5 Nigerian Superfoods You Should Know

I’m sure you must have noticed the rise of superfoods around the world. Simply put, they are nutrient powerhouses that pack large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals.
They are those foods we usually don’t like to eat but have now been thrown under the spotlight to reduce our susceptibility to illnesses. Really, if you eat more of these foods and less fast food, the chances of having cancer, for instance, will reduce. We are probably aware of other superfoods such as Chai seeds, Avocado, Walnuts, and Broccoli. Here are some that are more readily available.
Pumpkin Leaf

Locally known as Ugwu, it is also traditionally known as a blood tonic. Naturally, it is packed with many benefits. From cleansing the system to lowering cholesterol, boosting blood quality, fertility, e.t.c. This powerful green leaf is both antimicrobial and protective against cancer. It also contains vitamins A and C as well as calcium and iron.

Kolanut

These are the fruits of the kola tree which can be found in most West African regions like Niger and Nigeria. It has a bitter taste which is as a result of its caffeine and theobromine content which lends to its ability to increase alertness and sharpen the mind. Research also shows that kolanuts possess antibacterial and anti-cancer properties and is traditionally known for aiding chest colds.

Moringa

Also known as the Miracle Tree, it is incredibly popular because of its numerous benefits. It is a source of iron, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin E, calcium, and magnesium. Did you also know that Moringa has 10 times the amount of vitamin A in carrots and 25 times the amount iron in spinach? It can help to boost energy levels, lower blood sugar, reduce inflammation which can in the long term lead to chronic illnesses, and maintain healthy cholesterol. Additionally, it helps to promote beauty from within as it’s packed with antioxidants 6 times more than the amount found in Goji Berries. It also has vitamins A and E which help to promote radiant skin and reduce the rate of at which one’s skin ages. What a superfood!

Nigerian Suoerfoods - Tigernuts

Tiger nuts

To be honest, I did not know this was a superfood until Natural Nigerian’s sister started selling them at NITC. Since then, I began to notice them anywhere I was. Funny enough, they are everywhere mallams and wheelbarrows are. So what are they? They are edible tubers from the sedge family of plants that can be found across the world. It has a sweet nutty flavor and can be made into milk, flour, and oil which has the same lipid profile as olive oil. Naturally, they are high in fiber, magnesium, potassium and non-animal protein and are also used to boost the immune system, regulate blood sugar levels, strengthen bone and muscles, detoxify the liver, aid in digestion, balance moods, relieve stress, help to maintain a healthy body weight and boost fertility.

Hibiscus

You probably know this already but just to be sure, did you know that Zobo/Hibiscus tea is a superfood? Well, now you do. Hibiscus Tea is packed full of antioxidants to help protect your cells from oxidative stress and slow down the rate of aging. It can also reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol, protect the heart and liver, restore hormone balance, protect against cancer, help improve diabetic conditions, aid in digestion and help with weight loss.

 

If you didn’t know any of these, now you do.

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