At nutribullet, we love all kinds of superfoods, from kale to maca root powder. On top of being rich in nutrients, these powerhouse ingredients can provide a range of health benefits such as protection from chronic diseases, reduced inflammation, and many more. Your local grocery store most likely offers common superfood ingredients like legumes, beets, and berries. More elusive and premium ingredients, like ashwagandha and mushroom powder, may be harder to come by.
Adding a variety of superfoods to a healthy and balanced diet is an excellent way to boost your nutrient intake. Below, we’re highlighting seven must-try superfood ingredients and their health benefits. Best of all, you can find these ingredients in our Superfood Supplements!
Withania somnifera, more commonly known as ashwagandha, is an adaptogenic herb used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine, a holistic healing practice with roots in India. Like other adaptogens, ashwagandha may help your body manage stress by inducing stress-protective responses. Studies found that ashwagandha may also help lower inflammation and cortisol levels. We use ashwagandha in its powdered form in our Ultimate Energy Superfood Boost.
Goji berries have been a part of traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. And thanks to their many health benefits, these powerful berries are now garnering attention in the Western world. Research linked goji berry consumption to a myriad of health outcomes, from improved digestion to a better mood. Goji berries are also rich in powerful antioxidants. That’s why both our Essential Greens Superfood Boost and Ultimate Energy Superfood Boost contain goji berry powder.
Medicinal Mushroom Powder
Not fruits nor vegetables, but rather fungi, mushrooms have been used in medicine for thousands of years. They contain active compounds that may offer the body an extra line of defense against cancer, neurodegenerative disorders, and heart disease. You can find two different forms of mushroom powders (reishi and maitake) in our Immune Defense Superfood Boost.
Pea protein is a hypoallergenic protein source that is easy on the digestive system. It’s naturally void of dairy, eggs, and soy. Instead, its only ingredient is dehydrated ground yellow split peas, a natural source of plant-based protein. Pea protein is especially rich in the branched-chain amino acids isoleucine, leucine, and valine, which can help reduce muscle breakdown and fatigue during physical activity. Our complete Plant-Based Protein features a blend of pea protein, pumpkin protein, and sacha inchi protein to provide your body with all nine essential amino acids.
Spirulina, the blue-green algae, is the star ingredient in our Essential Greens Superfood Boost, which also includes wheatgrass, chlorella, and spinach. Like many green superfoods, spirulina offers anti-inflammatory benefits. Research suggests that spirulina may play a role in helping to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. It may also help improve blood sugar management.
Turmeric is likely the most celebrated spice in the scientific community for its health benefits. Curcumin is one of the three naturally occurring phytochemicals in turmeric. This active plant compound is responsible for the spice’s characteristic yellow color and its health benefits such as protection from various forms of cancer, heart disease, and mental decline. Herbs and spices are some of your most powerful defenses against diseases in your pantry. That’s why you’ll find a variety of them in our Superfood Boosts, including the Fat Burn.
While not necessarily a food itself, probiotics are worthy enough to be considered a superfood. Considering that your body contains 10 times more intestinal bacteria than human cells, it’s important to maintain a healthy environment of good bacteria, or probiotics, in your gut. Probiotics may help improve immune function, aid in digestion, and play a role in weight management. You can benefit from probiotics naturally from fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, or kombucha. You can also find it in our Pure Detox Superfood Boost. One serving of this Superfood Boost contains two billion colony-forming units (CFUs) of probiotics.
Since you decide what goes into your smoothie, we want you to get the most out of every blend, every day. So, power up with whatever superfoods you love and blend to your heart’s content!