Plenty of foods and supplements are considered super foods. They are considered super foods because they contain all or almost all the nutrients the body needs. Here are a few of my favorite super food supplements we like to use in our family. Not only are they extremely high in nutrients, but they are also fairly inexpensive considering what a powerhouse of nutrients they are.
Spirulina has been my favorite for a few years. I like to add a few capsules to our shakes in the morning. Spirulina is a micro-algae that has a unique variety of nutrients like no other plant or herb. It contains 60 - 70% complete protein compared to a steak's 25% complete protein. Another plus is that spirulina contains vitalized protein while the steak provides denatured protein. This means spirulina's nutrients are intact while many nutrients in the steak are destroyed when cooked. It is a high energy food and it is easily assimilated if digesting animal protein is a problem.
Some of the nutrients in spirulina are gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), linoleic and arachidonic acid. It also contains B12, amino acids, iron, nucleic acids DNA and RNA. Other valuable constituents are chlorophyll and phycocyanin. Vitamin A, C, B1, B2, B6, B9 are other nutrients found in spirulina.
Being high in antioxidants, it counteracts damaging free radicals and promote wellness. In addition to nutrients mentioned, spirulina has high amount of potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, chromium and selenium. Spirulina is part of our health building program, but it has historically been used for exhaustion, adrenal support, cholesterol reduction, cleansing, appetite control, and blood sugar control.
Alfalfa has among the highest amount of minerals in the plant world. It has been referred to as the king of herbs and it has been used for thousands of years. According to Dr. Lepore, N.D, it is one of the best herbs to combat allergies. Lepore also recommends it for Rheumatoid Arthritis due to its high content of potassium and sodium. He refers to it as an almost miracle herb.
It's nutrient content is hard to beat, it covers most of the valuable nutrients the body needs. First of all, it contains 8 digestive enzymes, which aids in assimilation of nutrients. Apart from trace minerals it has a tremendous amount of minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium and silicon.
It has virtually all the known vitamins, especially vitamin A,E, K, D, B 6. It also contains amino acids.
It is an alkalizing herb. It has historically been used for allergies, arthritis, glandular problems, bowel disorders, over-acidity, osteoporosis, asthma and much more. Large amount can thin the blood and don't use it if you take blood thinners. This is a great all round herb that is perfect for a tight budget. Great for general health building.
Bee Pollen has plenty of B- Vitamins like B-1, B-2, B-3, B-5, B-6, and B-12. It contains every nutrient known, and some are Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and Folic Acid. It also has about 20% protein and amino acids. Magnesium, calcium, copper, iron, silica, phosphorus, sulfur, chlorine and manganese are also present as well.
It is a high energizing supplement and it is widely used by athletes around the world. It supports the immune system and the glands. According to Steven Horne, it combines well with spirulina and licorice for energy and to stabilize blood sugar levels. We use it for extra immune support and as an energy boost.
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