Blueberries have been recognised as a superfood for many years now with fitness fanatic Millie Mackintosh a huge advocate with her blueberry and cinnamon omelette, but what actually is the benefit of these natural North American treats?
Ok, so blueberries are a well-known antioxidant but they are also packed with phytoflavinoids, I had no clue what they were either, let me explain simply, these are compounds that protect our bodies from stress this is down to the antioxidant, anthocyanin, which is said to have triple the stress-fighting power of vitamin C.
Not only are they incredibly healthy they are also such a versatile berry with many recipes out there, but why I love them most is the ability to use them straight from frozen, adding them to a smoothie will give that added antioxidant kick as well as chilling your smoothie.
A study in 2012 showed that of the 93,000 women that ate three or more portions of blueberries and strawberries a week had a 32% lower risk of a heart attack compared with those who ate berries once a month or less.
Goji berries, these are an acquired taste, personally I am not a huge fan but the health benefits of these peculiar little berries are much popularised in China where the berries are native, with Goji berries being consumed for many centuries with the hope of living longer at the forefront of the decision making process. The jury is still out on the health benefits of this ‘superfruit’.
Let’s face it if you haven’t heard of this next item you have probably been living in a cave, it’s our office favourite GREEN TEA! There are many health benefits claimed by lovers of green tea but scientific research has proved inconclusive in to the cancer fighting, Alzheimer’s fighting and weight loss qualities of green tea but what has had positive results is the cholesterol lowering properties of not only green tea but black and oolong too. So what is conclusive is that it tastes great and may have health benefits so I say drink up!
Chocolate, yes chocolate, I know it is well publicised for its luxurious taste but its health benefits? Really? No, not really all tests have been in relation to the effects that cocoa can have on the cardiovascular system and in fairness the results although early are promising! This does not mean go gorge on cocoa products but a little high cocoa content chocolate is definitely justifiable to office diet police.