Superfood is a marketing term used to describe foods with supposed health benefits. We will list most popular ones:
Ashwagandha is one of the most vital herbs in Ayurvedic healing and has been used since ancient times for a wide variety of conditions, but is most well known for its restorative benefits. In Sanskrit ashwagandha means “the smell of a horse,” indicating that the herb imparts the vigor and strength of a stallion, and it has traditionally been prescribed to help people strengthen their immune system after an illness. In fact, it’s frequently referred to as “Indian ginseng” because of its rejuvenating properties (although botanically, ginseng and ashwagandha are unrelated). In addition, ashwagandha is also used to enhance sexual potency for both men and women.
Maca, sometimes called ‘Peruvian ginseng,’ is an ancient food source and herbal medicine from the Andes region with a rich supply of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids, and sterols. According to Peruvian herbal medicine it is used for anemia, menstrual disorders, menopausal symptoms, mental clarity, tuberculosis, stomach cancer, energy, stamina and endurance, enhancing memory, reducing stress, relieving migraine headaches, and to improve general immune function. It is also used as a laxative, an aphrodisiac, to correct impotence and erectile dysfunction, enhance fertility, natural hormone replacement, and as a natural alternative to anabolic steroids.
Yacon is a tubular root that grows in the Amazon highlands. It is actually a member of the sunflower family, which is not surprising with one quick glance at its huge leaves and bright yellow interior. The Yacon plant itself produces leaves that resemble celery, but the root itself is where this Amazonian powerhouse’s magic hides. It has both nutritional and medicinal value, and can be consumed in the form of jams, syrup, baked, or simply raw. Raw yacon root has diuretic properties, perfect for those days when you feel a bit puffy and in need of detox. It’s also a wonderful natural sweetener – low glycemic and relatively low in calories. Yacon can be a perfect sugar substitute for individuals with diabetes or hypoglycemia, but as always, consult your doctor to make sure it’s right for your unique body and condition. Yacon is a sweet treat with anti-aging properties. The antioxidants contained in yacon root help fight cell oxidation in your body, which expedites the aging process. And if all that wasn’t enough, yacon root is also an excellent source of prebiotics, which stimulate the growth of good bacteria in your gut for proper digestion.
If you would like read more about it, we suggest you some of our favorite Superfood books below.
Welcome to the SUPERFOOD culinary revolution! In Superfood Kitchen, beautiful dishes are entirely composed of plant-based, nutrient-dense, and whole foods that energize, nourish, and taste delicious. Each recipe artfully combines natural ingredients that deliver amazing amounts of antioxidants, essential fatty acids (like omega-3), minerals, vitamins, and more. The mouthwatering superfood meals–from Goldenberry Pancakes to Quinoa Spaghetti with Cashew Cream Sauce and Chard–will make you feel as good as they taste. The pages glow with beautiful color photographs that will inspire home cooks to start enjoying the sumptuous pleasures of earth’s best foods.
Superfoods are vibrant, nutritionally dense foods that have recently become widely available and which offer tremendous dietary and healing potential. In this lively, illustrated overview, well-known raw-foods guru David Wolfe profiles delicious and incredibly nutritious plant products such as goji berries, hempseed, cacao beans (raw chocolate), maca, spirulina, bee products, and a host of others. As powerful sources of clean protein, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, good fats and oils, essential fatty and amino acids, and other nutrients, they represent a uniquely promising piece of the nutritional puzzle. Each superfood is described in detail, accompanied by easy and delicious recipes. This accessible guide presents persuasive arguments, based on sound science, for the pivotal role of superfoods in promoting nutritional excellence, health and well-being, beauty enhancement, sustainable agriculture, and the transformation of diet, lifestyle, and planet.