5 Superfoods You Didn’t Know About
We’ve all heard about the nutritional goodness of kale and the wonders of coconut oil. We’ve also had no shortage of information on why we should eat oats, and why to always add chia seeds to our smoothies. These foods have been popularised as superfoods partly because of their health benefits, especially when it comes to eating a balanced diet, and somewhat as part of a marketing agenda.
These foods are very much like those vacation spots that are made popular by movies. Nobody wanted to visit them before they became fashionable, but once they did, everyone wanted a piece of them just because they were Instafamous. There are so many undiscovered beautiful places… and nutritional food that we should explore.
Here are 5 superfoods which, although may not be as popular as others, are worth including into your diet:
This lesser-known herb is not only a flavouring agent but, like most other spices, has its own set of benefits. According to eMedi Health, one of fenugreek’s primary benefits is that it helps to manage diabetes as the seeds are believed to lower blood glucose and improve glucose tolerance. It is also said to reduce cholesterol, increase testosterone levels in men, and increase breastmilk supply and relieve menstrual pain in women.
Distinguishable by its deep yellow pigment, turmeric is believed to have medicinal properties. HealthLine reports that apart from cancer prevention, turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that help relieve arthritis symptoms and prevent Alzheimer’s. On top of all that, it is said to boost the immune system and reduce cholesterol.
Derived from the same family as turmeric, ginger is one of the most consumed superfoods from this list. From anything from preventing the common cold, reducing inflammation and reducing nausea, ginger is used to ease morning sickness and seasickness, is also used during chemotherapy, as well as to manage arthritis and ease menstrual pain. Everyday Health reports that ginger can help not only with headaches, but also with stomach ulcers.
Not just flavoursome, fennel has a range of antioxidant and it too reduces inflammation. According to WHFoods, this helps fennel aid the prevention of cancer. It is also rich in Vitamin C, fibre and potassium, and so reduces cholesterol, can prevent heart attacks, and lowers blood pressure.
You’re probably aware of miso as an eastern flavour, but perhaps didn’t know of its many health benefits. Mind Body Green Food states that this food is very rich in a wide range of nutrients including iron and protein. As a result of its nutritional value, miso helps reduce cholesterol and can reduce the risk of cancer. It also has dietary properties that help for a healthy digestive system.
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