THAT YOU SHOULD CONSIDER TO ADD INTO YOUR CUPBOARD
Curcumin (commonly known as turmeric) is a bright yellow chemical produced by some plants and they belong to the ginger family. They are widely used in Asian cuisines as food preservative and Asian medicine, especially in Indian Ayurveda. These “golden magic powder” are known for their anti-tumor, antioxidant, anti-amyloid and anti-inflammatory effects.
Do you know?
Curcumin delays brain ageing and cognitive decline.
How to efficiently absorb Curcumin? Curcumin is fat-soluble, which means that our bodies efficiently absorb them with other fat based foods. The no-brainer way is to go for curries on a regular basis, but if you do not want to eat curry so often… There are a few lazy ways:
- Sprinkle onto avocado so it can easily be include them in your breakfast, salad or open sandwiches.
- Consume with your fish oil supplement (or season your salmon steak with some curry powder).
- Still too lazy to do anything but want to get the benefits? Consume curcumin with black pepper can enhances its bioavailability up to 1000 times!
Spirulina is a blue-green microalgae is possibly the first and most nutrient-dense super food that exists on earth. Spiralina has an exceptionally high protein content (between 55%-70%, which is more than any animal form protein) also an excellent plant-based iron source for vegetarians and vegans to include them in their diets. It has all 8 essential and 10 non-essential amino acids, high level of GLA (an essential fatty acid that promote fat loss). The above just to name a few of it’s benefits from the long list.
Do you know? Researches have shown that spirulina can boost power output and reduce fatigue during exercises. Spirulina is also one of the natural supplements that is recommended for those who are sensitive to nasal congestions, itching and sneezing. It is also an immune system booster that purifies toxins in our bodies.
How to efficiently absorb Spirulina? Spirulina is an easy digestible supplement that our bodies can absorb just the way it is and it is suggested to be taken in divided dosage per day. They are mostly in powder or tablet forms. Try to get them from a reliable source. Put a scoop into your breakfast or pre-workout smoothie or take them in tablet form with your meals.
Betaine is a naturally occurs compound in many plants and the plants that we commonly use or eat are beets, spinach and quinoa, which have a higher content of betaine. Betaine plays an important role in our bodies, which include energy production, detoxification, cell repair and transfer and many more.
Do you know? Studies have shown that by taking 2.5 grams of betaine daily may improves short burst and peak power performance such as sprints duration (endurance) and vertical jump power (explosive power).
How to efficiently absorb Betaine? Due to it’s energy production effect, you can include one of the above foods in your breakfast/lunch to boost energy at work. Why not give it a try to add fresh raw beef into your breakfast smootie? Cooked and raw beet are delicious in salads or sandwiches and how about some Russian borsch for dinner? For training benefits, you can try to have them all three into your pre and post-workout meal.
Prep ahead! It takes the same amount of time to cook 1 and 5 beet! So as half cup and 3 cups of quinoa. Lazy to chop spinach? Get prewashed and ready to go baby spinach and you are all set for some energy boosting meals.
My opinion: There is absolutely no harm to include the above supplements into your current routine as they are coming from natural food sources (consider that you are not allergic to any of the suggested supplement or foods above). I personally prefer to keep a balance food intake as much as I can (for example, I can sprinkle some turmeric in my foods to include curcumin in my food intake. I can have seaweed in my miso soup or soak up some Japanese.