The concept of superfood is gradually gaining popularity. Superfoods are nutritionally dense and therefore beneficial for one's health. Items which have got the tag of superfoods are salmon, kale, icai, blueberries, etc. They are generally powerhouses of high doses of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, etc. Including them in your daily diet can reduce the risk of chronic disease and keep infections at bay. Apart from these, nutritionists also suggest these food items as they are low on calories.
You can call it a fad but let us tell you that this one is here to stay because of the 'desi' factor. If you think superfoods are only imported ones, then you are wrong. For Indian superfoods, you just have to look into your kitchen or listen to your grandma. Surprisingly, they are also easy on the pocket. So kick aside chia, kale, quinoa, blueberries, etc and go for the Indian options
Trust us! It is one of the superfoods and has gained global recognition. This desi superfood is rich in nutrients. Ghee boosts immunity and enhances brain function. It is good for skin, hair and can also prevent certain cancers.
If you consider quinoa as super grain of the century, then Amaranth can give it a tough fight and even emerge as the winner. Though largely ignored, it is also known as Rajgira or Ramdana which also means food of the Gods. It contains plenty of iron, fiber, zinc, calcium, etc and is also pocket-friendly.
Popped seeds of the lotus plant or gorgon nut or Makhana, as it is popularly known, are rich source of protein, fiber, carbohydrates, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous and zinc. Low in fat and sodium, they are light like cotton puffs and are good for those midnight cravings. Carry it in your bag and munch it whenever you feel like having something. It is useful for those suffering from heart disease, obesity or high blood pressure. If these benefits weren't enough, then let us tell you that it also contains an anti-aging enzyme which helps in repairing damaged protein.
Rich in Vitamin C, Amla is an excellent alternative of Goji berries. Besides being easily available, it is cheap and has an abundance of nutrients which fosters a healthy body. It helps in digestion and strengthens heart and lungs. Amla also keeps urinary infections at bay.
Turmeric is packed with nutrients and we are not talking about the haldi that's available in packets. You can easily get fresh turmeric in multi-store and even at your nearest vegetable market. Turmeric not only has multiple essential oils but also vital nutrients such as calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, copper, zinc and magnesium. Add it to your tea or warm milk and reap the benefits of this superfood.