Are you juggling with too many tasks in your everyday life? Do you feel like there are not enough hours in your day? Fear not! Take a look at the 7 super foods with their special superpowers that will turn you into Superwoman in no time!
Superpower 1: Mind control
“Turmeric can help keep your brain sharp due to its strong anti-inflammatory properties. Its antioxidant properties slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and lower artery-clogging cholesterol levels that can reduce blood flow to your brain.” Says Cassandra Barns, Nutritionist.
Sprinkle a little turmeric power in a glass of warm milk, add it in your cooking or take a supplement to keep your brain sharp for years. Try CurQu Max by Quest Vitamins (www.revital.co.uk, £10.45)
Superpower 2: Fat melting
Superfood: Apple Cider Vinegar
Vinegar has been used for centuries for many purposes, pickling, cleaning as a condiment and for health. Barns explains “Firstly it can stimulate the digestion by boosting enzymes production. It helps to alkalise the body – as is the case with lemon, apple cider vinegar is acidic but acts as alkaline in the body which can help to bring the body back into balance. And finally, it can help with weight loss by stimulating metabolism and improve blood sugar levels.”
Drink 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar diluted with an equal amount of water before meals to melt those love handles!
Superpower 3: Supervision
Superfood: Acai Berry
This native to central and South America fruit is available in the form of capsules, as a powder or a juice. The flavour of the Acai berry is often described as a cross between a blackberry or raspberry and chocolate – no wonder everyone in Australia boosts their breakfast muesli with this delicious superfood
Why we all should include it in our diet? Acai is very nutrient dense. It’s packed with vitamin A and E, for healthy skin and optimal eye function. It’s also a great source of potassium, needed for normal muscle and nervous system function. High amount of calcium helps to support our bones, muscles and teeth, it’s also needed for cell division and neurotransmitter function. On top of that, Acai berries are packed full of antioxidants that play an important role in our bodies, by fighting free radicals that can speed up the aging process. Try Nature’s Plus Acai Resveratrol (www.revital.co.uk, £27.95)
Superpower 4: Wound healing
Superfood: Aloe Vera
“Aloe Vera has natural healing and detoxifying powers and works mildly in our gut to help break down food remain, support bowel cleansing and help ease constipation. All this helps to reduce discomfort and bloating” says Cassandra Barns, Nutritionist.
Aloe Vera can also help to speed up cell growth and repair damaged tissues. “That’s why it’s an excellent after sun soother for irritated and burnt skin. Due to its high vitamin content (A, B1, B2, B6, B12), Aloe Vera can rejuvenate and reach deep into the skin helping to heal micro-wounds, including acne scars. Try Soothing Skin Gel by What Skin Needs (www.whatskinneeds.co.uk, £14.99).” says Barns
Superpower 5: Speed accelerating
Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading Nutritionist (www.marilynglenville.com), author of Fat Around The Middle explains: “Spinach is packed with iron, which has many vital functions in the body. The most obvious one is that it’s used to make hemoglobin inside our red blood cells, which carries oxygen around the body. It also has a direct role in energy metabolism, meaning the production of energy inside our cells. These are two reasons why we feel tired when we’re low in iron. Iron is also important for DNA synthesis and cell division – meaning it’s necessary for growth and repair, reproduction and immunity too.”
Superpower 6: Complexion perfecting
“Chlorella is one of the most nutritionally dense foods filled with antioxidants, amino acids, proteins, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and nucleic acids. Among them is beta carotene, which makes it especially valuable for supplying effective skin nutrition. Chlorella also helps to improve circulation as well as skin firmness. It is also thought to help with decreasing cellulite on your skin and make it more elastic – this is due to the toxin removal properties and the ability to remove fat deposits from the skin. Try Nature’s Plus Green Lightning (www.revital.co.uk, £26.40). This green whole food powder contains not only chlorella but also spirulina, algae and Pacific kelp to fight free radicals.” explains Barns