Super Superfoods! Definitive list of our Top 7
Yes, we’ve all heard it before: such and such is the latest obscure ingredient that promises to save lives and every discerning modern woman should stock it in her cupboard. We are constantly bombarded with what we should and shouldn’t eat, and what the latest super health food craze is; but who should we listen to? And more importantly, do we really need to eat all of them?
We have researched all that the interweb has to offer on the subject and compiled it into one handy, definitive list of our fave ones so you don’t have to! So read on below my friend and find out how you can become your fittest, strongest, most glowing self yet…
What Are Superfoods?
Kale and spirulina aside, there actually is no official scientific definition of a superfood, but it is generally accepted that superfoods are ones that contain high concentrations of essential vitamins and minerals. Usually, they are also a good source of antioxidants.
These are the newbies that feature most often on lists:
Native to the rainforests of South America, the açai (pronounced ah-SIGH-ee) is a small purple berry that has been touted as a weight-loss and anti-aging powerhouse. The fruit contains very high levels of the antioxidant anthocyanins, which helps fight cancer and heart disease. “It’s also one of the few fruits with oleic acid—the same heart-healthy fat in olive oil,” says Andy Bellatti, a Las Vegas-based registered dietitian.
We’ve been to Brazil and can personally attest that they are positively OBSESSED with this fruit, and who wouldn’t want to live like a Brazilian?
2. Goji Berries
Goji berries have become a common sight on supermarket shelves, and for good reason: They contain crazy amounts of vitamin C. Native to Tibet and Mongolia, these orange-red tangy berries have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries to treat visual ailments, poor circulation and help boost the immune system. The scientific research still needs to be done more in-depth, but there’s no denying that goji berries are rich in plant-based antioxidants and compounds.
We love that Goji berries not only taste delicious and work wonders on the inside, they also work their magic on the outside too. With over 18 amino acids necessary for repairing and maintaining healthy skin, we couldn’t wait to add this superfood to our products- check out our Goji Face Oil for radiant skin!
Not a fan of oils? Don’t fret, we’ve got a face cream too.
Like chocolate, cacao powder contains flavonoids, which are known to help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to the brain and heart. With fewer than 15 calories per tablespoon and containing almost no fat, cacao provides a strong chocolate flavor without the guilt. “For someone who has a chocolate tooth and is looking for heart or circulation benefits, it’s a good call,” says Dawn Jackson Blatner, a registered dietitian.
Make sure to read the label carefully before buying though. If you ever see the terms Dutch or alkalized cocoa, that means the powder has been processed, and up to 90 percent of the antioxidants are gone. When you’re buying, choose the raw version, which contains all the phytochemicals and antioxidants you could possibly need.
This one is by far our favourite superfood, words can’t explain how happy we are, in fact, that our dark chocolate obsession is supported by actual science.
Sea-grown vegetables are packed with omega-3 fatty acids which may prevent sudden heart attack and stroke. Seaweed is also full of important minerals, such as bone-friendly calcium and magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc, and hard to come by iodine. Apart from being tasty, it's one of the most potent foods for ensuring optimal thyroid health.
Bring on the sushi we say.
5. Chia Seeds
Native to Mexico, these nutrient-rich seeds have become all the rage among superfood seekers. And for good reason—chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein and calcium. If you’re not someone who eats a lot of fish, they’re a great way to get plant-based omega-3s in your diet.
We love sprinkling them on our breakfast coconut yoghurt (another superfood, dontcha know). Bonus tip: let them soak overnight for deliciously gooey chia pudding!
6. Maca Powder
Grown in the Andes, maca is a root vegetable that is picked, dried, and processed into a powder. Although reports of its health benefits need to be carried out for longer-term, maca has been used for centuries in Latin America to boost energy, endurance, and libido. It’s also an adaptogen, which means that it can undo damage caused by fatigue and helps with body repair. With its rich nutty taste, maca powder can be incorporated into baked goodies and smoothies or just sprinkled over cereal.
7. Matcha tea
Matcha green tea is obtained by grinding green tea leaves and whisking the powder with boiled water- “matcha” literally translates as “powdered tea” in Japanese. This adds significant antioxidant properties because whereas with a regular cup of green tea you are drinking infused water, with matcha you are actually ingesting the tea leaves.This can result in a 168% increase in detoxifying power! If that’s not enough to get you to convert, know that just one cup of matcha green tea has 17 times the antioxidant levels of blueberries (yep, you guessed it: another superfood).
Matcha is also a great ingredient for face products as it purifies and soothes any redness, so much so that we've decided to incorporate it into our next batch of goodies.
Luckily, not all superfoods are expensive and hard to come by, there are some good ol’ fashioned kitchen staples that are also considered superfoods, such as blueberries, oily fish (which is government recommended to eat twice a week), garlic, beetroot, tomatoes, oats, black beans and broccoli.
There are many, many more foods claiming to be super (it’s currently clocking in at at least 59 including this list but we’re sure it will continue to grow).
What we have learnt from reading up on the matter is that whilst all these foods certainly are packed full of nutrients, it’s important to incorporate them into an overall healthy diet as there is no one miracle cure- washing down burgers with a cuppa matcha tea just isn’t going to cut it.