Caper. It has been used in most Mediterranean cuisine for more than a century because of its delightful taste and medicinal properties. Quite surprising for a small organic superfood to possess powerful antioxidants to fight free radicals in the body.
Capers have been around since ancient time and are thought to have originated in the Mediterranean. An organic superfood that were widely used in ancient Sumerian foods and as a treatment for rheumatic pain by ancient Greeks.
Capers are actually flower buds which are picked even before they flower and are dried in the sun and are later on soaked in salt. They are perennial deciduous plant and a member of shrub like bush family called capparis spinosa.
This green pea-like organic superfood gives out a deliciously fresh and peppery flavor and can provide a tangy, salty, spicy, and exotic savor to your favorite pasta, salad or meat.
Incredible nutrition and health benefit you get from capers:
They are packed with phytonutrients, vitamins and essential minerals to guarantee optimum health. And there’s more… It has carbohydrates, dietary fiber, protein, and just 0.4 gram sugar. A tablespoon of this bud contains only two counts of calories.
Caper is by far the best source of a super potent antioxidant called quercetin. This natural antioxidant also possesses antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic and analgesic qualities. Its’ also a natural anti-histamine as well as a depression buster.
By merely adding these buds to your meat can provide you protection from developing heart diseases and even cancer. In one laboratory research, scientist have discovered that extract from capers added to turkey meat as flavoring can actually thwart formation of byproducts that are linked to increased risk of heart disease and certain form of cancer. If you’re a red meat lover, adding this organic superfood to your recipe can be very healthy for you.
Caper can keep your blood sugar level in check and also relieve you of flatulence and stomach pains. It reduces phlegm and ease chest congestions.
Create a paste from capers and apply directly to skin will improve blood flow, thus keeping it from drying. This can also help eliminate parasites that cause leishmaniasis.
Lost your appetite? Nibble some of the spicy buds and you’ll be craving for food in no time.
Too much of anything is bad and as in the case of capers, you stand the risk of developing high blood pressure and osteoporosis. This is one organic superfood that is rich in sodium and we all know that this mineral increases blood volume. Excess sodium also reduces bone density, thus making it weak. It also prevents your body from absorbing calcium that builds and retains bone health. So if you have such health conditions, its best that you avoid capers. Same goes with pregnant women… better safe than sorry.
Tip when using caper: If you find your caper buds too salty? … Simply run it under some water and this will thin excess sodium.
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The article written here is for educational purpose only and is not meant to provide any medical advice. If you have an illness or medical condition, it would be best to consult first with your health care provider or family physician before undertaking any course of treatment.
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