March , 2018

6 Superfoods You Should Know About

A term that is now almost as commonly used as the word ‘selfie’, superfoods have gained mass popularity over the past few years due to their high nutrient content. Most health advocates swear by their daily dose of spirulina, acai, or goji berries that make them feel healthier and more energetic, with some even managing to cure long-standing ailments.

The healthy goodness of superfoods affect everyone individualistically, therefore the trick is to find the ones that suit your body well as part of a balanced lifestyle. So fear not if you don’t immediately feel as  ‘super’ as your favourite fitness influencer – consuming superfoods is highly likely to do wonders for your health over time. Will superfoods save the world? It certainly looks that way, but for now let’s get to know a few of them better.


Pea Protein

Pea protein is a wonderful source of plant-based protein, and a strong contender against whey or casein as an effective protein for muscle-building. It’s also among the most hypoallergenic (unlikely to cause allergic reactions) of all protein powders as it’s gluten-free and dairy-free. Gym-goers have found it to be much easier to digest without experiencing a bloated feeling, a common side effect of many other protein powders. Apart from muscles, this superfood is great for kidney and heart health too!


Camu Camu Powder

The camu camu superberry is the fruit of the camu camu shrub, which grows abundantly in the flooded areas of the Amazon jungle that covers Peru, Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela. Rich in phytochemicals and essential minerals, camu camu contains the highest source of Vitamin C amongst all food products in the world! A teaspoon of the powder gives you 240% of the average daily intake of Vitamin C (that’s equivalent to more than 4 oranges!) Vitamin say what! This could alleviate common symptoms of the flu and improve eyesight, while giving your immune system a boost. A word of caution, over-consumption may lead to complications due to its highly dense nutrient content, therefore it is advisable to consult a professional on the safest way of incorporating it into your diet.


Cacao Nibs

Ahoy chocolate lovers, meet chocolate in its purest form! Cacao comes from the seed of the cacao fruit and is known for having a myriad of healthy minerals, vitamins and flavonoids. It is a particularly rich source of magnesium, a vital mineral for over 300 biochemical reactions in our bodies. Cosying up on a cold day with a mug of steaming hot chocolate seems much more inviting now doesn’t it? You could also sprinkle it over smoothies or add them to yogurt and granola.


Coconut Oil

The rockstar of superfoods, coconut oil has almost too many health benefits to list down. Some healthy highlights include an abundance of naturally saturated fats which not only increase healthy cholesterol (HDL) but also help convert “bad” cholesterol (LDL) into good cholesterol, like any true superhero would do. Beneficial for cancer prevention, reducing inflammation, boosting immune system and brain function and lifting your energy levels (amongst many others), you’d be nuts to exclude this from your daily diet.



Goji Berries

Affectionately known as ‘Happy Berries’ for all the joy and well-being they provide, goji berries have been used in ancient Chinese medicine to support general health and longevity. It tastes like a mix between a dried cherry, a raisin, and a cranberry. This superfruit contains a high level of anti-inflammatory compounds and is a great advocate of skin and eye health. See, mummy dearest was right when she said eating goji berries will help with your eyesight! Snack on them just on their own or add them to salads, oatmeal, granola, and even your favourite baked treats.

Chia Seed

 Originating in Mexico, chia seeds are highly regarded for their medicinal and nutritional value. The word ‘chia’ means strength in the Mayan language, and it is no wonder that Aztec soldiers loaded up on this superfood before going into battle, as do some modern athletes before competitions. A great source of protein, omega 3s, vitamins and a whole host of minerals, add a spoonful to your smoothies, breakfast bowls, or yogurt to reap the benefits of this versatile superfood.

With all the health-boosting superpowers these foods have to offer, the future of medicine may no longer involve many pharmaceutical drugs. Keep in mind that we are all built and wired differently, so drop by Ben’s Independent Grocer to find the combination of superfoods that work best for you (maybe call it your Jus-taste League?) and get ready to make a B.I.G. positive impact on your health.


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