I was at Village Grocer when I stumbled upon these:
It’s a new range of organic super food powders from Morlife… As much as I love Supersprout, it hasn’t always been convenient for me to get my hands on them so this was a lucky find. We’re always on the lookout for boosters to give the boys that little bit extra in nutrition and freeze dried powders make a good compromise when you can’t get the fresh food item. It’s also an easy way to pack a little more punch to the meals we’re eating.
Camu Camu Powder
This fruit is native to the Amazon and has a mild citrus flavour. It is a great source of vitamin C as well as other vitamins, minerals and antioxidants:
- A teaspoon of camu camu powder has 1180 per cent of your recommended daily intake for vitamin C.
- Valine – an essential amino acid that prevents muscle breakdown and is important for nervous system and cognitive function.
- Leucine – an essential amino acid for muscle and bone tissue growth and recovery and the production of growth hormones.
- Serine – an essential amino acid required for digestion.
- Flavanoids – antioxidants that neutralise free radicals.
- Potassium – required for proper heart and kidneys functioning.
- Gallic acid – antioxidant, anti-viral, anti-fungal properties.
- Ellagic acid – antioxidant, anti-cancer, anti-diabetes.
The comparison between kale and spinach is a pretty close fight so it probably won’t make too much of a difference whether you’re adding kale, spinach, wheatgrass or barley grass to boost your meal. For academic purposes, kale is a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, folate, and manganese. It is a good source of thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, vitamin E and several dietary minerals, including iron, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus. Kale also contains the carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin.
As one of the superfoods, there are many health benefits claims surrounding acai. Unfortunately, some of these claims have not been researched sufficiently. Here’s what we do know:
- Acai is 10 times richer in antioxidants compared to grapes and twice the antioxidants compared to blueberries. Antioxidants are great for neutralising free radicals. The antioxidants in acai are anthrocyanins which are noted for being beneficial for cardiovascular health.
- Acai is naturally high in essential fatty acids having a fatty acid profile similar to olive oil. Essential fatty acids are also good for heart health and a healthy nervous system.
- Acai berries contain amino acids which help promote muscle performance, energy production, endurance and strength.
- Acai berries contain as much Vitamin C as blueberries and is also a source of Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and E. It is also a source of calcium, magnesium, zinc and copper.
We’ve written about lucuma powder here.