Supercharge with Superfoods
Superfoods are more popular than ever, but if you’re not sure what they are or how to make them a part of your day, our handy guide is here to help.
Today’s culture of on-the-go diets doesn’t provide us with the holistic nutrition we need to thrive. With busy lifestyles forcing us to turn to everything fried and sugar-laden, we miss out on the foods that are essential to good health.
Enter the Superfoods – a diverse collection of foods that not only have a positive effect on your body, they boost brain and cognitive function too.
What’s so super about superfoods?
They’re full of the good stuff
While most healthy foods usually contain two or three specific nutritional properties, superfoods have twelve or more!
They are labelled as ‘nutrient-dense’ because they provide a substantial amount of minerals, vitamins, enzymes, amino acids and antioxidants in exchange for surprisingly few calories. Superfoods improve your metabolism and even help you burn calories. They reduce the risk of cancer, safeguard your heart and also rejuvenate your skin.
They’re packed with ‘mesonutrients’
In Greek, meso means ‘inside’ and superfoods owe their nutrient-dense richness to the mesonutrients that lie within them. These are the active compounds that provide us with those wonderful benefits our bodies crave. For example, curcumin is the anti-inflammatory mesonutrient or active compound within turmeric.
The benefits of mesonutrients include reduced inflammation, improved brain function, increased energy, and a decreased risk of cardiovascular diseases. You can find them hidden within foods such as saffron, grapefruit, papaya, tomatoes, cooked sweet red peppers and guava that are great for better skin, health and longevity.
How do I get more superfoods in my diet?
Nutrient-dense foods like berries and leaf powders can be easily blended into your post-workout smoothie or sprinkled over a salad. Get a burst of nutrients when you add these superfoods to your daily diet.
With origins in South and Central America, the açai berry is a great source of fibre, antioxidants and healthy-for-your-heart fats. Owing to its delicate nature, it is difficult to find fresh açai berries; but you can tap into its full potency by adding its powdered form to green juice, smoothies and overnight oats.
The goji berry with its vital nutrients is the gift of ancient China. With a mildly sweet and sour taste, it has been used for more than 2,000 years as a medicinal herb and food supplement. It is full of mesonutrients that protect the eyes, support the immune system, and promote healthy skin. You can add a handful of goji berries to a cup of herbal tea, leaving them to hydrate for 5 to 10 minutes until they’re plump and juicy. Or add them to your trail mix, cereal or to muffins in your baking.
Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that is an excellent source of protein and vitamins. A great supplement for you if you’re on a vegetarian or vegan diet, it helps with weight loss, managing diabetes, and improving gut health. You can stir a small spoonful of powdered spirulina into a glass of water or juice and drink it straight, or you can add some to a smoothie.
Grown in tropical and subtropical regions, moringa is known as the miracle tree. The leaves alone pack a powerful protein punch. They are high in vitamins A and C, and a host of minerals. Every part of the moringa is edible- from the leaves and pods, all the way down to the roots.
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