5 must-have superfoods for your holistic kitchen

These must-have superfoods are affordable and tasty!

 

Are you looking to incorporate more superfoods into your family’s diet? In today’s post, we’re going to go over some of our family’s personal favs and their benefits, plus how you can incorporate them into your daily regime.

1.) Turmeric

Part of the ginger family, turmeric is pretty epic in its ability to heal everything from wounds to gastrointestinal issues. When I was studying at an Ayurvedic clinic in India, I remember the Doctor explaining to me how turmeric is used throughout Indian cuisine not just because it adds colour and a light flavour to food, but because of its health properties.

Curcumin- one of the beneficial compounds of turmeric-has the ability to actually kill cancer cells, according to research by Dr. Sharon Mckenna from the Cork Cancer Research Center.

We take turmeric both in capsule form ( it’s commonly used here to treat stomach cramps) and also cook with it. Kaya likes to have it on her eggs as its not an overpowering flavor and tastes quite good on the yolk. I also add loads of it into soups and even pasta sauce!

2.) Cayenne Pepper ( capsicum)

Famed student of the legendary herbalist Dr. Christopher, Dr. Richard Schulze is probably the world’s biggest enthusiast about cayenne pepper. From relieving joint pain to increasing circulation and even healing ulcers, cayenne pepper does it all. Or at least it almost does it all!

Is this why so many cultures consume spicy food?

3.) Coconut Oil

Growing up in Europe caused me to fall in love with olive oil. But when I discovered coconut oil, I was hooked! Now, we cook most of our food with organic coconut oil from local coconuts.

This miraculous oil has sadly become used less where I live ( Thailand) and has been replaced with cheap, highly processed palm oil. But due to international interest in its health benefits, coconut oil is making a comeback here and growing in popularity by the day internationally.

Lauric acid ( a compound in coconut oil) is converted into monolaurin in the body. Monolaurin is antibacterial and antiviral. The healthy fatty acids in coconut oil make it an excellent moisturizer and conditioner. It’s also delicious, so you can use it to replace your usual cooking oil. Some people actually add it to their coffee!

4.) Schizandra

Master herbalist Ron Teeguarden’s favorite herb, schizandra is the ‘herb that does it all’. When our family lived in Korea, we could buy the dried berries at almost all supermarkets as it is consumed in tea form throughout Korea and other parts of Asia. However, Schizandra isn’t well known in the West.

Schizandra is revered for its rejuvinating and skin beautifying properties. Whenever I take it in capsule or tea form, I never need to moisturize. My skin feels soft and people claim I look younger. It is also claimed to help concentration and has energizing properties. This is absolutely me all-time favorite supplement to take and it’s a must-have!

You can also add tried schizandra berries to honey and take a teaspoon of the mixture each day. My daughter just eats the berries plain, and so does my husband, but I think most kids won’t like the taste of them as they are quite sour and bitter.

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5.) Yerba Mate

The best way to start the day, in my humble opinion, is with a piping hot mug of yerba mate. It’s an antioxidant powerhouse with an ORAC value of 6000 units ( fyi, that is huge). On top op it being healthy, it is the ultimate pick-me-up.

Professor Elvira de Meija from the University of Illinois has stated, ‘ “The caffeine derivatives in mate tea not only induced death in human colon cancer cells, they also reduced important markers of inflammation.”

The world is filled with superfoods of many varieties and that can easily be incorporated into your daily diet. The ones I’ve listed above are a great starting ground and have been invaluable to our family’s journey to wellness.

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