There is actually no official definition of the term ‘superfood’. It has simply been applied to foods that provide health benefits beyond their recognized nutritional value. They are foods high in antioxidants as well as having high concentrations of other vital nutrients.
Below is just a selection of 10 super foods. Including some of these as part of your daily intake will result in a more nutrient dense and health promoting diet.
Blueberries: Low in calories, these berries offer antioxidants which enhance the effects of vitamin C, which helps increase the body’s immunity.
Blackcurrants: Have especially high levels of vitamin C and rich in nutrients such as gamma-linolenic acid, which is an essential fatty acid required for each cell’s structure within our body.
Avocados: Rich in vitamins B, E and K and has high levels of potassium which assists in the working of muscles and nerves. Avocados also contain fat; however it is mono-unsaturated fat, the most healthy and beneficial for reducing cholesterol levels.
Spinach: Though it’s not the phenomenal source of iron it was touted to be some years ago, it is still a good source of iron, and vitamin A, C, E and K and is high in magnesium.
Tomatoes: Contain high levels of vitamin C. They also contain lycopene; an antioxidant that scientists consider has the ability to prevent some forms of cancer.
Broccoli: Packed full of vital nutritional building blocks and high levels of selenium which helps maintain resistance to disease.
Yogurt: Contains probiotics, good bacteria which aids digestive health. It has more calcium than milk. Yogurt can help prevent osteoporosis, strengthen our immune system and can lower the risk of digestive cancer.
Barley: Is packed with fibre, selenium, manganese, phosphorus and copper. It’s an intestinal dynamo!
Linseed/Flaxseed Oil: Exceptionally high in Omega 3 fatty acids which are said to aid brain function and memory.
Black Beans and Lentils: Both are great sources of fibre that can lower cholesterol and can also help to maintain blood sugar levels. They are a high quality source of protein.