Superfoods do not have a formal definition but they are generally regarded as foods that have special bioactive ingredients and are very nutritious for people. They also generally have larger amounts of antioxidants and phytonutrients than ordinary foods. By the nutrition community they are widely regarded as a good way to improve your health and beauty. This article is going to look at some of the most prominent superfoods available today.
Wolfberries which are also known as Goji berries contain all eight amino acids that are essential for our life, and they are also packed with many minerals as well as vitamins C. In Asia they are regarded as a food for healing and often used in their dried form where they look a little bit like raisins. They are regarded as one of the most nutritionally rich foods in the world.
Bee pollen is another popular superfood that really should be called flower pollen but its name has developed as bees collect it. As well as being known for its health benefits it is also said to help with male fertility. Mostly it is used to help people with allergies and is often served in a smoothie although it can be eaten by itself.
From cacao beans, cacao nibs are made and they are a good source of magnesium and contain more antioxidants than any other superfood. They taste quite unusual as they are not sweet and can be found in a great many health food shops.
Algae can also be a superfood and spirulina is a type of algae that is made up of 60% protein. It also contains beta carotene as well as lutein. It is known to boost the immune system as well as increase energy levels. It is usually found in a powdered form so can be added to smoothies or salads. Spirulina has a long history as a food that has been used for its many health benefits, its usage can be traced as far back as the Aztecs.
Chlorella is another algae that contains a large number of enzymes, chlorophyll and antioxidants. Chlorophyll is a part of the plant that is high in calcium and protein and is known to be a good detoxifier. This superfood can come in the form of capsules, powder, and tablets.
Kombucha tea has an ancient history and is used in China as a way of keeping good health. This type of plant can actually be grown at home or it can be bought from health food stores. The taste of this item is very unusual and most people find it is something they either love or hate.
Coconut oil and butter is known for its antifungal and antimicrobial properties and it can be used in a great many recipes. It is a saturated fat and can actually be used to reduce cholesterol and will help with many other health conditions. It can also be used as a lip balm, a moisturiser, and a conditioner for hair.
For a long time mushrooms have been known for their medicinal properties and reishi, shiitake and maitake types are best-known for their healing value. What is so good about mushrooms as a superfood is that they are very easy to use in recipes and they can easily be brought into a great many types of dish.