It seems like every month there is a new superfood that is meant to detoxify our bodies, help us slim down, purify our skin, improve overall health and prevent all manner of illnesses. It can be difficult to know which trends to believe, and which ones are just marketing spiel. Here we share some of the biggest superfood trends in 2018 and whether you should be heading to the store right now to get your fix.
Taking the Lead this Year:
2018 is the year of the powders! Over the years, we’ve become more clued up about natural powders that can substitute the carb heavy, mass produced fitness protein powders that were so popular not so long ago. Last year was all about matcha and those beautiful green lattes, then we found turmeric and started adding it to our milk before bed. In 2018, there’s a lot more going on.
Baobab Fruit Powder
Grown only in parts of Australia and Africa, Baobab is a fruit that dries naturally on the branch and produces a powder that can be added to smoothies, cereal, yoghurts, sprinkled onto salads, stirred into a soup or used as seasoning. Unlike a lot of other powders, it has a pleasant tangy and zesty flavour which is enjoyable.
The Baobab fruit is said to contain more antioxidants than any other fruit. It’s a natural supplement and liver cleanser, rich in Vitamins C, A, and B6, Fibre, Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium. It’s said to help regulate the digestive system, strengthen the immune system, restore skin complexion, and fight fatigue.
Source: SACO Trading
Made from naturally dried leaves of the Moringa Oleifera tree, Moringa Powder has an earthy flavour, similar to spinach, and can be sprinkled onto salads, added to soups, or blended into smoothies.
Originating from one of the most nutrient-rich plants in the world, the powder contains antioxidants, Vitamins A, B, C, D, and K, Iron, Magnesium and Zinc. It’s said to reduce inflammation, cholesterol and increase your energy!
Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s still a very new superfood and lacking in conclusive research to back up the claims. So, as always, use caution and if pregnant or breastfeeding, always consult a doctor.
Source: Holland & Barrett
Native to India, this ancient herb is made from the root of the Rennet plant and has been used in ayurvedic Indian medicine for centuries. It can be added to smoothies, juices, water, cereal, or made into a tea.
The powder contains alkaloids, choline, fatty acids and amino acids and its intense healing effects can be used to regulate the immune system, help sufferers of stress, anxiety and insomnia, and combat liver problems.
Before heading out to buy a whole bag, pregnant women should not take ashwagandha powder, and those that are on medication should consult their doctor. It’s worth noting the powder may enhance the effects of alcohol and other side effects may include diarrhoea, nausea, abdominal pain, drowsiness and slowed pulse.
Source: Buy Whole Foods Online
Camu Camu Powder
Native to the Amazon rainforest, this small and sour superfruit is packed with Vitamin C and contains more of it than any other plant in the world! Gram for gram it contains 80 times more vitamin C than an orange and can be added to water, juices or smoothies.
As well as Vitamin C, Camu Camu powder provides a very rich source of powerful phytochemicals and antioxidants that enhance the immune system, fight fatigue, improve our moods and our ageing process.
However, as always use with caution. A few studies show that Camu Camu can cause digestive problems, insomnia, loss of appetite, rapid heart rate and iron poisoning. Before going out and buying a huge bag, try a small dose and see how your body reacts, because everyone is different.
Source: Greens Organic
It used to be that buying the best extra virgin olive oil from Greece was enough to make us believe we were being healthy. Then along came coconut oil and suddenly we were using it on our cooking, smothering it on our faces, and cleaning our teeth with it. Last year we were introduced to the wonderful benefits of avocado oil, but this year it’s all about the nut oils!
From peanut, to walnut, hazelnut, macadamia nut and groundnut oils, they’re low in saturated fats, and are great for heart health, energy levels, eye health and skin care. Walnut oil has extra Omega-3, while almond and hazelnut oils contain added vitamin E, great for skin and hair.
However, nut oils tend to be more expensive and heating them will alter their flavours substantially. So, use them in their raw state, drizzled over salads or vegetables instead of cooking with them.
Source: Healthy Supplies
Usually the kind of thing we remove when eating watermelon, it turns out the seeds are surprisingly beneficial. Once they have been sprouted and shelled, they can be roasted to give a tasty and nutritional boost. Packed with protein, Vitamin B, magnesium and monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, they’re great when sprinkled on salads for an added crunch.
Source: Lucky Vitamin
A versatile spice with a tangy lemony flavour, Sumac is a superfood commonly found in Middle Eastern cooking. It’s one of the most powerful sources of antioxidants in the world and can be used as a seasoning for your cooking, added to marinades and salad dressings. Try using Sumac instead of lemon juice or zest and you’ll find it enhances dishes and gives them an exotic twist. At the same time, it can lower blood sugar levels, and is high in Vitamin C.
Have you tried any of the superfoods listed here? Let us know what you think of them in the comments below, or feel free to suggest your favourites.