Eating Well is Jiu Jitsu: The Superfoods. Otavio Sousa Presents Peruvian Maca
November 13, 2013
What are Superfoods ?
Superfoods (super foods) are foods with high concentration of energy that provide huge amounts of natural , balanced and easily-absorbed nutrients. These gifts of nature , 100 % natural substances have an extraordinary ability to transform our health as they go far beyond providing simple nutrition like other foods. These superfoods play an important role in preventing many diseases and are invaluable as part of a healthy lifestyle . Some known examples are: Goji Berries , Wheat Grass ( wheatgrass ) , Chlorella , Spirulina , Raw Cacao Nibs , Maca , Lucuma , etc. .
How can Superfoods help us ?
Super foods help us in many ways as everyone can benefit from their use. The least they can do is increase the body’s energy level as well as strengthen the immune system.
We talk to Otavio Sousa about excellence and dedication. It is not for nothing that he became 2 times World Champion at the Middleweight Black- Belt . In addition to this Otavio has been champion of the Pam American ( black belt ) twice apart from gaining countless other titles throughout his career. From Pernambuco to the world championship , our golden boy is a black belt from Zé Radiola and is currently the professor at our headquarters in California USA . Read on for this athlete’s opinion of the superfood : Peruvian Maca .
The other day I was reading about the benefits of Maca , not only for us as athletes but to men and women with hormonal problems as well as those who are looking to improve their performance in physical and mental activities ; with its high nutritional value it is recommended for seniors , students and people who have many daily activities .
Here are just some of the benefits that Maca brings : It is rich in carbohydrates , protein and fiber , which eliminates symptoms such as tiredness , fatigue and weakness; it increases concentration , which makes it invaluable to students; it strengthens the immune system; it decreases the symptoms of menopause , regulating the menstrual cycle ; it regulates mood disorders ; it stimulates fertility and the libido .
Maca has helped me a lot in my daily routine as it strengthens the immune system; having been taking it daily I cannot remember the last time I got sick, not to mention that I’m always in the mood to train and exercise ; I feel energetic every morning before going to the gym after a healthy breakfast with some strong coffee and Maca. I would recommend it to everyone . Otavio.
Foods acquire their super- powers from the environment where they’re born. The more difficulties a plant has to face, the more force its fruits will bear. Imagine a place that’s cold, poor in oxygen and with the highest levels of radiation in the world – that is where the super-food of heights is born. The plantations survived hidden up there for 500 years .The plant looks like a radish that grows high in the Andes mountains , in the valleys in between.
6 Benefits of Peruvian Maca
1 Increases Physical and Mental Performance : it does not contain caffeine, like the guarana or coffee , so it does not affect the central nervous system .
2 –Battles cardiovascular disorders : aids in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases due to the omega 9 it contains , which reduces the levels of total cholesterol and LDL while increasing the HDL levels . Being a source of omega 3 , Maca has a vasodilatory effect as it helps in lowering blood pressure and regulating cholesterol levels .
Maca Powder ( Flour ) 4 Strengthens immunity : it is a source of arginine , which participates in cell division and wound healing; it contains lysine , which is related to the inhibition of viral proliferation , vitamin C , which acts directly on the reconstitution of leukocytes ( immune cells) and resistance to infection , and phytosterols ( substances found only in plants and are not produced by the body ), which help in strengthening the immune system .
5 Prevents osteoporosis : a source of calcium and magnesium , minerals essential for bone health .
6 – Increases the Libido : This superfood is rich in vitamin E , which participates in the production of sex hormones , and is a source of magnesium . This mineral is important for the production of the sex hormones neurotransmitters that are responsible for the feeling of pleasure .
This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace professional guidance. The use of vitamins and dietary supplements can benefit a person, but we recommend consulting a nutritionist, doctor or other specialist for evaluation and monitoring prior to using any health enhancement products.
Note : the pictures are illustrative