Need-To-Know Superfoods For Newbies and Pros

Certain foods really are packed with nutrition that can jumpstart your health. Don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered. Here are our picks for the five superfoods every newbie should get familiar with–plus five you’ve got to try if you’re already a superfood pro.

For Beginners:

Camu Berry

Reddish and about the size of a grape, the camu berry is the most concentrated source of vitamin C on the planet, which makes it incredible for rebuilding tissues, boosting immune systems, and increasing energy. The berries are also touted for their antidepressant qualities. This versatile camu berry and almond butter spread is a great way to try  it for yourself.

Bee Pollen

Nope, bee pollen isn’t going to kick your allergies into high gear. Bee pollen actually contains almost all of the essential B vitamins and all 21 essential amino acids, which makes it a complete protein source. A scoop added into smoothies, or even just a spoonful dipped in raw honey, will deliver an entire day’s worth of nutrients!

Hemp

Hemp protein is an incredible, vegan-friendly way to get your daily intake of protein. Loaded with iron, amino acids, vitamin E, and omega-3’s, hemp products provide more healthy essential fatty acids than any other nut or seed.

Maca

Historically, maca has been used as an aphrodisiac—cue the romantic music—but this root commonly found in powder form does a lot more than help you out in the bedroom. Known for its energy boosting qualities, maca actually contains five times the protein and four times the fiber of a potato. Add it to nearly anything to get an extra energy boost!

Cacao

The OG of superfoods, cacao knocks it out of the park when it comes to health benefits. Cacao is a source of antioxidants, magnesium, iron, and chromium, which improves cardiovascular health and supports building strong bones. And it doesn’t hurt that it tastes great, too!

For Pros:

Mangosteen Powder

There is some research suggesting that mangosteen extract may have an effect on cancer cells, but the results aren’t concrete enough to promote this as a ‘superfood’ quite yet. Mangosteen is still super high in vitamin C and fiber, but if you’re looking for a more readily available substitute, papaya is a great choice, nearly matching mangosteen in every nutrient category.

Goji and Golden Berries

We love these little guys for their high nutrient content and great taste. Golden berries, a close relation, are equally tasty but have a lower sugar content and are higher in protein compared to other small berries. Try them over yogurt or in your trail mix.

Spirulina

Sea vegetables are some of the most nutrient dense eats available, but the salty taste can be overwhelming to some. Check out spirulina instead. Loaded with enzymes, minerals, phytonutrients, and trace elements, its actually incredibly high in protein. You can add it to water if you don’t mind the taste, but if you can’t stomach the flavor try it in tablet form.

Chlorophyll

Wheatgrass had a moment in the late 90’s, and if you tried it then you can probably remember exactly why you never did another wheatgrass shot again. Not exactly palatable in liquid form, wheatgrass has some redeeming qualities like its high iron and vitamin A levels,  but it turns out you’re just as well off opting for broccoli or chlorophyll instead! Bonus points to chlorophyll for it’s smell fighting properties.

Pearl Powder and Sesame Seeds

Pearl powder has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years to treat acne and promote beautiful skin. While there are plenty of benefits to using crushed pearls for your skin, including the increase in collagen and the high concentration of calcium, you can bet that this treatment can get kinda pricey. Want to see the same healthy skin benefits? Try eating more sesame seeds. These little guys are high in calcium and packed with amino acids, plus they contain the healthy fats that keep your skin glowing and youthful!

Written by Michelle Pellizzon and reposted with permission from Thrive Market

More From Thrive Market
9 Superfoods to Improve Your Focus
The New Crop of Superfood Berries
Maca Matcha Milkshake

87 comments

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

SEND
Tesni B.
.3 years ago

thank you

SEND
Wildeflowers T.
Holly Mulder3 years ago

This is a rad article of which I am excited to share with my friends who are just now dipping their toes into the worlds of superfoods and adaptogens. My good friend just created this product (www.wildeflowers.com) which includes many of the amazing ingredients above..i.e pearl powder, maca, cacao, gogi, and more. Check it out! Aloha!

SEND
Fi T.
Past Member 3 years ago

Know when to stop for the best

SEND
Jim Ven
Jim Ven3 years ago

thanks for the article.

SEND
Dimitris Dallis
Past Member 3 years ago

In the past they abolish democracy with tanks.
Now they do it with banks :)

SEND
Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you

SEND
Quanta Kiran
Quanta Kiran3 years ago

noted

SEND
Elizabeth Brawn
Elizabeth Brawn3 years ago

i love superfoods

SEND
Maggie W.
Maggie D3 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

SEND