You may have heard the term superfood branded around a lot this year – and contrary to what people think, these can be affordable and the results can be huge, helping with everything from weight loss to boosting immune systems and improving your skin.
New superfoods seem to appear week after week, tempting us with benefits and a list as long as your arm to wade through. Many of the so-called superfoods are expensive, but there are a surprising amount which are on the affordable side of things that you can include into your daily eating regime.
Most superfoods will be readily available on the shelves of your local supermarkets, but the more exotic types will leave you visiting the specialist health stores and paying extra for these.
Below we have our 7 superfoods, which are all readily available to everybody, that you need to try for this summer to reap the rewards.
1 – Asparagus
Loaded with a tonne of fibre, folate and vitamins A, C, E and K, this green is available in every local supermarket. A rich source of antioxidant known as glutathione, this can also help against fighting off cancer and again.
2 – Beetroot
Filled will potassium, magnesium, iron and vitamins A, B^ and C, this purple root vegetable is filled with antioxidants and a good amount of fibre. It has been suggested by sports specialists that beetroot juice can enhance sports performance and exercise by aiding oxygen delivery to the muscles.
3 – Strawberries
Expensive when out of season in your local country, strawberries offer a good source of vitamin C, which is known for boosting your immune system and is also vital for the production of collagen within the body.
Collagen is essential for your skin elasticity and it can protect against raging and sun damage.
4 – Raspberries
A great source of fibre, research also suggests that raspberries are a great aid in weight loss and protecting you against obesity and diabetes.
A component in raspberries known as rheosmin is thought to have fat-burning effect.
5 – Dark Chocolate
Cocoa and pure chocolate has been renowned for its medicinal properties for years with the polyphenols in the cocoa lowering your risk of cancer and heart disease.
6 – Capers
Capers are flower buds that are packed with vitamin A, K , niacin and riboflavin, which also contains two antioxidant compounds, nutting and quercetin.
7 – Fresh mint
Mint is great in helping with digestion and can banish bloating and ease stomach pain. Fresh mint can help in the weight loss process by stimulating the production of digestive enzymes and improving nutrient absorption, which can help with satiation and optimal metabolism.