I was asked a while back if I was stuck on a desert island, what superfoods would I take with me?
Well there are so many to choose from!
It’s so difficult to decide but after much deliberation, these TOP 5 are right up there on my ‘favourites’ list. A couple of these with some fresh coconuts and I will be satisfied for life :D
1. Camu Camu
If you think about boosting your Vitamin C intake, which fruit immediately springs to mind? If you thought of an orange, you’re not alone. Many people believe oranges are the best source of dietary Vitamin C, however, this simply isn’t the case. There’s a lesser-known South American superfood that actually contains 30 times the Vitamin C of an orange. And its mini! It’s actually the size of a cherry!
The small fruits that grow on the Camu Camu tree (Myrciaria dubia), which grows in the flooded parts of the Amazon Rainforest, contain the most concentrated source of Vitamin C of any food on the planet. In fact, they’re packed with a wide array of health-boosting vitamins and minerals including Iron, B2, B3 and Beta Carotene.
Why would it benefit you to take Camu Camu?
Camu Camu is a natural source of Vitamin C, so kind to your stomach and easier to assimilate in the body than synthesized alternatives. As well as being a rich source of Vitamin C, it also contains amino acids, bioflavonoids and other nutrients that help your body to absorb this essential vitamin.
It helps to promote healthy blood circulation and as this is one of our body’s most important functions, it’s a big benefit of this powder as it transports oxygen around the body to our brain and organs. The high Vitamin C content helps to neutralise free radicals, boost collagen and promote healthier skin helping us with cell regeneration!
2. Acai Berries
They are a small purple berry with a powerful punch of flavour and nutrition. You’ll see them in pureed preparations like smoothies or acai bowls, but they can also be found in a powder form. Acai berries taste similar to a blackberry but a little sweeter and less tart. They’re a staple food in the Amazon region where they grow on acai palm trees, but these small berries have become more popular around the world recently, and for good reason! Acai berries have high levels of antioxidants, even more than blueberries! Since acai berries are loaded with anthocyanins, it’s safe to say that they also help with cholesterol levels, protecting against cardiovascular disease. Acai berries are rich in antioxidants which help to fight free radicals. Basically, free radicals in the body can be a precursor to cancer. So acai berries with all their antioxidants can naturally fight against cancer development from free radicals as well as being super helpful for brain power too. These small purple berries boost brain function as they contain plant compounds known as polyphenols that help to protect the brain from damage as it ages. They fight against oxidative stress in the brain caused by free radicals, which usually, over time, have a negative effect on long-term memory. When the memory is affected it can lead to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Acai berries help to help “clean up” toxins in the brain. The fewer toxins in the brain, the better it will function overall and prevent the disease process.
Native to South America, lucuma is one of the most interesting superfoods. The fruit itself looks like a cross between an avocado and a mango but it has a surprising maple-like flavour that's oddly satisfying. You can reap all the health and flavour benefits of it in its powdered form, which has the same uniquely sweet flavour as the fruit itself. Essentially, this powder is a perfect low-sugar substitute that doesn't skimp on taste. As far as its nutritional content goes, lucuma is known to be chock-full of the orange-hued plant pigment beta-carotene, niacin (a form of vitamin B3), and iron, alongside other vitamins and minerals.
4. Maqui Berry
This Chilean-grown fruit is one of the most powerful sources of natural antioxidants, with a particularly strong concentration of polyphenols, or micronutrients, and anthocyanin, which has been shown to aid lung health, memory loss prevention and aging! Alongside these antioxidants, maqui berries are also packed with vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, potassium, iron, and calcium. It also has additional anti-inflammatory properties that make it one of the best superfood powders for inflammation. What's more, its light berry taste (think of a slightly less sweet blueberry) make this powder taste great in everything from food to drinks.
If you haven't jumped on the hemp bandwagon yet, I would highly suggest you do. Hemp protein powder is a fantastic source of heart-healthy omega-3s, protein, all nine essential amino acids, and a range of minerals, like iron, potassium, magnesium, and zinc. Hemp is by far one of the best superfood protein powders around. Aside from being a nutrient-dense, protein-rich food, the benefits of incorporating it into your diet span the spectrum from assisting with inflammation, increasing muscle strength, stamina and heart health. With a delicious earthy taste this powder works in everything from drinks, smoothies, fresh juice and soups. And for those a bit worried about hemp due to its controversial sister plant of cannabis, using this powder will not make you high! All it will do is give you Popeye strength!