Created Thursday, 30 July 2009 14:48
Enjoy the Best of Health with These ‘Secret’ Superfoods
Superfoods are hugely popular, but for those searching for the biggest bang for their buck, they simply can’t do much better than these delicious yet healthy selections. Although less well known, the following provide enough essential vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to enhance your daily intake for a fraction of the cost.
Chia Seeds: Rich in calcium, iron and protein, Chia seeds are also one of the few non-fish sources of omega fatty acids, making them the perfect solution for vegetarians or those allergic to fish.
Maca Powder: Used to enhance libido and aid in healing, maca powder has long been used in South America. Modern scientists confirm the presence of four alkaloids that directly affect the endocrine system and boost metabolism.
Hemp Seeds: A distant relative of marijuana, hemp has been cultivated for thousands of years. Packed full of protein, essential fatty acids, magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium and dietary fiber, hemp provides a powerhouse of nutrition when sprinkled into drinks or other foods.
Flaxseeds: An oldie but a goodie, flaxseeds have been all but forgotten; a big mistake, considering that flax is so high in lignans, fiber and essential amino acids. Originally cultivated by the ancient Egyptians, flaxseeds enhance the body’s ability to digest and absorb vitamins and minerals.
Camu Camu Powder: Containing more vitamin C than any other food product in the world, the camu camu plant is also an excellent source of beta-carotene, potassium, thiamine, leucine and valine.