7. Sweet potatoes
This tuber packs quite a punch when one considers how inexpensive, versatile and tasty it is. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of Vitamins A, C and B6. This is excellent news for the allergy prone individual, seeing that it helps to heal inflammation in the body and also boosts the immune system. This means that the body produces less histamines that cause allergies.
If you have skin allergies, or if you want to give your skin a facelift, then you need to look no further for a natural remedy. Sweet potatoes help with the healing of wounds and also produces collagen which helps the skin maintain elasticity. There are also signs that sweet potatoes might be linked to fighting off toxins that cause cancer.
Sweet potatoes are also a great source of mineral iron which our bodies need to stay energized. The iron, however, also helps in the production of red and white blood cells and helps the body metabolize protein. The magnesium in sweet potatoes acts as an anti-stress agent, seeing that it improves blood circulation and also improves heart, muscle and nerve function. This naturally reduces stress and helps the body relax
Sweet potatoes can be eaten as a staple and won’t break the bank. As mentioned they are inexpensive and the amount of dishes that you can concoct with it is basically limited to your imagination. You can enjoy them as a snack in the form of crisps, or mash them up to top your cottage pie/ Wrap them up in foil and bake them either in the oven or the BBQ and enjoy with some honey. The choice is yours.
Ginger is yet another strong flavorant that holds many benefits. This tiny little root plant is absolutely loaded with antioxidant and anti-inflamatory properties. By only consuming a small amount of the root inflammation can be reduced better than some anti-inflammatory medication. Those of us who suffer from asthma need to pay special heed to its medicinal properties.
Ginger has been reported to inhibit airway contraction. When the lungs are dry, it becomes very difficult to breath. This is where ginger comes in pretty handy, seeing that it stimulates mucus production and alleviates asthma symptoms. The active ingredient in ginger, gingerol, may also help in fighting respiratory infection caused by the RSV virus.
For the pregnant ladies who suffer from morning sickness or nausea in general, ginger rank right up there with other nausea alleviating medicines. With only a few grams of ginger (1 – 1.5 grams to be exact), a number of studies showed that morning sickness was greatly reduced in the women who suffered from morning sickness.
Ginger can be used or ingested in a number of different ways. The most popular ways by far are using it as a tea extract and enjoying a pickled version with your favourite sushi. The best way to extract the most of the root’s beneficial properties is by using a masticating juicer. These machines squeeze out every last drop of nutritious value out of the ingredient that it processes. Be sure to add only a small amount of ginger to your next juice as it is a very dominating flavorant and can easily overpower any other taste in your juice.
9. Collard greens
These leafy greens share a family with broccoli and cabbage and are the source of many a childhood fits about food. These greens tend to be a bit on the bitter side. No wonder kids have an aversion to it. However, as one grows older, one starts to realize what is truly important in life and one also realizes that taking care of one’s body becomes extremely important.
Collard greens contain carotenoid which is yet another source of food to combat allergies. They also boost the immune system due to its richness in vitamin C. However, unlike garlic, to extract the healing properties of collard greens, you only need to consume them, no rules on how you need to ingest the food type? Not all collard greens were created equal. If you want to pursue the magical benefits of collard greens, you need to ensure that you choose the darker coloured ones.
Like with all of the above-mentioned superfoods, collard greens do not only boost the immune system. It has many different medicinal uses. Collard greens have been reported to combat cancer, improve sleeping patterns and rejuvenate skin.
The vitamin A in these leafy greens has been known to maintain a person’s skin and there have also been reports of it being helpful in moisturizing the user’s hair. Boiling only one cup of collard greens provide roughly half of the daily dietary intake of vitamin A.
Our last contender of the superfoods is the flaxseed. These seeds are cultivated in the cooler parts around the globe. These tiny miracle workers are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and selenium and they also help prevent allergic reactions. The fatty acids work as an anti-inflammatory substance and alleviates allergies by reducing inflammation, while the selenium acts as a sort of regulatory substance that manages and the immune system.
In terms of its medicinal use, flaxseed has only recently gained popularity for its healing powers and scientists believe that it can help combat heart disease, diabetes and even breast cancer. However, it has been cultivated for a number of centuries and a certain King Charlemagne went so far as to order his subjects to consume the seed.
Recent studies have shown that flaxseed may be a big natural contender in the fight against cancer. Not only has it shown to fight breast cancer, but also the silent killer, prostate cancer and colon cancer. The omega-3 fatty acid component of the plant restricts tumor growth. The omega-3 has also shown some positive signs in fighting cardiovascular disease. It seems to effectively reduce blood pressure and keeps the arteries in tip-top shape.
Truly deserving of its spot on the list of superfoods, flaxseed is relatively easy to incorporate into ones diet. You can opt to just have a spoonful each day and eat it raw, or you can add it to your favourite bread recipe or any of your baked recipes.