What are superfoods and why should I have them?
Also known as “Functional foods” for their high amount of nutrient per 100g, superfoods are ingredients (plants, meats, grains, etc.) that are packed with vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants and minerals that optimize your health. Some superfoods are well known to us, like blueberries, quinoa, and kale, and some are unknown to many, such as the Cat’s Claw plant, the Chaga mushroom and the Pau d’arco tree, various superfoods used by ExoGourmet.
Ultimately, superfoods rejuvenate your body and are believed to prevent problems such as heart diseases, cancer and strokes. Superfoods are known to replenish your energy and to kick start your body in a natural, healthy way. Along with an overall healthy diet, superfoods can improve your well-being and your energy level.
Superfoods each have their own benefits. Some help with digestion, some stimulate and strengthen the immune system and some are believed to be healing to the body. The best part about superfoods is that a vast majority of them taste great, or have no taste, so it is easy to incorporate them in meals!
ExoGourmet uses various superfoods, local and exotic, to give the body, the mind and the spirit balance, health and rejuvenation.
Spirulina is a green freshwater algae used in powder form. Rich in Chlorophyll, protein, antioxidants, iron, vitamin B1, calcium and many more nutrients, this superfood gives a boost to the immune system and removes toxins from the blood.
Also used in powder form, Maca is a root rich in vitamins B, C and E, calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium as well as amino acids. An increase in energy and focus has been noted as a benefit of Maca. For some people, Maca helps eradicate acne in blemishes.
The Chaga mushroom, which grows on birch trees, has similar benefits to Maca. It is often consumed in tea form. It is dense is vitamin B, antioxidants and is one of the best sources of pantothenic acids in the world. It is known to help reduce stress, to boost the immune system and to regulate blood pressure.
Similar to Spirulina, Chlorella is also a freshwater algae high in protein, vitamins A, B2 and B3, iron, magnesium and zinc. Chlorella is a detoxifying ingredient. Sometimes, it is used by those undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, because it contributes to lessening the chemicals in the body. Like most superfoods, Chlorella boosts the immune system, and this one contributes to digestion.
Not to be confused with the common “cocoa”, raw Cacao is ultimately unprocessed, chemically-processed-free cacao beans. This superfood has 40 times the antioxidants found in blueberries, is the highest plant-based source of iron, is dense in magnesium and has more calcium than milk! Raw Cacao is also known to be a natural anti-depressant.
Raw Cacao Nibs
Just like Cacao powder, Raw Cacao Nibs are the completely unprocessed form of the cacao bean. They are also full of antioxidants, very rich in fiber and magnesium, and are full of potassium, which can combat cardiovascular diseases.
The Açaï berry (pronounced ah-sah-ee), is an Amazonian fruit extremely high in antioxidants, and therefore it is believed to have anti-aging benefits. Açaï has been proven to improve blood circulation and skin health. It also aids digestion and is, once again, a great immune system and energy booster.
A bright orange powder, turmeric is a spice, similar to ginger, which can aid heartburn, stomach aches and digestion. It is high in manganese and iron, along with fiber and potassium. Turmeric also has anti-inflammatory powers and can therefore help joint pain and arthritis.
Cat’s Claw, unlike its name suggests, is a vine from the Rainforest. It is known to have antioxidant, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties, amongst others. It has been used to treat digestive and bowel-related problems, joint pain and arthritis, and also boosts the immune system.
Pau d’arco is an Amazonian pink-flower tree from which the inner bark is used to fight against harmful organisms. Pau d’arco stimulates the healing of skin wounds and infections and it is full of antioxidants. It boosts the immune system, fights fatigue, fibromyalgia, viruses, skin disorders and more.
The Urucum is a tree that produces a brown, prickly fruit with red seeds on the inside. First used as a dye, it was eventually used as a laxative and to stimulate digestion. It is high in carotenoids, proteins, calcium, iron and vitamin B. The Urucum’s benefits include improvement of blood circulation, hypertension and skin lesions.
Disclaimer: ExoGourmet is not saying that its superfoods have healing properties. We do not guarantee a cure to any disease or problem. The properties mentioned above are based on research and hypothetic statements. Before consuming these superfoods at home, you should consult your doctor.