The Four Superfoods That I Consume on a Regular Basis

Written by Max Goldberg on May 24, 2012. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

I am of the belief that food is medicine, and the best food we can put into our bodies is organic.

That being said, there are some organic foods that have higher nutritional value than others – often referred to as superfoods – and I try to incorporate them into my diet on a regular basis.

While the following superfoods are by no means the only ones you’ll find in my kitchen, I have been consuming these four quite frequently as of late.

WHEATGRASS

Throughout the years, I have gone in many different directions looking for the best thing to put into my body but I always seem to end up in the same place – wheatgrass.

Wheatgrass may very well be the most nutritious food in the world, largely because of its high chlorophyll content.

The primary health benefits include:

- Phenomenal for the blood: purifies it, cleanses it of debris, increases red blood cell count, lowers blood pressure, and restores alkalinity to the blood.

- The enzymes and amino acids in wheatgrass protect us from carcinogens, strengthens our cells, and detoxes our liver.

- Stimulates the thyroid gland.

I will normally drink four ounces (two double shots) of wheatgrass per day several times a week, and my body just doesn’t feel the same when I don’t have it.

Here is a picture of me making it at home with my Green Star juicer.

MAQUI BERRY

While other berries are more well known, such as acai, maqui berry is arguably the best of them all. Key highlights include:

- Has an ORAC score (which measures antioxidant activity) of 616. This is 3x the amount of acai (which scores 185) and almost 20x the amount of blueberries (which scores 32).

- Tremendous anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is highly correlated with many chronic illnesses such as cancer, fibromyalgia and heart disease.

- High in iron, calcium and vitamin C

Putting a tablespoon of maqui berry powder in my smoothies is something that I love to do, and it tastes fantastic.

KELP

Sea vegetables might be the most important food that so few people incorporate into their diet.

I’ve been trying to change that by eating kelp several days per week. Kelp is loaded with:

- Iodine, which is essential for the proper functioning of the thyroid. Also, eating natural sources of iodine helps to fight off radiation.

- B vitamins

- Minerals such as magnesium, boron and calcium, which are good for muscle function and strong bones.

The only kelp that I have been buying is from Maine Sea Vegetables and their kelp is harvested in the Atlantic Ocean, far away from the problems in Japan with the radiation spill at Fukushima.

ROYAL JELLY

Royal jelly is the thick milky substance – consisting of honey, bee pollen and enzymes – produced by the worker bees to feed the queen bee.

Since queen bees have incredible stamina and longevity, it is widely believed that what they eat is indeed a true superfood.

The benefits of royal jelly include:

- Strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

- Excellent source of B vitamins, particularly pantothenic acid, niacin and riboflavin.

- Beneficial for the immune system.

I will take a quarter-teaspoon of royal jelly in the morning when I wake up several times per week.

As I have written about before, there are no federal guidelines when it comes to USDA certified organic honey.

Therefore, you have to find a brand of royal jelly that you believe to be the most “clean”.

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The key thing that I do with these four superfoods and the others that I buy is not to overdo them.

Moderation is paramount, and I rotate them into my diet on a regular basis, so my body is getting a full range of minerals, nutrients, and amino acids.

(Before taking any of the superfoods listed here, particularly the royal jelly, one should consult a medical doctor or nutritional professional because they may cause allergic or other negative reactions. The post provided here is for informational purposes only.)

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20 Comments

  1. I’m intrigued by wheatgrass, but have yet to try it. I’m in the process of figuring out my thyroid/adrenals (something is out of whack) and a symptom I have had for a while is low blood pressure. I’m really prone to that lightheaded/dizzy thing upon standing up, so I may need to avoid it for now. I think I’m also deficient in magnesium due to a number of symptoms, so that’s good to know about kelp since it can also help with thyroid issues. Hopefully I can get in to see a nutritionist, if not a naturopath, sooner than later. I don’t think the antidepressant so quickly prescribed by my PCP is the answer. *rolls eyes*

    Written by Christine on May 24, 2012 @ 1:02 pm
  2. Hi Christine,

    As you can tell, I am a big fan of both kelp and wheatgrass. They are very powerful foods.

    I hope you can get those health issues resolved soon and good luck to you on that!

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on May 24, 2012 @ 1:12 pm
  3. max,
    since you posted the kale salad from Sun in Bloom cafe…i am hooked. i’ve made it 5 times already. i really enjoy the dulse. are the health benefits the same for kelp or dulse? i love sauerkraut in my salads now.
    thanks for all the good info.
    kerry

    Written by kerry surface on May 24, 2012 @ 1:34 pm
  4. I have been ordering wheat grass tablets and powder from Pure Green Foods – puregreenfoods.com. I LOVE it and have especially felt a difference in my energy AND digestive system since being on it. I won’t be without it. I found the folks at Pure Green Foods to be knowledgeable (have had to call and ask questions in the beginning) and I have never had an issue with the ordering process. One of the differences I found with their tablets is that they are not coated which I like. They explained that most coatings are actually “shellac” and that’s not something I want to put in my body.

    I have used a “greens blend” sold at the big box stores and health food stores that I thought was pricey but not an exceptional product.

    Written by Carol on May 24, 2012 @ 1:39 pm
  5. Is wheatgrass something you can eat everyday? What do you do with the kelp? Just eat it like that? I am new to the “real food” we just recently cut out processed foods, so all of this is new to me. Thanks! Laura

    Written by Laura on May 24, 2012 @ 2:08 pm
  6. Hi Kerry,

    Great to hear!!

    Based on what I know, the health benefits of dulse and kelp are very similar. The big one is the source of iodine.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on May 24, 2012 @ 2:28 pm
  7. Hi Carol,

    Thanks for sharing. I don’t know that brand Pure Green Foods but I’m happy to hear you’ve had a good experience with it.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on May 24, 2012 @ 2:29 pm
  8. Hi Laura,

    I juice wheatgrass, instead of eating it. As I mentioned in my post, I don’t consume any of these superfoods everyday but several days per week. I try to use moderation and keep a variety.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on May 24, 2012 @ 2:30 pm
  9. BTW, Max – I LOVE your site! It’s very informational and the information easy to understand and “digest.” :-)

    Written by Carol on May 24, 2012 @ 3:31 pm
  10. Hi Carol,

    Thank you very much! I greatly appreciate your reading what I have to say here and am glad you are finding it useful.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on May 24, 2012 @ 3:35 pm
  11. Hi Max,

    Enjoyed your article about the four Superfoods. I’m curious how you are preparing the Kelp?

    Written by Debbie on May 24, 2012 @ 5:37 pm
  12. Hi Debbie,

    Thanks so much. I am soaking it in water for about 15-20 minutes.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on May 25, 2012 @ 12:31 pm
  13. Wheatgrass is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. We can all benefit from ingesting it.

    Written by Suzanne on May 27, 2012 @ 3:56 pm
  14. Hi Suzanne,

    I agree completely.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on May 28, 2012 @ 8:08 am
  15. Great info Max! I haven’t heard of Maqui berries – Acai is one of my favorites -Now I have something new to try, Thanks! I would add Chia to your list too -I eat that 2-3 times per day and it has given me the stamina to run long distances. Plus it is loaded with Omega3s – -Tweeting this out

    Written by Keith Townsend on May 28, 2012 @ 10:35 pm
  16. Hi Keith,

    Glad you found it useful and thanks so much!!

    Yes, I eat A LOT of chia seeds. As I mentioned in the post, these were just four, not all, of the superfoods that I eat.

    Have a great week!

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on May 29, 2012 @ 12:31 pm
  17. Biggest fan when it comes to wheatgrass. I myself drink 4 ounces a day as well. 2 in the morning and 2 in the evening and your body can feel the difference when you stop for a day or 2. Enjoyed reading your posts as well.

    Best regards

    Brian

    Written by Brian (Green Vitamin) on November 26, 2012 @ 5:28 am
  18. Hi Brian,

    Yes, wheatgrass is very powerful, and thanks for your kind words!

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on November 27, 2012 @ 11:54 am
  19. Max, how much cacao do you consume on a weekly basis?

    Written by aaron on April 20, 2013 @ 8:15 pm
  20. Hi Aaron,

    I use 1 teaspoon about 3x per week. This is the brand that I am using these days and I LOVE it!!

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0037YF2E0/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0037YF2E0&linkCode=as2&tag=livingmaxwell-20

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on April 29, 2013 @ 1:54 pm

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