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Top 10 Superfoods For A Healthy Diet

Finding easy and tasty ways to boost your energy levels, immune system and sense of wellbeing isn't rocket science.

We’ve made it even easier for you by picking out 10 of the best superfoods to eat.

Eat your way to a healthy body and mind by incorporating them into your daily meals, snacks and drinks. 

Here are our top 10 superfoods for 2016:

Spirulina

This edible blue-green algae is an ancient life form that helps to produce the oxygen in our atmosphere.

It is one of the planet's most nutrient-dense foods and it contains up to 70% protein as well as all eight essential amino acids. It has powerful anti-oxidants and could help you to deal with allergy symptoms, high blood pressure, digestive health and skin problems.

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Chlorella

Another tiny algae, chlorella is also packed with protein and essential amino acids, as well as vitamins and minerals. Its benefits include detox, boosting energy, aiding digestion and fighting depression.

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Chia

A species of flowering plant in the mint family, chia is native to Mexico and Guatemala. The seeds are popular in Latin America as an addition to nutritious drinks. Chia is a great source of healthy omega-3 fats and fibre, which are beneficial for brain and digestive health.

Coconut oil 

Coconut oil may seem like a surprising addition to the superfoods list because of its levels of saturated fat. But researchers say the size of the fatty acid is distinctly different from the long-chain fatty acids more commonly found in our diet. Unprocessed, organic coconut oil has been shown to have antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.

Maca






This energy-boosting, ancient Peruvian plant has a reputation as a libido enhancer and reliever of menstrual symptoms like cramps, hot flushes and mood swings. It has been consumed for thousands of years for its adaptogen properties. Adaptogens are natural ingredients that are believed to help the body adapt to stress. The root powder is used in smoothies, cakes, porridge and milk drinks.

Cacao 

Raw cacao is yet another superfood to have originated in South America, and is famed for its high levels of antioxidants, which absorb the free radicals that come from toxins and pollutants. As well as helping to keep your body healthy, it's also a natural mood elevator. Cacao is not to be confused with its less healthy relatives, cocoa powder and chocolate, which lose lots of their antioxidants when the cacao beans are roasted and processed.

Goji berries

These shrivelled red berries have been used in Chinese medicine for more than 6,000 years. They contain vitamin C, vitamin B2, vitamin A, iron and selenium. Other antioxidants in the berries include polysaccharides, which have been show to boost immune functions.

Quinoa

The quinoa grain from the Andes region is a highly nutritious, gluten-free source of protein, fibre, vitamins and antioxidants. It also has a low glycaemic index, which is good for blood sugar control.

Açai

This dark purple Amazonian berry is a source of antioxidants - which can help combat premature ageing - as well as fibre and heart-healthy fats. It is also rich in key B vitamins, electrolytes and trace minerals, which are good for reducing inflammation and improving energy levels.

Turmeric


You probably know turmeric as the main spice in curry but it's also one of the most researched herbs with multiple documented health benefits.

This powerful spice is known for fighting and potentially reversing disease.

Cultures all over the world benefit from its ability to enhance immunity, reduce inflammation, treat osteoarthritis and Gastrointestinal diseases.

  

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