Top 11 Healthiest Super Foods And Spices

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Nowadays it can be hard to eat healthy, mainly because of the fast pace lifestyle and fast food all around us. However, there is a solution. A list of widely available and incredibly beneficial foods and spices you can use every day in kitchen. Use them in preparation of your every meal and stay strong and healthy.

1. Tomato

Besides the fact that natural organic tomatoes are extremely delicious, they are also one of the healthiest foods out there. Tomato’s main superpower is its ability to prevent aging of the skin and body overall. It does this by fighting free radicals which age the skin as well as all of the other organs.

It has been proven to prevent the prostate cancer and that’s why this food is especially beneficial to men. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, flavonoids as well as many other beneficial compounds which also give it its anti-oxidant and anti-septic properties. Tomato juice is also used for detoxification and it is a proven remedy for treating ulcers, pimples and some of the other skin conditions. It is perfect food to use in kitchen regularly.

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2. Chili pepper

Thanks to capsaicin, the component that gives spiciness to chili peppers, metabolism speeds up significantly. In addition, it stimulates chemicals in the brain that reduce hunger. One study found that people, who drink chili spiced tomato juice half an hour before a meal, ate 16 percent fewer calories afterwards.

In addition, capsaicin can reduce the risk of ulcers, because it strengthens the stomach cells that can later resist to bacteria that produce an ulcer. It preserves heart also as it prevents the accumulation of cholesterol in arteries. New research has shown that capsinoid from sweet peppers also has beneficial properties. All in all it is an amazing food that’s widely available, besides that, it will make your next meal even more delicious.

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3. Garlic

Even though it might have that strong smell which pretty much bothers everyone, it is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. It is rich in vitamins, minerals amino acids, calcium fiber… which give it its numerous benefits. It is used raw, cooked or just as a spice, but it can also be used to preserve food.

Chinese used this amazing plant centuries ago to make numerous remedies which treated everything from cold and flu to more serious infectious diseases. Nowadays, this amazing food became universal spice as well as preventive measure against common bacteria and viruses. It is the best natural antibiotic which is better than anything you can buy over the counter mainly because nothing can become resistant to it.

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4. Ginger

Ginger is the best medicine against the flu for sure. It energizes the whole body, and it relieves indigestion, diarrhea, gas, belching, slow circulation, etc. It also reduces symptoms of arteriosclerosis, arthritis, nausea, hemorrhoids, respiratory issues, spasms, headaches / migraines, allergies, heart disease, and other.

It is used to relieve menstrual cramps as well as some other more serious stomach issues. Even though it favors the entire body, when we mention the ginger, the first associations are digestion, lungs and heart. It is one of those amazing foods which have been used throughout history to relieve some of the most common medical conditions, no matter how big they were. Everything made from this plant benefits the body in every way, so why not use it more.

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5. Sea buckthorn

Sea buckthorn contains vitamin C in huge amounts and it is rich source of flavonoids, which benefit circulatory system. Moreover, it is rich in vitamin E as well as saturated fatty acids and some polyunsaturated acids.

The plant is used for strengthening the immune system, and recovery from illness. It is recommended for pregnant women and athletes, because vitamin C facilitates the synthesis of collagen. The oil is used for the treatment of dry skin, cuts and injuries. Also, it was found that the oil helps against ulcers in the digestive tract. It is truly amazing plant which proved itself as very useful in kitchen as well. If you never used sea buckthorn when cooking, you can always do a bit of researching and find some amazing recipes.

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6. Cinnamon

Due to its healing properties, cinnamon is not recommended only as the essential ingredient of sweets, but also for foods that are consumed on a daily basis. Besides the fact that it stimulates appetite and improves digestion, cinnamon also cleanses the blood, strengthens the heart, promotes better kidney function and calms the nerves.

Cinnamon has beneficial effect on bones and joints, it stops the internal bleeding and neutralizes free radicals. Cinnamon has fungicidal properties, which means that it destroys fungi and prevents their growth. In traditional Chinese medicine, cinnamon is considered as a remedy for cold and flu, and reasons are merit volatile components and the thermal effect that it has on the body. Cinnamon contains salicylates that lower fever and has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.

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7. Turmeric

Turmeric is the favorite Asian spice which has bright yellow color and strong aroma. It has a positive effect when it comes to functioning of the brain and heart, and certain scientific studies proved its strong anti-cancerogenic properties. Turmeric is powerful antioxidant that contains anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal compounds.

Therefore, it is considered as an effective treatment for prevention of many malignant diseases, as well as diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and other chronic diseases. Turmeric in India is used as a paste to treat wounds while tea is used for cold and respiratory problems. Certain scientists pointed out that turmeric is a potential cure for many types of cancer because it suppresses the growth of tumor cells. Best part of all, you can get it anywhere.

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8. Saffron

Saffron has a long history of medical use as part of traditional healing and now the modern medicine has found that saffron contains anti-carcinogenic, anti-mutagenic compounds. Saffron is the anti-oxidant, and it strengthens immune system.

In traditional medicine, the Persian saffron has always been used as a natural medicine against sore throat, vomiting, menstrual problems, etc. Recent clinical trials have confirmed that saffron’s dry extract has been very beneficial when it comes to treating depression. Saffron in the traditional Chinese medicine is used to improve blood circulation and to heal bruises. The active ingredient crocetin can also reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the body, and help in the treatment of arthritis as well as some other conditions.

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9. Parsley

Parsley is a powerful diuretic that helps to expel excess fluid from the body. It also regulates blood pressure, calms the nervous system, and enhances immunity. Juice or tea from this plant is used as a cure for impaired vision in traditional medicine.

Additionally it increases circulation, reduces problems with bladder and urinary tract, cleanses the body of toxins, improves blood count, regulates fever and inflammation of the eyes. It is great for treatment of kidneys, liver and skin and it also prevents irritation caused by insect bites. Scientists from the University of Missouri found that parsley can inhibit the growth of breast cancer. The animals which were given apigenin, a substance that parsley is rich in raised the resistance of the organism against cancer.

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10. Sage

Sage is valued spice in kitchens around the world, but also a plant that takes care of our health. It is useful for nurturing hair, and it is also a good cleanser of entire organism.

It stimulates the central nervous system and digestive tract, and it can help with fever. As a natural blood cleanser, sage is used for detoxification purposes. In addition, it is used as a soothing tonic for a headache caused by stress and anxiety. Believe it or not, it is used during the period of puberty and menopause, because it acts as a gentle but effective hormonal regulator. When there was no toothpaste, in addition to apples, people rubbed sage leaves on their teeth, because it made them healthier and stronger.

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11. Rosemary

Rosemary is a world-recognized plant that enriches our bodies with antioxidants and essential acids. Rosemary leafs contain certain chemicals that are known for the prevention of infectious diseases. Parts of plant, especially flowers contain phenolic antioxidant as well as many other essential acids as cineole, borneol, bornyl acetate, etc. These substances have anti-allergic and antiseptic properties.

The leaves of rosemary provide 131 calories per 100 grams and do not contain cholesterol. Rosemary contains a large amounts of vitamin A. Few leafs a day can contribute much to your health. Vitamin A is good for keeping the lungs and oral cavity healthy. The plant is rich in iron, containing 6.65 milligrams per 100 grams of fresh leaves, and, as you might already know, iron is an essential component of hemoglobin in red blood cells.