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Is there such a thing as a 'superfood' and if so why are they so good for you?

Different food are good for you in different ways. However, there are a group of so called 'superfoods' that can claim to be above all others because of their exceptional nutritional value.

There are dozens of these extra special foods but five of the best are as follows:

The humble banana is literally jam packed with vitamins and minerals as well as containing all eight essential amino acids. Bananas are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C and the B vitamins niacin, thiamin and riboflavin. They are also rich in iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium.

The little blueberry packs a huge punch. Blueberries are rich in natural plant chemicals called antioxidants which help eliminate the toxins in our body responsible for aging, viruses and infection. Blueberries are also a good source of fibre as well as a wide variety of vitamins and minerals.

Oily fish in particular is a wonderful source of the essential fat omega-3 as well as providing good levels of protein.

Your mum made you eat broccoli for a very good reason - it is incredibly rich is both calcium (essential for strong bones and teeth) and vitamin C (vital for your immune system).

Of all the nut varieties, the walnut comes out on top because of and significant levels of protein, fibre and antioxidants. Walnuts also contain high quantities of the essential fats your body needs to function effectively.

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