The latest ‘superfoods’ we get to hear about ever so often — are said to have a powerful effect on our health and wellbeing. We still doubt how much truth is there in this statement, but one thing we are sure about is there are some fruits that are of course a power-house of nutritional value.

Let’s check out which ones are worth adding to your shopping basket today…

1. TART CHERRIES

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What are the benefits?

Tart or sour cherries are loaded with antioxidants. Therefore, its benefits include anti-inflammation, boosted sleep, and improved sports recovery. Reports show that raising intake of tart cherries could help to cut certain post-workout side-effects, such as muscle aches, inflammation and weakness.

2. AVOCADO

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What are the benefits?

Avocados are rich in healthy, mono-saturated fats – which have been known to help lower bad cholesterol, and thus, reduce our risk of heart attack and stroke. A recent study says that combining a moderate-fat diet with one avocado a day could help lower your levels of bad cholesterol by more than a low-fat, or moderate-fat diet without avocados.

3. CRANBERRIES

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What are the benefits?

Cranberries have been the ideal treatment for urinary tract infections since many years. Nonetheless, studies show that these berries could also have a wide range of other benefits – such as improving our heart health, helping to prevent certain cancers, boosting our oral health and helping to reduce infections. What makes these little red berries so good is polyphenols present in them, which have been reported to possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, to name just a few.

4. BLUEBERRIES

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What are the benefits?

They are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and their health benefits include heart health, cancer prevention, enhanced brain function and improved eyesight.

5. PUMPKIN SEEDS

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What are the benefits?

Pumpkin seed provides plenty of protein, fibre, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorous, and is rich in zinc, vital for immunity, cell growth and division, as well as sleep, mood, and eye and skin health. Add them to your porridge for a tasty nutrient boost.

6. CHIA SEEDS

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What are the benefits?

Chia seed is low-calorie and nutrients rich food which is loaded with antioxidants, soluble fibre and minerals, as well as are a good source of omega-3. Furthermore, it contains more calcium, ounce for ounce, than milk. Add chia seeds into your diet. Alternatively, make a creamy chia porridge. Sprinkle the seeds on to porridge that has been mixed with low-calorie, but vitamin-rich rice milk, and voila your healthy, creamy, nutrient-packed breakfast is ready.