Superfoods are a special category of foods found in nature. They are the most vibrant, nutrient dense foods, which are exceptionally beneficial to health and well being. They are a powerful source of clean protein, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, good fats and oils, essential fatty and amino acids, and even more nutrients. That is exactly why they make a great supplemental food.
Most people by now have heard of superfoods and may have even tried one or two of them. For some, knowing where to get started with incorporating superfoods in their diet may be a bit intimidating. However, adding even a couple superfoods in your diet can not only provide amazing health benefits, but are quite easy and fun to work with.
To help you get started, here is a list my of top 8 superfoods, that are easy to find in most grocery or health foods stores.
CACAO – The seed/nut of a fruit of an Amazonian tree, cacao is the highest antioxidant food on the planet, the #1 source of antioxidants, magnesium, iron, manganese, and chromium and is also extremely high in PEA, theobromine and anandamide ( otherwise known as the “love chemical”). Raw Chocolate helps to improve cardiovascular health, builds strong bones, is a natural aphrodisiac, elevates your mood and energy, and increases longevity.
GOJI BERRIES – Goji berries are regarded as a longevity, strength-building, and potency food of the highest order and have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 5,000 years. Goji berries, otherwise known as the “Wolfberry” contains 18 kinds of amino acids, including all 8 essential amino acids, up to 21 trace minerals, high amounts of antioxidants, iron, polysaccharides, B & E vitamins, and many other nutrients.
MACA – This adaptogenic superfood increases energy, endurance, strength, and libido and has been used as a staple food in the Peruvian Andes for thousands of years,. Dried maca powder contains more than 10% protein, nearly 20 amino acids, including 7 essential amino acids. Maca contains five times more protein than a potato and four times more fibre.
HEMP SEEDS – Hemp seeds are packed with 33% pure digestible protein, and are rich in iron, amino acids, and vitamin E as well as omega-3’s and GLA. Omega-3’s are important in cell regeneration and healthy brain function. Hemp is also perfect food for growing children and adults looking to increase their intake of protein
SPIRULINA – Spirulina is the world’s highest source of complete protein (65%). Spirulina provides a vast array of minerals, trace elements, phytonutrients, and enzymes. to increase protein intake.
BEE PRODUCTS – Bee pollen is the most complete food found in nature containing nearly all B vitamins especially vitamin B-9 (folate) and all 21 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. Honey, in its organic/wild, raw, unfiltered states is rich in minerals, antioxidants, probiotics, and enzymes.
SEA VEGETABLES – (kelp, dulse, nori, hijiki, chlorella, etc) — Power packed with nutrients, sea vegetables help remove heavy metals, detoxify the body of radioactive iodine, provide numerous trace minerals, regulate immunity, and decrease the risk of cancer. Seaweeds benefit the entire body, and are especially excellent for the thyroid, immune system, adrenals, and hormone function.
MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS – (Chaga, reishi, cordyceps, maitake, shiitake etc.) — High in polysaccharides and super immune enhancing components, medicinal mushrooms are one of the most powerful adaptogenic herb/superfoods on the planet!
So, now that I have shared with you my list of top 8 superfoods, I hope that you will be inspired to try some of them for yourself. Leave me a comment below and tell me about your favourite superfoods.