What is a superfood? How can it help you?


We will be discovering ancient wisdom when we dive into the topic of superfoods. India with its rich culinary culture is said to be a treasure trove of superfoods. Superfoods are nutrient-dense powerhouses that offer myriad of health benefits. As I say, beyond their modern and trendy reputation these days, superfoods have deep roots in ancient Indian traditions. These foods are celebrated not only for their taste but also for their healing properties

Ancient significance of Superfoods

When we take a look into the history. In ancient Indian traditions, food was not just a means of sustenance. It was more than that. It was considered medicine for the body and soul. The science of Ayurveda is an example of the ancient system of medicine. This emphasized the importance of a balanced diet to maintain physical and mental well-being. Many superfoods were revered for their ability to nourish the body, boost immunity, and promote longevity.

Now that we know how great superfoods are let us understand some of these foods which we can implement practically in our everyday diet

Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

Every Indian home uses turmeric. It has great anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The phytochemical curcumin has been shown to eliminate free radical damage in the body. You can just add turmeric to curries, soups, or make a turmeric-infused golden milk for a soothing beverage.

Amla (Indian Gooseberry)

This fruit takes a nostalgic route. Amla drink was one of our summertime favourites. It is rich in Vitamin C and offers many packed minerals in the small pulp. Amla is valued for its immunity-boosting properties. You can always consume amla in its raw form, as a juice, or include it in chutneys and preserves.

Ghee (Clarified Butter)

Ghee was a staple in Ayurvedic cooking, ghee is believed to enhance digestion and promote vitality. They are a boon for lactose intolerant people for their fat and calcium requirements.  It can help with the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like Vitamin A, Vitamin D. Talking about its uses, Ghee can be used for sautéing, frying, or just a flavourful addition to rice and lentil dishes.

Moringa (Drumstick Tree)

This is known as “Sahijan,” in Ayurvedic science. Moringa is valued for its nutritional density. It can reduce body inflammation. It can lower body cholesterol levels and can also help manage blood sugars. Incorporation of moringa in the diet can be through salads, soups, or preparing a nutrient-rich moringa tea.

Ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng)

A very powerful ingredient and rightly called a superfood. It is used for its adaptogenic properties, promoting stress relief and vitality. Ashwagandha is also known to reduce inflammation and help in managing body fat levels. It can improve testosterone and increase male fertility. You can consume ashwagandha in powdered form, either in warm milk or as a supplement.

Here are some recipes to incorporate these superfoods into your diet

Smoothies and Juices: Blend amla, moringa, and other superfoods into smoothies or juices for a refreshing and nutritious drink.

Turmeric Lattes: Prepare a golden milk latte by mixing turmeric with warm milk, honey, and a dash of black pepper.

Superfood Salads: Create vibrant salads with a mix of colorful vegetables, garnished with seeds like chia or flaxseed for added nutrition.

Ayurvedic Teas: Explore herbal teas with ashwagandha or tulsi (holy basil) for a calming and health-boosting beverage.

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