We don’t know about you guys, but we are totally ready for the weekend. We are ready to kick back and relax, so we can feel rejuvenated by Monday. One way to do just that is through super foods! Superfoods are nutrient-dense foods that have been proven to be especially beneficial for health and well being. So, before indulging in some of your favorite superfoods, how about kicking the weekend off with these interesting facts about them?
1) We may sprinkle goji berries on our smoothies for an added crunch, but in China they drink their goji berries. Rather than enjoy them as a chewy treat, goji berries are instead used in teas and soups.
2) Don’t be fooled by the fact that hempseed comes from the cannibas plant, it does not contain THC, the primary ingredient in marijuana.
3) Maine produces more blueberries than anywhere else in the world.
4) Chia Seeds are an ancient superfood, in fact records indicate they were used as a food source as far back as 3500 B.C. It was the third most important crop for the Aztecs, who recognized it as a “superfood” and prized it so highly that it was often used as currency.
5) Flaxseed is another ancient superfood. It was cultivated in Babylon as early as 3000 BC, according to the Flax Council of Canada.
6) Cacao contains the chemical, phenylethylamine, which causes a change in blood pressure and blood-sugar levels leading to feelings of excitement and alertness. Yet another reason to eat chocolate.
7) Acai berries are a superfood that are super hard to get. Acai palm trees can grow as high as 60 feet in the Brazilian rainforest. Because harvesting is done by hand, the locals responsible for collecting the berries have to scale dangerous heights to retrieve these tasty treats.
8) Lucuma Powder has been proven to significantly increase wound closure and promote tissue regeneration. Through a study done at Rutgers University, lucuma powder has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and skin repair effects.
9) A 2004 study found that the smell of cinnamon helped boost brain function. The study tested cinnamon against the effects of jasmine, peppermint, and no odor as the study participants performed tasks involving recognition memory. Cinnamon had the strongest positive effect on study subjects cognitive processing skills.
10) In a recent study done by the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, tests on mice revealed that certain chemicals found in maqui berries may have helped lessen pain (as well as offered antioxidant benefits and reduced inflammation).
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