In our very first subscription box, we are featuring the Perth based superfood brand, La Kult. Find out more about what superfoods are and why they are so good for us.
Why Superfoods are Your Path to a Healthy, Happier Life.
We’ve all heard the term ‘Superfoods’ in recent years in reference to everything from salmon to asparagus but what does it mean and why are Superfoods more relevant today than ever?
What are Superfoods?
A Superfood can be defined as a food product which contains a particularly high number of nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants. The term has been used recently to refer to exotic foods such as Acai, Camu Camu, Maca and Spirulina but we also see more staple foods such as salmon, mushrooms and even potatoes given this tag.
Although there is no specific food group for Superfoods any product with this tag can be considered good for your health due to the high density of nutrients. It should be noted that this term is often used as a marketing term so any product you do consume with this tag ensure it contains no additives, fillers or preservatives. Earth grown nutrients are best and where possible you should demand Australian Certified Organic, meaning the product contains no preservatives, additives, is not genetically modified as well as being produced in an ethical manner.
What are the Benefits of Superfoods?
Consuming any food which is particularly high in nutrients will have a positive effect on your health. If you want to use Superfoods it is important that you understand the specific benefits of each, therefore meaning you can gain those specific health benefits and balance your intake with your other nutritional requirements.
Let’s look at some Superfoods and their key benefits:
Acai is the original Superfood, harvested from the jungles of Brazil. It is the most antioxidant rich food on the planet as well as being very high in amino acids, vitamin C and E. Acai can be used to help regulate blood pressure, protect the immune system as well as being great for anti-ageing.
Camu Camu contains 60 times the vitamin C of oranges and is known as the most concentrated form of vitamin C available. It is fantastic for skin, hair and nails, anti-ageing, inflammation and detoxifying the body through its high levels of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants.
Maca is the ancient Superfood from Peru and is high in amino acids, protein and a range of vitamins and nutrients. Maca is great as a workout supplement as it increases energy and is great at aiding in muscle growth and protecting muscle health. It has also been shown to promote mood and sexual function.
Spirulina is very high in protein, two to three times the protein of meat. It is great as a workout supplement, aiding in muscle growth and recovery. It can also be used to help lose weight due to its satiating properties, meaning it is great as a mid-morning smoothie to remove those feelings of hunger and stop you reaching for those sweets.
It is also high in vitamin B12 and is the most nutrient dense food on the planet, meaning it is great at protecting the immune system, particularly useful during winter time when there is a lot of cold and flu about.
If you needed any more proof of Spirulina’s amazing benefits, NASA use it as a dietary supplement for their astronauts when they are on space missions to supplement their dietary requirements.
What Superfood is Right for You?
Eating a balanced diet is the most important thing to ensuring you receive all the nutrients and vitamins your body requires. Superfoods should be seen as more of a supplement to an already healthy diet, so work out what your body needs and then use the relevant Superfood as directed. For example, if you want something to improve your skin and boost your immune system then Camu Camu, Spirulina and Acai are great. Or if you want a great workout supplement that delivers all the nutrients you need then think about Maca and Spirulina. These products have multiple benefits and are an important addition to your daily nutrient intake.
Whatever Superfood you choose you can be sure that there will be multiple benefits to your health, energy levels and overall well-being. At La Kult, we believe in supplying the best Australian Certified Organic Superfoods sourced from across the globe. Our products are single ingredient with no additives or fillers, ensuring that our customers receive only the highest quality most nutrient dense Superfoods available.
Come and check us out at www.la-kult.com.au and use code LK10 for 10% off your first order.