Boost your health and vitality with superfoods

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Superfoods are those thought to have exceptional nutritional value. Here are ten that you should definitely think about adding to your shopping bag.

In recent years, there has been a surge in the popularity of ‘superfoods’. These powerhouse ingredients offer a bounty of benefits for overall health and vitality. As we look towards 2024, a new wave of superfoods is emerging. These foods offer a diverse range of health benefits. While some of the properties can be found in supplements, it is usually easier for your body to absorb nutrients from food. 

Turmeric – Reducing inflammation

Turmeric, a vibrant yellow spice, is gaining recognition for its potent anti-inflammatory properties. Its active compound, curcumin, helps to reduce inflammation in the body, thereby alleviating chronic conditions such as arthritis. Incorporating turmeric into your diet can be as simple as adding it to curries, smoothies, or even adding some turmeric powder to your hot chocolate. 

Avocado – Nourishing hair and nails

Known for its healthy fats and rich nutrients, avocado is an excellent choice for promoting hair and nail health. Packed with biotin and vitamin E, avocados can strengthen hair and nails, reducing brittleness and promoting growth. Enjoy avocados in salads, as a spread, or in delicious guacamole.

Aloe Vera – Revitalizing the skin

Aloe vera, often used in skincare products, is a powerful superfood for nourishing and revitalizing the skin. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help to soothe and hydrate the skin. Applying aloe vera topically or consuming it in juice form can promote a healthy, radiant complexion.

Cherries – Supporting sleep

For those struggling with sleep, cherries might hold the key. Cherries are a natural source of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep-wake cycles. Incorporating cherries into your evening routine, whether in the form of a juice or a handful of fresh cherries, may help improve the quality of your sleep. When they’re out of season, dried versions can also help.

Matcha Green Tea – Fitness booster

Matcha green tea, derived from finely ground green tea leaves, is a powerhouse of antioxidants and nutrients. This superfood is hailed for its ability to enhance physical performance and aid in weight loss. Matcha can be consumed as a hot or iced tea, or added to smoothies for an energizing pre or post-workout boost.

Quinoa – Protein source

Quinoa is a versatile grain-like seed that packs a punch in terms of protein content. It is a complete protein source containing all nine essential amino acids required by the body. Incorporating quinoa into your diet can support muscle recovery, regulate blood sugar levels, and promote overall satiety. 

Beets – Blood pressure

Beets, with their vibrant colour and earthy flavor, are an excellent addition to your diet for maintaining healthy blood pressure levels. High in nitrates, beets can dilate blood vessels, improving blood flow and supporting cardiovascular health. Enjoy beets raw in salads or roasted as a side dish. 

Spinach – Enhancing eyesight

Spinach is wonderfully rich in antioxidants, vitamins A, C, and E, as well as lutein and zeaxanthin. These nutrients have been known to support and protect eye health, reducing the risk of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Include spinach in salads, smoothies, or sautéed as a side dish. This is a stable you can keep in your freezer, throw it into a bowl of noodles, to ensure you have leafy greens throughout the year.

Maca – Boosting libido

Maca, a root native to Peru, is gaining popularity for its alleged libido-enhancing properties. This adaptogenic superfood helps balance hormones and increase energy levels, potentially boosting libido and sexual stamina. Add powdered maca to smoothies or incorporate it into baked goods for a natural libido boost. 

Camu Camu – Immune support

Camu Camu is a small fruit native to the Amazon rainforest, it is renowned for its immune-boosting properties. It is incredibly rich in vitamin C, providing up to sixty times more vitamin C than an orange. Consuming camu camu helps strengthen the immune system.

The secret to healthy eating is planning and good shopping. Many of these foods can be found in either dried, powdered or frozen form, meaning that you have them easily at hand and ready to use. These are just a few foods, but a good variety of fruits and vegetables consumed on a daily basis will help you to have a happier and healthier 2024.