100 Best Health Foods – Volume 16: 76 – 80

Are you stocking your cupboards & fridge in a way that helps promote optimal health & performance?

I’d like to help you do so with this countdown of the top 100 Best Health foods.

Below are 5 more of the healthiest foods available along with more information about their nutrition, benefits & interesting facts that can help bring about optimal health & performance.

sage

  1. Sage

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:  2

Fat: 0.09 g

Carbohydrates:  0.43 g

Sugars:  0.01 g

Fibre: 0.3 g

Protein:  0.07 g

 

Benefits:

  • Sage is a strong antioxidant, antibacterial, & preservative.
  • It helps to boost memory.
  • It helps to reduce hot flashes associated with menopause.
  • It has anti-inflammatory properties.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Sage tea is a natural cure for a headache.
  • Sage mixed with vinegar & water can be used as an astringent, & sage can be used as a hair rinse helps to bring out the highlights in dark hair & reduces the appearance of grey.

 

 

  1. Oregano

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:  306

Fat: 10.25 g

Carbohydrates:  64.43 g

Sugars:  4.09 g

Fibre:  42.8 g

Protein:  11 g

Potassium:  1669 mg

 

Benefits:

  • Oregano is one of the most powerful antioxidant plants.
  • Oregano is an antibacterial & may help to relieve the symptoms of colds.
  • It is rich in minerals.
  • Oregano is high in fibre & may aid digestion.

 

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Ancient Greeks believed that cows that grazed in fields full of oregano ended up providing tastier meet.
  • Ancient Greeks also believed that if you anointed yourself with oregano you would dream about your future spouse.
  • Oregano is often referred to as the pizza herb.

 

  1. Cilantro

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:  23

Fat: 0.52 g

Carbohydrates:  3.67 g

Sugars:  0.87 g

Fibre:  2.8 g

Protein:  2.13 g

Potassium:  521 mg

 

Benefits:

  • Cilantro helps to regulate blood sugars & therefore may help diabetes & people who are insulin-resistant
  • Cilantro acts as an anti-inflammatory & antibacterial.
  • It has a positive impact on blood cholesterol levels.
  • It may contribute to improved eye health.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Cilantro (also referred to as coriander) has been around since biblical times.
  • Cilantro seeds become more fragrant as they age.

 

 

  1. Thyme

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:  429

Fat: 21 g

Carbohydrates:  54 g

Sugars:  4 g

Fibre: 7 g

Protein:  18 g

Potassium:  607 mg

 

Benefits:

  • Thyme works synergistically (in combination with) omega-3 fats. Each boost the effectiveness of the other.
  • May boost brain-power.
  • Thyme has strong antiseptic & antibiotic properties.
  • Thyme is rich in flavonoid antioxidants, iron & vitamin C.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • The ancient Greeks used to sprinkle thyme in their baths.
  • Ancient Greeks burnt incense in sacred temples.
  • Romans used thyme as a treatment of depression.

 

  1. Fennel Seeds

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:  345

Fat:  14.87 g

Carbohydrates:  52.29 g

Sugars:  0 g

Fibre: 39.8 g

Protein:  15.8 g

Potassium: 1,694 mg

 

Benefits:

  • Fennel seeds may help to control appetite.
  • They serve as a remedy for halitosis (bad breath).
  • Fennel seeds help the digestive system & provide a cure for flatulence & colic.
  • They stimulate milk production when breastfeeding.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • The root of the plant was used in Shakespearian times to flavour an alcoholic drink featuring mead.

 

Things to Remember…

There are plenty of healthy foods to choose from but the real trick to optimal health & performance is:

  • When is the optimal time to consume the food
  • How much should you consume for optimal results
  • Eat fruit as a snack rather than with or straight after your main meals

Remember, when you eat too much of a healthy food or eat at the wrong times throughout the day you will tip your system out of balance carrying youreself away from your optimal state.

Watch for more articles about these points soon…

 

Finally, if you have been prescribed prescription medication remember to always check with your doctor before drastically changing your diet or exercise habits.

 

 

To Your Best Health,

ShapeTrainer Daniel Grant

 

 

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P.S. Keep an eye out for the next installments of the 100 Best Health Foods!

 

 

 

Resources:

http://blog.americanspice.com/index.php/fun-facts-on-oregano/

https://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/usda/oregano?portionid=56620&portionamount=100.000

http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/17-facts-about-thyme.html

100 Best Health Foods, The ultimate superfoods for healthy living including 100 nutritious recipes, Love Food

 

 

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