5 new superfoods to include in your diet
Published 18/06/2014 | 11:58
Kale, acai berries and manuka honey need to make room on the shelf: there is an abundance of new superfoods competing for our attention.
Ireland is light years behind the States when it comes to up-and-coming superfood trends; they’ve already progressed to buffalo berries while we finally believe the hype about blueberries and almond milk.
With countless benefits to your health and wellbeing, here are five emerging superfoods that are available on Irish shores:
Made by honey bees, bee pollen is rich in proteins, amino acids, B vitamins and folic acid.
Benefits: Bee pollen enhances energy, soothes skin, treats allergies, aids digestion, boosts immune system, and is also an aphrodisiac.
How to consume: take a spoonful at breakfast, with a piece of fruit.
These little red anti-oxidisers have long been consumed by people in China- including the herbalist Li Ching Yuen who is said to have lived until age 252.
Benefits: goji berries alkalize the system, help build vitality, are anti-inflammatory and cancer fighting, protect the liver, improve eyesight, and also improve fertility and sexual function.
How to consume: a daily handful of goji berries are recommended by health practitioners- add to anything from smoothies or porridge to salads and soups.
This root is high in calcium, iron, vitamin C and amino acids, and is particularly important for individuals who live in a cold climate.
Benefits: maca increases libido, improves erectile function and energy levels.
Maca also relieves menstrual issues and menopause and alleviates cramps, body pain, hot flashes, as well as anxiety, mood swings, and depression.
How to consume: as maca powder is quite potent, mix it into smoothies or yogurt.
Kelp is a mineral-rich seaweed, which supports the immune system and helps improve memory function.
Benefits: kelp is rich in calcium, folic acid, and vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K.
Kelp also regulates metabolism (thus aiding in weight loss) and keeps the body’s ph levels balanced.
How to consume: Use kelp as an ingredient in homemade sushi, in omelettes, falafel, salads, or on pizza.
Hemp seeds are a great source of complete protein, with an ideal ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
Benefits: Hemp is an excellent source of minerals, and prevents spikes in blood sugar therefore helping your body sustain its energy. Hemp also stimulates skin, hair and bone growth, and improves brain and organ functioning.
How to consume: Drink help milk, or sprinkle hemp seeds over a salad, dessert, or porridge.