Recently, foods that possess a plethora of benefits have received a lot of attention and have been categorised as super foods. Almost all plant based food possess some sort of benefit, just not to the degree to which a superfood does.
Superfoods contain a unique profile of nutrients in concentrations that exceed that of your everyday broccoli for example. No offence Broccoli, its me not you.
Superfoods have received particular attention because of their ability to bring an individual back to a state of well-being, by providing a wide array of nutrients from one source in abundant concentrations.
It is possibly due to the convenience of getting a lot of missing nutrients that they are so popular. Although foods consumed individually are beneficial, combining foods offers a more powerful synergy and a wider diversity of nutrients in greater concentrations.
Ailments such as poor sleep, fatigue, anxiety, bad digestion, skin conditions, poor immunity, weight problems can be therapeutically soothed by eating the foods that provide us with an array of nutrients that keep your body in a state of balance and wellness.
Todays convention highlights the need to avoid or restrict certain foods in the pursuit of health (or weight loss) when we really need to be adding more healthful ones in.
The following ‘Superfoods’ contain great concentrations of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and phytochemicals (chemicals only found in plants) that help us restore our bodies and minds to proper working order.
One of natures highest antioxidant foods (2-4x that of blueberries), contain 8 essential amino acids, more than 21 trace minerals and vitamins B1, B2, B6 and E. Goji’s are also classed as an adaptogen which acts to increase resistance and resilience to stress.
- Boosts immune function
- Delivers anti-aging compounds
- Provides protection for the liver
- Improves blood quality
- Increases vitality and longevity
The journey of chocolate starts with the Cacao Bean, sadly the many benefits of Cacao are watered down through the process of making chocolate, Sigh. It is the food source with the highest antioxidant content in the world outweighing red wine, blueberries and our familiar friends the Goji’s. Cacao is a great source of Magnesium, iron, chromium, manganese, zinc, copper, Vitamin C, and Omega-6 fatty acids.
- Boosts immunity
- Helps balance blood sugar
- Promotes healthy blood
- Improves mood
- Helps build strong bones
Famously associated with marijuana, hemp is the form of the plant which has negligible amounts of THC, the compound responsible for getting you high. It has many industrial applications including textiles and paper as well as being a superfood. The bits which provide us with the nutritional goodness we seek are the seeds. Shelled hemp seeds provide one of the best sources of omega fats (including omega-9) as it holds a ratio of omega 6 to 3 at 3:1, a ratio shown to be optimal in striking a healthy balance of fats (1). Hemp is an excellent protein source, a complete protein containing 9 essential amino acids and is one of the most easily digestible forms of protein. It is also high in chlorophyll and vitamin E.
- Supports the immune system
- Hormone balancing
- Balances blood sugar
- Promotes rapid healing
Comes in many forms including milk, water, oil, cream and the traditional flesh. Coconut oil has been widely adopted in the kitchen for its health benefits whilst also complimenting the taste of the foods it is cooked with. It is very high in antioxidants and saturated fat, which is bad, right? Not if it comes from coconut – the saturated fat from a steak (long-chain fatty acids) from coconut (medium-chain fatty acids) differ. Coconuts saturated fat supports the immune and nervous systems whilst providing fast energy.
- Improves digestion
- Lowers cholesterol
- Aids weight loss through improved thyroid function
- Normalises blood sugar
Is a complete protein providing 22 Amino acids, all B vitamins except B-12, high in vitamins C, D and E and antioxidants. It is the richest source of vitamins that only comes from a single food in the world.
- Increases stress defence
- Promotes longevity
- Slows ageing
- Increases energy
- Reduces allergies