliva production, and since saliva contains buffer chemicals this helps to stabilize the pH to near 7 (neutral) in the mouth. Foods high in fiber may also help to increase the flow of saliva and a bolus of fibre like celery string can force saliva into trapped food inside pits and fissures on chewing surfaces where over 80% of cavities occur, to dilute carbohydrate like sugar, neutralise acid and remineralise tooth like on easy to reach surfaces. Sugars that are higher in the stickiness index, such as toffee, are likely to cause more damage to teeth than those that are lower in the stickiness index, such as certain forms of chocolate or most fruits

Acids contained in fruit juice, vinegar and soft drinks lower the pH level of the oral cavity which causes the enamel to demineralize. Drinking drinks such as orange juice or cola throughout the day raises the risk of dental problems tremendously.Another factor which affects the risk of developing cavities is the stickiness of foods. Some foods or sweets may stick to the teeth and so reduce the pH in the mouth for an extended time, particularly if they are sugary.

8. Other preventive measures

Smoking and chewing tobacco are both strongly linked with multiple dental problems.Caffeine products are known to cause teeth to stain, though this can usually be cleaned by drinking fresh water after a caffeinated drink and also at the dentist by surface cleaning.

Retainers can be cleaned in mouthwash or denture cleaning fluid. Dental braces may be recommended by a dentist for best oral hygiene and health. Dentures, retainers, and other appliances must be kept extremely clean. This includes regular brushing and may include soaking them in a cleansing solution such as a denture cleaner.

9. Visiting a dentist periodically

It suggests that children under the age of 18 should see a dentist at least once a year, because their teeth tend to decay faster. For adults who are not experiencing any problems with their teeth, though, every 24 months should be adequate.


The expense in treating dental problem is always higher then preventing it.Thus always remember : PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE. For further reading on this important topic check out the following publications:-






James Kelly

High Wycombe, Western Australia, 6057


pH Balance in Body is Vital to Good Health

Are you doing enough to maintain your health? Maybe you are or maybe you aren’t but with the amount of information available I’m very sure you have been able to pick up quite a number of healthy living or wellness tips. When it comes to health, people have become more conscious and are likely doing a lot of things right – watching what they eat, making sure to exercise regularly and taking actions to reduce stress wherever possible.  However, you need to be conscious of one factor. Studies show that your health is affected by your body’s pH balance and impacts it directly thereby playing an important role in determining your energy levels, digestion, and skin health.  Your risk for certain diseases may be increased including for osteoporosis, cancer, and obesity.

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Maintaining Optimum Health through pH balance

According to a recent study, optimum health can only be achieved through pH balance. In a healthy human being, the body fluids – blood, saliva, and spinal fluid have a pH of approximately 7.4 but this does not include that of the stomach. Because the pH of these body fluids are almost the same, with a slight difference that is negligible, the use of the pH result from the test carried out using saliva can serve as a good indicator of the pH level of these other body fluid. The electrical chemistry of the body can be interfered with if there is a rise or drop of either one.

An acidic pH has been found to be more harmful than an alkaline pH so also, will an extremely alkaline pH adversely affect the body’s chemistry. So the key is to maintain balance.

The reason why there is so much talk about an acidic pH is because the diet of average westerner consists of foods – meat, dairy, poultry, fish etc. that result in the production acidic waste ash.  Critical elementary mechanisms inside the body can be disorientated by an extremely acidic environment. Do you know that acids are able to remove the negative charge from red blood cells thereby causing them to clump together? This will result in reduced flow through blood vessels. When this occurs, there is a tendency for tissue or cell death as the cells of the body receive less oxygen because there is little gas exchange in the capillaries. The impact of the alkaline and acidic mineral intake on our body is, in fact, more than we ever imagined.

A medical study has found that there could be a connection between chronic excess acidity and deteriorative diseases including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, premature aging, obesity, kidney stones, osteoporosis, and tooth decay.

Immediate symptoms could result if a condition called acidosis occurs when the overall body pH reaches an acidic state.

The Alkaline/Ph Diet: Fad or Not?

The health and wellness industry is a multi-billion dollar industry and a vast one when you quantify what that means in terms of the information available. Sometimes this information could be detailed and be from respectable sources, at other times it could be vague, and other times available data is propagated by businesses who are trying to sell one product or the other.

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Nutrition, Vitamin absorption, and pH

According to the alkaline diet proponents, it may seem that your body can’t digest nutrients because it is too busy maintaining the acid-alkaline. They claim that if you reduce the acidic load you can reverse this situation. Mathematically this may sound true or feel authentic, but what people fail to understand is the body is the ultimate machine and can conveniently take care of itself. Your body will only be that “busy” if the organs responsible for taking care of toxic wastes in your body no longer function properly – and this only happens during certain disease states.

Urine and Blood pH

The stomach contains hydrochloric acid – a lot of it – and its pH value is between 2 and 3.5 because it is necessary to decompose food, whereas the human blood is slightly alkaline – always. The blood pH value can only fall out of normal range during certain disease states. This is in no way connected to the foods one eats each day. Your blood pH remains constant when you are healthy. Your body’s mechanism is capable of regulating the pH balance closely making it almost impossible for external influence to negatively affect it. We would be always fighting some kind of illness if this weren’t true.

What people misinterpret is the value of the pH of the urine. If you go ahead to test the pH of your urine a few hours after eating a diet that is rich in meats or any acid producing meal, you will notice it to be more alkaline. What they fail to realize is that the organ – the kidney – necessary for removing toxic substances has simply done its job. Urine is a poor indicator of body pH because it is subject to other factors asides diet. According to an article on – The Acid-Alkaline Myth: Part 1 most of the proponents of the ‘alkaline diet’ base their arguments on the ‘acid-ash hypothesis’. This hypothesis fails to recognize the ability of the kidney to deal with ‘acid ash’.

Clinical trials made by researchers also noted that acid-forming diets do not have a negative impact on calcium metabolism. In fact, it has been noted that increased protein intake benefits ‘calcium metabolism and on markers for bone health’.

Not clinical trials, nor physiology, nor observational data support the ‘acid-ash’ hypothesis of osteoporosis.


Hence, eating healthy, exercising regularly, effectively managing stress, and taking as much rest when needed are the activities you require to maintain proper pH balance and optimum health. If the necessary organs for toxic bodily waste are working efficiently as designed then you have nothing to worry about.

James Kelly

High Wycombe, Western Australia, 6057


Managing Your Health Over Your Phone Healthcare Apps

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Nowadays, in the era of mobile technology there is an app for everything, so it is only natural that there is a large variety of healthcare apps. In fact, for many aspects of health, whether it is sleep, mental health, pill consumption, pregnancy, chronic health conditions or first aid, there is a suitable app.
Benefits are numerous, both for the patients and the medical workers, such as cost savings and accessibility. However, there are also some risks, as there are apps, mostly related to mental health, that give harmful and dangerous advice or prevent people from getting proper treatment.
Of course, health apps are useful for everyone, but, for people older than 55 and pregnant women in developing countries they can actually be a life saver

Benefits of Healthcare Apps

Apps are not limited to one patient at a time, unlike doctors who are restricted to both one place and one patient. Over the years patients have been complaining about simple access to help and advice, as doctors are overloaded with patients and unable to help everyone. On the other hand, apps can provide immediate access to necessary help and advice, anytime and anywhere.
Doctors will have more time for patients who truly need help, as others will not waste health care provider’s time, because the patients can access valuable information and credible help through an app. Also, the patient will make their visits to the doctor more meaningful and productive, as by using an app, they can gather some information or receive help and encouragement.
Another benefit of health apps is that you can now schedule an appointment. Lybrate – online doctor consultations offers this service, which was not possible in the past. This is definitely the quickest and most convenient way to schedule an appointment.

Healthcare Apps Can Manage Your Medications

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As we are living in a fast-paced world full of distractions, it is easy to forget to take a pill or to take a double dose by mistake. This can lead to serious consequences, especially for people older than 55. Luckily, there are apps that can manage your medication intake, such as PillMonitor, Medisafe, MyMeds, Care4Today,Dosecast, and CareZoneMeds.
In these apps you can create a schedule of your pill consumption and they will remind you, with a text message, e-mail, push notification or a beeping sound, when it is the time to take one. They also have a variety of other features, such as measuring blood pressure, pulse, temperature, sending refill reminders.MyMeds will even suggest the best price for each medication nearby.

Healthcare Apps in Developing Nations

Health care is a major problem in developing nations, reasons being financial cost or inability to access proper care because of travel time. This is a big problem for pregnant women, as around 800 of them die every day from avoidable causes, such as severe bleeding, infections, high blood pressure during pregnancy, complications during birth and unsafe abortions.

There are several useful apps which can be very helpful both for mothers and health care providers. These revolutionizing apps are GiftedMom, Zero Mothers Die, maymay, Safe Delivery, MAMA, Mobile Midwife, Suyojana and Safe Pregnancy and Birth.

Some More Useful Healthcare Apps

People who suffer from chronic diseases such as asthma, COPD, heart disease, IBS or osteoporosis can use Health Mapper. This app tracks symptoms, medication, stress, creates charts to observe symptom prevalence and medication effects, exports information to your doctor and reminds you to take your medication.
Anxiety disorders are very common, and people who suffer from those can use SAM to educate themselves about anxiety. This app also offers a variety of self-help techniques to help users cope with anxiety. Users can also track their anxiety, make an anxiety tool kit, check levels of anxiety at specific moments, and share experiences with other users.

Guest Author’s Bio

Peter Minkoff is a lifestyle writer for HighStyleLife magazine living in Brisbane, Australia. He is dedicated to healthy living, exercising and spending time outdoors as much as possible. A firm believer in healthy diet, natural smoothies and energy healthy drinks for overall health benefits, Peter is powered by true motivation in all aspects of yoga and fitness-ing. He hopes to run his own yoga and fitness center someday. You can follow Peter on Twitter.

Best Superfoods – Really Super For Health Or Expensive Luxury?

Superfood is a promoting term used to describe food with assumed medical advantages. The superfood term is used by dietitians and nourishment researchers, for a specific food that have the medical advantages. There is a large variety of products on the market these days which promoters advertise as being the best superfoods having great health benefits and you will often find them in the health products aisles of supermarkets and in specialty health products stores.  The products themselves are often quite expensive and if we purchase them the question needs to be asked, are the advertised health claims for these best superfoods really justified?

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Definition of a superfood

The Macmillan Dictionary characterizes “superfood” as a food that is thought to be useful for your wellbeing and that might even help some medicinal conditions. The Oxford Dictionary definition expresses a superfood is “a supplement rich sustenance thought to be particularly advantageous for wellbeing and well-being”     However the Cancer Research UK says, “the expression “superfood” is truly only an advertising apparatus, with minimal exploratory premise to it”. Another source characterizes superfood as “a non-restorative term advanced in the media to allude to nourishments that can have wellbeing advancing properties, for example, lessening one’s danger of ailment or enhancing any part of physical or passionate wellbeing. Purported superfoods might have a bizarrely high substance of cancer prevention agents, vitamins or other nutrients.” (Levinovitz, Alan , 2015)

Utilization of the term “ best superfoods ”

Starting 2007 the showcasing of items as “superfoods” is disallowed in the European Union unless evidenced by a particular therapeutic case upheld after solid investigative research. Specifically, blueberries, thought to be a prevalent superfood illustration and without a superfood characteristic, having moderate substance of just three key supplements: vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese. A nourishment, for example, spinach or kale, by difference, contains numerous supplements rich in substance thus might present healthful advantages past those of different sustenances moderate in supplement substance, for example, berries.


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Potential wellbeing impacts

Malignancy Research UK takes note of the fact that superfoods are frequently advanced as having a capacity to avoid or cure infections, including disease; they alert, “you shouldn’t depend on supposed “superfoods” to decrease the danger of tumor. They can’t substitute for the most part solid and adjusted diet”.

Medical advantages and impacts of food portrayed as the best superfoods are frequently debated or unsupported by exploratory studies.

Well-known and best superfoods

“Superfoods have additional vast measurements of vitamins and minerals that can help us avert ailments and carry on with a more extended, more beneficial life,” A percentage of the supplements that some of the best  superfoods contain, incorporate cell reinforcements, thought to avoid malignancy; sound fats, thought to anticipate coronary illness; fiber, thought to counteract diabetes and digestive issues; or phytochemicals, the chemicals in plants in charge of profound hues and notices, which can have various medical advantages (Starling, Shane, 2008).

1. Blueberries

Blueberries frequently tops the list of superfoods in light of the fact that they are rich in vitamins, solvent fiber and phytochemicals. However, the same supplements found in blueberries are additionally found in numerous different sorts of berries, including strawberries and cranberries.

A study distributed in 2013 in the diary Circulation found that a high admission of phytochemicals known as flavonoids — which are found in blueberries, and also different sorts of berries — might decrease the danger of certain heart conditions in young women

2. Goji berries

These have been eaten in Asian countries for over 3000 years and are said to improve health and well being, slow down the aging process and prevent cancer. However research into these claims has so far failed to provide support for them. Pricey to buy but enjoyable to eat.

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3. Kiwifruit

This is also included in a list of well known best superfoods. Its advantages can be compared, generally, to berries, melons, citrus natural product, apples and pears, all of which are high in vitamin C and rich in cancer prevention agents. Kiwifruit is marked a superfood maybe in light of the fact that it contains a more extensive number of supplements ( vitamin C, K, fiber and copper ) when compared with other products.

A little study distributed in 2011 in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition recommended that utilization of kiwifruit, which additionally contains serotonin, a hormone that incites and look after rest may advance a superior night’s rest in individuals with sleep problems.

4. Beans and Quinoa

Beans and entire grains are standard additions to the superfood records. Beans are a wellspring of low-fat protein. Beans contain insoluble fiber, which brings down cholesterol; Entire grains — named such in light of the fact that, dissimilar to refined grains, they are not stripped of all the essential parts and naturally-occurring nutrients of the entire grain seed in their original proportions. — have comparable advantages to beans, however they don’t contain as much protein.

Quinoa is often called a grain because it is used and cooked like one but in actual fact is a seed. This also is a wonderful wellspring of protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber and cancer fighting properties.

5. Chia seeds

These are tiny black seeds which were originally prized by the ancient Aztec and Mayan civilizations in South America for their sustainable energy properties. The health benefits promoted these days include reduction in blood pressure, better cardiovascular health and an aid to weight loss. Recent studies have only shown that the seeds are a healthy food because they contain fiber and are a source of protein.

6. Other nuts and seeds

These super foods ( walnuts, almonds etc ) contain elevated amounts of minerals and solid fats. In spite of the fact that these are regular additions to superfood records, the drawback is that they are high in calories. Controlled eating is important because of this. A small amount of shelled nuts could contain more than 100 calories, as indicated by Hyde.

7. Kale

Kale satisfies the buildup of a superfood as it is nutrient dense, full of fiber and  It’s also filled with many nutrients, vitamins, folate and magnesium. Be that as it may, so do most dull, verdant greens: Swiss chard, collards, mustards, radish greens, spinach and others in the amaranth family, and cabbages.

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8. Pomegranate

The “colorful product of the year” will doubtlessly be on any of the best superfoods list, as well. This may be acai berry, noni natural product, winged serpent organic product, rambutan or pomegranate. These natural products may be fortifying, however logical studies don’t demonstrate that they are more refreshing than other, less intriguing organic products, for example, blueberries. Some of these organic products might be especially thick in specific sorts of supplements.

Pomegranate, for instance, contains ellagitannins, which have anti malignancy properties. However, red raspberries, which are ostensibly pretty much as flavorful as pomegranate seeds, likewise contain ellagic corrosive.

9. Others  

Add broccoli to the list also. It’s in the cabbage-mustard family. Both the florets and stems of broccoli are very similar in their nutrient content. These dull vegetables are stacked with vitamins A, C and K, and in addition fiber, calcium, and different minerals.

Sweet potato and squash likewise more often than not make the superfood list, for comparative reasons as those recorded for verdant greens. Both sorts of food are by and large fantastic wellsprings of fiber, vitamin A. They are additionally normally sweet and don’t require the spread, cream or salt commonly added to potatoes.

Salmon, sardines, mackerel and certain other greasy fish are rich in omega-3 unsaturated fats, which are thought to bring down the danger of coronary illness and stroke. The advantages of eating fish might far exceed the danger of hurting your wellbeing from the mercury these fish contain, as indicated by Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


One could also incorporate green tea, espresso, dim chocolate, yogurt, and olives to the best superfoods list for an assortment of reasons specified previously. In reality the superfoods mentioned above should merely be a supplement to a normal healthy good diet of fresh fruit, vegetables and meat to provide the proper fuel that our bodies need to enable us to lead healthy lives.


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Hill, Amelia (2007-05-13). “Forget superfoods, you can’t beat an apple a day”. The Observer.

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James Kelly

High Wycombe, Western Australia, 6057