insideKENT Magazine Issue 63 - June 2017 - Page 131

HEALTH+WELLNESS ALL HAIL THE SUPERFOOD cont. Oysters Often put into one of two camps – an aphrodisiac to get you in the mood, or a little bit lavish and best paired with champagne – oysters are in fact very beneficial to both body and mind and we should probably get shucking more readily. They’re rich in calcium, iron and selenium, and half a dozen provides three days our recommended daily intake of zinc – an essential mineral for both brain development and a healthy reproductive system. To boot, they’re also high in amino acids, which are essential for keeping stress levels under control. Chicken bones OK, we’re not suggesting you attempt to crunch your way through a literal bowl of bones, but the suggestion – and one that’s been speeding its way up the superfood list since the Paleo diet exploded onto the scene – is that broth made with chicken (or beef) bones contains a whole gamut of salubrious properties. It’s great for the gut because the gelatin found in joints heals holes in the intestine; chondroitin sulphate wards off osteoarthritis; it’s full of collagen, which plumps skin for a more youthful appearance; and glycine helps promote sleep and improve memory. Plus, it’s a bargain; all you have to do is grab all the boniest bones you can find – oxtail, feet, neck and knuckles – put them in a saucepan with vegetables and herbs, and boil for a couple of days. Avocado oil Just when we were all getting our heads around coconut oil, along comes avocado oil – the celebrated oil du jour that teems with monounsaturated oleic acid, which is hugely important for keeping hearts healthy and is the same omega-9 essential fatty acid that won olive oil its superfood crown many moons ago. Avocado oil may well be the key to keeping the years at bay too as it’s among the top five foods rich in vitamin E, a fat-soluble vitamin known or strengthening immunity, defending against skin cell damage from free radicals, and improving skin and eye health. Teff Move over quinoa, there’s another gluten- free grain in town and it scores massively on the superfood scale. A type of millet, teff is an Ethiopian staple and is a tiny grain that looks a bit like watercress when it first starts to sprout. High in resistant starch, which helps to keep blood sugar under control, it’s also a good source of magnesium, calcium, potassium and zinc, as well as being super high in protein. Unlike a lot of grains, teff packs a welcome flavour punch too with grains in white, brown and red that range from mild and nutty to sweet. Cheddar cheese A poll taken during last year’s British Cheese Week confirmed that cheddar is our nation’s favourite, and while it is high in saturated fat and so not recommended to be gobbled by the round, a 10g chunk is higher in calcium than a glass of milk, and therefore brilliant for keeping teeth and bones tip top. Cheddar also contains other essential nutrients such as protein, vitamin D and potassium – all useful in lowering the risk of osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. Offal Yes, whether you can stomach it or not, there’s no denying the goodness packed into the entrails and internal organs of butchered livestock – namely sheep, cows, pigs, calves and lamb. A great source of vitamins, amino acids and omega-3 fatty acids, offal such as beef and pork hearts, liver, brain and kidney is brimming with iron and essential antioxidants. Plus, it’s a bargain – ask any butcher for a bag full of offal and you’ll and have change from a fiver in your pocket. 131