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Superfoods and Adaptogens Health Benefits Backed by Science
Journal of Functional Foods
Cordyceps sinensis , has long been popular in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) with an overwhelming list of pharmacological properties including “invigorate the lung and nourish the kidney” (Dong & Yao, 2008). This endoparasitic fungus also has claims of anti-cancer , anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties.
Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Spirulina improves the body’s immunity function by stimulating the production of antibodies and white blood cells that fight bacteria and viruses. They are also high in anti-oxidant properties that protect tissues and reduce toxicity in the liver, kidney and testes. Spirulina have also been shown to help regulate lipid and carbohydrate metabolism.
Journal of Applied Phycology
Spirulina is a microscopic filamentous alga that is rich in proteins, vitamins, essential amino acids, minerals and essential fatty acids like γ-linolenic acid (GLA). Many pre-clinical studies and a few clinical studies suggest therapeutic effects ranging from a reduction in cholesterol and cancer to enhancing the immune system, increasing intestinal lactobacilli, reducing nephrotoxicity by heavy metals and drugs and radiation protection.
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Turmeric may help reduce irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptomology in otherwise healthy adults. In a study done on 207 adults with IBS, prevalence decreased significantly in 60% of participant who were taking Turmeric pills for 8 weeks.
Curcumin, the main yellow bioactive component of turmeric, has been shown to have a wide spectrum of biological actions. These include anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-carcinogenic, anti-diabetic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties.
Its anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and antioxidant roles can be clinically exploited to control rheumatism, carcinogenesis and oxidative stress-related pathogenesis. Clinically, curcumin is already being used to reduce post-operative inflammation. Safety evaluation studies indicate that both turmeric and curcumin are well tolerated at a very high dose without any toxic effects.
Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety Journal
Hemp protein contains all nine essential amino acids required by humans . Its amino acid profile is characterized by very high levels of arginine and glutamic acid, with moderate quantity of sulfur-containing amino acids.
Arginine has been recognized by several clinical studies for its considerable role in ammonia detoxification, fetal growth, and reducing insulin resistance (Wu et al., 2009). Zhou and Danbolt (2014) have also highlighted the vital role of glutamate as a neurotransmitter in brain.
Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Nettle (Urtica dioica L.) has a powerful antioxidant activity. 250 μg of soluble nettle showed 98% inhibition on peroxidation. Moreover, Nettle can effectively reduce free radical scavenging and has displayed antimicrobial abilities.
European Journal of Pharmacology
Red beets are rich in betalains, a substance found to protect mice from gamma radiation.
The underlying mechanism remains unclear but appears to be mediated by the antioxidant activity of the betalains and its impact on the immune system to prevent an excessive response that often results in tissue damage.
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