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A guide to superfoods

health-and-fitness Updated: Mar 25, 2014 18:38 IST

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I’m constipated on most days. I feel tired, my skin lacks lustre and my eyes don’t sparkle. I don’t have time for elaborate healthy meals. Can you suggest one or two superfoods that can help? http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/3/25_03_13-HTCafe_Pg6f.jpg

Over-farming has depleted the soil of its natural mineral content — chromium-deficient soils lead to blood sugar imbalances (hypoglycemia, diabetes); selenium-deficient soils lead to poor immune function, cancer and heart disease; iodine-deficient soils lead to thyroid problems; and zinc-deficient soils lead to stunted growth. To add to it, our food goes through processing to accommodate the stress of modern living. Slicing, cutting, freeze-drying and canning deprive the already depleted food of valuable nutrients. After food reaches our kitchens we overcook it, add salt, fry it and reheat it. By the time we actually eat it, it has lost more than 80 per cent of its nutrient value. To restore some nutrients, we need to nourish our bodies with foods that are dense in nutrients.

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Wheatgrass

In colour therapy, green is known to correct most imbalances and weaknesses that exist in the body. The tender leaves of wheatgrass are rich in chlorophyll (the green colouring matter of plants) which is known to have tremendous health benefits. It benefits anaemic conditions, helps reduce high blood pressure, relieves constipation, purifies the blood and liver, benefits the skin, reduces body odour and is packed with loads of vitamins and minerals. Wheatgrass juice can be taken regularly to counter deficiencies. It is high on proteins and can pack upto 90 minerals out of the 102 generally found in rich soil. Additionally, it has unique digestive enzymes, which help solve indigestion. The molecular structure of chlorophyll is similar to that of haemoglobin and it is also known as ‘green blood’.



Micro-algae

Chlorella, spirulina and wild blue-green algae also come under the category of nutrient-dense superfoods. These foods are very rich in proteins, chlorophyll and pro-vitamin A. The nutrient content of these micro-algae vary according to the way they are cultivated. Micro-algae have three times more protein than animal foods, and are four times easier to digest. Foods of such high nutrient density can help correct protein, vitamin, mineral deficiencies.



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