Have you ever wondered which ‘superfoods’ are actually the most super? What do you think would happen to your health and performance if you fueled your body on the most nutritious foods on the entire planet? Read on and I’ll give you a quick run down of the superfood star performers and what they’re good for.
Everyone likes chocolate right? In it’s original state, Cacao is the highest food source of PEA, the feel good pleasure chemical.
It’s the highest food source of magnesium (the biggest mineral deficiency in the west), contains huge amounts of Vitamin C and amino acids, essential for optimal brain function.
2) Bee Pollen
Bee pollen contains every single trace mineral, and all 14 amino acids required for peak mental function. Pollen adds an interesting and complex flavour to smoothies and like honey, it can take on valuable medicinal qualities depending on it’s source.
Look for pollens wildcrafted from pristine pollutant-free areas, as the pollen grains are extremely porous substances. Better sources are often at higher altitudes.
This unusual hormone building yam from alto plano Peru has been used for centuries as a strength, stamina and virility building food for high altitude warriors.
4) Goji Berries
These tasty little berries pack a hefty amount of anti-oxidants, beta-carotene, and lutein. Mineral rich and unusually high in protein these hardy fruits taste somewhere between a cherry and a raisin. Great for snacking on and so revered for their longevity benefits that there’s even a Goji festival in Tibet each year.
5) Wheatgrass 92
Take your usual Wheatgrass juice, already a potent nutrient source, and grow it using sea water concentrate to increase it’s mineral density and maximise vitamin production. The result is an intense, rich juice, from grass that almost glows in the dark with vitality!
Definitely an acquired taste, wheatgrass doesn’t really blend well with anything so best just to down it in shots. Think of it like the health food version of tequila!
6) Krill Oil
A nutritionally dense alternative to fish oils with substantial levels of essential fatty acids and a huge amount of valuable Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids.
7) Camu Berry
Sometimes called Royal Camu or Camu Camu, this little berry from the Amazon basin was only discovered about 20 years ago and is the single highest source of Vitamin C found in nature. A tart, tangy, pink berry with a taste akin to sherbet, Camu is fantastic in smoothies with fresh fruits and berries.
Carob is the highest food source of the essential trace mineral calcium. This is particularly interesting as when consumed with Cacao in a 1:3-5 ratio, your body absorbs the minerals into your bones. Often sidelined in mock chocolate bars in health food shops, carob adds a nice, slightly sweet flavour to drinks and deserts.
9) Reishi Mushroom
Sometimes called the ‘mushroom of immortality’ in ancient china, the reishi mushroom is arguably the best tonic mushroom on earth. Tonic herbs can intelligently adjust your biochemistry up or down as needed, meaning it can be used indefinitely.
Immune enhancing and spirit calming, it’s no wonder this exotic fungi has been revered by Emperors and monks alike for over 4000 years.
10) Gynostemna tea
Often referred to in the Orient as ‘ginseng at tea prices’, this tasty herb has around 20 times the anti-oxidant load of the much vaunted green tea, a robust slightly sweet flavour and over 80 immune system enhancing adaptogenic compounds.
A gentle adaptogenic herb, suitable for daily use and excellent as a soup or smoothie base for those who want the maximum nutritional value from everything they eat.
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