Christmas Superfoods

superfoods

We step back in time and see which ‘superfoods’ our  ancestors were using way back when and to see if we can share their knowledge going forward…

Cinnamon

Cinnamon has been prized for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. It is a spice that is made from the inner bark of trees called Cinnamomum and has been used as an ingredient throughout history, dating back as far as ancient Egypt. This bark contains several special compounds which are responsible for its many health promoting properties- including cinnamaldehyde, cinnamic acid, and cinnamate. Cinnamon is one of the most beneficial spices on earth

 

Nutmeg

Nutmeg is a delicate, slightly sweet spice that is widely used in cuisines around the world, including both Asian and western recipes. It’s long been known for it’s health benefits too, including its ability to relieve pain, soothe indigestion, strengthen cognitive function, detoxify the body, boost skin health, alleviate oral conditions, reduce insomnia, increase immune system function, and prevent leukemia, and improve blood circulation.

 

Raw Cacao

Raw cacao beans come from the theobroma cacao tree, grown in Mexico and South America, each cacoa pod typically houses bewtween 40 – 60 cacao seeds. They are one of the best sources of magnesium and when eaten raw, as nibs, area powerful source of antioxidants – important for absorbing free radicals that can lead to inflammation. Cacao nibs are great in smoothies, on desserts and are a good source of fiber.

 

Star anise

Star anise is the star-shaped fruit of an evergreen plant known scientifically as Illicium verum. Traditionally used as a spice and also as a healing herb, star anise appears to have medicinal properties that endow it with significant health benefits. Shown to be anti-fungal, anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial too.

 

Cranberries

As far as healthy foods go, cranberries are at the top of the list due to their high nutrient and antioxidant content and are often referred to as a “superfood.” Not to mention, half a cup of cranberries contains only 25 calories! The cranberry is perhaps best known for its role in preventing UTIs, especially for those with recurrent infections. It is also known to promote vitality and vigor in the human system.

 

CAUTION / Note:
Please note, all information about herbs included on these pages are purely for information only, it does not constitute advice or recommendations. Please always check with your GP before trying any new herbal remedy or food.

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