A superfood is described as a nutrient-rich food considered to be beneficial for health and well-being. They are foods which have been revered by ancient cultures around the world for thousands of years as healing and nourishing to the human body.
Superfoods are foods that are considered to have incredible healing abilities due to their nutrients. Not only can these foods nourish our muscles, brain, skin, hair, nails, immune system, reproductive system etc. they also have the potential to correct imbalances in the body over a period of time. Some examples of superfoods are Maca root powder, Chia seeds, Goji berries and Cacao.
“Chia” means strength in Mayan and has been used by the Aztecs for three thousand years. It is known as the runner’s food as it is believed to contain nutrients which boost energy and increase one’s stamina. Chia seeds are nearly a complete protein and are also high in omega 3s which help with focus and clarity. Due to the soluble fibre chia soothes the digestive system and stabilises the blood sugar levels.
Chia seeds can be used as it comes or soaked to make a gel like consistency.
Maca is the highest- altitude food grown in the world and is native to the Peruvian Andes. Maca is a cruciferous vegetable and looks similar to a radish or turnip. Maca is extremely rich in nutrients and vitamins and is also known to be an adaptogen. A long with its ability to help us deal with stress, Maca is known for hormone balancing, thyroid support, increased stamina and enhanced fertility.
Goji Berries have been used for an estimated 5000 years as is highly regarded as a natural medicine in China. Goji’s are believed to promote longevity, boost the immune system, improve eyesight and aid the digestive system. Goji Berries are also an adaptogen which means they can help us more easily adapt to stressors that we experience on a day to day basis.
Cacao, most probably the most famous of all superfoods. Cacao is a great addition to the diet as it is high in magnesium which is required for a healthy heart. It also contains nutrients which can boost one’s mood as it is a great source of serotonin, dopamine and PEA which are all neurotransmitters known to increase levels of happiness and well-being. Raw cacao also increases one’s energy and can aid in weight loss due to its satiating effect on the body.
Cacao is not to be confused with cocoa. Cocoa is raw cacao powder that has been heated at high temperatures. Due to being heated at high temperatures, all the nutrients and minerals are lost therefore you won’t get the same benefits as if you were to eat raw cacao.
Superfoods are great additions to your diet and can added to smoothies, breakfasts, dressings or eaten just as is.