Why Superfoods are so Super!

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I love Superfoods as they are nutrient dense, plant based foods which are packed full of antioxidants! They offer a number of health benefits and are also high in fibre, protein, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s).

Superfoods come in all shapes and sizes – some of them you may eat on a daily basis and not have even realised how super they were!

Here are some examples:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Seaweeds and algae
  • Grasses such as barley and wheat grass
  • Sprouts
  • Fermented foods such as sauerkraut and yoghurt
  • Superherbs such as Siberian Ginseng, Withania, Reishi, Green Tea and Cats Claw which have adaptogenic and immune modulating properties

How can Superfoods help our health?

Eating Superfoods on a regular basis can provide heaps of health benefits!

They can:

  • Alkalize the body and help to balance pH
  • Promote cleansing to aid detoxification
  • Offer a complete food: proteins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, fibre
  • Boost your intake of vitamins and minerals
  • Increase energy levels and enhance vitality
  • Help balance the body in times of stress due to their adaptogenic properties
  • Modulate and enhance the immune system
  • Nourish organs and balance blood sugar levels
  • Enhance libido and elevate serotonin levels
  • Assist during convalescence and depletion

Some of my favourites

Goji berries

A super nutritious berry that is a complete protein, containing all 19 amino acids, 21 trace elements including zinc, iron, copper and selenium, B1, B2, B6 and Vit E. It is also one of the highest sources of Vitamin C and has been known to enhance immunity, balance blood sugar levels, increase libido, enhance vision and cardiovascular health.


Found in raw chocolate and cacao nibs. It is one of the highest sources of antioxidants as it contains lots of polyphenols and catechins. It is also very high in magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, Vitamin C, Omega 6, tryptophan and serotonin which is what gives you that feel-good factor!


Also called the ‘Peruvian Ginseng’, a root vegetable from the same family as broccoli, radishes and kale. An adaptogen that helps to balance hormones, increase libido and regulates thyroid function by acting on the pituitary gland and hypothalamus. It is high in protein, fibre, calcium, ion, zinc, iodine, selenium and amino acids.

Bee Pollen

Contains high concentrations of B vitamins, Vitamins A, C, D and E, 22 amino acids, EFA’s, beta-carotene and rutin. Is often used to enhance immune function, increase energy and vitality.


A type of micro-algae that is similar to a seaweed. Contains the highest concentration of nutrients of any foods, plants or herbs. It is one the highest sources of protein and beta-carotene and is also high in iron, B12 and various trace minerals. It is great for boosting energy levels, immune cells and building healthy bacteria for the gut.

Coconut Oil

High in caprylic acid and lauric acid which have antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal properties and is also high in antioxidants. It can be used to support the immune system, thyroid function, the skin and the nervous system.

Aloe Vera

High in Vitamins A, C, E, calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium and chromium. Also a great source of antioxidants, fibre, enzymes, amino acids, sterols and lignans. Has shown to modulate the immune system, aid digestion (balance pH, improve gut flora and heal mucous membranes), reduce inflammation, reduce cholesterol and balance blood sugar levels.

Reishi Mushroom

Also known as Ganoderma lucidum, Reishi is classed as a medicinal mushroom due to its immune modulating, anti-tumour and tonic properties. It has been traditionally used in Chinese Medicine for thousands of years for numerous health complaints including high blood pressure, liver disease, arthritis and various immune-related health conditions. It is such an amazing herb it’s no wonder it is called the ‘mushroom of immortality’!


What are your favourite Superfoods and how do you incorporate them into your daily routine?


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Michelle is a qualified Naturopath, Nutritionist, Reflexologist and Reiki practitioner who is passionate about living a holistic lifestyle and helping others to achieve their health goals. She is also a Jungle Body Dance Fitness Instructor, which not only keeps her fit but also helps her to inspire others to feel confident and get in shape.

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