Matcha lattes, bee pollen, spirulina smoothie bowls, blue algae, mushroom coffee, chia seed, flax seed, every type of seed! There is no shortage of superfoods popping up on the market and their uses seem a bit difficult to understand – not to mention their price tag might just put you back a pretty penny! Enter Rosehive Superfoods Box: a superfood discovery box that allows you to try new brands and superfoods before committing to buying them!
What is a Superfood?
Believe it or not, there is not just one verifiable, legal, or medical definition of ‘superfood’. Technically – it has existed in the Oxford English Dictionary since World War I era which defines “superfood” as “a food considered especially nutritious or otherwise beneficial to health and well-being.”
So here is what a superfood means to Rosehive Superfoods Box.
It is important to preface that most real, whole, organic food can be considered a superfood to some degree. There is no out-supplementing a bad diet! So first step to holistic health is incorporating whole, fresh, organic, fruits and vegetables into your diet. Superfoods are a way to elevate your health and take it to the next level!
A superfood is anything made in nature that is edible for human consumption with a high nutrient-density (hence super-food). So that means a high amount of nutrients (or in some cases, a particular nutrient) in just one small serving.
Calorie for calorie – here is an example: Acerola cherries (pronounced “Asa-roll-a”) vs. an orange. Just one cherry has 65 times more vitamin C than an orange and about twice the potassium, magnesium, and vitamin B5. Though they share roughly the same calories per serving – one is significantly more nutrient-dense than the other. So when you’re feeling sick – turning to Acerola cherry powder in a smoothie will be more beneficial for your body as a line of immunity defense than a fresh squeezed orange juice!
Superfoods You Already Have In Your Kitchen
Imagine superfood as an ingredient that has A LOT of the good stuff your body needs to feel amazing. And believe it or not, there are probably some superfoods in your kitchen right now that you probably didn’t even know you had! Take garlic for example. Garlic has antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiviral benefits and it may even help to increase iron absorption when eaten alongside iron-rich foods. It’s a good source of the mineral selenium which is an antioxidant great for fighting inflammation and has been shown to help decrease overall cholesterol and triglycerides by protecting the body from oxidative damage and blood vessel damage. The sulfur-containing compounds in garlic are responsible for most of the cardiovascular and cholesterol lowering benefits of garlic (some include allin, allicin, and allixin). Talk about foods that pack a punch!
So that’s what a superfood is! Nothing fancy, no promises of curing diseases or working miracles. Superfood simply means super-nutrition. With globalization and the increasing access to such a wide database of knowledge, we are discovering these additions in Western Culture, and learning about the healing foods found here on every part of the earth: herbs, berries, seeds, flowers, roots, leaves, fruits, and plants have long been revered as an abundant addition to our lifestyles in ancient traditions and now we are able to experience them in a new light!
Of course there are the fads, and the marketing that goes into them but the true essence of a superfood is not meant to replace a balanced diet but to enhance a culinary experience. It is becoming less of a secret that “you are what you eat” is real. Doctors are prescribing nutritional components to healing profiles, people are targeting just the right balance for themselves, and indeed, the push for local produce is as strong as it has ever been. So if you’re looking for a way to Pollinate Your Soul – truly feed your spirit with dense nutrition that elevates your health and makes you FEEL good, give Rosehive Superfoods Box a try!
What does superfood mean to you? Tell us in the comments below!