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Top 5 Unusual SuperFoods

I continue my search for superfoods and insights into the nutritional values of foods. Did you expect that nutmeg, goji berries, maca roots, spinach and chilli peppers are all powerful aphrodisiacs and medicine for body and soul? Learn more…

Nutmeg
Nutmeg is the seed of the tree which belongs to Myristica family and the only tropical fruit to produce two different spices, known as mace and nutmeg. This powerful spice was praised in antiquity for its aphrodisiac and healing properties. Nutmeg contains most of the vitamin B complex, vitamin A, C, and together with flavanoids, this combination works as antioxidants, protecting against infections and illnesses. It is also a good source of trimyristin and essential volatile oils, as well as potassium, copper, calcium, iron, zinc, and magnesium. These minerals and vitamins form a strong therapeutic application to support antidepressant, digestive, and antifungal functions. Nutmeg is considered a strong detoxifier for liver and kidneys. In ancient Rome, people used nutmeg to stimulate the brain and fight fatigue. Elements such as myristicin and elemicin have beneficial properties on the brain and nervous system. Chinese medicine suggests that this aphrodisiac spice can relieve pain and treat inflammation.

Goji berries
Goji berries are most known for their powerful antioxidant qualities. They are packed with phytochemicals such as flavanoids, glucosinolate, and phyto-oestrogens, which promote cell growth and protect the body from free radicals. These berries provide a high nutrient content in the form of carbohydrates, protein, fat, and fibre. Goji berries are also rich in vitamins A and C, amino acids, calcium, iron, zinc, selenium, and potassium. This nutrient complex makes goji berries an excellent defender against high blood pressure and bad cholesterol. They improve sleep, liver functioning, and eyesight. Goji berries have been used by ancient herbalists in China and Tibet for at least six thousand years to promote longevity and improve sexual function and fertility. They are usually sold dried and have a strong resemblance to raisins. Certain studies indicate that these berries may not interact well with certain medications, especially for blood pressure and diabetes. Therefore, it’s best to consult with a doctor prior a consumption of goji berries.

Maca Roots
Maca root contains glucosinolates, which have an impressive effect on stamina, anti-aging, and fertility boost. Maca provides a magical set of nutrients which support the endocrine system and the glands to produce sex hormones. Maca root was found to boost testosterone production in men, improve sperm count, and combat erectile dysfunction. Women can also benefit from this wonder herb; it helps to regulate production of oestrogen, progesterone, and testosterone; therefore it can help to treat hormone-related disorders. It also helps to regulate menopausal symptoms, menstrual cycles, and emotional swings. On top of that, maca has many minerals and vitamins: carbohydrates, protein, fibre, amino acids, calcium, iron, soloca, manganese, zinc, copper, saponins, sterols, tannins, and alkaloids, which contribute to muscle growth and bone density.

Spinach
Spinach is a flowering plant that is often called a ‘powerful’ food for its rich nutrient content. Spinach’s nutritional value comes from antioxidants, vitamins A, C, E, and K, folic acid, iron, potassium, and calcium. It also contains trace minerals such as manganese, magnesium, zinc, selenium, and fatty acids. Folic acid helps to lower the blood levels of homocysteine, a protein that can cause damage to arteries. Another secret ingredient is lutein, an element that protects against eye-related disease and certain types of cancer. Spinach is a great food for a weight-loss diet, because it’s low in fat and high in fibre. Raw spinach contains a very rare enzyme called Q10, which has shown to improve sperm movement. High amounts of foliate help to boost fertility in men and women, while vitamin E ensures the production of necessary hormones responsible for sexual health.

Chilli peppers
Chilli peppers are hot and sexy, because of their rich content of capsaicin, a chemical which stimulates sexual health. Capsaicin is responsible for the spicy qualities of chilli peppers, and this ‘hot’ substance is important for many processes in the body. It can act as a painkiller, antibiotic, and metabolism booster; it also has anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effects. But most importantly, capsaicin increases the blood flow and stimulates the production of endorphins which are known for mood- and libido-lifting qualities. Capsaicin raises the pulse, increases sensitivity and heart rate, produces tingling, and induces sweating, which people usually experience during intercourse. Chilli peppers are very nutritious and contain a high amount of folic acid and vitamins A and C. This spicy veggie protects the heart, boosts the production of ‘good’ cholesterol, relieves congestion, and fights migraines.

Chilli peppers originated in South and Central America. They were used as an anaesthetic in ancient American civilizations over six thousand years ago. Chillies also played a role in the mystical and spiritual lives of the Aztecs, Maya, and Incas. They considered chilli a holy plant and worshiped it to please the gods. In ancient Indian folklore, chillies protected against evil. Chilli peppers became known as an aphrodisiac not only for their capsaicin magic. Some types of chilli peppers have a bright red colour, which is associated with passion and love, since red is a symbol of love in many cultures.

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This article was written on 05 Mar 2014.