The official A-Z of superfoods

A is for Avocado

Packed with healthy fats and nutrients including oleic acid, lutein and vitamin E, they protect your body from heart disease, cancer, degenerative eye and brain diseases.

B is for Broccoli

Boosts the immune system and is packed full of calcium, iron and folic acid. It also contains quercetin which protects against heart disease.

C is for Coconut

The coconut, in its many shapes and forms (oil, flesh and water) has many superpowers. The flesh is high in fibre and the water is rich in electrolytes.

D is for Dark chocolate

Contains more flavenols and polyphenols than the juices of such superfoods as blueberries, cranberries and acai berries. The antioxidants help reduce heart disease and fight ageing.

E is for Eggs

Contain every amino acid the body needs. A great source of lutein, which protects against macular eye degeneration – the most common cause of blindness in the UK.

F is for Fish

Omega 3 oils found in salmon, tuna, sardines and herrings protect against inflammation and other ageing processes.

G is for Garlic

Garlic also contains many antioxidants, is a natural antibiotic and decongestant and lowers cholesterol.

H is for Honey

As a sugar, only a small amount is needed, so take no more than half a teaspoon a day. Manuka is especially good at fighting infection.

I is for Inca berries

Also known as gooseberries, ground cherries or husk cherries they are full of vitamins A, C and iron. They are also high in protein and fibre.

J is for Jalapeno

These peppers are packed with capsaicin, a compound found in spicy peppers that’s credited with speeding up metabolism and suppressing appetite.

K is for Kiwi

This fruit contains a superhuman amount of vitamin C but is also a source of folate which is essential for cell health.

L is for Lentils

All lentils, pulses and grains are high in antioxidants, magnesium, vitamins B and E and are a good source of protein.

M is for Mackerel

An inexpensive oily fish high in essential oils, vitamins and minerals and rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids.

N is for Nuts

The skin of nuts is full of anti-ageing flavonoids. And all nuts are full of protein, fibre, essential fats and many vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, which improves recall.

O is for Onions

Anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral, onions are also full of digestive enzymes that detoxify and boost the immune system. Red onions are the best.

P is for Pumpkin

The orange flesh of these favorites is rich in antioxidants and vitamins including beta-carotene (essential for eye health), fibre, and vitamin K.

Q is for Quinoa

A rice-like seed eaten by many top athletes, it is considered a super-food because it contains all eight essential amino acids and is rich in calcium and iron.

R is for Radish

These peppery, crunchy little beauties come in a few varieties and some studies suggest certain compounds in them are able to stop the growth of some cancers.

S is for Spinach

Full of antioxidants, spinach can help deter stroke, cancer, heart disease and high blood pressure.

T is for Tomatoes

Tomatoes contain quercetin and the antioxidant lycopene, which is proven to help preserve mental and physical functions in elderly people.

U is for Ugli fruit

Don’t be put off by the name. This citrus fruit is a cross between a grapefruit and a tangerine and one fruit contains about 140% percent of the daily recommended value of vitamin C.

V is for Vegetables

The truth is you can’t really go wrong with vegetables. Regardless of the variety you choose, they’re going to have at least a handful of redeeming qualities, from high levels of vitamins and minerals to a good dose of fibre.

W is for watermelon

Low in sugar and bursting with vitamins A and C as well as the amino acid citrulline.

X is for Xylitol

The safest and best natural zero-calorie sweetener around, it has none of the risk factors associated with artificial sweeteners and also helps to re-mineralise teeth.

Y is for Yams

Also known as sweet potato, the yam is low on the glycemic index meaning it can be consumed without affecting blood sugar levels. Full of fibre, vitamin B6 and potassium.

Z is for Zucchini

Yes, I know in the UK we call it a courgette but you have to allow some artistic licence for the last letter of the alphabet! This green skinned veggie is packed with vitamins and very low in calories.

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