1. Four Sigmatic Cordyceps Mushroom Elixir
What it is: Four Sigmatic’s Cordyceps Mushroom Elixir is an instant elixir in a convenient powdered format. Contains cordyceps mushroom, an adaptogen that activates the body’s own energy production at the cellular level to help you maintain constant energy levels.
Energy-giving ingredient: Cordyceps mushroom. Cordyceps has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine since the 1700s. Because it’s an energizing adaptogen, it can support energy levels and fight fatigue. Cordyceps has been studied extensively in the context of athletic performance over the years and has been shown to “increase endurance, strength and efficiency of energy transfers.”
Nutritional highlight(s): One individual packet of Four Sigmatic’s Cordyceps Mushroom Elixir is five calories and zero grams of fat.
Serving suggestion: Mix an individual sachet to hot water or your smoothie. Great pre-workout supplement or anytime sipper when you need a pick-me-up.
Interesting to note: One study has shown cordyceps’ ability to fight and prevent cancer.
2. Sewanti Chyavanprash
What it is: Sewanti’s Chyavanprash is a 100% organic nutritive herbal jam. The first and only Ayurvedic jam available in North America, chyavanprash offers a range of health benefits, including immune system support, tissue rejuvenation and anti-aging. It is made with all 45 organic ingredients according to ancient text.
Energy-giving ingredient: Though Amla is the dominant ingredient, the concentrated mixture of over 40 nutritionally powerful ingredients makes the jam itself an instant energy booster. “The vitamin-rich herbs and minerals [are] designed to restore spent reserves of vital energy (ojas) and revitalize normal function.” Chyavanprash is Aryuveda’s most famous rejuvenation and anti-aging formula.
Nutritional highlight(s): Antioxidant rich and good source of vitamin C.
Serving suggestion: “1 to 2 tsp daily on empty stomach ideally followed by hot water or steamed milk. Not intended for use by those who are pregnant, breast feeding, have diabetes, or taking medications, without first consulting a qualified healthcare professional.” (source)
Interesting to note: Supports digestion and optimal urinary health.
3. Panaseed Andreas Flax Seed Oil
What it is: Panaseed’s Andreas Flax Seed Oil is cold-pressed, resulting in a premium, easily digested oil that maximizes the beneficial properties found in the seeds. Considered nature’s best source of vegetarian Omega-3 fatty acids, this flax seed oil is an excellent source of protein, contains natural soluble and insoluble fiber and quickly integrates into the body.
Energy-giving ingredient: Flax seeds. Flax is loaded with minerals, which helps build healthy bones and contributes to energy levels. Flax is one of the “rare foods” that inherently contains essential fatty acids (EFAs) “in perfect balance for the human body”; EFAs are critical for energy production.
Nutritional highlight(s): Studies have shown flaxseed oil can help calm the lining of inflamed intestines and may be beneficial for those suffering from Colitis and Crohn’s Disease. (source)
Serving suggestion: Add 1.5 teaspoons to your favorite foods, salads, raw desserts, and smoothies.
Interesting to note: One study uncovered that flaxseed consumption may decrease the risk of breast cancer.
4. JEM Superberry Maqui Camu Spread
What it is: JEM’s Superberry Maqui Camu Spread is a raw sprouted almond butter fortified with superfoods Maqui and Camu Camu. This delicious spread is dense in minerals, certified organic, low glycemic and a good source of healthy fat, antioxidants and dietary fiber.
Energy-giving ingredient: Coconut sugar. One of the lowest glycemic natural sweeteners available, coconut sugar is a nutrient-rich alternative to refined sugar and many other sweeteners. Coconut sugar offers a slow release of energy, helping sustain the body through daily activities without the radical spikes in blood sugar associated with refined varieties.
Nutritional highlight(s): Two tablespoons (30g) offers 20% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C and 25% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin E.
Serving suggestion: Mix into smoothies, use as a dip for fruit or enjoy with a spoon straight from the jar – the serving ideas are endless!
Interesting to note: Camu camu berry is very high in vitamin C and loaded with amino acids and antioxidants. Maqui berry is known for its anti-aging flavonoids.
5. Planet Hemp Hemp Seeds
What it is: Planet Hemp’s Hulled Hemp Seeds are non-GMO, responsibly grown hemp seeds. This “perfect food” is a rich source of plant-based protein and offers Omega 3 and 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, fiber and B vitamins.
Energy-giving ingredient: Hemp seeds. Hemp seeds support increased energy via protein, magnesium and iron. Iron transports oxygen to your body’s cells, helping generate sustained energy that can combat tiredness throughout the day. Like iron, magnesium helps facilitate the delivery of oxygen, and therefore energy, throughout the body. Hemp protein offers a slow release of energy that simultaneously fuels the body and repairs cells. (source)
Nutritional highlight(s): Three tablespoons of Planet Hemp hemp seeds offers 10 grams of protein, 30% of the daily recommended amount of iron and 70% of the daily recommended amount of magnesium.
Serving suggestion: Add to smoothies, salads, sauces, or baking.
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