If you have been looking for that magic elixir that Asterix and Obelix dipped into for extraordinary power and fitness – well your search may just lead you to your kitchen!
Superfoods may be the answer to your quest for a healthy life that is full of vitality and a sense of well-being. From beautiful skin and great health to weight management and disease prevention, they are the key to adding health and nutrition to your life and everyone around. The icing on this super cake is that most of these superfoods are already present in your cooking room.
Here are the top health zingers from your kitchen:
If you have been dismissing the idea of drinking milk with a pinch of turmeric as another myth, think again. Turmeric contains curcumin which has a strong anti-inflammatory effect and is a powerful antioxidant. Different studies have proven its efficacy against diseases such as cancer, Alzheimers, arthritis, depression and heart diseases.
Not just another spice that your mom adds to your curries and dals is it!
2. Indian Gooseberry/Amla
This humble food is one of the most powerful antioxidants and a powerhouse of vitamin C, iron, calcium and fiber. It has been used for centuries to treat respiratory diseases, inflammation, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, cancer and liver diseases.
You can eat it raw, have amla powder or even make candies to munch on.
An ancient millet, ragi is the best food for weight control and diabetes. It is rich in calcium and fiber and also cools your body. Some popular recipes include ragi dosa, idli, kanji, malt, ragi balls or rotis. The best source for ready ragi recipes maybe your good ol’ grandmom who probably still does her own dishes with the zing of a teenager.
4. Foxnuts/Makhana/Indian Lotus Flower Seeds
Not only are these rich in micronutrients but also have great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These are very helpful for people with high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease or obesity. So, next time roast and season this delicious superfood instead of over-salted popcorn or chips when you get midnight cravings.
5. Moringa (Drumsticks)
You will be surprised to know that the drumstick that imparts the great taste to your sambhar is a much sought-after superfood in Western countries. Also known as the ‘tree of life’, moringa leaves and fruits are not only edible but also full of micronutrients. Consume the powdered leaves with your curry or swallow with plain water for your daily dose of vitamins and minerals.
If you are a vegetarian then these may be your best source of omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseeds are excellent for prevention of cancer and management of blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol. Sprinkle roasted flaxseeds on your salads and yogurt or consume powdered seeds with water.
Did you know that garlic not only makes your food taste better but also has multiple health benefits? It can help you combat common cold and flu, improves cholesterol, lower the risk of heart disease and also reduce the risk of developing certain cancers. Consume it raw or use it to make curries, dips, soups, sauces and more.
Loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids, these are great for your brain health. They also help to lower blood pressure, improve your heart’s health and lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Munch few walnuts every day as your power snack.
A dish in itself, this dairy product is loaded with all the benefits of milk without being as hard to digest. It has great probiotic value which improves your gut health. It also improves your immunity against diseases, reduces blood pressure and prevents vaginal infections.
You can team a cup of yogurt with fresh fruits or seeds such as sunflower or flaxseeds to add extra fiber.
10. Cumin Seeds
A staple in Indian cooking, cumin seeds are your food to go for good digestion. Just one teaspoon of cumin seeds provides 20% of your daily iron need. These seeds also reduce inflammation and help you lose weight. Enjoy them as a part of your daily meals and seasonings on your curd or buttermilk. You can also drink cumin water.
Include these superfoods in your daily diet for achieving long term health goals. Remember that true healthcare starts in your kitchen.
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