Native to the Amazon Basin, the cacao tree grows throughout the tropics. This small yet mighty tree produces the key ingredient in chocolate; However, when consumed in it's rawest form, cocao provides a multitude of benefits including heart protection, bettering digestive health, stress relief, and improved cognitive function.
The lucuma fruit grows from the Pouteria lucuma tree, native to the valleys of the Andes. Its unique, sweet taste has been likened to maple, pumpkin, sweet potato, and even caramel. Lucuma's greatest benefit stems from it's high fiber content, as it supports digestive health as well as helping to prevent cancer and heart disease.
A superfood native to South America and the Southwestern United States, mesquite has been utilized for centuries. While commonly used in barbecue recipes, mesquite has also been consumed for its medicinal powers including anti-fungal properties, immunity, headache and migraine prevention.
Sourced from newly sprouted leaves of the common wheat plant, wheatgrass has been praised for its potential to reduce oxidative stress, protecting against health conditions like arthritis, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases. This powerful green has also been shown to lower cholesterol levels and fight off infections.
Native to northern India, Asia and Africa, Moringa leaves have 7 times more vitamin C than oranges and 15 times more potassium than bananas! This supercharged plant also contains calcium, protein, iron, and amino acids, which help your body heal and build muscle.
A close cousin to the saltwater-sourced spirulina, Chlorella is a superstar in the freshwater Algae community! This water-dwelling plant has been shown to flush toxins out of the body while simultaneously being an excellent source of B vitamins, which help the body convert food to energy, support brain health, and may even reduce the risk of cancer.
Derived from the fruit of a small evergreen plant in global subtropics, this incredible powder has been harvested for centuries for its ability to keep the skin healthy, boost energy levels, and prevent general body weakness. Noni also has been shown to accelerate wound healing while additionally strengthening the immune system.
A tropical legume native to Africa and tropical Asia, Mucuna has been widely cultivated for its ability to lower cholesterol, increase libido, maintain blood-sugar levels, ease digestive issues and provide an adequate source of protein. Mucuna has also been shown to reduce the effects of allergies as well as signs of aging skin.
Coined a natural anti-anxiety medicine, Ashwagandha is considered an adaptogen, which means it helps the body better manage stress. Used in traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years, this small shrub has been shown to ease pain and inflammation, treat insomnia, and even boost nutrition.
Better known as the Indian Gooseberry, amla, is a fruit tree that grows natively in parts of Asia. With several culinary and herbal medicine uses, the fruit is rich in vitamin C and often purported to have potential antioxidant and heart-health benefits. Additional benefits include heartburn ease, anti-aging effects, liver maintenance, and increased immune health.
Found in high mountain rocks, often in the Himalayas, Karakoram, and Nepal, Shilajit is an Ayurvedic remedy that offers an alternative way to manage ailments from diabetes to low hemoglobin levels, sexual health issues, Alzheimer’s disease, urinary disorders, and stress. Due to its adaptogenic rejuvenating properties, it has even been shown to aid altitude sickness.
Vibrant red and luxuriously gold beetroot has been harvested all throughout the Mediterranian. The leaves and roots of beets are packed with antioxidants that fight cell damage and reduce the risk of heart disease. They’re one of the few vegetables that contain betalains, which give beets their vibrant color. Betalains reduce inflammation and may help protect against cancer and other diseases.
Tropical evergreen trees produce the mangosteen fruit, native to island nations of Southeast Asia and Thailand. Recognized for its vibrant purple exterior and gloriously white interior, the fruit boasts vitamins and minerals important for maintaining many bodily functions, including DNA production, muscle contraction, wound healing, immunity, and nerve signaling.
The superstar spice that gives curry its yellow color, Tumeric has been used in India for thousands of years as not only spice, but medicinal herb. Curcumin, being the main active ingredient in turmeric, has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very effective antioxidant.
Also called Salba chia or Mexican chia, chia seeds are the edible seeds of a flowering plant within the mint family. Native to Mexico and Guatemala, these tiny yet mighty seeds have been used for generations to manage weight, increase bone health, reduce inflammation, and to promote excellent digestion.
Otherwise known as the wolfberry, goji berries grow in bright orange bunches on small shrubs in China. Believed to increase the human lifespan, natives have been eating these berries for hundreds of years. Over the years, humans have used goji berries to try and treat many ailments including diabetes, high blood pressure, fever, and age-related eye problems.
Native to Asia, these large, kidney-shaped mushrooms have been widely used in traditional Eastern medicine. They are believed to promote long-term health and longevity, as well as aiding a variety of conditions including asthma, dizziness, insomnia, and irregular heartbeat.
Native to South America in the high Andes mountains of Peru, maca root is an edible herbaceous biennial plant. Otherwise known as Peruvian ginseng, the root contains amino acids, iron and calcium to improve sexual function, fertility, overall health and energy levels.
Derived from the legal part of the hemp plant, hemp flowers are used for reasons similar to other CBD products—relaxation, anxiolytic properties, help with sleep, reduction in pain and inflammation, aid in muscle recovery, and increasing focus.
Sometimes used as a synonym for seaweed, kelp refers to brown algae from the Laminariaceae family. With ten times as many minerals as plants grown in soil, people who eat seaweed seldom have mineral deficiencies. Additional believed benefits include improved thyroid health, diabetes control, and Anemia prevention.
Believed to be one of the oldest life forms on Earth, this blue-green algae has been literally been utilized since...ever! Long used for its endurance-boosting capabilities, the Aztecs consumed spirulina to sustain their marathon runs. Modern benefits are claimed to include improved heart health, immunity, and prevention of blood clots.
As one of the most widely consumed grains in the American diet, Barley is a particularly rich source of fiber, molybdenum, manganese and selenium and has been evidently shown to reduce hunger, improve digestion, prevent gallstones, lower cholesterol, and prevent colon cancer.