A superfood is a nutrient-dense food considered to be of great benefit for health and well-being. Superfoods generally have higher antioxidant value than any other food. They are literally chalk full of vitamins, minerals, proteins and antioxidants. All of these are essential for your body to thrive.
Some of the top 10 superfoods are very recognizable and likely eaten in your household on a daily basis. They are: Goji berries, broccoli, cauliflower, salmon, spinach, kale, green tea, tomatoes, strawberries, beets and ginger. Of this list, all can be grown in an indoor garden. You may be thinking, “how can I ‘grow’ salmon indoors?”. There is a type of indoor gardening called aquaponics which is a blend of hydroponics (growing plants in water) and aquatic animal life. They have a symbiotic relationship through shared water. The water from the aquatic system is filtered through the hydroponic system where the plants actually feed off of the by-products of the fish. The water is then recirculated back to the fish and voila, a cleaner and healthier environment for them!
Just to touch on goji berries for a moment, as they may not be the most commonly known superfood. Goji berries, also known as wolfberries, are a Chinese superfood that are known to have anti aging, anti cancer, and anti inflammatory effects. They have been recognized as medically beneficial for more than 2500 years.
If you are wanting to optimize your diet by integrating superfoods, the most economical and sustainable way is to grow them yourself and of course growing them indoors means you can have them all year round and you’ll always have fresh produce! Some of you may be thinking that produce from the grocery store is fresh, it’s labelled fresh, so it must be, right? In actuality, the produce in most grocery stores is shipped to the store, not from truly local sources (within 100 km of where you live), and not only that, you have to consider the fact that by the time you obtain the produce up to 17 workers/employees have touched it. Not to mention the countless customers that have handled it. So, I wouldn’t call that fresh. At the end of the day, growing your own produce using our LED grow lights will not only be economical and truly local and fresh but it will also improve the yield of your produce!