As promised, here’s some more of my Top 10 Super-Foods:
4. Goji Berries: these small red berries are one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world. Is is thought that goji berries stimulate the pituitary gland in a very balanced way, generating the production of human growth hormone which results in great levels of energy and stamina and facilitates rapid tissue repair. Goji berries also stimulate metabolism, aiding weight loss and, as with all Super-Foods, is packed with extremely high levels of antioxidants leading to these shriveled little things being regarded as one of the most potent anti-aging foods available. They also help the body rid itself of heavy metals and other toxins.
5. Dark chocolate: have a couple of squares of dark chocolate (at least 70% cacao) every day for a healthy treat. The goodness comes from the cacao bean and raw cacao nibs are readily available these days – nothing added, this is the raw ingredient of chocloate and is packed with magnesium, mood-boosting chemicals, the same amazing anti-oxidants found in red wine and green tea and it tastes great too. Try sprinkling the raw nibs on your breakfast cereal, whizz them up in a smoothie or nibble with goji berries as a super-food snack.
6. Fresh Berries: low in natural sugars and high in fibre, berries fill you up without adding many calories to the diet. They contain a great range of nutrients, especially vitamin C and the dark purple and blue berries contain especially powerful anti-oxidants. Many studies have been done on the range of phytochemicals contained in berries and the associated health benefits alongside their free radical protection include improved cognitive and motor performance, enhanced gut flora and natural antibiotic qualities.
It’s easy to get hold of frozen bags of summer berries from most supermarkets when berries are not in season. Nutritionally, these are going to be higher in vitamins than ‘fresh’ berries shipped from half way around the world.