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Four Interesting Ingredients You Need To Know About

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Bee Pollen

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The pollen harvested by bee keepers is an ingredient that can be added as a topping on smoothies or between a peanut butter sandwich for its several health benefits. “Bee pollen is abundant in protein around 22.7% .These include a variety of essential amino acids [and] proteins the body cannot synthesize on its own” (Uebergang). Various studies have suggested that it contains detoxing qualities that helps the body in its detoxing process. In a study performed on rats, their blood serum levels were lowered of the toxic substances and additionally protected “the liver cells from their harmful effects” (Olczyk). In addition, sources also suggest that bee pollen “ameliorated the inflammatory effects of neuro-toxic agents” (Uebergang).

Tamarillo

Tamarillos

Tamarillo also known as tree tomato, is a fruit that is native to South America but also popular in New Zealand and Australia for their acidic and juicy taste. There are ” three known types in the Andean region: red, yellow and purple” (Prohens). It is packed with vitamins and has various health benefits such as;

  • Helps reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Regulates blood pressure
  • Beneficial for eye health
  • Boosts metabolism It contains vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and pro-vitamin A. Additionally, it has a good amount of B-complex vitamins such as niacin, thiamine and riboflavin.

Prior to consumption of the fruit ” the exocarp and the internal part of the mesocarp should be removed as they have a bitter taste” (Prohens)

Fruit Anatomy
Characteristics of the fruit

Chlorella

Chlorella powder

Chlorella is freshwater algae known to be a super-food for its several health benefits “as a supplement, it has shown promise in improving cholesterol levels and ridding the body of toxins.” (Jennings). It contains many nutrients that includes omega-3 fatty acids, minerals and vitamins (B12 and C) and protein. You can purchase chlorella in the form of dried powder, growth factor (supplements) and as fresh liquid. A study performed by the Faculty of Sport and Health Science, Ritsumeikan University, Shiga, Japan, concluded that “chlorella could be a beneficial supplement for even vigorously trained athletes, as well as habitually exercising individuals, and those with metabolic disorders” (Horii). It is a good source of several vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. If you are using the powder form of chlorella use 1/4 tsp in your smoothies and add a natural sweetener to balance out the overpowering taste of chlorella.

Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake Mushrooms

Mushrooms are used in a variety of cuisines due to their low amount of calories, ” carbohydrates, fat, and sodium” (Valverde), and their cholesterol-free nature. They provide “important nutrients, including selenium, potassium, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin D, proteins, and fiber” (Valverde). Shiitake mushrooms in specific produce lentinan and β-glucan that help suppress the rapid growth of leukemia cells and have “antitumor and hypocholesterolemic activity” (Valverde). By adding high Shiitake mushroom in a high-fat diet can help “prevent body weight gain, fat deposition and can be used as a functional food to prevent obesity.” (Handayani).

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