What's a Superfood? - Duke's Materia Tonica

February 15, 2020 13:29

What's a Superfood?

Superfood - Duke's Materia Tonica



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Superfoods are nutrient dense foods that are full of essential vitamins and minerals. They usually contain antioxidant nutrients that are very healthful for continuous consumption, such as colored plant-pigments generally called phenols, carotenoids, and so on. Antioxidants is to support the oxidation of carbohydrates and fats for energy and to support vascular circulation and heart health. For example:

  • Blueberry skins contain proanthocyanidins which are effective antioxidants.
  • Schisandra has a variety of polyphenols that detoxify the blood and maintain liver function.
  • Green tea has a potent polyphenols called catechins that greatly assist fat-burning.
  • Huckleberries and bilberries, have dark-colored plant pigments called cyanidins which promote circulation that maintains eye health.

Superfoods may also contain a high concentration of unique nutrients that promote health, performance and well-being such as polysaccharides which build immune function or caffeine which promotes energy.

  • Goji berry is loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and polysaccharides.
  • Cocoa is used to make chocolate which has minerals, antioxidants and theobromine, a milder energy and circulation stimulant than caffeine.
  • Black cherry, a tart version of the common cherry, contains vitamins, minerals and glycosides that support blood circulation in the joints for minor discomfort and to promote flexibility.
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Choosing a Superfood

Superfoods make your food and diet work better!

Include at least one superfood and/or superfood supplement daily.

Better yet, have a superfood with every meal to build-up overall health and promote continuous daily performance.

Goji Berry

Goji is one of the best superfoods with plenty of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and polysaccharides.

Goji Product Page


Schisandra is a potent superfood that is very concentrated in various plant pigment antioxidants with additional vitamins and minerals.

Schisandra Product Page

Berry Blood

Berry Blood is an astragalus tonic that includes three superfood berries: goji, schisandra, and mulberry.

Berry Blood Product Page

Ashwagandha Cherry

Ashwagandha Cherry is an ashwagandha root and rhodiola root tonic that includes black cherry and schisandra berry.

Ashwagandha Cherry Product Page


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1. Tonic Tinctures Original Research

Dark-colored plant pigment polyphenols, such as dark red, purple and blue, are the best antioxidants. A quick and concise research summary of many different dark-colored superfoods and their various benefits. With about 20 references.

Tonic Tinctures: Benefits of Dark Colored Plant Pigment Polyphenols

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2. Tonic Tinctures: Glossary - Nutritive

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3. Tonic Tinctures: Glossary - Antioxidant