Hidden wonder foods around the world

By      16-Oct 2019       Reading Time: 8 Mins

Hidden wonder foods around the world

When we look at today’s scenario, busy and hectic lifestyle has left people with many lifestyle diseases.

One thing which is of utmost importance is the health!

People indulge in wide variety of foods, and every time eating food will not provide you with nutrition and nourishment, instead it may also develop obesity, heart diseases and high blood pressure levels when indulged in mindless eating.

One should evaluate and should be aware of what is good for them. So, here we have come up with (wonder foods list) 10 super foods from around the world that are hidden with wide variety of nutrients. Let’s dive in some hidden wonder foods around the World (7 Indian, 3 foreign):

Lovage from South-West Asia and Europe: Lovage is a less-known herb that belongs to the parsley family. It has traditionally been used in South-West Asia and Europe to reduce pain and swelling in the lower urinary tract, helps in preventing kidney stones and to increase the flow of urine in people with urinary tract infections.

Lovage serves as a diuretic and promotes urination without electrolyte loss. This helps flush the urinary tract and ultimately may contribute to preventing kidney stones.

Other traditional uses of lovage include treating indigestion, heartburn, bloating, irregular menstruation, headache and migraine.

Caraway seeds from Malaysia: Caraway seeds are traditionally known to be used for weight loss in Malaysia and in a study, Malaysian researcher discovered that when used in combination with exercise, caraway seeds helped significantly in lowering body fat percentage in obese women.

Caraway seeds are also extensively used to relieve heartburn and bloating, while some Malaysian women believe it can help initiate menstruation and relieve menstrual cramps.

Plus, it’s approved as a safe herbal remedy to be used for the treatment of spasms in the stomach and intestines.

Garcinia Cambogia from Indonesia and South-East Asia: Garcinia cambogia or Garcinia gummi-gutta is a tropical species of garcinia native to Indonesia. Common names also, include brindle berry or Malabar tamarind. The fruit resembles a small pumpkin and is green to pale yellow in colour. It contains 70% HCA (Hydroxy Citric Acid) which inhibits the body from making new fat cells and makes you feel full for longer duration thereby burning the old fat cells. Garcinia also increases the energy levels by increasing metabolism and burning more calories thus, helps in improving digestive system.

Buransh: Buransh is actually a flower which is a type of Rhododendron, a tree which is found in Himalayan district. It is also found In Nepal, Bhutan and Srilanka. It’s a national flower of Nepal. It is a small tree or shrub with striking red flower grown on mountain slope hills. A juice is made out of these flowers which helps in combating many health issues like heart diseases and headache. Also, it is anti- inflammatory and antioxidant.

Starfruit: Carambola commonly called star fruit is a star-shaped tropical fruit with sweet and sour flavour. Although this fruit is abundant and plentiful, carambola is yet to gain popularity, especially in the western world. The health benefits of star fruit include boosting the immune system, stimulating lactation, protecting the skin, detoxifying the body, relieving respiratory distress, aiding in weight loss, improving metabolism, preventing cancer, optimizing digestion and helps in building strong bones. It is an excellent source of anti-inflammatory and boosts hair and skin health.

Mangosteen: Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana) is an exotic, tropical fruit with a slightly sweet and sour taste. It can be found in various tropical regions around the world. It is a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. Also, known for its anti-cancerous properties, along with promoting immunity.

Hog plum: Hog plum (Spondias mombin), also called yellow mombin. The hog plum is cultivated for their edible plum-like fruits. The young leaves can also be eaten, and various parts of this plant are used in traditional medicine. The plant is rich in vitamin-C, iron, antioxidant and helps in heart diseases.

Jangli jalebi (sweet tamarind): The seed pods contain a sweet and sour pulp which is eaten raw in Mexico and India. It can be accompanied to various meat dishes, can be used as a base for drinks with sugar and water. Also, its bark is used as an astringent for dysentery.

Lingru (fiddlehead fern): Fiddlehead ferns are unique by their appearance, nutrition and taste profile. The young curly shoots carry just 34 calories per 100 gram. Their high-quality plant-nutrition consists of health-benefiting antioxidants, omega-3 & omega-6 essential fatty acid, high in antioxidants, vitamin A and carotenes, vitamin- C, potassium, copper, manganese.

Buddhas hand: Like its fellow-named citron, Buddha’s hand is used mainly for its zest and peel. In reality, most varieties don’t consist of any fruit or pulp to eat inside the peel-covered finger. Just break off a “finger” from the hand and grate or peel the bright lemon exterior for its unique zest.

Over to you

Here we have listed some of the hidden gems in food categories that are highly nutritious and will be an addition to your optimal health. So, try and include them in your diet for various health benefits.

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