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10 Weird But True Superfood Facts

There’s so much hype surrounding superfoods that it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction. 

We’ve compiled our top 10 fun superfood facts to help you decide

1) Popular boy band, Take That, ordered a selection of superfoods from Detox Your World in order to sustain them on their gruelling UK tour. They recognised perfectly that only the finest organic superfoods could supply them with the strengthened immune system, increased energy levels, improved athletic performance and enhanced mental clarity and focus, required for their punishing pop concerts demand.

2) Raw cacao contains an extremely high concentration of PEA (phenylethylamine), the so-called "love drug" responsible for increasing libido, boosting energy, heightening alertness and improving concentration. Delicious raw cacao is also rich in beneficial nutrients, contains no sugar or milk and has been directly linked to weight loss. 

3) According to some scientists, whales owe their highly developed brains and central nervous system to a regular consumption of marine phytoplankton. This powerful superfood also provides a rapid source of energy, cleanses and alkalises the body, strengthens the immune system, promotes healthy digestion and improves overall physical performance. 

4) A Harvard study found cruciferous vegetables may help with bladder cancer. Researching 50,000 men, the Harvard study found those eating 5 servings per week of cruciferous vegetables were half as likely to develop bladder cancer compared to those who did not eat the 5 servings per week. Cruciferous vegetables include kale which has exploded in popularity in recent times and is also known for being good for your skin.

5) Rumour has it that the huge success of Dutch footballer, Johan Cruyff, can be partly attributed to his daily helping of bee pollen. Bee pollen is packed with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, proteins and amino acids that stimulate the digestive system, provide a welcome boost of energy and help combat depression and hypertension. 

6) Chia seeds once played an important role in sacrificial offerings to the Aztec gods and were an important currency, considered more precious even than gold. Today, chia seeds are prized as a superior source of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, which help slow down the aging process, balance blood sugar levels and strengthen our immune system. 

7) The United Nations proclaimed 2013 ‘the year of the quinoa’. Quinoa is a gluten free pseudo grain, which can be used as a delicious alternative to rice. It boasts an exceptionally high nutritional value, ranks low on the glycaemic index and is particularly suitable for those with a gluten intolerance or suffering from diabetes. 

8) The Incas fed their warriors maca prior to battle in order to increase alertness and provide infinite energy and strength. Once hostilities ended, their consumption of maca was stopped in order to ‘spare’ the women of conquered towns and cities! Maca is an nutritious Peruvian root vegetable, packed with beneficial vitamins, minerals, enzymes and all essential amino acids, which promote hormonal balance and deliver a powerful energy boost. 

9) Researchers from the ‘Seven Countries Study’ concluded that the monounsaturated fats found in olive oil were largely responsible for the low incidence of heart disease and cancer on the Greek island of Crete. Ozonated extra virgin olive oil also contains polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that are known to help prevent age-related diseases. 

10) Some comment on it's slippery consistency but it is undeniable, Kelp noodles continue to grow as a gluten alternative to pastas. Made from seaweed, kelp noodles are known to help promote thyroid health and weight control and is a source of iodine. 

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