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Superfoods

Superfoods are classified as foods which are nutrient-dense, containing antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, fibre and healthy fats. There are numerous foods that are considered superfoods, and by including them in your diet you are ensuring the maximum possible benefits from your foods. Such foods include green tea, salmon, blueberries/acai berries, chia seeds, oysters, kale, broccoli, oats, tomatoes, pomegranates, goji berries, yoghurt, quinoa, chillies & bee pollen. Let’s look at a few of these foods in more detail and discover what makes them super.

Green tea is high in antioxidants called polyphenols, which can help prevent the early signs of aging, can increase your metabolism (helping in weight loss), reduce sugar cravings, suppress appetite, and manage symptoms of stress. Green tea is also thought to have many properties that can lower the risk of prostate, liver, ovarian and oral cancers, as well as reducing the risk of heart disease, and lowering cholesterol. Drink a few cups of green tea each day to help boost your antioxidant intake, and don’t worry – it’s a great caffeine-free alternative to coffee.

Salmon is known as a true superfood, high in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D and proteins. Omega-3’s have many health benefits, from anti-inflammatory properties (great for joint problems or sore, tired muscles), cardio-protective properties (helps look after your heart), and increases in the hormone leptin (which allows your body to burn fuel as an energy source rather than store it as fat). One serve of salmon 2-3 times a week allows you to get all the health benefits mentioned, and you won’t need any additional supplements.

Both blueberries and acai berries are very popular at the moment and are packed full of antioxidants. These antioxidants help to protect our bodies against free radical damage and help prevent disease. Not only that but they are a great source of vitamin A & C, and of course fibre. These are all vital for a balanced diet and they are low in calories, so a great option for snack time.

Chia seeds are a newly popular seed from South America and are rich in omega-3, fibre, antioxidants, protein, iron, calcium and vitamin C. These seeds are more beneficial than their previous counterparts (flaxseed & LSA), and are a great addition to your diet. More importantly, anyone can consume this as it’s low allergenic, gluten-free and suitable for vegans. Chia seeds are great on their own or as a snack, with breakfast cereals or in soups or salads for lunch and dinner.

The best way to look after yourself and your body is to try to include a variety of these superfoods in your daily diet. As snacks or as part of a meal, they are bursting with nutrients, and are a great way to energise your body and feel great.

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