This is the superfoods list for the best superfoods for smoothies. They can give you whatever boost you need whether it be extra protein, healthy fat, energy, minerals and more. Superfoods for smoothies are nutritious ingredients you can toss in any smoothie recipe to supercharge it. Checkout this superfood smoothie for a great example of how to add them.

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A superfood is defined as a food rich in nutrients and minerals commonly viewed as beneficial for one’s health. I don’t know about you but I’m all for eating foods that work extra hard to give my body what it needs to thrive.

Table of Contents
  1. Top 10 Superfoods for Smoothies
  2. Protein-Packed Seeds
  3. Superfoods Green Powder: Green Tea
  4. Fermented Superfoods for Gut Health
  5. Power Berries
  6. Algae
  7. Cacao Powder and Cacao Nibs
  8. Anti-Inflammatory Roots
  9. Fresh Herbs
  10. Adaptogens
  11. Immune-Boosting Superfoods
  12. Superfood FAQs
  13. Non-Smoothie Uses for Superfood

Top 10 Superfoods for Smoothies

Superfood is a buzzword that you’ve most likely heard, but may not fully understand. It’s flashy, trendy and makes me feel healthier just buying them if I’m being honest. Yet are these foods really that super?

Yes! These 10 superfoods for smoothies are definitely worth the hype. This superfoods list gives you ten smoothie-boosting ideas, along with recipes to help you use them.

Smoothies are wonderful with just greens, fruit and water. If I need more energy, a quick full meal, an immune boost or better skin/nails/hair, I add superfoods to help me out.

Protein-Packed Seeds

Seeds top my superfoods list for many reasons. These small but mighty warriors contain healthy fats, quality protein and fiber. Find superfood seeds at almost any American grocery store (Trader Joe’s, Target, even Marshalls!) as well as multiple places online. I pick up all three ingredients at my local Costco in bulk.

white tray with 3 bowls of chia seeds, hemp hearts and flaxseed.
bright green smoothie full of the best brain food
Brain Food Smoothie
5 from 26 votes
This brain food smoothie has everything you need to get you going in the morning— protein, healthy fats, and replenishing electrolytes. Adding avocado to smoothies gives you a lovely dose of omega-3 essential fatty acids, which are vital for brain development and nerve function. Not only that, but the avocado also assists the body in absorbing nutrients from the greens.
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strawberry banana smoothie
Strawberry Banana Smoothie
4.6 from 554 votes
Blend up this strawberry banana smoothie as a fun family treat, or a bright + refreshing morning breakfast. One sip of this smoothie will put a smile on anyone's face; it's truly a smoothie for all ages. 
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Easy Flaxseed Smoothie
4.7 from 7 votes
This is a protein-packed, filling smoothie recipe that's perfect for a quick lunch or post workout pick-me-up. Easily omit the date if you wanna cut back on the natural sugar. Flaxseed is a superfood with fat, protein and fiber; basically a great way to start your day.
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Fun fact: I love hemp, chia and flax so much that I used them exclusively in my own plant-based protein powder, homemade protein powder.

Superfoods Green Powder: Green Tea

I am def #teamcoffee all day every day, yet I also appreciate a good cup of green tea. It makes an excellent liquid base for smoothies. Naturally caffeinated green tea gives an energy boost without the coffee jitters.

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  • Green tea boosts the metabolism to help burn fat, contains polyphenols and antioxidants to fight cancer and inflammation as well as cell damage and helps the brain function more efficiently.
  • Matcha is an earthy-tasting green tea powder that can lower your chances of chronic illness and boost your antioxidant levels.

Green tea is fairly mild in flavor, so feel free to use it as a base on any smoothie you next create. Or bonus recipe, swap out your next coffee for a matcha tea latte.

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Fat Burning Smoothie for Weight Loss
4.6 from 248 votes
Make fat cry by adding this fat burning smoothie to your day. The natural ingredients are paired together to help boost your metabolism and burn fat in one delicious weight loss smoothie.
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Vanilla Matcha Smoothie
5 from 3 votes
The mellow taste of matcha with sweet vanilla, blended into a delicious, creamy smoothie. Enjoy any time of the day, this recipe is perfect for breakfast, pre- and post-workout and midnight snacks, too!
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Fermented Superfoods for Gut Health

glass jar of sauerkraut surrounded by glass containers of kombucha and yogurt, all fermented superfoods.

I have a deep and lasting love for fermented food. I love pickling things, making and eating sauerkraut and brewing my own kombucha. Gut health is super important and is linked to mood and mental health, your immune system, skin and more. If your gut’s not healthy, ain’t nobody healthy.

  • Kombucha is a tea-based beverage. When tea is fermented the polyphenols are multiplied which helps them fight even more inflammation. My favorite brand is Health-Ade!
  • Yogurt that contains live bacteria, or probiotics, can give your immune system a boost. You can even make vegan yogurt with probiotics in it if dairy is something you try to avoid.
  • Sauerkraut is basically fermented cabbage. It’s great for digestion and the reason it makes this superfood list is the probiotics found inside.

Fueling your body and gut with pre and probiotic foods can help keep your digestive system balanced. I actually have a whole challenge inside Rawk the Year (my meal planner) that teaches you how to make and use these three foods for the happiest gut around.

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Sauerkraut Juice Smoothie
4.8 from 9 votes
Make your gut do a happy dance with this great probiotic smoothie. Ginger kombucha + sauerkraut juice provide some healthy bacteria and add a little zing to the pineapple and peach smoothie combo. 
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Peach Probiotic Smoothie
4.4 from 79 votes
The tastiest blend of frozen peaches, spinach, and kombucha with a coconut sugar rim for a refreshing summery drink to help heal your gut. This Peach Probiotic Smoothie is deceptively good for you!
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Vanilla Bean Yogurt Smoothie
5 from 5 votes
Whip up this super simple, super delicious vanilla bean yogurt smoothie made with just five ingredients. Switch up the type of fruit according to what's in season for endless possibilities!
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95% of the body’s serotonin production happens in the intestine. Your body will thank you for keeping your gut happy.

Power Berries

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Next up on my superfoods list is power berries. Do you realize just how incredible berries are? They aren’t just here to be a sweet treat. These gorgeous fruits are great superfoods for smoothies since they act as fruit and a power boost.

Obviously, there are dozens of berries not on this list that are also deliciously beneficial. Berries are an easy superfood win in a smoothie!

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Cherry Açaí Smoothie
5 from 5 votes
Bright açaí and summer cherries blend together into a naturally sweetened, bright red drink brimming with the power of super fruits. This cherry acai smoothie screams summer and makes a great breakfast meal replacement.
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Healthy Blueberry Smoothie
4.6 from 312 votes
This deliciously thick blueberry smoothie is infused with nutritious superfood blueberries, nutty cashew milk and creamy cashew yogurt. It's a vegan smoothie using four ingredients and no added sugar. This smoothie is simple, easy to make and full of delicious blueberry flavor. 
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Cranberry Smoothie with Orange and Banana
Cranberry Green Smoothie
4.4 from 92 votes
This is a very wintery cranberry green smoothie—and one of my favorites. I love cranberries and oranges! Feel free to add 1 tsp MCT oil to get an energy boost and increase your metabolism.
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Cherry Beet Smoothie
5 from 2 votes
Sweet beets and tangy cherries are a power-packed superfood combo in this tasty, bright red cherry beet smoothie.
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You can also make antioxidant smoothie cubes and toss them into your next smoothie for some extra antioxidant love.

Algae

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Yeah, I’m talking about the stuff from the ocean. Hear me out! I didn’t add this category to my superfoods list for the shock factor. These ingredients pack some serious power and you should try them.

Banana Nice Cream
5 from 6 votes
This vibrant banana nice cream recipe nourishes and satisfies. The gorgeous color comes from the superfood spirulina, which provides vital cell support. Perfect for breakfast or as a midday pick me up, banana nice cream is a delicious treat (while still getting in healthy nutrients).
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Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie
5 from 4 votes
This strawberry blueberry layered smoothie recipe will wow guests at your next party. Use clear serving glasses for maximum wow factor!
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Algae is a unique ingredient and an acquired taste for many. Start with a small amount and work your way up to more depending on your taste preferences.

Cacao Powder and Cacao Nibs

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Cacao powder and cacao nibs are seriously healthy and delicious. Unprocessed and unheated contain the most nutrients. Turn your next smoothie into a chocolatey drink by adding either of these ingredients to it and enjoy the flavor and the benefits.

Toss 2-4 tablespoons of cacao powder or nibs in your next smoothie and enjoy a warm and rich chocolate shake! This superfood list can be equally tasty and beneficial, right?

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
4.6 from 341 votes
Better than a milkshake! This plant-based peanut butter chocolate smoothie is so creamy and decadent, you'll think it's ice cream. Your body will thank you for enjoying this all-natural, no-sugar-added sweet treat.
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chocolate cherry smoothie using plant-based ingredients.
Chocolate Cherry Smoothie
4.9 from 22 votes
This antioxidant-packed Chocolate Cherry Smoothie is a healthy indulgence that will satisfy any sweet tooth. Blend it as an energy-boosting snack or a fun and sippable dessert that will leave you smiling.
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Rich Coffee Smoothie
5 from 22 votes
Sip on this cool and creamy coffee smoothie for breakfast or as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. It's got the caffeine you want delivered in an oh-so-smooth beverage that has the bonus of fruits, veggies, protein, fiber and more.
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Pro tip: Look for cacao or cocoa that is unsweetened. There’s no need for extra ingredients in the powder as you are adding them to a smoothie that is naturally sweetened.

Anti-Inflammatory Roots

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If you struggle with inflammation then this section is for you! Chronic inflammatory diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide. Many Americans struggle with chronic inflammation, so chances are your body could benefit from greater consumption of natural inflammation-fighting food like fresh ginger and turmeric.

Honey Turmeric Smoothie
4.3 from 405 votes
Treat yourself to a nutrition-packed Honey Turmeric Smoothie with mango, carrots, orange, ginger, turmeric and honey. It all comes together to create a creamy, flavorful drink.
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Anti Inflammatory Smoothie Recipe with ginger and beets
Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie
4.9 from 54 votes
Help calm your body and fight inflammation by blending up this vibrant anti-inflammatory smoothie that is loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and taste!
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PCOS Smoothie Recipe
5 from 10 votes
Fertility and food come together in this creamy smoothie creation. Loaded with foods that can fuel your body, this PCOS smoothie is a great way to start the day. 
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Apple Celery Smoothie
4.9 from 16 votes
This celery smoothie recipe has a different flare to it. I'm kind of known for making hardcore smoothies, yet I promise this has a refreshing flavor! If you like black licorice (which I do), then this recipe is a big win for you.
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Adding 1/2 to 1 inch of fresh ginger or turmeric is a great smoothie booster. Just make sure you peel and cut your turmeric on a cutting board because it stains easily!

Fresh Herbs

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Herbs are my jam. They’re easy to add to smoothies and meals and make this superfoods list due to their nutrient-dense nutritional profiles.

If you ever get the urge to start your own garden then I recommend starting with herbs! They are beautiful, easy to grow, can be grown in or outside and make it easy to grab and use in a variety of recipes. These superfoods boost smoothies quickly as well as add great flavor!

Acid Reflux Smoothie
4.9 from 22 votes
Stop heartburn in its tracks with this soothing acid reflux smoothie. Calm flavors + ingredients that actively fight acid reflux combined for a pleasant beverage. 
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MCT Oil Smoothie
5 from 7 votes
A refreshing mct oil smoothie made with fresh veggies and fruit, with a hint of ginger + cilantro to jump start your morning and activate your digestive system.
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Mint Chocolate Smoothie
5 from 13 votes
The combination of cacao powder and fresh mint leaves will give you that chocolate mint flavor you've been craving, but instead of packing in the fat and calories, you'll be packing in nutrients from spinach and avocados! It's really a win-win. When the Girl Scout cravings hit, reach for this smoothie instead.
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Feel free to experiment with the herbs in your garden or at your local farm stand. Surprise yourself with some fun combinations!

Adaptogens

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Adaptogens have long been studied for their superfood powers. They make this superfoods list because you can easily add them to smoothies or other beverages to enjoy better focus, less stress and less fatigue.

  • Ashwagandha is found in India, Africa and the Middle East. It is a medicinal herb with potent anti-stress properties (who couldn’t use a little more zen in their lives?)
  • Ginseng root is an ancient root used in Chinese medicine for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Cordyceps is a fungus that can help with oxygen efficiency while exercising as well as properties that are anti-aging and anti-tumor growth.
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Chocolate Protein Shake
4.8 from 94 votes
Blend up a creamy, cold chocolate protein shake smoothie made with plant-based superfood protein powder for a delicious meal or snack, or before/after a workout. Includes adaptogens to help ease inflammation.
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Adrenal Fatigue Diet Smoothie
4.5 from 13 votes
This smoothie contains specially chosen ingredients to help the adrenal glands recover and support health and wellness. If you’re looking for an adrenal fatigue diet smoothie that taste amazing, this is it!
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My friends at Four Sigmatic use the power of mushrooms in many of their delicious mixes to create coffee without crashing as well as beverages that heighten focus or help relax the body.

Immune-Boosting Superfoods

superfoods that help boost immunity including goji berries, oranges and elderberry in white bowls.

There are many supplements on the market today that promote an immunity boost. Yet I love getting the ultimate boost from natural ingredients, so here are my favorite ways to help my body stay healthy:

Immune Boosting Smoothie
4.9 from 107 votes
Give your immune system a boost by blending up this vibrant purple powerhouse smoothie that combines Sambucol black elderberry syrup with antioxidant-rich blackberries and pitaya (dragon fruit). Bottoms up!
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Orange Superfood Smoothie
5 from 3 votes
This refreshing citrus superfood smoothie is paired with the natural sweetness of banana and soluble rice bran powder.
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pomegranate smoothie recipe
Healthy Pomegranate Smoothie
4.9 from 10 votes
Try this pomegranate smoothie recipe to give your body an immunity boost and some great energy for the busy day ahead. It's loaded with antioxidant-rich ingredients like red cabbage, raspberries, pomegranate arils, strawberries, cherries and superfoods to bring you the best flu-fighters in one serving.
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Vitamin C Smoothie Cubes
5 from 15 votes
These Vitamin C Smoothie Cubes incorporate the foods that are high in immune-boosting vitamins. This will help your immune system function properly as well as having other benefits to the integumentary system (or skin) which also helps fight germs and disease.
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Use any of these superfoods for smoothies to give your body the best nutrition this cold and flu season.

Superfood FAQs

What is the #1 superfood?

Honestly, different superfoods have different super powers. Don’t just try one! My list includes seeds, green tea, fermented food, power berries, algae, cacao, anti-inflammatory roots, fresh herbs, adaptogens and immune boosting foods.

What is a good superfood shake?

You can add many superfoods to almost any smoothie, no need for a special shake! Yet start with these recipes: honey turmeric smoothie, yogurt smoothie, probiotic smoothie, sauerkraut juice smoothie, cilantro smoothie, chocolate protein shake, orange superfood smoothie.

How do I add superfoods to a smoothie?

A little goes a long way… I recommend adding 1 tablespoon of chia, flax, or hemp to 1 serving of smoothie. Most other superfood ingredients will recommend a serving size, so read the label! And you can always start out small then work your way up to a full serving.

Non-Smoothie Uses for Superfood

Superfoods make excellent smoothie ingredients plus, easily add them to a variety of dishes! Here are a few non-smoothie recipes using the ingredients listed above:

What are your go-to superfoods to use in cooking, baking and smoothies? I’d love you to leave a comment and tell me what you love and how you use it!

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  1. Hey have you found any adverse reactions to chia seeds? I was absolutely loving them for the first 3 weeks, but the last couple of times I’ve had smoothies I’ve been really sick with sharp stomach pains… struggling to think of anything that is different in my diet other than the chia! x

    1. Hey Rachel.

      Thanks for the question, Rachel. Are you adding the recommended about to your smoothies? I would suggest stopping using Chia seeds and ask your healthcare provider if they believe Chia Seed could be causing your stomach pain.

      Hope you feel better soon.

  2. Hi I need the smoothies recipes for week one and two…I bought the ingredients but now the link is gone for the recipes

  3. hello. I am new to chia and hemp seeds. for breakfast, I usually make a smoothie with blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, banana, and vanilla protein powder. all blended with unsweetened almond milk. would it be a good idea to replace the protein powder with chia and hemp seeds? this way I’m getting protein but not more than the body can digest in a single serving? thanks in advance!

    1. Yes, that sounds like a good idea, and throw some leafy greens in there too, try 2 cups of spinach. 🙂

  4. Can I live off of these green smoothies or are they just snacks… Or how do you eat/drink these?

    1. Hey Trey!

      Our smoothie recipes make about 4-5 cups (32oz – 40oz). Jadah drinks at least 2 cups (16 oz) everyday in the morning as a breakfast meal replacement. Jen drinks hers for lunch or sometimes as a mid morning snack Since green smoothies are full of fiber, they keep us both full for a while. If either of us needs afternoon pick-me-ups, we have been known to make another green smoothie later in the day instead of drinking a caffeinated beverage.

      Hope that helps. 🙂

  5. Hi there,

    Can I use these together or am I taking the benefit away if I make a smoothie with Spirulina and Hemp Hearts?

    Thanks.

    1. Hey Trish!

      Those are two great superfoods.It is important to find superfoods that enhance the flavor and consistency of your smoothies, and work with your mix, but just as important to incorporate the superfoods that give you the nutrients you are looking for. Protein, fiber, healthy fats and omega fatty acids is a great combination, just beware, spirulina can have strong flavor.

  6. Hey Linda!

    Unfortunately, we are not doctors or nutritionists. Each and every one of us is different, which makes it hard to say what is right for you. We suggest checking with your healthcare provider that knows you better. You are more than welcome to tweak any of our recipes to fit what you need.

  7. Great article! I’m not a fan of coconut, but from what you said, I should be! If I use the oil, will it make my smoothies taste like coconut? Or can I use a small enough amount so it isn’t overwhelming, but still get the benefits?

  8. Thank you for the list of superfood! Now, I should be using one of these ingredients whenever I make a smoothie.

  9. I am really excited to get into this green smoothie challenge I don’t have a blendtec, it sounds like an awesome machine to own, reading all the posts everyone has put on this blog. I just wanted to know if I am able to use an ordinary blender I have a older type one I inherited from my friend. Are you able to tell me if this will be okay to use to make these green smoothies please.
    Thanks and kind regards
    Jennifer

    1. Hey Jennifer!

      YES, any blender will work! 🙂

      Jen: For the past few years I have been using a Warner blender that I got for my wedding 8 years ago. It was a $70 blender that worked okay. It turned my produce into a smoothie, yet it left chunks of spinach and was very loud. It finally died and I immediately went online and bought a refurbished Vitamix 5200 for $329. It came within a week and blends like a beast — no spinach leaf is left unblended when this bad boy is done. It’s insane.

      Jadah: I first started with my Magic Bullet (until I burned the motor out). Then I borrowed my in-laws Thermomix until I could get my hands on a high-speed blender. The Blendtec blender is my baby now. I just love the Blendtec’s sleek design, and the 94oz BPA-free jug is awesome when you are making big batches for your family or prepping for a detox cleanse.

      Hope that helps. 🙂

  10. Which of these is the best if I don’t eat a lot of protein. I am making a full recipe of the smoothies and drinking some for breakfast or lunch- and having the rest later in the day for a snack or dinner. It depends on what else I have eaten that day. But protein is a BIG issue for me- and I want to feel full after having the smoothie.

    1. It is based on personal preference, Allison. They are all great! I enjoy avocados, coconut oil and chia seeds the best. Enjoy!

    2. Hey, I had the same problem with the protein when I started but I add some greek yogurt and some flax seeds and the result is a smoothie with 34% protein (25g in a 6dl smoothie). I’m still looking for ways to improve it but it’s a start 😉

  11. Its’s really a great and helpful piece of info. Very good post .Thanks for such an awesome post.
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  12. Hi: So glad I found this. Do you suggest using 1 or 2 Superfoods in one smoothie? What about over the course of a day? How many should one use? And is a good idea to use a few over a period of time and then switch to different ones for another period? Thank You0.

    1. Hi Jane!
      We like to try to stick to one, maybe two, superfoods per green smoothie. Feel free to use them another time during the day if you’d like—totally up to you! It’s a good idea to have a variety of them instead of the same superfood over and over 🙂

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