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The New Superfoods

Move over goji and acai, there's a new crop of superfoods in town! Peggy Kotsopoulos shares the secrets of these nutritional powerhouses.


Reishi Mushrooms

Reishi mushrooms (above) boast amazing immune-boosting properties. They can actually help regenerate the immune system after extreme stress. The mushrooms have also been linked to preventing the spread of viruses and inhibiting tumour growth. How to eat it: Boil dried mushrooms to make tea or take in supplement form.


Cupuaçu is South American fruit that's loaded with vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids and antioxidants. It also has amazing anti-aging and energy-boosting properties and can improve digestive health. How to eat it: Blend powder into smoothies, shakes, oatmeal and desserts.

Black Garlic

Black garlic is created by fermenting raw garlic over 30-90 days. During the fermentation process, its antioxidant properties increase dramatically. Black garlic also has antimicrobial properties and can help to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of cancer. How to eat it: Spread black garlic on bread or crackers.


Schisandra is an Asian herb with an unusual flavour that's equal parts sour, sweet, bitter, salty and spicy. The adaptogenic herb can actually increase your body's resistance to stress. It is also known for its ability to improve sexual function in men and regulate blood sugar. How to eat it: Due to its potent flavor, it's best to boil schisandra to make tea or to take it in supplement form. (Maximum recommended dose: 1,200 mg per day.)

Purple Corn

Purple corn is native to Peru. It is super rich in anthocyanines, which are known to reduce inflammation, prevent disease and slow the aging process. Like schisandra, it also helps to balance blood sugar. How to eat it: Mix powdered purple corn into smoothies or soak kernels in water to create juice.

Find most of the superfoods mentioned above at Upaya Naturals.


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