Health and copy edi­tor KATE MA­SON seeks out the best su­per­foods to ben­e­fit your diet this month

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - HEALTH -

Su­per­foods are ex­cep­tion­ally high in vi­ta­mins, min­er­als and over­all nu­tri­tional value. Add a spoon­ful of these to your morn­ing smoothie: Pro­duced from the green co­conut tree’s blos­soms, co­conut blos­som nec­tar is high in vi­ta­mins and amino acids and makes for a nu­tri­tious, low GI, whole sweet­ener. Camu

camu, a red berry from the Ama­zon rain­for­est, is great for im­mune and ner­vous health and a rich source of an­tiox­i­dants, phy­to­chem­i­cals, potassium, iron, cal­cium and vi­ta­min A. Lu­cuma, a su­per­fruit from the An­dean val­leys of Peru, is known as the Gold of the In­cas for its de­li­cious avour and nu­tri­tional den­sity. It also boosts im­mune re­sponse and oxy­gena­tion of the blood.

Wild­crafted cha­gra is a tonic mush­room col­lected from wild birch trees in north­ern Asia and Europe, tra­di­tion­ally made into a rich, dark, cof­fee-like drink. Mesquite is among the ear­li­est known foods of pre­his­toric man and in­te­gral to Na­tive Amer­i­can cul­ture. Seed­pods are ground into a our that’s rich in pro­tein and es­sen­tial min­er­als. Su­per­foods.co.za

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