Superfoods. This is the recent buzzword and trend among health and wellness fans all over the world today. Superfoods are so divine precisely because they are extremely nutritious and beneficial to health. Filled with antioxidants and possessing anti-cancer properties, superfoods are the in-thing to remain healthy in the busy working lives of adults.
1) Moringa leaves
Moringa is a vegetable used by the Indians for a long time. Usually the chlorophyll laden leaves and the hardy fruit is used in their curries. Besides being absolutely delicious, did you know that it is also a super food? The plant contains 17 times as much calcium as milk and 6 times as much polyphenols or antioxidants as red wine. It is also a popular weight loss ingredient as it contains mustard oil that stimulates metabolism to melt away the fats.
Kimchi is fermented cabbage with chilli. The fermentation process also yields probiotics that aid to give a healthier and slimmer stomach. Faster digestion, aids weight loss and creates healthier bodies.
3) Shiitake Mushrooms
Shiitake mushroom are extremely nutritious and they have been used by the Japanese and Chinese in their traditional medicine. Besides being rich in proteins and other vitamins, researchers have also found that the mushroom can lower the bad cholesterol in humans.
Oregano is a natural antibiotic and parasite repellent. It aids a healthier body by acting as a cleansing agent.
5) Grape seed / Grape seed meal
Grape seed is commonly sold as grape seed oil or as grape seed meal in health stores. Besides containing antioxidants, studies have also found slight improvements in vision of people with diabetics.
6) Goji berries
Goji berries have been used comonly by the Chinese for thousands of years. The high concentrations of antioxidants have given it a ‘superfoods’ status.
7) Korean Black rice/Purple rice
Korean black rice was once consumed only by the Korean royalty. As Korean black rice is cooked it changes colour to become purple. This reduces appetite and draws out fat weight. It is gluten free and has low GI making it suitable for diabetic people to eat. It has much more antioxidants than blueberries. This black rice also reduces inflammation in the body and has truly earned its name as a ‘Superfood.’
Yakult has been a popular drink with children. However, evideance suggest that it is time that humans begin to drink them too. The popular drink contains the probiotic bacteria Lactobaccillus that aids quick digestion and a healthier stomach in the long run.
Quinoa is also known as the ‘Gold of the Inca’ and is primarily grown in South America. Quinoa is actually a seed but it can be processed to make it similar to grains. Quinoa is a rare plant that contains all the essentail amino acids that the human body needs, especially lysine. Lysine is very rarely found in plant foods, but it plays an important role in our health. It helps to strengthen the immune system and our muscles and also increases serotonin levels. Studies by scientific researchers in the Harvard Public school of Health show that eating just 34g of Quinoa a day can reduce the risk of the risk of premature death from cancer, heart and respiratory disease, and diabetes by 17 percent. It also contains extremely high levels of anti-oxidants that help to free cancer causing radicals.
10) Black Cumin Seeds
These seeds are regarded as an “ancient remedy for all illnesses.” Traditionally used to boost the immune system and cure headaches. Black cumin seeds is the latest ‘Superfood’ in the market.