3 Must Try Superfoods!
We’re back again with another infographic feature! This time, myself, L.J, and Lucy (read more about us here!) have each chosen our favorite lesser known superfood and provided you with info and references. Please let us know what you think and if you have any recipes for including any of the below! If you enjoy our infographic, kindly share it on your favorite social media channel(s)
L.J. – Turmeric
Turmeric is one of my favourite super foods and is super easy to incorporate into everyday meals. You can simply sprinkle it over a meal that is already made or use it in your cooking. Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, which is responsible for giving turmeric it’s rich colour and studies have shown that it protects against cancer and Alzheimer’s, improves circulation, reduces pain and prevents blood clotting. It is also a powerful antioxidant with anti inflammatory and antiseptic properties and is a prominent spice used in medicinal healing in Ayurveda.
Reference: U.S. National Institute of Health
Lucy – Buckwheat
Being one of the legumes with highest content of easily digestible, high-quality proteins (having an amino acid composition nutritionally superior to all cereals, including oats) BW has been an important part of my diet since I can remember myself. It’s rich in manganesium, manganese, copper and phosphorus (essential elements, playing an important role in human metabolism).It also contains the flavonoid Rutin – a powerful antioxidant, that neutralizes free radicals and prevents cellular damage. It’s good for the cardiovascular system and lowering blood sugar, thanks to high content of soluble fiber (beneficial for people with diabetes).As a bonus it doesn’t contain glutens! PS: It’s good to know that if consumed in high quantities BW can increase photosensitivity.
Reference: WH Foods
Mike – Ceylon Cinnamon
Commonly known as just a spice, did you know that Cinnamon is also a superfood? It’s true, if you get the right species. Commonly known as Ceylon cinnamon, Cinnamomum verum has been researched extensively for it’s ability to mimic insulin and lower blood glucose levels. It’s been proven to assist diabetics reduce fasting glucose levels and improve blood sugar stabilization. C. verum is also a super anti-oxidant, with an ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity – a measurement of the potency of a given antioxidant) rating higher than blueberries or pomagrantes! In additon to being a very powerful antioxidant, C. verum also functions as an anti-inflammatory and neuroprotectant. The active ingredient, cinnamon polyphenol etract has also been shown to reduce or eliminate polycystic ovarian syndrome and lower systolic blood pressure. Please make sure you are consuming ‘true’ cinnamon, however – the spice at your local grocery store is likely not the correct species, and will have a high concentration of plant-based coumadin which can be harmful to your liver and kidneys.
References: U.S. National Institute of Health ORAC data from ‘Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) of Selected Foods – 2007. Nutrient Data Laboratory USDA, November 2007?
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