REAL Superfoods & Why They Are Good For You

by Polly N on September 1, 2010

In my article on “Superfoods” I listed the food items that I believe are extremely important for optimum health, and especially for those faced with cancer. Things like turmeric, citrus fruits, berries, mushrooms and garlic, just to name a few. But the truth is, I don’t really class these as REAL Superfoods.

Unfortunately, due to our busy lives, many of us have become accustomed to grabbing whatever we can while on the go, often meaning that we get very little nourishment in our daily diet. I’m not talking about whether we feel full up – I’m talking about whether our bodies get the vitamins, minerals and enzymes it needs to work efficiently. When we fill up on convenience foods like ready-made sandwiches, pre-packaged pasta dishes and wraps, we neglect our body of what it really needs while adding many unwanted calories to our hips!

So these “Superfoods” are actually things that I believe should make up our average daily diet as opposed to something we turn to when we are run down, feel a cold coming on or on January 1st when we decide to detox from all the Christmas over-indulgence!

Here I want to tell you about what I call “REAL Superfoods”. The majority of these things currently sit in my cupboard with one, two or sometimes three of them featuring in something I eat every single day.


Maca is a root from Peru and contains very high amounts of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and all the essential amino acids  which are often hard to obtain from a single non-flesh food. It is an adaptogen which is the term herbalists use to to refer to a natural product that increases the body’s resistance to stress, trauma, anxiety and fatigue. It contains trace amounts of the hard-to-find vitamin B12 and it’s high-mineral content can help increase your mineral stores in an easy enjoyable way.

Maca Root

Add Maca Powder into smoothies, desserts or plain old H2O.


Lucuma (Lu-Ku-Mah) is a nutrient dense fruit from Peru and is an excellent source of carbohydrate, fibre, vitamins and minerals as well as lots of beta-carotene, niacin (B3) and iron. The fruit is known as the “Gold of the Incas”, and is also one of the lost crops of the Incas. The Lucuma name has been honored both spiritually and culinary since ancient times and is still prominent in contemporary celebrations today. It is made into a powder that can be added to any sweet culinary delight!

Lucuma Fruit

Add a spoonful of Lucuma Powder to raw desserts or smoothies.

Crystal Manna

Crystal Manna is premium wild, fresh dried blue green algae from Klamath Lake. Rich in chlorophyll, a green pigment found in plants that is responsible for the transformation of light energy into chemical energy, it is exceptionally abundant in AFA, making it one nature’s most perfect foods.

AFA is one of the richest sources of the carotenoid family of nutrients and has many many benefits – far too many for me to list here so I do suggest you conduct your own research. Here’s just a few reasons why it is so good for us; contains strong anti-viral and anti-tumour activity; anti-inflammatory properties; high concentrations of phycocyanin and free-radical scavenger properties; cancer-preventive properties – especially beneficial for breast cancer;  encourages proper liver function, healthy digestive system and nutrient absorption; assists in weight-reduction and balancing blood sugar levels and improves conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue to name a few!

Add to smoothies, juice and salad dressings for some sparkle!

Blue Manna

If you’ve read about Crystal Manna, then you’ll know how beneficial it is. Well Blue Manna contains a 50% higher ratio of amino accids per gram than Crystal Manna and a significantly higher concentration of two active compounds—Phycocyanin and Phenylethylamine (PEA) properties.

Phycocyanin contains bioactive components that have antioxidant properties and as we know, antioxidants fight free radicals which can contribute to developing cancer cells. PEA is an endogenous brain compound found naturally in only two foods: chocolate and AFA. When consumed regularly, PEA enhances concentration, focus, and creates a feeling of joy or well-being.   

Add to smoothies, juice, salad dressings for some good feelings!

Goji Berries

Goji berries are packed full of nutrients. They contain 18 amino acids including all 8 essential amino acids, making them an excellent source of protein. They also contain up to 21 trace minerals and are an incredibly rich source of carotenoids, including beta-carotene as well as vitamins B1, B2, B6, and vitamin E.

Goji Berries

(Please note that organic goji berries are recommended so as to reduce the amount of chemicals you consume. However recent tests have shown that that pesticide residues were so high and above the legal limit that they weren’t even allowed to be sold as “conventional”, let alone organic! China are currently trying to resolve their pesticide issues so do keep an eye out for organic goji berries as they are truly wonderful!)

Hemp Protein Powder

Hemp Protein Powder is easily digestible and packed with live enzymes, EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids), vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and many other nutrients. It contains the optimal ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 which with our Westernised diets is often unbalanced and can lead to inflammation and promote the growth of cancer. It contains 52% protein and is rich in antioxidants, chlorophyll as well as vitamins A, C, E, B6, and minerals such as potassium, sodium, calcium and iron. It is great at giving dry hair, nails and skin new life, as well as energising you and keeping you balanced.

Hemp Protein Powder

Add to smoothies and give your body a burst of energy!


Wheatgrass is like sunshine gold! It has a high concentration of important enzymes, which have been found to reverse the affects of aging, cure illness and prevent disease. It is full of chlorophyll which is a powerful anti-oxidant that neutralises toxins in the body by purifying blood and cleansing the cells as well as regenerating the liver.
A shot of wheatgrass juice is like a single complete supplement. It is a source of B vitamins, including vitamins B12, A, C, E , folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and selenium.


Warning – it is incredibly potent so go easy on it! Don’t make me tell you how I nearly vomited in full view of the customers at EAT on the Southbank!

Apricot Kernels

Apricot Kernels have been and continue to be the subject of huge controversy. Apparently 35 years ago, some of the world’s top scientists claimed that when consumed, the components of the seed make it 100% impossible to develop cancer and will kill existing cancer in most cases. It was said, that if 7 apricot kernels were consumed every day, that cancer could never develop. Vitamin B17, otherwise known as laetrile is what is so potent against free radicals. I’m not entirely sure if I’m even allowed to write this as the pharmaceutical industry doesn’t want us to know about it because of course, it can’t patent it, and therefore can’t make money if we all cure ourselves of cancer! Do some research for yourself and make up your own mind. I already have and they’re sitting in my cupboard as I write!

Apricot Kernels

Add to smoothies or eat them by themselves.

Açaí Powder

Acai Berry

Açaí (ass-eye-eee) powder comes from the açaí berry and contains high concentrations of antioxidants and anthocyanins which help protect the body against cancer, ageing, diabetes, innflammation and bacterial infections. It has a high proportion of Omega fats which are essential for optimum health and also contain fibre, amino acids, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, E, as well as Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc!

Add to smoothies, desserts, soup and crackers.

Fo-Ti or He Shou Wu

Fo-Ti is used in traditional Chinese medicine and is  a longevity tonic that is used for greying hair and premature ageing amongst other things. Red Fo-Ti is thought to increase vitality and energy, strengthening the blood, liver and the kidneys. It is also thought to improve immune function, help with insomnia and for those of you feeling the side-effects of cancer treatment, it may help constipation!

Add to smoothies, desserts or soups.

And lets not forget Cacao or Chocolate. That get’s its own blog so check it out here…

SO there you have it. Of course this list is not exhaustive and there are many other things you may like to try. These work for me and the list is growing by the day so I will be adding to it as well as writing about the supplements that I use that are also known to be effective against cancer and/or support the body by strengthening the immune system. So be sure to check back every now and then – I hope this has been useful and wish you much health and happiness.

You can search for these products online but do try to make sure that the product you are buying has some kind of certification to ensure you are getting good quality. I like to use Raw Living.

Click here to browse the above products. 

One final note – ORGANIC ORGANIC ORGANIC. I know it’s expensive but can you afford NOT TO?


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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Kat October 5, 2010 at 8:50 pm

What an amazing website… I love it.. easy to read and very inspiring… I am starting my raw food diet today !!

K xxx


Heather Wilson April 15, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Wonderful and lets beat the pharmas and find simple ways to true health ..please could you post links of where we can purchase these things online.

H xxx


Simone June 23, 2011 at 9:08 pm

hi polly,
just wondering, I add 4 heaped tsps shelled hemp seeds to my smoothies, but is hemp protein powder more beneficial? or the same….???


Simone June 28, 2011 at 8:19 pm

hi polly,
thanks for quick response on hemp seeds/powder…I have another question! have just bought some apricot kernels , as per your recommendation, and am wondering if they should be soaked overnight, with a little seasalt,as I do with other nuts? and when you say put them in smoothies, I am guessing you have to really grind them up first? Thanks alot!


polly June 28, 2011 at 8:28 pm

hi simone,

no probs! no apricot kernels don’t need to be soaked. they should be eaten as they are either as you would any nuts, in a trail mix or ground finely in a smoothie ;o)



Claire August 17, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Hi Polly
I’d love to add all those gorgeous things to my diet – but where do you get them from? The kernals are at health shops, and I use wheatgrass powder – but that’s as far as I know! Any help please?


polly August 17, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Hi Claire

I have included a link above to raw living where i get some of my superfoods from. So you can click on this link or on the boxes on the side bars which take you to the website.



Katy December 4, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Hi polly,
An interesting read on apricot kernels! Does it matter which apricot kernels you have bitter or sweet?

Katy x


polly December 4, 2011 at 10:21 pm

hi katy,

bitter seem to be better – theres loads of info about them online ;o)



Elaine January 16, 2012 at 4:36 pm


Do you suggest any suppliments for body aches while taking chemo in tablet form each month I have this acheing all over for up to a month.



polly January 16, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Hi there – Magnesium, b12 and omega oils could help so make sure you source good quality. Try (not holland and barrett!)


Elaine January 16, 2012 at 4:39 pm


My previous comment should have said up to a week.


Tammy February 14, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Thanks for the great review. Those foods can save people’s lifes!


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