4 Superfoods from Around the World You Should Try Now
Looking for an inner and outer cleanse? Here’s some gourmet goodness from around the world that could help with that.
Origin: The Manuka Tree, New Zealand
It’s been used for generations by the Mauri tribe in New Zealand because of its spectacular anti-bacterial properties. And today A-list celebs are giving it their seal of approval. What sets it apart from normal honey? It’s got high nutrient density making it a natural energy booster. It can also be used to boost the immune system, even treat sore throats, improve digestion. It has beauty benefits too: curing acne, skin infections, and improving skin hydration. A tinsy drop of its oil variety can go a long way in your beauty regime! Just make sure when you buy your jar there’s a UMF (Unique Manuka Honey Factor) rating of 10+. As the counterfeit versions won’t have the same effect.
Origin: The Baobab Tree, Madagascar and mainland Africa
Also known as the superfruit of the season, the Baobab fruit’s delicious and citrusy. It’s said to have 6 times the amount of Vitamin C of an orange, 6 times the antioxidants of blueberries, 50% heart healthy fibre, and the list goes on. For centuries, the entire continent of Africa has been harvesting the fruit for its all-round medicinal qualities. It’s most commonly consumed in the powder form as a food supplement and it’s a natural antioxidant, rich in vitamin C, a probiotic, and a natural source of calcium and magnesium. It in fact, is the only fruit that dries on the branch naturally making the superfood powder! Put it in your yoghurt, milk, smoothies or just take a spoonful of it for a wide range of beauty and health benefits.
Origin: Freshwater sea, Hawaii
Spirulina’s a type of algae that has over the years gained traction as a popular health food supplement. Algae’s touted to reach full superfood status in the last few years. In fact, it was actually a source of protein for the Aztecs! Not just that, the consumption of Spirulina cakes dates back to the conquistadors to 16th century Mexico. It’s super-nutritious – and can strengthen the immune system, boost energy levels and helps with cellular growth. Spirulina grows in low-alkaline, fresh water lakes, ponds and rivers with sunshine. Spirulina contains essential amino acids, iron, protein, vitamins B, C, D, and E. It’s quite the vitamin one-stop-shop!
Origin: Green tea plants in China and Japan
If you haven’t started sipping on this concoction it’s safe to say you’re living under a rock. With a history of over thousands of years, the Chinese consumed Matcha tea to get rid of inflammation, fever, and anxiety. Over the years it’s also become a very important part of Japanese culture. The Matcha leaves are grown in the shade in order to increase chlorophyll, then the leaves are handpicked, steamed, dried and ground into fine green powder. The tea has an antioxidant called catechins which is a formidable antioxidant and has cancer fighting properties. Not just that, Matcha tea has also made its way into ice-creams, cakes and cupcakes!
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