In Part 1 I introduced you to the fact that superfoods might not always be what they seem to be. If you don’t take things for granted and do a bit of research it’s apparent that numerous superfoods are not so super after all.
Lets look at a few more.
Next on our non-superfood list – Goji Berries.
A recent study by the British Dietetic Association has revealed that all such claims of goji berries benefits have been exaggerated.
You would need to drink 13 servings of goji berry juice to get as many antioxidants as one red apple!
Chinese medicine has for ages said to cure high blood pressure, diabetes, eye problems, fatigue and fever, the recent findings suggest that the benefits of these berries are limited and are weak and many are far from reality. Goji berries can possibly cause drug-herb interactions, especially in patients who regularly take medications for blood thinning, such as warfarin.
Warfarin is used to treat blood clots that are formed because of deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolus condition. That is why if you are taking warfarin, you must avoid eating goji berries as it can adversely affect your health.
Goji berries, eaten in excess, can disturb blood pressure levels and lead to hypertension.
Those suffering from pollen allergies may have to face serious health problems, such as sneezing, itchy skin, wheezing, nasal congestion, itchy eyes and hives, if they eat goji berries. In case of severe health problems, you must immediately consult your doctor.
Excessive goji berries can interfere with the energy level of a person. Although an increase in the energy level, to some extent is good for carrying out your activities, too much energy can make you more hyperactive and restless, causing disturbance in your concentration and working patterns.
Goji berries can increase the blood flow in the body. When eaten in excess, the speed of the blood flow goes up beyond normal and can cause adverse conditions, such as haemophiliacs that especially affect senior citizens.
Goji berries contain atropine in good amounts. Excess intake of goji berries can lead to severe side effects, such as dizziness, eye discomfort, blurred vision and hallucinations.
Goji berries contain selenium in large quantities and can affect the growth of the foetus. That is why pregnant women should avoid eating these berries. Selenium has been known to cause serious birth defects, abnormal sperm production and lowering of sperm count.
Goji berry consumption can cause indigestion and mild digestive disorders in people with a weak digestive system. Excess intake of goji berry supplements can cause indigestion, nausea, vomiting and HYPERLINK “http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/brat-diet-amazingly-effective-diet-for-diarrhea/” diarrhoea.
So, if you want to enjoy the health benefits of goji berries, you should limit your intake. Too much goji berry consumption can lead to some serious health issues. So weigh in the pros and cons of eating these berries before you make them a part of your diet! And do talk to your doctor!
Wheatgrass is another superfood that isn’t
Humans cannot digest grass in any form. Didn’t know that? Well it’s a fact. Cows can because they have four stomachs and therefore have the required equipment. We don’t, so leave it alone!
Omega 6 fatty acids are not necessarily good for you either
Apparently Omega 6 fatty acids are found in amongst other oils, soybean oil and soy bean oil is found in a whole host of processed and packaged foods, taking too much can affect you in all sorts of way including cardiovascular problems, inflammation of joints and even asthma.
There are, unfortunately, a whole host of other superfoods that aren’t as beneficial for you as you think, but I figure this is enough for you to be getting on with for now.
Like I said at the very beginning of this article, please do your own research and make your own judgements, I am merely passing on what I think is important information when you’re looking to get healthier.
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