While most of the western world has relied on traditional medicine and pharmaceuticals in the past 100 years, super foods and natural healing treatments are popping up in natural food stores and online finding their way in homes of the ailing and aging population. Health secrets, existing for thousands of years from around the globe, are being acknowledged and trialed for those trying to maintain a healthier quality of life.
South American Camu Camu
Not too common in the United States, the camu camu fruit has delivered health benefits to those in Peru and other regions of South America. The tropical fruit, which scuttles over banks of the Amazon River, is full of amino acids and phytochemicals. The delicacy improves mood and calms the nervous system. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties and packed with vitamins. According to www.worldbotanicals.com, the Peruvian government is optimistic that once the fruit’s benefits are discovered, it will become a major import. It is available as a powder and is available at online and in some natural food stores.
Chinese Pu-erh Tea
2000 years ago, pu-erh tea was discovered when Chinese merchants carried the tea on horse caravans from the village of Pu-erh, China. The earthy, bold leaves contains powerful flavonoids, probiotics and has been known to reduce weight. According to Dr. Tran Dai-Sy, a recent study revealed that those who drank the tea daily for 2 months, lost up to 10 pounds. It has been known to burn fat, reduce cholesterol and rev up the metabolism.
Pu-erh tea can be found in natural food stores and tea shops.
Known as the “golden spice of life”, turmeric is the yellow spice used for over 4000 years in India and throughout the world for cooking and treating many ailments. India has cultivated the spice since ancient days and it still prevails in most of the daily dishes. One dish is the Indian curry. The main ingredient, curcumin, stimulates production of bile by the gall bladder which helps digestion. The list of health benefits is lengthy for this wonder spice.
Australian Emu Oil
The aborigines of Australia discovered the health benefits of emu oil several years ago. Today, the oil of Australia is used for healing dry skin, reducing inflammation, bruising and muscle pain. The oil is gathered from a thick fatty pad on the emu’s back. Emu oil can be bought online or in certain health food stores.
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