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.
Add Maca Powder into smoothies, desserts or plain old H2O.
Add a spoonful of Lucuma Powder to raw desserts or smoothies.
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!
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 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.
(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.
Add to smoothies and give your body a burst of energy!
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 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!
Add to smoothies or eat them by themselves.
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 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.
One final note – ORGANIC ORGANIC ORGANIC. I know it’s expensive but can you afford NOT TO?