Calgary Top Superfoods and how to use them. 

Joy and Vitality Centre provides a vast selection of vitamins, over 800 herbs, sports nutrition, superfoods, medicinal mushrooms, herbal tea, health supplements and natural beauty/skincare products. We cater to athletes, weekend warriors, health nuts and anyone interested in leading a healthy lifestyle. Come visit us! 

Joy and Vitality are passionate for your health! We only carry the highest quality products at our Wellness Centre to ensure your family is well served. Here are our Top Superfoods and how to use them to aid you in your health and wellness routines. Smoothie or Power Shot anyone?

Ceylon aka “True” Cinnamon

Did You Know that most of the cinnamon found in the spice aisle isn’t cinnamon at all but cassia cinnamon? Ceylon cinnamon (cinnamomum verum) aka true cinnamon comes from the inner bark of a Sri Lankan Evergreen Tree. What are the most common health benefits Ceylon Cinnamon? Well my friends, let me tell you:

  • Helps control blood sugar
  • Known for an anti-bacterial benefits
  • Improves blood lipid profiles
  • Serves as an anti-inflammatory
  • It improves digestion
triphala powder

Triphala and Gugul Powder

Triphala and Gugul has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Ithelps to support bowel health and aid digestion. Powerful antioxidant, helps to detoxify the body and support the immune system.

Triphala and Gugul Powder contains powerful anti-inflammatory compounds that may help protect against certain cancers and other chronic diseases. Studies have shown Triphala may help treat constipation, promote weight loss and  resolve dental issues (gum).

Take Triphala between meals on an empty stomach for maximum absorption. 1/2 tsp can be mixed with warm water and honey.

Organic Kale Powder 

Just 1-2 teaspoons of this powerhouse in a daily health drink or smoothie adds a ton of healthy nutrients to your diet!  Kale Powder also contains dietary fiber, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, high amounts of beta carotene and vitamin C. Did You know that  Kale is a good source of beta-carotene? Beta- carotene is  the carotenoid that the body converts into vitamin A as it needs it. Also rich in minerals.

Japanese Ceremonial Matcha 

Matcha was originally only served as a ceremonial beverage during traditional tea ceremonies in Japan. Nowadays, matcha is used for a wide variety of food, smoothies and drink recipes. But did you know that Matchas has Ceremonial Grade and Cooking Grade? Ceremonial grade is the highest matcha grade made from the youngest tea leaves, also has the highest nutritional profile:  high in a catechin called EGCG , helping to prevent heart disease, type 2 diabetes  and even encouraging weight loss.

Ginseng Root 

Some studies have found that Ginseng Root may help to rebuid the immune system. Siberian Ginseng extract helps to prevent colds in adults. Ginseng helps to improve athletic performance, may treat sleep problems (insomnia) and the symptoms of infections caused by herpes simplex type.  Use: 1 tsp in warm water, teas, smoothies.

Spirulina Powder

 Rich in nutrients, iodine,  vitamins and both fatty and full profile amino acids. Helps to decrease inflammation, tones the skin and encourages cell turnover to promote a more glowing and  youthful-looking skin. You can stir a small spoonful of spirulina powder into a glass of water aka shot glass and drink it straight, or you can add some to a smoothie.

Broccoli Powder (Sulforaphane) 

Sprouted Broccoli Extract aka Sulforaphane increases enzyme activity which promotes age-defying and anti-inflammatory properties, detoxifies and protects skin and increases cellular integrity. High in Vitamin A – naturally knowns as the highest antioxidant.

Raw Cacao Theobroma Powder

Did you know there’s a huge difference between Cacao and Cocoa Powder? Cacao has medicinal uses. It is used to stimulate the nervous system, dilates the coronary arteries,  lower blood pressure and soothes and softens damaged skin. It is also used against anemia – has very high Iron compound, angina, chapped skin and burns, bruises. High in antioxidants. Raw cacao powder is a natural superfood which is high in nutrients such as iron, magnesium and zinc. Use – 1tsp daily in smoothies, water, make hot chocolate, endless options

Freeze Dried Acai and Maqui Berry

Acai and Maqiu Berries are a rich source of  antioxidants, omega fatty acids, amino acids, and soluble fibers. Antioxidant Powerhouse:both berries have tested very well at defending the body by combating free radicals associated with disease and aging.  Amazing Brain, Liver, Blood Tonic. Use: 1 tsp in water, smoothies.

Spinach Powder

Spinach powder provides an excellent way to boost your daily intake of vegetables and greens. Spinach Powder is packed full of a long list of vitamins and minerals including iron, vitamin A, vitamin B2, vitamin K. Did You know that it is difficult to find vegetables richer in vitamin K than spinach? Vitamin K is important for maintaining bone health and, manganese, magnesium. Take  1 tsp in water, smoothies

For any questions or consultation come see Eugeniya! Founder of Joy and Vitality Centre, Eugeniya will help you improve your health and feel your best, starting from within. Eugeniya is a licensed nutritionist and registered dietitian, certified with David Wolfe on Surfoods and Medicinal Mushrooms. With a decade of personal experience, she has a unique perspective as a dietitian/nutritionist.

Whether it is weight loss you seek, issues related to digestive disorders, food allergies and sensitivities, arthritis or other chronic conditions, immune support –  learning how and what to implement is always provided with a personalized approach. Shes here to answer questions and help you find the right nutritional products for your needs!