Green tea may help to protect against cancer, while improving cardiovascular function, alertness and cognition.
It contains the organic compound EGCG – epigallocatechin gallate – which is an antioxidant.
Drinking five cups of green tea a day is the best way to detox your body after the festive period, according to nutritionist Georgios Tzenichristos.
While cocoa and turmeric also have health benefits, he’d always turn to green tea for a health boost, he said.
Turmeric has cucurmin – an anti-inflammatory – while cocoa contains flavanols, chemicals which boost the cardiovascular system and brain health.
“I am a big fan of all three nutrients, but in terms of simplicity, concentration and cost, it’s a no brainer”, said Tzenchristos.
“If I had to choose one of those famous super ingredients, that would be the humble green tea.
“A cup is easy to prepare, costs next to nothing and provides you with a whooping seven per cent active molecules [EGCG], the most of any other drink or food.
“This is in contrast to turmeric, which is a hassle to prepare and only contains two per cent active [curcumin]. Plain cocoa fares even worse, as it usually needs milk and sugar to be palatable and only contains 0.5 per cent actives (flavonols).”
Green tea contains 14 times more polyphenols than cocoa, and three and a half times more curcumin, said Tzenchristos.
Five cups of green tea a day could give you 350mg of EGCG – the amount used in clinical studies.
But, to get 1,000mg of curcumin – which would provide equal health benefits as five cups of green tea – you’d need to have 20 spoonfuls of turmeric.
Matcha green tea provides no added benefit than regular green tea, either, the nutritionist said.
Other superfoods with health benefits include lentils, eggs and avocados.
Lentils are rick in potassium, calcium, zinc and vitamin K. They have been proven to boost the immune system, and lower cholesterol.
Eggs are a good source of vitamin D, and could help you to lose weight. They’re also high in protein, and could help you to build muscle, while also easing muscle pain after a big workout.
Your eyesight could be improved by eating more avocados, because they’re packed full of carotenes and vitamin E.