The word super food, which was originally intended for foods whose nutritional value considerably exceeded that of the average fruit or vegetable, seems to be attached to almost any natural food these days. Real ‘super food’ is foods whose nutritional value considerably exceeded that of the average fruit or vegetable. There are a small number of foods that truly deserve to be called super foods. And this article lists four of the best of them.
1. Moringa Oleifera – the king of super foods
Researchers have nicknamed it “the miracle tree” and “the tree of immortality.”it is a popular plant known for its nutritional value as well as herbal medicine.
Malunggay (in Filipino) is a plant that grows in the tropical climates such as Philippines, India and Africa. It has been used as herbal medicine in many cultures for hundreds of years and it is known as a very nutritious plant where it is used to combat malnutrition in third world countries especially for infants and nursing mothers.
Moringa leaves contain over 90 different types of nutrients in high quantities, including seven times the vitamin c of oranges, four times the vitamin a of carrots, four times the calcium of milk and three times the potassium of bananas.
The leaves are additionally a complete protein source, since they hold every one of the eight vital amino acids
Its leaves may be eaten as greens, in salads and as vegetable ingredients for soups and other tropical viands. Malunggay flowers are also cooked and eaten either mixed with other foods or fried in batter.the leaves are additionally a complete protein source, since they hold every one of the eight vital amino acids.
Other health benefits of malunggay
- Anti-infectious, antibacterial, anti-fungal
- Anti-cancer includes prostrate and skin cancer
Traditionally malungay helps to prevent and treat inflammations associated with rheumatism, arthritis and joint pains. Moringa oleifera young leaves is also widely used to increase the flow of milk for lactating mothers.
2. Wheatgrass- “liquid sunshine
Wheatgrass is a gluten-free food prepared from the young shoots of the wheat plant.it is often called the “liquid sunshine” because of its very high content of chlorophyll. And chlorophyll is the green pigment that harnesses the sun’s energy.
Wheat grass is s as twice the amount of vitamin a as carrots and is higher in vitamin c than oranges. It contains the full spectrum of b vitamins, as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium and potassium in a balanced ratio. Wheatgrass is a complete source of protein, supplying all of the essential amino acids, and more. It has about 20% of total calories coming from protein.
Wheatgrass contains chemicals that are thought to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps to kill bacterial infections in the body. It has also .therapeutic and healing properties
Health benefits of wheatgrass
- Control blood pressure
Regular intake of wheatgrass will increase red blood cell count in the blood. It also cleans the blood, other organs and the gastrointestinal tract of debris.
- Combat obesity
Stimulates the thyroid gland and helps deal with obesity, indigestion and a host of other complaints of the endocrine system.
It is use for treating peptic ulcers, ulcerative colitis, constipation, diarrhea and other problems of the gastrointestinal tract. It also helps to relieve symptoms of constipation
- Helps build immunity
it strengthens the cells in the body, detoxifies the liver and chemically neutralizes the environmental pollutants found in the blood.
- Helps fight various diseases
Helps in the treatment of cancer, arthritis, insomnia, asthma, menstrual problem.
- Helps in skin rejuvenation:
A paste of wheatgrass powder made with milk and a pinch of turmeric when applied on face can act as a powerful face pack to deal with troubles of acne, white and black heads, skin tan, burn etc.
- Helps in weight management
It can help in both weight loss and weight gain when used with a proper diet plan
- Can be used as an antiseptic:
Works with its healing properties. It works wonders for cuts, burns, scrapes, rashes, poison ivy, athlete’s foot, insect bites, boils, sores, open ulcers, tumors, and so on. Make a paste and apply it. Replace every two to four hours for best results.
- Helps improve reproductive health:
Continuous use of wheatgrass helps in increasing vigor, vitality and helps conceive.
3. Chlorella and spirulina
Chlorella and spirulina are two single-celled algae that bloom in the sunniest parts of freshwater bodies. Despite the fact that both of them presumably qualify as superfoods independently, they become something truly special when consumed together because chlorella and spirulina possess complementary rather than identical nutrient profiles. For example chlorella is likewise better at chelating overwhelming metals from the body than spirulina and at repairing cell harm because of its extraordinary development element. Spirulina, then again, holds more protein, gamma-linoleic corrosive (an advantageous fat that is crucial for cerebrum capacity) and disease battling phycocyanin than chlorella. Consuming these two foods together supplies our bodies with an extremely well-rounded infusion of nutrients.
- Balances blood pressure
- Help to normalize cholesterol naturally
- Lowers stroke risk
- Helps reduce cancer risk
Healthy for vegetarians because it contains more protein than red meat