Superfoods contain a variety of different nutrients in addition to vitamins and minerals – like amino acids, enzymes, essential fatty acids and more. Because they contain so many beneficial ingredients, they are considered nutrient-dense, and therefore, “Super”.
There are several things to look at when evaluating a superfood powder, many of which come down to personal preference. For example, some features, like “100% organic ingredients” may matter more to you than “gluten-free” or vice versa.
Along with price, I look at servings per container and also the number of servings of fruits/vegetables per serving (if that makes sense). These powders are so dense with no fillers that it’s amazing how little you need to have to get a complete day’s supply of fruits and vegetables – not to mention all of the superfood goodness.
Features to Look For
These features are not necessarily “must haves”, but can help your decision-making easier when purchasing products. The way I see it, the more benefits I can get for my money, the better value I am getting.
- Gluten-free product
- Vegan product
- Organic ingredients
- Raw ingredients
- Probiotics included, these can help with faster nutrient absorption
- Fiber included
- Vegetarian capsules (if you are getting superfood capsules vs a powder)
Specific Superfood Ingredients
Of course, you can compare ingredients as well. Generally, superfood powders contain a variety of different superfoods, which in turn, lets you enjoy more benefits from a single product.
That said, you may have specific health issues you are trying to address, in which case you may want to look for specific superfoods to be included in your powder. Here is a short list of popular superfoods (and their main benefits) that you may want to take note of.
Wheat Grass - restores blood alkalinity, helps detoxify the body, stimulate metabolism, helps reduce blood pressure and stimulates the thyroid gland.
Spirulina - boosts immune system and helps with detoxification, improves energy levels and helps build protein.
Goji Berries - protects liver, improves eyesight, slows aging and boosts immune system.
Blue Green Algae - helps lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol, sometimes used to control blood sugar levels and weight loss.
Acai - slows aging, reduces inflammation, regulates cholesterol levels.
Matcha - boosts metabolism, enhances mood, lowers cholesterol, detoxifies the body, helps with concentration.
Guayaki Yerba Mate - boosts energy, helps digestion, sharpens mental focus and boosts immune system.
Noni - boosts the immune systems, has anti-inflammatory properties and helps in cell regeneration.
Cacao - boosts brain function, improves mood, balances blood sugar and is very high in anti-oxidants.
Bee Pollen - improves stamina, sexual health and helps decrease allergic reactions in people with allergies.
Maca - helps with stamina, libido and hormonal imbalances.