Turmeric root has been shown to have a broad number of health benefits. It acts as a strong antioxidant and is well known for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric also supports a healthy digestive and cardiovascular system, brain function (has been even shown to help protect against Alzheimer's disease), liver function, joint health, and even helps fight arthritis, cancer cell growth, and inflammatory bowel disease. Simply put: it is one of natures most powerful healers.
Flaxseed is the #1 source of lignans in the human diet which are unique polyphenols that provide us with antioxidant and fiber-like benefits. In fact, they actually contain 7 times the lignans as the closest runner-up (sesame seeds). They are also a great source of fiber (8 grams per tablespoon) and plant-based Omega-3s (primarily alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA), making them very helpful with promoting digestive health and reducing inflammation.
Dates are great providers of quick and instant energy and are digested very easily by the body. They are rich in dietary fiber and flavonoid polyphenolic antioxidants called tannins which protect against inflammation and oxidative stress. Dates have moderate amounts of vitamin A, B-vitamins, vitamin K, flavonoids like beta-carotene, lutein, and zea-xanthin, iron, potassium, calcium, manganese, copper, and magnesium.
Chia seeds are certainly a superfood, as they contain a plethora of nutrients including omega 3's (700 times more than salmon), antioxidants, minerals like calcium, phosphorus, iron, manganese and magnesium, and vitamins such as niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, and folic acid. They're renowned for their stamina and energy-boosting qualities, and are great for digestion as they contain high amounts of fiber.
Sesame seeds are rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acid oleic acid which helps to lower "bad" LDL cholesterol and increase "good" HDL cholesterol. They're also a good source of protein and amino acids, omega-6 fatty acids, phenolic antioxidants, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and copper.
Sunflower seeds are rich in poly-unsaturated fatty acid linoleic acid and mono-unsaturated fatty acid oleic acid, both of which help promote healthy cholesterol levels. They're a good source of protein and amino acids, poly-phenol antioxidant compounds, vitamin E, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and copper.
Raisins are rich and concentrated natural sources of energy, antioxidants, vitamins, electrolytes, and minerals - including resveratrol, dietary fiber, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium copper, fluoride, and zinc. They are one of the top sources of boron in the U.S. diet (which provides protection against osteoporosis) and are believed to help promote healthy blood pressure levels and protect against hypertension with its high levels of potassium and dietary fiber. The selenium and phosphorus in raisins also help with the proper absorption of other nutrients and proteins in the body from all the foods you consume.
Apricots are a very good source of fiber as well as vitamins A & C, carbohydrates, calcium, iron and potassium. They're very high in beta-carotene, helping to protect the heart and eyes. Apricots also contain phytochemicals called carotenoids like lycopene and zea-xanthin which provide valuable protection against free radicals.