Diet & Weight Loss
The 20 Most Popular Superfood Supplements Ordered on Amazon
Here’s a guide to Amazon’s bestselling superfood supplements, including what they do and why you might consider adding them to your regimen.
Super Greens by Nested Naturals
At the top the list of bestselling superfood supplements on Amazon, Super Greens is a blend of dehydrated and powdered fruits and vegetables—wheat grass, barley, chlorella, kale, and acai berry—is combined with probiotics, fiber, and enzymes to deliver a whopping dose of nutrients in every scoop. “When you dry and powder fruits and veggies, you’re getting a concentrated source of nutrients and antioxidants,” says Seattle-based nutritionist Ginger Hultin, RD, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and owner of ChampagneNutrition. While Hultin doesn’t endorse any of these products specifically, she says many contain good superfood ingredients that may be beneficial. Here are 13 vitamins and supplements nutritionists take to boost their immune system.
NaturaLife Labs Organic Maca Root
Also known as Peruvian ginseng, maca is growing in popularity because some studies suggest the root may help with hormone-related conditions like reproductive health. But proceed with caution, says Hultin. “Keep in mind that a lot of the research on maca is in animal studies,” she says. “It has been used traditionally for fertility and enhancing sexual function, but these are subjects that you really should discuss with your doctor first to make sure that there are no underlying medical issues.” The NaturaLife Maca delivers 950 mg per vegan capsule and contains black, red, and yellow maca. These are the supplements doctors always take on vacation.
Navitas Organics Goji Berries
Today’s goji berries are yesterday’s pomegranate seeds. These petite ruby red sun-dried berries are only mildly sweet, which means they can be used for a nutritional boost in both sweet and savory foods, such as salads, smoothies, trail mix, and more. Navitas Organic’s Goji Berries are both USDA-certified organic and verified non-GMO. They’re high in vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant. “Gojis are great! So are all berries,” Hultin says. “They all contain fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, naturally.”
Fresh Healthcare Moringa
Moringa has a centuries-old reputation among healers, who recommend it for a variety of complaints—from fatigue to flagging libido. It’s rich in antioxidants and bioactive plant compounds that might boost health. Fresh Healthcare’s Moringa, one of Amazon’s bestselling superfood supplements, also packs other nutrients, including amino acids, magnesium, minerals, and vitamins. While the list of conditions and ailments moringa is used to treat is extensive, research has yet to confirm many of them. However, studies do suggest moringa can lower cholesterol, reduce inflammation, and moderate blood sugar levels.
Nutrex Hawaii Pure Hawaiian Spirulina
This type of blue-green algae delivers a variety of nutrients in concentrated doses. Research suggests spirulina is a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Taking one gram of the algae each day may help lower LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol, according to one study. Likewise, spirulina may stop oxidation of bad cholesterol, a process that increases the risk of many health issues, including heart disease. Nutrex Hawaii’s Pure Hawaiian Spirulina is sold in 500mg tablets, but you can mix the tablets into smoothies, drinks, salad dressings, and more for a nutrient-packed dish. Learn the best times of the day to take your supplements.
Organifi Green Juice
If the thought of cramming your blender or juicer full of kale, spinach, celery, and other richly green fruits and vegetables before you have to run out the door seems daunting, you can skip that entirely with a green superfoods supplement. Some of the superfoods you’ll find listed on the label include wheatgrass, moringa, turmeric, chlorella, and matcha green tea. The mix is USDA-certified organic and non-GMO verified, too.
Nutrex Hawaii Pure Hawaiian Spirulina Powder
If you like the blue-green algae spirulina but don’t like tablets, you can reap all the benefits—the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds plentiful in this superfood—by blending this powder into yogurt, smoothies, and other foods. Here’s how you should store vitamins and supplements to keep them safe.
Zen Spirit Maca Powder Organic
Maca turns up a lot on Amazon’s list of bestselling superfood supplements—Hultin says that’s probably due to its long history of use in traditional forms of medicine. “Known to work as both an adaptogen and hormone regulator, it’s not surprising that this is a popular supplement,” she says. However, she warns, a lot more research needs to be done on this supplement. Hultin points to the fact that even “natural supplements” can interact with—and interfere with—other medicines or supplements you may be taking. “With so many interactions between supplements and medications, you need to use caution and even if it seems like a ‘natural’ product,” she says.
Orgain Organic Nutritional Shake
If you need your superfood supplements ready-to-drink, consider the Orgain Organic Nutritional Shake. The shake uses organic whey protein concentrate and grass-fed milk to deliver 16 grams of protein, plus a quarter of your day’s goal for zinc, vitamins B12, E, C, A, D, and folate in a creamy chocolate-fudge shake. Here are the vitamins nutritionists don’t take—and you shouldn’t either.
Terrasoul Superfoods Organic Gelatinized Maca Powder
This non-GMO, USDA-certified organic maca powder is processed to remove maca’s natural starch. That makes this product easier to digest for some individuals, which may be a particular advantage for people trying the high-fiber powder for the first time. This powder is also a blend of black, yellow, and red maca.
Vibrant Health Green Vibrance
This best-selling green powder touts billions of probiotics and more than 80 healthful foods. One thing this powder does that many don’t do, however, is to actually list all the ingredients and quantities. That’s great to see, Hultin says. Brands that don’t clearly list their ingredients may not be as “pure” as they suggest. “I use caution with ‘proprietary blends,’” Hultin says. “That means they won’t tell you what’s in it—and it’s often herbal. Share the product with your doctor, dietitian, and pharmacist.” They can help you look for interactions that may be dangerous.
Nutra Champs Maca
Many maca supplements are available as powders and can be added to foods like coffee and smoothies. Nutra Champs sells its supplement in capsules. Maca makes several appearances on this list of bestselling superfood supplements. That may be because it’s touted as an effective libido booster. Research bears that out, too, with one study finding that maca supplements helped improve sexual desire. Check out these 12 surprising ways to boost your libido.
SUPERWELL Maca Powder
While some studies suggest maca powder may boost libido, other research indicates that maca may increase a man’s fertility: In one short-term trial, men who used maca every day had improved sperm quantity, motility, and volume.
NOW Spirulina Tablets
If you’re looking for simplicity in your superfood supplements, you’ll like that NOW Spirulina Tablets lists solely organic spirulina. That helps you know that you’re getting the ingredient you want, no fillers. Spirulina also happens to be one of the 13 anti-aging supplements doctors trust the most.
Athletic Greens Ultimate Daily
Some people are looking for a supplement or powder that packs a lot of nutrients: Athletic Green Ultimate Daily fits that bill, listing 75 different superfoods, probiotics, multivitamins, and digestive enzymes. One thing Hultin likes is that they send their product out for “analytical and microbiological testing.” “The first thing I do when I look at a product is not its claims—which aren’t regulated—but rather the ingredients,” she says. “I also assess if the company is paying for third-party testing, which is something that quality brands will do. If I see any these seals, I feel much better about considering the product.”
Amazing Grass Green Superfood Detox and Digest
If you’re looking for a superfood powder combo that is specifically designed to improve your gut health, this green mix may be a great option. The greens are combined with probiotics and a type of kiwifruit that may boost the growth of “good” bacteria. You can also bake with the Amazing Grass Green Superfood.
Micro Ingredients Organic Wheat Grass Powder
You can boost the benefits of your favorite smoothie recipe with a superfood like wheat grass. This USDA-certified organic superfood supplement packs a dose of antioxidants, vitamins, and amino acids. Plus, a single scoop delivers two grams of protein. Check out the 15 best sources of plant-based proteins.
Micro Ingredients Organic Barley Grass Powder
Though not as well-known as its famous wheat grass cousin, barley grass is a good source of fatty acids, protein, amino acids, and fiber. This is a soft, fine grass that shoots up from barley plants. It’s harvested, dried, and ground into a powder that can be used in smoothies and shakes or combined with water.
Zen Principle Moringa Leaf Powder
Zen Principle dries their moringa leaves in the sun and shade, which prevents damage and nutrient loss that would occur during a freeze-drying process. Be sure to read labels on supplements to make sure the manufacturer doesn’t add unnecessary ingredients. In the case of this moringa leaf powder, it’s the only ingredient.
Healthworks Maca Powder
One last reason to consider maca powder as a superfood supplement: Research suggests maca root can help improve the symptoms of menopause. Indeed, in one study, the supplement helped alleviate symptoms like interrupted sleep and hot flashes. Check out 10 more natural remedies for menopause symptoms.
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