The search for “superfoods” — meaning foods that pack an exceptional nutritional punch, and that will not only improve but prolong life – has been going on at least as long as the search for the fountain of youth. Putting that fountain aside for now, it is a fact that some studies show there is a significant value to certain foods. A new company, Superfood Box, is delivering food collections designed to address a myriad of health concerns.
The Superfood Box website provides a wealth of information about highly touted foods, spices, herbs, and other supplements, and we were given the opportunity to sample one of their boxes.
Motivated by the growing number of cases of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and alcohol-related health issues, Superfood Box was created to guide consumers to a healthier, balanced dietary lifestyle utilizing foods from all over the world. It’s old news that processed food, as well as restaurant fare, is high in salt, fat, and sugar, can be highly acidic, triggering arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.
Addictive as these foods can be, Founder Tilman Kneepkens knows it’s possible to alter one’s diet, however gradually and painlessly, to strengthen both body and mind. Coincidentally, the consumer could develop a new and more positive worldview while also being socially-responsible, and all without entirely forsaking their current fave foods.
Superfood Box is a passion project which launched in the summer of 2017 in an effort to share our love for delicious, rare, exotic, and nutrient-dense health foods. We've created subscription and gift boxes with goal-oriented eating themes. Each box contains inserts that describe the clinical trials, patents, and nutritional information to back it up. We hope our collections of products and our blog will shape new habits for those who decide to embark on this journey with us.” – Tilman Kneepkens
Currently, there are eight differently themed boxes you can choose from. Note that four of these boxes come in at least two sizes:
- Anti-fart Box ($24.99)
- Aphrodisiac Box ($24.99)
- No Worries Box ($22.99 (Starter Box) – $39.99)
- Inflammation Fighter Box ($21.99 – $29.99)
- Skin Health Box ($39.99)
- Sinus Health Box ($23.99 – $44.99)
- Exotic Energy Raw Fruit Box (four sizes, $24.99 – $149.99)
- Work-out Box ($44.99)
The Contents of the Anti-inflammatory Box
Here are the eight items I was able to sample in the Anti-inflammatory box. While each may be helpful for several conditions, the one thing they all have in common is that they’re thought to fight inflammation (not to be confused with infection):
- Aloe Vera Juice / Brand: Lily of the Desert, A Dietary Supplement
- Beet Juice / Brand: Beet Performer, Endurance-Enhancing Body Fuel
- Bilberry Leaf Tea / Brand: Buddha Teas
- Black Walnuts / Brand: Nature’s Eats
- Hawaiian Noni Juice / Brand: Organic Hawaiian Ola Noni for Immunity
- Organic Pineapple / Brand: Sol Simple
- Powdered Fenugreek / Brand: Spicely Organics
- Spinach & Kale / Whole Grain Chips / Brand: The Better Chip
My Opinion of the Superfood Box – “Inflammation Fighter Box”
I found this to be a fun way to introduce folks to alternatives and possible additions to their usual diets. Following my communications with Tilman, and having toured the site and read the well-written multi-article blog, it’s plain that they research their products carefully. I also liked that the blog includes a piece detailing 35 items that were runners-up for inclusion in the anti-inflammatory box, suggesting many more potentially useful goods. The menu bar across the top of each page also shows “Box Add-ons,” allowing customer to select what they want to buy either for inclusion in one of the standard boxes or as part of a DIY box, made-up to order.
That said, more information would be valuable, including the manufacturer’s recommendation for how to brew the bilberry tea. (No instructions on the packaging or at the website. You can always look it up at the manufacturer’s site, of course.)
I was a little surprised, after clicking on “Resources” to find only the one resource: a chart displaying “European Union Tolerable Upper Intake Limits for Vitamins and Minerals.” This is valuable, but I would suggest this would be the right spot to list trusted sites for more detailed data regarding the benefits, side-effects, and possible negative interactions when mixed with other foods, supplements, and medications. (There are many sites claiming to provide this data, but not all are legitimate.) For the record, in writing this piece, I relied on WebMD to research each of the items in the Anti-inflammatory Box. That’s where I learned the following, among other things:
- That pregnant women or those breastfeeding should not eat black walnuts in any form.
- That aloe vera juice could be toxic if used incorrectly.
- That beet juice should be avoided by anyone who has, or has ever had, a kidney stone.
- That bilberry tea can interfere with one’s blood sugar, so diabetics (and others, possibly) should avoid it.
- I was also reminded that not all these products have been FDA-approved, nor proven to be effective. Besides which, what works for one person may not work for another.
- Besides doing research, it may well be wise to check with your doctor before making changes in your diet.
- Lastly: Don’t expect immediate results.
All that aside, the people at Superfood Box are serious about making your life better while promoting and protecting the environment, and supporting producers of health-giving foods. They are also always on the lookout for less expensive alternatives, so they can pass the savings on to their clientele. Finally, it was quickly apparent that readers’ questions, suggestions, and observations are welcome, being useful in shaping the future of the business.