From low sex drive to back pain, nutritionist Peggy Kotsopoulos has the secret superfoods that will heal you and have you feeling great!
Problem: ACHES & PAINS
Turmeric is a root veggie that belongs to the ginger family. However, it's most commonly known and used its powdered form as a bright yellow spice. Turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-cancer and anti-microbial characteristics, which is mainly attributable to it's active flavoinoid, Curcumin. Curcumin helps to reduce inflammation associated with injury and can be just as effective as anti-inflammatory drugs, such as cortisone. It also alleviates symptoms associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Inflammatory Bower Disease. Curcumin's strong antioxidant property protects against free radical damage helping in caner prevention. It can also help prevent tumor formation and helps stimulate liver function.
Problem: LOW SEX DRIVE
Solution: PUMKIN SEEDS
These delicious seeds, sometimes called pepitas, are rich in B vitamins, vitamin E, minerals such as zinc and essential fatty acids, including oleic acids, omega 6 and the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant omega 3. For men, these seeds help support prostate health due to their high magnesium and zinc properties. As men age, their levels of zinc tend to decline which can lead to testosterone deficiency and enlargement of the prostate. Zinc can help to reduce prostate inflammation, and is essential in building seminal fluid and increasing sperm count. These seeds are also rich in phytosterols also contributing to prostate health, as well as having been praised for their cholesterol lowering properties. As we know, high cholesterol highly correlated to erectile dysfunction! In women, the nutrient-rich seeds also helps to build hormones, activate sexual organs, and increase sexual fluid secretions.
Problem: HIGH STRESS
Solution: HOLY BASIL
Holy Basil (also known as Tulsi in India) is an herbal plant, native to India, but now cultivated all over the world. It's been used historically in ayervedic medicine to reduce fever, act as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, strengthen the immune system and calm nerves. However, most recent studies and uses are due to it's ability to lower cortisol and blood sugar levels. They help our bodies cope with STRESS! Holy basil is an adaptogen, meaning, it doesn't necessarily effect our mood, but helps our body function optimally during times of stress by normalizing neurotransmitter levels in the brain. Research has shown that ursolic acid and the triterpenoic acids, isolated from holy basil, effectively improve the body's response to stress, and reduces the amount of cortisol released during stress.
PROBLEM: THE FAT BULDGE
CHLORELLA is a green, single-celled algae that is one of the highest sources of chlorophyll, as well as protein, vitamins, minerals and trace-minerals. One of the biggest challenges in peoples inability to lose-weight has to due with nutritional deficiencies and hormonal/ endocrine imbalances. The best way to lose weight over the long-term is to ensure your body is getting the nutrients it needs in order to function optimally, and shed unwanted weight. Although not a 'diet- pill" chlorella can aid in weight-loss for the following reasons:
1. Chlorella is high in protein
2. It's hIgh in Iodine which is critical for healthy thyroid function.
3. High in B-vitamins
4. High chlorophyll content
Problem: SAGGING SKIN
Solution: CAMU CAMU BERRIES
The camu camu tree, grown in the rainforest of Peru, produces a powerful little fruit called the camu camu berry. Camu camu berries are one of the richest plant-based source of anti-oxidant vitamin C in the world, which helps with collagen formation and helps to boost immune system. Vitamin C is essential in the body's production of collagen. Collagen is the protein that gives your skin it's structure, elasticity and tautness - basic youthfulness. Camu camu is also rich in antioxidants and favenoids that help to prevent free-radical damage that causes premature aging and disease. In addition, camu camu is great for boosting the immune system and keeping you healthy and radiant inside and out!