There is no doubt that matcha powder is a superfood. It is packed with antioxidants, fibre, cholophyll and vitamins helping to boost metabolism, burn calories, detoxify the body and calm the mind. While it is great for these and so many more reasons, we can’t live on matcha alone, so our green ninjas have been thinking about some of our other favourite superfoods...
Good source of: iron and folate (naturally occurring folic acid). It also contains nitrates, betaine, magnesium and other antioxidants.
Can help with: curing fevers, constipation and skin problems; lowering blood pressure; preventing dimentia; boosting exercise performance.
We say: add to salads or smoothies along with green leafy vegetables and celery to help maintain a healthy weight and keep bloody pressure at a healthy level.
Good source of: great source of antioxidants to protect your cells which can keep you looking young and keep you healthy.L-Theanine which relaxes and calms you but doesn't make you drowsy. You can read more here.
Can help with: energy boosting, fat burning, focus enhancing, detoxing.
Good source of: vitamin C, vitamin B2, vitamin A, iron, selenium and other antioxidants.
Can help with: boosting the immune system and brain activity; protecting against heart disease and cancer; aiding wellbeing and digestion.
We say: to get the most out of these little fruits it is best to get the concentrated, purified forms from health shops and combine in your breakfast or smoothie.
Good source of: vitamin K, vitamin C, fibre, manganese and other antioxidants.
Can help with: protect against heart disease and some cancers (by decreasing free radical damage); reducing the risk of heart attacks; reducing blood pressure.
We say: make blueberries one of your portions of fruit each day. Snack on them between meals or why not try some matcha and blueberry pancakes for a delicious breakfast.
Good source of: vitamins C and B6, manganese, selenium and other antioxidants.
Can help with: protecting against high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and some cancers (colon, prostate, oral overy or renel cell cancers); reducing cholesterol.
We say: add a good dose of garlic to sauces and pasta, why not try roasting it in the oven or flavouring your olive oil with it to enjoy the benefits and great taste.
Good source of: vitamin D, protein, some B vitamins and selenium. It's also a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, a type of fat that is good for our health.
Can help with: lowering bloody pressure; reducing fat build-up in the arteries (protecting against heart attacks); protecting against age-related vision loss, dementia and arthritis.
We say: twice a week swap your chicken or other meat for some oily fish and enjoy with salad or green vegetables.
Good source of: vitamin C and folate (naturally occurring folic acid). It also contains vitamins A, K, calcium, fibre, beta-carotene and other antioxidants.
Can help with: combating cancer, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and diabetes (by reducing cholesterol and fat in the blood), as well as reducing the risk of some cancers.
We say: a great vegetable to include in stirfrys and soups or enjoy cold in salads.
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