No matter how super a superfood is, it could be a little off-putting in its natural state. Whether it’s the taste or the texture, consuming superfoods consistently prove to be a challenge for many. The one-and-done solution? A supplement that boasts similar benefits. No, it’s not exactly the same as eating it straight from the source. But it can fill in for what Mother Nature usually provides us.

Intrigued? Check out our guide to 12 superfood supplements. We’re telling you what they’re made of, what their effects are, and when to use them—in alphabetical order. All by Carica!

Ampalaya is a plant known for its bitter taste. It is rich in calcium, phosphorus, folic acid, iron, and vitamins A, B, and C.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Boosts immune system
  • Reduces blood pressure
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Banaba is a flowering tree native to Southeast Asia. It has been used for thousands of years as a treatment for digestive problems, kidney inflammation, and diabetes.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Regulate blood sugar levels
  • Promotes weight loss
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Euphorbia, also known as tawa-tawa, is a herb grown in open grasslands. In the Philippines, it is considered as a popular treatment for dengue.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Flushes out toxins
  • Alleviates stress and anxiety
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Aphrodisiac, food, vampire repellant—garlic has had many uses throughout the ages. It is rich in vitamins C and B6, manganese, selenium and other antioxidants.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Protects against the common cold
  • Promotes cardiovascular health
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Guyabano or soursop is a spiky fruit that typically grows in the Philippines. Its known to be a powerful cancer cell-fighting killer.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Improves the immune system
  • Lowers blood pressure
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While you may know lemongrass as a mainstay ingredient in Thai food, it’s also a powerhouse food to detox the body.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Alleviates bodily pains and aches
  • Inhibits infections
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Malunggay or horseradish tree is known for its pungent, bitter flavor. Traditionally, it was used to promote milk production for nursing mothers.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Boosts energy
  • Normalizes blood sugar levels
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Mangosteen is a tropical evergreen tree, believed to have been originated in Indonesia. It is rich in dietary fiber and vitamin C.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Fights acne
  • Improves overall health
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Noni fruit has been used for more than 2,000 years by Polynesian Islanders. It is rich in antioxidants and can allegedly slow down cancer.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Heals hormonal acne
  • Fights free radicals
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Sambong is a tropical plant that grows in the wild in East and South-East Asian countries. It is said to smell and taste like camphor.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Treats kidney stones
  • Cures urinary tract infections
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Turmeric, the yellow spice often used in curries and mustards, has been touted for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It’s also hailed as a natural defense against cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Eases menstrual difficulties
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Virgin coconut oil (VCO) is known to be one of the purest and most nutritious oils on the planet. It’s most popular for its myriad of uses.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Slows down the aging process
  • Fights common skin conditions like acne and eczema
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