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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 1 edition (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556437765
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556437762
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description
Superfoods are vibrant, nutritionally dense foods that have recently become widely available and which offer tremendous dietary and healing potential. In this lively, illustrated overview, well-known raw-foods guru David Wolfe profiles delicious and incredibly nutritious plant products such as goji berries, hempseed, cacao beans (raw chocolate), maca, spirulina, bee products, and a host of others. As powerful sources of clean protein, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, good fats and oils, essential fatty and amino acids, and other nutrients, they represent a uniquely promising piece of the nutritional puzzle. Each superfood is described in detail, accompanied by easy and delicious recipes. This accessible guide presents persuasive arguments, based on sound science, for the pivotal role of superfoods in promoting nutritional excellence, health and well-being, beauty enhancement, sustainable agriculture, and the transformation of diet, lifestyle, and planet.

A Q&A with David Wolfe

Question: What are superfoods?

David Wolfe: Superfoods are the greatest foods identified by the greatest civilizations in the history of the world. They are foods that have a whole array of tricks under their sleeve. They are extremely easy to use and agree with a lot of different body types and metabolisms.

Question: What contributions are you making in the world? What are you here to share with us?

David Wolfe: My goal is to make raw foods, superfoods, superherbs, and the best chocolate ever an option for everyone on the planet. I want to make becoming healthy simpler, easier, and more fun than ever before.

Question: Tell us about the goji berry. What is in it? How about the cacao bean? What is in cacao? Isn’t this the food that we make chocolate out of?

David Wolfe: The goji berry is a complete protein source with extraordinary levels of antioxidants, levels of carotenes (according to studies, the more carotenes you eat, the longer you live) which have been shown to be present in primates. The goji berry is easy to eat for people of all ages. It also assists with the digestion of other food. It is considered the number one medicinal herb in Chinese medicine--which has a 5,000 year history of about 8,000 herbs. It improves our ability to secrete HGH naturally and it the only food known to do so.

Cacao has a higher concentration of magnesium, chromium, iron, and antioxidants than any food in the world. Cacao is also exceedingly rich in copper, zinc, and manganese. Cacao contains fat-soluble forms of all of these minerals, which is unusual. Research has proven this food is associated with longevity. The cacao bean is chocolate, chocolate is cacao--you cannot have chocolate without cacao. Basically, chocolate is a nut butter made out of cacao beans. Chocolate contains PEAs, chemicals associated with falling in love, anandamide, the bliss chemical, and theobromine, which improves our cardiovascular health. Contrary to some opinions, cacao is very low in caffeine.

Review

“Is there anyone more passionate, dedicated, or knowledgeable about the tremendous benefits of superfoods to our bodies, minds, and planet? Not likely. Wherever you are in terms of what goes in your mouth, David Wolfe presents a compelling claim to add a little more vitality to your plate.”
—Angela Bassett, actress and author

“A path of visionary nutrition informed by David Wolfe’s book Superfoods will lift body and soul to a higher evolutionary vibration. Raw food and David Wolfe’s guidance have had a transformative power in our lives.”
—Alex and Allyson Grey, artists and co-founders of the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors

“David Wolfe has written a brilliant, wisdom-filled, illuminating book that is essential reading for everyone interested in reaching optimal health! Superfoods are indeed the food of the future for a healthier world.”
—Patricia Bragg, N.D., Ph.D., author and health crusader

“David has written the ultimate guidebook to connect us with the superfoods that will transform us into the supernatural beings that we truly all are! … David has inspired divine superfood creations beyond my wildest dreams—and more!”
—Roxanne Klein, world-renowned chef and founder, Roxanne’s Fine Cuisine

“David Wolfe is a nutritionist’s nutritionist. His knowledge in the fields of raw foods, superfoods, herbs, and chocolate are unsurpassed in the world.”
—John Gray, Ph.D., author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

“David Wolfe has become a dedicated expert in the field of living and superfoods. Anything he writes, I personally read and support. I consider David Wolfe’s works on superfoods a must read.”
—Jay Kordich (“The Father of Juicing”), author and entrepreneur

“Nutrition author, expert, and orator David ‘Avocado’ Wolfe continues to be a shining example of Success in America. His knowledge of superfood nutrition will astonish you and give you just that perfect piece of health advice that you have been looking for.”
—Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series

“The knowledge David Wolfe brings us is vital for reaching the ultimate level of health, clarity, and understanding about the power of foods to heal ourselves and the planet. I believe that David, with his wealth of information, is hands-down one of the most important people of this century.”
—Justin BUA, artist and author of The Beat of Urban Art

“David Wolfe’s commitment, not just to humanity but to Mother Earth herself, is second to none. He has discovered the gift of his true purpose and is unabashedly sharing it with the world. The energy of compassion and pure love that he pours into every plant and everyone is the same. I know few people more committed to us all finding our inner joy through the miracle of growing and eating the best food ever and thereby experiencing everyday as The Best Day Ever.”
—Demian Lichtenstein, motion picture producer and director

"Anyone who is ready to experiment with this class of foods can grab this book and get a complete overview of not only what a superfood is, but how one can effectively use them in their personal diet... The information in this book is absolutely complete."
Raw Food Right Now

"Perhaps in this day and age of snippets and sound bytes we have simply lost the art of listening and deep thought. But David Wolfe is what I'd call a 'thinking man'... his infectious enthusiasm leaves you with that old line from the movie When Harry Met Sally dancing on your tongue...'I'll have what he’s having!'"
Purely Delicious Magazine

"I’ve been inspired by and learning from David Wolfe for a few years now, and I love his energy. He is so amped up about superfoods! With good reason. This book will show you the world of raw, living superfoods and how you can add them into your life. If you believe, as David Wolfe does, that ‘what you eat becomes you,’ – you’ll love this book."
—Jenny Sansouci, Healthy Crush

“[Superfoods] was like eating a potato chip, I couldn't just stop at one page, or even one chapter! In today's society, trying to eat healthy isn't easy… Fortunately, raw-foods guru and world-renowned nutritionist David Wolfe is here to help guide us to the most powerful foods and best health available.”
Prissy Green

“During these challenging times, we really need food to help us, and we really need to eat food that's going to help the planet. David is one of the Superheroes of the Superfood movement. And this book is an amazing tool for transforming your life.”
—Beth Lapides

“In addition to excellent information, each section includes mouth watering recipes ranging from basic to advanced… Superfoods: The Food and Medicine Of The Future is a must read for anyone interested in nutrition and wellness.”
Gluten Free Gidget

"Superfoods is David Wolfe's manual on the current state of food… of interest to anyone trying to outline their diet plans and choose better natural remedies.”
Midwest Book Review

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Customer Reviews

Great book and highly recommend for anyone looking to improve them health.
C. Cheng
A friend lent their copy to me to read up on superfoods and I found this book to be a great home reference and something to share with other friends.
The Good Life
David Wolfe has lived up to his reputation as an encyclopedia of nutritional facts with his new book on superfoods.
Susan Schenck

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372 of 377 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Ayers-Gould on July 10, 2009
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David Wolfe provides very detailed information about some specific "superfoods" and also provides scientific rationale (sometimes down to the molecular level) about why these foods are so beneficial for us. This book is very informative and I like that it also provides practical ways in which to consume the superfoods, providing recipes and recommended dosages. However, he also lists a lot of very "impractical" recipes using very obscure and expensive ingredients that most people will not find in their pantries, even if they are already a practicing raw-foodist (like me). While I find the information very enlightening, I also find a lot of blatant advertising for David's "Sunfood" brand of products and his "Longevity Now" program. I don't know about you, but when I find a sales pitch interwoven into the pages of what should be a purely informative book, it immediately causes me to have some doubts regarding the credibility of the material. So, while the information on superfoods is very good, I was not impressed with the advertising thrown in with it. Otherwise, I would have given it 5 stars.
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120 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Susan Schenck TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 13, 2009
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David Wolfe has lived up to his reputation as an encyclopedia of nutritional facts with his new book on superfoods.

Why superfoods? The rationale is that the soil, as my own raw food book points out, is vastly depleted of minerals. If you cling to your cooked ways, adding superfoods can bring a huge boost to your health. But even if you eat 100% raw organic, you could have mineral deficiencies (and minerals are more important than vitamins). Quite simply, these foods make for tasty and nutrient-dense treats. I have recently begun combining a raw food diet with calorie restriction for longer life. I view the superfoods as essential because the fewer calories we consume, the more nutritious they need to be. Why take dead vitamin pills when you can get more bioavailable nutrition from these enzyme-rich foods?

David presents what he considers the top 10 superfoods, and these are not your every day superfoods. I have a whole shelf dedicated to superfood books, and most authors list items such as wild salmon, pumpkins, blueberries, broccoli and kale. The exotic ones chosen by David include the illegal-to-grow here (hemp seed), the unheard of (marine phytoplankton), the foreign (maca) and the controversial (raw cacao). But as David says in the intro, "Our nutrition potential has finally caught up to our technology," meaning that we now can learn about and import foods from virtually anywhere in the world.

Each chapter, featuring a different super food, includes a section on history, facts and legends of the food; benefits; what to look for (how to determine if the food is high quality); how to use the food, and recipes for the food. There are also great colored photos and boxes with tidbits of information.
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72 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 2, 2009
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David has done it again. This man knows so much about nutrition it's mind boggling! He is a shining, living example of what happens when people eat these superfoods because he is total boundless energy all the time. I interviewed him for my radio show the other day and just talking with him energized me beyond belief. I have incorporated many of these superfoods into my diet and it has doubled my energy levels. I love the goji berries and of course raw chocolate the best. Also the coconut oil has truly helped me to look and feel ten years younger. I believe this book will help transform your body, your mind, and your emotions. When I do what David says, I get immediate and life transforming benefits. I am so grateful to him.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By K9Jeeper on April 12, 2013
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From the author of "The Sun Food Diet Success System" author David Wolfe takes us on a global journey to bring us the good the bad and the ugly of our food. The first thing you'll notice about the cover is that the author's picture eclipses the title of the book. Couple that with the myriad of pictures (on many pages) of said author made me ask myself, "Is this Facebook or a book about food?"

Within the confines of the 342 pages, each chapter is devoted to a particular superfood. Each chapter also includes the superfood's origin, its place in history, its medicinal purpose, recipes and how to shop for them.

The old adage, "You are what you eat" really comes into play with this book. If you think about it, most (if not all) of the superfoods mentioned in this book have been consumed by human beings for centuries. So why aren't most people eating this stuff nowadays?

Basically superfoods fall into three subcategories; living raw plant foods, superfoods and superherbs. Take one look around and you will see the result of our fast food diet. More and more human beings have become overweight or obese and have been stricken with diseases that could have been avoided with a better and more nutritious diet.

Other topics covered in this book are proteins, minerals, antioxidants, good fats and oils, essential amino acids, glycol nutrients, vitamins, enzymes, co-enzymes, essential fatty acids and polysaccharides.

Wolfe asserts that too many of us live in a state of poor health, lethargy and moderate obesity. We live with back pain, headaches, inflammation, arthritis, cancer, skin problems and insomnia - they're the byproducts of our diet. This book is really designed to detoxify your body and boost your immune system.
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