Confused about what to add in your diet and fitness program in Perth?
If you’ve been at the health food markets lately, you may have noticed a myriad of exotic sounding health supplements that are becoming the nutritional world’s superstars. We’ve removed some of the mystery behind these boosters.
This exotic berry from the Brazilian Amazon has antioxidant properties that blow even pomegranates, blueberries and cranberries out of the water. You can find acai in different forms, including juiced or in a powdered extract.
The ancient Mayans praised cacao for its outstanding nutritional value, which includes the ability to ward off illnesses like cancer and degenerative bone diseases.
But don’t be fooled – because its name sounds like ‘cocoa,’ it doesn’t have the sweet taste associated with chocolate powder. In its raw state, it’s bitter – so mixing it with some fruit, like a banana, will help adjust the taste. Use cacao powder in baking for an antioxidant boost.
The extract from the aloe vera plant is excellent in lessening the sting of sunburn or helping with other skin grievances. It also can be taken orally, working to even out the digestive system. Look for aloe vera juice packaged in single serve cartons or in larger containers at your health market.
Omega 3 fatty acids are having their red letter days, and another brilliant source of those acids is Krill oil, an extract derived from Antarctic krill – said to be beneficial to joint, bone and nerve health. You should look for krill oil capsules that contain around 400 milligrams of EPA and 200 milligrams of DHA.
Spirulina and barley grass
While not the best-tasting green powders available, these two pull their weight when mixed into smoothies or health shakes. Spirulina and barley grass are said to boost immunity and reduce inflammation. They are rich in iron and are a great choice for vegetarians to incorporate into their diets.