What do the following foods have in common?
- Goji Berries
- Acai berries
- Flax seeds
- Coconut oil
Here’s some hunts …
It’s a buzzword. They come from plants. They are packed with nutrients and designed to feed your body with the vitamins and minerals we all need to survive and thrive …
These potent foods supply mega-doses of nutrients and are often compared to multivitamins because they both help deliver a burst of beneficial vitamins and minerals that are incredibly nourishing to our bodies. If you were to ask me which one is better, I would have to lean towards superfoods.
In addition to the vitamins and minerals, superfoods also bring an added bonus of fiber, protein and healthy fats, and sometimes more. It’s these packed properties that have landed superfoods on the “go to” list to prevent disease, fight cancer, lose weight and improve overall health.
Plus, I believe that whenever you can source things from the purest, natural source you can … the better. Instead of having different nutrients grown and flown in from all over the world to craft a multivitamin, the superfood is perfectly designed to grow rich in certain nutrients (given the right environment of course).
Hemp contains an extensive list of naturally occurring vitamins including vitamin A, C and E (which are also important antioxidants, too). It also contains essential B vitamins and essential minerals like zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron and magnesium.
Finding plant-based sources of protein can be a challenge for many Americans so I hope you are pleased to hear that hemp also contains all 20 amino acids – including the 9 essential amino acids our body can’t make on its own and must get from our diet alone.
Hemp, Hemp Hooray! Right?
It doesn’t stop there …
Let’s talk fat.
Unfortunately , the “low-fat” fad from previous decades has created a horrible mis-representation of fat that desperately needs corrected. When you consider that every single cell of our body is made of a double layer of fat (called a lipid bilayer), it’s kind of an important component to our health. Do you know what the “fattest” organ of the body should be? YOUR BRAIN! When you deprive your body of important fats, you deprive your brain and cells of important building blocks and fuel sources.
OK … so fat is important!
The RIGHT kind of fat that is. Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids are essential to our health and it just so happens that hemp is the perfect balance of healthy fats (a 3:1 ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acids) …
which can actually reduce the negative effects of the Standard American Diet.
Although a popular buzzword these days, these amazing foods have been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments and health conditions. For instance, Traditional Chinese Medicine has use different herbs, medicinal mushrooms and antioxidant-rich “superfoods” like ginseng and goji berries for many, many years. We’ve just now started lumping these dynamic foods into the category of a “superfood”.
There aren’t clear standards on what classifies something as a superfood so I still suggest exercising caution when someone markets something as a “superfood”.
I can say that the powerful content of hemp is considered a superfood by many of the top docs in our country and I am on board with them in suggesting that you seek out sources for superfoods (preferably with sustainable farming practices) to supercharge your body, too!