Acai berries are fruits of the Acai palm, which grows in Central and South America. Acai berries are a source of antioxidants that can help prevent or delay certain types of cellular damage. The fruits can be added to smoothies and juices. Acai is also sold in the form of supplements, but no scientific studies conducted on people have shown that such supplements have any actual health benefits.
Goji berries are the fruits of two plant species: Lycium barbarum and Lycium chinense that are native to Asia. The berries are usually sold dry and then cooked before consumption. Goji berries are a source of vitamin B12, vitamin C, iron, selenium and potassium.
Coconut water, which comes from young, green coconuts, is rich is potassium, and low in fat, sugar and calories, compared with most soft drinks or sports drinks. Because of its high potassium content -- 670 mg per 11oz (312 g) serving -- it is often recommended as a natural alternative to traditional sports drinks.
Aronia berries, also called chockberries, have more antioxidants than blueberries, acai berries and goji berries. However, it is important to remember that, while antioxidants may be beneficial in combating some aspects of cellular damage, there is no sufficient evidence that they can actually protect against diseases such as cancer or heart disease.
Kale is rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A and calcium. It is also a good source of antioxidants. It is best to eat kale raw, steamed or stir-fried to preserve all its nutrients.
Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae and one of the oldest forms of life,which can typically be found in tropical waters, as it likes warmth and plenty of sunshine. Spirulina has a high content of protein, iron and B-vitamins. Some animal- and test-tube studies have suggested that spirulina may have immunity-boosting qualities, but these results have not been tested in people.
Chia seeds come from an herb called Salvia hispanica, native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemalaare. Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which play a role in metabolic processes. The seeds also have a significant content of calcium, magnesium, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus.