Truthfully, much like superheroes, superfoods are not a real thing nutritionally speaking. That is to say that the word is not really used among nutritionists and there is not a single, specific food that is the one-stop solution for the prevention and curing of disease. The term 'superfood' is one that strictly describes nutrient-rich foods that would be a good addition to your daily diet to get the most out of your food.
Basically, a superfood is a healthy food that has benefits that go beyond that of typical health foods, and it is something you should be including in your diet. This is why we incorporate so many of these foods deemed super in most, if not all, of our products! Check out our top five superfoods you can add to your daily diet today (especially with the help of Frozen Garden goodies)!
Spinach, kale, and the like are extremely nutrient dense foods containing fiber, zinc, calcium, iron, and magnesium to name a few. All of which could contribute to their cardiovascular benefits as detailed in the 2018 edition of the peer-reviewed journal, Nutrients. The scientific journal mentions that there are at least 14 studies that found dark-leafy greens had a positive impact on cardiovascular health and the prevention of heart and vascular diseases.
The ability to aid in the prevention of heart and vascular diseases would be enough to get dark-leafy greens the title of superfood, but the benefits don’t stop at that. Dark-leafy greens have also been studied in relation to their ability to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. In the scientific diabetes journal, it was concluded that increasing your intake of dark-leafy greens is associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
Even more, dark-leafy greens contain the pigment known as carotenoids, although this is dominated by the pigment chlorophyll which gives these leafy vegetables their green color. Carotenoids, typically known to give carrots their orange color, is said to be active in antioxidant activity that does a multitude of things for the body, including delaying the onset of certain cancers as explained in the “Carotenoids in Nature” chapter of Subcellular Biochemistry.
Overall, dark-leafy greens can have many positive impacts on your health, so it’s good to include them in your daily routine of food intake; however, many people find this difficult to do. Whether it be the taste or the texture, not everyone has found the best way to incorporate this superfood into their diet. That’s why we’ve done it for you!!
As mentioned in the Eat Right Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics article, “What are Chia Seeds”, chia seeds originated in Central America and were a prominent food in ancient Aztec civilizations. The small black and white seeds come from the chia plant, a member of the mint family, and is scientifically known as Salvia hispanica.
Chia seeds contain some seriously super fiber which can absorb up to 12 times its weight in water. Through this water absorption, chia seeds expand which results in a greater feeling of fullness. This means chia seeds can be used to reduce appetite and food cravings. Going above and beyond, as a superfood should, the fiber in chia seeds benefits your gut health as well by feeding your gut flora (the good bacteria necessary for digestive health).
Another superfood quality of chia seeds is that they are packed with antioxidants. These antioxidants aid in fighting the aging and, even, cancerous effects of reactive molecules, or free radicals, in our cells.
Chia seeds can make such a good contribution to your daily diet! For those of use that don’t want to partake in the internal shower trend, but still want to reap the benefits of chia seeds, you’re in luck! We offer plenty of product options and flavors that you can try to get a daily dose of this tiny but mighty superfood.
Turmeric can be as powerful as an anti-inflammatory and some studies have shown turmeric to perform similar to the potency of anti-inflammatory pharmaceutical drugs. The bioactive substance in turmeric, curcumin, fights inflammation at the molecular level. This inflammation fighting quality means turmeric can help alleviate some pain or discomfort that comes with diseases associated with inflammation, such as arthritis.
Not only can turmeric help to reduce arthritic pain caused by inflammation, but it can also be linked to an increase in Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). Decreased levels of BDNF have been linked to depression and Alzheimer’s. According to the research, turmeric can increase the brain levels of BDNF, thereby delaying and even reducing brain related diseases.
Our brilliant R&D team has found a way to sneak turmeric into a couple of our Smoothies so that you’re able to take advantage of these superfood qualities in the most delicious way possible. If drinking your turmeric isn’t quite your style, no worries, we have just the Garden Bowl for you.
Perhaps the reason chocolate is typically so well loved is because raw cacao actually triggers the release of serotonin, dopamine, and phenylethylamine; three neurotransmitters known to boost mood as described by Blakely Stein in "Chocorotica: Why Cacao is the Ultimate Superfood."
Unfortunately, going out and grabbing a chocolate bar is not going to have the same aforementioned superfood effects as the ingredient raw cacao itself. Most chocolate bars are overly processed which causes the cacao to lose some of its amazingly super abilities. Luckily, we have created delicious recipes that include organic, unprocessed, raw cacao just for you.