Superfoods are naturally nutrient dense foods with a high antioxidant content and with strong healing properties. They are calorie sparse and nutrient dense meaning they pack a lot of punch for their weight, making it easy to incorporate Superfoods in your daily diet. Here are a few of our favourites:
• Acai Berries are indigenous to the Brazilian Rainforest. They possess powerful antioxidant properties due to high levels of anthocyanins, the pigment also found in red wine. They also contain essential fatty acids, fibre and phytosterols which help promote cardiovascular and digestive health.
• Goji Berries originate from the Himalayan Mountains. They contain 500 times more vitamin C than oranges by weight. They also contain more beta-carotene than carrots. They are a good source of B vitamins and antioxidants, and contain a complete protein profile (all essential amino acids) and 21 trace minerals.
• Pomegranate is a highly nutritious fruit. Its health benefits stem mainly from ellagic acid, a potent antioxidant that has been shown to promote cardiovascular health.
• Blueberries are an excellent source of vitamin C. They are also rich in anthocyanidins, potent antioxidants researched for their anti-ageing benefits, particularly in relation to eye health and macular degeneration.
• Coconut Oil
is stable when cooking, and easily digested and processed by the liver. It is rich in Lauric Acid which is converted into monolaurin in the body. Monolaurin has potent antiviral and anti-bacterial properties.
• Raw Cacao Beans originate from tropical Rainforests. Raw, unprocessed Cacao (not chocolate!) is highly rich in antioxidant flavonoids and mood enhancing nutrients such as tryptophan and phenylethylamine.
• Blue Green Algae, Spirulina & Chlorella were among the first life forms on earth. These micro algaes grow naturally in the still alkaline waters of lakes and ponds. They are a great vegetarian source of protein and contain all the essential amino acids. Also rich in B vitamins, chlorophyll and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
• Cereal Grasses (Wheatgrass and Barleygrass) are packed full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and chlorophyll. They are similar to micro algaes but also contain digestive enzymes.
• Beetroot is a humble everyday vegetable which is packed full of nutrients. It is particularly high in folic acid, and high in nitrate which helps lower blood pressure.
• Flax Seeds are one of the richest vegetarian sources of omega 3 fatty acids. They are rich sources of lignans (potent phytoestrogens and antioxidants). Flaxseeds also contain soluble fibre which benefits cardiovascular & digestive health.
• Manuka Honey is produced by honey bees from the flowers of the Manuka tree, native to New Zealand. It has a unique antibacterial property (termed Unique Manuka Factor or UMF) and is resistant to heat and light. It also possesses antiviral, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties – can be used both internally and topically.
• Bee Pollen is the pollen collected by bees from flowers and formed into super-nutritious granules. It is one of the most complete foods found in nature and has more protein than beef by weight.
• Propolis is a sticky mixture that honey bees collect from tree buds, sap flow and flowers. They use it as a sealant to protect their hives. Propolis has anti-microbial and anti-viral properties, making it a popular winter remedy for colds and sore throats.
• Royal Jelly is produced by honey bees from glands in their head and used to feed larvae. When worker bees decide to make a new Queen bee, they feed the larvae large amounts of royal jelly which helps it grow larger and stronger hence becoming a queen bee. This nectar is rich in B vitamins, minerals, protein and enzymes making it ideal for convalescence/ in stress.
• Chia Seeds once formed an integral part of the Aztec and Mayan diets. Chia seeds are potent little bundles of energy with generous doses of omega-3, fibre and protein.