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20 Superfoods You Should Be Eating Right Now

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By Lora O’Brien

Once upon a time, eating anything green was seen as being healthy enough. But further research into nutrition has revealed that not all fruit and veg are created equal. In fact, a new range of ‘superfoods’ has been heralded as being THE greatest stuff you could put into you body. But which are best, and what are they good for?

It’s pretty complicated, but don’t fret: we’ve done the research for you, and we’ve found a collection of 20 superfoods you should be eating right now to feel at your best.

Whether you take these superfoods as a daily supplement, or add their powdered form into your breakfast smoothies or porridge, these pretty much magical foods will be all you’ll need to give your health an overhaul. And with international shipping available to deliver these from the internet to your doorstep, we predict worldwide domination. And of course, lots of super healthy people!

1. Açai

All hail the Acai berry! Amazon natives have been using these berries for their various health benefits for many years, but they really exploded on the health scene when none other than Oprah Winfrey named these yummies as a superfood on her show. And of course, if they’re good enough for our girl, Oprah, we’re taking note. 

Similar in size, shape and appearance to blueberries, unfortunately Acai aren’t as easily available. Acai palm trees are known to grow as high as 60 feet in the Brazilian rain forest, and due to these extreme heights, it’s extremely dangerous for the locals to collect the berries, and once the berries are harvested, the shipping process has to be extremely quick as they spoil easily.

Fortunately, Acai berries are now available in dried or fresh form in most health food stores. The berries can be eaten raw, juiced, or concentrated into a juice or powder, which will be sold in packets of in supplement tablets. The taste of raw Acai berry is compared to the taste of blackberries, but with a bitter edge, similar to dark chocolate.

Now, lets get down to why exactly you should be adding this superfood to your diet. First and foremost, most berries contain antioxidants, but Acai are thought to have more than your average strawberry, raspberry, and even blueberry. By protecting your body from oxidation, acai berries have the potential to work to prevent heart disease, diabetes and various conditions related to ageing.

Fatty acids are an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and Acai berries contain them in two forms: Omegas 3 and 6. Both of these are recommended by experts to be an essential part of good health, and getting a balance of each is a good preventative against conditions such as high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

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2. Baobab

The cutely named baobab fruit has been used in Africa for centuries as a medicinal preventative, to treat against fevers, malaria, and gastrointestinal problems which can be caused due to a lack of vitamic C deficiency. However, in many countries round the world, this fruit, which has a tangy, citrus like flavour, has been relatively unknown until now.

The most potential health benefit that you can expect to experience when adding baobab to your diet has been linked to the unusually high levels of vitamin C that this superfruit contains. Just a 100 gram serving on baobab fruit pulp has been reported to contain almost 10 times the amount you’d receive by eating the same amount in oranges, the usual fruit that people turn to to boost their vitamin C intake. Baobab fruit is so rich in vitamin C that it has been named one of the very best food sources for getting vitamin C in the world. And why is vitamin C so good for us? Foods that are rich in vitamin C are a brilliant aid in helping your body to form both collagen and elastin, two of the most structural proteins you can feed your skin both support and elasticity, which is especially good news for those trying to find ways of eradicating their wrinkles.

But it’s not just the vitamin C content that makes this fruit super: it also has positive effects on weight loss. Adding vitamin C rich foods, such as baobab fruit powder, will work to enhance your body’s fat burning capabilities during a workout. Not only will it aid in helping to burn fat, but its an excellent energy boost, and is the perfect ingredient to add to a pre-workout smoothie.

If that’s not all impressive enough, then this may sway you. Whether you’re fortunate to get your hands on fresh baobab pulp, or if you’re using concentrated baobab fruit powder, adding this superfruit to your food is going to feed your body with a combination of beneficial minerals such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. If you’re not sure why minerals are good for us, just know that they act both individually and together to perform hundreds of tasks that make the body’s functions better, such as boosting immunity, skin repair and energy levels.

Now, how best to take baobab? Aduna has a range of baobab products that are going to make it super easy to get baobab into your diet. Just sprinkle some of their powders into your morning juices and smoothies, or add to yogurt or porridge. There are also yummy baobab raw energy bars, which not only contain baobab fruit powder, but also various other beneficial and healthy ingredients that aid a healthy diet and really leave you feeling amazing all day.

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Baobab fruit hanging from a baobab fruit tree. (Photo source: radiancecleanse.com)

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3. Barleygrass

The idea of grass as food definitely conjures up images of eating our back gardens.  But barley grass actually refers to the soft green shoots that grow on the barley plant. Consumption of these shoots can be  traced back in history to way before 5000 BC as being the earliest grown sweet grass in the world, and it’s even been referred to as ‘nature’s best fast food’ due to the rich nutrients.

Indeed, there are loads of reasons your diet should include barley grass. Firstly, it’s a multi-nutrient rich super food that is absolutely loaded with a list of vitamins, such as vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, E and K. It contains an abundance of electrolytes, such as magnesium, phosphorous, and potassium, along with essential minerals like zinc, iron and calcium. Barley grass is also rich in antioxidants and essential amino acids, and supplies valuable fibre to the body that keeps cholesterol at healthy levels.

These shoots are also a wonderful natural detoxifier, immunity booster and infection fighter: due to its vital components such as chlorophyll, vitamin B, iron and phycocyanin, barley grass helps encourage bone marrow to grow, and supports the creation of both white and red blood cells. This renewing effect of barley grass can also help prevent the signs of aging, and its glumatic acid in inhibits cravings, making us less likely to indulge in those addictive substances we’re trying to steer clear of, be they cigarettes, chocolate or worse.

The best way to pack barley grass into your diet? In powdered form. Simply add it to your morning smoothie, and you’ll barely be able to detect the ‘green’ taste against the fruit and you’ll just be left with a very green drink that’s bursting with so, so much goodness.

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4. Beetroot

Millions of Russians, Poles and Ukrainians can’t be wrong: they’ve long known that beetroot is good for u. It’s especially efficient at keeping our blood clean, and helping both our liver and kidneys, two of our natural filtering systems. The phytochemical in beetroot is betaine, and betaine is an important nutrient for the prevention of chronic disease, and it has been proven to help with the protection of our internal organs. The blood that goes through our liver delivers nutrients to our entire body, so think about it like this: if we’re supporting those vital organs with beetroot, our bodies will be packed full of nutritious blood. And with so many tasty ways to enjoy beetroot, there’s a versatile way to include it in your diet even if you’re not a great fan of its sweet, earthy taste. 

A popular way that people are enjoying beetroot at the moment is by juicing it. Juicing is a fantastic way of getting key nutrients from our fruits and veggies straight into liquid form, flushing our bodies with so much goodness, it really does leave our skin glowing.

Beetroot is also available in a powdered form, so if you want a quick and easy fix, add a teaspoon of the powder into your daily juices or breakfast smoothie and porridge bowls.

If you’re looking for healthy snacks that allow you to get your fix of superfoods, then these can also be a convenient way of eating your beets. Brands like Rude Health and Raw Health are great snack options. But one of our favourite ways to add beetroot into our daily diet is with this superb new Beetroot Sprinkle by Primrose’s Kitchen. You can add this super sprinkle into anything, from protein shakes, smoothies, and even pancakes mix.  

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Juicing beetroot has become increasingly popular. (Photo source: core-health.com)

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5. Cacao

Usually chocolate isn’t a word you’d associate with health. But the time has come to ditch those sugary, artificial chocolates, and turn your attention to cacao content. Cacao is the purest form of chocolate that you can eat, making it raw, and therefore less processed than both cocoa and the bars you’d usually associate with being ‘chocolate’. It may take some getting used to flavour wise, as we’ve sadly been force fed this illusion that chocolate should taste like those commercial bars that come wrapped in glossy packets.

Without all that added milk, sugar and fat, cacao can seem a little bitter on the palette, but with its seriously high antioxidant and magnesium content, its health properties are huge: for example, the high antioxidant, and essential vitamins and mineral level content found in cacao can help support a healthy heart by lowering blood pressure, improving the body’s blood flow, lowering cholesterol and in turn reducing plaque buildup on the artery walls.

Cacao bars are readily available in health food stores. Look for brands like the The Raw Chocolate Co, or try flavoured dark chocolate bars, like this selection of six from Barocco Chocco. For added goodness, Supermood has incorporated collagen to their dark chocolate bars to help give your skin a boost. Just one piece a day from their chunky bar will do the trick.

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6. Camu Camu

You may have only just learnt about Acai, and now we have another superfruit for you to learn about: camu camu. Like Acai, the camu camu is grown in areas of the Amazon Rainforest in Peru, Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela, where the fruit and leaves of the plant have been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. Similar in appearance to a plum, it is the size of a lemon, is light orange and colour and it is packed full of essential amino acids, lucine and vitamin C.

People that have researched into the health benefits of camu camu have made claims of it holding anti-viral properties, helping with cold sores, herpes, shingles and even the dreaded common cold that plagues us all before we realise we’re run down. Other researchers have reported camu camu is great for keeping both eyes and gums healthy.

Camu camu also is a fantastic source of potassium, another key ingredient our bodies need for healthy functioning of both our heart and kidneys. And as if that wasn’t already enough, camu camu fruit also contains two types of acid that both work as antioxidants: gallic acid, and which is reported to have anti-fungal and anti-viral properties, and ellagic acid, which has been studied for its anti-cancer properties and  anti-diabetes effects, though research is still in early stages here. If you can’t find the fruit fresh or dried in your local health food shop, you can still find it online.

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7. Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are the latest craze in healthy cooking and eating. Derived from the South American  Salvia Hispanica plant, they were praised by the Aztecs and Mayans for their ability to provide sustainable energy–in fact, chia just so happens to be the Mayan word for ‘strength’. .

So why exactly are these tiny seeds so incredibly good for us? First and foremost, chia seeds are jam packed with antioxidants, which wage a war on our behalf to fight against the production of free radicals, which can damage molecules in our cells leading to ageing and diseases like cancer.

You wouldn’t guess so, but chia seeds also contain a decent portion of protein and essential amino acids, so that our bodies can use the protein in the chia when eaten. Protein has for a long time been considered vital for weight loss, being the most friendly nutrient in the diet by far. So for all of our vegan bunnies, chia seeds are a really excellent protein source for you when emitting animal products from your diet. They’ve also got you covered on the calcium front, as along with other nutrients, chia seeds hold nutrients vital for bone health.

Incorporating these tiny seeds into your diet is easy: in fact, we’ve got 20 awesome recipes for you! Just click here.

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8. Chlorella

Yes, it sounds more like a disease than a food, but you should be incorporating chlorella into your diet. Why? Firstly, let’s talk vitamins and minerals. Chlorella is rich in vitamins A, B1, B6, B12, C and E, and chlorella will bring these to you in a highly natural form, unlike synthetic vitamin tablets. As with all dark green veggies, chlorella is bursting with magnesium, which is highly beneficial to improving blood sugar levels, keeping our hearts healthy, and is brilliant for relaxation, to just name a few of the wondrous pros. Chlorella also holds other important minerals, such as potassium, iron, and calcium.

Chlorella is also a great aid in detoxification, and digestion. In a world where toxins are coming at us in food, air, water, even beauty products and clothing, it’s important for us to give our body exactly what it needs to detox from all of these harmful substances. And chlorella has you covered, as it truly is a superhero food, working to bind with toxins like chemicals and heavy metals, and moving them swiftly out of our body. As for digestion, chlorella promotes the production of flora, bacteria and probiotics in our digestive systems, which is incredibly food for not only digestion but our overall health.

Chlorella is also proven to help with diseases, like cancer and diabetes, due to its rich carotenoid content. To get the most benefits from this superfood, choose a powder with a ‘broken cell wall’–it may sound bizarre, but the best chlorella has gone through a process to make the nutrients in chlorella even more digestible. Rainforest Foods is a great company for this, which you can then just sneak into morning juices and smoothies. Otherwise, supplements are a possible choice.

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9. Flaxseed

Like Chia seeds, flaxseed are yet more proof that sometimes, the best things come in small packages. The ancient Babylonians and Egyptians used flaxseeds in both food and medicine, and in the 8th century, this superseed got the real seal of royal approval: Charlemagne was such a fan of flaxseed and the powers it holds that he even passed laws enforcing his subjects to consume it on a regular basis.

Since then, news of its health benefits have spread worldwide, and with good reason! Flaxseeds hold more polyphenol antioxidants than blueberries, more omega-3 fatty acids than you find in salmon, and a rather unique fiber named mucilage, which is very rarely found in foods. Flaxseed also works to decrease the ratio of bad cholesterol in our bodies to good, and works to protect our blood vessels from potentially dangerous inflammation.

With flaxseed’s impressive omega-3 count, alongside its impressive volume of antioxidants and fiber, flaxseed provide a whole host of benefits to our body. And with a lack of antioxidants leading to chronic inflammation and oxidative stress, two key risks of developing cancer, flaxseed has proven itself to be a warrior of preventing this from arising. As well as this, the fibers in flaxseed will work to help maintain a healthy digestive track. Not bad for a small seed, right?

Now let’s talk eating flaxseed. You can purchase flaxseed in its whole form, or ground down. Since the whole seeds can be rather hard to chew, ground flax is a great way of consuming flaxseed and ensuring you’re getting the maximum nutrient. Eating flaxseed is versatile, and easy–just sprinkle it over the top of your porridge, add it to homemade granola, or slip it into smoothies. There are loads of breads that put this seed on top or inside, and you can sprinkle these in salads, too.

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10. Goji Berries

These ancient berries can be found growing on an evergreen shrub in subtropical regions in China, Mongolia, and in the Tibetan Himalayas. Goji berries are part of the nightshade family, are you will typically find them sold in dry form.

Due to their pleasant sweet and sour taste and myriad health benefits, the consumption of goji juice has rocketed. Goji berries work, like many other berries, to give the body a healthy dose of beta-carotene, which will help promote healthy skin making you glow from the inside out. They’re popular with dieters as they’re high in both vitamin C and fiber, whilst remaining low in calories. Goji berries are an excellent source of iron, vitamin A and will even provide you with the almost 10 per cent of the suggested amount of dietary protein, which is incredibly high for a fruit.

There are loads of ways to get these into your diet: eat them raw, or soak them in hot water before snacking on them. Some people prefer to add goji berries to their trail mixes, or to sprinkle goji berries over smoothies, cereals, yogurts and even salads.

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11. Hemp Seeds

These seeds are actually a nutritious superfruit that look like teeny tiny sunflower seeds. Round in shape with a slightly nutty flavour similar to that of pine nuts, they’re soft in texture and loaded with nutrients.

Hemp seeds will deliver to you a pretty large dose of those omegas 3 and 6, and also hold potent anti-inflammatory properties, making hemp seeds a good food to pack into your diet if you suffer with asthma, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, eczema, psoriasis, and even seasonal allergies such as hayfever! As well as holding lots of nutrition, hemp seeds also behold a mighty protein punch with just three tablespoons of hemp seeds holding 11g or protein! And with the protein inside of hemp being easy to digest, you can say goodbye to bloating, constipation, and embarrassing flatulence! You’ll find hemp seeds are incredibly rich in those essential amino acids, and they’re especially rich in zinc, iron, and magnesium.

So, you may be wondering how to get these little seeds of goodness into your diet? Its pretty easy actually. You can add hemp seeds to practically everything!

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12. Incaberry or Golden Berry

You may have seen these colourful berries decorating fancy cakes, but despite their appearance on the dessert trolley, these are actually super healthy. And super bitter! Remember the taste of sour sweets when you were a kid, the ones that would electrify your taste buds before the sweetness came through? Well that is the taste sensation you’ll experience upon eating an incaberry but in reverse. You may pop in an incaberry and think they’re deliciously sweet, but just you wait for that sour ending to change your mind. The taste is so unique, you really have to experience them for yourself to truly understand the sweet-sour combo they naturally have. Just maybe don’t go overboard and pop a whole handful in at once!

Like most superfoods, Incaberries are high in antioxidants, even more so than apples, broccoli, pomegranate juice, and even goji berries. These antioxidants are held in the tiny seeds that can be found inside of the fruit. As you probably know, antioxidants are a natural plant chemical which our bodies need to be able to fight against the damaging effects of free radicals, which occur in our body and are left behind by things like pollution, cigarette smoke and even sun radiation. Dried Incaberries also contain an extremely high amount of fiber, having the highest of all dried fruits.

If you’re interested in adding these berries into your diet, there are plenty of options: if you love baking, add them to breads, cakes, muffins and biscuits in the place of other dried fruits. You can also turn them into tasty jams, pastes and chutneys, and their sweet and sour edge will really give an explosion of flavours when adding them to meals.

Not quite brave enough to dive in and try the Incaberry fresh? Why not try and soften the flavour explosion by having them with a delicious cacao covering?

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Incaberry fruit and dried berries. Photo source: fmpmarketing.com.au

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13. Lemon

Like beetroot, you probably weren’t expecting lemon to be on this list. But the humble lemon is one of the healthiest foods on the planet

As you probably know, this citrus fruit is packed full of vitamin C, but did you know they’re also extremely high in potassium, which aids a healthy heart, alongside brain and nerve functioning.

Because they are perceived as highly acidic, people aren’t aware that eating lemons can actually help to relieve the symptoms of indigestion and heartburn, as well as bloating.  Had a lunch and  eaten something with a strong flavour that you just can’t get rid of? Then drinking lemon is a great way to freshen your breath, but remember to hold off from brushing your teeth after drinking lemon due to the citric acid which is known to erode teeth.

Perhaps most importantly, lemon’s a wonderful way to flush the body of toxins, and to balance pH levels in the body. This balancing action is so strong that some nutritional oncologists actually claim that a dietary regimen including much lemon juice can even rid the body of certain types of tumors.

The easiest and tastiest way to consume lemon on a regular basis is to simply drink them. Make a large cup full of room temperature water, and add the juice of one lemon and sip it throughout the morning. Or if you’re on the go, grab a water infuser bottle, slice up your lemon, add some stevia, and voila! Lemonade.  Still not convinced to drink your lemons? That’s okay–you can still get a dose of lemon by squeezing it over salads, fish, or drizzle some over mashed avocado on crackers for a light yet incredibly flavorsome lunch.

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Lemons are available worldwide, and are super healthy. (Photo source: harvesttotable.com)

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14. Lucuma

Lucuma may look like a mango, but this fruit that originates in Peru is said to have the texture of a hard boiled egg, whilst tasting similar to that of a sweet potato. Being referred to as Gold of the Incas, this fruit is fairly new on the market, and is still relatively unknown of by many. Lucuma generally comes in powdered form outside of Peru, and the fruit is considered too precious in South America to be exported out of the country whole.

Why is lucuma so revered? Not only is it valued for its nutritional contents, the Peruvian fruit is high in carotene which is an antioxidant that reduces the effects of aging. And if your eyesight isn’t quite what it used to be, lucuma is known to help those with vision problems. Lucuma is high in iron, fiber, niacin, and–bonus! It tastes delicious. 

But guess what? Lucuma is so naturally sweet, it’s actually a sugar substitute! With its natural carmelly taste,it’s generally easiest to add them into smoothies or juices, but thanks to its (low GI) sweetness, lucuma can be used in baking, sprinkled over yogurt and desserts for a touch of sweetness, or even added to tea and coffee.

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Three brands selling lucuma. L-R: The Raw Chocolate Co, Of The Earth Superfoods, and Naturya.

15. Maca

Maca is a root that you may be surprised to learn actually belongs to the radish family, and is most commonly used in its powdered form. Rich in vitamins B, C and E it provides a healthy source of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, and amino acids. Even without considering all of the added bonuses you’ll experience from taking maca, it’s good for your health in general in a number of different ways: it supplies iron to your body, and helps to restore red blood cells, which aids anemia, and cardiovascular diseases. Maca also keeps both your bones and teeth healthy, whilst also allowing your wounds to heal at a much quicker pace. And if you’ve been unfortunate to suffer from skin conditions such as acne, taking maca will help to eliminate acne and blemish scars.

Another benefit of taking maca that you’ll be surprised to learn is its ability to control climate within the skin. Maca decreases the skin sensitivity, so whether you’re living in a hot or cold climate, maca will help your skin withstand any dramatic change in temperature. When used in conjunction with a good workout regime, maca will also help to increase muscle mass, so it’s perfect for those trying to bulk up at the gym.

Now we thought we’d finish with a fact both sexes can enjoy: Maca is widely used to promote sexual function for both men and women. It boosts libido, increases endurance, balances hormones for those going through PMS or menopause, and increases fertility too! For more information about Maca, just click here.

The best way to get maca into your daily diet is of course, like most superfoods, by adding the powder directly into juices, smoothies or breakfast porridge. The taste will barely be detectable, and yet you’ll reap the goodness of this superfood. Some great brands that sell maca powder are Naturya and Organic Burst.

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The raw maca root grown in Peru (Photo source: www.macabenefits.org)

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16. Matcha Green Tea

Have you found that by the afternoons, you’re slumped on the sofa flicking aimlessly through the TV without the energy to get up and do something productive? Well, it may be time to invest in some matcha green tea. All forms of green tea contain a naturally occurring amino acid called L-Theanine, but the content is higher in matcha green tea, and along with the natural caffeine content, this causes a stimulant which works to increase alertness and improve concentration at the same time. Which figures: Buddhist monks have been drinking matcha for centuries when mediating. Matcha is traditionally made with a bamboo whisk, and drunk from a bowl.

Like other superfood powders, you can simply add a heaped teaspoon of matcha green tea powder into your daily smoothies and breakfasts to pack that powder into your diet. The ways to eat it aren’t exactly endless, but they are varied, and once you get into the routine of taking matcha, you honestly get used to the strong flavour and even start to–dare we say it–crave it.

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17. Moringa

Moringa is fairly new to the superfood market, but my is it packed full of absolute goodness! Moringa originated from India, where it has been used not only as a nutritional booster, but also as a medicinal plant. Moringa is now increasingly popular in many tropical and subtropical countries, and on five different continents.

It’s commonly referred to as The Miracle Tree, due to the many health benefits associated with moringa. For example, it contains 25x the amount of iron you’d get from spinach, or 7 times the amount of vitamin C from eating oranges, more vitamin A than carrots, more B vitamins than peanuts, more calcium than milk, and more potassium than you’d get from bananas. With moringa also having a source of protein,  its the perfect supplement for those following a vegetarian or a vegan diet.

Aside from these surprising nutritional facts, the list of medicinal qualities is just as impressive. Moringa can help with all sorts of things, from skin ailments, to headaches, tumors, diabetes to even helping with malaria. These properties aren’t just assumptions, but have been proven and expanded by much scientific research. This miracle tree is packed full of goodness: 46 different antioxidants, 36 anti-inflammatories, and 90 nutrients, to be exact.

If you’re not fortunate to be living in an environment where morigina grows, the most readily available way to consume moringa is in its powdered form. The powder is made from dried moringa leaves, and you can get it into your diet easily by adding the power into your green juices and smoothies, giving them a taste similar to that of spinach.

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The leaf of moringa is packed full of health properties. (Photo source: moringanewzealand.com)

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18. Nutritional Yeast

If you’re vegan yet crave the taste of cheese, then nutritional yeast should be your new best friend– despite being a great substitute for dairy when wanting a cheesy taste, it’s also incredibly good for us.

But what is it? Nutritional yeast is an inactive form of yeast that has been cultured, and when grown, it’s then killed with heat, processed and then dried, and the final result produces an inactive, nutrient rich yeast. The reason we’re considering nutritional yeast a superfood here is because of the mass of B vitamins, protein and fiber that it gives us from consuming such a small amount. It contains a high volume of B12, which most vegetarians and vegans are deficient in.

With a taste that many have compared to being like rich cheddar, it’s the perfect substitute for those omitting dairy from their diets. Sprinkle it over pasta for some extra added flavour, or over salads. Our favourite way to eat nutritional yeast is sprinkled over popcorn, for a quick and healthy snack that tastes sooooo great!

Some brands that supply Nutritional Yeast are Bob’s Red MillMarigold Engevita, and Braggs, which comes in a convenient shaker. 

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19. Spirulina

Spirulina powder is a natural ‘algae’ that you’ll find is incredibly high in protein, as well as being a great source of antioxidants, B-vitamins, and various other nutrients. When spirulina is harvested correctly from non-contaminated ponds, it is said to be one of the most potent nutrient sources available. Spirulina is made up from protein and essential amino acids, and because of its high iron content, is recommend for vegetarians. Due to its high calcium levels, with over 26 times the amount in milk, spirulina is a perfect superfood for not only children and women going through pregnancy, but the elder generation, too.

Spirulina is a great aid for weight loss, helping to increase fat burning when exercising, so getting it into your daily shakes is a great boost for the body. But its also been linked to helping with a lot of health issues, such as the symptoms of hayfever and diabetes, and is a great superfood to put into the body to eliminate stress, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and PMS. 

We know what you’re thinking. If the blue-green algae in spirulina comes from pond scum, it can’t taste great, right? Well . . . you’re right, but we have some good news. Whilst spirulina isn’t the most delightful thing to eat, there are ways of sneaking it into your daily diet without having to even taste it.

Brands like Organic Burst and Rainforest Foods have made it their mission to bring to us ways of getting superfoods like spirulina into our daily diets easily, and with a variety of ways to do just that. Our favourite way has to be with easy to swallow spirulina tablets. Take four a day with a glass of water and reap the rewards, like a healthier immune system, brain and better cognitive functioning (which means brilliant brain power).  But if you’re not a fan of taking tablets, you can always go back to basics and add a teaspoon of spirulina powder into your juices and smoothies.

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20. Wheatgrass

Whilst wild grass is usually a considered the perfect food for our four legged friends, this one is perfect for us. Wheatgrass is a baby wheat plant, and in fact, it’s the fact that we harvest this at the start of the plant’s life that gives it the nutritional power it holds. When wheatgrass is sprouted, the grass is packed with energy, high levels of nutrients, and live enzymes, these being what help we humans digest the grass when consumed, allowing the nutrients to enter our bloodstream super quickly.

Wheatgrass contains all nine essential amino acids, and is packed with chlorophyll, vitamins and minerals all offering us a host of health benefits. Studies have even suggested that a huge benefit from wheatgrass is improved digestion and relief from stomach conditions such as colitis due to the wheatgrass controlling the bad bacteria from over-whelming the digestive tract, which would normally cause inflammation and discomfort. Need more reasons to get drinking this green stuff? Further research has indicated that drinking wheatgrass can reduce cholesterol, and that wheatgrass can have positive effects on cancer, anemia, diabetes, and even skin conditions

Wheatgrass has become so readily available that cafes are offering shots of the green stuff now.  If you’re juicing your wheatgrass at home, make sure you drink it as fast as you can–it oxidises fast, so a quick shot means you’ll definitely get the maximum amount of nutrients hitting your body.

But if you can’t quite stomach a shot of grassy goodness, don’t worry, because there are powdered and now pill forms for you to enjoy, too. Organic Burst have a range of wheatgrass products, from wheatgrass powder, to wheatgrass supplement tablets and salad sprinkles. Synergy have created a pot of supergreen powder that not only contains wheatgrass, but also spirulina, chlorella and barley grass, so you’re getting four superfoods from this list into your daily diet. Add this powder into your morning smoothie and juices, or combine with porridge.

Find it here.

Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass shots are a great way of packing super nutrients into your body quickly. (Photo source: hitchfit.com)

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