It is very easy to be eating poorly at the present time. Food can often be a comfort, and is something that we can control at the moment, when everything else in life seems out of control. But if we want to take something positive out of this current situation, then maybe changing our diets in order to increase our consumption of superfoods is something we could do.
A superfood is defined as “a food (such as salmon, broccoli, or blueberries) that is rich in compounds (such as antioxidants, fiber, or fatty acids) considered beneficial to a person’s health,” according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Guys & St Thomas Private Healthcare have challenged me to introduce some more superfoods that could work well as an anti inflammatory as well as improving our general diet.
Tumeric is the spice that gives curries that distinctive yellow colour. It contains compounds with medicinal properties called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. Tumeric can also often be found in mushroom tea.
2. Dark Leafy Greens
Dark leafy greens like kale, spinach and Swiss Chard are a very tasty addition to our diets but are also an essential superfood. The great news is they are fairly easy to find in your local supermarket and are easy to add to your diet. Swiss Chard in particular is loaded with vitamins and minerals including 13 different antioxidants.
Ginger is brilliant in the fight against colds and fever. My husband often swears by a hot curry flavoured with ginger when he feels unwell after an Indian chef gave him the tip. Ginger is a real superfood, reducing inflammation and relieving pain, as well as helping to reduce nausea.
Not just for keeping away vampires, garlic adds taste to food but is also another superfood. It has been used across the centuries in the fight against illnesses. The key properties are helping to eliminate cholesterol and potential benefits for those with diabetes, bacteria and certain sorts of cancer.
5. Green Tea
Green tea is rich in anti oxidants and helps to break down components that can cause damage to the body. Green Tea is great for maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system and good digestive health. Green Tea is also good for your skin as it has anti-ageing properties.
Dates are a true superfood, they are packed with vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, A1 and C. The nutrients in dates can help you treat intestinal disorder, maintain a healthy nervous system, keep your heart rate at a steady pace, and lower the risk of abdominal cancer. In short, they are an often forgotten dried fruit that should now be embraced for their goodness.
Beetroot is not only delicious, but it can help to lower your blood pressure and is said to help your body ward off dementia. It is a good source of iron and folate (naturally occuring folic acid).
Gorgeous, juicy and a taste of paradise, pineapple is also a superfood. Pineapple is good for the metabolism, containing an enzyme called bromelain. This enzyme is found in the juice of pineapple and helps in metabolising protein, which in turn helps burn away the excess belly fat.
Seaweed is a good source of the vitamins and minerals we need in our diet, and also a good source of fibre, calcium and protein making it a great choice for a healthy snack. All these points are reasons for its growing popularity as a dietary choice.
The humble celery is another that can claim to be a superfood. It is rich in vitamins A, K, and C and minerals plus like potassium and folate with a low glycemic index. It is also low in sodium and has a slow, steady effect on your blood sugar.