Move over Kale, 2016 was your year but it's time for the new superstars of 2017 to have their time in the spotlight, and there are a few strong contenders! It's no shock that if you are looking to consume your recommended day of nutrients, then superfoods are where you need to be looking. So, as 2017 gets under way, and 2016 is nothing more than a memory, we're taking a look at the superfoods set to make a significant impact this year.
One of the healthiest ways to add a pop of colour to any meal is simply by adding a little turmeric! The warm, peppery flavour and a mild fragrance are most commonly associated with making curry, but it also is becoming well known for its number of health benefits - hence why we believe it's going to be featured everywhere this year, although it has been used for centuries.
The main active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which is often the centre of attention when turmeric is being researched or tested. Its benefits range from enhancing liver function, ensuring optimum heart health. As well as acting as an anti-inflammatory, aiding in weight loss, as a natural painkiller and further research have also been done to test its abilities in maintaining eye health, controlling depression, liver health, getting a better night sleep and slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis.
The actual amount of curcumin in turmeric can vary, this can be down to the species, growing conditions and the time of the harvest. It's available in powders, supplements and as delicious, golden tea.
Bring a golden glow to your day with a cup of Pukka Turmeric Gold Tea.
The power of ashwagandha has been known for centuries, but it has never really had its time as the trendsetting super herb that it deserves, so we're calling it this year! Ashwagandha is an Ayurvedic herb which is most commonly used in traditional Indian medicine but has many uses in various areas of Western health too.
It's main known benefit is its ability to help our bodies resist stress, which is always welcome! With this comes a decrease in the level of cortisol, the stress hormone, which can lead to muscle loss, wrinkles and cognitive impairment, an excellent support when it comes to ageing.
Ashwagandha is very commonly taken by women as it is said to help control mood swings, boosting us to a happier place, as well as encouraging our bodies to balance out our hormone levels. Research has shown that women supplementing ashwagandha noted a significant reduction in hot flushes, anxiety and mood during the menopause.
Feeling overly stressed or having a difficult time during your 'time of the month', support your health with Fushi Organic Ashwagandha Root.
Lucuma is a super beneficial, very nutritious fruit originating from the Pouteria lucuma tree, which is native to Peru, Chile and Ecuador. Known as the 'Gold of the Incas' in ancestral times, the fruit is yellowish green on the outside with a dry, yellow-orange flesh. The pulp is dehydrated to create the powder which is then used to add flavour to drinks and food.
The malty, gluten-free superfood contains beta-carotene, rich antioxidants as well as a boost of vitamins. The lucuma fruit has been used for centuries as a common source of natural healing and has shown antibiotic, antibacterial and antifungal properties, all aiding in the speed that a wound heals.
It has a mild sweet taste which is described a little like maple or caramel, so it works perfectly in baking, smoothies and even ice cream. This makes it a natural substitute for sugar for those keeping a check on their health, but also have a sweet tooth. The low glycemic of lucuma also makes it a safe alternative for diabetics and an appealing asset with its abilities to stabilise blood sugar.
As an excellent source of carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals add Fushi Lucuma Powder to your smoothie in the morning for a burst of necessary nutrients.
The interest in maca started picking up the pace in 2016, and we don't think it's quite over yet.
The vegan super food is well known to improve general health, balancing mood and boosting stamina and energy. Due to its abilities to balance out hormones in the body, for some people it can also help restore the skin and clear up any blemishes while decreasing the sensitivity in skin.
Blend it in chocolate, add it to smoothies, bread and bars, maca is very diverse and has a very mild taste, with a subtle earthy flavour.
For an energising smoothie treat try: 1 tablespoon of KIKI Health Organic Maca Powder with 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk, 3/4 cup of berries, 1 cup of spinach, 1/2 frozen banana, one tablespoon of cacao powder and one tablespoon of peanut butter - blend and enjoy!
Cordyceps & Reishi Mushrooms
It won't just be roots and herbs on the menu this year, keep a watchful eye out for healing and energising mushrooms too.
As an essential part of the ecosystem, there are thousands, if not more, types of fungi growing across the world. The ones we are looking at today are cordyceps and reishi.
Cordyceps have some fascinating health benefits, for not only the planet but us as well. They have been used for centuries as part of traditional Chinese medicine, but as its popularity grows it has become accessible in a variety of different ways including as powders, extracts, tinctures and as the whole mushroom themselves.
There is a very impressive list of health benefits which may make you think twice about the wonders of mushrooms! They have the ability to improve respiratory health, boost heart health, detoxify the body, slow down the ageing process, increase and improve the immune system! One of the most positive benefits is that it can increase the amount of oxygen we take into our bodies, leading to a burst of energy that has been used by athletes for years to provide the extra push they're looking for.
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The Cordyceps mushroom before it's used for its health benefits
Next, we're excited to see the popularity of another herbal mushroom grow this year. The reishi mushroom, otherwise known as 'Lingzhi' in Chinese, is known to have miraculous health benefits too. The reishi mushroom has been revered in Asian societies for centuries and is a symbol of well-being and longevity. It, unfortunately, doesn't have the usual taste you would expect from a mushroom, it's rather bitter with a woody aftertaste, which is why it is usually prepared as a tincture or tea, but you can also find powders and capsules to take in the benefits too.
Research has shown that the reishi mushrooms have shown they have life-extending properties. They contain unique molecules that boost the immune system function and preventing abnormal blood vessel formations which could lead to life-threatening complications, therefore increasing longevity. It works successfully as an antioxidant, fighting off hydroxyl free radicals, as an anti-inflammatory, it has shown anti-allergy activity as well as boosting the immune system, aiding fatigue and insomnia and reducing stress.
Cancer Research has conducted research on its therapeutic properties, and it has also been linked to having positive results with eliminating existing cancer cells - but as with all cancer treatments, the research is ongoing.
For easy to take capsules, try Terranova Reishi 500mg Capsules and gain an abundance of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals from Hifas Da Terra Superfood Reishi Antiox.