Superfoods are foods that contain an incredible cocktail of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals, in concentrations that are far higher than in other foods. In order to stay in top form all year round, remember to include these 8 essential superfoods in your diet!
Originating from Brazil, acai berries have been grown in the Amazon for centuries, but they can also be found in Venezuela, Columbia, and French Guiana. They are rich in:
- omega 6 and 9, which are naturally effective for reducing bad cholesterol
- vitamins, particularly B1, B2, C and E
Acerola is a cherry-like fruit that grows on trees mainly in the West Indies and South America. Acerola is known for its high levels of:
- vitamin C (in high quantities)
- beta carotene
Cacao beans are the fruit of the cacao tree, a tree that grows in tropical and equatorial areas. Unfortunately, the cultivation of these trees which provide us with our favourite chocolates is in danger, and is on the decline due to being replaced by crops that give a better financial return, as it takes 4 years before a young cacoa tree will produce cacao beans.
Cacao has numerous benefits, and works particularly well against depression or cell ageing, thanks to the polyphenols (powerful antioxidants), vitamins (A1, B1, C), magnesium and iron it contains.
4) Goji berries
Gogi berries come from Tibet, and have a mildly sweet taste. They contain:
- 18 amino acids
- 21 trace minerals (including calcium, phosphorous and germanium)
- vitamins (B1, B2, B6, C and E)
- fatty acids
- numerous other nutrients
5) Turmeric: one of the best spices for your health
Coming from Asia, turmeric is generally found in the form of a powder, which is obtained from the roots of the plant. Turmeric is used to prepare spice mixes such as curry or ras-el-hanout. This spice is considered one of the best for your health, and it has at least 7 health benefits. This powerful antioxidant has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.
Originating from various regions in the Mediterranean, pomegranate is a fruit that is rich in:
- vitamins C and E
Low in calories, pomegranate is an ideal snack food, which looks after both your health and your figure.
7) Spirulina, THE superfood?
Spirulina is a blue-green coloured algae. It could be the most highly nutritional food on the planet, according to scientific studies, containing:
- vitamin E and beta carotene
- omega 6
Spirulina contains more protein than soya, with 55 to 70% protein, compared to 35% in soya. It contains 20 times more iron than wheat germ, and has significant anti-inflammatory properties which fight against pain and inflammation.
Blueberries come from North America and are similar to the bilberries grown in Europe. They are an excellent natural source of fibre, antioxidants (catechins and flavonoids), vitamin C and iron. It is worth noting that wild blueberries have more nutrients than those that are industrially cultivated.