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6 Types of Superfood Nutrition for Optimal Wellness

Everyone knows that the human body requires proper nutrition in order to live. And it’s safe to say that most everyone knows that eating healthy is necessary in order to live well. So why then do so many people (perhaps you’re one of them) seem to come up short in achieving the types of life-changing results they want… even when following the eating advice given to them by their doctors and dietitians?

For one, the definition of what it means to “eat healthy” varies widely depending on who you ask. For some people, eating fast food just three times a week instead of five means that they’re doing a pretty good job at staying healthy. For others, eating healthy means popping a multivitamin after a sugar-filled breakfast of doughnuts and muffins and calling it a day.

Avoiding fast food and taking multivitamins aren’t bad things, of course. But with the challenges we face in the modern world, these things simply aren’t enough to really achieve an optimal level of wellness that leaves the body feeling good and full of energy. Supercharging your health requires a whole lot more than just eating a salad every now and again or switching to bottled juice instead of soda pop. It requires dialing in on practical ways to mega-boost your diet with superfood nutrition from as many different sources as possible.

It might sound complicated right out of the gate, but learning these hidden tricks of the dietary trade doesn’t have to be overwhelming, and it certainly isn’t unattainable. When it comes to superfood nutrition, there are six major categories that serve as a great starting point if you’re really serious about fast-tracking your way to real health.

Focusing on including more of these foods into your daily routine is a surefire way to get a head start on forging a solid pathway to what we all hope to achieve − optimal wellness.

Superfood #1: Medicinal Mushrooms

Medicinal mushrooms are included in EpiGreensWhether sautéed or stir fried, mushrooms are a tasty addition to almost any savory dish. But did you know that there are more than 10,000 different varieties of mushrooms just in North America alone? Among these, many mushrooms fall into the therapeutic category of medicinal fungi, as they offer a diverse array of health benefits, some of which may surprise you.

Turkey tail (Trametes versicolor) mushrooms, for instance, possess powerful antioxidant potential, helping to enhance the immune system and lower cholesterol levels.

Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) mushrooms are similarly immune-boosting, also helping to ward off viruses while calming the mind. In the event that you encounter a poisonous mushroom, reishi mushrooms can further serve as a potent antidote, while also helping to balance the adrenal glands and promote feelings of calm.

You may have heard of shiitake (Lentinula edodes) mushrooms because they’re popular in cooking. But did you know that they’re also anti-tumoral and antiviral? Shiitake mushrooms are so medicinal, in fact, that herbalist Christopher Hobbs, editorial advisor for Herbs for Health, says they’re effective for nearly every ailment: including immune disorders, allergies, candida, the common cold, influenza, and cancer.

Similar benefits can be found in maitake (Grifola frondosa) mushrooms, which have been shown in scientific studies to fight cancer and inhibit tumor growth. Maitakes are likewise suitable for helping to naturally lower blood pressure levels while balancing cholesterol levels.

And who could forget about Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus), the mushroom that looks exactly like it sounds! Considered by world-renowned fungi expert Paul Stamets to be the world’s premier “smart” mushroom, Lion’s Mane offers immense benefits to the brain, nervous system, immune system, and heart. Not only does Lion’s Mane help to improve cognitive function, it also helps promote neural growth by stimulating the body’s Nerve Growth Factor (NGF).

Superfood #2: Exotic Superfruits

Exotic Superfruits such as acerola cherries are key ingredients in EpiGreens

We’re all familiar with common fruits like apples, oranges, and strawberries. But what about not-so-common varieties like acerola cherry (Malpighia emarginata) and Indian gooseberry (Emblica officinalis)? Both of these exotic superfruits contain some of the world’s highest levels of natural vitamin C, it turns out, and both can do wonders for the body in terms of strengthening its defenses and improving its overall functionality.

Studies show that acerola cherry is a powerful antioxidant fruit rich in flavonoids like quercetin that support cardiovascular, immune, and respiratory health.

Acerola cherry is also a potent DNA protector that minimizes oxidative damage and ultimately helps to prevent the types of harmful mutations that lead to cancer growth and proliferation.

Indian gooseberries are similar in that they’re likewise rich in anthocyanin antioxidants that help to combat early aging while simultaneously stamping out disease-causing inflammation. This, combined with their rich density of brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids and an array of other health-promoting vitamins and minerals, makes the Indian gooseberry exactly the type of thing you need to achieve your health goals.

Superfood #3: Sprouted Seeds

These tiny packages of nourishment are where life begins, which explains why they’re also an incredibly important part of any healthy diet. But even for all of their many health benefits, seeds become even healthier when they’re sprouted. Sprouting unlocks a cornucopia of seed nutrition that would otherwise not be accessible by the body. Seed germination not only makes seeds more nutritionally bioavailable, it also boosts their overall nutrient content − in many cases by dramatic amounts

Sprouting is especially important because it deactivates certain “anti-nutrients” in seeds that can inhibit nutrient absorption and even rob your body of its own nutrient stores. Such anti-nutrients include things like phytic acid, enzyme inhibitors, lectins, saponins, and polyphenols. If you’ve ever felt like your body doesn’t agree with seeds (or nuts or beans), it could be because of these anti-nutrients, which are effectively removed during the sprouting process.

Superfood #4: Fermented Herbs

Fermented Herbs are found in EpiGreensHerbs are already an underrated dietary element, and fermented herbs especially so. Most people aren’t chowing down on things like holy basil and lemon balm (not to be confused with the lemon fruit), let alone fermented varieties of these precious herbs − which is a shame considering their immense health benefits.

Like sprouting, fermenting helps to break down and convert one type of nutrient into another, making it more digestible and assimilable than it otherwise would be in its unfermented form.

Ashwagandha is one type of adaptogenic herb that’s better fermented than unfermented. Boasting a laundry list of health benefits that include support for the thyroid gland, adrenal glands, immune system, brain, and blood, ashwagandha is an excellent herb to start including in your diet.

So are turmeric and rhodiola, two other “super” herbs that rank amongst the most powerful anti-inflammatory herbs in the world. What’s even better is that their beneficial effects are greatly amplified when these herbs are fermented.

Superfood #5: Probiotics

Without these active little critters in our bellies, we would have a very difficult time digesting our food. Probiotics are what perform the digestive equivalent of both sprouting and fermenting inside the gut. They help to balance the microbial ecosystem that keeps a close eye on foreign invaders and makes sure that everything we eat is digested in such a way that the body can use it for growth and repair.

There are untold numbers of probiotic bacteria and bacterial colonies that live inside our digestive tracts, not to mention the many varieties that live in soil. In a perfect, chemical-free world, these soil-based probiotics would enrich the foods we eat while they grow. However, oftentimes these are missing, which is why supplementation can be beneficial. One probiotic strain worth supplementing with is Bacillus subtilis, which research suggests helps to improves the microbial environment in the intestines while boosting the activity of digestive enzymes.

Feeding these and other probiotics so they can perform their respective functions, fulvic acid and humic acid are two additional prebiotic “nutrient boosters” that function similarly to probiotics. Helping to activate other nutrients and make them more bioavailable, these organic, soil-based pro-nutrients actively support nutrient metabolism while helping to balance gut function. This is why they’re sometimes categorized as probiotics.

Superfood #6: Enzymes

Last, but certainly not least, are enzymes. These protein catalysts function as the energy force for the entire body. Not only are enzymes essential for the breakdown of food to be used for energy and cellular metabolism, they also serve as the engineers, technicians, and maintenance crews to keep the many vital systems of the body functioning at full speed, and with optimal efficiency.

Enzymes are perhaps the most overlooked dietary element because many people don’t even know what they are. And yet, without them, life itself would not exist. Cooked, processed, and chemical-treated foods − which many people eat on a regular basis − are mostly or completely devoid of enzymes, which makes these foods harder for the body to digest.

The following are among the most important enzymes lost as a result of processing and heating that are worth supplementing with in order to correct this deficiency:

  • Cellulase: Necessary to break down plant fiber in greens, sprouts, herbs, and fruits
  • Beta-glucanase: Necessary to break down fungi, yeast, and cereal bran fiber
  • Amylase: Necessary to break down carbohydrates and starches
  • Xylanase: Necessary to break down “tougher” fiber in beans, cereal grains, and certain vegetables
  • Protease: Necessary to break down protein
  • Glucoamylase: Necessary to break down carbohydrates and starches
  • Phytase: Necessary to convert “anti-nutrients” in beans, seeds, legumes, and grains into nutrients and trace minerals
  • Pectinase: Necessary to break down pectin fiber in fruits and vegetables
  • Lipase: Necessary to break down fats
  • Lactase: Necessary for processing milk lactose
  • Alpha-galactosidase: Necessary to break down complex carbohydrate foods like cruciferous vegetables
  • Hemicellulase: Necessary to break down plant fiber in greens, sprouts, herbs, and fruits
  • Invertase: Necessary to break down complex sugars into simple sugars

All of these superfoods can be found in OrganiGreens, a revolutionary new green drink from Organixx. With its unique blend of 71 fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, herbs and spices – plus the addition of fulvic and humic acid for increased bio-availability – OrganiGreens is truly in a category all by itself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

  1. David Fischer’s North American Mushroom Basics: Real Answers About Mushrooms (F.A.Q.)
  2. Benefits of Medicinal Mushrooms and How to Use Them
  3. Lion’s Mane Mushroom – Unparalleled Benefits for Your Brain and Nervous System
  4. Acerola Cherry extract supplement health benefits, research studies
  5. 6 Health Benefits of Quercetin
  6. What Are Gooseberries Good For?
  7. The Top 5 Healthiest Seeds
  8. What Are the Benefits of Sprouting Seeds?
  9. Sprout Guide: How to Sprout Grains, Nuts & Beans
  10. Ashwagandha Benefits Thyroid and Adrenals
  11. 7 Fulvic Acid Benefits & Uses: Improve Gut, Skin & Brain Health
  12. Digestive Enzymes for a Modern Diet

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Comments

  1. Please tell me how I can order and purchase and try a
    Container or bottle of Epigreens .thanks.
    Kerry Barry btw, when
    Will you guys be able to create a customer service live contact toll free phone number??
    Thanks, Kerry Barry
    (818) 399-8306

    • Hi Mildred,
      Have you tried copying and pasting the text from the article into a word document before printing it?

  2. There is too much to absorb in one sitting.We are interested in everything you have to offer,however we have a lot more exploring to do. I would like to purchase the green juice powder.
    Can you help me to order this?
    Patricia Delaney

  3. The label is VERY hard to read, even enlarged, on a computer screen. Can you tell me if this is soy-free (the Epigreens)?

    • Hi Shannon,
      Epigreens is free of Dairy, Soy, Corn, Eggs, Nuts, Yeast, Shellfish. EpiGreens does not contain any ingredients that have gluten in them, so there are no wheat, barley or rye products or their derivatives.
      Hope that clarifies things for you!

  4. hi guys , can anybody tell me one thing please , you guys selling a lot and i bought all the best offers by buying 3rd option ( 6 bottles or so) as im in UK it`s better to buy more than less . So, I haven`t finishes all I got just yet and you offering something else now . I had peritoneal cancer 4 years ago and do juising and soda & lemon , manuka & cinnamon , coconuit kernel oil + all of your suplements like ==> Turmeric D3 , 7M+ , Detox , Fulvimax and still got them for another 6 month or so , how much we can take ….how much more , its already handfull every am .
    And there is no way in UK or anywere else any doctor would ever give you any advice on these suplements because they can get in trouble ….they just blink @ you if you say what you using to prevent . And nobody here also say a thing … if you selling then you know what is ok to take or do we need all that ( i mean all ) you selling ?

    • I agree. At the moment I have too many fulvi-max and when I criticized the new organixx for putting out a more up to date fulvi-max I was chastised by Maggie. She said we are a great company. Blah, blah ,blah..I did not criticize the company I criticized their marketing tactics. I too am taking multiple supplements without any guidance. Spending too much? Probably. The fear of cancer outweighs the cost I guess. But it is fear not whether they are a good company or not. They give NO advice. In a way they prey on us. But I think their product is good. Dr. Nuzem is an intelligent and giving man.

  5. Plus i do aprikot kernels and coral calcium + ashwagandha + shillajit …. isn`there already enough goods im taking ? can anybody help ? If im spendng money here on your product i need some help / advice !
    Kind regards

  6. Agree with above ==> hardly read those labes even with my reading glasses and im not 90 but 50 , letters are so microscopic that we need a direct light on it to be able to see, im sorry but that should be more readable !

    • Hi Landa,
      Thanks for the feedback. I will pass this on! If you are reading the labels from a computer you can always zoom in to make the picture bigger. This can be done by CTRL + or Command +. Hope that helps!

    • Everyone knows you can zoom in to read small print. It does not work with the labels. Maggie chastised me on that and also on clearing my computer after I order. They sent me an email saying your cart is not empty so I think the submit didn’t go through and I alert to their email. I go back in and complete the order. Then the next email, was at least a save, asking if I meant to order six instead of three. They need better customer service. In my opinion. We order this for our health and only get a lot of throwback. Sorry but I do like their products but would like some better feedback on my questions about the product.

    • Hi Laila,
      Organigreens (previously EpiGreens) is not USDA-certified organic, but each and every ingredient that is certified organic will be labeled as such. Almost every ingredient in Organigreens is organic except for a few. If you have further questions please reach out to our customer support team for more information: https://support.organixx.com/submit_ticket

      • You change your name to organigreens but the product is not wholly organic?
        That looks very bad on you.
        Marketing trumps honesty?

        • Hi Saya,
          Although Organigreens is not completely organic, it is made without genetically modified organism-containing ingredients. OrganiGreens is not USDA-certified organic, but each and every ingredient that is certified organic will be labeled as such.

  7. Do fruits and veges need different time to digest , what i mean is do veges need there own time apart from fruits to digest ?

  8. This was an awesome with helpful content. I believe in professionals so this is a very useful article for everyone. Thank you very much for sharing..

  9. The label reads, “Not intended for children.” Why is that? Truly, if something is not good enough for children, how could it be good for any age person?

    • Hi Cat,
      Our products are formulated for and designed to be taken by adults. However, in some cases, they can be suitable for people in unique circumstances or stages of their life. You should always consult your healthcare practitioner prior to taking any new dietary supplement. Epigenetic Labs cannot diagnose, treat, or give you advice regarding your health and individual use of our products. If you have questions regarding individual use of our product, please consult with a medical professional.

  10. I agree with a few other clients on some of the above comments – I am also extremely interested in various products you have but I have the same problem – I don’t know where to begin or which supplements I can combine etc … I have already contacted your customer service dept but they just told me
    That I have to consult a practitioner here in my country – spain – which I have and who only want to sell Me local supplements… due to this lack of help I haven’t yet purchased anything from You even though I would like to …perhaps you should consider offering this advice to clients of you want to sell your products…

  11. Why is every ingredient NOT organic?? What’s the point to buying special foods if we’re risking consuming pesticides, etc???

    • Hi Sandra,
      Although Organigreens isn’t certified organic, it is made without genetically modified organism-containing ingredients. Organigreens as a whole product is not USDA-certified organic (due to the presence of probiotics), but each and every ingredient that is certified organic is labeled as such.

  12. I feel that, as good as your products sound like they are, I feel they are way over-priced, especially since you do not seem to advertise on the scale that other places do. I have ordered some in the past and they are good, but not that good, like miraculous results good. When someone is on a fixed income, it simply is not possible to purchase at prices like this. It would break me in no time. I prefer to eat, thank you.
    It would be nice if you could offer single bottles for those things people only want to try out.
    Thanks

  13. There is no meat or dairy in this product? I’m a vegan. Also, need to use organic non-GMO foods. Is this product organic non-GMO? If not, why and is it safe to use?

    • HI Jeanna,
      You’re in luck! OrganiGreens is made without genetically modified organism-containing ingredients.

  14. I would highly recommend you provide more details on your product. I would like to know just some basics like how many ounces on a can vs how many servings per day recommended so the could gauge how many servines I’m getting for my money.

  15. OrganiGreens has done an amazing job to get their comprehensive and very healthy product on the market. I look forward to sampling it! Well done!

  16. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria and enzymes are nutrients. They are not foods. People need raw plant based foods and herbs not fermented foods which are worthless because they contain the wrong kind of bacteria. Eat raw, unprocessed and unheated fruits and vegetables and you’ll get all the enzymes you need.

    • To Ty S.
      Unfortunately, your comment about fermented foods is woefully inaccurate. Beneficial bacteria(probiotics) are present in foods such as sauerkraut, kimchee, Kombucha, yogurt, kefir, tempeh, miso and other food cultured or fermented products. The culturing process makes them more bioavailable.

  17. Thank you for this exciting article. Why we need all theese enzymes? I thought that our body could make them from proteins.

  18. Hi when living in the UK I ate mostly natural good whole foods and organic. Even so,
    I had to have my gallbladder removed and my thyroid. I was also swimming, walking
    and doing Yoga was never overweight and thought to be healthy.
    I didn’t know then about low Vit D.
    I now live in France where organic has only just started to creep in not much fruit and vegetables everything is sprayed in deadly poisons over here.

    I order every two weeks from the UK how about that for dedication?

    Thank you for all your information is makes interesting reading.

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