Three superfood powders
By Juliana Kassianos, Transformational Fertility Coach, Yoga Teacher and Founder of The School of Fertility
These superfood powders have particular health benefits. You can add them to smoothies, juices or porridge. Always consume in moderation though, as the adverse effects of consuming large quantities is not clear.
ORGANIC MACA POWDER
A small Peruvian root vegetable that contains 31 minerals and 60 phytonutrients. It is rich in thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin B6, iron, calcium, zinc, and fibre. There is scientific evidence that it has fertility-enhancing properties in women and men. In men it has been found to increases sperm count and motility.
ORGANIC LACUMA POWDER
A caramel-flavoured Peruvian fruit rich in potassium, iron, zinc and fibre. It is known by some as the ‘egg fruit’, because its yellow-orange flesh resembles the colour and texture of a hard-boiled egg. Back in the Inca Empire, it was viewed as the symbol of fertility. It has a low glycaemic index, so can be used as a natural sweetener.
ORGANIC SPIRULINA POWDER
Blue-green algae, which is 65% protein and is rich in calcium, iron, vitamin B12, magnesium and fibre. In studies spirulina is shown to be non- toxic to reproduction in mice. In one study, rats that were fed a diet containing spirulina produced significantly higher litter size than those that weren’t.
Which superfood powder are you willing to try?
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Reproductive and peri- and postnatal evaluation of Spirulina maxima in mice. Journal of Applied Phycology. April 1997, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 107–112. https://link.springer.com/ article/10.1023%2FA%3A1007994500084
Effect of supplementation of blue green alga (Spirulina) on outcome of pregnancy in rats. Plant Foods for Human Nutrition. January 1993, Volume 43, Issue 1, pp 29–35. https:// link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF01088093