Red Superfoods Missing From Your Diet
You may have seen advertisements for greens superfood powders, or noticed the abundance of organic greens powders in your local market, or even in my store. They are everywhere! Green superfood powders are becoming increasingly popular because of their robust health benefits.
Superfood powders pack a powerful punch of nutritional benefits — vitamins, minerals and antioxidants — into a relatively low amount of calories.1 Yet, a lot of people don’t know about reds powders.
Reds powders have several healthy benefits, many that you cannot get from green superfood powders. I’m going to tell you about all the benefits of a reds powder, the red superfoods that are included and the differences between a reds powder and greens powder. Before I get into that, let’s talk about the red superfoods you may not know about.
What are Red Superfoods?
Red superfoods in reds powders are exactly what the words say – red nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables. Berries make up a large portion of the red superfoods team. This includes berries such as goji berries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and cranberries. Berries are consider superfoods because they are rich in free radical fighting antioxidants, a critical partner to have in staying healthy.
Red superfoods don’t stop with berries. Other delicious flavorful fruits such as pomegranate, grape seeds, and cherries are also a big part of the red superfoods team.
While fruits are abundant in the red superfoods family, nutrient rich beets and carrots are also included on this team. Beets are full of folate and nitrates, which promotes cell growth and function, as well as working as a free radical scavenger to reduce oxidative damage and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Even though carrots are orange in color, they are considered a red superfood because of their conteroid content. Carrots are loaded with vitamin A and beta carotene, which helps regulate blood-glucose levels, supports healthy bones and eye health. Let’s talk more about the benefits of these red superfoods found in most reds powders.
Benefits of Red Superfoods
I’ve briefly discussed some of the benefits of reds superfoods found in a lot of reds powders, however there are a wide range of benefits that come from a reds powder loaded with these superfoods.
Red Superfoods are Phytonutrients
Most plant foods contain thousands of naturally occurring chemicals. These are known as phytonutrients, which naturally protect the plants from germs, fungus, and bugs.2 They are basically a natural pesticide that doesn’t have the same harmful effects as GMOs or pesticides that can add to your body’s toxic burden.
There are more than 25,000 phytonutrients found in plant foods. One of those is carotenoids, which gives red superfoods their color. Carotenoids act as antioxidants in your body, fighting off free radicals that can cause oxidative damage. Vitamin A and beta-carotene are carotenoids that support your immune system, your bone health, eye health and regulate blood glucose levels.
Red Superfoods are High in Fiber
You’ve likely been told to eat more fiber in your diet. Did you know, however, that fiber is essential for optimal health? It’s true. Fiber is mostly known for preventing and relieving constipation. However, fiber is also beneficial for removing “bad” cholesterol, regulating blood glucose levels, and helps you feel full longer, cutting down on some of the unhealthy snacking we all do from time to time.
Fiber is classified as soluble, which dissolves in water, or insoluble, which doesn’t. Soluble fiber, swells with water in your gut to slow down how quickly your body absorbs glucose in your bloodstream. Soluble fiber also binds to low-density lipoproteins, or LDL cholesterol, and carries it out of your body in waste.3 Eating more soluble fiber can also help you burn fat. In one study, a 10-gram increase in daily soluble fiber intake reduced belly fat by 3.7%.4
While the amount of soluble fiber varies depending on the fruit and vegetable, most red superfoods contain optimal amounts of soluble fiber. For example, one cup of berries contain anywhere between 0.3 and 1.1 grams of soluble fiber, while a cup of beets contains 3.4 grams of soluble fiber.5
Red Superfoods are Full of Micronutrients
Your body needs around 30 key vitamins and minerals, often called micronutrients, on a daily basis to maintain all your bodily functions. These micronutrients are classified as water soluble and fat soluble.
Water-soluble vitamins such as vitamin C, beta carotene, folic acid (B9), and other B vitamins must be consumed daily, as they cannot be stored by your body. Any excess is eliminated in your urine. Water-soluble vitamins enable your body to:
- Produce and release energy
- Build proteins and cells
- Make collagen
Your body can store excess fat-soluble vitamins in your liver and fatty tissues. However, although these vitamins can be stored in your body, I recommend consuming them daily, as most of us do not have adequate stores of nutrients and they are so critical to a healthy, vibrant life. These include vitamins A, D, E and K. Fat-soluble vitamins allow your body to:
- Build strong bones
- Maintain healthy vision
- Protect the body, serving as antioxidants
- Interact favorably with other vitamins, facilitating absorption
Minerals are also stored in your body, such as calcium in your bones. Your body absorbs the minerals it needs and excretes the excess. Your body stores minerals primarily for structure and metabolism, whereas vitamins are stored for nutrient reserves. Minerals play a pivotal role in your body as well.
- Sodium, chloride, and potassium helps maintain water balance
- Calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium supports bone health
- Iron helps your body make hemoglobin, a protein used to carry oxygen to all parts of your body.
Superfoods found in red powders are a nutritional powerhouse because they are packed full of these essential micronutrients.
Red Superfoods are Free Radical Fighters
As I’ve mentioned previously, red superfoods are packed with free radical fighting antioxidants.
Everything, including the cells in our bodies, are made up of atoms that contain a nucleus made up of protons and neutrons. That nucleus is surrounded by constantly moving electrons, which are typically attached to atoms in pairs.
When atoms have the required number of electrons, they are stable. When an atom has an odd number of electrons, it goes on the hunt for a spare electron throughout your body. In an attempt to replace the missing electron and become stable. The molecules that are missing an electron become free radicals that try to steal electrons from healthy cells and damage them.
Antioxidants are molecules that fight these scavengers by lending them an electron. This process neutralizes the free radical and stops it from causing more damage in your body.6 Blueberries contain the highest amount of antioxidants, however all berries are loaded with them. Just one cup of blueberries contains 13,427 total antioxidants.”7“
6 Essential Red Superfoods
Now that you know all the benefits of red superfoods, let’s discuss which red superfoods are essential to your diet. Once I tell you about the six red superfoods you need to include in your diet, I will tell you how you can get all of the benefits of these superfoods in one place – a reds powder.
These red berries might be small, but they pack a big healthy punch! The potassium in raspberries helps to support a healthy blood pressure and promotes heart health. They also provide manganese, a mineral that regulates blood sugar and supports healthy bones and skin.8
Raspberries make a great snack on their own, however they are an excellent addition to decadent desserts such as this Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Dessert Pizza.
These round, hard berries are a Thanksgiving Day staple, however I believe they should be celebrated all year. Cranberries have one of the highest levels of phenols, a type of antioxidant, and they are chock-full of anthocyanins, compounds that promote a healthy inflammatory response and support cardiovascular health.9
This Ginger-Cranberry Sauce is a great substitute for the traditional Thanksgiving cranberry sauce. It will be the star of the spread! Cranberries are also great dried and tossed into a salad or as a touch of sweetness in granola.
Strawberries are the all-stars of the berry family. These summer fruits pack in a lot of nutrients in one little berry. Perhaps the biggest nutritional value from strawberries is that they pack a lot of vitamin C in each serving. Just eight strawberries have more of this vitamin than a glass of orange juice.10 Strawberries are also full of manganese and potassium, which keeps your muscles flexible and promotes heart health.
I love eating fresh strawberries right out of the package, however they are a sweet touch to salads and are the perfect topper for a sweet treat such as this Strawberry Banana Panna Cotta.
4. Tart Cherries
When you think of cherries, you probably think of the sweet variety found in the summer. Tart cherries generally are not eaten out of hand like their sweeter siblings. However, tart cherries are loaded with vitamin A, also known as retinol, which supports eye health and promotes a healthy inflammatory response.11
Tart cherries pair perfectly with a sweet dessert – especially one with chocolate. Try this Gut-Repairing Black Forest Smoothie. For an added healthy treat, add the The Myers Way® Double Chocolate Paleo Protein!
Pomegranates look a bit like apples, however I bet you didn’t know that they are actually berries. The edible part of a pomegranate is the seeds called arils inside it’s red skin. These little seeds are full of antioxidants, vitamins C and K, as well as a good source of folate and potassium.12 Vitamin K is vital to your body, helping create blood clots to slow bleeding and to regulate calcium in your bloodstream.
Like many other berries, pomegranate seeds are a perfect fit for any healthy salad. These Sour Pomegranate Magnesium Gummies are a perfect treat to reap the benefits of pomegranate.
Whether you love them or hate them, beets have an impressive health profile. These root vegetables have high amounts of nitrates, which supports low blood pressure and lower your risk of heart disease. Beets provide a wide variety of key nutrients, including vitamin C, folate, vitamin B6, magnesium, manganese, potassium and iron.
Even if you don’t like beets, this Organic Fresh Beet, Carrot, Kale, and Ginger Juice is a delicious way to incorporate beets into your diet to get all of their superfood benefits.
How to Get More Red Superfoods in your Diet
While it’s ideal to get these incredible red superfoods from real, whole foods, not all of these foods are commonly available, in season, or contain all the essential nutrients your body needs. That is why I have spent the last year researching and formulating Organic Reds, the first-ever reds powder developed by a physician!
One scoop of Organic Reds is a nutritional powerhouse in a reds powder that is 100% certified USDA organic! I personally designed this reds powder for vibrant daily energy, glowing skin, and optimal circulation and blood flow. Each scoop delivers a powerful polyphenol-rich blend of red superfoods that are all too often missing from the modern diet.
Organic Reds superfood powder tastes just like fruit punch! I absolutely love it stirred into a glass of water – and if it’s a hot day outside, I’ll add a few ice cubes for a delicious chilled treat. You can also add it to smoothies, juice, tea or desserts for a burst of nutrients. I achieved the fruit punch flavor after many revisions, using ONLY certified organic natural flavors and certified organic monk fruit extract for just enough sweetness.
Organic Greens vs. Organic Reds
Red is the new green, yet both are essentially important for optimal health. Both Organic Greens and Organic Reds powders contain essential superfoods, however both provide different nutritional benefits so they are best when paired together.
Organic Greens powder include vegetables such as broccoli, kale and spinach that are high in vitamins A and C as well as magnesium, calcium and iron. Adding more green leafy vegetables into your diet can support optimal brain health, fight belly bloat, relieve stress, support bone health, healthy aging, boost digestive enzymes, and tame the toxins, among many other health benefits.
Organic Reds powder contains red superfoods & phytonutrients often missing from our diets, including beets, berries, carrots, and tart cherries. Adding more red superfoods can facilitate healthy blood flow and vascular elasticity to support healthy blood pressure, reduce oxidative damage from free radicals, and support a healthy fat metabolism and healthy skin.
You can get both in ourOrganic Superfoods Kit, a spectacular combination of Organic Greens & Organic Reds superfoods powders. The Organic Superfoods Kit contains a combined total of 27 certified organic superfood fruits, veggies and adaptogens for vibrant daily energy, glowing skin, and total-body health.
I’m so excited about my Organic Reds powder! The health benefits of red superfoods are so incredible, and the best part is that this reds powder is easy to add to your diet and it tastes great. You’ll want to drink it all the time! Whether or not you have heard of reds superfoods or reds powders before, Organic Reds powder is a must have for your diet.
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- Only 1 in 10 Adults Get Enough Fruits or Vegetables. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. 2017.
- Dietary fiber: Essential for a healthy diet. Mayo Clinic. 2021.
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- Beetroot 101: Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits. Adda Bjarnadottir, MS, RDN. Healthline. 2019.
- Understanding antioxidants. Harvard Medical School. 2019.
- Antioxidants in Fruits. Jeanie Lerche Davis. WebMD. 2021.
- Health Benefits of Raspberries. WebMD. 2021.
- Cranberries. Angela Nelson. WebMD. 2020.
- Nutritional Benefits of the Strawberry. Andrea Gabrick. WebMD. 2021.
- The Health Benefits of Tart Cherries. Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN. Healthy Eats. 2020.
- 12 Health Benefits of Pomegranate. Joe Leech, MS. Healthline. 2018.
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