What are superfoods?
Date Posted:10 June 2018
The definition of a superfood is a food that is able to provide health benefits beyond that of basic energy to the body. For example, blueberries are considered a superfood due to their exceptionally high anti-oxidant level, making them beneficial for healthy aging, brain function, eyesight and immune system support.
What are the best superfood powders?
1. ACAI POWDER
Acai powder is considered one of the highest anti-oxidant rich superfood powders. The deep purple berry which grows natively in the Amazon, yields similar health benefits to blueberries, but on a much larger scale. Using 1 teaspoon of acai powder in your breakfast or superfood smoothie is an easy way to significantly boost your anti-oxidant and anti-aging potential.
2. CACAO POWDER
Cacao powder is made from raw cacao beans, and unlike cocoa powder, it has not been heated or processed. As such, raw cacao powder retains its anti-oxidant and mineral-rich properties. Being a natural source of magnesium, manganese, calcium, and potassium, using a good quality raw organic cacao powder in place of your ordinary cocoa provides you with essential nutrients beneficial to health. As magnesium, calcium, and potassium are all involved in muscle function, including raw cacao powder into your diet can help to reduce muscle cramps and twitches. Cacao is therefore used in many protein powders such as Nutra Organics Organic Vegan Powders.
3. MACA POWDER
Maca powder is made from a root vegetable found in South America. It is considered a superfood powder due to its hormone modulating properties and high mineral content. Using 1 teaspoon of maca powder daily can help to reduce hormonal dysregulation such as PMS, irregular periods and low libido. Being a hormone modulator, maca is suitable for both men and women. Organic maca capsules are great alternative to maca powder and are perfect for travelling.
What are super greens good for?
Some of the best super greens include spirulina, wheatgrass, barley grass and chlorella.
Starting at the top, spirulina is a blue-green algae with an impressive nutritional profile. Being a good source of iron, protein, and omega-3, spirulina is a good vegan supplement to boost nutritional intake.
2. WHEAT GRASS & BARLEY GRASS
Wheat grass and barley grass are wonderful alkalisers. Our modern-day western diet is typically very acidic, so consuming alkalizing grasses daily can help to reduce the acidity of the blood to maintain homeostasis (balance in the body).
Chlorella is highly detoxifying and can be used as a chelator to remove heavy metals in the body. Taking chlorella powder on an empty stomach during a cleanse can help to flush out toxins. If taking chlorella for the first time, it is always advised to start off slowly with a small dose and work your way up, as too much too soon may cause discomfort.
Organic spirulina, wheat grass, barley grass and chlorella can be found in Nutra Organics Clean Greens, Nutra Organics Clean Energy Apple & Mint, Nutra Organics Clean Energy Lemon & Lime, Nutra Organics Super Greens & Reds Powder and Nutra Organics Vegan Hemp Protein Creamy Vanilla.
4. SUPERGREENS POWDER
An organic super greens powder may contain a combination of all of the above and is a good all-rounder for daily nutritional, energy and cleansing support.
Most superfood powders are vegan (unless it contains collagen) and can help to fill the gaps in a vegan diet such as omega-3, protein, iron, and B12. DHA, an essential fatty acid needed in high amounts for the brain, is usually obtained through animal sources. As it cannot be made in the body, it must be obtained through the diet. The only way a vegan can get enough DHA is to supplement using a super green algae, found in Nutra Organics Clean Green.