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8 Superfoods You've Never Heard of but Need to Know Slideshow

8 Superfoods You've Never Heard of but Need to Know Slideshow

How about some cockroach milk on your cereal?

Blue Majik or E3Live Blue Green Algae

If the name doesn’t intrigue you, check your pulse. Blue Majik is a florescent blue powder derived from the nutrient-dense algae Spirulina. It’s full of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, and is especially effective at supporting antioxidant and cellular protection. The algae’s C-phycocyanin gives the powder its Smurf-like color. Try adding it to breakfast smoothies to mask its slightly fishy flavor.

Breadfruit

The gluten-free breadfruit, about the size of a basketball, is an this unassuming fruit that could be a potential solution to global hunger. According to Time.com, a single breadfruit tree can produce 450 pounds of nutrient-dense fruit per season, which is enough to greatly supplement the diets of a family of four. The fruit is full of protein, calories, and other essential nutrients, with one cup containing the potassium of three bananas.

Camu Camu

Camu camu is the fruit of a strange Amazonian shrub. By weight it contains 30 to 50 times more vitamin C than an orange and is helpful in curing viral infections such as herpes, cold sores, and shingles. Although the research is still inconclusive, camu camu may also function as a natural antidepressant. It’s sold in the United States in the form of a powder, making it easy to add to shakes and smoothies.

Cockroach Milk

The idea of cockroach milk is repugnant to anyone who lives in a big city, but the yellow liquid that the female Pacific beetle cockroach feeds its babies is actually really good for you. According to a team of researchers at the India’s Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, the cockroach “milk” is “amongst the most nutritious substances on Earth.” The protein content is higher than that of milk from cows, goats, and buffalos. Even if the public is willing to accept it, they might have to wait untilit’s available in the United States. Apparently, it’s not so easy to milk a cockroach.

Moringa

While it’s also known as the horseradish tree, Moringa oleifera‘s leaves won’t clear out your sinuses. Those leaves, of a Southeast Asian tree, are ground to make a vibrant green powder. Moringa is full of vitamins A, C and E, calcium, and potassium, and has also been found to reduce plaque build-up in the arteries, subdue inflammation, and support brain health.

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Prickly Pear Cactus

Is the prickly pear cactus the kale of the desert? Though it’s grown in dry climates, the fruit of the cactus tastes tropical, falling somewhere between that of a kiwi and a watermelon. The cactus is high in vitamins and antioxidants, but it’s most notable quality is that it can be grown in arid desert climates. The pads of the cactus, called nopales, are popular in Mexican cooking. The pads have a soft flash, and have a consistency similar to that of okra. The cooked pads have a lemony flavor, and have been found to reduce glucose levels. The pad and fruit can most likely be found in Mexican grocery stores, but check your local supermarket or other ethnic grocers too.

Sea Buckthorn

The golden-orange berries of the sea buckthorn are difficult to harvest, but their health benefits are worth the trouble. They have nine times the amount of vitamin C as comparable citrus fruits. Sea buckthorn is great for vegans because it’s a non-meat food that contains vitamin B12. The berries, however, are so sour that they are only palatable as a jam or highly concentrated syrup, which can be added to juices or smoothies. The berries can be difficult to find in the United States so you might be better off just purchasing sea buckthorn berry extract online


Beyond Histamines: What to Know about Oxalates for people with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance

Now, not everyone with Mast Cell Activation syndrome has a problem with histamine. There are some people with Mast Cell Activation who do fine with histamine foods.

But I’ve found the vast majority of people with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome do have Histamine Intolerance. (And many people who think they only have Histamine Intolerance are actually dealing with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome too.)

Oxalates can cause another problem with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. This is because oxalates can trigger mast cells.

Oxalates are microscopic crystals found in plants. They’re part of the plant’s natural defense mechanism. They use oxalates to keep animals from eating them.

Some plants are higher in oxalates than others. Eating high oxalate foods can increase the levels of oxalates in your body. Usually, your gut should be able to break them down.

But there are certain situations where you’re not going to break them down very well:

  • Gut problems
  • Certain genetics
  • Lack of B1 and B6
  • Mold illness
  • Toxicity

If you have issues with oxalates, you could have any number of symptoms. Oxalates are highly associated with kidney stones.

But less than .5% of all oxalate issues cause kidney stones. Oxalates are also linked to all kinds of pain. And to brain inflammation.

These are all related to oxalates:

  • joint pain
  • muscle pain (think Fibromyalgia)
  • urinary burning and pain, interstitial cystitis (often misdiagnosed as UTI)
  • asthma
  • fatigue
  • brain inflammation
  • trouble eating sulfur foods like broccoli and cauliflower
  • osteoporosis
  • vulvodynia
  • autism-like symptoms
  • breast cancer
  • hypothyroidism

You will learn more about oxalates and lectins in this post:


Beyond Histamines: What to Know about Oxalates for people with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance

Now, not everyone with Mast Cell Activation syndrome has a problem with histamine. There are some people with Mast Cell Activation who do fine with histamine foods.

But I’ve found the vast majority of people with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome do have Histamine Intolerance. (And many people who think they only have Histamine Intolerance are actually dealing with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome too.)

Oxalates can cause another problem with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. This is because oxalates can trigger mast cells.

Oxalates are microscopic crystals found in plants. They’re part of the plant’s natural defense mechanism. They use oxalates to keep animals from eating them.

Some plants are higher in oxalates than others. Eating high oxalate foods can increase the levels of oxalates in your body. Usually, your gut should be able to break them down.

But there are certain situations where you’re not going to break them down very well:

  • Gut problems
  • Certain genetics
  • Lack of B1 and B6
  • Mold illness
  • Toxicity

If you have issues with oxalates, you could have any number of symptoms. Oxalates are highly associated with kidney stones.

But less than .5% of all oxalate issues cause kidney stones. Oxalates are also linked to all kinds of pain. And to brain inflammation.

These are all related to oxalates:

  • joint pain
  • muscle pain (think Fibromyalgia)
  • urinary burning and pain, interstitial cystitis (often misdiagnosed as UTI)
  • asthma
  • fatigue
  • brain inflammation
  • trouble eating sulfur foods like broccoli and cauliflower
  • osteoporosis
  • vulvodynia
  • autism-like symptoms
  • breast cancer
  • hypothyroidism

You will learn more about oxalates and lectins in this post:


Beyond Histamines: What to Know about Oxalates for people with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance

Now, not everyone with Mast Cell Activation syndrome has a problem with histamine. There are some people with Mast Cell Activation who do fine with histamine foods.

But I’ve found the vast majority of people with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome do have Histamine Intolerance. (And many people who think they only have Histamine Intolerance are actually dealing with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome too.)

Oxalates can cause another problem with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. This is because oxalates can trigger mast cells.

Oxalates are microscopic crystals found in plants. They’re part of the plant’s natural defense mechanism. They use oxalates to keep animals from eating them.

Some plants are higher in oxalates than others. Eating high oxalate foods can increase the levels of oxalates in your body. Usually, your gut should be able to break them down.

But there are certain situations where you’re not going to break them down very well:

  • Gut problems
  • Certain genetics
  • Lack of B1 and B6
  • Mold illness
  • Toxicity

If you have issues with oxalates, you could have any number of symptoms. Oxalates are highly associated with kidney stones.

But less than .5% of all oxalate issues cause kidney stones. Oxalates are also linked to all kinds of pain. And to brain inflammation.

These are all related to oxalates:

  • joint pain
  • muscle pain (think Fibromyalgia)
  • urinary burning and pain, interstitial cystitis (often misdiagnosed as UTI)
  • asthma
  • fatigue
  • brain inflammation
  • trouble eating sulfur foods like broccoli and cauliflower
  • osteoporosis
  • vulvodynia
  • autism-like symptoms
  • breast cancer
  • hypothyroidism

You will learn more about oxalates and lectins in this post:


Beyond Histamines: What to Know about Oxalates for people with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance

Now, not everyone with Mast Cell Activation syndrome has a problem with histamine. There are some people with Mast Cell Activation who do fine with histamine foods.

But I’ve found the vast majority of people with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome do have Histamine Intolerance. (And many people who think they only have Histamine Intolerance are actually dealing with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome too.)

Oxalates can cause another problem with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. This is because oxalates can trigger mast cells.

Oxalates are microscopic crystals found in plants. They’re part of the plant’s natural defense mechanism. They use oxalates to keep animals from eating them.

Some plants are higher in oxalates than others. Eating high oxalate foods can increase the levels of oxalates in your body. Usually, your gut should be able to break them down.

But there are certain situations where you’re not going to break them down very well:

  • Gut problems
  • Certain genetics
  • Lack of B1 and B6
  • Mold illness
  • Toxicity

If you have issues with oxalates, you could have any number of symptoms. Oxalates are highly associated with kidney stones.

But less than .5% of all oxalate issues cause kidney stones. Oxalates are also linked to all kinds of pain. And to brain inflammation.

These are all related to oxalates:

  • joint pain
  • muscle pain (think Fibromyalgia)
  • urinary burning and pain, interstitial cystitis (often misdiagnosed as UTI)
  • asthma
  • fatigue
  • brain inflammation
  • trouble eating sulfur foods like broccoli and cauliflower
  • osteoporosis
  • vulvodynia
  • autism-like symptoms
  • breast cancer
  • hypothyroidism

You will learn more about oxalates and lectins in this post:


Beyond Histamines: What to Know about Oxalates for people with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance

Now, not everyone with Mast Cell Activation syndrome has a problem with histamine. There are some people with Mast Cell Activation who do fine with histamine foods.

But I’ve found the vast majority of people with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome do have Histamine Intolerance. (And many people who think they only have Histamine Intolerance are actually dealing with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome too.)

Oxalates can cause another problem with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. This is because oxalates can trigger mast cells.

Oxalates are microscopic crystals found in plants. They’re part of the plant’s natural defense mechanism. They use oxalates to keep animals from eating them.

Some plants are higher in oxalates than others. Eating high oxalate foods can increase the levels of oxalates in your body. Usually, your gut should be able to break them down.

But there are certain situations where you’re not going to break them down very well:

  • Gut problems
  • Certain genetics
  • Lack of B1 and B6
  • Mold illness
  • Toxicity

If you have issues with oxalates, you could have any number of symptoms. Oxalates are highly associated with kidney stones.

But less than .5% of all oxalate issues cause kidney stones. Oxalates are also linked to all kinds of pain. And to brain inflammation.

These are all related to oxalates:

  • joint pain
  • muscle pain (think Fibromyalgia)
  • urinary burning and pain, interstitial cystitis (often misdiagnosed as UTI)
  • asthma
  • fatigue
  • brain inflammation
  • trouble eating sulfur foods like broccoli and cauliflower
  • osteoporosis
  • vulvodynia
  • autism-like symptoms
  • breast cancer
  • hypothyroidism

You will learn more about oxalates and lectins in this post:


Beyond Histamines: What to Know about Oxalates for people with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance

Now, not everyone with Mast Cell Activation syndrome has a problem with histamine. There are some people with Mast Cell Activation who do fine with histamine foods.

But I’ve found the vast majority of people with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome do have Histamine Intolerance. (And many people who think they only have Histamine Intolerance are actually dealing with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome too.)

Oxalates can cause another problem with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. This is because oxalates can trigger mast cells.

Oxalates are microscopic crystals found in plants. They’re part of the plant’s natural defense mechanism. They use oxalates to keep animals from eating them.

Some plants are higher in oxalates than others. Eating high oxalate foods can increase the levels of oxalates in your body. Usually, your gut should be able to break them down.

But there are certain situations where you’re not going to break them down very well:

  • Gut problems
  • Certain genetics
  • Lack of B1 and B6
  • Mold illness
  • Toxicity

If you have issues with oxalates, you could have any number of symptoms. Oxalates are highly associated with kidney stones.

But less than .5% of all oxalate issues cause kidney stones. Oxalates are also linked to all kinds of pain. And to brain inflammation.

These are all related to oxalates:

  • joint pain
  • muscle pain (think Fibromyalgia)
  • urinary burning and pain, interstitial cystitis (often misdiagnosed as UTI)
  • asthma
  • fatigue
  • brain inflammation
  • trouble eating sulfur foods like broccoli and cauliflower
  • osteoporosis
  • vulvodynia
  • autism-like symptoms
  • breast cancer
  • hypothyroidism

You will learn more about oxalates and lectins in this post:


Beyond Histamines: What to Know about Oxalates for people with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance

Now, not everyone with Mast Cell Activation syndrome has a problem with histamine. There are some people with Mast Cell Activation who do fine with histamine foods.

But I’ve found the vast majority of people with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome do have Histamine Intolerance. (And many people who think they only have Histamine Intolerance are actually dealing with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome too.)

Oxalates can cause another problem with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. This is because oxalates can trigger mast cells.

Oxalates are microscopic crystals found in plants. They’re part of the plant’s natural defense mechanism. They use oxalates to keep animals from eating them.

Some plants are higher in oxalates than others. Eating high oxalate foods can increase the levels of oxalates in your body. Usually, your gut should be able to break them down.

But there are certain situations where you’re not going to break them down very well:

  • Gut problems
  • Certain genetics
  • Lack of B1 and B6
  • Mold illness
  • Toxicity

If you have issues with oxalates, you could have any number of symptoms. Oxalates are highly associated with kidney stones.

But less than .5% of all oxalate issues cause kidney stones. Oxalates are also linked to all kinds of pain. And to brain inflammation.

These are all related to oxalates:

  • joint pain
  • muscle pain (think Fibromyalgia)
  • urinary burning and pain, interstitial cystitis (often misdiagnosed as UTI)
  • asthma
  • fatigue
  • brain inflammation
  • trouble eating sulfur foods like broccoli and cauliflower
  • osteoporosis
  • vulvodynia
  • autism-like symptoms
  • breast cancer
  • hypothyroidism

You will learn more about oxalates and lectins in this post:


Beyond Histamines: What to Know about Oxalates for people with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance

Now, not everyone with Mast Cell Activation syndrome has a problem with histamine. There are some people with Mast Cell Activation who do fine with histamine foods.

But I’ve found the vast majority of people with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome do have Histamine Intolerance. (And many people who think they only have Histamine Intolerance are actually dealing with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome too.)

Oxalates can cause another problem with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. This is because oxalates can trigger mast cells.

Oxalates are microscopic crystals found in plants. They’re part of the plant’s natural defense mechanism. They use oxalates to keep animals from eating them.

Some plants are higher in oxalates than others. Eating high oxalate foods can increase the levels of oxalates in your body. Usually, your gut should be able to break them down.

But there are certain situations where you’re not going to break them down very well:

  • Gut problems
  • Certain genetics
  • Lack of B1 and B6
  • Mold illness
  • Toxicity

If you have issues with oxalates, you could have any number of symptoms. Oxalates are highly associated with kidney stones.

But less than .5% of all oxalate issues cause kidney stones. Oxalates are also linked to all kinds of pain. And to brain inflammation.

These are all related to oxalates:

  • joint pain
  • muscle pain (think Fibromyalgia)
  • urinary burning and pain, interstitial cystitis (often misdiagnosed as UTI)
  • asthma
  • fatigue
  • brain inflammation
  • trouble eating sulfur foods like broccoli and cauliflower
  • osteoporosis
  • vulvodynia
  • autism-like symptoms
  • breast cancer
  • hypothyroidism

You will learn more about oxalates and lectins in this post:


Beyond Histamines: What to Know about Oxalates for people with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance

Now, not everyone with Mast Cell Activation syndrome has a problem with histamine. There are some people with Mast Cell Activation who do fine with histamine foods.

But I’ve found the vast majority of people with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome do have Histamine Intolerance. (And many people who think they only have Histamine Intolerance are actually dealing with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome too.)

Oxalates can cause another problem with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. This is because oxalates can trigger mast cells.

Oxalates are microscopic crystals found in plants. They’re part of the plant’s natural defense mechanism. They use oxalates to keep animals from eating them.

Some plants are higher in oxalates than others. Eating high oxalate foods can increase the levels of oxalates in your body. Usually, your gut should be able to break them down.

But there are certain situations where you’re not going to break them down very well:

  • Gut problems
  • Certain genetics
  • Lack of B1 and B6
  • Mold illness
  • Toxicity

If you have issues with oxalates, you could have any number of symptoms. Oxalates are highly associated with kidney stones.

But less than .5% of all oxalate issues cause kidney stones. Oxalates are also linked to all kinds of pain. And to brain inflammation.

These are all related to oxalates:

  • joint pain
  • muscle pain (think Fibromyalgia)
  • urinary burning and pain, interstitial cystitis (often misdiagnosed as UTI)
  • asthma
  • fatigue
  • brain inflammation
  • trouble eating sulfur foods like broccoli and cauliflower
  • osteoporosis
  • vulvodynia
  • autism-like symptoms
  • breast cancer
  • hypothyroidism

You will learn more about oxalates and lectins in this post:


Beyond Histamines: What to Know about Oxalates for people with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance

Now, not everyone with Mast Cell Activation syndrome has a problem with histamine. There are some people with Mast Cell Activation who do fine with histamine foods.

But I’ve found the vast majority of people with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome do have Histamine Intolerance. (And many people who think they only have Histamine Intolerance are actually dealing with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome too.)

Oxalates can cause another problem with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. This is because oxalates can trigger mast cells.

Oxalates are microscopic crystals found in plants. They’re part of the plant’s natural defense mechanism. They use oxalates to keep animals from eating them.

Some plants are higher in oxalates than others. Eating high oxalate foods can increase the levels of oxalates in your body. Usually, your gut should be able to break them down.

But there are certain situations where you’re not going to break them down very well:

  • Gut problems
  • Certain genetics
  • Lack of B1 and B6
  • Mold illness
  • Toxicity

If you have issues with oxalates, you could have any number of symptoms. Oxalates are highly associated with kidney stones.

But less than .5% of all oxalate issues cause kidney stones. Oxalates are also linked to all kinds of pain. And to brain inflammation.

These are all related to oxalates:

  • joint pain
  • muscle pain (think Fibromyalgia)
  • urinary burning and pain, interstitial cystitis (often misdiagnosed as UTI)
  • asthma
  • fatigue
  • brain inflammation
  • trouble eating sulfur foods like broccoli and cauliflower
  • osteoporosis
  • vulvodynia
  • autism-like symptoms
  • breast cancer
  • hypothyroidism

You will learn more about oxalates and lectins in this post: