14/08/2014 16:40 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Superfoods: Five Of The Best For Boosting Energy

Feeling tired or run down for days on end can be miserable, not to mention boring. So, when we're desperate for a quick energy boost, endless cups of coffee or cans of Diet Coke are all to easy to rely on.

However, there is an alternative solution to give the body a quick pick-me-up. And it's not just a new diet fad either...

Superfoods are worth knowing about. Why? Neal's Yard Remedies described them as "superior sources of anti-oxidants and essential nutrients which offer incredible dietary and healing properties to give your body what it needs for optimal health and vitality."

Yes, they're called super for a reason but what are the benefits of eating these foods?


Neal's Yard share their top five superfoods for increasing energy levels below:

Chia seeds
Packed with omega 3 fatty acids, these little green seeds were cultivated by the Aztecs 4,000 years ago to give greater endurance and wellbeing. They are high in dietary fibre, calcium and phosphorus and they're great for stabilising blood sugar levels.

Goji berries
These red berries are rich in antioxidants, vitamin C and iron and they're often used to help promote beauty and strength. They're also excellent at boosting vitality and improving circulation.

Mulberries are full of nutrients, essential fatty acids and antioxidants, plus they're rich in vitamins and minerals. Benefits include maintaining a healthy circulation, increasing vitality and energy as well as fighting signs of ageing.

Baobab powder
The powder from the African 'upside down' tree contains as much calcium as a glass of milk and six times more vitamin C than an orange. It's also high in fibre, calcium and potassium. Mix the powder in with cereals, yoghurt or smoothies for an instant antioxidant fix.

Olive leaf
It's not as well known as some of the other 'trendier' superfoods, but olive leaf extract has been used in medicine for centuries. It's particularly brilliant for supporting the cardiovascular system and boosting the immune system.

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