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Health & Fitness The new superfood on the block that is giving blueberries a run for their money

15:55  07 october  2020
15:55  07 october  2020 Source:   ok.co.uk

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We’ve long been sold the benefits of blueberries for keeping us healthy, but there’s a new kid on the block labelled ‘super’.

Say hello to the haskap berry. Also known as blue honeysuckle or honyeberries, they’re a taste mash up of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.

However these little beauties contain four times more anthocyanins than blueberries.

a close up of a blue plate: Say hello to the haskap berry © Getty Say hello to the haskap berry

Anthocyanins, which give the fruit their purple colour, are a type of antioxidant. In other words they have anti-inflammatory benefits for the body, reduce blood pressure, fight free-radicals that trigger disease and boost exercise recovery to boot.

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Haskap berries are also high in potassium, which our bodies need to build protein and muscle and are said to improve gut health. Other brownie points commonly listed include improving eyesight along with the appearance of skin.

You can introduce the berries, which are native to Japan, to your food freeze-dried as a powder. Sprinkle it on yoghurt, oats and granola, or add to your smoothies. [Check out haskapa.com for their resealable 100g pouches].

Here’s a few more ‘superfoods’ that are a little closer to home…

a bowl of oranges on a table: Lemons contain hesperidin and diosmin, which have been found to lower cholesterol © Getty Lemons contain hesperidin and diosmin, which have been found to lower cholesterol

Lemons

Lemons boost your diet with vitamin C and plant compounds, specifically hesperidin and diosmin, which have been found to lower cholesterol. Make sure your lemons areorganic, that way you can eat some of the peel without worrying about pesticides. The peel contains up to ten times more vitamin C and antioxidants – which help protect your body from damaging free radicals – as the lemon flesh itself.

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Parsley

A disease-preventing plant with excellent health benefits is lurking in your salad drawer! Parsley is a great source of vitamins A, B, C and K, and is rich in antioxidants, too. It also helps to reduce homocysteine levels – a high level of homocysteine is linked to the early development of heart disease. Parsley also contains some protective carotenoid compounds that help protect your vision.

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Cauliflower

Consider this the new kale. Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable, just like kale and Brussels sprouts, and a nutritional powerhouse! It is high in fibre, vitamins A, B, C and K, choline – which helps regulate memory and mood – and quercetin, which can help prevent cancer. It’s also a rich source of phytonutrients – the special compounds found in plants that help keep our cells healthy and mutation free.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms are low in calories and dense in micronutrients, including B vitamins, zinc, selenium, copper, phenols and cancer-fighting antioxidants. The shiitake mushroom has been singled out as being the most beneficial to human health and is thought to play a role in protecting against more than

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Strawberries

Strawberry fan Victoria Beckham is on to a good thing! Strawberries have a high anthocyanin content, which is anti-inflammatory and helps reduce blood pressure and even improves your cholesterol profile. Eating just eight strawberries a day provides you with 120 per cent of your daily vitamin C intake and an abundance of antioxidants.

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Kefir

Modern diets have virtually lost their probiotic content, leaving our guts perilously low in healthy bacteria. Kefir is a yoghurt-like fermented drink, a wonderful source of probiotics which also boosts your immune system, aids digestive health and improves bone density. Best of all, if you’re dairy-free, there are plenty of non-milk based alternatives available.

Spirulina

Gram for gram, the organism spirulina may well be the most nutritious superfood on the planet. It is a type of algae that is packed with vitamins, minerals, high-quality protein and omega 3 fatty acids. Available in tablet or powder form, sprinkle it on your porridge or supercharge your morning smoothie with this wonder food.

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