When you hear “superfoods’, you may think of something that usually grows in the Amazon forest with a name that is hard to pronounce ☺
Maybe you are right! Some foods whose we are not very familiar also called superfoods however, some foods we always eat in our diet such as almonds, cabbage, cinnamon, and dates are also some examples of superfoods!
The term “superfood” is a fairly new term referring to foods that offer maximum nutritional benefits for minimal calories. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Today, I decided to introduce you to some superfoods that you may not have heard of or used before. And I also try to add some others which are becoming so popular day by day.
Ok! If you’re ready, let’s get started!
ARONIA (CHOKEBERRY): Aronia berries are small, dark berries, which has been used by Indians for centuries. They are boosting the immune system with antioxidants, and have anthocyanin, and vitamins C-B-E. Aronia has a low-calorie amounts and high fiber content and supports brain health.
ACAI: This Amazonian fruit is also named nature`s purple gold. This fruit looks like a blueberry with a dark purple color, has a high antioxidant capacity, and is effective in strengthening the immune system.
ACEROLA (Barbados Cherry): Acerola contains many minerals and vitamins including beta-carotene, vitamins C and A, and lutein, which boost the immune system with high amounts of antioxidants. This fruit also supports skin health and is frequently used in different cosmetic products with anti-aging effects. It also supports kidney health with its diuretic feature.
BAOBAB: Baobab fruit, which contains antioxidants, vitamin C and fiber, is used to regulate the digestive system and treat heart diseases.
WHEATGRASS: Helping to clear toxins from the blood with its high chlorophyll content, wheatgrass powder contains 19 different amino acids, and high levels of vitamin A, calcium, iron, and potassium.
CAMU CAMU: This fruit, obtained from the Camu Camu tree, has a high amount of vitamin C and is very effective for the immune system and skin health. It has a sour taste.
CHLORELLA: Chlorella is a superfood which obtains from algae. It contains high levels of carotenoids. It supports heavy metal detox and is rich in Vitamin B12. It might be more easy to take as a tablet to avoid taste and smell.
FLAXSEED: Flaxseed has rich Omega 3 content, and supports the nutrition of the cell membrane, the immune system and the hormonal balance of women from heart diseases. It should be consumed in ground form for better absorption,
MACA: It is obtained from the root of the maca plant. It helps regulate hormones, provides the energy you need during the day, and also helps to lower blood pressure. It has been shown to increase fertility in some studies. The taste of maca is malty and slightly sweet.
MORINGA: Moringa powder obtained from the moringa tree contains numerous antioxidants. It helps to lower cholesterol and regulate blood sugar. It has a slightly nutty flavor
TURMERIC: Turmeric is a common spice that comes from the root of Curcuma longa. It contains a chemical called curcumin, which might reduce swelling. Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and It is preferred for treatment purposes in reducing stress, digestive problems, edema, and pain.
SPIRULINA: Spirulina, blue-green algae is the most widely used superfood in the world. It has rich vitamin and mineral content and contains iron-calcium-magnesium-B12-Omega fatty acids and protein. Spirulina has numerous benefits, from fighting cancer cells to lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.
If you`ve never used these superfoods, by asking your medical supervisor you can start adding 1 to 3 grams in your smoothies, or cold-pressed juices, or sprinkle them on your meals to see your body`s ability to absorb them. If you experience any side effects including allergic reactions, or diarrhea make sure to share them with your health specialist.