Superfoods have become increasingly popular, but when you hear the word, what comes to mind?
If you’re thinking of a potato with superpowers, you’re not alone.
But to put your mind at ease, we’ve compiled all the information you need, from what superfoods are to the top 10 to include in your diet.
What are Superfoods?
A relatively new term coined in the early 21st century – mostly for use in marketing – superfoods are foods that are packed with high volumes of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, so deliver plenty of health benefits.
Even though many foods could be considered “super,” superfoods are of high nutritional value and are mostly plant-based, but some do fall into dairy and seafood categories.
Packed with antioxidants and a variety of essential vitamins and minerals, they are a great way to enhance your health.
What Are the Benefits of Superfoods?
When incorporated into a well-balanced diet, the high nutrients and flavonoid content of superfoods may work to deliver a wide range of benefits, such as:
- Improved energy
- Promoted heart health
- Supported immune health
- Reduced inflammation
- Lowered cholesterol
Top 10 Superfoods to Add to Your Diet
Although there may not be a ‘miracle food’, the following foods are so nutritious, that they could have a positive impact on your health
Check out our top 10 superfoods that make an important part of a nutritious, balanced diet:
Out of all the berries, blueberries always come out on top as the best superfood. Rich in both vitamins and fibre, these little fruits are packed with anthocyanin, which is a type of flavonoid that provides essential antioxidants to help protect against free radicals.
If we don’t have these antioxidants, free radicals can cause oxidative stress, which could be harmful to your organs and tissues. Blueberries are a great superfood to add to your morning oats or smoothies, as well as being just as delicious to consume on their own.
Try our delicious vegan protein smoothie for a great way to add more blueberry superfood into your diet:
Try this delicious vegan smoothie recipe, made with protein powder.
Garlic is a flavoursome superfood. This pungent and super popular plant is a staple ingredient in an abundance of dishes throughout the world.
Not only does it pack a punch with its flavour, but garlic is also a superfood because it’s highly nutritious. It is a good source of fibre, carbohydrates, vitamin B6, potassium and contains antioxidant properties that may be used to support heart health.
We’ve added this spice to our list of superfoods due to the incredible purported health benefits of turmeric.
Known for its antioxidant properties, you can easily introduce this superfood to your diet with turmeric powder or in the form of supplements such as our mykind Organics Herbal Turmeric Tablets. With added black pepper to improve bioavailability, these tablets are a quick and effective way to add turmeric to your diet.