We’ve come a long way in terms of our health. Today, the average person lives decades longer than predecessors from a century or two ago. Thanks to improved medical technology, treatment, and nutritional awareness, people are living longer and healthier than ever. Lately, there has been a growing emphasis on finding better ways to supplement our diets. People everywhere are searching for new foods, new regimes, and new supplements to boost their health and energy. The category of “super foods,” including items like mangosteen fruit juice, noni, and others, have drawn attention to foods that offer extraordinary health benefits.
The Magic of Mangosteen
The mangosteen fruit—a small, purplish fruit with a segmented white interior from southeast Asia—has been touted as working wonders on digestive health and skin healing. The fruit, rind, root, stems, bark, and seed have all been utilized for nutritional and medicinal purposes. A traditional part of Chinese medicine for centuries, mangosteen was used to relieve dysentery and eczema. The rich supply of antioxidants in mangosteen contributes to protection against cell damage. A particular antioxidant known as xanthone may have anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, and healing properties. Other studies have found evidence that mangosteen may also have antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and immune-strengthening qualities. Further studies are exploring the possibility that mangosteen may have anti-cancer properties thanks to the phytochemical a-mangostin.
Hey Noni Noni
Another “super food” discovered recently is noni—a small evergreen tree also from southeast Asia as well as places in the Pacific and India. Similar to mangosteen, the fruit, bark, stems, roots, leaves and flowers have been used for medicinal purposes. Rich in potassium and other damage-repairing substances, noni has been celebrated by some for improving the immune system, treating a variety of conditions from colic to liver disease, smallpox to depression. The juice extracted from noni has also been used to treat conditions ranging from arthritis to cancers and drug addictions. Other parts of the fruit, like the leaves, have been used to relief joint aches and swelling. The possibilities seem endless, though tests are still underway to evaluate the precise medicinal effects of noni.
Spinach Super Food
Spinach has a longer track record as a recognized super food. The leafy green vegetable provides more nutrients per calorie than any other food. This low-calorie food is packed with iron, antioxidants, vitamin K, B vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids, among many other vitamins and minerals. Eating spinach has been linked to decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease, like strokes, as well as a range of cancers, from colon cancer to breast cancer. Spinach consumption has also been linked with decreasing the risk of cataracts and AMD, or age-related macular degeneration, as well as other age-related forms of cognitive failure. With a little bit of exploration and research, many people have found spinach, noni, and mangosteen fruit juice to be a beneficial part of their diet. The health benefits seem endless.