Superfoods: Why Bother?
So: here’s one I get a lot: ‘What do you think of this Superfood…?’
I think a better question to start with is:
What are Superfoods? and
Are they worth bothering with?
My short answer is Yes, so long as you’re clear on what they are and aren’t:
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The simple answer would be yes, they absolutely are worth bothering with, and I personally make Superfoods, Tonic Herbs and Wild Foods like Sea Vegetables the basis of my diet.
The other stuff, like fruits, vegetables, grains, pulses, nuts, seeds and animal foods are generally more ‘filler’.
They’re macronutrient dense (i.e. they provide you with Fuel and important Building Blocks) and they make you feel full.
But, for exceptional Anti Aging, Immune Supporting, Strength Enhancing, Brain Clarifying, Hormonal Balancing Power….we want to also have ample Superfoods, Tonic Herbs and Wild Foods like Sea Vegetables
BTW, not clear on what Tonic Herbs are?
There are a few things I need to warn you about regarding Superfoods to make sure you don’t get caught out by any ‘shady’ claims you hear out there:
1) Superfoods are amazing, but they’re not Magic Pills.
They won’t suddenly reverse disease, and anyone claiming they will is not in integrity.
However, they are an important part of a Healthy Lifestyle Protocol, and many Superfood have been shown in extensive studies to be, for instance, immune supporting or anti inflammatory (two important precursors that decide if you stay healthy or not.)
Point is: just taking Superfoods, while continuing and unhealthy diet and lifestyle, is unlikely to turn a health challenge around on its own.
2) Not all Superfoods are created equal.
Some are really incredibly potent sources of nutrition, like Green Barley Grass or Marine Phytoplankton, containing more essential nutrients per teaspoon than most people get from 3 meals in a day.
But others, like Blueberries, often touted as a Superfood, are often not that nutritious, especially the type we’re likely to find in our local supermarket (wild ones are much better). However, many plants, like Blueberries, do contain very powerful health promoting substances within them, in which case an extract, like Wild Blueberrry Extract, can give you all the goodness, without the sugar and pesticides.
3) Not all Superfoods agree with Everyone.
For instance, while I sell and recommend Hemp Seeds, which everyone else I know gets great value from, I personally have an intolerance to them: they give me a sore throat.
A less idiosyncratic example: let’s look at the famous Superfood/Tonic Herb: Goji Berries
As awesome as Gojis are, they do have some natural sugar in them, included the controversial fructose. So, if you were, say, on a strict anti candida diet, these may not work for you. Of course, there is a workaround: Goji Extract Powder, all the nutrients with none of the sugaryness.
The point? Just because it’s ‘Super’ doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed to be right for you.
Always filter any recommended Superfoods through your body’s own intuition and experience.
4) Not all Superfoods cost the same: Value for Money
My favourite Superfood of all is really expensive. I’ll tell you why I love it so much in an upcoming email in this series.
But Superfoods don’t have to be expensive.
First, if you have the time and inclination, you can grow or forage your own.
Second, even if that’s not your thing, some very, very powerful Superfoods are ridiculously affordable to anyone.
A classic example is Kelp, which is more nutrient dense than most Superfoods and yet so affordable (for a huge daily dose of nutrients, around 1 tsp) that it’s really within anyone’s budget. It was a great staple for me when times were tough financially.
OK, that’s it for today. Hope you enjoyed that quick run through.
Again, to find out more about Superfoods, different content than this email: what they are, and why bother, check out:
In this next blog, I’m going to tell you about my absolute favourite Superfood, and why, even though it’s expensive, I consider it to be better value for money than any other health food I’ve ever bought.