The Powerful Benefits of Superfoods Including Spirulina And Acai Berries
What do you consider a superfood means?
I think that the word “superfood” is often over-used within the food industry, often to describe the latest fad food. To me a true superfood is a food that is very nutrient-dense, meaning that it provides you with an abundance of vitamins and minerals, as well as powerful phytochemicals which are special constituents within plants that have specific health properties. A superfood should be high in health-promoting antioxidants, that may protect the body. It may also contain amino acids, which are the “building blocks” of all of the cells in the body. Some also contain essential fatty acids including omega-3 and -6.
Do you think it is worthwhile including superfoods in the diet, and if so, what’s the easiest way to have an intake?
Absolutely! We should include as many “superfoods” in our daily diet as we can. I think the easiest way is to have a daily dose of something like Nutri Advanced Superfood powder, which is densely packed with many of the foods that are often described as superfoods. I describe it as “flooding the body” with nutrients, phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, all within 1 scoop of powder. It provides the antioxidant power of over 20 servings of fruits and vegetables!
The old “5 a day” adage is really not relevant in today’s world, and as Nutritionists, we recommend ideally 8-12 servings of vegetables and fruits daily, in order to ensure we’re consuming adequate vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals and fibre. I challenge you to think of how many servings of vegetables and fruit you have every day. Everyone can no doubt do with more!
What superfoods would you recommend, and why are they so beneficial?
My definite top choice of superfoods are spirulina and chlorella. These are freshwater algae that have an exceptional nutritional profile, including vitamins, minerals, a full spectrum of amino acids; plus, they’re full of chlorophyll, which is what makes plants green. Green superfoods may help alkalise the body and encourage detoxification. They are super powerful and so nutrient dense!
Flaxseeds (also known as linseeds) are another favourite superfood. They’re rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs), providing one of the highest sources of omega-3 from a vegetarian source. Flaxseeds are also high in protein, fibre, and are a rich source of some vitamins and minerals. They also contain lignans, which are plant phytoestrogens with antioxidant properties.
Berries are often described as superfoods. The most health promoting and nutritious include Goji berry, Acai berry, blueberry, bilberry and acerola. They’re packed with powerful antioxidants and phytochemicals, that help protect the body and may add strength and integrity to capillaries and blood vessels. Studies show certain berries may help reduce the risk of heart disease and other inflammatory conditions.
Is there anything people should be aware of when choosing a superfood in terms of standards, how it’s made, etc?
Be aware that the term “superfood” is often over-used, so do your research and think critically. Look carefully at labels. Ensure it’s made by a reputable company and is as close to nature as possible. Avoid anything that’s over-processed or with adding artificial sweeteners, flavourings and preservatives. Choose organic where possible.
About Elouise Bauskis ND, BSc, DN, DBM
Elouise is an Australian-trained Naturopath, Nutritional Therapist and Herbalist with 15 years’ experience in private clinical practice and 20 years’ experience within the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Industry. She is a fully registered and insured Practitioner and a member of both the Association of Master Herbalists and the General Naturopathic Council. Elouise has a wealth of knowledge and experience, expanded and honed over many years. She is able to translate complicated information into easily understood and logical concepts for clients and is inspired to educate and empower them to make life-long, positive health changes.
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