Our superfoods

For Ultrafood we tested countless superfoods and found the best. Our superfoods were selected to the highest standards of quality, nutrient content and sustainability.

Acerola

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Brazil

• Stone fruit of South American origin

• immense vitamin C content - can outperform citrus fruits by a factor of 50 - 100¹

• In combination with the natural substances of acerola, the vitamin is apparently very well absorbable and usable²

• Content of carotenoids and polyphenols

• abundance of antioxidant substances³

sources

¹ Prakash A, Baskaran R. Acerola, at untapped functional superfruit: a review on latest frontiers. J Food Sci Technol. 2018;55(9):3373-3384

² Uchida E, Kondo Y, Amano A, Aizawa S. Absorption and Excretion of Ascorbic Acid Alone and in Acerola (Malpighia emarginata) Juice: Comparison in Healthy Japanese Subjects. Biol Pharm Bull. 2011;34(11):1744-1747

³ Mezadri T, Villaño D, Fernández-Pachón MS, García-Parrilla MC, Troncoso AM, Antioxidant compounds and antioxidant activity in acerola (Malpighia emarginata DC.) Fruits and derivatives. J Food Compos Anal. 2008;21(4):282-290

broccoli

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EU

• Regular part of regional cuisine - content worthwhile and underestimated

• Calcium content is very high, especially for vegetables

• The high bioavailability makes broccoli an optimal calcium supplier¹, even compared to foods from animal sources

• has many other micronutrients: vitamins C, B1, B2, B6, and E; Minerals potassium, phosphorus, iron, sodium and zinc

• Noteworthy content of phytochemicals such as sulforaphane, a mustard oil, and indole-3-carbinol ² ³ ⁴ ⁵ ⁶ ⁷

sources

¹ Frąszczak, B. et al., 2012. Mineral composition and the content of phenolic compounds of th broccoli cultivars. Journal of Elemntology, 21 (1 / 2016), pp. 53-65

² Burnett, JP et al., 2017. Sulforaphane enhances the anticancer activity of taxanes against triple negative breast cancer by killing cancer stem cells. Cancer Letters, 394, pp. 52-64

³ van Die, MD et al., 2017. A Placebo-Controlled Double-Blinded Randomized Pilot Study Combination Phytotherapy in Biochemically Recurrent Prostate Cancer. The prostate, 77 (7), pp.765-775

Bauman, JE et al., 2016. Prevention of Carcinogen-Induced Oral Cancer by Sulforaphane. Cancer Prevention Research, 9 (7), pp. 547-557

Liu, X. et al., 2017. Dietary Broccoli age advice Cecal Microbiota to Improve Glucoraphanin Hydrolysis to Bioactive Isothiocyanates. Nutrients, 9 (3), p. 262

Kim, HV et al., 2013. Amelioration of Alzheimer's disease by neuroprotective effect of sulforaphane in animal model. amyloid, 20 (1), pp. 7-12

Rajesh, V. & Ilanthalir, S., 2016. Cognition Enhancing Activity of Sulforaphane Against Scopolamine Induced Cognitive Impairment in Zebra Fish (Danio rerio). neurochemical Research, 41 (10), pp. 2538-2548.

Chlorella

Germany

• Freshwater green algae with protein content above 50%

• Provides all essential vitamins and many minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium

• brings the dye chlorophyll into play

• Chlorophyll is very similar to the human blood pigment hemoglobin

• Chlorophyll binds various harmful substances ¹ ² ³ ⁴

• has carotenoids, the Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF), the enzyme Chlorella Derived Peptides (CDP) and many other ingredients 5 6 7 8 9 10

sources

¹ Lei, A.-P. et al., 2007. Removal of fluoranthene and pyrene by different microalgal species. Bioresource technology, 98 (2), pp.273-80

² Morita, K., Ogata, M. & Hasegawa, T., 2001. Chlorophyll derived from Chlorella inhibits dioxin absorption from the gastrointestinal tract and accelerates dioxin excretion in rats. Environmental health perspectives, 109 (3), pp.289-94

³ Egner, PA et al., 2001. Chlorophyllin intervention reduces aflatoxin-DNA adducts in individuals at high risk for liver cancer. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 98 (25), pp.14601-14606

Kensler, TW et al., 2004. Chemoprevention of hepatocellular carcinoma in aflatoxin endemic areas. Gastroenterology, 127 (5), pp.S310-S318

Cafardi, JA et al., 2011. Prospects for skin cancer treatment and prevention: the potential contribution of an engineered virus. The Journal of investigative dermatology, 131 (3), pp. 559-61

Kwak, JH et al., 2012. Beneficial immunostimulatory effect of short-term Chlorella supplementation: Killercell activity and early inflammatory response (randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial). Nutrition Journal, 11 (1), p.53

Mizoguchi, T. et al., 2008. Nutrigenomic Studies of Chlorella Effects on Subjects with High-Risk Factors for Lifestyle-Related Disease. Journal of Medicinal Food, 11 (3), pp.395-404

Otsuki, T. et al., 2013. Multicomponent supplement containing Chlorella decrease arterial stiffness in healthy young men. Journal of clinical biochemistry and nutrition, 53 (3), pp.166-9

Panahi, Y. et al., 2013. Investigation of the effects of Chlorella vulgaris supplementation on the modulation of oxidative stress in apparently healthy smokers. Clinical laboratory, 59(5–6), pp.579–87

¹⁰ Shih, MF & Cherng, JY, 2012. Protective effects of Chlorella-derived peptides against UVC-induced cytotoxicity through inhibition of caspase 3 activity and reduction of the expression of phosphorylated FADD and cleaved PARP-1 in skin fibroblasts. Molecules (Basel, Switzerland), 17 (8), pp.9116-28

barley grass

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Germany

• The sweetgrass leaf is a generous donor of vitamins and minerals: including vitamins B1, C, K and iron, calcium, potassium, zinc

• High content of flavonoids such as saponarin¹²³ ⁴ ⁵

• Inclusion of barley grass in the diet in leaf or powder form may be recommended⁶

• Contains chlorophyll - see bullet point Chlorella

sources

¹ Benedet JA, Umeda H, Shibamoto T, Barley leaves towards biological lipid samples. Antioxidant activity of flavonoids. J Agric Food Chem. 2007;55(14):5499-5504.

² Kamiyama M, Shibamoto T, Flavonoids with Potent Antioxidant Activity Found in Young Green Barley Leaves. J Agric Food Chem. 2012;60(25):6260-6267

³ Norbaek R, Brandt K, Kondo T, Identification of flavone C-glycosides including a novel flavonoid chromophore from barley leaves (Hordeum vulgare L.) by improved NMR techniques. J Agric Food Chem. 2000;48(5):1703-1707

Yu YM, Chang WC, Chang CT, Hsieh CL, Tsai CE, Effects of young barley leaf extract and antioxidant vitamins on LDL oxidation and free radical scavenging activities in type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Metab. 2002;28(2):107-114

Cremer L, Herald A, Avram D, Szegli G, A purified green barley extract with modulatory properties upon TNF alpha and ROS Roum Arch Microbiol Immunol. 57(3-4):231-242

Takano A, Kamiya T, Tomozawa H, et al. Insoluble Fiber in Young Barley Leaf Suppress the Increment of Postprandial Blood Glucose Level by Increasing the Digesta Viscosity. true for evidenceBased Complement Aging Med, 2013, 2013: 1-10

coconut flour

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Sri Lanka

• shines through fiber richness and low fat

• During production, most of the coconut oil is removed

• diverse trends in the focus of research¹²

sources

¹ de Paula Franco E, Moraes de Oliveira GM, Raggio Luiz R, Rosa G, Effect of hypoenergetic diet combined with consumption of coconut flour in overweight women. Nutr Hosp. 2015;32(5):2012-2018

² Trinidad TP, Valdez DH, Loyola AS, et al, Glycemic index of different coconut (Cocos nucifera) -flour products in normal and diabetic subjects. Br J Nutr. 2003;90(3):551-556

Maca

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Peru

• Herb plant from the Peruvian Andes

• Food and remedies for generations

• Maca root has a variety of interesting ingredients¹² ³ ⁴ ⁵

• Minerals: potassium, calcium, iron, zinc, iodine, copper, manganese⁶

sources

¹ Brooks, NA et al., 2008. Beneficial effects of Lepidium meyenii (Maca) on psychological symptoms and measures of sexual dysfunction in postmenopausal women are not related to estrogen or androgen content. Menopause Ritual, 15 (6), pp.1157-1162

² Chauhan, NS et al., 2014. A Review on Plants Used for Improvement of Sexual Performance and Virility. BioMed Research International, 2014, pp.1-19

³ Gonzales, GF et al., 2002. Effect of Lepidium meyenii (MACA) on sexual desire and its absent relationship with serum testosterone levels in adult healthy men. andrologia, 34 (6), pp.367-372

Gonzales, GF et al., 2001. Lepidium meyenii (Maca) improved semen parameters in adult men. Asian journal of andrology, 3 (4), pp.301-3

Stone, M. et al., 2009. A pilot investigation into the effect of maca supplementation on physical activity and sexual desire in sportsmen. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 126 (3), pp.574-576

Rondansanabria, G. & Finardifilho, F., 2009. Physical-chemical and functional properties of maca root starch (Lepidium meyenii Walpers). Food Chemistry, 114 (2), pp.492-498

Moringa

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Spain

• Shrub originally from the Indian or African region

• Leaves are a rich source of various micronutrients¹

• provides all essential amino acids¹

• extensive utilization of vitamins and minerals¹

• monounsaturated fatty acids¹

• well-equipped with polysterols and flavonoids (phytochemicals) ² ³ ⁴

sources

¹ Al Juhaimi, F. et al., 2017 . The biochemical composition of the leaves and seeds moringa species as non-conventional sources of nutrients . Journal of Food Biochemistry , 41 (1), p.e12322

² Leone, A. et al., 2016 . Moringa oleifera Seeds and Oil: Characteristics and Uses for HumanHealth. International Journal of Molecular Sciences , 17 (12), p.2141

³ Rao, A.V, Devi, PU & Kamath, R., 2001 . In vivo radioprotective effect of Moringa oleifera leaves. Indian journal of experimental biology , 39 (9), pp.858-63

Stohs, SJ & Hartman, MJ, 2015 . Review of the Safety and Efficacy of Moringa oleifera. Phytotherapy Research , 29 (6), pp.796-804

Jerusalem artichokes

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Germany

• traditional, originally American food

• also European for over 400 years

• Tuber is outstanding thanks to its inulin content¹²

• Inulin - fiber - optimal saturating effect³

• Vitamins A, B1, B6, C, niacin

• minerals iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium; Inulin supports calcium uptake

sources

¹ Gibson, GR, Beatty, ER, Wang, X., & Cummings, J.H., (1995). Selective stimulation of bifidobacteria in the human colon by oligofructose and inulin. Gastroenterology, 108 (4), 975-982.

² Pool Sable, L. (2007). Health Benefits of Inulin and Oligofructose - Part 1: Dietary fiber effects, prebiotic properties, improvement of calcium absorption and possible secondary effects. Ernährungsumschau, 1, 8-11

³ Ho, J., Reimer, RA, Doulla, M., & Huang, C. (2016). Effect of prebiotic intakes on gut microbiota, intestinal permeability and glycemic control in children with type 1 diabetes: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 17 (1), 347

Bosscher, D., Van Loo, J., & Franck, A. (2006). Inulin and oligofructose as functional ingredients to improve bone mineralization. International Dairy Journal , 16 (9), 1092-1097

pea protein

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Germany

• Pea protein has a good supply of minerals: potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium¹

• Pea protein powder in Ultrafood is produced extremely nutrient-sparing mechanically, micronutrients are retained, particularly mild in taste

Source

¹ Dahl, Foster, Tyler 2012. Review of the health benefits of peas. British Journal of Nutrition, Vol. 108, Is. S1

hemp protein

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Lithuania

• contains all essential amino acids¹

• Especially in comparison with soy protein ideal for the human digestive system

• holds all the essential vitamins and minerals: especially vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc²

• Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids are in the ratio 3: 1² - optimal for the human organism³ ⁴

• high fiber content²

sources

¹ Wang, X.-S. et al., 2008. Characterization, amino acid composition and in vitro digestibility of hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) proteins. Food Chemistry, 107 (1), pp. 11-18

² Multari, S. et al., 2016 . Nutritional and Phytochemical Content of High-Protein Crops . Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

³ Da Porto, C., Decorti, D. & Tubaro, F., 2012 . Fatty acid composition and oxidation stability of hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) seed oil extracted by supercritical carbon dioxide. Industrial Crops and Products , 36 (1), pp. 401-404

Lee, MJ et al., 2011. The effects of hempseed meal intake and linoleic acid on Drosophila Models of neurodegenerative diseases and hypercholesterolemia. Molecules and Cells, 31 (4), pp.337-342

Pumpkin seed protein

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Austria

• good source of carotenoids

• Vitamin E and minerals potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc

• Promising trends¹ among others due to the content of phytosterols and phytoestrogens in the discussion² ³ ⁴ ⁵ ⁶

sources

Zimmermann M., Schurgast H. & Burgerstein U, (2018). Manual nutrients, 13. Edition, Trias-Verlag, We answer immediately.

² Nkosi, CZ, Opoku, AR, & Terblanche, SE (2005), Effect of pumpkin seed (Cucurbita pepo) protein isolates on the activity levels of certain plasma enzymes in CCl4-induced liver injury in low-protein fed rats. Phytotherapy Research, 19 (4), 341-345

³ Al-Okbi, SY, Mohamed, DA, Kandil, E., Abo-Zeid, MA, Mohammed, S.E.., & Ahmed, EK (2017). Anti-inflammatory activity of two varieties of pumpkin seed oil in adjuvant arthritis model in rats. Grasas Y Aceites , 68 (1), 180

Zaineddin, AK, Buck, K., Vrieling, A., Heinz, J., Flesch-Janys, D., Linseisen, J., & Chang-Claude, J. (2012). The Association Between Dietary Lignans, Phytoestrogen Rich Foods, and Fiber Intake and Postmenopausal Breast Cancer Risk: A German Case-Control Study. Nutrition and Cancer , 64 (5), 652-665

⁵ Rathinavelu, A., Levy, A., Sivanesan, D., Murugan, D., Jornadal, J., Quinonez, Y., ... Gossell-Williams, M. (2013). Cytotoxic effect of pumpkin (curcurbita pepo) seed extracts in LNCAP prostate cancer cells is mediated through apoptosis. Current Topics in Nutraceutical Research, 11 (4), 137-143

Vahlensieck, W., Theurer, C., Pfitzer, E., Patz, B., Banik, N., & Engelmann, U. (2015). Effects of Pumpkin Seed in Men with Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms Due to Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia in the One-Year, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled GRANU Study. Urologia Internationalis, 94 (3), 286-295

sunflower seed

protein

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Romania

• like the other protein suppliers in the Ultrafood rooted regionally, with high nutritional quality and all essential amino acids

• Ideal supplement to the other vegetable proteins in Ultrafood. Ex: Chemcial score of pea protein: 58 (limiting: methionine), Chemical Score of sunflower seed protein: 85 (limiting: lysine). Chemical Score Ultrafood: 139

• Through the interplay of the various optimally coordinated protein sources, Ultrafood achieves a biological value that is uniquely high for a vegan food

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