Health nuts and dieticians keep going on about the merit of of ‘superfoods’, and for an excellent reason. Superfoods have their name because they consist of a whole range of excellent minerals, antioxidants, polyphenols and vitamins that your body absolutely loves. New ones seem to be popping up on a frequent basis and most serve an abundance of health benefits, which is why everyone should know about the goodness they deliver.
With an excess of processed foods running rampant in our supermarkets and fast food chains, it is obvious why it accounts for the growing rates of obesity and a myriad of other health problems. People are not exactly aware of what these processed foods contain, but they know that it’s not good. On the other hand, we know precisely what superfoods consist of and how beneficial they are to our immune systems, organs, skin, hair, bones and muscles, which is why processed food must be dumped and replaced with nature’s best.
Many people seem to be under the impression that consuming superfoods require a whole new diet and complicated recipes that necessitate time and effort. Incorporating superfoods into your diet is a great deal easier than you may think, because it is simply about adding and/or substituting. Cooking with superfoods is exceptionally simple, and once you commence and realise the benefits, you will not want to stop.
Don’t be fooled by their size, because even a small handful of the seeds pack in a punch. Containing an abundance of antioxidants and nutrients, they deliver plenty of the good stuff while being extremely low in calories. They are a notable source of omega-3 fats, protein and fibre and hence may be able to assist in weight loss. Chia seeds may also prevent chronic illnesses and decrease blood pressure, while serving as an anti-inflammatory.
How to use: Chia seeds are perfect as an on-the-go snack and a topping on desserts, cereal and muesli.
Goji berries contain more iron than spinach, consist of all 18 amino acids, are one of the highest suppliers of Vitamin C and Vitamin A and have unique polysaccharides that enhance immunity and adrenal function.
How to use: These delicious berries can be consumed as a snack during the day and can also be used as a topping in yoghurt and granola.
Containing loads of antioxidants and nutrients, this superfood (a-sigh-ee) serves as an effective energy and immune booster as well as an assistant to weight management with their low GI levels. There is evidence to show that due to the promotion of healthy blood circulation and nutrients to the heart, Acai Berries improve cardiovascular health and may even slow down the signs of ageing with antioxidants and anthocyanin.
How to use: Acai Berries are an excellent addition to smoothies and juices. Add a teaspoon or two to your morning juice or smoothie, or mix it with yoghurt.
This superfood has just been recognised by scientists and health food experts although it was commonly used by the Aztecs and has existed since the beginning of life. It has been dubbed the ‘superfood of the superfoods’ due to its exceptional number of health benefits. Firstly, Blue-Green Algae assists in the removal of toxins and free-radicals which fight diseases and boost immunity. Health experts have even gone so far to say that it serves as a cancer fighting agent. Secondly, it is rich in vitamins A, E, C and B-complex vitamins which makes it the most superior vitamin supplement. It is a strong source of protein and exhibits signs of managing your appetite and assisting in weight management. Furthermore, studies have shown that it acts as an effective anti-inflammatory.
How to use: Purchase it in the powder form and add it to smoothies, juices or even in your glass of water. It lacks a prominent taste so is easy to consume.
Raw cocoa is a superfood because of its ability to reduce your chance of heart disease, increase memory functions to fight Alzheimer’s, act as a mood booster while being low in sugar. Believe it or not, cocoa has been found to reduce your appetite and reduce your weight due to the unique chemicals which permit more serotonin to travel around the brain.
How to use: Cocoa can be used as a tasty and healthy substitute to chocolate while cooking and can be mixed with smoothies or with coconut oil to make an effective moisturiser.
The world has been experiencing an obsession with coconut and the natural goodness it provides. Coconut oil in particular has been hailed as limitless, with experts claiming that it is a natural immunity booster, memory enhancer, infection fighter and fat burner due to the fatty acids. In addition, it can be an effective moisturiser and treatment for hair.
How to use: People tend to substitute vegetable oil for coconut oil while cooking, especially for baking, frying and as an alternative to butter. It can be used as a moisturiser, hair treatment to get rid of frizz, eye make-up remover and to dilute essential oils to put on the skin.