The Most Talked-About Superfoods in a Sentence

Where do you start when it comes to oft-discussed superfoods? Turmeric, maca, matcha, spirulina, chaga, and reishi…these words are bandied about a lot, but if you’re in the dark and you don’t have a lot of time to spare, these one-sentence explanations will get you on your way. Click out for a recipe that will help you use each one.

As far as dosage goes, my recommendation is to start small using the recipes linked as a dosage guideline. Always talk with a healthcare professional before diving into superfood supplements.

turmeric: an anti-inflammatory root in the same family as ginger, turmeric is full of iron, manganese, vitamin B6, fiber, and so much more.

maca: another nutrient-packed root that may help with menstrual issues, mood, and energy levels.

spirulina: a form of blue-green algae that’s packed with protein and is considered anti-inflammatory and energy-boosting.

chaga: as I mentioned in this post on mushrooms, chaga is an adaptogenic mushroom with lots of antioxidants that are thought to help our body respond to stress.

reishi: another adaptogenic superfood mushroom that’s thought to help with liver function and, like chaga, stress response and immune response.

matcha: this immensely popular tea from Japan is essentially ground up tea leaves, with more antioxidants than other teas, as well as fiber, chlorophyll, and a light hit of caffeine.

ashwagandha: an antioxidant and amino acid-rich root used in Ayurvedic medicine, ashwagandha is thought to be most beneficial for those with sleep issues, stress and anxiety.

collagen: ok, it’s not a superfood, but this protein, which occurs naturally in our bodies, is increasingly popular as a supplement to help with the tissue repair that might come from inflammation-causing foods or sun damage (and we produce less collagen as we age).

chlorophyll: it’s what gives vegetables and other plants their green color, and it’s antioxidant-dense, thought to help the body heal and possibly even help with cleansing of toxins in the body.

Are there any other superfoods you want to know about? What’s your experience been with these? Let me know in the comments!

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