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Two superfoods you have never heard of!

Royal jelly and saffron are the queen and king of superfoods. Here’s why

brunch Updated: Mar 07, 2017 17:39 IST
Shikha Sharma
Shikha Sharma
royal jelly,kesar,saffron
Saffron helps get rid of toxins(Shutterstock)

In the cornucopia of ancient remedies culled from the plant and animal world, two superfoods stood out among others for their special properties. These two were expensive and not easily available, so they were classified as treasures. They are a little easier to get now, and perhaps not as expensive. So here’s a look at them.

1. Royal jelly

This special compound is a unique health food that has been in use since ancient times across China and South East Asia due to its many health and youth bestowing properties.

What is royal jelly?

A product of honey, royal jelly is the food that worker bees feed their queen bee. The queen bee is the most fertile bee in the hive and her only job is to rest and eat this magical food. With this as her sole diet, the queen bee grows to a very large size and eventually is so fertile that she gives birth to many, many bees.

Health benefits

Today, royal jelly is used to treat menopausal symptoms, it helps manage infertility and is added in skin creams for its anti-ageing effects. It is also used to improve brain and neuronal functions that are linked with ageing.

2. Saffron

If royal jelly is the queen, then saffron (kesar) is the king of superfoods. In terms of weight, it’s even more expensive than gold and has been in use for thousands of years because of its special medicinal benefits.

Health benefits

Saffron is very warm in its post-digestive effect and hence, it should only be consumed in winters. It is frequently given to asthma patients in warm milk and is very good for treating recurring sinusitis, upper respiratory infections, weak lungs and low vitality.

It is also considered to be an aphrodisiac that’s linked to male fertility improvement and is a treasured ingredient in medicines used to treat skin disorders as well as blemish-reducing skin creams.

The other benefits of saffron include the treatment of menstrual disorders. Diabetics should drink saffron boiled in milk with a teaspoon of ghee. And if you have a weak liver, it helps get rid of toxins.

From HT Brunch, February 5, 2017

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First Published: Feb 05, 2017 00:11 IST