Although there is no legal definition required by the USDA, superfoods are typically powerhouses of essential nutrients and anti-oxidants that are needed by the human body, and which we cannot make ourselves. To protect the ‘super’ quality and nutrient integrity, a superfood must be certified organic and minimally processed.
Organic Cacao Powder
Much less processed than the conventional “cocao”, Cacao Powder is a healthy alternative which is rich in antioxidants, iron and magnesium. The high concentrations of magnesium, which support nerves, blood cells and muscle, make cacao a great food to reduce stress. Cacao boasts over 300 diverse compounds of vitamins, minerals, fats, and proteins, making it one of the most nutritionally complex foods on the planet. During ancient Mayan times, Cacao was referred to as the “Food of the Gods”, and was even used as currency. Cacao also boosts your mood, due to the anandamide it contains – an endorphin that the human body naturally produces after exercise. The high magnesium levels also boost your energy! Sourcing organic cacao is extremely important, since cocoa beans have some of the highest pesticide loads of any crop, and many pesticides that are banned in the US are still being used in many of the countries where conventional cacao is grown.
Organic Goji Berries
Utilized in traditional healing systems around the globe, goji berries are appreciated for their robust power and used for everything from making wine, juice and tea to turning the berries into tinctures, powders and tablets. Goji is known for it’s immune boosting characteristics which come from the fact that ounce for ounce, Goij has more vitamin C than oranges, more beta carotene than carrots, and more iron than soybeans and spinach.
They provide essential nutrients like complex carbohydrates and 19 amino acids, including 8 of the 9 essential amino acids, making them almost a complete protein.
Due to their high beta carotene and vitamin E, goji berries are an excellent way to support healthy skin, hair and nails, while also reducing inflammation in the body. Most Goji berries are grown in China, which consumes around one third of the world’s global fertilizers. Make sure your goji berries have the certified organic label on them!
Organic Chia Seeds
One of the richest plant based sources of omega-3 fatty acids, chia seeds can help reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol, and support healthy heart and brain functions. This may be one of the reasons the Mayans, Aztecs, and Incans named chia seeds after the Mayan word for “strength”. They are rich in fiber and antioxidants, which help protect the body from free radicals, premature aging, and cancer. Unlike flaxseeds, which are also high in antioxidants and fiber, chia seeds can remain on the shelf for two years without refrigeration. Chia is wonderful for sustained, balanced energy throughout the day!
Just like vegetables, eat your organic superfoods everyday!