Eating a healthy, predominately raw plant-based diet is the big step forward in anyone’s health. Today I want to discuss a few of my favorite superfoods. All of us need supplementation and with 95% of the supplements on the market being toxic or a waste of money, I strive as a vegan lifestyle coach, organic skincare Independent Consultant and affiliate marketer, to basically do the research and shop all day, reading ingredients, where things are sourced, then who has the best ‘deal’ on both quality and price (value) and write about it here.
See below for my links to inquire or purchase. While this is my work, where I earn my living, my first and foremost goal here is to educate (and I am always learning myself) because nearly my entire family was wiped out by cancer with two more on their way out. Whenever I am running low on something, I shop, I look for the best value and I share that information in my blog to help you too. ♥
Here are my rules: 1) Plant-based – The supplement must be plant-based and contain no synthetic ingredients because I believe the body, at a cellular level, doesn’t adequately absorb them or see them as food. What you want are the full spectrum nutrients you would get if you were eating optimally. Seeing NOS which is Naturally Occurring Standard certified, on the label lets you know the product is not synthetic.
2) Organic (or wildcrafted) – The supplement must be organic so I look for certification there. The reason is that generally the quality of the supplement is going to be better, more nutritious and being organic lets me know it is non-GMO and that no pesticides were used.
3) Vegan – Both the product itself and whatever the softgel or capsule is made from should not be animal based.
4) Quality Control – How is the product sourced and how is it made, what is the process, or facility the supplement is made in because this matters to assure contaminates are minimized.
5) Value – I price check and ingredient check to come up with what I believe to be the best deal.
Spirulina or Klamath Lake Blue-Green Algae – Known to purge the body of heavy metals such as mercury, this plant is knowns as the best nutrition in the ocean, spirulina contains zinc, manganese, selenium, copper. We could live abundantly on just this plant and water. Spirulina has 58x more iron than spinach, enables the body to repair DNA and protein levels are 400x more than beef. Here we want the Klamath Lake spirulina as this algae is the purest form.
Moringa – Containing all 8 amino acids, one tablespoon is equal to 2 cups of greens. Protein, calcium, iron and fiber are all great things in this nutrient-dense plant powder. Great for post-workout inflammation and overall detox.
Chlorella – Chlorella is a sea plant or seaweed. It is a powerhouse of b12, biotin, vitamin a and is known for taking heavy metals and radiation out of the body. This supplement is what I reached out to Naoto Matsumura and recommended a few years ago. Naoto is the man who during Fukoshima fled with the rest then later returned to his hometown of Tomioka where he remained to take care of all the pets left behind.
Links to shop & prices :
Spirulina or Klamath Lake Blue-Green Algae –I like Pure Synergy Organics as it is cold processed and stored in a glass bottle. You can do powder however, it tends to clump unless mixed well into a smoothie. I recommend the capsules, taken throughout the day and getting the powder in a blend for smoothies and salads.
Blends – Miessence Deep Green, which is a synergistic combination of Chlorella, Spirulina, Wheat and Barley grasses amongst others. I am an Independent Rep for this brand because the entire line is clean and certified organic. Their skincare is edible too!
Moringa – Moringa Source raw organic Moringa is a good value with 16oz for $15.99. Kuli Kuli Organic Pure Moringa Vegetable Powder is 10oz for $24.35 which is higher but I chose this one as the company states that they source the plants in a sustainable way, utilizing growers in a network of farms across the globe. I want the rainforests to be happy.
Chlorella – Anthony’s organic Chlorella powder is the best price but does not say where the Chlorella is sourced. $13.00 nets you 8 oz. I believe the bareoganics Chlorella is the best value, however, because the company assures that the product is raw (not heated where it would lose enzymes and vitamins) and is grown in stainless steel tanks to protect the chlorella from toxic substances and also assure a better flavor. Blends – If you are looking for a great blend of superfoods, I highly recommend Miessence Deep Green, which is a synergistic combination of Chlorella, Spirulina, Wheat and Barley grasses amongst others. I am an Independent Rep for this brand because the entire line is clean and certified organic. Their skincare is edible too!
For those with allergies to Seaweeds or algae or wish to augment with other superfood combinations, another great blend of superfoods, I highly recommend is Essante Earth Greens which is a mix of Barley and Wheat, Kamut grasses, lemongrass, kale, amongst others and does not contain spirulina or chlorella. I take all of these things in a rotation and do both the powder and the capsules, which are easy to do traveling or on the go. Because all of their products are wildcrafted or organically grown, I am an Independent Consultant for Essante as well.
I appreciate feedback and encourage you to report back on what you are using and how it has helped you.