Move Over, Kale: These Superfoods Will Soon Be Everywhere
Packed with essential vitamins and minerals, these delicious and good-for-you foods offer a host of health benefits. Whether you're looking to up your antioxidant intake, fight disease, or simply find a healthier chocolate fix, we've got you covered. Keep scrolling to discover which foods will be all the rage this year.
Zingology Beetroot Juice Powder ($21)
Beets are high in natural chemicals called nitrates. The body converts nitrates to nitric oxide which purifies the blood and detoxifies, making beets a natural remedy for helping to lower blood pressure and increase blood flow. A favourite of athletes, beets are known to increase athletic ability by boosting stamina. Naturally high in silica, the root also helps the body effectively use calcium.
Bones: Recipe, History and Lore by Jennifer McLagan ($35)
Nutrient-dense bone broth that's been made from scratch is packed with collagen, keratin, vitamins and minerals—great for skin and hair. The broth also contains valuable nutrients that help heal and seal the lining of your gut, promoting healthy digestion as well as reducing joint pain and inflammation. As the saying goes: The road to health is paved with good intestines.
Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Camu Camu Powder ($17)
The lemon-sized berry, grown in the the Amazon, contains 30 to 60 times the Vitamin C of an orange (depending on the source). In addition to being the most vitamin C-rich food on earth, it's also packed with beta-carotene, potassium, and iron. And the berry's amino acids and minerals also make it a potent antioxidant.
Navitas Naturals Raw Chocolate Cacao Nibs ($6)
Legend has it Montezuma drank 50 goblets of the “food of the Gods” every day. The divine drink is high in magnesium and other essential vitamins and minerals from vitamin B to zinc. It fights fatigue and contains polyphenols with many antioxidant properties. So what kind of chocolate is best? Raw cacao or 80-per cent dark.
Nature's Life Icelandic Kelp ($19)
Kelp, a calcium-rich seaweed, is naturally high in iodine, which is linked to healthy thyroid function and metabolism. The sea vegetable, eaten raw, is an acquired taste. Supplements are making their way into the mainstream as a natural protection against cancer and radiation poisoning.
Sunfood Superfoods Heriloom Pumpkin Seeds ($10)
A single 8-ounce cup of pumpkin seed milk provides zinc, copper, iron, and magnesium. The mineral-dense seed is second only to black sesame seeds in terms of mineral content. Roasted or raw, the seeds also contain tryptophan for restful sleep, healthy fats, antioxidants, and fibre. Pumpkin seed oil is naturally anti-inflammatory, providing relief for a number of ailments, including menstrual cramps and arthritis.
Organic Gemini Raw TigerNut Snack ($6)
Not actually a “nut,” TigerNuts (aka chufa, nutgrass, or nutsedge) are actually a form of starchy tuber. Their high-energy content is a great source of fibre and healthy fat, in addition to being rich in minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, vitamins C and E. A valued food of ancient Egypt, the crunchy, sweet tigernut may well be "the new chia" in terms of trends.
Simply Organic Turmeric ($12)
A natural anti-inflammatory and liver detoxifier, turmeric needs to be mixed with fat in order to reap its full benefits. The nutritional properties act as a natural painkiller, in addition to helping the body to detoxify chemicals. A traditional Indian Ayruvedic method involves pairing 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric with 2 tablespoons of ghee, making it more bioavailable to the body.
Superfoods: The Flexible Approach to Eating More Superfoods by Julie Montagu ($21)
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