Whatever the meal, whatever your diet, there’s sure to be a ‘superfood’ that’ll slot right into it.
That’s the beauty of these sorts of foods – there’s such a versatile range of them, you can always find a way to incorporate at least one into almost any meal.
That’s great, but what exactly is a superfood?
The term ‘superfood’ has been around for a while now, and is broadly defined as “a food exceptionally good for one’s health”.
Cynics say it’s nothing more than a marketing technique devised to sell us top-shelf fruit and veg. And while the term itself might be a little over the top, research has shown that a dive into the nutritional content of these foods reveal some quite extraordinary natural benefits.
Let’s pick 5 so-called ‘superfoods’ and find out a little more.
Avocados are packed with goodness. From vitamins to minerals and fatty acids, there’s lots for your body to unpack nutritionally here.
For the heart, regularly consuming just half an avocado containing 76mg of beta-sitosterol, can help treat a range of ailments and diseases, including fibromyalgia, asthma, arthritis, migraines, and more.
Avocados are also great for natural detoxification. A great source of fibre promotes regular bowel movements, which in turn helps to clear toxins faster.
Take your pick – they’re all super.
Not only do they taste amazing, but berries are a fantastic source of antioxidants.
If you’re not yet familiar with the powers of antioxidants, they’re molecules that support your immune system in the fight against dangerous free radicals that enter the body.
Our bodies produce antioxidants naturally, but any additional reinforcements can go a long way to fighting off illnesses.
Kale though is armed with bile acid sequestrants that reduce cholesterol that can clog up our arteries.
Cholesterol creates bile acids which are used by the digestive system to help digest fatty meals. If cholesterol remains after the meal has been processed, it’s absorbed back into the bloodstream to be used again.
The bile acid sequestrants in kale stop cholesterol from being reabsorbed and thus reduce the volume of cholesterol in the body.
Green tea is packed with beneficial molecules for both the body and mind.
It has been used medicinally for a number of years to treat an array of ailments, and its positive effects on the brain are worth highlighting.
The polyphenols in particular in green tea’s catechin compounds have shown to aid in the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
Curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, has long been used in ancient medicine for its anti-inflammatory effects, among numerous other benefits.
Inflammation is a crucial pillar of the immune system. It’s a defense mechanism that helps fight invaders and assists in repairing any damage they might cause.
If inflammation becomes chronic however, it can begin to attack the body’s own tissues. That’s when it starts to contribute to the development of diseases – from heart disease to cancer.
Anti-inflammatories help to prevent chronic inflammation, and therefore prevent many of the biggest natural killers.
If you want an easy dose of this superfood, our turmeric shots are a handy, affordable solution. Available in original, or paired with other superfoods like ginger or beetroot, they make a natural, powerful addition to any healthy diet.