Foods that have a very high nutrient density and many vital substances have an incredible variety of positive properties for health. These foods are called superfoods.
They usually contain a combination of antioxidant phytonutrients, vital nutrients, essential fatty acids and non-dispensable amino acids which act together in a particularly effective synergy.
Here is a little selection of my favourite superfoods which you also find in my recipes.
Please be aware that I´m not a nutritionist or expert in ingredients and their impact to the human body. I just like to inform and read myself through this kind of stuff and here is the place where I want to share these information with you.
The magical Acai-Berry grows on a palmtree in Central to South America (but especially in Brasil) and is called the wonder berry for youth and beauty. Many antioxidants help slow down the aging by catching free radiclas which attack your cells. But attention here: that won´t whip crinkles away, it´s more a preventive option. Acai also gives a boost to your metabolism and helps your immune system.
If you are looking for a recipe for a delicious Acai bowl take a look at this.
Apart from its high nutrient density and many vital substances the regular consumption of almonds has a very positive effect on our health. If we consume only 60 grams of almonds each day it protects us against diabetes, cardiovascular disease, a high cholesterol level and possibly leads to an improvement in bone density. They provide many unsaturated fatty acids, minerals such as magnesium, calcium and copper as well as large amounts of vitamins B and E. Here are some recipe suggestions.
Avocados have loads of fat under its paring – but not just any fat, it´s the good fat 😉
Good fat means mono-unsaturated fatty acids which have a great impact on your cholesterol level.
And there is more: Vitamin A, Alpha-Carotin, Beta-Carotin, Biotin and Vitamin E. Adding Avocado to your Lunch, Dinner, Smoothies or simply on your toast will help absorbing all the other ingredients and therefore improve your metobolism. For a recipes look here.
Blueberries have similar to the Acai Berry a very high part of antioxidants which catch all the free radicals to protect your cells. Polyphenoles effect positively on the circulation system and prevent to suffer from cancer. A high amount of fibers support the digestion and loads of vitamins help the immune system. The blue colour keeps the cholesterol level low and gives engery for your heart and brain. Here´s where you find recipes.
Healthy Power-Seeds – Chia Seeds are above average high in antioxidants, protein, fibers, vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acid. With its blood thinning effect chia seeds prevent heart attacks and strokes and they also regulate the blood sugar level. Chia seeds can be added to sweet and savoury dishes and keep you full longer. Take a look here for Chia Recipes.
Feeling a little sick, cold or are you have muscular pain? You better add some fresh ginger to your tea to help your immune system getting in shape again. Ginger has a great impact on the production of bile, gastric and saliva juices and the root has a antioxidant and antibacterial effect, is antiemetic (effective against vomiting and nausea) and encourages the blood circulation. It also reduces muscular pain quickens the appetite.
I like to add some ginger slices to my daily pot of tea and here are some recipe ideas with ginger.
Great topping for breakfast bowls and yummie ingredient in bliss balls. But more important: Goji berries contain all essential amino acids, a high amount of vitamin A (beta carotene), vitamin C, vitamin E as well as high vitamin B values. Goji berries also contain a lot of iron that 50 grams of dried goji berries already cover half of the daily requirement. These and more substances improve your eyes and the nervous system, they also support your immune system, they fight against cancer cells and its anti-inflammatory effect helps with chronis diseases like asthma, allergies or chronic pains. And if you like to work out, goji berries push the efficiency of the muscles.
Here is a great recipe for Engery Bliss Balls which include Gojis and some other nice ideas.
Because of its properties hemp protein is one of the healthiest and most nutritious protein powder. The protein source impresses with a high biological value. In addition hemp offers an optimal fatty acid pattern, valuable fibers as well as numerous valuable vital substances.
Hemp protein is so valuable that you could feed only on hemp protein for many months without having the slightest lack of nutrients. It has a great impact on digestion, muscle development, the cholesterol level and it protects the brain.
Look here for recipes full of protein.
Maca is used as a natural aphrodisiac in natural medicine for libidomaniacs, potency problems, for unfulfilled desire to have children and for the menopause. Athletes also use Maca to increase performance and also help with brain activity. With more than 60 different nutrients Maca has more healthy ingredients than other plants. The dried roots contain 13 to 16% protein and a very high proportion of essential amino acids and omega-3 fatty acids which support the body in all important metabolic processes. Also it is rich in calcium, zinc, iodine, iron, copper, manganese, vitamin B2, B5, C and Niacin and of course antioxidants which all support the immune system and the digestion. Of course I have some simple recipes here.
This green power tea is considered a fountain of youth. Hardly any other natural product provides more cell-protecting antioxidants than the powdered tea from Japan. Matcha protects the heart and can prevent both cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. As the tea leaf is completely consumed, ingredients such as vitamin B1, B2 and B3 as well as vitamin E, vitamin C and vitamin K and also minerals such as calcium and potassium will be completely absorbed. It has a positive effect on the eyes, the skin, the mucous membranes and the metabolism. You like to try something with Matcha? Take a look here.
The mulberry contains vitamins such as vitamin C and the antioxidant resveratrol. In addition, various minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc and manganese are included. Besides the all time presentive antioxidants which have an anti-aging effect mulberries help with a sore throat and hoarseness. They also act expectorantive and reduce the blood glucose level as well as the cholesterol level.
The papaya regulates digestion, helps with weight loss, restores intestinal health after antibiotic therapy, acts as a natural anti-aging agent in the fight against wrinkles, lowers the cholesterol level and contributes to heart health. It also relieves inflammation, stimulates wound healing, increases male fertility, and is even capable of absorbing cancer cells. The tropical fruits are made up of 87 percent water and are anything but a fat burner with 32 calories per hundred grams.
My all time favorite superfood! You are getting your hands and in my case your white kitchen wall pretty dirty by trying to peel this beauty but Í tell you: it´s so worth it!
The red peanut-shaped seeds of the pomegranate are super yummy especially on salads, breakfast bowls or in smoothies and they are over the top good for your body. They have an antioxidative effect and increase the cardiovascular system, lipid metabolism and the sugar metabolism. The ability to reduce oxidative stress in the human organism makes it a highly effective natural weapon against inflammatory diseases such as cancer, arthritis and heart disease. Here are some ideas to try.
Turmeric is more remedy than spice. It prevents Alzheimer’s disease, conducts heavy metals.
Turmeric also helps against cancer, contributes to the health of the teeth, protects against fluorides, protects the brain, heals the liver, prevents bile stones, helps with nasal sinusitis, herpes, diabetes and irritable bowel syndrome and is considered as an antioxidant.
You can add Turmeric to all kinds of savoury meals – look here.