A shift is now in motion in food consciousness & while people are starting to open their eyes to more exotic & less known foods there are still a few that are not getting the attention they deserve.
In this article I wanted to stress some of the benefits of some of the lesser known foods & raise awareness of some of the health benefits of the more strange foods, herbs & plants sitting on the shelf of your local health stores.
It’s important to eat organic when you can as organic food is less likely to contain contaminates & non-food products. But the good thing about the foods listed is that they are a lot less well known & less in demand so are a lot more likely to be organic.
What I mean by this is- it is very expensive to get certified as an organic supplier, so just because something is not labelled organic it doesn’t mean it isn’t & while a non-organic apple is almost certainly not organic, a strange berry from South America may be, even if it‘s not labelled that way.
Below are 7 Strange Foods With Remarkable Health Properties
Bee pollen is considered one of nature’s most complete foods & meets most of the nutritional requirements we have.
Bee pollen contains amino acids, b-complex vitamins, folic acid & has more protein per weight than any type of meat.
Bee pollen is great for enhancing energy, improving your respiratory system & boosting your immune system .
The bees also work pretty hard for that pollen, with it taking a bee 8 hours to produce just one teaspoon. So make sure you appreciate it!
These strange looking little berries pack a highly nutritious punch & contain all essential amino acids. They are high in vitamin c, have 21 trace minerals & contain more iron than is found in spinach.
In Chinese medicine, the goji berries are used for the Kidney and Liver meridians & can be used to help with lower back pain, dizziness and eyesight. They are often consumed raw, but are usually available to us in dried form.
Edamame beans are young soya beans & are an excellent source of protein, iron & calcium. They also provide all of the essential amino acids we need.
Edamame beans are said to increase your energy levels, are great for your cardio vascular health & the folate in edamame beans may help with the flow of the feel-good hormones such as dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine helping to fight depression.
Quinoa is a little better known, but still deserves a mention. Quinoa is an edible grain which is very high in fibre & contains large quantities of flavonoids, including Kaempferol & Quercetin. Which are antioxidants with numerous health benefits & it is also gluten free.
Quinoa is also a complete protein meaning it contains all nine of the essential amino acids & like bee pollen contains most of our nutritional needs.
Quinoa is also high in magnesium (a mineral that many are lacking) & restoring a magnesium balance can help you to overcome anxiety, insomnia, irritability & heart problems.
Dandelion green are the leaves from dandelions & are a great source of calcium, fibre & are high in vitamins K & A.
Dandelion green are used to purify the blood, help with digestion, prevent piles and may also play a role in fighting Alzheimer’s by limiting neuron damage to the brain.
Kola nut is the seed from the kola nut plant & is well known as the flavouring for Cola drinks. But don’t worry in its pure form it’s nothing like having a can of soda.
Kola Nut’s are a stimulant (containing caffeine) & help aid digestion, help increase blood oxygen levels & are a natural remedy for chesty coughs.
Kola nuts have also been shown to raise the metabolic rate which can help to aid with digestion & weight loss.
Spirulina has an endless list of benefit, some of it uses are to aid with weight loss, ADHD, diabetes, hay fever, stress, anxiety, depression, and Premenstrual tension.
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My name is Luke Miller & I am the owner & creator of Potential For Change I believe that spirituality is the foundations for good health & I like to blend psychology & spirituality to help you find more purpose & happiness in your life. My other interests include health, not just on a physical level but also on a collective level & have a keen interest in education & truth seeking. You can find my Facebook page HERE , YouTube HERE & Twitter HERE . Click here to read more articles by Luke Miler
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