Top 7 “Super-Duper” Superfoods From Around The World

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The word “superfood” is one that is used all too regularly nowadays by marketing companies trying to enhance the public’s perception of their product.

The truth is that not all fruits, vegetables and seeds are worthy of this label. A superfood should be low in calories, nutritionally dense, rich in antioxidants, high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids and have the ability to prevent and/or heal disease.

Here are seven “superfoods” from around the world that you may not have heard of…

Chia Seeds

Top 7 Super-Duper Superfoods From Around The World

It was once said of chia seeds, which are native to southern Mexico and Guatemala, that just one tablespoon could sustain an Aztec warrior for 24 hours.

Chia seeds reportedly help consumers feel fuller longer making it an effective weight loss superfood. The seeds also provide complete proteins, are rich in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, alpha-linolenic acid and both soluble and insoluble fiber; while also providing the minerals calcium, potassium, phosphorus, copper, iron, manganese, magnesium and zinc; plus the essential B vitamins niacin, riboflavin and thiamine.

Want to try this superfood for yourself? You can get this two pound bag of chia seeds on Amazon from Raw Food World.

Read More: The Miracle Health & Beauty Benefits Of Chia Seeds

Turmeric

Top 7 Super-Duper Superfoods From Around The World

Turmeric is a herbaceous perennial plant native to tropical South Asia. Its primary pharmacological agent is curcumin which is a powerful anti-inflammatory with zero toxicity (compared to over-the-counter anti-inflammatories). Turmeric is also packed full of antioxidants and it is these properties that make turmeric an effective treatment for inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis; an effective relief for rheumatoid arthritis; an inhibitor of cancer cell growth; and an agent to help improve liver function, protect from cardiovascular disease and lower cholesterol.

Want to try this superfood for yourself? You can buy turmeric in your local grocery store, or alternatively you can buy this 7oz bag of turmeric powder on Amazon from Spicy World.

Read More: The World’s Healthiest Foods: Turmeric

Spirulina

Top 7 Super-Duper Superfoods From Around The World

Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that is cultivated worldwide but was historically commonly used by Aztecs and Mesoamericans. It is now more commonly available in tablet or powder form.

Spirulina is one of the most antioxidant rich foods in the world helping to protect cells from free radical damage. It is rich in vitamins, including B-complex, beta-carotene and vitamin E, while also being nutrient dense, including manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium and gamma linolenic acid.

Recent research has identified spirulina as an effective weight loss food. An amino acid present, known as phenylalanine, reportedly suppresses appetite, while the high levels of iodine help to deal with thyroid problems.

Want to try this superfood for yourself? Buy a tub of these spirulina tablets from Amazon.

Read More: How To Use Chlorella & Spirulina To Lose Weight

Green Coffee Beans

Top 7 Super-Duper Superfoods From Around The World

Recent research by Dr. Vinson, a professor at University of Scranton, suggests that green coffee is a new ally in the fight against obesity. In his study he identified that participants who consumed three pills (one before each meal) of powdered green coffee daily lost an average of 17lbs over the course of 22 weeks – equivalent to 10% total body weight loss.

Dr. Vinson suggests that the high doses of chlorogenic acid present in the coffee are responsible for this weight loss. Chlorogenic acid is a polyphenol with strong antioxidant properties which helps to reduce blood sugar absorption and prevent high blood sugar peaks.

Due to the bitter taste of green coffee, it is best taken in capsule form. Try this tub of Green Coffee Bean Extract which includes 60 capsules.

Read More: How To Use Green Coffee To Stimulate Weight Loss

Goji Berries

Top 7 Super-Duper Superfoods From Around The World

Goji berries, also known as wolfberries, are native to China and regions of the Himalayas. They are usually eaten dry and are similar in appearance to raisins. Goji berries have been eaten in Asia for generations, but the rest of the world has only recently discovered the incredible power of these little berries.

Goji berries have been reported to improve liver function, enhance eyesight, boost sexual function, strengthen the immune system, improve blood circulation and promote longevity. A Chinese study published in 1994 in the Chinese Journal of Oncology identified that cancer patients responded better to treatment when goji berries were added to their treatment program.

Want to try goji berries for yourself? Try this 8oz bag of Bija Heaven Mountain Goji Berries.

Read More: How To Live Forever With These Seven Himalayan Wonders

Moringa

Top 7 Super-Duper Superfoods From Around The World

Moringa, a tree native to the foothills of the Himalayas, has been referred to as the “miracle tree” and the “world’s most nutritious plant species ever studied”. It is reported that the dehydrated leaves contain, gram for gram, four times the potassium of bananas, four times the fiber of oats, fourteen times the calcium of milk, nine times the iron of spinach, two times the vitamin A of carrots and two times the protein of yogurt.

You can take advantage of the benefits of moringa leaves in capsule form with this tub of Organic Moringa Leaves Capsules, or in powdered form and brewed as a tea with this bag of Hi-Potency Moringa Powder.

Coconut Water

Top 7 Super-Duper Superfoods From Around The World

Admittedly this isn’t a food, but coconut water, harvested from young coconuts in South-east Asia, the Pacific islands and the Caribbean, are one of the most nutritionally complete drinks in the world.

It contains as much potassium as bananas, as well as providing calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, manganese and zinc. It also contains B vitamins, vitamin C, and phytonutrients such as cytokines, which reportedly have anti-aging and anti-cancer effects.

Studies have also found that coconut water can lower blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol, reduce levels of Alzheimer’s associated plaque in the brain, provide rehydration after exercise better than a commercial sports drink, and aids in hangover recovery.

Try coconut water for yourself with this 12 pack of Taste Nirvana Real Coconut Water.

Read More: The Miracle Health Benefits Of Coconut Water

Sometimes, to find the world’s greatest foods (and drinks), you need to look a little further afield. These seven magical all-natural foods truly are worthy of the over-used marketing tag of being a superfood.

Want to read more about superfoods and what they can do for your health? Here are a couple of great books…

Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future
SuperFoods Rx: Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life

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P.S. Want to learn more about superfoods? Have a read of Superfoods: The Food & Medicine of the Future by David Wolfe.

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Comments

  1. Great article! I need to work on getting more superfoods into our everyday diet

  2. Interesting information!!! Visiting from the Homestead Barn Hop.

  3. Love this article! I put a link on my facebook page!

  4. Chia is not so super-duper… it is inflammatory to the gut according to Prof. Loren Cordain, and it contains high amounts of phytates, which are pretty much antinutrients.

  5. Interesting article. I’d have to think Amla would deserve a place in here though. The Moringa’s one most people wouldn’t have heard of. Have you tried it yourself?

  6. Thanks for sharing this! I keep seeing Chia Seeds at Whole Foods, but didn’t know much about them. What a great resource article!

  7. Great post, Daisy! I needed something like this with them all in one place. Thanks so much for sharing at Tiny Tip Tuesday!

    By the way, I’m featuring you on my blog in the morning, so come check it out!

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