We can’t promise these superfoods will give you superhuman powers, but they all contain a lot of health benefits that will help you feel your best. So, check out our top four superfoods you should incorporate into your diet right now!
Raw cacao, the dried seeds used to make chocolate, is a little different from the traditional cocoa most of us consume.
Normal cocoa powder and chocolate have been chemically processed and roasted to reduce the bitterness of raw cacao, but unfortunately, this destroys many of its benefits as well. It is estimated that between 60 and 90 per cent of the powerful antioxidants found in cacao are lost through traditional processing.
There are so many cacao benefits it is difficult to know where to start. It is one of the highest sources of magnesium in nature, contains more calcium than cows’ milk, and has lots of zinc, copper and selenium for a healthy heart and brain.
Cacao also contains more antioxidants per gram than other classical superfoods such as blueberries and pomegranates and consuming it triggers neurotransmitters in the brain that are known for elevating mood. Happy and healthy, what’s not to love?
Chances are you are already getting your supply of garlic through everyday cooking, as it is the perfect complement to so many recipes, but you may not be aware that garlic is also one of the best superfoods around.
Rich in manganese, vitamin C, vitamin B6, selenium and fibre, research suggest that’s garlic may be an effective option to reduce cholesterol, regulate blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and support the immune system.
Garlic has been used for centuries in medicine for its many health benefits, fighting off bacterial, fungal, and parasitic infections long before the advent of antibiotics.
Luckily, garlic is a superfood that is super easy to incorporate into your diet, being a key ingredient in many sauces and dishes from all over the world. It can even be used raw in dressings, salads, and salsa.
Although it has been around since the 1960s, Kefir is the new kid on the block when it comes to superfoods, only recently gaining mainstream popularity amongst the health nuts of the world.
Kefir is a fermented drink that is usually made from cow’s milk. It tastes like yoghurt but is thinner in consistency, and typically has more probiotic strains than yoghurt.
The fermentation process spawns millions of probiotic organisms that are essential for a healthy gut biome, which in turn boosts your immune system and can even help protect against cancer.
You can purchase Kefir commercially, (although you may need to be mindful of added sugars and sweeteners) or make it yourself at home.
Most seen in Asian cuisine, these nutrient-dense sea vegetables are gaining popularity in other parts of the world for their unique flavor and immense nutritional value.
There are thousands of different varieties of seaweed, and they aren’t all as super or edible as each other, but for the most part, seaweeds contain a rich supply of minerals, including calcium, copper, iodine, and iron. Seaweed is also a rich source of protein, fibre, and vitamins.
Seaweed also contains unique bioactive compounds that are not typically found in land-vegetable, which may reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes.