When it comes to superfoods, there are a whole lot of varieties available in our market nowadays,both foreign and Indian. However there are some Indian staple foods that are ruling the scene for decades, know for their nutritive and anti inflammatory properties. Let us look into some of the Indian superfoods
that you need to add to your diet.
Moringa / Drumsticks
South Indian delicacies such as Sambar and Avail are incomplete without its main ingredient Moringa / Drumsticks. This fibrous vegetable comes from ‘Moringa Oliefera‘ (Tree of Life). The leaves and fruits of this tree are power-packed with nutrients and are used for several medicinal purposes. The Moringa / Drumsticks itself are a rich source of antioxidants such as flavanoids & beta-carotene, fibre, essential Amino acids, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, calcium, potassium and vitamin A,C,D. Not just that, its leaves are also fibre-rich and, if consumed regularly, can help reduce blood cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Another popular tropical Indian fruit that is slowly climbing the superfood ladder is Jackfruit. It is rich in potassium, copper, calcium, carbohydrates, protein and vitamin A,B,C. Jackfuit can be consumed even in its raw form. Regular jackfruit consumption aids in easy digestion and improves bowel movements, thanks to its high fibre content. Apart from this, the mucilaginous pulp of the fruit is also known to boost your immune system, improve thyroid, skin, and vision function.
Ghee has been part of our diet for centuries. Now, however, the rest of the world is applauding desi ghee after recognizing its amazing benefits and magnificent properties. Recent studies have found that though high in fat, daily consumption of ghee in adequate/ moderate quantities can help reduce blood cholesterol. It is rich in antioxidants and can boost digestive health by aiding the absorption of vitamins and minerals from other foods. Desi ghee is also rich in butyric acid, which helps in boost immunity and lowering inflammation.
Turmeric is an important spice in our cuisine, and besides being a key ingredient in cooking turmeric has a special place in Indian medicine also. The active component in turmeric is ‘Curcumin‘ and it is credited for its numerous health benefits. it is known to help with ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory disorders as well as for neurological disorders and skin and eye conditions. Turmeric is the best natural anti-bacterial agent and antiseptic that helps fight infections. Before bed, having a glass of warm milk with a pinch of turmeric powder in it is in fact a a very effective remedy for common cold.