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The Story Behind HoneyColony's Founder: How Superfoods Changed My Life

The Story Behind HoneyColony's Founder: How Superfoods Changed My Life

The Vitamix was often heard rumbling and you could find one of us in the kitchen making coconut kefir, blending up a superfood smoothie, tossing a kale salad, or fashioning a yummy superfood pie. It was during that summer that I discovered the benefits of more obscure superfoods like the immunity-boosting berries Camu Camu, which is said to contain more vitamin C than any other single food source on the planet, Maca, a Peruvian root rich in vitamin B vitamins that boosts libido and increases endurance, and Ho Sho Wu, a Chinese herb traditionally used to restore hair color, strengthen nails, reduce cholesterol, and support better liver and kidney function.

Superfoods Sensation

Today superfoods have gone mainstream and are still very much a part of my daily life. For instance, I add spirulina to my organic superfood smoothie. And during my summer mornings in Greece, where I spend a part of my time living, I made a Greek version of a superfood breakfast: I blend chlorella (to help detox) and powdered turmeric (for inflammation) and mix that in with two tablespoons of organic tahini. I then add ½ an avocado, a chopped up fresh fig, half a banana, blueberries, pumpkin seeds, and fresh bee pollen. Yum!

I also drink Chlorella, which I mix into my water along with Bulletproof’s activated charcoal 15 minutes before I do a coffee enema, as I am currently detoxing from heavy metals, including mercury. (I had one of those nasty mercury-laden CFL bulbs break in my hands, as well as a thermometer in a span of two months. Both are a big pain to properly clean up, by the way!)  

I joke that I would rather buy superfoods over shoes any day of the week. They are rich in trace elements and micro-nutrients, as well as vitamins and antioxidants, and can help the body reach optimal health and wellness when regularly consumed. We need these super foods to protect us against the realities of a toxic modern world. They are also easily digestible and totally utilized by the body, especially when they’re organic or clean-sourced.

After starting HoneyColony, a magazine and marketplace aimed at empowering people to be their own best health advocate, it made sense to join forces with Gosia Reed, the formulator of Bee Panacea create a super superfood honey fusion. Rather than take tons of superfoods, which used up time, energy and beaucoup bucks, why not infuse raw honey and use it as the perfect delivery mechanism?

The result is Equilibrium, the evolutionary peak of superfoods!  The formula was created to reduce inflammation and bolster energy, with organic ingredients ranging from raw honey and phytoplankton, to natural prebiotics and medicinal mushrooms. In total, Equilibrium offers a whopping 87 health benefits.

Who knew that a documentary to help save the bees would inadvertently end up also helping create one of the most powerful honey-infused superfood blends in the world? But that’s exactly what happened. As a result, myself and many others who take Equilibrium on a daily basis, now get to reap the benefits of better health and more energy.

For more information on Equilibrium and other community-curated health products, visit HoneyColony today.



Maryam Henein’s immersion in nutrition science and alternative healing started about 10 years ago, on the heels of a near death experience. Maryam’s brush with death also raised her awareness of the environment, which inspired her to work on a piece on the Exxon Valdez Oil spill for Robert Greenwald and The Sierra Club. Shortly thereafter, the bees flew into Maryam’s life.

As co-founder of HoneyColony, Maryam has fused her reporting skills with her love of nutrition and social media in a cooperative model that closely resembles the workings of a real hive. Maryam is dedicated to empowering folks to be their own best health advocate.

Check out more of her writing on tumblr. Or follow her on Twitter.

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