What makes a superfood?

Superfoods are simply foods that have a particularly high nutritional profile being rich in vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. The good news is they don’t all need to be flown in from exotic places, taste bitter or be really expensive.

Everyday Superfruits

Apples contain antioxidants, including polyphenols, bioflavonoids, quercetin and vitamin C, magnesium and calcium They are also full of fibre and potassium.

Berry health

Blueberries contain anthocyanins and polyphenols as well as vitamins C, E and resveratrol that are known to help maintain a healthy circulation and offer immune support. They also support the growth and activity of Bifidobacteria, one of the strains of gut flora that help our immune system. Best eaten with a source of fat such as yoghurt or nuts to help with the absorption of Vitamin E. Strawberries and raspberries also have an excellent mix of antioxidants and are high in vitamin C.

Green and lean

Green leafy vegetables offer the benefits of high fibre which stimulates the growth of good bacteria, all of which help to keep you trim. Broccoli, kale, spinach and watercress contain vitamins A, C and K as well as a host of other nutrients including bioflavonoids and antioxidants. Any healthy green vegetable will be a huge bonus to a healthy immune system, gut flora and your brain. Best either blended into smoothies or lightly steamed.

Pulses

A variety of pulses such as lentils, peas, chickpeas, adzuki beans, kidney beans and soy have superfood status for being high in fibre as well as having B vitamins, minerals and protein. A great protein source without saturated fats.

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and Seeds are another excellent source of protein and are rich in fibre and healthy fats. They also contain vitamins and minerals in particular magnesium. They keep you full and help balance blood sugar levels.

A Superfood Drink

Green tea is rich in antioxidants and polyphenolic compounds which have strong anti-inflammatory effects. One of the most prevalent antioxidants in green tea is the catechin epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG. It is known to:

  • Increase energy
  • Boost immunity
  • Increase metabolism
  • Support blood sugar
  • Calm and boost mood

Studies into the benefits of drinking green tea for its antioxidant and polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins have shown it really is worth including in to your day.

A few seasonal green leafy vegetables , some berries, nuts and pulses will improve fibre intake which in turn helps beneficial bacteria populate, the key to stabilising weight and improving immunity. On top of that everyday nutrient rich superfoods will offer all the benefits of their high nutrient content. Buying organic in particular will ensure you are not consuming pesticides which can be absorbed by many fruits and vegetables.