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Institute for Integrative Nutrition

10 Superfoods That Love You Back

by Marissa on February 13, 2014

Superfoods

I had the opportunity to preview the newest edition (3rd ed.) of Integrative Nutrition: Feed Your Hunger for Health and Happiness. This book has been like my nutrition bible since attending IIN five years ago. But I was pleasantly surprised to see a TON of new content, including a sidebar about global superfoods.

Eating the right food has everything to do with your health and well-being. So when you eat these highly nutritious superfoods, you better believe you’ll be able to see and feel the results.

1. Acai: A bright purple berry from the Brazilian rainforests full of antioxidants, amino acids and healthy fats. Add it in powder form to smoothies and juices for an extra dose of nutrients.

2. Bee pollen: The accumulation of flower pollen, nectar and saliva from bees, bee pollen is high in amino acids, B-complex vitamins ad folic acid.

3. Cacao: Chocolate in its purest form, the cacao bean native to Mexico is rich in antioxidants, fiber, magnesium and iron.

4. Chia Seeds: It’s incredible that such a minuscule seed can contain so many health benefits: antioxidants, fiber, calcium and Omega-3 fatty acids are among them.

5. Goji Berries: An immune-boosting berry from China, the Goji Berry is packed with carotenoids. The Chinese believe the fruit can extend life expectancy.

6. Hemp Seeds: A good source of protein, Omega-6 and Omega-3s

7. Quinoa: A seed indigenous to South American, quinoa is high in protein but cooks like a grain and is also a fantastic source of fiber, antioxidants and other vitamins.

8. Manuka Honey: A honey from bees that pollinate the Manuka bush native to New Zealand that promotes healing and fights infection.

9. Moringa: Ninety-two nutrients and 46 antioxidants make the leaves of the Moringa plant one of the most nutritious plant species. Not to mention it’s iron and protein are levels are through the roof. Brew the powder into tea or add it to a smoothie.

10. Spirulina: A microalgae, spirulina is fund in fresh and salt water the world over. The complete protein also happens to be one of the richest sources of B vitamins and iron.

How many superfoods are you already eating regularly? 

Which new superfoods would you like to try? 

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