The hot superfoods for this summer

Kalettes Credit: Tozer Seeds

Still into superfoods like Cacao, Spriulina and Acai? That’s SO last year! Ok… only joking. But it does seem like the moment you think you’ve got a handle on every plant based supplement, perhaps you’ve tried a few (or a lot!) suddenly someone discovers some more. As fans of fitness it’s always tempting to try new things that may help us become more energetic, aid recovery and boost overall nutrient levels; so we’re recommending taking a look at some of the new superfood kids on the block…

Lingonberries

Lingonberries

Credit: Some Good

Lingonberries grow on shrubs in the arctic and subarctic regions, and are widely distributed across some of the most northerly countries in the world. They contain high levels of an antioxidant called Cyanidin-3-glucoside, or C3G. C3G decreases blood sugar levels and enables protein synthesis, so it is excellent for building lean muscle. A few of the other berries also contain C3G, however, it has a low absorption rate in humans when taken on its own, and requires quercetin to make it effective. This is where lingonberries come into their own, as the levels of quercetin they contain are far greater than that of the blueberry and the acai berry etc …

They also contain high levels of resveratrol (a similar amount to that of grapes) which is found in red wine. Few of the other berries contain more than a trace amount, if any at all. When ingested in combination with quercetin, resveratrol increases power output by up to 20% and also improves aerobic performance. It significantly reduces the chances of getting osteoporosis and recent studies show it to be a potential long term solution for obesity.

Want some? Well, check out Some Good – creators of a rather tasty lingonberry powder

 

Moringa

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Moringa powder –  made from leaves – is native to India but has been planted around the world -mainly in warm climates like the African continent or Thailand. Moringa is seen as a powerful health-enhancing plant due to the fact it contains vitamins A and C, potassium, magnesium Iron, calcium and more.

Moringa leaves are a great supplement for athletes, as their high nutritional content offers increased energy levels, speedier recovery and greater flexibility. Also, for the plant-based protein fans amongst you, moringa has the most protein dense leaves of any plant species. Moringa contains 18 amino acids – two of which are Isoleucine and Leucine that can contribute towards energy and alertness. Due to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, can help accelerate the healing process of injuries such as bruises, cuts, and burns. Great for taking on climbing trips then!

Want some? Well get yourself to Revolution Foods post haste!

 

Teff

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Ok so if you hear that Victoria Beckham and Gwyneth Paltrow* are into it, you want to avoid it right? With 4% protein per gram, you might want to think again! Following in the footsteps of Quinoa and Amaranth, this Ethiopian super grain is tipped to become the next big thing. It’s also gluten free and can be used to make pancakes, bread and other delights.

Want some? Holland and Barrett has it – would you believe!

 

Kalettes

Kalettes

Credit: Tozer Seeds

After last year’s media fracas about the kale shortage hit the headlines, a new British-born superfood is now making waves internationally. Kalettes are what happen when a Brussels sprout and a Kale plant get together and have a baby. Aren’t they cute? But you won’t find them in Sainsbury’s –  you’ll have to head over to your nearest farmer’s market and keep your eyes on the ‘unusual veg’ section. British company, Tozer Seeds actually began work on creating the vegetable 15 years ago, using hybridization techniques, but it was when they became famous in the states as Kalettes that they burst onto the international superfood stage.

As you’d expect with cruciferous vegetables, Kalettes provide a rich source of nutrients, particularly Iron, vitamin K, C, folate, as well as fibre and carotenoids and antioxidants.

Want some? It is mainly grown commercially between September and March, but if you can’t wait that long you can grow your own seeds by getting them online.

*sorry Gwyneth –  that (ahem) ‘steaming’ trend was unforgivable.

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