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5 Natural Ingredients With Surprising Benefits

By: Fred Douglas

Not reviewed by Dr. Eeks

Everything that’s good for us comes from the natural world. While modern medicine and technology have developed thousands of medical solutions, sometimes you’d be surprised to find that the simplest solutions can often be the most effective. Below, we’ve listed out five natural ingredients that have surprising health benefits. Take a look at our list and see if any of these natural solutions can help you become healthier and happier than you already are.

 

Grape Seeds

Grapes make a delicious, tart snack. They’re pretty much a staple fruit, and are delicious when eaten fresh or even dried into raisins. Grapes have been used in everything from savory dishes to sweet desserts, and there are so many varieties that you’re sure to find one you like.

They aren’t just good for fresh snacks, however. As mentioned in our post ‘What We Can Do to Boost Our Immune System During a Pandemic’, grape seeds— yes, grape seeds— are packed with powerful antioxidants that improve immunity and help you sleep. If grape seeds don’t sound too appetizing, you can go for a grapeseed extract instead. Whatever you decide, try not to miss out on the benefits.

 

Chili Peppers

Chili peppers. Love them or hate them, you can’t deny that they definitely add a kick to dishes. They’re a key part of cuisines from all over the world, and are a surefire way to make a meal exciting. But did you know that putting that spice in your life might actually make it longer?

Harvard Health Publishing says that there’s evidence that could link together eating chili peppers with lower rates of death by heart disease, cancer, and other causes. While the findings aren’t definitive yet, it’s definitely interesting for people who want a little more spice in their lives.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a household staple. To say that it’s useful would be a bit of an understatement— it’s been used as an ingredient in dishes, as a natural household cleaner, and even as a skincare remedy. If you had to pick a jack-of-all-trades in your pantry, then it’d definitely be apple cider vinegar.

 

What else can apple cider vinegar do? Help you manage your blood sugar levels, for one. Drinking diluted ACV can help lower the risk of blood sugar level spikes, and all of the downsides that come with them. And if you don’t quite enjoy the vinegar taste, a post about ACV gummies on Brightcore suggests that gummies might be a better option. They’re more portable, taste better, but contain all of the natural benefits of apple cider vinegar that you can enjoy.

 

Mint

One of the most well known flavors around has got to be mint. It’s a common herb found in many home gardens, and has been used both as flavoring and as a home remedy for centuries. You’re probably familiar with mint’s role in soothing coughs and colds, but that’s not all it can do.

NDTV Food writes that mint is actually great for your acne, as it’s high in salicylic acids. Mint juice has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and even antioxidant properties. The leaves can be crushed and mixed with other natural ingredients like honey to create a soothing yet effective face mask. Say goodbye to all your skin worries!

 

Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms are well known as a savory addition to many different dishes. While they’re a popular ingredient in cuisines all over the world, they’ve also got quite a few health benefits that you might not have known about.

WebMD reports that shiitake mushrooms are rich in polysaccharide compounds. These compounds help protect you from cell damage and boost your immune system. Compounds from shiitake mushrooms have been used in treatments for cancer, HIV, and much more. So next time you spot a bag of these mushrooms at the store, consider picking them up for the immune benefits.

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