For me, a superfood is a nutrient dense, natural food that supports good health.
Yes, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds fall into that category.
Here are some others you may not be as familiar with – my top ten, rotated through my smoothies, porridge and deserts each day.
- Maca / Peruvian Ginseng – a root from South America with the awesome ability to balance hormones. Two women shared at my Einbunpin Festival stall that it ‘got them through menopause’. An adoptogen, it also supports adrenals, thyroid and mood. Good for men too.
- Cacao – the essential ingredient in chocolate. Packed with antioxidants, magnesium, iron, chromium and zinc. And, it’s a mood enhancer – okay, you might have known that already. Ensure you buy raw cacao, not cocoa, for full benefit.
- Goji berries – great for stress, stamina, sexual drive and immune system. Little red berries that can be eaten as a dried fruit or soaked for smoothies and deserts.
- Hemp seed – illegal to consume in Australia, despite being one of the most nutritious food sources on the planet. Delightful in porridge, smoothies or sprinkled on a salad.
- Spirulina – an algae, rich in protein, vitamins and essential fatty acids. Vivid in colour and taste, most prefer to take in tablet form however there are some recipes that can handle it.
- Coconut – the medium-chain fatty acids in the flesh (and oil) support the immune system, thyroid, nervous system and skin. Coconut water is great for rehydration and cooling. Supports cardiovascular health and healthy cholesterol levels.
- Acai – rich in blue-pigmented antioxidants, helps regenerate and produce stem cells, which can become any cell needed by the body.
- Mesquite – a legume fruit rich in calcium, zinc and fibre, a tasty non-glycemic sweetener.
- Honey & Bee pollen – raw local honey is healing, while bee pollen contains vitamin B9 and all 22 essential amino acids – and it’s another aphrodisiac!
- Seaweed such as dulse, kelp and wakame – rich in calcium, magnesium and iodine, improving metabolism and thyroid function.
What’s your favourite? How do you like to use it? Please comment by leaving a reply at the top left of this post.
For further information see David Wolfe’s book Superfoods. All can be purchased at health food stores or online.