Clarified butter and blue-green algae: 5 superfoods you've probably never heard of

They're especially beneficial to your health and well-being

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From goji berries to oily fish, there are a whole host of superfoods that have hit the supermarket shelves. But there are a whole bunch of other nutrient powerhouses you might not know about.

The word superfood can mean different things to different people but essentially they are nutrient-rich sources that pack large doses of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

They also come with bags of health claims promising to help you fight disease, feel more energetic and even lose weight.

While we’re familiar with the accustomed greens, nuts and berries searing grocery prices lead us to wonder what other foods are super good for you? 

Maca Powder

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The maca plant hails from Peru (Rex Features)

Known as an adaptogen – a fancy word for a plant that helps balance, restore and protect the body – Maca is a plant that grows in central Peru. Most commonly sold in powder form, maca root benefits include hormone balance, increased energy, improved memory, stamina and focus. 

Reishi

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Reishi is known to treat anxiety and insomnia (Rex Features)

A herbal mushroom known to have miraculous health benefits, Reishi is most commonly consumed as a tea or powder. It is said to enhance the body’s immune system, treat anxiety, high blood pressure, insomnia and asthma. 

Ghee

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 Ghee is full of healthy fats (Rex Features)

Believe it or not, butter is actually super good for you. Also known as clarified butter, ghee is formed when butter is boiled and the milk solids are removed leaving a concentrated residue of pure fats.

Like olive oil and coconut oil, it containts healthy fats that can help you to lose weight. Other benefits include  reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes as well as digestive improvement and the ability to treat inflammatory conditions.

E3 Live

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E3 Live can be bought as a frozen liquid or powder

An organic, wild-harvested form of blue-green algae, E3 Live is chock-full of vitamins, aminos and fatty acids that are known to increase energy, boost the immune system and support healthy skin, nails and hair. The product comes in a variety of forms from frozen liquid to powder and capsules. 

Mulberries

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Mulberries are seiously great antioxidants (Rex Features)

This fruit is well known for combatting fatigue thanks to a high level of iron, vitamin C, fiber and calcium. They can be eaten fresh or dried with many using them to top their favourite smoothie bowl.

Mulberries are also really great antioxidants with the highest levels of all the berries making them an excellent defence against infection.

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