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One of the essential factors that are equally important as air and water is the food. All living things on earth survive on food of various forms. There are several food cultures in the world that was evolved depending on various factors including regional characteristics, climatic conditions and the availability of food. Earlier people depended on natural food that consisted of fresh natural fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts. Later with the invention of cooking methods natural foods were replaced by the cooked and processed foods. As a result of changed lifestyle many of the natural nutritional foods were ignored by majority of people.
In many parts of the world there are several foods that are available only on particular regions. Asian countries are rich with the flora and fauna than any other countries in the world. The foods available in many countries are highly rich in all essential nutrients that provide health for the proper body functions. Another most popular common belief that prevails in Asian countries regarding the intake of food is that nutritious foods are the foundation of good, healthy and long lasting life. It is also proven fact and belief that nutritious foods create positive energy that enables to do activities with great energy.
Though there are several fruits that are rich in nutrients there are certain foods that are tagged as super foods rich in all vital components. Intake of these foods helps to have good and better dietary system that improves the life style. There are eight great foods that promote health with its high nutrient content.
Camu camu or Myrciaria dubia is the most widely used berry by many of the Asian country natives that is rich in all vitamins and have balanced source of all other nutrients. It has the high content of vitamin C and the intake of this berry helps to fill the deficiency of vitamin C. Other benefits of its consumption includes the improvement in eyesight, strength to immune system, reduces inflammation, improve skin texture and blood circulation and promotes brain and liver function.
Maqui or Aristotelia chilensis is another berry rich in anthocyanins, polyphenols in a very high level and its regular intake prevents many chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, liver problems. It also prevents diarrhea and inflammation. It helps in healthy heart functions and promotes high energy level and weight loss that is a boon for overweight people. It enhances the complexion and used in many beauty enhancing products in the cosmetic industry.
Fish is the most acceptable universal food and in many countries the staple menu contains fish. Cold water or fresh water fish like sardines and Alaskan salmons have high Omega -3 fatty acids that improve the heart health and also help to prevent depression and other mental instability.
Coconut is another trusted food from time immemorial for its goodness. The coconut water is rich in electrolytes and promotes hydration and excellent energy for all body functions. It contains unsaturated fats and essential nutrients that help to reduce blood sugar level and pressure. Coconut oil is used as cooking oil and hair oil in many Asian countries.
Graviola or Soursop is a native fruit of Africa and South America that is used as an effective cure against breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, and inflammation, for lowering blood pressure, neurotic problems and depression. The Graviola trees’ bark, twigs and leaves also contain several medicinal properties. The major draw back excess Graviola fruit consumption is that it might cause symptoms similar to Parkinson’s disease.
Another energy enhancing food is the Cacao that is rich in Zinc, magnesium, iron and chromium. The regular intake prevents anemia and hypoglycemia and helps to improve the immune system.
Goji berries are another power packed food that gives high energy levels enriched with vital vitamins and minerals helps to fight against heart diseases, cancer and Alzheimers.
Chia seed or Salvia hispanica is the staple source of the Aztec warriors that are filled with omega-3 fatty acids, protein and fiber and prevents cardio vascular problems and helps to improve digestion and detoxification process in the body.
Realizing the benefits of these power packed foods and its regular usage helps have numerous health benefits.