Baobab is the SUPER super-fruit. It comes from a tree (known as the tree of life) that grows wild in 32 different countries in Africa and can live up to 5,000 years. It's a nutritional powerhouse, and said to be one of the most nutritious fruits on earth.
Matcha is a Japanese powdered green tea used to enhance focus, energy and alertness. It's well established in Japan, but the Western world is beginning to catch-up as it is introduced to the metabolism-enhancing, stress-reducing, immune-boosting benefits of this electric-green Japanese superfood.
Yerba mate tea is a traditional South American beverage. It has been sipped by the Aché Guayakí tribe for centuries, and comes from the nourishing leaves of South America's rainforest holly tree. It is powered with antioxidants, and has around 90% more of them than green tea. Mate helps maintain weight control and has significant immune-boosting properties. It prevents hardening of the arteries, reduces stress, slows down ageing and detoxifies the blood.
Fermented food has been left to sit and steep until the sugars and starches turn into bacteria-boosting agents. An age-old technique to preserve produce, it is now making a comeback in the wellness world. Kimchi and sauerkraut have been around for a while, but a raft of new offerings are emerging. Food writer Lee Holmes explains: "Fermented foods are full of healthy enzymes, minerals and live cultures that create a flourishing internal environment and help balance gut microflora, all contributing to good digestion, protection from toxic pollutants and a strong immune system".
Sprouted grains are grains that have been allowed to sprout and germinate. They are whole grains, and healthier than their processed counterparts. Already a trend state-side, sprouted grains are now gaining traction in the US, as sprouted rye, wheat bread and sprouted flour hits supermarket shelves. The freshly sprung sprouts contain a high quantity of nutrients – all of which are proven to help balance hormones, detoxify the body, lift your mood and boost energy levels.
Moringa is a powder made from dried moringa leaves, and it is regarded as one of the most nutrient-dense plants on the planet. A plant native to the Himalayas, it is now grown in Asia and Africa on the moringa tree, also known as the 'miracle tree' due to its many health benefits. In the Philippines, it is referred to as a 'mother’s best friend'; in Senegal, it is the 'tree that never dies'. Research suggests it outperforms a range of vitamins and minerals, and moringa fans call it the real wonder food. It also purifies water and is combating malnutrition.
Good old-fashioned bone broth, simple to make and deeply restorative. A blast from the past, maybe, but a good bone broth is said to provide a wealth of nutrients that help rebuild and rejuvenate the system. From models at New York Fashion Week slurping on steaming cups of it to basketball star Kobe Bryant claiming it was his 'secret stone-age weapon' following a ruptured Achilles tendon, bone broth is a powerful, wholesome all-rounder. As an old Latin American proverb goes, 'good bone broth resurrects the dead'. It's also rich in gelatin, collagen and essential amino acids.
Plant-based water from the prickly pear cactus, a desert plant native to Mexico and southwestern parts of the US. The prickly pear super-fruit contains powerful nutrients to help replenish and revitalize the skin. It is also high in naturally occurring electrolytes to support hydration, and said to help lower blood sugar and burn fat. The Mexicans use it as a hangover cure. It is the next move on from coconut water; it is also lower in sugar and calories than nearly all coconut water brands.
This is a green-based supplement powder from model and entrepreneur Elle Macpherson – touted as the next game changer in the business. Unlike synthetic vitamins, The Super Elixir uses natural, cold-pressed alkalizing greens that are said to benefit every single cell of the body. It is designed to promote wellness and nutrition, help energy, clear skin and alleviate stress, fatigue and premature ageing. A body running in an alkaline state is also less prone to disease.
Beauty brand Fountain has launched The Molecules, a range of nine liquid supplements that help deliver radiant, glowing skin. A spoonful is claimed to delay ageing, extend the lifespan of skin cells, and encourage skin renewal. It has been described as a 'fountain of youth' in a bottle. It is the new super ingredient for the skin in an easy-to-take liquid format.
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