Superfoods are foods that are particularly rich in nutrients and are thought to be highly beneficial for our health as a result. Above all, they are often high in nutrients that may act as ‘antioxidants’ in our body. Superfoods may be a great choice for anyone who doesn’t feel their diet is as good as it could be, for anyone with digestive problems (who therefore may not digest and absorb as many nutrients from a normal diet), for anyone with health issues characterised by inflammation (such as arthritis), or by people who want to improve the quality of their skin. They may also be chosen by people who would just like to have a healthier and more nutrient-rich diet.
SOME SUPERFOOD EXAMPLES INCLUDE:
Superfood powders provide nutrients in an easily absorbed form that is gentle on the stomach. Examples include Superfood Plus, Amazing Grass Superfood and Pure Synergy.
Juices made with lots of fresh green vegetables are concentrated sources of nutrients, including many that can be beneficial to our skin. They contain minerals like calcium, magnesium and alkaloids which help to alkalise the body, preventing it from becoming too acidic. Our body generally keeps a fairly stable acid-alkaline balance, but a slight over-acidity may be linked to skin eruptions or problems like eczema. Green juices are also rich in vitamin C, beta carotene and other antioxidants including chlorophyll, the substance that produces the green pigment in plants. If you do not own a juicer, the just eat lots of green vegetables!
Berries such as blueberries, raspberries and blackcurrants are excellent sources of vitamin C. This vitamin is vital for the formation of collagen, which gives our skin structure and elasticity. Vitamin C is protects our cells from inflammation; and berries also contain many other plant nutrients that may work as antioxidants in the body, such as the quercetin, catechins, and resveratrol. Another advantage of berries over most other fruits is that they are lower in sugar (a diet high in sugary foods can speed up skin ageing). Berries are great added to plain yoghurt, with some chopped nuts – an ideal snack or breakfast option.
Oily fish (sardines, mackerel, salmon, trout and so on) contain lots of omega-3 fatty acids. While there are several types of foods that contain omega-3 and 6, including nuts and seeds, oily fish contain two specific omega-3s called EPA and DHA. Omega 3 DHA is required for normal blood pressure, and normal vision. EPA and DHA are needed for normal function of the heart and normal blood fat levels.