Top Vegan Superfoods – B12 – Omegas – Amino-Acids

The present list of superfoods are easy to integrate in your diet and rich in proteins, omegas, vitamins and minerals. Who said it was hard to get proteins and B12 as a Vegan? It is in fact more accessible and bio-available in a plant-based version!

 

Spirulina

Spirulina is an incredible green algae which is proven to have amazing benefits on your health when consume on a daily basis. It has been shown to detox heavy metals and arsenic, eliminates Candida and antimicrobial agent, helps prevent cancer, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and chances of stroke, enhance energy performance, help for weigh loss and offers many benefits for the brain and memory.
Spirulina is high in protein, Omega-3 and Omega-6 as well as minerals like copper, manganese, magnesium, sodium and potassium and has a lot of vitamins K, A, B6, C, Riboflavin, Thiamin and Niacin. The best way to consume is in powder form in a smoothie or a green juice with lemon or lime for better absorption.
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Chlorella

Chlorella is often confused with Spirulina. Chlorella is similar in many ways but proportions are different and complementary. Chlorella contains more Omega-3 while Spirulina contains more Omega-6. Chlorella has more Iron, Phosphor and Manganese. Chlorella also has B12 which is 100% bio-available. Therefore Chlorella is one of the best supplement for Vegans looking for a natural source of B12. It’s good to consume Spirulina as well as Chlorella. Chlorella and Spirulina can be consumed together.
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Irish Moss

This is one of my favorite because of its versatility in recipes and its health benefits. Irish Moss is a type of sea weed that has no particular taste. It is the perfect thickening agent for recipes and natural gelatin that offers endless possibilities for Vegan and raw deserts as well as face masks and creams. It’s been shown to improve thyroid health, has the potential to fight cancer, helps for positive mental and emotional health, can lower cholesterol, pain reducer, anti-inflamatory and protects the heart. The list of nutrients in this miracle algae is overwhelming. Some of them includes : Vitamins B and C, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, amino-acids, iodine, bromine, zinc, selenium, pectin, beta-carotene, and calcium. Irish moss is high in carrageenan and collagen which improves skin and hair health. Once blend with water it creates a gelatin that turns to a “jello” after a few hours in the refrigerator. You can put a scoop in your smoothies or create deserts as a substitute to gelatin. You can also directly put on your skin, do a face mask which highly help for a glowing young skin.
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Chia

Because of its high content in amino-acids and fibers, Chia seeds are considered effective against hypertension and diabetes. They are also recognized for bone health and also improve athletic performances.
Chia seeds are rich in Omega-3, Fibers, Calcium, Iron, B9 and are also a great source of amino-acids and antioxidants.  Chia seeds are also very versatile for recipes and easy to integrate in diet. When soak, they create a viscous “shell” and is a great replacement for eggs.
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Maca

Maca, also known as “Peruvian Ginseng” is actually a cruciferous root vegetables. Maca has many impressive health benefits including : buffering the effect of stress, improving blood flow, improving fertility and libido, boosting the immune system, improving bone health, improving athletic performances and clearer thinking. It has a great source of B12, B1, B2, C and E. It is also high in amino acids and has  important sources of iron, calcium, zinc and magnesium.
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Goji Berries

Goji berries are well known for benefits such as heart health, regulation of cholesterol, help regulate blood sugar, strengthen the immune system, fight cancer and help for a beautiful skin. Rich in antioxidants like the beta-carotene but also zeaxanthin and lutein. Goji berries are also rich in minerals such as iron, phosphor, potassium, calcium and zinc. They are rich in proteins and fibers and contain close to 20 amino acids and a high source of vitamins A, B, C and E. They are also rich in Omega-3. They are very tasty and easy ton integrate in any recipes.
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Turmeric

Turmeric is used as spices in many Indian dishes and is a powerful root which is one of the most powerful herbs on the planet at fighting and potentially reversing diseases. It is one of the most frequently mentioned medicinal herbs in all science. Benefits include: reduces depression, fight inflammation, improve skin health, helps against Arthritis, treat and prevent certain cancers, improve blood flow, helps for detoxification and many more. Turmeric is high in fiber, vitamins B6, C, E and Niacin. It is also high in potassium, iron, manganese and zinc. Often sold in powders or capsules or as fresh roots, it should be consumed with black or cayenne pepper to help absorption and goes well with ginger. Check out this famous and delicious golden milk recipe.
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Pine pollen

It is one of the most interesting one because it’s quite expansive in markets but ironically there are plenty of pine trees everywhere and it’s easy to harvest your own. It is the perfect superfood for athletes and body builders, enhance libido as well as will power and mood, boosts immune system, offers many benefits for the skin, and anti-inflammatory due to MSM. Pine pollen provides a very high range of amino acids, vitamins A, B1, B2, B5, B6, C, D3 and E. Also rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, sodium, copper, iron and manganese. You can consume 1 1/2 tsp a day in powder or 2 capsules up to 3 times daily.
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Next week, I’m traveling in Peru near Machu Picchu!

 

Machu-Pichu-Peru

I will be flying in Peru, Cuzco November 28, 2017 for a 2 months trip I dreamed for a long time. The beautiful culture and incredible sacred places. The landscape and mountains are breathtaking. Some of the most powerful Sacred plants and medicines grow up in the mountains in Peru (Like Maca, Coca, and the well known psychoactive Ayahuasca). I visualized this trip for a long time, wishing to find the perfect place for what I was looking for. I imagined a small community, an ecovillage, organic food, experimented Shamans, and volunteer opportunities. That’s precisely what I was looking for. I wasn’t intensively looking for it, I just dreamed of it. At first, I did some research and didn’t find that perfect opportunity. Sure there is tons of interesting retreats, but often without volunteer programs or ecovillage. The opportunity naturally came to me later. I always keep myself informed about ecovillages and opportunities around the world with the GEN (Global Ecovillage Network) Website. I found this place (I won’t name right now) with a beautiful picture in mountains and the description fitted my values. I found out it was in Peru and had exactly what I was looking for. I am accepted to volunteer at the ecovillage, and have initiation to the sacred wheel of shamanism, where I will consume Ayahuasca and learning about sacred plant, shamanism, and San Pedro ceremonies. I looked for reviews, pictures and more informations about this place. Everything is safe have awesome reviews and pictures and as I was getting more informations about it, I felt that pleasant vibration in my heart. That’s when I knew I was on the right track. Don’t ignore your heart, it’ll always show you the way to go.

Follow this adventure with me. I will post threads about this trip as soon as I possibly can. Ideally on a regular basis. Probably not every day but maybe weekly depending on the internet access and time in my disposition. I will most likely post pictures on Instagram on a regular basis. So Tune up!

Thank you for the support!