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From the people that brought to you “superfoods,” we’re so excited to introduce “super powders.” Well, essentially, they’re just superfood powders. While these super powders are not here to act as a substitute for whole vegetables and fruits, they’re an excellent way of incorporating vitamins and nutrients our bodies need to feel GR8.

Swipe right to learn about some famous super powders that are taking the wellness world by storm.

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Hemp

We’ve gushed about the benefits of hemp before. How couldn’t we? Hemp seeds are rich in protein, unsaturated fats, fiber, and vitamins but there’s more. Results of a review found that hemp could have neuroprotective effects, meaning it keeps our brains healthy. Also, another review found hemp seeds could improve symptoms of acne.

How to Use It: Add it to smoothies and shakes, baked goods, protein bars, and pancakes.

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Camu Camu

Whenever I talk about camu camu, my mom thinks I’m making stuff up. This sour berry, native to the Amazon rainforest, is high in vitamin C and powerful antioxidants. Camu camu can help reduce inflammation in the body. And has many other potential benefits that still need more research like, reducing body weight and improving sugar levels.

How to Use It: Add it to smoothies and juices, sprinkle over yogurt, or add it to your tea.

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Baobab

The pulp, seeds, and leaves of the baobab fruit, native of Africa, Australia, and Madagascar, are rich in vitamin C, fiber, calcium, and iron. There’s some research that suggests baobab can help people lose weight by promoting feelings of fullness.

How to Use It: Sprinkle it onto fruit or cereal, bake into bread, stir into soup, or blend into smoothies.

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Maca

Most of you have probably heard about maca before. A plant native to Peru that supposedly helps enhance fertility and sex drive, Maca is rich in vitamin C, iron, and copper. There’s some research backing the claims that maca can effectively improve sexual desire. There’s also research that suggests it can help relieve symptoms of menopause. Other benefits include mood-lifting properties and sports performance boosting.

How to Use It: Add to your pancake mix, blend into your latte, and sprinkle it over your oats.

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Moringa

Picture this, moringa comes from a plant often called the miracle tree. Imagine all the things that this can do. Moringa contains vitamin A, B1, B2, and B-6, in addition to folate, calcium, and magnesium. There’s some research that suggests moringa can promote healthy skin, improve vision, and protect our liver.

How to Use It: Stir into your water, add to your tea, bake into anything, blend with your guacamole.

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Spirulina

Another superfood that’s been on our radar for a while. Spirulina is one of the world’s most famous supplements. A single tablespoon contains protein, vitamins B1, B2, and B3, copper, and iron, as well as magnesium and potassium. Some studies have found that spirulina can help lower bad LDL and triglyceride levels, which is why it is often recommended to diabetics.

How to Use It: Add it to smoothies, sprinkle it over salads or soups, and mix into energy balls.

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Turmeric

Another of our favorite GR8 foods. You’ve probably had something with turmeric in it and never thought about the health benefits. After years of research, science finally says turmeric has compounds with medicinal properties. Curcumin is so powerful that it matches the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs, without the side effects. Turmeric can also help increase brain levels of a hormone linked to depression and Alzheimer’s when low.

How to Use It: Add it to your tea, to any soup recipe, blend into smoothies, and cook your food with it.

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Acai

Care for an acai bowl? This powerful blueberry-like, Brazilian superfruit is loaded with fiber, vitamin A, and calcium. Some studies suggest acai may help improve cholesterol levels. There is some promising research that points to acai stopping cancer cells from forming and spreading. And some studies showed it could help improve memory.

How to Use It: Mix into your favorite drink, add it to fruits or smoothies, turn it into ice cream, or add to water for an acai shot.

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Geraldine is a GR8NESS Contributing Editor who writes about self care, clean makeup and beauty, mental health, and relationships – as well as natural remedies and fitness. She’s a coffee enthusiast with Venezuelan roots, a former ballerina, and the sunscreen patrol. Most of the time, you can find her working on her skincare routine or trying a new dance workout.
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