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Certain foods are packed with nutrients that can jumpstart your health, but it can be tough to know where to start. We’ve got you covered. Here are five picks for superfoods every newbie should know about—plus five to try if you’re already a superfood pro.
1. Camu Berry
Reddish and about the size of a grape, the camu berry is the most concentrated source of vitamin C on the planet, which makes it incredible for rebuilding tissues, boosting immune systems, and increasing energy. The berries are also touted for their antidepressant qualities. This versatile camu berry and almond butter spread is a great way to experience it for yourself.
2. Bee Pollen
Nope, bee pollen isn’t going to kick your allergies into high gear. Bee pollen actually contains almost all essential B vitamins and all 21 essential amino acids, which make it a complete protein source. A scoop added into smoothies, or even just a spoonful dipped in raw honey, will deliver an entire day’s worth of nutrients!
Hemp protein is an incredible, vegan-friendly way to receive your daily intake of protein. Loaded with iron, amino acids, vitamin E, and omega-3’s, hemp products provide more healthy essential fatty acids than any other nut or seed.
Historically, maca has been used as an aphrodisiac—cue the romantic music—but this root commonly found in powder form does a lot more than help you heat things up. Known for its energy boosting qualities, maca actually contains five times the protein and four times the fiber of a potato. Add it to almost anything to get an extra energy boost!
Cacao knocks it out of the park when it comes to health benefits. It’s a source of antioxidants, magnesium, iron, and chromium, which improve cardiovascular health and supports building strong bones. And it doesn’t hurt that it tastes great, too!
6. Mangosteen Powder
Some research suggests mangosteen extract may have an effect on cancer cells, but the results aren’t concrete enough to promote this as a superfood quite yet. Mangosteen is still super high in vitamin C and fiber, but if you’re looking for a more readily available substitute, papaya is a great choice, nearly matching mangosteen in every nutrient category.
7. Goji and Golden Berries
We love goji berries for their high nutrient content and great taste. Golden berries, a close relative, are equally tasty but have a lower sugar content and are higher in protein compared to other small berries. Try them over yogurt or in your trail mix.
Sea vegetables are some of the most nutrient-dense eats available, but the salty taste can be overwhelming to some. Check out spirulina instead. Loaded with enzymes, minerals, phytonutrients, and trace elements, spirulina is incredibly high in protein. You can add it to water if you don’t mind the taste, but if you can’t stomach the flavor try it in tablet form.
Not exactly palatable in liquid form, wheatgrass has some redeeming qualities like high iron and vitamin A levels, but it turns out you’re just as well-off opting for broccoli or chlorophyll instead! Bonus points to chlorophyll for its smell-fighting properties.
10. Pearl Powder and Sesame Seeds
Pearl powder has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years to treat acne and promote beautiful skin. Want to see the same healthy skin benefits without the high price tag? Try eating more sesame seeds. These little guys are high in calcium and packed with amino acids; plus, they contain the healthy fats that keep your skin glowing and youthful!
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