Superfoods are whole foods that are naturally concentrated with important nutrients. These provide whole-spectrum nutrients as only nature can. Most supplements on the market are generally made from unnatural substances - contrary what the label may claim.
Lets have a look what you should be including in your diet to improve overall wellbeing in the most natural way:
1. Seaweed: The Mineral Supplement
Seaweed is my personal favourite superfood. It is the richest plant source of minerals, providing 10 to 20 times the minerals of land-based plants. In fact, they contain a wider and broader spectrum of minerals necessary for human metabolism than any other known organism. There are many seaweed types, you can experiment and find your favourite. Use it in salads, soups, stews, add to smoothies (dried).
2. Spirulina: The Protein Powerhouse
Spirulina became a really popular superfood a few years ago. It is a blue-green algae that grows on fresh water ponds. Spirulina is 55 to 70% protein by weight. It is considered the greatest plant source of usable protein rich is in vitamin B vitamins and GLA. Use it powdered form 2 tablespoons daily: add to smoothie, sprinkle over salad, add to salad dressing, stews, or take as a capsule.
3. Flaxseed: The Heart Healer
Flaxseed is one of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for keeping arteries clean, the heart functioning, and the immune system in good health. Flaxseeds will also improve your immune health, add beautiful glow to your skin and hair. Use 1 tablespoon of cold-pressed, preferably organic, flaxseed oil daily, keep in the fridge. You can buy milled flaxseeds and sprinkle these into porridge, salads and cereal.
4. Shiitake Mushrooms: Immune-System Defenders
Shiitake contain lentinan, a polysaccharide complex that has been shown to possess significant immune-enhancing properties. It is being researched that this mushroom also has anti-tumour properties and is useful in the treatment of ovarian cysts and tumours and as part of a nutritional therapy for people with cancer. Shiitake is good for the heart and lowers blood cholesterol. Eat these mushrooms several times per week fresh or dried in various dishes.
5. Bee Pollen: The Energiser
Bee pollen is a concentrated form of nearly all known nutrients and provides powerhouse of energy for the nervous system. It is a complete protein, containing all 22 amino acids, and has a higher concentration of the 8 amino acids essential to human health that most other forms of protein. Also, bee pollen contains high levels of 27 minerals, enzymes, coenzymes, and vitamins. It is recommended to eat 1-2 teaspoons a day, use it fresh sprinkled over yoghurt, porridge, cereals, etc.
6. Nutritional Yeast: A superior Supplement
Nutritional yeast, or brewer's yeast, is a superior source of protein and includes all of the essential amino acids. It is 50% protein and is one of the best sources of the entire B-vitamin complex, including B12. There are also lots of other minerals and valuable trace elements. Yeast can be taken in powder form, tablets and and flakes.
7. B Vitamins: Emotional Balancers
The B-vitamin complex has 11 essential vitamins that play important part for mental health, a well-balanced nervous system, and well functioning metabolism. Some of the highest concentrations found in the superfoods are found in spirulina, bee pollen, and nutritional yeast, as well as in dark leafy vegetables, brown rice, yoghurt, nuts, seeds, oatmeal.
Herbs high in vitamin B:
- dandelion greens
- wild oats