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The year 2020 has been quite a ride, there were so many situations we came across that we had never experienced before. The uncertainty and obstacles have all made us understand life a little better. And as this year is now coming to an end, we are nothing but grateful for all the learnings.
Although the year was filled with struggles, we discovered several superfoods that are a true blessing for our health. And no matter what, these healthy foods should be a part of your diet, even after the pandemic comes to an end.
So, these are the seven superfoods that were the heroes of 2020:
The most important thing we learned this year is that ‘health is the real wealth’, and nothing is as important as taking care of your health and well-being. And when it comes to immunity-boosting, the food that tops the list is giloy. Almost every single person has consumed this superfood this year, whether in the form of supplements or kadha.
This heart-shaped herb contains generous amounts of antioxidants that help your body fight off the free radicals and disease-causing germs. Further, it also helps your body in removing the toxins and thus purifying blood.
In Ayurveda, amla is considered to be one of the most beneficial ingredients that helps in the prevention of various diseases. Since amla is rich in vitamin C and A, polyphenol and flavonoid, it is believed that consuming this superfood can increase the number of white blood cells in your body that are responsible for fighting off foreign particles. These white blood cells further strengthen your body’s natural defence.
Moreover, a study published in the International Journal of Pharmaceuticals also found that amla has strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can prevent seasonal flu.
First, the lockdown and then the rising cases of covid, this pandemic wasn’t easy on anyone’s mental health. The only thing that remained constant this year was stress. And tulsi leaves have truly helped us in relieving stress all this while.
Wondering how tulsi leaves can help? Tulsi leaves contain abundant adaptogens that help in relaxing your nervous system, and increase blood circulation, thereby reducing stress from your body.
Who hasn’t binged on their favourite foods during the lockdown? Everyone has, and we all have been guilty about that. But in an attempt to live and eat healthier, we have also balanced our diet by including seeds. While there are many seeds available in the market today, chia seeds have been everywhere — whether accompanied in a breakfast bowl, or in salads!
From boosting energy to being a good source of protein, there’s a very good reason why chia seed should be in your diet. It is also a rich source of fibre and minerals which further promotes a healthy digestive system.
Mosambi is a rich source of vitamin C and flavonoids which have antioxidant, anti-bacterial, and detoxifying properties. So, when your body needs that hydration or antioxidant boost, trust mosambi! It will help combat various infections and enhance your immunity.
Kali Mirch or black peppercorn has been widely used in all Indian households during this pandemic, either in the form of a kadha or as a spice in food. A study published in the journal of Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition also found that black peppercorn has antioxidant, antimicrobial, and gastro-protective properties which can help you build stronger immunity.
Ashwagandha, the root herb has also become way popular during the covid times, because of its antibacterial, antimicrobial, and immunity-boosting properties. Ashwagandha has earned a credible reputation for all the right reasons, and it also helps fight anxiety and stress.
The Ayurvedic herb suppresses the level of cortisol hormones in your body to calm your nerves. According to a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, it was found that those participants who have had ashwagandha noted an improvement in their anxiety or stress levels.