What is Superfood - and do we really need it?
Ever heard of Goji berries , Acai, chia seeds, moringa, matcha ,quinoa, spirulina or sweet lupines'? If you have not it would be time to pay attention to these if you are that person that cares about a balanced nutrition. These berries, seeds or algae are said to contain ingredients that help repair damage to health or have anti-cancer effects. Nowadays these are broadly classified as Superfoods.
Characteristics of a Superfood
I am sure you have heard of them from a friend, colleagues or even the companies promoting them. A superfood comes with an impressive set of skills when compared with normal food, as they are packed with various vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other important nutrients required by our body. They can be deemed as the superheroes in the world of foods as they are endowed with several disease-fighting or weight loss abilities unlike other foods.
These superfoods are not generally an exorbitantly priced or usually exotic food. They are sometime classed as medicines for their nutritional properties. They can provide the person consuming these Superfoods with vast amounts of energy while at the same time improving their health. Some of these include boosting their immune system, elevating serotonin production, memory boosting, cleaning and alkalizing the bodies.
However there is no one-size fits all when it comes to Superfoods, as all have high nutritional benefits with low calorie, but the health benefits differ from product to product. The best superfoods are known to fight the free-radicals that are known to be a factor causing a number of diseases including cancer in addition to contributing to the ageing.
Benefits of Superfoods
- Aid digestion
- Fight cancer
- Fight heart disease
- Protect organs from toxins
- Lower cholesterol
- Regulate metabolism
- Reduce inflammation in the body
Our Favorite Superfoods
Quinoa is a small seed that is rich in amino acids such as lysine, making it the only protein equivalent to animal protein. It makes an excellent substitute to rice or pasta when you are trying to add more nutrients to your diet and for those who prefer gluten free diet.
The chia seeds hosts concentrated healthy omega-2 fatty acids, carbohydrates , fiber , protein and antioxidants that can be incorporated into your daily diet and provide you with energy and health benefits like never before.
Green Tea / Matcha
When you drink matcha you ingest the entire leaf and receive 100% of the nutrients of the leaf. Matcha powdered green tea has 137 times more antioxidants than regularly brewed green tea.
One cup of matcha is equivalent to 10 cups of regularly brewed green tea in terms of nutritional content
Curly kale is a nutritional powerhouse packed with antioxidants such as vitamin C, beta-carotene, kaempferol and quercetin. In addition to providing pure health benefits, Kale's antioxidants provide beauty benefits say retaining skin elasticity and also fight against the free-radicals that produce collagen damaging enzymes.
They are antioxidant rich berries that have been known to promote Heart Health, aiding weight loss, promoting skin health and helping digestion amongst other benefits.
The Raw cacao powder contains nearly four times the antioxidant of your average dark chocolate. It is said their benefits range from lowering LDL cholesterol, improved heart function , and reduced cancer risk.
Amongst other benefits Virgin Coconut Oil has been recommended as a natural treatment for Alzheimer's Disease, the high natural saturated fat in coconut oils are good for preventing Heart diseases and also helps convert LDL into good cholesterols. Coconut oil is also known to protect the liver and cures UTI and Kidney infections. It is highly known for the immunity support it renders to the human body.
Berries are the powerhouse for antioxidants, which includes anthocyanins, quercetin and vitamin C. Their benefits range from reducing ageing , memory loss, reducing inflammation to keeping the skin radiant.