Chia seeds (Salvia hispanica) are the highest known plant source of Omega-3. Chia seeds are an essential Fatty Acid and are a powerful naturally occurring antioxidant. Chia is an easy way to add healthy nutrition to your daily diet, with Vitamins A, B12 and C, complete protein (18 Amino Acids), minerals including potassium, phosphorous, folate, zinc, iron, and calcium as well as bowel-regulating soluble and insoluble fibre.
Goji Berries (Lyceum barbarum) are possibly the world's greatest super food - the goji berry! Goji berries are small red berries that grow in the remote areas of Tibet and Mongolia. They have been eaten for almost 2,000 years for their delicious taste and powerful medicinal properties. Goji berries are high in vitamin C content and acts as an antioxidant. The proven health benefits of goji berries include anti-aging properties, anti-cancer properties, weight loss effects, increased libido and immune system booster. Goji berries are nutrient rich containing beta-carotene, iron, amino acids, vitamin C, vitamins B1, B2, B6 and E as well as natural compounds and minerals.
Linseed, also known as flaxseed, is the richest source of omega 3 essential fatty acids. Linseed improves the quality of hair, nails, and skin, helps to regulate body weight, lowers cholesterol, blood pressure, prevents arthritis and cancers. Linseeds also lower triglycerides. They aid in decreasing the probability of clots in the arteries that may lead to stroke, heart attack, pulmonary embolism, or peripheral vascular disease occurring. Linseeds can also help skin conditions, as it is renowned for its ability to improve the texture and quality of the skin, and will also alleviate skin conditions that are caused by the lack of omega 3 fatty acids in the diet. Linseeds can also aid in increasing vitality and more energy. They also can help reduce the feeling of stress as they prevent excess toxic bio-chemicals that the body produces under stress. Linseed is highly unsaturated and heart healthy. Other components of the seed may also have antioxidant properties, allowing them to reduce the activity of cell-damaging free radicals.
It may surprise some people to learn that buckwheat is actually a fruit even though it is commonly thought to be a grain. Whole buckwheat kernels are a very nutritious food. The protein in buckwheat contains the eight essential amino acids and is also high in lysine. Buckwheat is also rich in many B vitamins as well as phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper and manganese. Buckwheat is also a good oil source of Alpha-Linolenic Acid, which is one of the two essential fatty acids we must have to be healthy. Buckwheat is high in fibre, it’s contains a rich supply of flavonoids, particularly rutin. Buckwheat lowers glucose levels and is beneficial for managing diabetes and it has been found to lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol.
Pepitas are loaded with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, carbohydrates and essential fatty acids. The nutritive value of pumpkin seeds includes vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, iron, phosphorus, fat, carbohydrates and protein. For minerals, they include magnesium, manganese, zinc, potassium and copper. Pepitas are loaded with essential fatty acids, EFA, omega-3 and omega-6. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower your risk of heart disease, cancer and arthritis.
Sunflower seeds are highly nutritious food and are power-packed with healthy fats, proteins, fibers, minerals, vitamin E, and phytochemicals - all important to the nutritional quality of the diet and of fundamental importance to human health. The many health benefits of sunflower seeds include containing high levels of vitamin E, choline, betaine, and phenolic acids. Vitamin E may protect against cardiovascular disease, lignans may protect against some cancers, and choline has been shown to play a role in memory and cognitive functions. They are also among the best foods you can eat to get cholesterol-lowering phytosterols.
Dried apricots are known to supplement the diet with healthful nutrition. Adding sulphur free dried apricots as a compliment to your diet not only helps you with weight but also improves your overall health. Dried apricots have different shades within different products. It’s best to avoid orange dried apricots as they contain sulphur dioxide to keep them looking pretty, yet in doing so a healthy food options becomes a not so healthy food option. In Jimbo we only use sulphur free apricots so they are chemical free and hence cameral brown in colour. Asthmatics should avoid apricots treated with sulphur-dioxide because of the lurking danger posed by sulphites. People allergic to sulphites should also avoid these apricots with no sulphites. Iron is also among the various health benefits of dried apricots. Because of this, dried apricots are good for the anemic due to their richness in iron. The pectin and cellulose present in dried apricots are also health benefits making dried apricots a gentle laxative that can be used to ease constipation. Dried apricots also trigger alkaline reactions in the body ensuring improved digestions.
Raw almonds are nuts rich in many nutrients required by the body. As a result, there are many health benefits of almonds. Almonds are rich in vitamins such as Vitamin C and minerals such as copper, zinc, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. These are necessary for the proper functioning of your brain, heart and other body functions. Almonds help with maintaining a healthy heart, they regulate cholesterol, they provide healthy and glowing skin, they regulate blood pressure and help control blood sugar spikes associated with diabetes. Some studies have also revealed that almonds had several substances as their chemical constituents, which could be useful in the prevention and/or treatment of cancer.
Recent research has shown that pistachio nuts are full of antioxidants that protect cells from damage by harmful chemicals, called 'free radicals'. It has been discovered that pistachios help destroy bad cholesterol that can lead to heart attacks and stroke. Pistachios are much richer in the main dietary antioxidants lutein, beta-carotene and gamma-tocopherol than other nuts. Beta-carotene turns into vitamin A, which prevents cancer, and gamma-tocopherol is a common form of vitamin E that wards off heart disease.
Black currants are very rich in many phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, essential fatty acids and minerals. In particular, black currants are renowned for their high content in Vitamin C (a powerful antioxidant), GLA (Gamma-Linoleic Acid, a very rare Omega-6 essential fatty acid) and potassium. Overall, black currants have been proven to have health benefits including anti-inflammatory action, powerful anti-oxidant action, maybe help prevent cancer and reduce the effects of arthritis.
Oats are considered a super food because of the vast array of essential nutrients that are not only needed by the body but also boost overall health. Oats are a cereal grain that provides complex carbohydrates, B vitamins, fiber, and minerals such as phosphorous, iron, selenium, and calcium.
In addition to promoting heart health, oats offer the following health benefits: