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Spirulina/chlorella, maca & other superfood powders and root extracts during a fast?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 11, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Hate to use the word superfood, but in this context I'm talkin about non-fruit & non-seed superfoods, suchs as spirulina, chlorella, maca, ashwagandha and other powders. For example, a teaspoon (7 grams) of maca contains about 5 grams of carbs, and 7 grams of spirulina contains 5 grams of protein and 1.2 grams of carbs + trace of fat.

Without discussing the benefits of these products, what's your take - if taken during fast window, any disadvantages? For example maca is claimed to have beneficial effects on stress levels, might seem like a good idea during a fast, especially preworkout?

How about cocoa powder?

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on May 13, 2011
at 05:04 AM

Damn, a good answer :) I guess cocoa or coffe with maca would have been nice to drink during a fast (I'm now drinking moderate amounts of coffee and tea, and of cource water), and I was mainly thinking about the possible stress-reducing effects, which could be beneficial during a fast?

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on May 11, 2011
at 11:51 AM

Me: "non-fruit & non-seed superfoods". So berries, obviously not.

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at 11:38 AM

don't forget, goji berries, golden berries, shilajit, pine pollen, asphaltum, shisandra berries and chaga or reishi mushrooms. (=

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on February 04, 2012
at 03:10 AM

When I fast for a whole day (36 hours total) I always drink tea (herbal & green), and I've experimented with everything from 0 calories to a couple Tbsp. of coconut oil. It really depends on what you're going for - coconut oil will actually accelerate the ketogenic aspect of a fast, but it's a lot of calories (for a fast) so if your goal is low to no calories it's not as optimal.

These days when I'm fasting I'll take in nothing but water or tea until the afternoon/evening, when I'll usually consume under 100 calories of a very high-nutrient food/supplement - fermented cod liver oil, brewer's yeast, acerola cherry powder, trace mineral drops. Sometimes I'll drink a little stock/bone broth, or make a little miso broth with seaweed.

Yes, you're "eating" in the fast window, but under 100 calories over 36 hours is definitely a fast. I also have a theory, based on logic but not proven, that consuming superfoods on an empty stomach should mean they'll be absorbed to their fullest potential (whereas consuming them around a big meal may waste a bit of their nutrients).

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on May 11, 2011
at 03:03 PM

If they are 'taken during the fast window' then you aren't fasting. You are instead nibbling on expensive health food.

It would probably be fine to eat this stuff, but what is the particular need? There is generally some evidence that eating different things like cocoa powder, green tea, etc have an antioxidant effect but I don't see why one would need to time doses, as you suggest.

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at 05:04 AM

Damn, a good answer :) I guess cocoa or coffe with maca would have been nice to drink during a fast (I'm now drinking moderate amounts of coffee and tea, and of cource water), and I was mainly thinking about the possible stress-reducing effects, which could be beneficial during a fast?

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on May 11, 2011
at 12:05 PM

As Dr. Kurt Harris advises, there is "no magic food"

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on February 04, 2012
at 07:17 AM

Roman Sasik posted a warning about using chlorella on robbwolf.com a couple weeks back (and in the comments section warns against spirulina as an alternative) ...

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