5 Top Super Foods (in no particular order)
3. Sumac. This great food has an ORAC value of 312,400 per 100 grams – it boasts one of the highest antioxidant levels of any food on the planet. Sumac is a red spice that has been used all over the Mediterranean, parts of Italy and Turkey, as well as throughout the Middle East for thousands of years. The spice comes from berries that grow on a bush. This amazing herb has antiomicrobial qualities and has been used to treat everything from hyperglycemia, diabetes and obesity. In a recent experiment, animals who drank water spiked with sumac had less oxidized DNA bases in their colons, livers, lungs and lymphocytes.
4. Cloves. Cloves (Eugenia caryophyllus) are one of the healthiest foods on the planet. They are indigenous to Indonesia but now grow almost everywhere. Cloves have incredibly high antioxidant levels, are anti-inflammatory, are full of Omega-3s, Vitamin K, dietary fiber, and Vitamin C.They also contain an active compound called eugenol, which can protect the body from environmental pollution that cause numerous types of cancer. Cloves have even been used in dentistry to reduce gum pain or to stop bleeding after a root canal.
5. Cilantro. Cilantro is used in Vietnamese and Mexican cooking primarily, but also in Indian and Mediterranean recipes. Cilantro offers dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and essential oils as well as antioxidants that help to fight a long list of diseases. Just 100g of cilantro daily provide more than 225 % of the daily recommended vitamin dosage of Vitamin A. Cilantro is also a rich source of Vitamin K, B-6, and C as well as numerous trace minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, and manganese.
Cilantro is an analgesic, and aphrodisiac, has fungicidal properties and also helps with digestion. Cilantro can also be used to help rid the body of heavy metals since it binds to them and thereafter they are expelled them from the body. Cilantro can also protect against urinary tract infections, lower blood sugar, lower bad cholesterol, reduce menstrual cramps and lessen mood swings caused by changes in hormones.