Three Uncommon Superfoods That You Should Know About
Kale, Chia, Spirulina, and Acai, are superfoods that were once the niche preserve of “hippies”. They elicited raised eyebrows when we said we ate them but are now so popular and commonplace that you can get them emblazoned on a sweatshirt (thanks @welltodolondon for the tip-off).
However, some of our favourite superfoods still aren’t getting the spotlight they deserve so we thought we’d round up three staples in our kitchen.
1. Acerola Cherry
This berry, not related in fact to the European cherry, contains a phenomenal amount of vitamin C and has been a vital part of boosting our wellness over these winter months. Whilst we eat lots of naturally occurring vitamin C in citrus fruits, greens, and sweet potatoes it’s worth remembering that it is water-soluble and cannot be stored by the body so supplies need to be replenished regularly. The ascorbic acid (usually refined from corn syrup) that crops up in processed foods and supplements doesn’t have the same effects as consuming vitamin C in wholefood form.
Vitamin C is famed for supporting the immune system but it can also help you form strong collagen (the beauty vitamin) and supports skin, teeth, and bones. It’s vital to the absorption of iron – so a green smoothie with lots of iron-rich leaves and a pinch of acerola will make sure your body is making the most of all the nutrients.
Acerola is also rich in vitamin A in a far more concentrated dose than carrots, excellent for eye health, and an extra boost to the immune system.
The taste is certainly sharp and acidic but we find it far more palatable than Camu Camu. Try it now, from our online store here.
2. Pau D’arco
Pau D’arco tea is made from the powdered bark of an Amazonian tree used by indigenous tribes to treat an enormous spectrum of ailments. Known by the Indians as “the Divine Tree” Its active component, Lapachol, has been shown to have anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. This makes it particularly suitable for those with fungal infections (eg thrush), yeast overgrowth (candida), and inflammatory conditions (such as allergies). There is also evidence for its benefits as pain relief. However, it is a powerful blood tonic and can affect the blood ability to clot so we advise consulting with your medical practitioner if you are on any blood-thinning medications.
Its woody taste makes it a perfect base for smoothies, particularly enriching your cacao elixirs. Try it now from our online store here.
This adaptogenic mushroom has been growing in repute lately and we predict it will soon be a mainstream alternative to coffee. Medicinal mushrooms can be found in almost all traditional diets the world over and feature in European folklore. Reishi, in particular, is adaptogenic, meaning that it is uniquely able to respond to your body’s needs giving you energy if you’re feeling drained or helping you to relax if you’re buzzing with stress.
Another super tasty smoothie base, reishi also makes a great base for hot chocolate and latte style drinks. Try it now from our online store here.
Guest article by Hannah Phoebe Bowen