7 Essential Superfoods You Need to Include in Your Diet
- Acai– Acai berries grow on Amazonian palm trees and are loaded with antioxidants, omega fatty acids and amino acids. The high antioxidant concentration in acai berries makes them a superfood associated with defence against free radical damage.
- Raw Cacao Powder– Raw cacao powder comes from unroasted cacao beans, preserving the nutrition that would otherwise be lost in processing. This superfood is naturally rich in potassium, magnesium, calcium and of course, it’s packed with antioxidants!
- Chia Seeds– Chia seeds are known for being high in Omega-3 fatty acids and are great for reducing appetite due to the high levels of soluble fibre they contain. Chia seeds are a versatile superfood and can be sprinkled on anything as they are, but can also be used to make chia seed pudding when left to soak in water or milk overnight.
- Virgin Coconut Oil– Coconut oil is classified as a saturated fat, but its composed of mainly medium chain triglycerides which are believed to be a great source of energy. Additionally, this superfood can be used as a pure, 100% natural moisturiser that’s excellent for both skin and nails. Make sure you choose extra-virgin coconut oil and avoid refined oils!
- Blueberries – Blueberries are full of flavonoids and proanthocyanins and aid in protecting memory and cognition. They are thought to reduce the risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer’s, making them a superfood you’ll definitely want to include in your morning shake.
- Salmon - Salmon is famous for being a wonderful source of omega-3 fats and protein, as well as vitamin D. Salmon and other oily fish are also well known for their role in reducing heart disease risk, improving mood and reducing inflammation in the body.
- Broccoli - Studies have shown that broccoli is potent in compounds that are believed to help prevent bladder disease and bladder cancer. However, the benefits of broccoli are often reduced or removed by the cooking process, so it’s best to eat broccoli as raw as possible and at least three servings per week to harness its full potentials as a superfood.