Have you heard of this anti-cancer, antioxidant, liver detoxifying mineral?

 Molybdenum is a trace mineral essential for a variety of important functions within the body.

What is it important for?

Anti- cancer properties

Antioxidant support

Liver detoxification

Helps to prevent tooth decay

Important for fertility

Required for the activity of some enzymes in the body

Connective tissue development ( ligaments, cartilage etc)

Breaking down fats

Regulation of iron within the body

Helps to prevent yeast and fungal infections

Needed to convert sulphite to sulphate

Did you know…...?

The molybdenum content in food is vastly dependent on the soil in which it grows and the water it receives for growth.

So how can we include it in our daily diet?

Vegetables and fruit; Cauliflower, green peas, spinach, garlic, tomatoes, celery, cucumber

Beans and pulses; lentils, split peas, black eye peas, lima beans, kidney beans

Seeds and nuts;  sesame seeds, walnuts, almonds

Wholegrains; oats, buckwheat, brown rice, rye, barley

An easy molybdenum rich recipe idea...............

Fragrant Cauliflower Rice
Blitz a whole cauliflower (stalk and leaves removed) in a blender until it resembles slightly larger than couscous sized pieces or alternatively grate the cauliflower by hand
Melt some coconut oil in a pan and throw in a finely chopped onion, a couple of cloves of crushed garlic, 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon of cumin powder, half a teaspoon of ginger powder and season with Himalayan salt and black pepper
Sauté this for a few minutes and keep stirring
Add the cauliflower along with 2 tablespoons or vegetable stock, water or bone broth, gently stir, cover with a lid and allow to steam for approximately 5 minutes
Combine with steamed peas or crushed almonds and serve.

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Legendary lettuce

Is lettuce just the base of your salad or the crunch in your sandwich? Surprisingly, lettuce varieties contain a wide range of nutrients and including a combination of these in your diet will offer plenty of health benefits.

Each lettuce variety has its own phytonutrients and these are dictated by the colour pigments they contain. Phytonutrients provide us with unique health properties. For example green leaf lettuce contains quercetin; which can have anti-histamine effects and help prevent heart disease. Red leaves contain cyanidins, which are helpful with conditions such as diabetes and high cholesterol. 

Romaine lettuce is particularly rich in nutrients. It is an excellent source of vitamin K and vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids) and is also rich in folate and molybdenum amongst many others.

The vitamin K content is particularly important for maintaining healthy bones, blood clotting and preventing heart disease. Additionally the carotenoids are vital for promoting eye health, the immune system and normal cell growth and development.

So don’t just use lettuce as a garnish; it is delicious roasted, made in to Asian style wraps, puréed in to a smooth soup or braised with peas, onions and lemon juice.

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Splendid Celery

Celery is often thought of as a crunchy low calorie option due to its high water content. However, this veggie is bursting with numerous vitamins and minerals including molybdenum folate, potassium, manganese, B vitamins and vitamin K. It is also rich in a range of antioxidants and this combination of nutrients can provide us with many surprising health benefits.

The special and varied phytonutrients in celery provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant protection. New research suggests that some of these phytonutrients actually help to reduce certain inflammatory molecules in the blood, helping to reduce unwanted inflammation in the body.

The anti-inflammatory protection can be particularly helpful in the digestive tract. The pectin based, non-starchy substances contained within celery, protect the digestive tract against inflammation and new research suggests that these substances may decrease the risk of stomach ulcers.

There are specific nutrients in celery that can provide cardiovascular benefits. These nutrients are believed to help our blood vessel walls relax. Consequently the blood vessels may be more flexible and able to enlarge, helping to maintain low blood pressure.

Tip: Make use of the celery leaves as they contain the most calcium, potassium and vitamin C. However use the leaves within 2 days in order to avoid them wilting.

Celery can be thinly sliced and steamed to make celery spaghetti and it is great as crunchy crudités dipped in nut butter, tahini or hummus.  Conversely, this fantastic veggie is just as delightful in chicken or minestrone soup, chopped in to salads, stir fried, roasted, braised or juiced!

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