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Whether they actually help you is a personal journey

Rebecca Firkser
June 12, 2018

In the past few years it has become common to put “superfoods” in every component of breakfast. From smoothies to porridge to tea, you can barely walk into a cafe without finding your meal fortified with some powder or elixir promising to help you in some way. Need more energy? Try maca. Feeling under the weather? Turmeric is the ticket.

While certain shops specialize in adding superfoods to a dish, I’ve noticed an uptick in packaged superfood honeys. Of course, there's manuka honey, which is already hailed as a superfood that helps with everything from sore throats to acne. Though these superfood honeys are not all manuka, they all incorporate the same adaptogenic herbs and healing spices you’ve probably seen touted by those Instagram wellness influencers you hate to love. 

Beekeeper’s Naturals Superfood Cacao Honey

This raw honey and cacao blend from Beekeeper’s is basically a Nutella alternative, and I need little more convincing than that to add this spread to my kitchen. Cacao is essentially less processed cocoa, making it just as tasty as any chocolate product in your arsenal. Pair that with honey and the flavor is out of this world.

Countertop Golden Honey

Sometimes, when I try an adaptogen, it feels like I’m just blending dirt into my smoothie. Countertop honey, sold through CAP Beauty’s grocery site, on the other hand, is a blend of warming spices like turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, and black pepper—all of which are so recognizable I happen to have them all in my spice cabinet. As as added bonus, this raw honey also incorporates coconut oil. Without that oil, the fat-soluble nutrients in the spices don’t do much for the body (of course, they’ll still taste good, but that’s a whole other thing).

The Alchemist’s Kitchen Root Nectar Adaptogenic Honey Spread

Meanwhile, in the adaptogenic corner of superfood honeys: The Alchemist’s Kitchen incorporates ashwagandha (an immune-booster and stress-soother), shatavari (an anti-inflammatory and PMS symptom-reducer), and maca (an energy-enhancer). According to the Alchemist Kitchen, their superfood honey can fight adrenal fatigue and help regulate for the menstrual cycle. Of course, to really know for sure, you’d have to give it a try.

Hanah One Botanical Daily Superfood

The honey-based offering from Hanah Life is apparently so bursting with adaptogens the mixture isn’t even called a honey, but a “daily superfood.” According to the company’s website, the honey was “developed following ancient Ayurvedic principles,” essentially meaning it was created with holistic healing properties in mind. In addition to turmeric, ashwagandha, and shatavari, this honey incorporated amalaki, an herb that supports digestion and immunity. Like Countertop honey, Hanah One incorporated oils to help the body absorb fat-soluble nutrients; it’s blended with ghee and sesame oil, making it a lower saturated fat option if you happen to be avoiding coconut oil.

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