SUPERFOODS are some of the most energizing and nutritional foods on the planet and they have healing properties on the body. They have been used for thousands of years by indigenous peoples to heal the mind and body, and can be perceived as the medicine of nature. In today’s “toxic” world, it is important to include them in our diet for optimal performance, rejuvenation and vitality.
Here’s our superfood guide for you:
Acai: Acai is a small purple berry that grows on the acai palm in the Amazon forest in Brazil. The nutrients come from the pulp as well as the fruit peel and taste like a mixture of berries and chocolate. The berry is high in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, which are of great support for our immune system, healthy skin and prevent aging.
Agave Nectar: Agave is a natural sweetener produced from the agave cactus that originates from Mexico. It is produced at low temperatures to protect the natural enzymes. Agave has a low glycemic index (GI), and is therefore a good sweetener, for people with blood sugar problems. Note: You need to be careful when buying agave, as many of the brands available in the market are highly refined and highly heated, which does not make it better than regular sugar fructose.
Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera is a succulent that contains many healing properties such as soothing the skin and good for the digestive system. It is the most beneficial nutrient for the skin on the inside and out. It is a natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral plant. Aloe Vera is rich in vitamins A, B12, and E, as well as the minerals calcium and magnesium. It is also a source of essential fatty acids and enzymes. Aloe Vera is ideal for any intestinal disorder (Chrons, IBS, acid regurgitation) due to its ability to heal the intestinal mucosa as well as skin disorders (eczema, rash, burns).
Apple cider vinegar (unpasteurized): Natural (distilled) organic, raw apple cider vinegar can truly be called one of Mother Earth’s most perfect foods. It is made from fresh, crushed apples which then mature naturally in wooden barrels, as wood seems to “boost” the natural fermentation. Apple cider vinegar is a natural cleansing and healing elixir due to its high probiotic content and its acidity. Its acidic nature helps promote hydrochloric acid production in the stomach, and therefore greatly improves any digestive system that suffers. Furthermore, it improves digestion, promotes healthy skin, inflammatory levels and metabolic function.
Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha, or withania somnifera is an Indian herb. It has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments, both physically and mentally. Today, it has become a popular supplement, and is known for its varied health benefits. The part used is the root.
Baobab Fruit: The African Baobab is a huge tree that has a fruit that contains many important nutrients, including minerals and vitamin C. It is rich in antioxidants (650 ORAC / g), calcium, potassium, magnesium and fiber (50 g / 100 g).
Black Cherry Concentrate: Black cherry concentrate has long been used medicinally, not only for its high vitamin C value but also for its ability to promote healthy uric acid in the body making it ideal for those dealing with kidney stones, arthritis. It is rich in antioxidants and is excellent for cleansing the kidneys and liver.
Blue-green algae: Blue-green algae (Aphanizomenon flos-aquae) is one of nature’s most effective, versatile and productive nutritional powerhouses. Algae are the very basis of the entire food chain and are responsible for a large part that creates and renews all life forms. Incredibly, algae contain every vitamin, mineral, and amino acid that the body needs. It is the highest known source of vegetable protein (58%) in the world. It contains all the essential amino acids in a perfect balance for the human body, the essential fat, DHA, for brain development, peptides for nerve regeneration, and is 98% assimilated by the body. Blue-green algae provide energy for life, mental clarity, and increased physical endurance make it important for all athletes, children, and even babies.
Camu Camu: Camu Camu is a small berry-like fruit with purple red peel and yellow flesh. Camu camu tribes from the Amazon rainforest in Peru. It has the highest vitamin C content of any plant in the world. Along with its immune boosting properties, it is ideal for adrenal health, and therefore promotes energy, healthy hormone production, adaptability under stress, normal bowel movements and vein integrity (great for preventing bruising).
Carob: Carob powder comes from pods, which are a member of the legume family. Carob was first used thousands of years ago and is referred to in the Bible. It is said that John the Baptist maintained himself using the bread of John the Baptist, also called the bread of John, and is also referred to as St. John the Baptist. John’s bread. Carob is an excellent source of calcium, is low in fat, and is said to contain more than three times as much calcium as milk. It contains protein as well as vitamins A, B, B2, B3 and D. It is also high in calcium, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium and contains iron, manganese, barium, copper and nickel. In addition, Carob is free of stimulants such as caffeine and theobromine, as well as oxalic acid, which prevents the body from using calcium and zinc. Carob is naturally sweet and is a great cocoa / chocolate alternative.
Cayenne: Cayenne is a red, hot chili pepper that is extremely high in vitamin A, B complex, and C. It also helps in producing hydrochloric acid as acids in digestion and elimination. Capsaicin, found in cayenne pepper, has been shown to kill prostate cancer cells and stop heart attacks.
Chia Seed (Salba): Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, a member of the mint family that grows abundantly in southern Mexico. In pre-Columbian times, they were a staple of the Aztec and Mayan diets. They are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc and antioxidants. Chia seeds can be used as an alternative to oatmeal, pudding or thickener. They are also excellent for maintaining normal bowel movements.
Chlorella: Chlorella is a single-celled green algae that is a powerhouse of nutrition. Extremely high in chlorophyll and magnesium. Chlorella is the best detoxifier for toxins to get out of the skin, liver, brain and other organs. Chlorella is a complete source of protein, good for blood sugar balance, mental clarity, balanced digestion, a strengthened immune system and mood stabilizing..
Cinnamon: Was once honored, and more valuable than gold. The Chinese have used it as medicine and Ayurveda has used cinnamon as a super product for treating colds, indigestion and cramps. Cinnamon is also believed to increase energy, vitality and circulation and at the same time be a great stabilizer of blood sugar.
Cocoa: Cocoa is the purest raw form of chocolate, and is known as the food of the Gods. It is one of the highest natural sources of magnesium and antioxidants and at the same time rich in manganese, iron and chromium (great for controlling blood sugar). Contains theobromine, cocoa improves mood and brain function. It is ideal for muscle contraction, cardiovascular health, PMS symptoms and energy. cocoa also contains PEA a “love” chemical as well as anandamide- a neurotransmitter of bliss.
Coconut Butter / Oil: The scientific name for coconut is Cocos nucifera. Early Spanish explorers called it coco, meaning “monkey face” because the three depressions (eyes) on the hairy nut resemble the head and face of a monkey. Coconut is very nutritious and rich in healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is classified as a “functional food” because it provides many health benefits in addition to its nutritional content. Coconut contains antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties that make it excellent for immune stimulation and for local treatment. It also has the ability to stimulate the thyroid gland therefore increases metabolism and contributes to weight loss.
Cordyceps (fungi): Cordyceps, one of the better known traditional Chinese medicines, consists of the dried fungus Cordyceps sinensis grows on larvae. It is widely used in China for replenishing the general health of the body due to its ability to strengthen the kidneys and adrenal glands. Cordyceps is an adaptogenic herb that can strengthen the immune system, increase energy and stability, increase oxygen intake through increased lung function, combat fatigue and increase sexual function.
Durian: Durian is honored as the “King of Fruit” in Southeast cultures. Durian is decadent and creamy in taste, but has a distinct sulfur-like odor comparable to onions. It is a large fruit native to Thailand, with a shell covered with thorns. It is rich in vitamins and minerals, as well as the amino acid tryptophan- which is essential in the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter responsible for feelings of well-being, happiness and sleep regulation. In addition, it is considered an aphrodisiac.
Ginko Biloba: Ginko Biloba comes from the Ginko tree located in China, Korea and Japan. It is one of the oldest living species and has been used for hundreds of years to increase sexual energy and promote longevity. Ginko also increases blood flow to the brain, resulting in increased memory, mental clarity, and reduced fatigue.
Gingsen: Ginseng is an adaptogenic herb found only in the northern hemisphere. Good for diabetes and promotes anti-aging, ginseng has been used for thousands of years to improve overall health. This herb has been recommended for increased awareness, increased energy, reducing stress and preventing disease.
Goji Berries: Goji berries, also known as Lycium berries, are native to the Himalayan region of China and Tibet. These small berries are a complete protein, contain 21 trace minerals and contain more iron than spinach or vitamin C than an orange. They also contain vitamins A, E and some B, and at the same time very rich in zeaxanthin, which is excellent for vision and polysaccharides, which activate the brain and long-term energy. They are known to stimulate hGH, and therefore stimulate vitality, longevity, energy and endurance.
Goldenberry (Inca berry: Grown in the mineral-rich soil of the entire Peruvian Andes mountain range. Known for their sweetness, the carriers help to strengthen your body during periods of stress and improve circulation. Packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, niacin and phosphorus, Inca berries also contain pectin, which helps regulate the flow of food through the digestive tract, as well as helps it lower cholesterol levels and regulate blood sugar.
Green Tea: Green tea has grown from a teapot to a medicine chest as it has shown science its far-reaching effectiveness in dealing with sunburn for life-threatening problems. Green tea has been shown to not only support weight loss, but also to be the most effective nutrient for protection against radiation damage, especially in the thyroid gland. Furthermore, it supports healthy tendons and ligaments, stomach function, blood sugar and is an extremely potent antioxidant.
Guarana: Derived from a plant native to the Amazon. Guarana is a powerful stimulant known to enliven perception, increase metabolism and help with weight loss. It has also been shown to relieve hangovers. Guarana contains caffeine but does not create the same aroused reaction as it does not stress the adrenal glands. This is an excellent coffee substitute.
Hemp Seeds: Turmeric root has long been used in ancient Chinese and Indian health systems as a powerful anti-inflammatory. It has shown significant anti-inflammatory properties and has been effective in treating weak bones, soothing on menstrual pain and bruising as well as contributing to a better digestive system. Studies have also shown that it prevents cancer, Alzheimer’s and is effective in relieving pain in arthritis.
Flaxseed oil: is ready to yellow in color and is made from cold pressing of the dried seeds from the flax plant. This oil contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and α-linoleic acid (ALA), which are essential for human health as well as lignans (lignans are a group of fiber-like molecules found in plants) that are converted into hormone-like substances. Flax oil is the preventative against breast cancer, provides a healthy cholesterol level, improve joint mobility and heart health. * Note: flaxseed is high in phytoestrogens that affect hormone balance, therefore used under guidance.
Kombucha: Kombucha is a fermented, enzyme and probiotic-rich tea that originated in ancient China. Considered an “Elixir of Immortality,” Kombucha was once a drink of the Samurai and is still widely used in Japan. It is a powerful digestive aid, detoxifier, and promotes a strong immunity.
Lecithin: Lecithin is a major source of the nutrient choline, which is essential for brain function and development, especially in children. Lecithin is also important for healthy cholesterol levels because it breaks down cholesterol in the body and supports liver health. It also contains essential unsaturated fatty acid phosphatidyl complexes for optimal organ health, including brain, heart, kidneys and cellular membranes. Lecithin also contains inositol, which can support fat burning. * Note: Be sure to buy non-GMO soy lecithin or better yet lecithin from sunflower seeds.
Lucuma: Lucuma is a delicious fruit, native to the Andes, that has been enjoyed for thousands of years for its nutritional content as well as its creamy taste. Lucuma contains high doses of fiber, vitamins and minerals and is particularly high in beta-carotene, iron and niacin (vitamin B3). Lucuma is an excellent addition to smoothies, ice cream and other raw desserts.
Maca: Maca is native to the higher part of the Andes Mountains of Peru and is a powerful adaptogen that works with the body to stabilize hormones and increase libido, energy, increased oxygen uptake and endurance. Maca root also possesses natural means to improve sexual performance and has been termed “Nature’s Viagra.” Excellent for correcting hormonal imbalances (PMS and menopause).
Maqui: This powerful purple berry native to the Patagonia region of Chile has been named “the new Superberry” with a 616 ORAC value, eight times higher than any other food on the market. They have traditionally been used by the Mapuche Indians to treat chronic diseases due to its high antioxidant value, as well as the fight against fatigue and increases endurance.
Mesquite: Mesquite is a tree, it is a member of the legume family. It grows in some of the driest climates on Earth. Mesquite is a traditional Native American food that has been used for centuries as a reliable source of nutrients in the harshest climates. Mesquite has an impressive protein content and a high content of a number of minerals, is particularly high in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and sulfur. Mesquite combination of calcium and magnesium makes it a great source of healthy bones. It has a molasses (black syrup) which makes it an excellent product for smoothies and raw desserts.
MSM: MSM (Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane) is a naturally occurring form of dietary sulfur found in fresh, raw foods and rainwater. Sulfur is an essential mineral needed by the body to maintain a normal structure and function. Maintaining the structure of the body’s proteins and connective tissues, which includes our body mass, helps enzymes perform chemical reactions, and protects us from oxidative stress and the harmful effects of toxicity. It has been shown to help with collagen production and therefore helps in pain relief for inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and osteoarthritis. MSM can also benefit the beautification of hair, skin and nails.
Mulberry: Raw mulberries are juicy and they come from deciduous trees in a Turkish village. They come from fast-growing trees that reach about 20 feet tall. Mulberries are an amazing source of vitamin C, iron and calcium and fiber, and protein as well as B vitamins and vitamin K. Mulberries also have a high life in the antioxidant called resveratrol, which is found in the skin of red grapes and red wine.
Moringa: The tree Moringa oleifera has for many hundreds of years been used as a herbal remedy against i.a. skin, respiratory and digestive diseases. And now it is being proclaimed as a new remedy in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. The moringa tree can withstand drought, its leaves are stuffed with vitamins and minerals, and it can grow over 3.5 m in one season. The leaves are an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals. In total, there are over 90 different vitamins, minerals and other nutrients in Moringa oleifera, alone 46 antioxidants. There is no other “superfood” on Earth that can boast of this. Moringa oleifera is a complete health product that will not only give you the vitamins you need, but also improve your overall health.
Noni: Noni is a tall evergreen and flowering tree shrub that is part of the coffee family. Every part of the plant is usable. Noni can be used to relieve inflammation, relieve constipation as well as support a healthy blood pressure and blood sugar. Noni can also be used to boost mood especially with symptoms of depression.
Nutritional Yeast: Nutritional yeast (yeast flakes) is food for vegetarians and vegans as it is rich in protein, B vitamins, including B12. With its natural theatrical taste, it is an excellent addition to any meal. It contains glutathione used for detoxification, GTF (glucose tolerance factor) blood sugar level, beta-glucans for immune system, BCAAs for amino acid synthesis, trace minerals and pre-biotics for intestinal health.
Pomegranate: Pomegranate is a delicious fruit rich in antioxidants that has been the foundation of traditional Indian health. Rich in vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants, research has shown that it is useful in the prevention of breast, lung and prostate cancer. It can also help lower blood pressure, regulate cholesterol and reduce plaque in the arteries.
Reishi mushroom: Reishi is unsurpassed in its long history as one of the most powerful herbs to help ensure a long, healthy life. In fact, in China and other Eastern societies, the Reishi mushroom is the most widely used symbol of longevity. Reishi can be used to build physical resistance to disease and to treat a wide range of aliments, including liver disease, hepatitis, autoimmune disorders, allergies, depression, and even cancer. It is most commonly used to regenerate liver tissue as well as act as an anti-infective in the liver.
Rice protein from brown rice: Rice protein from brown rice contains 83% protein derived from raw sprouted whole grain brown rice. This highly digestible, hypoallergenic, vegan protein is rich in vitamins, minerals, essential and non-essential amino acids. This type of protein is ideal for lean muscle mass (fat-free muscle mass), boosted metabolism and the digestive system. It contains a full spectrum of enzymes to control blood sugar and slow burning fuel.
Roibos tea: Rice protein from brown rice contains 83% protein derived from raw sprouted whole grain brown rice. This highly digestible, hypoallergenic, vegan protein is rich in vitamins, minerals, essential and non-essential amino acids. This type of protein is ideal for lean muscle mass (fat-free muscle mass), boosted metabolism and the digestive system. It contains a full spectrum of enzymes to control blood sugar and slow burning fuel.
Sea Salt, Unheated and Unrefined: Salt is essential to life and was once the most valued commodity on earth. Unheated sea salt is completely different from table salt as it is absolutely essential for health because it contains important minerals. Ordinary table salt lacks minerals and trace elements because it is purified and refined so that only sodium and chloride remain. After refining, common table salt is mixed with iodine, bleach and anti-caking chemicals to create a crisp white, free-flowing product. Unheated sea salt is needed for every function in the body, including hydration, kidney, lymph and cardiovascular health, balance fluid, and hydrochloric acid production as well as necessary for digestion.
Spirulina: A cyanobacteria once coveted by the Aztecs, spirulina is now predominantly, probably one of the most nutritious food sources known. Called “the best food of the future” by the United Nations World Food Conference, this blue-green algae is a complete protein rich in B vitamins and has been reported to help with proper anemia, reduce radioactive damage and lower cholesterol.
Tomato concentrate: Tomato has gained a heavenly reputation due to the discovery of a carotenoid called lycopene, a health-promoting phytochemical that gives the tomato its red color. Lycopene acts in the body as a powerful antioxidant that helps to cleanse and neutralize harmful free radicals that accelerate aging and cause disease. Tomato concentrate has been shown to prevent prostate and lung cancer.
Tocotrieniols: A member of the vitamin E family and an important vitamin. Tocotrienols have high antioxidant properties, cleanse the body of free radicals. Tocotrienols are essential for cellular health by increasing cellular energy, maintaining healthy cell membranes, repairing DNA, and supporting enzyme production. Contains all 7 components of Vitamin E Complex, CoQ-10, alpha lipoic acid, Glutathioine, Vitamin B complex, Antioxidants, carotenoids, essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, enzymes, Phospholipids, Polysaccharides and more. It has also been shown to relieve blood sugar imbalances.
Turmeric: Derived from a plant native to the Amazon. Guarana is a powerful stimulant known to enliven perception, increase metabolism and help with weight loss. It has also been shown to relieve hangovers. Guarana contains caffeine but does not create the same aroused reaction as it does not stress the adrenal glands. This is an excellent coffee substitute.
Wheatgrass: An unprecedented alkaline and detoxifying food product. Wheatgrass cleanses the blood, organ and lymphatic system. 28 grams of wheatgrass has the equivalent of 1.1 kg. of green vegetables in nutritional value. It is a powerful thyroid stimulator, correcting obesity and reducing the acidity of the body. Due to its remarkable resemblance to our own blood composition, regular intake will have tremendous anti-aging benefits.
Yerba Mate: Yerba Mate is made from the naturally caffeinated leaves of the South American Holly Tree. It is both nourishing and stimulating, it has the same health chemicals found in chocolate and coffee. Unlike coffee, Yerba is not acid-forming and does not cause anxiety or a “crash”. Yerba Maté boosts energy, increases mental clarity, and increases focus through its rich content of potassium, magnesium, amino acids and antioxidants.