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Ingredients you need to know about.

Wednesday, April 2017

 

Ingredients you need to know about.

Every week there seems to be another superfood ingredient that we must add into our diet. It can be hard to keep up and even harder understanding what they are. Some are already well known and others are new to health food stores, as always read the labels to ensure that they are safe for you to use. 

Here is a quick list of what’s trending in health food now.

 

Maca

A root vegetable native to Peru, Maca has an earthy, nutty flavour and is most commonly found in powder form. The Benefits of Maca include energy and mood boosting, improved skin and menstrual relief. Maca works to regulate hormones and promote endocrine balance, which can alleviate symptoms of PMS and cramps.

Turmeric

Turmeric has long been used and prized for its anti-inflammatory properties. Today, you can find it just about anywhere. The main compound responsible for its anti-inflammatory benefits, curcumin, has been used to fight simple colds and flu's, Alzheimer's disease, liver damage, prevent cancer, and of course relieve inflammation.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil can be found in most major supermarkets these days as it has become very popular. Coconut oil is a highly anti-inflammatory fat that is made up of mostly medium-chain fatty acids, which are easier to digest and not readily stored as fat. In addition, coconut oil contains antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties from caprylic, lauric, and capric acids, aiding in reducing inflammation. It's great to cook with and even better used as skin care.

Camu Camu

Camu camu is becoming increasingly popular as a health supplement for its antioxidant properties. Camu Camu mostly grows in the Amazon rainforest in Peru, Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela, where its fruits and leaves are used for medicinal purposes for many years. The fruit is full of vitamin C and has anti-viral properties, making it great to help fight the common cold.

Hemp seed protein

Hemp seed protein is plant based protein powered, that is being used in place of traditional protein powered. It's full of essential fats, enzymes and is a complete protein source. It has a mild taste so it can be mixed into smoothies or other dishes without a harsh taste.

 


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