The Superfood Guide


The Brother Nature Guide to a Super Life with Super Foods

Via The Sunrise Shack

Superfoods are nutrient powerhouses that pack large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. Eating superfoods may reduce the risk of chronic disease and prolong life. People who eat more superfoods are healthier and thinner than those who don't. Below is a list of several foods that are widely considered to be "super," the health benefits of each, and how to fit them into your diet. 

Healthy Fats

MCT Oil | Brother Nature Superfood Guide

MCT OIL

Medium chain triglycerides are the best fats for your body to burn and to fuel your brain. MCT is extracted from refined coconut oil, which contains four different MCT fats. The one chosen for the production of MCT oil is 18 times more powerful than coconut oil alone. MCT oil has amazing benefits that help you have long sustained energy throughout the day.

Recommended:

Viva Naturals Non-GMO Pure Coconut MCT Oil (32 fl oz) by Viva Labs
Premium MCT Oil derived only from Organic Coconuts - 32oz by Sports Research

 

Grass Fed Butter | Brother Nature Superfood Guide

GRASS-FED BUTTER

Growing up, we were taught that butter and fats are bad for you. There is some truth to this, but now there is a more commonly accepted idea: There are good fats, and there are bad fats. Good fats come straight from the source and aren't heated, processed or tampered with. When bad fats get tampered with, they get out of balance and become oxidized, causing inflammation throughout the brain and body, clogging arteries, and causing your body to store fat. Good fats, like grass-fed butter, avocados, or coconut oil will do just the opposite. Using grass instead of grains is what gives the butter essential nutrients that are hard to find anywhere else - it's loaded with the vitamin K2! 

Recommended:

100% Organic Ghee from Grass-fed Cows, 32oz by Ancient Organics
Grass Fed Organic Ghee Clarified Butter From Grass-fed Cows by Purity Ghee

Herbs for Longevity

Gynostemma Tea | Brother Nature Superfood Guide

GYNOSTEMMA (DRAGON TEA)

Gynostemma is a major adaptogenic herb that is considered in Asia to be one of the top anti-aging, longevity herbs available. Years ago, an outsider stumbled upon a small village in the mountains of China and was offered a cup of this Dragon Tea. Drinking this tea was common among the people of this small village where the average age of the elderly was well over 100 years. It turns out that Gynostemma grew wildly all over the land. The herb is known to slow the aging process, reduce fatigue, improve digestion, calm nerves, ease pain, and de-stress the body, bringing it back into balance. The tea tastes incredible and is one of the healthiest teas this planet has to offer.  

Recommended:

Gynostemma Tea (Jiaogulan Tea) 100 2g Green Tea Bags by Shigu Mountain
Gynostemma Tea 1lb Tea Bag by GreenHillTea

 

Chaga Mushroom | Brother Nature Superfood Guide
 

CHAGA

The King of mushrooms, the Chaga mushroom, grows on birch trees in cold, mysterious places. This mushroom tastes nothing like the mushrooms most people know, it actually resembles a mild coffee flavor. Chaga contains one of the highest amounts of cancer-fighting compounds of any medicinal herbs known and tested. This herb is also known to protect the brain stem, enhance the immune system, protect cell compounds from free radicals, and is great for jet lag! It is also known to increase longevity. It's benefits are widely studied, in fact books of over 500 pages have been written on this mushroom, alone!

Recommended:

Chaga Mushroom Wild Harvested in Alaska, 8ozby Naturealm
Zen Mushrooms Wild Harvested Chaga Mushroom Chunks, 4-Oz by Zen Mushrooms

 

PAU d' Arco | Brother Nature Superfood Guide

PAU d'ARCO

Pau d'Arco is a tree, native to South America, that has been used to treat a wide range of conditions. Pau d'Arco treats arthritis, pain, inflammation, fever, ulcers, and various cancers. This herb is essential for longevity.

Recommended:

Pau D'Arco Inner Bark, 545 mg, 180 capsules by Nature's Way
Pau D'Arco Extract, 2-Ounce by NOW Foods

 

Moringa | Brother Nature Superfood Guide

MORINGA

The tree of life! This tree boasts an almost unbelievable nutritional profile: One serving of fresh leaves contains 7 times the amount of vitamin C in the equivalent amount of oranges, 4 time the vitamin A of carrots, 4 times the calcium of milk, 3 times the potassium of bananas, and twice the protein of yogurt! It also contains measurable amounts of vitamin B1, B2, and B3, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, and zinc. In addition, Moringa has all the essential amino acids, which are building blocks for our cells.

Recommended:

Global Moringa Moringa Powder (1 lb) by Global Moringa
Moringa Oleifera Superfood 300 Capsules – Pure USDA Organic by Moringa Source

 

Ashwagandha | Brother Nature Superfood Guide

ASHWAGANDHA

In India, Ashwagandha is known as the "strength of the stallion" herb. If you are looking to restore your energy, look younger, and reverse disease, then Ashwagandha may be the herb you're looking for. The benefits include improved thyroid function, treats adrenal fatigue, reduces anxiety and depression, combats the effects of stress, increases stamina and endurance, prevents and treats some cancers, reduces brain cell degeneration, stabilizes blood sugar, lowers cholesterol, and last but not least, boosts immunity.

This is one of our favorite superfoods! You can read more about the science behind Ashwagandha's methods of action in our full write up. 

 

He Shou Wu | Brother Nature Superfood Guide

HE SHOU WU

He Shou Wu root is a powerful kidney and liver tonic. It's very action of restoring gray hair back to color is testimony to it's claims as a herb for longevity. It is one of the most popular and highly revered tonic herbs in Asian herbalism. He Shou Wu grows in the mountains of central and southern China. There are a whole host of very important benefits surrounding this incredible tonic herb.

Recommended:

He Shou Wu Powder Extract by VitaJing
He Shou Wu 100 capsules, 450 mg each by Dragon Herbs

 

Herbs for Positivity

Lion's Mane Mushroom | Brother Nature Superfood Guide

LION'S MANE

This mushroom, when cooked, is one of our favorite things to eat. It turns out that it's incredible for brain health too! The protein in this mushroom helps with the growth of sensory neurons. Research suggests that this mushroom may help slow the progression of degenerative neurological conditions such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. It also helps boost memory and overall nervous system function. 

Recommended:

Host Defense - Lion's Mane Capsules, 60 count by Host Defense
Lion's Mane Mushroom Extract Powder by Real Mushrooms

 

Schisandra Berry | Brother Nature Superfood Guide

SCHISANDRA

This herb is known as the beauty tonic and youth preserving herb. Schisandra gives the skin a radiant look because it purifies the liver and protects the skin from sun damage. This berry is know for purifying the blood, improving memory, sharpening concentration and alertness, and removing toxins from the body. Schisandra has been in use for thousands of years and is one of the healthiest berries on the planet. It makes you feel incredible!

You can find Schisandra in Chill, our all-natural, relaxing nootropic.

Recommended:

Schisandra Organic Herbal Supplement by Oregon's Wild Harvest
Organic Schizandra Berry Extract Powder by VitaJing

 

Reishi Mushroom | Brother Nature Superfood Guide

REISHI

Reishi is, indeed, the supreme protector, protecting us on every level - physically, immunologically, mentally, and spiritually. It helps us adapt to the world and provides additional power for us to achieve a superior level of life.

Recommended:

Red Reishi Mushroom Powder 4:1 Extract (Organic), 11 Ounces by Terrasoul Superfoods
Sacred 7 Organic Mushroom Extract Powder by Naturealm

 

Herbs for Performance 

Cordyceps | Brother Nature Superfood Guide

CORDYCEPS

In ancient times, this warrior mushroom had so much power that if you weren't the Emperor, or his immediate family, and you picked it in the wild, you would be punished by death! This herb celebrated as one of the most life enhancing herbs on this planet. The health properties include restoring energy, relieving stress, reversing aging, strengthening the lungs, improving stamina and endurance, increasing brain power and protecting the brain. It also accelerates healing and immunity and relieves fatigue from excessive exercise or mental work.

You can find Cordyceps in Flow, our all-natural nootropic and adaptogen formula.

Recommended:

Host Defense - Cordyceps Capsules, Energy Support, 30 count by Host Defense
Nature's Way Cordyceps, 60 Vcaps by Nature's Way

 

Rhodiola Rosea | Brother Nature Superfood Guide

RHODIOLA ROSEA

Another one of our personal favorites, Rhodiola rosea, also known as the Golden Root, is an herb widely used to help the body defend against stress - which suppresses our immunity and ability to cope with various forms of bacteria and viruses that we encounter every day. It's also great for improving nervous system function and for increasing endurance, strength and stamina. It is also used to treat depression and anxiety. 

This is one of our favorite superfoods and is included in our daily nootropic and adaptogenic supplement.nootropic and adaptogenic supplement. You can read more about the science behind Rhodiola's methods of action in our full write up. 

 

Siberian Ginseng | Brother Nature Superfood Guide

SIBERIAN GINSENG

In the 16th century, one man took on an immense project: Li Shih-Chen wrote a 52 volume manuscript documenting the treatments used in Chinese medicine that covered over 10,000 herbs, but there was one herb in particular that stood out to him. Siberian Ginseng had no comparison. He wrote: "I would rather take a handful of Siberian Ginseng than a cartload of gold and jewels." Siberian Ginseng benefits are extremely powerful when it comes to protecting and nourishing good health. This herb is famous for its ability to enhance physical and mental endurance, making it perfect for athletes.

Recommended:

Siberian Ginseng Extract Powder (Eleuthero Root) by VitaJing
Siberian Eleuthero Root 180 Caps/425 mg by Nature's Way

 

Eucommia Bark | Brother Nature Superfoods Guide

EUCOMMIA

Eucommia bark is a major tonic herb that comes from a small tree native to China, often called the "Chinese Rubber tree" due to it's latex-bearing qualities. A popular herb among athletes, Eucommia is know to help improve flexibility as well as increase physical energy. It is used to help fortify the bones ligaments and tendons, and is especially reinforcing to the knees, ankles, and back - particularly the lower lumbar spine region.

Recommended:

Eucommia Extract Powder 50 Grams by Jing Herbs
Eucommia Bark, 100% All-Natural Capsules by Nature's Health

 

Maca Root | Brother Nature Superfood Guide

MACA

Maca root has been used by native Indians in Peru as a vital ingredient to health for thousands of years, in fact, Maca's use goes as far back as 3,800 B.C. The Maca root grows in the mountains of Peru at altitudes of 7,000 to 11,000 feet, making it the highest altitude-growing plant in the world. Maca increases energy, treats sexual dysfunction, increases stamina and athletic performance, nourishes the glandular system, and is great for fertility enhancement.

Recommended:

Herbal Secrets USDA Certified Organic Maca Root Powder- 16 oz (1 lb) by Herbal Secrets
Viva Naturals Organic Maca Root, Gelatinized for Enhanced Bioavailability by Viva Labs

 

Astragalus Root | Brother Nature Superfood Guide

ASTRAGALUS

One of the most important herbs is all of herbalism, Astragalus is used to strengthen and energize the body, help resolve colds and upper respiratory infections, and strengthen and regulate the immune system. One of the most widely used herbs in Chinese medicine, it has recently garnered the interest of Western science for it's potential to boost immunity and lessen the negative side effects of chemotherapy.

Recommended:

Astragalus Organic Supplement, 90 Count by Oregon's Wild Harvest
Astragalus Root Powder Organic by Frontier

 

Shilajit | Brother Nature Superfood Guide

SHILAJIT

Shilajit was discovered thousands of years ago when the Himalayan villagers noticed a few particular monkeys climbing high up the mountains to find a resin oozing from the earth. These monkeys were larger and stronger than those around them. A curious villager was the first to try Shilajit and immediately notices its tremendous benefits: abundant energy, relief from digestive trouble, better memory, sharper ability to think, reduced suffering from allergies, and relief from many health conditions.

Recommended:

GENUINE HIMALAYAN SHILAJIT in it's Natural RESIN Form by Lotus Blooming Herbs
Shilajit Extract Powder (2oz) by VitaJing

 

Madagascar Vanilla | Brother Nature Superfood Guide

MADAGASCAR VANILLA POWDER

Vanilla is one of the oldest and most valuable of all spices. But, just like coffee, vanilla is easily exposed to mold, which leads to a suppressed immune system, brain fog, and allergies. Most vanilla isn't properly taken care of, also leaving it full of pesticides. We source only mold-free vanilla that comes from Madagascar and is carefully looked after throughout its processing.

Recommended:

Kiva Vanilla Bean Powder (RAW, Organic and Vegan) by Kiva Health Food
Gourmet Madagascar Vanilla Powder, 2oz by Terrasoul Superfoods

 

Ceylon Cinnamon | Brother Nature Superfood Guide

CEYLON CINNAMON

Much of the cinnamon available in the spice aisle of your grocery store isn't cinnamon at all - it's cassia. Ceylon cinnamon is true cinnamon and it comes from the inner bark of a Sri-Lankan evergreen tree. Ceylon cinnamon has some different health effects than cassia: it helps control blood sugar, serves as an anti-bacterial agent, and is also an anti-inflammatory.

Recommended:

Organic Ceylon Cinnamon Powder, Freshly Ground, 1 Pound by Herb Affair
Ceylon Cinnamon Ground Powder, 1 lb-From a USDA Certified Organic Farm in Sri Lanka and Packed In The USA by Organic Wise

 

Other Superfoods

MOLD FREE COFFEE

Recent studies have shown that 91% of coffee has mycotoxins (mold) in the coffee beans. Most first-world countries have a limit of mold toxins they will approve. The USDA doesn't monitor or regulate these mold levels in coffee. When mold is in your coffee, it results in caffeine crashes, jitters, brain fog, and stomach aches. We drink coffee from organic, hand-picked beans that are grown in the high altitudes of Central and South America, slow-roasted in small batches, and air-sealed. These techniques make the coffee we drink qualify as a superfood.

YERBA MATE

Yerba Mate goes beyond mental stimulation and energy boosting. With a powerful nutrient profile, Yerba Mate is much more than just caffeine. Yerba Mate boosts mental functions of all kinds. It enhances memory, mood, and alertness. This herb is also known for having high levels of vitamins and minerals.