“Superfood” is a term that has been increasingly tossed around in the marketplace. The word was officially coined back in 1915, when it made its first appearance in the Oxford English Dictionary as simply “a food considered especially nutritious or otherwise beneficial to health and well being”. Nowadays the official definition has been tweaked ever so slightly to read ” a nutrient dense food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well being”.
Most superfood were “discovered” really long ago. Many ancient cultures from all around the world are now credited with first recognising the powerful potential in some fruits, roots, seeds, plants and berries.
From tiny chia seeds to nut-like sacha inch. from golden berries to the goji berries, from mama powder to cacao…these are the most nutrient-rich foods on earth. And their remarkable powers to heal and energise, to promote radiant good health and high performance – both mental and physical – have been celebrated for thousands of years in ancient civilisations all around the world. So yeah, it seems like everyone was eating superfood back then.
As modern culture has evolved, our food ironically has not.We definitely have an exciting amount to learn from the simpler, more natural diets of civilisations long before us.
A functional food is essentially just what it sounds like: a food that supports a well-functioning organism.
Every superfood fits into this category. These foods have extra nutritional perks that do more than just taste good – they have a valuable effect on the body as well. If we eat a handful of goji berries, we are getting loads of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, a bit of protein and healthy carbs. These well-balanced goji berries have essential phytonutrients (plant based nutrients) that our body can use to support functions like the immune system.
The nutritional superiority of superfood is easy to see: these functional foods are more than just calories – they are foods with real-deal benefits.
Sure, the idea of “healthy indulgence” may first appear to be one of the most notorious oxymorons of culinary speak; but, in fact, there’s a whole world of smart secrets begging to be explores. It’s not about denying our cravings; it’s about discovering new, better ways to enjoy them. The secret of course, is SUPERFOOD, which are the epicentre of an exciting health revolution.
Have a look at the All time favourites:
Açaí: this powerful berry has been traditionally used by native Brazilians for centuries. It contains amazing nutritional value, such as Vitamin C, E, iron, protein, calcium, oleic acid, essential fatty acids such as omega 6, 7 and 9. Additionally, it contains a lot of fiber and phosphorus. Naturally energetic and high in calories, this reddish purple fruit helps regulate blood sugar and cholesterol. It is one of the elite superfoods with anti-aging and weight loss properties.
Almonds: in the nut family, almonds are the most nutrient packed of them all. A rich source of vitamin E, calcium, phosphorous, iron and magnesium. They also contain zinc, selenium,copper and niacin, almonds are great for your brain, heart, and skin. Keep them on hand, they make an easy and healthy every day snack.
Bee Pollen: contains vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins. A few bee pollen granules a day can help put your allergies and asthma at bay.
Baobab: Baobab powder is a powerful new superfood and Africa’s best-kept secret until now. Its unique nutritional profile offers more Vitamin C than oranges, more iron than red meat and a source of alkalising minerals: calcium, potassium and magnesium. Our organic Baobab powder is from the pure, raw fruit of the majestic baobab tree found in certified organic reserves in Malawi.
Cacao Powder & Nibs: a superfood so full of antioxidant flavonoids that you no longer have to feel guilty about eating it. Cacao promotes cardiovascular health & essential minerals like magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese. Simply put, cacao encourages a positive outlook, facilitates rejuvenation and simply helps us feel good.
Camu Powder: is all about the “C” that it starts with… Vitamin C. Camu berries come from the Peruvian river regions and are packed with more vitamin C than any orange you’ll ever eat. Vitamin C has been linked with stronger immune systems and protection against viruses helping you fight off those nasty colds, and may even help to keep your skin healthy and vibrant. Camu powder’s tart taste works well with all kinds of fruits
Chia: small but mighty, is the best way to describe the chia seed. This tiny seed is packed with protein and is an excellent source of essential fatty-acids. Originally from Mexico these amazing little powerhouses were an important part of the Aztec and Mayan diet. chia supports heart health, stabilizes blood sugar and has anti-inflammatory properties that can help promote weight loss.
Chlorella: is a potent source of B-12, a vitamin commonly found in proteins. It also contains B-1, B-2, folic acid, and vitamins C and K. Its unique composition gives this plant significant antioxidant properties and provides a boost to the body. Chlorella has great potential as a supernutrient for the body. Its detoxification abilities make it an important part of a treatment program, especially for those want to cleanse the body of toxins.
Chlorophyll: is a chemoprotein commonly known for its contribution to the green pigmentation in plants, and is related to protoheme, the red pigment of blood. It can be obtained from green leafy vegetables (broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, lettuce, and spinach), algae (Chlorella and Spirulina), wheat grass, and numerous herbs (alfalfa,damiana, nettle, and parsley).
Chlorophyll has been used traditionally to improve bad breath and other forms of body odor including odors of the urine, feces, and infected wounds. More recently chlorophyll has been used to aid in the removal of various toxins via the liver and remains a key compound for improving the function of essential detoxificationpathways. Supportive evidence suggests it may be used as an anti-inflammatory agent for conditions, such as pancreatitis as well as exhibiting potent antioxidant and chemoprotective activities. Scientific research has demonstrated it may be an effective therapeutic agent in the treatment of herpes simplex, benign breast disease,chemoprevention, tuberculosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Type 2 diabetes and obesityare also being explored as areas where chlorophyll can also be used.
Goji Berries: perhaps one of the tastiest top ten treats, goji berries are known for their healing strength. The nutrients included in these berries are antioxidants and amino acids, but the real strength lies within their more than 20 vitamins and minerals. These precious nutrients have been used for centuries in Asian cultures to strengthen eyesight, fight against viruses, balance hormones, and even to assist with the longevity of life.
Hemp Protein: at times it can be difficult to receive the proper amounts of protein and fiber that our bodies need in a healthy way. Hemp protein powder makes it a little easier boasting a whopping 50% protein content and much higher levels of fiber than soy-based protein powder. The hemp content is also kid friendly, as it encourages childhood growth through its amino acids. Athletes can also turn to this superfood for its ability to repair muscles. You can add one to four tablespoons of hemp protein, which has a much stronger taste.
Lucuma Powder: This powder is made from the subtropical fruit of the Pouteria lucuma tree, which is native to Peru, Chile and Equador.Lucuma provides 14 essential trace elements, including a considerable amount of potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. In addition to satisfying your sweet tooth, lucuma is gluten-free and a source of antioxidants, fiber, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals necessary for bodily functions and of benefit to the immune system.
Maca: known as “peruvian ginseng “, Maca is a root that belongs to the radish family. It’s considered a superfood because of its amazing properties. Maca is rich in many vitamins and minerals including Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Calcium, Zinc, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, amino-acids and even has an ample amount of protein. It promotes healthy sexual function by increasing libido and stamina both for men and women. Maca helps restore the health of red blood cells which aides in fighting anemia and cardiovascular disease. It increases mental energy and focus and can increases muscle mass when used in conjunction with a good workout.
Moringa: taking Moringa powder will provide you with many benefits that you may notice within just days of using it. Moringa powder is perhaps the most nutrient dense single food source on the planet. Many people who take Moringa powder notice a significant boost in: energy, focus, stamina, mental Clarity, emotional Balance among many others.
These beneficial changes are due to the unique and complex blend of nutrients that are only found in the Moringa oleifera tree. The balance of powerful antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and complete proteins deliver a potent boost of energy and increase the body’s functioning in many ways.
Mulberry: may taste like a normal sweet berry, but their unique set of benefits surpasses that of more commonly known berries such as blueberries and cranberries. Mulberries are considered a top “anti-ageing” superfood containing a particularly high concentration of resveratrol (an antioxidant compound that combats free-radical damage, fights inflammation…). Mulberries are also one of the few fruits to be considered a proein source and an excellent source of iron, calcium, vitamin C and finer.
Spirulina: this Blue-Green powder belongs to the micro algae family. Spirulina is 70 percent protein! It contains nine essential amino acids and comes loaded with Vitamin A through E, Iron, Potassium, Calcium, and plenty of Antioxidants. Easy to digest, it protects the immune system, aides in mineral absorption and helps reduce cholesterol. Spirulina is full of vitality and provides lots of energy. It has lots Vitamin B-12 as well which is essential for tissue health and cellular metabolism.