Broccoli, a brother to cabbage, kale and cauliflower, is a famous type of green vegetable in the cruciferous family. It is known to be packed with nutrients in amounts hugely exceeding any other type of vegetable.
Broccoli is a true powerhouse it contains good sources of fibre, protein, iron, potassium, calcium, selenium and magnesium as well as a lot of Vitamin A, B, C, E and K.
Further Broccoli is also known to contain Phyto-nutrients, of which sulforaphane is one of the most important. Sulforaphane enhances and supports detoxification in our bodies, which is an extremely important process. Scientists are becoming increasingly interested in these Phyto-nutrients as they seem to be more important than first thought.
Several studies found that consuming steamed or raw broccoli regularly, can help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease by reducing the amount of cholesterol in our bodies.
The above mentioned benefits, was among the reasons we decided to add this nutritious green into the HEAL recipe.
Probiotics have definitely been one of the buzzwords of the last few years, as more and more research has been backing up the link between gut health and our immune system.
Probiotics are simply put the good bacteria living in our gut. They help us restore the natural balance of our microbiome, that helps protect us from strange bacteria or viruses attempting to enter into our body. It is an important part of our immune system, making up approximately 70% of our overall immunity. Our digestive tract is the most likely way for foreign bacteria to enter our body and can do us a lot of harm.
Therefore, it is key for us to at all times keep these bacteria intact and in balance. We can do that by the daily consumption of fermented foods, such as kimchi, tempeh, kefir, or through natural probiotic supplements. Once we have all these bacteria in harmony, it is important to feed them. They live from fibres and these fibres can only be found in plant-based food. There are NO fibres in any meat products.
An imbalance in these microbes in our gut is normally caused by lack of fibres, antibiotics, pesticides from unwashed vegetables, alcohol, lack of sleep,stress and simply too much processed foods.
Protecting our microbiome by consuming daily probiotics and making sure to get a lot of fibres on a daily basis leads to better digestion and a better immune system. Many recent studies are also linking gut health to the overall state of the mind, claiming it can also help lessen allergies, nourish our mental health, dampen mood swings and make it easier to lose weight.
In Heal we give you a complete holistic solution, by taking one daily meal you get all the needed probiotics in one drink, plus a lot of fibres (15 g). We had to add over 500 million CFU of probiotics into each portion of HEAL to make sure you are one step closer to a perfectly healthy self.
Olive oil is in essence the juice made from olives. Olive oil consists mainly of oleic acid, saturated fat, and the rest is polyunsaturated fats, such as omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.
Oils, and more generally fats, do not have a great reputation and there has been a long ongoing battle between the fans and the haters of this nutrient group. However, all scientific research agrees on the fact that olive oil, especially extra virgin olive oil, is extremely good for our bodies and comes with a long list of health benefits.
One of the most important ones is the link to prevention of various heart conditions. Heart disease is still the most common cause of death nowadays and olive oil has been linked to lowering blood pressure, which is the number one factor causing heart disease. Furthermore, it has also been shown to lower inflammation, protect “bad” LDL cholesterol from oxidation, improve the lining of your blood vessels and may help prevent excessive blood clotting.
Olive oil is also very rich in beneficial fatty acids, vitamins E, Vitamin K and is packed with antioxidants, which was just another reason to enrich the HEAL recipe with a dose of premium quality olive oil.
Cinnamon is a delicious spice, retrieved by cutting the stems of cinnamon trees. The bark of such trees gets rolled and after drying, it forms a roll, which we all know as the cinnamon stick. It has been recognised for its various medical benefits since Ancient Egypt and has often been used as a precious gift to the royals.
Cinnamon possesses various health-related benefits, amongst such for instance having anti-inflammatory properties and being able to improve sensitivity to insulin and help to decrease the blood sugar.
Besides being able to help affect insulin resistance, cinnamon can also decrease the amount of glucose that enters your bloodstream after having a meal. It is doing so by interacting with your digestive enzymes, which leads to a longer breakdown time of carbohydrates in your system.
In other words it helps to create a more stable blood sugar, which is what prevents craving for sugar and keeps your energy level steady.
Vanilla is very often recognised as people’s favourite ice-cream flavour or a great help in the kitchen when baking, however vanilla and its general properties offer so much more benefits to your overall health than purely taste-based pleasure. Vanilla is a climbing kind of orchid, coming from multiple tropical places, and the flavour is extracted from the pod of the plant, also known as beans.
Its beneficial properties have been recognised since the times of Montezuma. Apart from its obvious flavour benefits, vanilla is also a great antioxidant, antidepressant and is proven to have impactful antibacterial properties, which means vanilla can help you prevent infection.
Several studies show, that vanillin, the extract from vanilla, together with vanillin ethyl and vanillin acid, are able to help fight bacterias from the Cronobacter species, known to can cause severe infections in people with weakened immune system.
Besides these powerful properties, vanilla is also full of magnesium, potassium and antioxidants, and that is why HEAL, with its touch of vanilla, could be a great way of incorporating this superfood into your daily diet.
Garlic had been recognised for centuries as the so-called father of the Western medicine. There is a famous quote by Hippocrates, advising people to “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food”. He used to prescribe garlic to treat various medical conditions, from which many of the healing benefits have later been supported and confirmed by science and research.
Scientist have found that garlic contains an active sulfur compound called allicin, that together with the garlics rich in nutrients, vitamins and minerals ( Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B1, Selenium, iron among others ) helps boost the immune system.
Garlic has shown in scientific studies to have a significant impact on lowering the number of colds and flu’s, including the lengths and the severity of them.
We added just enough garlic into the recipe to provide you with all the desired benefits, but to spare you the undesired garlic breath.
Chicory is a flowering plant, a sibling to dandelions, with a tough hair stem, purple flowers and green leaves that are often used in salads and healthy foods. Its root is also sometimes used for a coffee alternative with similar taste and color.
Chicory is very rich in fibre, which as we know has a great effect on your overall gut health and microbiome. Researchers is increasingly interested in our fibre intake as there seems to be so many health benefits. The amount of recommended daily intake has increased to 30 g a day, which many people do not get.
Chicory can help us as it is especially rich in a type of a prebiotic fibre called inulin, which promotes the growth of the good bacteria in our gut, backed by several studies, showing that certain strains of bacteria multiplied when fed inulin. These guts bacteria are extremely important to us as they count for approximately 70 % of our immune system. Chicory is also beneficially linked to bowel movement improvement and constipation reduction, again due to the very high fibre content.
There are several other nutritious vitamins and minerals in chicory, such as Manganese, Vitamin B6, Potassium or Phosphorus, but our main reason to have added chicory to HEAL is the very beneficial fiber of which we have at least 15g in one meal, so half of recommended daily amount.
Bananas are one of the world’s most popular fruits, in average people eat about 100 bananas a year, due to it pleasant taste and also their great nutritional values. A 100g serving of bananas provides you 81 kcal, 20,3g of carbohydrates and 1.4g fibre, so it gives you lots of energy, but in a slowly released way.
The reason for the slow release is that bananas contain two types of fibres - pectin and starch, both of which you find in higher amounts in green unripe bananas. These fibres are known to help moderate the release of the natural sugar and transport it slowly into the bloodstream, after a meal, - which leaves you with an increased energy level for hours without any sugar cravings.
Apart from that, Bananas are loaded with an excellent source of potassium. Potassium is one of the most important electrolytes in the body, helping to regulate the fluid balance – a key factor in regulating your blood pressure.
Not only are bananas having these good effects in our bodies, they are also extremely delicious, and their pleasant flavour is what you can find as a lingering undertone in our HEAL recipe.
Oats are one of the most nutritious and balanced grains in the world. They are a great source of both carbs and proteins and are also rich in various fibres. Eating oats has proven to be extremely beneficial for the body, especially due to its richness in a powerful type of soluble fiber called beta-glucan.
Beta-glucan is scientifically linked to lowering both LDL and total cholesterol levels - by increasing the excretion of cholesterol-rich bile, that helps to reduce the circulation of cholesterol in our blood, and consequently helps to protect the arteries, tissues and overall health of our hearts.
Beta-glucan has another benefit - it helps the LDL cholesterol, also known as the “bad” cholesterol to stop the oxidising process, which is something that occurs when LDL reacts with free radicals around us. By doing that, it prevents another crucial step towards the progression of heart diseases.
Last but not least, oats have the ability to partially dissolve in water and by that forming a thick, gel-like mush in the gut, which prevents constipations and helps to clean your guts.