An oldie from 2015 but still relevant today – I’ve been supplementing my diet with super-foods and super-greens for over 15 years, believing that we don’t actually get what we need nutritionally from what we eat. Intensive farming has meant that the nutritional content of our food is not what it used to be (that’s my belief anyway). I don’t take a multivitamin, instead relying on more natural powders to inject much needed nutrients into my body in a more easily digestible state.
I still take Aduna’s Moringa superleaf powder made from the Moringa tree – a fast growing, drought resistant tree. The leaves are packed full of goodness, and is the ‘most nutrient dense food in the world’ – a big claim that can be backed up by the nutritional content of the powder. It contains vitamin A, E, K, thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), B6, potassium, calcium (21 x milk), phosphorous, magnesium, iron (24 x spinach), and zinc. It is 23% protein and a powerful anti-oxidant (more powerful than goji berries, blueberries and even green tea). Plus it’s organic, 100% natural and supports the small-scale farmers and producers in Africa.
I don’t eat much red meat or drink milk / eat dairy, so have to work hard to get iron and calcium into my diet. And with this superfood containing so many of what the body needs to function properly, including protein with all 9 of the essential amino acids needed for growth, repair and maintenance, it has become a regular addition to smoothies. It doesn’t have a horrible taste, just a bit earthy, but when blended with some coconut water it is infinitely more palatable than wheatgrass!
It is said to be good for skin, hair, nails and is anti-ageing. Ask me in 10 years about that last point :), but anything with the vitamin and mineral profile of this super-food is going to maintain health. It costs around £7 for the smaller tub (100g) and can be found at Whole foods, Holland & Barrett, and online. Do you take any supplements for hair and skin?