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Know your superfood powders

While nothing beats the real thing, there is much to be said for superfoods in powder form. Here's the low down on what's what…

by Psychologies

Maca is a root from the radish family that helps balance hormones and moderate stress responses.

Baobab from the African tree, is a great source of vitamin C, which is a key player in collagen formation, repair and defence.

Lucuma is a natural low GI sweetener; it helps scavenge free radicals generated from the environment and diet.

Cacao is a rich source of magnesium, iron, potassium and antioxidants. It’s good in desserts and added to ground chicory for a ‘natural’ coffee.

Matcha is a supercharged green tea with an antioxidant potential almost 100 times the amount of regular green tea. It is nutrient-dense and a potent source of chlorophyll.

Moringa is a relatively new kid on the block, but it’s got an earthy taste that works well in vegan pesto. It also contains calcium, iron, magnesium and vitamin A.

Acai is a purple berry grown in the Amazonian rainforests; its amazing colour and antioxidant properties come from the anthocyanin content. Delicious in smoothies.