Tip of the Week
Whole food supplements are all the rage right now, bringing superfoods to the forefront of the American diet.
Tina Chan, founder of whole food supplement business Powbab, Inc. based near Chicago, says superfoods like baobab fruit, chia seeds, lucuma powder, maca powder, spirulina and mushrooms are becoming more popular because of their nutrition from exotic and ancient sources.
“Each of these superfoods has amazing nutritional benefits and contributes to a healthy diet or can make a difference in an unhealthy one,” Chan says. “Most of these contain a good source of antioxidants, which continue to be important for our day and age as people are more stressed and have increased exposure to toxins in the environment through pesticides and chemicals in food.”
One of the higher sources of antioxidants is in baobab fruit, which has 2.5 times more antioxidants than pomegranates and more antioxidants than acai berry, Chan says. Her favorite supplement is the Powbab baobab superfruit chews, which provide 100 percent of daily antioxidant needs in one chew. “The best part is that the chews taste good and are a little treat during a busy day or pre- or post-workout,” she says.
Chan offers tips on choosing the right supplements:
• Consult your physician first, especially if on medication. Chan suggests also picking a physician that focuses on nutrition and whole food supplements as a method of prevention or treatment, with the philosophy “to rely on the body to heal itself by feeding the inputs it needs.”
• There is no one-size-fits all. Each supplement has a different functionality, ingredients and generally, the manufacturing process depends on the brand.
• Don’t assume all supplements are natural or have “safe and natural” ingredients. Read labels and ask questions.
• Don’t assume your body needs 1000s of percents of minerals and vitamins.“Especially for water-soluble vitamins, your body cannot absorb all the vitamins and they are just excreted, along with your dollars spent,” Chan says.
• Stay away from fillers and sweeteners. Artificial colors, titanium dioxide, magnesium stearate and stearic acid often are included as fillers.
• Beware of false claims and advertising. Do you research into the brand before you buy.
— Amber Krosel, More Content Now