Barley Grass Juice-
This sweet grass superfood was used medicinally by the ancient Greeks and Romans, and here's why: it is anti-inflammatory, loaded B-vitamin intake, is loaded with essential minerals like zinc, calcium and iron, has powerful antioxidants, may slow the aging process, and give your immune system a good boost. Even more intriguing is barley grass' presence of the superoxide dismutase enzyme - an essential defender antioxidant in nearly all living cells.
Nettle is used by almost every culture around the globe. Here are just a few of its healing properties that make it a powerhouse of health. This herb is used for its substantiated respiratory benefits and its anti-inflammatory properties - it has been used in teas since Medieval times for this purpose. If your experiencing allergy-related issues, nettle has got you covered. It is one of nature's greatest antihistamines. Oh, and the silica and sulfur in the nettle leaf will help your hair stay strong and shine!
Nopal cactus is also known as the "prickly pear" cactus, or to Spanish speakers, nopales, and it's not just any cactus. Nopal is known for its high concentration of both vitamins and antioxidants - most notably, vitamin C and several antioxidant flavonoids. Mexican herbalists take advantage of the nopales' potential to lower insulin and blood sugar levels after a meal. This high-fiber choice may also lower cholesterol!
Your mom wasn't just trying to torture you when she made you eat your broccoli. A common veggie around the country and the world, broccoli sometimes is overlooked for its high nutrient content. Broccoli is a powerful cruciferous vegetable full of tons of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin A ( beta carotine), Vitamin C, and calcium. It is also a great source of fiber, and, like all cruciferous vegetables, broccoli naturally delivers two important phytochemicals -- indoles and isothiocyanates. So drink up, baby!
Full of iron, calcium and chlorophyl, spinach is another oft-overlooked superfood. The list of incredibly essential vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients is extensive. Let's go down the list: vitamins A, B & C? Indeed. Fiber? Check. Magnesium? Tons. Zinc? Vitamin K? Phosphorus? You betch ya! Spinach is also loaded with chloryphll, which is what gives it its rich foresty green color. Chloryphll is rich in powerful antioxidants that are said to have to improve liver and organ function!
This majorly detoxifying leafy green is at the very top of the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (the ANDI chart). This indicates how packed any given food is with nutrients. Boasting the highest possible score of 1,000 points, kale has many health giving properties and simply put, is considered the most nutrient dense food on the planet. Like other cruciferous vegetables, kale boasts sulfur-creating compounds in the body that are linked to a long list of health benefits including reduction in inflammation, a healthier heart, and improved organ function.
This may sound like a broken record but Cruciferous vegetables are amongst the most impactful for our health. We are sulfur based beings and we require the sulfur compounds that these superfoods provide. Like kale and broccoli, cabbage is also a cruciferous vegetable, which provides a major boost in many areas of physiological health. Cabbage is loaded with phytonutrients. In case you don't know about these powerhouse nutrients, phytonutrients are found in many plants, which the plants use to stay healthy. It only makes sense that they would have a beneficial effect in other organisms, as well; in humans, phytonutrients fight off germs, bugs, harmful fungus, thereby potentially keeping various diseases at bay.
Parsley is not just a curly-headed little garnish. It does so much more than just sit there and look pretty. Not only is it packed with Vitamins C, K and A, it has also been used for centuries in folk medicine as a natural detox remedy, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent. The compounds in parsley do everything from helping people with anemia to potentially curing you of unpleasant breath!
If you've ever seen spirulina, you may have wondered - how could anything be so green? This rich blue-green algae found mainly in Hawaii, Mexico and other regions, is full of countless nutrients. One main nutrient found in this algae is chlorophyl, fatty acids and other micronutrients. However, it may surprise you to learn that spirulina is also incredibly high in many other proteins. In fact, the Aztecs called this green stuff "Tecuitlatl" and used to consume it as a primary source of protein and sustunance! Spirulina is known to promote weight loss and the development of lean muscle tissue, and is also used to help treat infections and fight bacteria in the body.
Much like spirulina, chlorella is also a blue green algae and is rich in fatty acids and protein. Chlorella is very effective at shuttling toxins and oxidants out of the body, especially heavy metals. Studies show that ingesting chlorella can improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels, among other health benefits.
The maca root is a delicious butter scotch flavored adaptogen. Peruvian natives are familiar with its many health boosting properties and have consumed it regularly as a medicine and food for thousands of years! Maca has demonstrated the ability to promote vitality, energy and stamina. In fact Incan runners and warriors would consume this root vegetable before battle and long distance runs. Maca is not only one of the worlds most powerful nutrients it is also the highest altitude crop and can only grow above 12 thousand feet and in the harsh and unforgiving environment of the Andean highlands. Maca was most notably used by the Spanish conquistadors to increase they're horse heard size, owing to the plants ability to increase sex drive and boost fertility.
Super Tàke Mushroom Blend-
Organic BõKU™ Super Tàke mushroom blend is comprised of 14 specialty mushrooms widely used in traditional eastern medicine. they deliver a wide variety of adaptogen nutrients as well as antioxidant compounds that hep to neutralize free radical damage stressors that help bring peace and stability to the body. These super shrooms include: Reishi, Cordyceps, Maitáke, Chaga, Mesima, Lion's Mane, Turkey Tail, Shiitáke, Blazei, Poria, Suehirotáke, Hiratáke, Agarikon and True Tinder Polypore. All of which have a specific function and are used in equal amounts.
Organic Flax Sprouts, Organic Pumpkin Sprouts, Organic Broccoli Sprouts, Organic Cauliflower Sprouts, Organic Kale Sprouts, Organic Cabbage Sprouts, Organic Red Clover Sprouts. Sprouts are a powerhouse of nutrition. Civilizations over the past 5,000 years have considered sprouts a veritable fountain of youth and a nutritional staple. They deliver amino acids, vital vitamins and minerals, chlorophyll and antioxidants.
Mesquite has a pleasant, molasses-like, nutty flavor with an accent of caramel. In addition to its great taste, mesquite includes fiber, meaning it digests relatively slowly and does not cause blood sugar spikes. Our mesquite powder also has calcium, vitamin B, magnesium and zinc.
Fine Vanilla Bean-
There have been multiple studies showing that even the smell of vanilla bean boosts feelings of joy, relaxation, and general emotional well-being. However fine vanilla bean is also a superfood! Boasting calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, vitamin B6 and many others. Vanilla isn't so plain after all!
Reverently nicknamed "Inca's Gold," this exotic Peruvian fruit has a high vitamin/mineral profile and is known for its abilities to help rejuvenate the skin. Lucuma is also characterized as low-glycemic on the glycemic index, so unlike other fruits, it will not result in any crazy blood sugar spikes after consuming. It must also be noted that Lucuma also has one of the highest ORAC values in the plant kingdom and may help to increase your bodies ability to absorb and utilize oxygen.
Goji berries have been used for centuries in china for they're incredibly diverse health benefits, especially polysaccharides and antioxidants. Goji berries - or gou qi zi - are used religiously in traditional Chinese medicine for longevity, as a tonic to clean the liver and kidneys, and for countless other nourishing purposes.
Hawthorn berries are chock full of flavonoids, which are said to be very heart-healthy. This is your one stop shop for heart health.
Blackberries are an excellent brain food; their high concentration of manganese is useful in fueling brain function. Another of the blackberries sought-after qualities is its impressive of vitamins and minerals. They contain soluble and insoluble fiber and are beneficial catalysts for helping regular bowel movements. Backberries may help form a protective layer on the skin, protecting it from damaging UV rays.
It was not an apple that Eve plucked, but a pomegranate! They're delicious, simultaneously tart and sweet, and they are packed with antioxidants. They also pack an incredible punch of vitamin C, and an excellent fiber boost. Pomegranate are shown to increase blood flow and is therefore of great benefit to the heart.
Blueberry's brilliant, dark color indicates their richness in 'anthocyanins', which are powerful antioxidants that help protect the body from free radicals. Blueberries additionally deliver tons of vitamins, such as fiber and vitamins A, C, E and B complex, along with minerals copper, selenium, zinc and iron.
Acai is an Amazonian berry with a beautiful rich purple color, and is considered the ultimate free radical killer. In fact, its antioxidant capacity is about 300% more than that of blueberries and grapes, which are both revered for their own antioxidant profiles. It's also been deemed the "Viagra of the Amazon".
Studies show that even the sweet aroma of a strawberry can elevate your mood. They are a popular fruition in American households and because of this we may tend to overlook its nutritional benefits! They pack a punch of vitamin C, have anti-inflammatory properties, and are filled with minerals that contribute to an overall healthy lifestyle.
Tart cherries are saturated with a dark, antioxidizing pigment called anthocyanin, which gives tart cherries their dark red color. Tart cherries contain beneficial phenolics and might just knock out insomnia, as they contain melatonin!
An amazing kidney cleanser, cranberries are known for cleaning and protecting the urinary tract! The USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory states that cranberry has a concentration of nine minerals, which include calcium, magnesium, potassium, selenium, zinc and phosphorus. Cranberry juice also has 15 vitamins, which include vitamin C, thiamine, niacin, vitamin B6, B12 and vitamin A. Other constituents in cranberry juice include protein, carbohydrates and fiber.
Raspberries contain ellagic acid, which help your body to balance the damage of free radicals. However, ellagic acid is not the only well-researched phyto-nutrient component of the raspberry. Raspberry's flavonoid content is also well documented. The key flavonoids are: quercetin, kaempferol and anthocyanins, all of which give raspberries their rich, red color.
Vermont Maple Syrup-
This under appreciated natural sweetener includes a host of vitamins and minerals, as well as some powerful antioxidants. And among maple syrup’s various compounds is a newly-identified one named Quebecol, which is a compound uniquely created when Maple tree sap is boiled and turned into syrup. Other beneficial phenolic compounds have also been found in maple syrup.
Lactobacillus Sporogenes is a beneficial probiotic bacteria that works to see a healthy balance of gut flora and fauna. Its scientific name is a misnomer because its root "lacto" insinuates that this powerful intestinal bacteria comes from cows. It is actually derived from soil, not milk - so it's vegan!
I bet you can guess what digestive enzymes are! Yes, they are in fact enzymes that aid in the digestion of foods. More specifically, Amylase, Protease (3 different potencies), Bromelain, Cellulase, Lipase, Alpha-galactosidase and Papain are particular proteins that can support digestion AND assist in the nutrient absorption of foods.
Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt-
The history of Himalayan Pink Salt dates back over 4 billion years. Found high in the Himalayas on earth that was once the ocean floor, this mineral rich salt is replacing table salt in more and more households. Himalayan salt has 99% sodium chloride content and Its rich content of minerals helps to foster a healthy PH level in the body. Many people use this salt as a salt water flush, balancing stomach acids and aiding in digestion.
Kelp is a form of algae that grows ubiquitously in the ocean, in many varieties. Here is why we consider it to be an essential superfood. First off: loaded with potassium, boron, soluble fiber and iron, and vitamins A, B12, C and E. But its true claim to fame is its tremendously high concentration of iodine - the highest of any food. Iodine is useful in that thyroid hormones cannot be synthesized without this essential mineral. There is also a ton of calcium and magnesium in this leafy green seaweed.