The best superfoods combined properly

Superfoods as a basis

Superfoods are, in the truest sense of the word, on everyone's lips. But what makes Superfoods actually? And is everything really so "awesome"? The hype surrounding superfoods has also brought with it a flood of information. Here is worth a BLook into scientific data. Because in addition to overvalued Superfoods, there are also those who definitely deserve the name. What these are and why they earn their place in Ultrafood is explained in this article.

What is a superfood? The term "superfood" is not legally defined and therefore a pure marketing term. Meanwhile, a common understanding of the term has been established that complies with the definition of the Oxford English Dictionary: a nutritious food that is considered to be particularly beneficial to health and well-being.[1]

Do superfoods have to be exotic?

The hype surrounding Chia, Açaí and Co. gives the impression that superfoods must inevitably come from distant lands. Thats not right. In Europe too, we have numerous foods that are in no way inferior to the exotic in terms of nutritional value. These are only well known and therefore not so good to market.

It's like having a hype about Latin America's "exotic superfoods" flaxseed and blueberries. To be quite clear, the broccoli from the local garden is also a superfood. After all, like linseed, blueberries, chia seeds and acai berries, it also fulfills the definition above.

For numerous exotic superfoods there are regional alternatives. Central Asian chia seeds are popular for their fiber, antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acids. Flaxseed, which can be grown in the EU, provides a very similar nutrient spectrum. The ecological footprint of transportation is lower than its exotic counterpart. In addition, flax seeds are much cheaper.

Sustainable and as regional as possible

Not only chia seeds can be replaced by regional flaxseeds: wheatgrass by broccoli, goji berries by raspberries, quinoa with lentils. Blueberries, for example, also fulfill the nutrient density of açaí berries.Those who rely exclusively on exotic superfoods ultimately pay more and accept additional environmental pollution through transport routes. To avoid this, one should inform oneself about regional alternatives.

In particular, the environmental aspect weighs heavily here. Finally, you take superfoods to do something good for you and your body. Of course, one would like to avoid that this creates an unnecessary environmental impact. That's why we made the claim to our superfoods "as regional as possible" when developing Ultrafood.

In addition, nutrient content, safety, sustainability, and efficacy are key determinants of our superfood selection. After months of research and raw material selection, the best superfood mix in the world was created. Here our Top 5 and their effect summarized:

Calcium deficiency NOS: our broccoli

Everyone knows broccoli. And everyone knows that he is healthy. After all, broccoli is vegetables. Hardly known, however, is that it has an outstanding nutrient density even among the vegetables. Broccoli provides the vitamins B1, B2, B6, E and C as well as the minerals potassium, phosphorus, iron, zinc and sodium. But especially its content of calcium is noteworthy[2]because calcium is usually underrepresented in plant foods.

In addition to the vitamins and minerals, whose effects are very well researched, broccoli also scores in another, much larger and previously poorly researched nutrient group: the phytochemicals. There is one representative of tremendous interest in current research: sulforaphane.

Various studies have shown that sulforaphane slows the development of cancer cells. Consuming broccoli on a regular basis can therefore protect you against cancer as well as support cancer therapy.[3] [4] In particular, breast and prostate cancer study results are promising.[5] [6] In a Canadian study, it has been observed that in patients with prostate cancer, tumor metastasis is reduced by 50% after weekly consumption of broccoli.[7] Sulforphan also shows positive results in the prevention / treatment of other diseases, including Alzheimer's [8] [9] and gastric ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori.[10] [11]

Secondary plant substances processed gently

By the way: sulforaphane is broken down during prolonged heat exposure. It is also water-soluble and goes into the cooking water. When preparing broccoli you should therefore make sure to work as gently as possible. The broccoli powder in the ultrafood was produced by gentle drying and pulverization, so that no appreciable sulforaphane losses occur.

Another secondary plant compound of broccoli is increasingly coming into the focus of current research: quercetin.[7] Here, in addition to a likewise anti-carcinogenic effect, there are also indications of an antioxidant. Sulforaphane and quercetin are certainly not the only secondary phytochemicals in broccoli that bring significant health benefits to us. We can look forward to seeing what insights the intensive research in this area still brings.

However, we are still a long way from fully understanding the mechanisms of each nutrient and their interactions with each other. What we know with certainty is that the food as a whole has a positive effect on our health. For this reason, we do not use a vitamin-mineral-sulforaphane-quercetin-mix in our Ultrafood, but a carefully processed, natural broccoli powder.

Genuine Vitamin B12: That's why Chlorella!

The micronutrient wonder Chlorella contains all the vitamins and numerous minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium and sodium. Outstanding here is the content of vitamin B12. This vitamin is commonly found in animal foods, resulting in vegan food shortages. Chlorella is one of the few plant sources to provide B12 in an active, bioavailable form. That is not self-evident. For example, the spirulina alga has been found to contain an inactive B12 form, a so-called pseudovitamin.

However, the high micronutrient content of Chlorella Algae alone does not qualify for Ultrafood. An additional beneficial effect on health is also required and there the chlorella alga does not have to hide. Chlorella accelerates the transport of glucose from the blood into liver and muscle cells. Energy is thus available faster and the blood glucose level is less burdened.

It also helps lower blood lipid and blood cholesterol levels[12], the elasticity of arteries is increased, thereby preventing cardiovascular disease[13], The immune system is strengthened by stimulating the natural killer cells.[14] Chlorella also has positive effects on the complexion: it contains the enzyme CDP (Chlorella derived peptide), which can reduce damage from UV radiation in the skin. CDP can of course protect us from skin cancer and slow down skin aging.[15] [16]

"The green blood" against pollutants

Another advantage of Chlorella algae are the numerous detoxifying substances such as carotenoids (eg lycopene), glycoproteins (eg CGF and CVE), glutathione, sporopollenin, protections, de-noxilipidnin and above all: chlorophyll.

Chlorophyll is also called "the green blood". It binds pollutants and ensures their excretion. For example, it captures carcinogenic substances in the intestine. These are bound to insoluble conglomerates, which are not absorbed by the body and excreted directly.[17] [18] Other organs are relieved by this detoxification, so that chlorophyll can protect against colon cancer and liver cancer.[19] [20]

With this rough overview, it becomes clear that the Chorella alga is perfectly entitled to the name superfood and is of course an important ingredient in Ultrafood. Incidentally, the chlorella alga is widespread and is also grown in Germany.

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Because it's special: Maca

Maca supplies numerous micronutrients such as the vitamins B2, B3, B6 and C and the minerals potassium, iodine, zinc, iron, copper and manganese.[21] The Andean cruciferous plant is known to most as a wake-up and energy boost. However, Maca not only boosts performance but also pleasure.

Thus, for Maca powder after daily intake, a positive effect on sexuality, both in men and women could be demonstrated. The sperm quality in men could be significantly improved.[22] [23] In another study, it was found that the mood can improve significantly with the use of maca. Subjects had much fewer fears and depression after taking maca than subjects in the placebo group.[24] There are also initial indications for positive effects in stress and osteoporosis, as well as for a better memory.[25]

Maca is one of the few superfoods that does not have a regional counterpart in Europe. Which substances are actually responsible for the positive effects of Maca powder is not yet clear. However, we know that these substances only form when cultivated from about 4000 meters high, as is the case in the Peruvian Andes. The maca roots are dried and pulverized directly at the place of harvest, so that the transport weight is significantly reduced.

Hemp protein - prebiotics and perfect protein

Hemp protein contains all essential amino acids for humans and is characterized by a high biological value[26].Hemp protein, however, unlike the name suggests, is not just protein. It has a high proportion of insoluble fiber, which promote the growth of bifidobacteria in the intestine through their fermentation capacity and thus have a prebiotic effect.

Hemp protein lowers cholesterol and promotes the breakdown of fat into short-chain fatty acids that have anti-inflammatory properties[27]. The polyunsaturated fatty acids present in the hemp protein are present in the optimal Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio of 3 to 1. These can help to prevent inflammatory reactions and cardiovascular disease[28], Other positive effects for hemp protein could be demonstrated in Alzheimer's disease, constipation and dermatological problems, as well as for the immune system.

It also contains other bioactive, protective ingredients that are currently being further investigated[29] [30], And hemp protein also contains numerous vitamins and minerals. This ingredient provides high levels of vitamin E, magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc.

Another child prodigy: Moringa

At this point it has certainly become clear that our superfoods all deliver remarkable amounts of vitamins and minerals. So of course the Moringablattpulver. It also contains all the essential amino acids, unsaturated fatty acids and valuable polystyrene[31].

This superfood is also the subject of current research because it is believed to be anti-inflammatory and can lower high blood pressure[32] [33], On the basis of promising studies, the therapeutic potential is being investigated, inter alia, as an anti-inflammatory, antihypertensive, antibiotic, antioxidant, antidiabetic, antipyretic, anticancer and cardiovascular agents[34].

Only the best perfectly combined: Ultrafood

These are just five of the carefully selected superfoods that have convinced in every way and are used in Ultrafood. In conclusion, superfoods can indeed be true miracle drugs, but not every superfood declared food should be inexpensively bought.

Since there is no uniform definition of the term, foods are also referred to as superfoods, which can show no verifiable effect and their money is not worth. It is important to critically examine whether the effects have been proven in valid studies, where the products come from, whether there are regional, cheaper alternatives and whether the quality is right.

Finally, an outlook: The subject of nutrition is the subject of constant research. The content of this article is based on the current state of knowledge. There will be countless other insights, which may turn out to be one or the other previously underestimated foods as true superfoods or prove other positive effects in the previous superfoods.

We at 8Venture stay tuned: with all the rapid developments and ever new scientific findings, we stay up to date. We will keep you up to date on outstanding nutrition news!

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