Posted on April 12, 2018 by Kate Gordon

With the cost of affordable healthcare becoming a more pressing concern, many are seeking proven prevention; problems related with adrenal fatigue, malnourishment, neurotoxicity and autoimmune disorders are more and more common. And that’s where superfoods come in.

Below is a very short list of a few superfoods that when included into a healthy balanced diet can improve your own nutrition potential. These are some of the best quality “nutritionally condensed” foods available.

The Benefits

With these foods you’ll find unique, highly concentrated constituents not found in foods that we normally consume. These items have condensed amounts of minerals, polysaccharides, chlorophyll, EFA’s, enzymes, carotenoids, B vitamins, vitamin C and adaptogenic properties with various plant-specific compounds.

Some of the items on this list may resonate with you. Others may be inappropriate for you and your current health goals. No matter your starting point diet wise, this list gives you options of where you can make a change.

These superfoods can be added into drinks, sweet or savoury meals. Some are also available in supplement form. All of the foods, tonics, algae and extracts naturally enhance energy levels and encourage a greater sense of health and wellbeing.

Superfoods for Good Health

1) Reishi

Reishi is a mushroom consumed for its medicinal qualities, taken in typically as a tea. It is known to have a soothing effect on the central nervous system. In addition to this as a regular drink it offers great benefit for cardiovascular and liver health.

2) Spirulina

Spirulina, once coined “the best food for the future”, is a type of microalgae. It offers the benefits of high quality condensed complete protein and essential nutrients readily bioavailable than many other foods. It is among the highest protein-rich plant foods, a single tablespoon of high quality spirulina contains between 5-6 grams of easily digestible protein.

3) Goji berries

a.k.a lycii berries or lycium fruit, are commonly used to make tea. They can also be used as an ingredient in both sweet and savoury meals. Goji berries are particularly beneficial for the kidneys and liver.

4) Aloe vera gel

Aloe Vera gel can be used as a skin moisturizer, but the inner gelatinous portion of the leaf is a highly nutritious food source high in fibre. Aloe gel is commonly used in smoothies, but it can also be added to fresh juices as well as a many other drinks and recipes. Healing inside and out.

Aloe vera gel is exceptionally hydrating for your body. It additionally activates the immune system to cleanse the liver helping to expel undigested waste materials and toxins.

5) Hemp seeds

The seeds and powders are extremely rich in protein consisting of all the essential amino acids. Approximately 100g of hemp seeds gives 37g of protein, almost double the amount from most other nut and seed types; this is roughly 73% of the DV for protein, for a 2,000 calorie diet.

Protein absorption is optimised by the presence of edestin and albumin. Hemp seeds also lack oligosaccharides and trypsin inhibitors, these both adversely affect protein absorption. Hemp seeds are also a good source of omega 3.

Using superfoods

For ways to incorporate these superfoods into your diet, as well as other superfoods, check the links below to find recipes and more:

By Junior White, Beaufort Park