All About Superfoods

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The term superfood is sometimes used to define whole plants, but today we’re talking about the lovely miracle powders that have taken over America’s smoothies, lattes, and pantries. One little teaspoon added to your morning breakfast boosts your nutrient intake tenfold. It might be a bold name, but these plants-turned-powders live up to it.

 

First and foremost, let’s emphasize that they are not a necessity on your journey. While it’s appealing to try something carrying potent healing properties, these powders are notably overpriced since gaining popularity. Meaning, this is fun for those privileged enough to experiment with ingredients that have managed to become bougie. Many of these plants now referred to as “superfoods” have roots in ancient herbal medicine traditions for thousands of years. It’s important to be mindful of when the latest craze walks the fine line of an elitist food trend or is merely an adoption of helpful knowledge known by other cultures to enrich our lives. If spending money on these is not something you’re up for, I understand completely. Know that a diet filled with whole plants will always be enough for an abundantly healthy life.

 

With all this said, seeing the same exact fruits and vegetables in every grocery store can get bland when all you eat is plants. Learning about unfamiliar healing plants that can improve how our body feels and functions is understandably exciting. So, if you’re unfamiliar, we’re going to cover a few of the many superfood options to choose from.  Because powders are delicate, know that proper sourcing and processing is essential. A rule unanimous when buying any powder is finding out that its origin is reputable.

 

Maca

Increases energy. Supports fertility. Balances mood.
Maca is a root vegetable grown in the mountains of Peru known for its natural energy boost. It’s also known for enhanced sex drive, fertility, and decreasing anxiety. High in vitamins and minerals such as Iron and Vitamin C. The taste is earthy and can be a bit overwhelming if you add too much to your meal. It’s most commonly added to protein shakes, oatmeal, and smoothies.

 

Spirulina

Protein-rich. Iron-rich. Anti-aging benefits. Enhances endurance.
A blue-green algae that is not just a complete protein (amazing), but it has the highest protein content, gram for gram, of any food on the planet. This has become a staple in plant-based diets, and rightfully so. It is rich in vitamins A, B’s, E, and K, and also an excellent source of minerals such as Iron.

 

Chlorella

Detoxifies heavy metals & toxins. Supports immune system. Promotes weight loss.
Similar to spirulina, this is another blue-green algae. There are some seriously strong claims on the benefits of this superfood – namely, it’s cancer-fighting properties, ability to reduce cholesterol, and it’s high amino acid content. It makes a delicious addition to smoothies or salads.

 

Moringa

Nutrient & Anti-Oxidant Rich. Natural Energy. Anti-inflammatory.
This plant has gained popularity in recent years since everyone discovered it is naturally energizing and nutrient rich. It’s also recognized for lowering blood pressure, lowering blood sugar levels, and having a calming effect. Typically enjoyed as a tea, but can be added to any beverage. 

 

Ashwagandha

Balances thyroid hormones. Calms nervous system. Boosts brain function.
A staple in Ayurvedic medicine and excellent for helping with stress. Technically an adaptogen, this herb helps balance all hormones and is known for boosting stamina, brain function, and overall well-being. A personal favorite of mine and lovely for Vata Doshas.

 

Ashitaba

Antioxidant-rich. Energy boost. Promotes faster metabolism.
With Japanese and Chinese Medicine roots, this healing plant is known for purifying the blood, lowering cholesterol, and being an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. What sets this one apart though is how high it is in Vitamin b12 – an essential vitamin in which many Americans are deficient. It makes a great addition to teas, smoothies, soups, etc.

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