The Complete Autumnal Superfood Guide
Autumn is here to stay (well, at least until winter) and though the leaves might be falling the time is absolutely ripe for you to get into superfood.
Superfood, superfruits, even super-roots are exploding in popularity at the moment. People are starting to realise the long forgotten powers of plant-based nutrition. With so many products available at the moment things can get a little confusing.
With that in mind Vegavero has put together this complete autumnal superfood guide: full of nourishing nosh to keep your body in peak condition before the big chill sets in and we retire to netflix and nutrient defficiency until April.
This ancient Andean superfood has been hailed for its incredible health benefits since time-immemorial and rightly so. Its wide ranging health benefits have been shown to help things as diverse as mood, libido, fertility and memory function. As if this wasn’t enough maca is also a powerful natural anti-oxident.
The root, which grows naturally in Peru, comes in four varieties: yellow & red are the most common while purple & black are increasingly rare. As a result of this many companies choose to source only the red and yellow Maca root.
However, it is important to note that each colour of maca actually contains a different concentration of nutrients. The upshot of which is that the different coloured roots have been proven to have different effects on the body.
Maca is jam-packed with key nutrients and is rich in vitamin b6, C, Potassium, Iron, Copper, Magnesium and 20 amino acids guaranteed to keep you active this autumn.
At Vegavero our completely natural and organic maca root capsules are 25% yellow, 25% red, 25% purple and 25% black maca, giving you the perfect balance for your body’s needs.
Moringa oleifera is a large tree indigenous to North India. The leaves and pods of which have been eaten for thousands of years in tradititional herbal medicines.
Though less well known in Europe than Maca – the powdered leaves of the Drumstick tree are known across Asia and Africa are known to have exceptional anti-oxident and anti-inflammatory properties.
Fighting off those pesky colds just got a little easier – studies have shown that just 1.5 teaspoons of Moringa in your morning shake, smoothie or detox drink will show a significant increase in blood anti-oxident levels alongside an impressive ability to keep your blood sugar levels in check.
Rich in Protein, Vitamins b6, C, Iron, b2, A and Magnesium. Moringa has an excellent nutrition profile and when combined with other supergreens, seeds, fruits and roots we think it’s the perfect part of your daily superfood mix.
Acai is all about giving you that extra bit of sharpness on a groggy November morning. When, if we’re honest, we all know that we’re not exactly at our brightest.
This is because during the colder months our bodies need more rest. However, everyday life is really not so forgiving and if you miss the bus you’re still going to be late to work.
At Vegavero we want you to thrive – not just survive and this miracle berry might be the thing you’re missing. The myriad benefits of Acai include building your immune system, fighting fatigue and improving cognitive function.
This is all down to Acai’s complex nutrtitional profile which is abundant with anthocyanin compounds. These compounds help your body to neutralise free radicals caused by everyday toxins we consume in our food and drink.
When the sun rises at half-eight and sets at half-three then it is understandable that our diet will suffer. The avocados go out the window and pizza, naturally, is the order of the day.
Acai however, has a really unique flavour. Almost like a sweet raspberry with a long, gentle dark-chocolate bitterness. It’s the ideal solution to get you excited about eating healthy again because really: Who doesn’t want chocolate for breakfast?
Acai is the perfect partner for your morning smoothie or berry bowl. It gives you that instant kick because it is so packed with antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and fibre.
Turmuric is a spice that by now (hopefully anyway) we should all be familiar with. Far from being a simple curry spice this vibrant orange root extract is now celebrated across the world for its medicinal qualities.
Turmeric is a mainstay of Ayurverdic medicine and cuisine and is now enjoying a renaissance in Europe. This is because huge numbers of people for a more holistic approach to health and wellness.
Famed for its rich, earthen, fireclay hue and bitter yet peppery taste, turmeric is classified as a Zingiberaceae. The family tree of which reads like a who’s who of health foods and shares its genus with ginger, cardamom and galangal.
In eastern healing Turmuric and it’s active extract curcmin are used as a treatment for far ranging ailments. Yet in Europe it is mostly used because it has excellent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities.
5. Green Tea
Whilst this is not technically a super-food it is in all other aspects absolutely super. Green tea leaves are full of polyphenols that belong to a family of catechins. If that all sounds too confusing, don’t worry because you can read all about it here. For now the most important thing is that you know that green tea and the catechins therein have amazing applications for the whole body.
In recent years the popularity of green tea has boomed and not only because it tastes great. But also because of studies showing the anti-diabetic, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-obesity activities of the catechins.
The trick however, with green tea is that you must always treat it with the care it deserves. The typical cup of green tea contains around 50-100 mg of catechins and 30 mg of natural caffeine. Absolutely perfect for a warming autumn boost. However, the concentration of bioactive compounds of green tea can vary widely according to preparation methods. If your water is too hot then you’re out and if you brew it for too long then you’re out.
But really green tea is all about relaxation. That’s why we think you should try and make it into an art form. Small relaxing rituals like whisking the matcha in our Japanese green tea help you keep a moment of the day just for yourself.