We are obsessed with superfoods, but we know that the word “superfood” has been overused by the health food market. So we wanted to explain exactly what we mean when we talk about these healthy, but strange foods.
We searched for foods around the globe that pack the most nutrients into the best tasting ingredients and offer the most important health benefits. Those 11 foods are the ingredients we use to make each and every Redd bar.
While each ingredient has it’s own super power, we chose foods that also complement each other and support different functions and offer a wide variety of health benefits.
Here is a quick overview of each of our superfoods and why we love them:
Pumpkin Seeds – complete protein
In addition to being one of the most powerful sources of plant-based protein, pumpkin seeds are a source of hard-to-find minerals like zinc, magnesium and are uniquely packed with antioxidant nutrients.
Acai Berries – Super Antioxidant
These berries are packed with healthy antioxidants, fiber and heart-healthy fats. They have strong detoxification capabilities and have been known as a quality source of dietary fiber.
Chia Seeds – Fiber rich
One serving of chia seeds can provide the recommended daily fiber intake. They also contain more Omega-3s (healthy fats) per gram than salmon. They may improve certain blood markers, which should lower the risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
Quinoa – The Protein-packed Grain
Quinoa is gluten-free alternative to most other carb-heavy grains. It’s high in protein and one of the few plant foods that contain all nine essential amino acids.
Goji Berries – Super Longevity
Goji berries are an excellent source of antioxidants that help boost the immune system and protect the body from high levels of inflammation.
Mangosteen – Super Immunity
Mangosteen has antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial properties which help in protecting the body against various health ailments and also boosts immune system.
Dark Chocolate – Heart Health
Yerba Mate – Brain stimulant
Yerba mate is an excellent source of natural caffeine and other chemicals which stimulate the brain, heart, muscles lining blood vessels, and other parts of the body.
Maca – Super Healer
Maca is not only a great source of energy and stamina, it also has been used medicinally for many other treatments and as a preventative medicinal herb.
Cacao – Preventative Health
Cacao’s health benefits are rooted in their high flavonoid content. Some studies suggest that flavonoids might help prevent cancer as well as brain ailments such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Schizandra Berries – super detoxifIer
Schizandra berries not only have the ability to clean the liver of toxins, they also have the ability to cleanse the blood of waste, transporting it safely out of the body.