New superfoods that you can incorporate into your everyday diet
As 2018 comes to an end, we regroup ourselves and start on making those healthful resolutions. To get a headstart on your body and diet aspirations for 2019, we gather five superfoods that are set to make more of an appearance in the upcoming year with their abundance in nutrients and versatility in food swaps. A promising start, that's for sure.
Compared to its fellow supergreen must-haves like kale, green tea, and matcha, the moringa powder hasn't been given enough recognition yet. A complete source of protein, it is packed with all nine essential amino acids and contain anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. Along with the aforementioned nutritional benefits, moringa powder also supports brain health and cognitive function, reduces liver damage and fibrosis and enhances wound healing with its blood-clotting properties. Call it the complete package.
How to use it: Moringa powder can have laxative effects in large quantities so a safe dosage is half to one teaspoon per day. Add into smoothies or simply drink as tea.
Pronounced "BEY-oh-bab", they can boast as being one of the world's richest sources of antioxidants that helps in the delay, repair or prevention of damage to our cells. They are high in vitamin C which helps restore skin complexion, heal damage and improve elasticity. Sudden fluctuation in blood sugar levels may lead to fatigue and headaches; Baobab can help stabilize blood sugar levels, preventing such effects.
How to use it: often sold in powder form, it can be added into your favorite smoothies, soups, and baked goods.
No more picking out seeds from watermelons. Typically less desirable than their flesh counterparts, seeds are often removed and thrown away. Watermelon seeds make the perfect snack as they are packed with protein, magnesium, vitamin B, monosaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Magnesium found in watermelon seeds play a vital role in a variety of bodily functions mainly; aids in normal heart functioning and regulating of blood pressure, help improve memory, prevents hair breakage and also helps improve the skin's overall appearance.
How to use it: soak the seeds in water overnight and wait until seeds have visibly sprouted. Dry them under the sun or in the oven and have them as a snack.
Identical to blueberries, these berries might just be the holy grail for those suffering from diabetes. They contain delphinidins which are a natural compound in plants that is acknowledged for reducing blood sugar levels, thus regulating blood glucose levels. Additionally, they support weight loss with their low-calorie content and high amount of anthocyanin and polyphenols which help to boost metabolism and in aid faster fat burning. Those suffering from high cholesterol can also turn to these berries as they help reduce oxidative stress in cells, significantly reducing LDL cholesterol and boosting the good kind of cholesterol.
How to use it: can be eaten in its raw form but they can also be commonly found in powder or supplement form. Add them to smoothies, oats or baked goods.
The lesser known member of the mushroom family, chaga mushrooms contain impressive levels of antioxidants that support the immune system. They may offer some anti-cancer benefits as chaga extract is shown to be effective in the inhibition of cancer cell growth. Your digestive system can also benefit as chaga mushrooms are anti-inflammatory, detoxifying and high in fiber; promoting soothing effects. Additionally, they may have an anti-viral effect on HIV type 1 and hepatitis C virus.
How to use it: commonly made into a powder and made into a Chaga beverage (Chaga tea or coffee) by brewing the powder for a long time in hot water. Also available as a dietary supplement and tincture (a liquid extract).