Foods with Superpowers

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Superfoods…a term often thrown around to make us buy powders and supplements without even knowing why. i don’t personally love the phrase because it’s loaded with connotations of marketing and fads (and I’ll be the first to admit i fall victim to these), and expectations that we’ll be ‘turned into a fairy if i drink this elixir’ or ‘grow floor length locks with this powder’. there are, however, some really super duper foods out there which do have some remarkable properties. some (or all of them) you may already be aware of, but hopefully many of them will be already sitting in ignorant bliss on the shelf, or, don’t require a trek to Wholefoods and a loan to obtain.

the anti- inflammatory: turmeric. those pale golden lattes are here to stay. this bright amber spice has great anti-inflammatory properties and is also an antioxidant thanks to its levels of curcumin. so it’s especially helpful if you’re a bit under the weather. it’s bitter, spicy gingery flavour makes it a great addition to sweet and savoury dishes alike, add to baking, use as a base for curries or simply take with hot water for a soothing tonic. tip- pair with black pepper which boosts curcumin absorption.

the selenium one: brazil nuts. simply one brazil nut per day provides the daily dose of selenium. this essential mineral helps thyroid function, reproduction, DNA production and immunity.

the iron helper: vitamin C foods. a bit of a backwards one, but eating vitamin C-rich substances alongside foods high in iron helps iron’s absorption into the blood. this is important because iron is not easily absorbed into the bloodstream, so you may be getting a lot less than you think you are. eat citrus fruits, new potatoes, kiwis and blueberries alongside iron-rich substances (think dark greens, nori sheets, dark chocolate/ cacao…anything dark really)

the blood-sugar leveller: cinnamon. this secret spice lowers insulin resistance, in turn helping to lower and level blood-sugar levels and reduce sugar spikes. make sure you get Ceylon which is true cinnamon, not casssia which has few benefits (check details on the ingredients list)

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[disclaimer: I am not a doctor. this info is simply based on internet research. i like incorporating these things into my food because they add extra benefits into my diet and make me feel great. if you have any medical woes…seek professional medical advice!]

 

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