03 Sep, 2019
Long-time before the Western world began losing their minds over the “turmeric lattes”, Indian parents were driving they're wiped out youngsters to drink the therapeutic 'Haldi doodh' promising that it would mitigate their aching stomachs. With regards to 'superfoods', India has consistently been regarded as a superpower.
As of late, a significant number of India's superfoods have been brought over to the West and marketed as 'miracles,' bringing about individuals going insane over them!
In any case, there still are a couple of foods that can be singled out for their miraculous effects and lesser-known health benefits.
These "superfoods" offer some significant supplements that can incredibly transform your meals and tidbits into healthier versions. And since the expression "superfood" doesn't appear to go anywhere, in the near future, it might be worthwhile delving a little deeper into the lives of these unsung heroes...
CURD:- Known as yogurt or Dahi, it is one of the staples in all our kitchen pantries. Packed with calcium, vitamin B-2, vitamin B-12, potassium, and magnesium, it has astonishing health benefits.
Additionally, it acts as an incredible probiotic. The good bacteria present in curd helps to clear out the digestive system and in boosting immunity. It even checks the accumulation of cortisol(stress hormone) in our body, eventually preventing obesity and hypertension.
TURMERIC:–This Indian superfood is utilised in nearly all parts of India adding taste to all our dishes.
But along with that it also has exceptional restorative properties and anti-inflammatory benefits. Curcumin, the active principle in turmeric, is credited to aid with inflammatory disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis; dermatological conditions and plays a key role in detoxification. And let's not forget, granny's first advice for the common cold is to mix a pinch of turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk and have it before hitting the hay. Ever tried?
AMLA:– Heard of Indian gooseberry? Well, it is nothing but our very popular Amla which, over the years has gained repute in having unmatched powers to enhance the eyesight and aid in promoting healthy hair, skin, and nails. Not just this, it even helps in battling the common cold, burning fat, and boosting immunity. This translucent green fruit is packed with essential vitamins and has astonishing antioxidant power. As per Ayurveda, this Indian superfood nourishes the respiratory system and also helps in regulating blood sugar levels.
COCONUT:–This magical super-food has endless benefits. Let’s begin with the most-loved 'coconut water' which is fat-free, has high ascorbic acid, proteins, and Vitamin-B. Usually recommended to be consumed before a workout for effective weight loss, coconut water also has detoxifying properties. One can consume raw coconut, use coconut oil for food preparation, as a moisturizer for the body and for proper nourishment of hair.
MAKHANA:- Popped lotus blossom seeds or Makhana is an extraordinary option in contrast to the well-known tidbits like popcorn. Not exclusively is makhana healthy, it also is an incredible source of protein, sugars, fiber, magnesium, potassium, iron, and zinc. The magnesium content makes it extremely helpful for individuals experiencing coronary illness, hypertension, diabetes, and weight-gain. Makhana additionally contains a characteristic flavonoid called kaempferol that goes about as an enemy of inflammation and has anti-aging benefits as well.
RAGI:- Quinoa might be very mainstream but have you ever tried home-developed ragi–or finger millet? This super grain contains all parts of the kernel– bran, germ, and endosperm – and is stacked with calcium and fiber. Phenomenally rich in iron and vitamin D, it has great abilities to keep glucose levels in check, lessen the danger of stroke and help you get thinner. Sounds a good deal!
JAU:- This carb-burning grain – jau or barley– is undoubtedly a blessing since it really helps in burning fat! Earlier known as the "poor man's wheat", it is currently mainstream because of its hunger-controlling and cholesterol-lowering potential. The carbs in jau have a low glycemic index, which means they raise the glucose levels all the more gradually when contrasted with various other foods.
FLAXSEED (Alsi):- Flaxseeds contain polyunsaturated and monosaturated fatty acids, thus, proving out to be immensely beneficial for a happy and healthy heart. On top of it, flaxseeds are loaded with micronutrients such as antioxidants, dietary fiber, Vitamin B1, Manganese and Omega-3 fatty acid.
AJWAIN SEEDS:- Call them the wonder seeds! Known to promote weight loss due to their antioxidant properties, ajwain seeds also possess antiseptic as well as anti-inflammatory properties due to an essential oil called Thymol. This chemical aids in bettering the digestion providing relief in flatulence and bloating.
Surprised to know, how blessed we are to have access to such miraculous super-foods? Though what must be kept in mind is that NO SINGLE FOOD— not even a superfood — can offer all the required nutrition, health benefits, and nourishment we need. The 2015–2020 US Dietary Guidelines recommend healthy eating patterns, “combining healthy choices from across all food groups — while paying attention to the calorie limits".
Author:- Dr. Sweksha Yadav