There is a reason why people have been eating these exotic superfoods for centuries.
While the term “superfood” may be a marketing invention, there certainly are many foods that do give you that super boost. You may already be familiar with the health benefits of leafy greens, fish, berries, and fruit. Though you may not have heard of spirulina or guaraná.
With excellent nutritional content and numerous health benefits, these exotic superfoods are great additions to your diet!
Spirulina is a blue-green alga that has been used by people in Central America since the time of the Aztecs.
This exotic superfood is quickly becoming known as one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. According to Harvard Medical School, spirulina boasts a “60% protein content and is a good source of beta-carotene, minerals, and essential fatty acid”.
You can find it in powder, capsule, or tablet form, making it easy to add to your diet.
The fermentation process promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria that can aid digestion and help maintain gut health.
The bacteria in our gut are always trying to maintain a balance between “good” and “bad” bacteria. Introducing more beneficial bacteria in the form of fermented foods or probiotics provides many benefits including:
- enhanced immune system
- better digestive function
- increased energy
- improved mood
There is an abundance of fermented foods available you can add to your diet. Kimchi, miso, sauerkraut, yogurt, and tempeh are therefore all rich sources of beneficial bacteria. You can also include a probiotic blend in the form of a dietary supplement.
Native to the Andes region of Peru, maca is a vegetable related to broccoli and cauliflower. The root is the edible part and is usually ground into a powder. Maca earns its superfood status as it is a good source of vitamin C, iron, potassium, and copper. Maca powder also has a high antioxidant content.
The powder form has a nutty, butterscotch-like taste. If you are a fan of that flavor profile, maca powder can easily be added to your morning oatmeal or sprinkled on a popcorn snack. You can also mix it into your morning smoothie or add it to homemade energy bites.
A plant native to Brazil, guaraná seeds have been used by Amazonian tribes for centuries to treat a range of ailments.
Guaraná is rich in antioxidants that may reduce heart disease risk and even improve your skin. According to a study published in Science Direct, researches have shown that guaraná “improves memory, displays anti-depressive and anti-fatiguing properties, and can increase energy”.
Guaraná can usually be found in powder form, hence you can try adding it to your morning smoothie. Or, try it daily in a dietary supplement instead.
Have you tried any of these superfoods? Let us know in the comments section below!