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pinenut oil

It contains a large quantity of polyunsaturated fatty acids, including a significant quantity of fat-dissolving vitamins E and F. It is a natural product used from ancient times. Scientists are now investigating how pine nut oil affects the cardiovascular system, cholesterol and blood pressure. While this research is just beginning, it appears that pine nut oil can be added to your ‘good for you’ food shelf.

 

black cumin

Otherwise known as nigella sativa, it is one the most revered medicinal seeds in history and is thought of as a superfood. Nigella sativa seeds have very little aroma but are carminative, meaning they tend to aid digestion and relieve gases in the stomach and intestines. The seeds are small but they can be used to make tea by simply pouring hot water over the seeds and letting the brew steep for 10 minutes.

 

microgreens

Microgreens are young seedlings of edible vegetables and herbs harvested less than 14 days after germination. They are usually about 1-3 inches long and come in a rainbow of colors, which has made them popular in recent years as garnishes with chefs. Microgreens have shown to be four to 40-fold more concentrated with nutrients than their mature counterparts.

 

lemongrass

Lemongrass is named such but has no connection with lemons except that it has a strong lemon-like aroma and taste. It is used in both cuisine and in essential oils and is available from any health food store, online merchant or in the seasoning aisle of the supermarkets. Lemongrass might help prevent the growth of some bacteria and yeast. It also contains substances that are thought to relieve pain, reduce fever, stimulate the uterus and menstrual flow, and have antioxidant properties

 

sourkraut

What is it? It’s a finely cut pickled form of cabbage. Historical records point to its origin being somewhere in China, having been brought to Europe at some point during the Roman Empire. Some of the health benefits attributed to sourkraut include its ability to maintain digestive health, boost your circulation, protect your heart health, provide you with quick energy and also stimulate your immune system

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