Discover nutritional powerhouses or Indian superfoods, that boost immunity, wellbeing and vitality.
#1 Buckwheat or Kuttu
For those with a gluten intolerance or allergy, buckwheat, or ‘kuttu’ is a perfect grain replacement. Though this is a more popular food during fasts, buckwheat flour is versatile and can be used to make rotis, pancakes and even bread.
Buckwheat has several nutritional benefits. For one, it is low in carbohydrates in comparison to other grains and cereals. Also, it helps regulate blood pressure and cholesterol and is a rich source of magnesium, too.
#2 Coconut oil
Coconut oil has 50% lauric acid, which is proven to facilitate weight loss. Research shows that lauric acic triggers the production of ketones, which help control hunger and cravings. So get this benefit, by cooking with coconut oil.
Also, bear in mind that this is an ideal substitute for butter, in baked goods too. And if you feel brave enough, invest in a bottle of cold pressed, unsaturated coconut oil and drink a daily spoonful!
The active ingredient in turmeric, or ‘haldi’ is curcumin, a compound proven to reduce inflammation, tumor growth, and strengthen immunity. To get the best benefits, use raw turmeric instead of the powdered variety in your food.
Or you can even drink a teapoonful of juice! Alternatively, just make sure you add turmeric powder to as many foods, as possible, and have a bedtime drink of milk brewed with turmeric.
#3 Holy Basil
Holy basil, or ‘tulsi’, is a plant often worshipped in Hindu households. This is known as an adaptogenic herb, which means that it can undo the damage caused by stress and free radicals.
For centuries now, tulsi has been used to treat sore throats, colds and other common illnesses due to its antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. For the best benefits, brew some leaves with haldi and black pepper and drink a spoonful with honey.
#3 Fenugreek or Methi seeds
These pungent seeds have more benefits than imaginable. Most importantly, recent studies done by Indian doctors confirm that eating methi or fenugreek seeds help control the blood sugar.
In fact, their positive impact on glucose metabolism can be attributed to an amino acid know as 4-hydroxyisoleucine. This is believed to stimulate the production of insulin in the pancreas. So, what’s stopping you from eating some methi sprouts, or having a spoonful of powder with water?