6 Superfoods Your Body Will Love!
We should all eat a varied and balanced diet but there are a few ingredients that are exceptionally good for you. Our mate Layla shows us some of the ones everybody's talking about right now... with the help of Jamie... in a Morph suit!
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What other super foods should we be using and how?
- 1 handful chia seeds
- 1 handful maca root
- 1 bottle acai berries (fruit or drink)
- 1 handful teff seeds
- 1 handful watercress
- 1 Other avocado
- The wide selection of healthy fats and nutrients found in avocados – (oleic acid, lutein, folate, vitamin E, monounsaturated fats and glutathione to name a few) can help protect your body from heart disease, cancer, degenerative eye and brain diseases.
- Avocado is one of the best sources of beta-sitosterol from a whole food. It’s basically a healthier version of animal cholesterol and your body prefers to use it if both are present, therefore lowering cholesterol in the blood and as a result reducing heart disease.
- The Brazilian football team enjoyed a sweetened avocado smoothie for breakfast during the world cup as it gives a slow release of healthy fats and proteins throughout the day.
- Be careful though… the avocado is also the UK’s most dangerous fruit. There are more admittances to A&E because of avocado preparations than any other fruit!
- A gluten-free plant from Ethiopia. The smallest grain in the world… about the same size as poppy seeds.
- Teff has 5x more calcium than wheat so is ideal to those on dairy-free diets.
- Not just that, but teff contains the full range of eight amino acids essential for humans, so is excellent for vegetarians.
- The grain is pretty versatile too and can be added to breads, biscuits and savoury dishes likes stews, casseroles or soups.
- This is currently classed as the most nutrient dense superfood… otherwise called a ‘Powerhouse Fruit and Vegetable’. This means it has , on average, 10% or more daily value per 100 kcal of all 17 qualifying nutrients.
- It’s a good source of loads of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A,K and C which are brilliant for maintaining healthy hair, eyes, skin and nails.
- Plus, it’s got stacks of iron, calcium, potassium and also phytochemicals and antioxidants which provide protection against heart disease, cancer and other degenerative conditions
- It is also beneficial in treating cough, bronchitis and constipation and improves general appetite and digestion.
- Chia seeds are probably the most trendy right now. They’ve become a bit of a celeb superfood, but also popular among athletes at the commonwealth games.
- They are high in fibre which most can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, some cancers, and improve digestive health.
- Chia seeds have 15 x more magnesium than broccoli and 8 x times more Omega 3 than salmon. Both of which are handy for contributing towards healthy cognitive brain function.
- We had ours as a powder which is ground up from the Maca Root which grows in the Andes in Peru.
- It’s super high in Vitamin B2, C, Calcium, Copper, Iron and Zinc.
- These vitamins and minerals helps your body with fertility, libido and menopausal health.
- It can also reduce tiredness meaning you can enjoy life more as you’re full of energy.
- Also brill for sexual health… thanks to the Zinc in Maca which contributes to normal fertility and reproduction.
- A natural berry native to South America that has a taste somewhere between blueberries and chocolate.
- The berries have a phenomenal concentration of antioxidants that help combat premature aging, with 10 times more antioxidants than red grapes. So if the doctors say a glass of red wine a day is good… just think what Acai berry juice could do!
- Acai is particularly high in the antioxidant Glutathione, which plays an important role in carcinogenic detoxification (I.e. It’s anti-cancer fighting).
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