1) Maca Powder
Maca powder is made from a root that belongs to the radish family that grows in the mountains of Peru. It has been called “Peruvian ginseng”, and Maca’s benefits have been long valued by the native people. Only recently has it been popularized in America as a supplement and food ingredient.
Maca is a wonderful superfood that is well-known by many to boost energy as well as overall health and wellness, and is good in smoothies, salads, drinks, cooked foods, and juices. Here are some of the several benefits reported by many maca users:
Maca is rich in vitamin B vitamins, C, and E. It provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids.
- Sexual Function
Maca is widely used to promote sexual function of both men and women. It serves as a boost to your libido and increases endurance. At the same time it balances your hormones and increases fertility.
Within days of using maca your energy level may increase. It is also known for increasing stamina. Many athletes take maca for peak performance. If you find yourself tired most of the time, experiment with maca to see if it helps. Just a small amount could be exactly what you need for a boost!
- Mood Balance
If you find yourself overcome with anxiety, stress, depression or mood swings, maca may help alleviate these symptoms. Some people report an increase in mental energy and focus.
- General health
Maca helps your overall health in a number of ways. It supplies iron and helps restore red blood cells, which aids anemia and cardiovascular diseases. Maca keeps your bones and teeth healthy and allows you to heal from wounds more quickly. When used in conjunction with a good workout regime you will notice an increase in muscle mass.
It is best to consume Maca in an organic root powder form. You may use a tablespoon or more of this powder in any natural beverage or food such as smoothies, teas, yogurts, puddings, broths, juices, coffees, homemade chocolates, oatmeal, muffins, cookies, breads.
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Read more about maca’s illustrious history and more of its benefits in Maca — Ancient Peruvian Superfood.
2) Pure, Raw Organic Cacao
YES, chocolate is a superfood! But not the sugary, packaged chocolate bars you find at the supermarket. I’m talking about the real, original, raw, pure cacao. You can find it in powder form in any health food store to make amazing energized snacks and desserts.
Pure, raw, organic cacao is just amazing and to be honest, you can enjoy it every single day in healthy, sugar free snacks, desserts or smoothies. Because what’s bad about regular store-bought chocolate? It’s actually sugar, dairy and other additives that have been added to packaged chocolate you buy in supermarkets.
Cacao itself is great for your health and is nature’s number-one weight loss and high energy food, according to David Wolfe, the cacao master (watch his TEDx talk about chocolate here).
Chocolate is rich in antioxidants, magnesium, iron, chromium, manganese, zinc, copper, vitamin-C, phosphorus and more. It’s also rich in tryptophan, which is a powerful mood-enhancer, crucial in the production of serotonin, which diminishes anxiety and has the same impact as love in our brain. That’s why chocolate is often associated with love and Valentin’s day.
Add more raw, pure and organic cacao into your diet and start feeling amazing effects with your mood and energy levels.
3) Hempseeds and oil
Hempseeds and oil are one of the rare complete source of protein (33% to 37% of its weight) and are packed with life-force energy and enzymes. They are rich in Omega-3, 6 and 9 which are all very important for brain functions and considered a quality beautifying oil.
Hempseeds and oil are great to boost your immune system and bring balance in your essential fatty acids, thus are also decreasing inflammation. They deliver a balanced array of amino acids and are rich in minerals such as phosphorous, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, sodium, silicon, copper and many others.
Use the oil in in your dressings and sprinkle the seeds on your cereals, fruits, smoothies or salads, they are delicious!
4) Flaxseeds and Oil
Flaxseeds (or linseeds) and their oil are one of the richest source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for our health as our body doesn’t produce them on its own. The problem in our societies is that the big majority of people consume too much Omega-6 fatty acids and not enough Omega-3. However, the balance between both is absolutely vital to be healthy. Flax seeds and oil is one of the rare food that contains Omega-6 and 3 (EFAs – essential fatty acids) in perfect balance for the human body.
EFTAs are vital for brain function, energy production, oxygen transfer and strengthen immunity. Omega-3 fatty acids help to fight and prevent inflammation and many degenerative conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes, etc .
Spirulina is a Blue-Green Algae, which thrives in alkaline lakes. It contains over 65% of complete protein (300% more than fish, meat or poultry, with 0 cholesterol). Spirulina is also very rich in chlorophyl, iron (about 58 times more than spinach), antioxydants, beta-carotene and essential fatty acid Omega 3 and 6.
You can choose to use powder – which is the most powerful way as it’s directly absorbable by your body – and add it to your juices and smoothies. If you don’t juice or blend every day, you can use tablets to drop into your favorite healthy beverage (although I personally find that the taste is too strong to mix spirulina powder with water only). You can also adjust your dosage depending on your levels of energy, activity and your diet.
Spirulina is also great for people who have digestive issues as it helps improving the absorption of nutrients by your body.
As you can see, spirulina is awesome and I really recommend you to give it a try. I’m pretty sure you’ll notice great improvements in your energy in just a few days
6) Coconut (water, flesh/meat, oil and butter)
This is one of my favorite foods and drinks ever. The water inside the young coconut is an isotonic drink full of electrolytes and can even be used in blood transfusions. It is rich in potassium, is ideal for proper rehydration and has strong antiviral properties.
It also contains kinetin, which keeps the coconut young despite the fact that it’s under the sun all day long. Kinetin has the exact same effect on our body and keeps you young.
(Amazing isn’t it?)
Coconut meat is high in protein and fiber and is a healthy saturated fats (which are essential to our body). It’s been proven that the saturated fat in coconut oil supports the immune system, thyroid gland, nervous system and skin.
Coconut oil and butter are also a very healthy saturated fat and are perfect for cooking as it’s the only oil/butter that stays stable when you heat it (even olive oil is not perfectly stable when you heat it). Thus, using coconut oil for cooking is much safer and healthier than any other oils.
Personally, I only use coconut oil for cooking. I still use olive, hemp and flax oil, which are all amazing oils, but those only for dressings.
7) Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are a complete protein rich in fiber, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and manganese. Just a single tablespoon of chia seeds contains 5 grams of fiber. So adding a tablespoon of chia to your breakfast (cereals, smoothies, juices, etc.) is a great way to increase your fiber intake and other goodness.
But chia seeds are also very rich in vitamin C, Omega 3 and 6 and antioxidants. They absorb lots of water (about 10 times their weight). When you soak chia seeds, they will absorb lots of liquid and create a gelatine-like substance, which will clean your digestive and immune systems by moving all the toxins and impurities to the bowels.
8) Goji Berries
Goji berries are a berry-fruit found in Asia and America. They are usually dried before being exported elsewhere in the world.
Gojis are probably one of the most nutritious berry-fruit found on the planet. They are a complete source of protein and amino acids, contain lots of trace mineral as well as vit B1, B2, B6, E and C. They are extremely rich in antioxidants, which protects you from the ageing process and free radical. They are also well-known to improve vision, boost libido, sexual function and immune system.
Sounds great, right?
You can consume goji berries in many different ways. Add them to your smoothies, breakfast, salads or use them in your trail mix or in your awesome chocolate desserts