Here's a quick guide to some of our boosts you may not be familiar with. They can be added to any smoothie/acai bowl for $.50 each.
Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic super root commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine to increase vitality, relieve stress and boost brain and cognitive function. Adaptogens help regulate the adrenal/hormonal response to environmental and emotional stressors.
The taste of ashwagandha is earthy and slightly bitter and works well with cinnamon and dates (as in our Relax smoothie) or chocolate.
A complete protein, rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and antioxidants, bee pollen is used for improving mental alertness and helping concentration levels over an extended period of time. Studies have linked bee pollen and its compounds to health benefits such as decreased inflammation, improved immunity, menopausal symptom relief, improved liver health and wound healing.
Bee pollen tastes similar to honey and works well as an acai or oat bowl topping or blended into any smoothie.
Cacao is the raw, unprocessed bean of the cacao plant. It contains the highest concentration of magnesium and antioxidants of any food on the planet. It contains a much higher amount of enzymes, minerals, and nutrients than cocoa powder (which is roasted at high temperatures). Health benefits of cacao may include decreased inflammation, improved heart and brain health, blood sugar and weight control and healthy teeth and skin.
Camu Camu is a nutritionally dense red-orange berry that grows in South America. It boasts the highest levels of Vitamin C of any plant in the world—as much as sixty times than that of an orange (750-1000% USRDA per teaspoonful). It is also a rich source of potent antioxidants, phytochemicals, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, including iron and beta-carotene.
Research suggests camu camu can help boost cognitive function and reduce your risk of dementia, facilitate muscle growth, aid digestion, lower your risk of obesity, Type 2 diabetes, cancer, macular degeneration and more.
Hemp seeds are one of the world’s most nutritious seeds and one of the best sources of highly absorbable plant protein. Hemp Seeds also contain all the essential amino acids and fatty acids necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle. They are rich in healthy fats—they have a 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3, which may benefit skin diseases and provide relief from eczema. Hemp seeds may also reduce symptoms associated with PMS and menopause, due to its high levels of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA).
Hemp seeds have a light, slightly nutty flavor and are a tasty topping for salads, smoothie bowls, oats, or blended into any smoothie.
Maca Root Powder
Maca is a super root grown in the Andes mountains in Peru. It is used for enhanced energy and stamina, improved libido, hormonal balance and improved mood. Maca's pleasantly nutty and malty flavor works well with smoothies that contain chocolate, cinnamon and/or nut butters.
Matcha Green Tea
Matcha is a type of green tea made by grinding young, shade-grown tea leaves into a fine, bright green powder. Matcha is packed with antioxidants—up to ten times the amount of other green teas. Studies have shown that matcha can boost metabolism and burn calories; detoxify the body and protect against disease; enhance mood and concentration; lower cholesterol and regulate blood sugar. While it contains about 60 mg of caffeine per teaspoon, the phytonutrients in matcha slow the absorption of the caffeine which prevents spikes and crashes and provides a longer term, calmer alertness.
Red Reishi Mushroom Powder
Red reishi mushroom is known for being a powerful immune system booster. Studies have shown it to have anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties. It may also protect the heart, help reduce fatigue and depression, and help with blood sugar control.
The flavor of reishi is somewhat bitter and works best added to coffee or smoothies that contain chocolate, cinnamon or nut butter.
Spirulina is a powdered form of blue-green algae with an amazing array of essential nutrients.
Spirulina is a rich source of protein, chlorophyll, trace minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and is a powerful immune system booster. Spirulina powder can help detoxify your body and balance your body's pH (alkalinity). Spirulina's taste is unusual and may take some getting used to. It works best paired with green drinks and those that contain ginger and lemon.
Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory with many scientifically-proven health benefits, mainly thanks to its key compound curcumin. Studies have shown curcumin may help prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes and cancer; reduce pain and rheumatism; treat depression, improve skin health, improve immunity and more.
To improve its bioavailability and absorption, turmeric should be consumed with a small amount of black pepper.