Posted on August 21 2017
What is the exact definition of a superfood?
The reason you’ve probably not yet come across a scientific definition of superfood is because… there isn’t one!
Generally speaking, a food is labeled a ‘superfood’ because it contains high levels of nourishing vitamins and minerals. Many of them also contain antioxidants, which help shield our bodies from disease.
Here are the top 10 superfoods you need to know about today:
Açai is a small, purple South American berry that contains very high levels of anthocyanins, which help our bodies fight off heart disease and cancer.
You can purchase it in frozen packs, which are great blended into fruit smoothies.
All you chocolate lovers (i.e. every woman on the planet!) will be pleased to know that cacao has made the list due to the flavonoids it contains, which are linked to lower blood pressure and improved blood flow.
These orangey-red berries contain a lot of vitamin C, and have been used to combat poor blood circulation and to help boost the immune system.
Buy these dried and whole, or in health powders and drinks
Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fibre and calcium – and a great way for non-fish eaters to get their much needed omega-3s.
These taste amazing and are incredibly versatile. Put them in smoothies, salads or even stir-fries.
Kale provides more antioxidants than most other fruits and veggies and is also a great source of fibre, calcium and iron.
It’s really versatile and tastes great boiled, steamed and even seasoned and roasted into tasty chips!
Beets are bursting with an array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants but it’s the purple pigments (betalains) in these that are said to help ward off degenerative diseases such as cancer.
Cloves have been used for centuries in both food and medicine. Today, it’s used to treat a number of things including high blood pressure and heart disease.
Ginger also has a history of medicinal use and helps to protect from cancer, as well as boosting immune function and helping to fight any internal infections.
It tastes great in Asian-style curries, stir-fries and soups.
Green tea leaves are packed with antioxidants, which is why this drink has been widely used as a natural remedy. It contains a particular phytochemical (EGCG), which could potentially help prevent the growth of certain cancers.
These berries are packed with flavonoids and proanthocyandins, which help to protect memory and cognition, and reduce the risk of developing diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Bluberries are delicious as a snack on their own, in smoothies or topped on oatmeal.
Remember, there’s no such thing as too much when it comes to superfoods!