From blueberries and asparagus to nuts and whole grains, there are a multitude of anti-oxidant miracle foods out there which are believed to be key to helping fight stress, disease and infection.
Goji berries, acai seeds, aloe vera, cacao, freshly squeezed pomegranate, organic almond milk… they have all been tagged as “superfoods” that are supposed to make you live longer.
But guess what?
Superfoods aren’t just limited to exotic fruit and fancy grains.
In fact, you’d be surprised to discover many of the foods already in your diet are considered super.
A food is deemed “super” when it is packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, essential fatty acids or other beneficial substances.
And yes, superfoods boasting these things can indeed help protect against cancer and heart disease, lower cholesterol, protect the organs from toxins and improve digestive health.
There is a superfood out there which most of you might not have heard of but which is particularly good for allergy sufferers at this time of year.
A plant packed full of protein, it reinforces your immune system, helps you control high blood pressure and cholesterol and helps protect you from cancer.
Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Well meet Spirulina.
Spirulina is a blue-green algae which is also a rich source of natural, plant-based iron, calcium, vitamin A and vitamin C, and an excellent source of plant protein, with up to 70% of its dry weight being protein.
The use of spirulina as a food source dates all the way back to 9thcentury Chad and it is believed it was used by the Aztecs in 16thcentury Mexico.
Today, these nutrient-rich algae are being used around the world to help treat illness and studies have found it extremely effective in treating the symptoms of hayfever.
Spirulina comes in capsules, tablets, powders and flakes. The recommended daily dose is typically between three to five grams.
Superfoods in a nutshell
While some specific foods help tackle specific ailments, the truth is that any healthy diet should incorporate a good dose of superfoods. Not only do they help you maintain your weight, fight disease and live longer, they also make your body work to the best of its ability. My advice – eat plenty!
Coming next: Your complete A-Z of superfoods!