Superfoods

Superfoods. The word itself is thrown around the Internet like the new miraculous discovery. More often than not, the word superfoods is misused as a marketing gimmick to make people spend money on something they think they need. You might have already seen examples like powder cocktails that claim to be full of superfoods and easily work as a complete meal replacement. Usually blends of all kinds of plant proteins like soy or rice, flavored and sweetened to be actually palatable, sold in fancy boxes, promising boundless energy and effortless weight loss. If only things were that easy, right?

Superfoods are not shortcuts, quick fix meal replacements, or factory made cocktails. Superfoods are exactly as the name suggests they are FOODS. Real foods, plant-life-created, nutrient-dense, vitamin and mineral rich sources of energy, with great health benefits and are found in nature. No instant denatured protein shake in the world can substitute for real food as served by raw plants. Superfoods are nothing new and groundbreaking they’ve been used by traditional cultures for centuries.The problem with the modern take on superfoods is marketing: they are not supposed to be available all over the world. People who want to make money by selling them don’t really want you to know.

There is a reason for exotic plants growing the best fruit in exotic locations. The appropriate climate and the right kind of soil is what makes that particular plant so special and nutrient rich. Superfoods are actually extremely nutritious when grown in their original environment. Acai berry from Brazil or Camu Camu from Peru are amazing sources of all kinds of nutrients with many health benefits. For commercial reasons, plants like Acai, Goji or Ashwagandha were brought to different parts of the world to be grown in less than ideal conditions. Grown exactly where they are supposed to be grown, these plants, seeds, and berries are packed with vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, antioxidants simply put the very important elements people are missing in their diets today.

We suffer with micronutrient deficiency more than ever. Soils that grow most of our foods are depleted, meat we buy is usually fed the wrong feed (unless we really make sure we only get meat raised in natural pasture conditions), and fish are often loaded with heavy metals from polluted ocean water. Skeptics might say that there are no nutrients in superfoods that we could not get anywhere else, from other natural sources, and therefore superfoods are just another trick to get people to spend their money. That may be true in some cases, but most of us do not have access to mineral rich soils and home grown produce all year round. We buy our vegetables and fruits in supermarkets which are not necessarily the best quality when they come from all over the world, picked too early and chemically manipulated to look ripe when they hit local display cases.

Fertilizers used in modern agriculture don’t really help with nutrient density of our food, thus pesticide and herbicide-free superfoods harvested and delivered from their place of origin are an excellent choice for us to get what we are missing in our diets. Martin and Scott share their take on Superfoods, divided in two podcast episodes (part 1, part 2), explaining why we all should include some of them in our diet. They discuss some of the most powerful superfoods available, including turmeric, ashwagandha, mangosteen, valerian, chia seeds, and quinoa. They also introduce us to suppliers of superfoods available on the Life Enthusiast website, particularly Exsula Superfoods and Ojio by Ultimate Superfoods. Both of these trustworthy companies source their products from the most mineral rich environments on the planet, providing great taste and amazing health benefits for you and your family.

Author: Nina