Superfoods assist the body to reach optimum levels of health and radiance by providing a powerful source of vitamins and minerals in a concentrated form.
Do you know your matcha from your maca? Your cacao from your cocoa? With all these new superfoods hitting the shelves, we give you the low down on our favourites.
Superfoods contain extraordinary properties, essential amino acids and an abundance of rare nutrients that assist the body to thrive.
Try adding superfoods to a morning smoothie, sprinkle on top of homemade granola or bircher muesli, add superfoods to raw desserts or baked treats- get creative and enjoy the delicious benefits that these special foods offer.
Maca is an ancient Peruvian superfood that is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and iron and contains trace minerals including copper, zinc, silica and B vitamins. Maca is regarded as a powerful strength and stamina enhancer and also aids hormone regulation in women and assists libido and fertility. It is known to improve memory, combat anemia, fight chronic fatigue and depression.
Cacao is one of the richest sources of anti oxidants and is the highest source of magnesium on earth. It is also high in fiber, B Vitamins, calcium and Vitamins A, C and D. Cacao improves cardio vascular health, lowers cholesterol, relaxes muscles, strengths bones and supports mental functioning.
The natural opiates in cacao prove to dull pain and increase energy, stamina and a sense of well being, giving you a natural lift or euphoric high.
Is an ancient food source known for increasing endurance- Chia is the Mayan word for ‘strength.’ Chia Seeds are an excellent source of protein and is digested and assimilated easily by the body, making it an excellent muscle and tissue builder.
Its extensive hydration properties make it easier for oxygen to be transported by the blood stream to all cells, tissues and organs.
Chia is one of the richest sources of essential omega 3 fatty acids which nourish skin cells and nerves and absorb the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.
Goji Berries are perhaps one of the most nutritionally rich foods on the planet. They contain all the essential amino acids and 21 trace minerals including zinc, copper, iron, calcium and selenium. They are one of the richest sources of Vitamin C on earth and also contain vitamins B1, B2, B6 and Vitamin E.
They help maintain healthy blood sugar levels, reduce the risk of cancer, reduce cholesterol and detoxify the liver. They are also excellent for strength building and longevity- in areas where goji berries are consumed daily the life expectancy is over 100 years!
An Amazonian super herb, Yerba Maté is rich in potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, selenium, manganese and vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B5. It is well known to boost the immune system, improve digestion, increase mental clarity and assist in weight loss. Yerba Maté also contains essential fatty acids, chlorophyll, trace minerals, flavonols, a powerful range of antioxidants and 15 amino acids. It strengthens the body’s defenses and is a natural and potent long release stimulant.
Maqui is a deep purple berry wild harvested in the pristine conditions of Southern Chile and is considered to be the highest antioxidant fruit on the planet. The harsh climate of the Patagonian region is credited with increasing the anthocyanin level of fruits and berries grown in that area. The original Mapuche warriors of this region ate very little solid food and drank a fermented beverage made from Maqui Berries several times a day, which may have contributed to the extraordinary strength and stamina that the warriors exhibited. The Mapuche Indians have used Maqui Berry leaves, stems, fruits and wine medicinally for thousands of years. Maqui Berries has been traditionally used by the Mapache Indians for sore throat, diarrhea, ulcers, hemorrhoids, birth-delivery, fever, tumors and other ailments.
Camu Camu is traditionally made into a juice by people of the Amazon rainforest to support the immune system, ward off viral infections, and help maintain optimal health, especially under conditions of stress and anxiety, which tend to deplete the immune system. It also contains bioflavonoids, the amino acids serine, valine, and leucine, plus considerable quantities of thiamine, riboflavin and niacin. Camu Camu has been used by ancient cultures to help promote healthy gums, eyes, and skin and also support the functions of the brain (nervous system) and heart (circulatory system). Camu camu is exceptionally high in vitamin C and due to it existing as a whole food in its full-spectrum natural form, the body can absorb the nutrients contained within much more effectively as compared to a synthetic supplement.
Lucuma is a unique egg-shaped Peruvian fruit, referred to in Peru as the “gold of the Incas”. This fruit has been consumed for thousands of years, often eaten raw, and loved for its sweet and nutty flavor.
Lucuma provides an excellent source of carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fibre. Despite its sweetness, lucuma has a relatively low glycemic index, meaning it won’t lead to spikes in blood sugar or insulin levels and is suitable for diabetics. As a natural sweetener Lucuma also assists to curb cravings and reduce appetite.
Lucuma is high in B vitamins and also beta carotene which has been shown to help prevent cancer, boost the immune system, reduce signs of aging and lower inflammation. As a natural antibiotic, Lucuma has been shown to be beneficial in healing wounds and assisting tissue regeneration. Its antifungal and antimicrobial properties make Lucuma a powerful natural healer and a common medicine for the native South American people.
Lucuma is also celebrated for its high levels of iron and vitamin B3 which assist with anemaia and depression, and its high fibre content with assists digestion and assimilation.
Organic mesquite powder is extracted from the seeds of the mesquite plant, which is found in the southwestern United States and South America. It has been used as a staple food for centuries by desert dwellers in these lands as a natural sweetener and for its myriad of nutritional benefits.
Organic mesquite powder is rich in a number of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. It is a high protein food and also contains excellent levels of calcium. It is a rich source of potassium and zinc, and is also a good source of lysine, magnesium and iron.
Mesquite is also a valuable source of soluble fiber and has a low glycemic index of 25, meaning it digests slowly and does not cause a spike in blood sugar levels. For this reason, mesquite powder offers a proven way to maintain blood sugar balance, eliminating the peaks and valleys that are common with other sweeteners.
Mesquite has a slightly nutty flavour and a hint of malt and caramel. It blends well as an addition to your favourite smoothie and can also be used in raw desserts or baking.
Powdered greens such as wheat grass and barley grass are extremely rich in chlorophyll and the molecular structure of chlorophyll is very similar to that of human blood. Studies show that when this is consumed, the production of hemoglobin in blood is increased. Higher amounts of hemoglobin in the bloodstream means more oxygen-rich blood, the first and most important element the cells need to thrive.
These forms of greens are incredibly alkalizing and help protect the body against disease and illness. They also boast high amounts of easily digestible nutrients, fat burning compounds, vitamins and minerals, proteins, protective photo-chemicals and healthy bacteria, helping to build cleaner muscles and tissues and aid the digestive system. These particular vegetables act as mini-transfusions for the blood, a health tonic for the brain and immune system and a cleanser of the kidneys.
Matcha is a powdered form of green tea that offers a powerful arsenal of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids and the exceptionally high level of antioxidants. Matcha helps to prevent aging and protect the body against illness and chronic diseases. Matcha has been proven to boost metabolism and assist with detoxification as well as remove heavy metals and toxins from the body.
Matcha is rich in L-Theanine, a rare amino acid that actually promotes a state of relaxation and well-being. L-Theanine can help memory and promote concentration and clarity of mind without any of the nervous energy found in coffee.