10 Rare Super Foods to Boost Your Health
What differentiates super foods from regular foods is the fact that they have more beneficial qualities for the human body. They have more nutrients, help in curing a variety of diseases, and are also extremely healthy for consumption. Here are few rare super foods that boost your health. You’ve probably never heard of them, but it’s time you include them in your diet for a better life.
Kale or borecole has rich green leaves or purple leaves. Kale is rich in iron, phosphorous, potassium, and Vitamin A, C & K required for blood clotting. It is one of the healthiest vegetables that can be eaten raw or cooked to reduce cholesterol. It also reduces the risk of heart diseases, lowers blood pressure and makes the bones stronger and healthier.
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2. Brazil Nuts
Brazil nuts are actually seeds that appear like nuts. They are found in the rain forest regions of Brazil and Amazon. They contain fats that control cholesterol, thus preventing heart attacks. They also contain thiamine, zinc, fiber and protein, which help in weight loss. They should be consumed in moderation and in unsalted form, or with very little salt, as too much could lead to weight gain.
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A cacao or cocoa bean is derived from the Theobroma cacao tree. Cocoa beans are used in hot chocolate and chocolate bars, and are highly nutritious and boost energy and increase longevity. They are super foods because they contain the antioxidants that put off Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. Raw cacao can be eaten as a great snack.
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4. Hemp seeds
Hemp seeds are rich sources of proteins, which contain the vital amino acids. They are used to take care of dry skin and ease menstrual cramps. They reduce cholesterol and inflammation in the body, thereby reducing blood pressure and arthritis.
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5. Royal Jelly
Royal Jelly is collected by the bees like honey or Propolis, the only difference being that it is meant only for the queen bee (thus the name “royal”), which produces thousand of larvae everyday during her lifetime, or for the new larvae which gets down to work the minute it hatches. It increases vitality and libido like no other super food can. It is loaded with amino acids, Vitamin D and E, and calcium and iron in abundance. It is used by athletes to boost energy, by women to increase fertility and by the old to combat nervousness and depression. It is also used in cosmetics to nourish the skin and hair.
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Spirulina is a kind of blue - green algae, which contain a large quantity of beta-carotene, proteins and iron, and is therefore sought after by many athletes. It is used to treat malnutrition and is anti-cancer. It helps in building muscles and reduces memory problems.
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7. Bee Pollen
Bee pollen is the pollen that collects on the bodies of the bees while they are collecting honey or Royal Jelly. It should be avoided by pregnant and lactating mothers. It is used in skin softening cosmetics, providing relief from allergies and asthma, and it also helps in boosting energy of the athletes. It should be however taken after recommendation from a medical practitioner.
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Quinoa is a grain crop, which has edible seeds. It contains magnesium that provides oxygen to the brain and helps in hemoglobin formation. It contains iron for healthy blood cells and fiber to help in weight loss. It also contains all amino acids and is high in proteins and fats, which remain intact even on boiling and simmering.
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9. Wild Caught Salmon
Wild caught fish is the fish of the Salmonide family that breeds in fresh water. The Omega-3 fatty acids lower cholesterol, prevent blood clots, strengthen the heart and also keep the blood pressure low. It also contains Vitamin A and D and selenium, which prevents Parkinson's and Alzheimer’s diseases.
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10. Schisandra Berry
Found mainly in northeast China and Russia, it is mostly used in medicines to increase vitality, slow down aging, control depression and improve mental health. It is available in the form of tablets and capsules. Juices are also prepared from these berries.
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Most health experts say that with the kind of lives that people lead these days, it’s vital to include super foods in their diet. Since people have become really careless with their eating habits, these super foods compensate for the lack of nutrients in the body, and help in maintaining one’s overall health.