Yes there are MORE Superfoods!! Back in October we touched on the main superfoods on the market that we consume, such as goji berries, coconuts, cacao, hempseeds, spirulina and maca , however there are a few more fantastic Superfoods that cannot be forgotten. The following superfoods are great to use to support your health and wellness in prevention of illness and to also build vitality for the time when you’re actually on your bike.
Camu Camu Berry
Camu Camu Berry is found predominantly in a powder. This Peruvian fruit is found growing in the black rivers of the Amazon jungle and is packed full of Vitamin C. In fact traditionally it is used in the jungle tribes for boosting the immune system and today is regularly used as a replacement to vitamin C powders. Other benefits of Camu Camu include:
- Defend against viral and bacterial infections
- Support and nourish adrenal function
- Encourage healthy skin, eyes and gums
- Reduce risk of vascular conditions
- Contains nutrients thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2) and niacin (B3)
- Contain amino acids: leucine, valine and serine
Due to Camu Camu being a whole food and a natural form the vitamin C, the absorption is higher than taking a synthetic supplement form.
Kelp includes all large brown seaweeds that are found in cold waters around the world. It is abundant with minerals and trace elements but is mainly known for being rich in iodine. Benefits of Kelp include:
- Excellent source of vitamins and minerals: including 11 vitamins, 46 minerals and 16 amino acids
- Supports regulation of thyroid gland, therefore assisting with metabolism and energy
- Assist hydration due to high content of electrolytes
- Reduces body pH and balances acid/alkaline due to being alkalizing
- Studies have shown it also assists in prevention of cancers
If eating Kelp isn’t for you it is available in powder, tablet or capsule form. Or give the kelp noodles a try to add to salads and stir-fry’s they are delicious and crunchy.
Caution is to be taken in people with an overactive thyroid, pregnant of breastfeeding women.
This DELICIOUS berry is worth all the ranting about. It is an antioxidant rich berry that has accompanied many smoothies and breakfast bowls to give you a healthy tasty treat when out and about. These berries are found in the Brazilian Amazon and are known for their anti-aging properties, however the benefits continue below:
- High in Essential fatty acids (Omega 3, 6, 9)
- Extremely high antioxidant that protects from free radical damage and high cholesterol
- Excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium, calcium, potassium and iron
- Promotes healthy, glowing skin
- High in fibre to assist digestion
- Provides energy and endurance
Acai comes in many forms such as powder, tablet, capsule and also frozen to add to your morning Smoothie. Perfect with a banana and coconut water and fresh mint, YUM!
This superfood is superb as you don’t need to pay a fortune to consume it – you can simply grow in your own backyard or in a big pot. Commonly known for its skin healing effects Aloe Vera’s gelatinous juice of the fresh leaves can also be used internally. These other benefits include:
- Soothing inflammation of the gastro-intestinal tract: relief of constipation, flatulence and irritable bowel syndrome
- Alleviates skin irritations, sunburn and minor cuts
- Contains vitamins and minerals as well as beta carotene, enzymes, & amino acids
- Supports the immune system to resist illness by stimulating immune system
- Aloe is a alkalising forming food
While fresh aloe doesn’t always stimulate the taste buds how we would like, by adding it to your fresh juice or smoothie the taste is barely recognised. This plant is an essential superfood for cyclists to have in their garden, for those potential times of road damage or simply sunburn.
Bee Pollen is the yellow dust found at the end of the stamen on a flower and is considered one of nature’s most nourishing foods available to mankind. It contains 40% protein, large amounts of minerals and vitamins including A, C, D, E and B’s plus bioflavonoids. Other benefits for Bee Pollen are:
- Complete protein with higher amounts of amino acids than meat
- Prevent colds and flu, viral infections
- Relieve fatigue
- Alleviate painful menstruation, reduce hot flushes
- Reduce enlarged prostate
- Relieves hayfever, sinus and allergies
- Nutritionally perfectly balanced for consumption
Bee Pollen can be purchased as a granule and added to dishes, smoothies or taken with water. It is advised to be taken everyday to prevent illness and support wellness. Recommended daily intake 20g and therapeutic dose is 40g.
Talita McCleverty BHSc (Nat)
Lahlita Natural Medicine