Superfoods offer highly concentrated nutrients and unique nutrients not found in what we ordinarily eat.
Their concentrated vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phytochemicals, and probiotics can correct nutritional deficiencies. If you have uncontrollable cravings for unhealthy foods, or if you have a chronic illness, you may have a nutritional deficiency.
Usually superfoods are needed only in relatively small amounts--but needed regularly: every day, every week, or several times a week.
You may find (as I do) that you have an immediate response of satisfaction to the taste and experience of concentrated nutrition.
Some of these foods have strong or unusual tastes. No one likes them all!
There's more than a hundred foods considered to be superfoods, which you can see on the List of Superfoods on this site.
Some are familiar foods easy to obtain and others are unusual and harder to find. They fall into all the categories of foods: fruit, vegetables, herbs, fresh grasses, the germ and bran of grains, nuts, seeds, and fermented vegetarian foods. The animal kingdom gives us dairy, cartilage, organ meats, fish, sea creatures, and bee products. Other foods are algae, mushrooms, seaweed, and yeast.
By trying lots of them, you can find one or several that you'll find satisfying and enjoyable. You'll likely find effects on your health and well-being, too.
Wheatgrass juice, rich in vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, is a bright green juice pressed from the blades of young wheat and barley plants.
This site's wheatgrass information page discusses the taste of wheatgrass juice, how much to drink, types of wheatgrass, healing resorts that use wheatgrass, and books about wheatgrass.
The benefits of drinking wheatgrass juice include its ability to stop cravings for sugar and chocolate, its ability to restore energy and stamina, and many more. Wheatgrass nutrition is very potent and includes chlorophyll and antioxidant enzymes.
It has a strong taste reminiscent of a field of spring weeds; I recommend mixing it with pineapple juice at first. Juice bars serve freshly made wheatgrass juice, usually in tiny "shot glass" sizes.
I also recommend frozen wheatgrass juice, available in natural food stores, easy to mix at home with canned pineapple juice.
Can coconut oil help you lose weight? Regain your health? Yes, according to Eat Fat Lose Fat, a book of healthy eating programs that show how to use healthy foods for weight loss, for improved health, and for everyday meals.
More readily available than raw milk, undenatured whey protein is the only type of powdered whey that retains the benefits of raw whey.
Raw milk contains superior nutrition, living enzymes, and special immune fractions. It's a food used (raw) for 30,000 years and in many cultures.
A diet of raw milk once was a common treatment for serious illness. Unfortunately, pasteurized milk doesn't have any benefits of the kind.
The Untold Story of Milk is an excellent book all about the history, science, and politics of raw milk. It discusses the drawbacks of pasteurization.
Kelp is an edible seaweed (or "sea vegetable") that contains iodine and many other minerals. An easy way to try it is as a condiment: in a shaker from Maine Coast Sea Vegetables. I like it on eggs.
More sea vegetables are also available in
convenient bags in the Asian section of natural food stores, with
toasting and cooking instructions on the package. I like Maine Coast Sea
Vegetables' laver, which can be eaten raw or toasted:
Edible seaweed snacks
Crunchy and salty when raw, flavorful and rich when cooked, seaweed is a high-mineral, high-protein, nutrient-dense taste treat.
50 of the best super berries, fruits, green foods, veg and legumes, seeds and nuts, herbs and spices, tonics. "The best way to eat for maximum health, energy, and weight loss."
I love this book. Fun, colorful pages with easy-to-understand in-depth nutrition on 150 healthy foods. You come away understanding why each food is so healthy!