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This series of videos on ‘superfoods’ should convince you that eating a wide variety of pants is one of the keys to a long and healthy life.

Many people ask me which the best, and the answer is ‘variety’.

This first video is all about my favourite blend, and if you wish to try it then you can click on the picture to the right, or the one just below the video. The best of the videos are all about individual superfoods (which are all in the blend I use which you can get here)

Research reviews have shown that a lack of fruit and vegetable intake is a major risk factor for a myriad of health complications. In fact, a recent analytical study of over 142 research publications found that the largest reductions in health risks were associated with individuals who ate roughly 10 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.

Turmeric

This perennial plant gives curry dishes their distinctive taste and golden color. Turmeric has been used in traditional medicine throughout Asia for thousands of years, thanks to its unique compounds called curcuminoids. Curcuminoids act as antioxidants and support the immune system. Research also suggests that curcumin can help maintain healthy circulation and support joint health.

Chlorella

Chlorella is an exceptionally nutrient-dense algae containing plentiful amounts of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, and B6. It is also a rich source of vital minerals, such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc. Recent clinical trials suggest it may also support healthy blood pressure, blood lipid levels, enhance the immune system function, and wound healing.

Goji Berry

Also known as the Lycium berry, this fruit contains more iron than spinach and more vitamin C than oranges (per serving). Goji is also rich in zeaxanthin, a chemical closely related to lutein that supports healthy eye function. Moreover, Goji has been shown to have positive effects on the immune system and inflammation.

Pomegranate

This antioxidant-rich fruit is high in vitamin C, vitamin K, polyphenols, and potassium. Research has shown that pomegranate consumption can support healthy blood pressure and cardiovascular function by promoting healthy endothelial function.

Noni

This tall evergreen and flowering tree shrub has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries as a means of supporting gastrointestinal function. Noni contains a large amount of alkaloids, compounds that help lower blood pH and maintain an alkaline state; in turn, alkaloids have a variety of beneficial properties in humans, especially with regards to vascular and immune function.

Raspberries

The raspberry contains a multitude of potent phytochemicals with therapeutic properties in the human body. Such phytochemicals include ellagic acid, catechins, and quercetin, which have been shown to support healthy inflammatory response. Furthermore, raspberries are rich in essential micronutrients, such as vitamin C, folic acid, iron, copper, and magnesium.

Kale

This variety of cabbage contains astonishing amounts of micronutrients,with over 100% of the daily value of vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K per 100 grams. Kale also contains a class of rare compounds called glucosinolates that help detoxify the body by activating important enzymes.

Acai Berry

This berry may be small in size, but it packs a punch of anthocyanins that is unmatched. Anthocyanins are a class of antioxidants found in plants that have been shown to support healthy blood lipid levels. They also help with digestion, weight loss, immunity, energy levels, and longevity

Super Seaweed

Kelp is a large brown seaweed rich in micronutrients such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, and iron. It also a large amount of iodine, and support digestion.

Mangosteen The Queen of Fruit

This white, fleshy fruit is renowned for its refreshing taste and bounty of micronutrients, particularly magnesium and manganese (which are commonly lacking in typical Western diets).The polyphenols (called xanthonoids) have been shown to support healthy immune, pancreatic, and cardiovascular function.

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Written by Dr Chris Pickard

Published on 5 Mar 2019

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