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Although they may sound strange (and some even quite rare), these power foods pack serious health and beauty benefits

YACON

The root vegetable yacon is related to the sunflower and is most commonly found packaged in syrup form.

Benefits:

  • The powerful mix of vitamins A, C and E makes this a first rate free radical defender.
  • Probiotic properties helps promote clear skin and aids in digestion. Research suggest that probiotics can help protect against acne, eczema and other inflammatory skin disorders.
  • Its apple-like taste makes it an excellent sweetener-minus the sugar, making it a good option for diabetics.
  • A study published in the European journal Clinical Nutrition reported that consuming yacon syrup can result in a significant reduction in body weight, waist circumference and body mass index.

HEMP MILK

With a taste similar to almond milk and a consistency that’s thicker than rice milk, hemp milk is a gluten and dairy free beverage that can be added to your morning coffee or cereal, or even enjoyed all on its own

Benefits:

  • High in Omega-3 fatty acids especially alpha linolenic acid (ALA), hemp milk helps promote clear, healthy skin, hair and nails
  • High in protein
  • High in Vitamins B,C, E; and minerals like magnesium and zinc

SACHA INCHI

Indigenous to the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest, the star shaped sacha inchi plant produces a seed that is similar in size and shape to a peanut, and usually consumed in a similar lightly-roasted-snack way

Benefits:

  • High concentration of Omega fatty acids (13 times the omega-3 than wild salmon) helps keep skin soft and smooth
  • High in protein

KEFIR

Kefir is a fermented milk drink. The word kefir is said to have originated from the Turkish word “Keif” which means “good feeling”. Kefir dates back many centuries to the shepherds of the Caucasus Mountains who carried milk stored in leather pouches where it would ferment into fizzy sour yoghurt.

Benefits

  • This probiotic-rich drink is teeming with good-for-the-body bacteria that’s helps regulate digestion, boost the immune system and flush out skin scavenging toxins.
  • High in tryptophan- well known for its relaxing effects on the nervous system
  • Rich in minerals and nutrients including calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and vitamins A, B, D and K

 

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