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4 Ancient Wonder Food To Boost Energy

Feeling tired… grumpy …and got addicted to caffeine for boosting your energy levels, huh?? Try making these 4 ancient food a part of your diet. They have high nutrient density and therefore help your energy levels soar high again.

Sweet Potato

sweet potato
Sweet potato

In Central America, sweet potatoes were cultivated at least 5,000 years ago. The orange flesh of sweet potatoes may be one of nature’s unparalleled sources of vitamin A, Vitamin B6, copper and manganese. Several studies have shown the superior ability of sweet potatoes to raise our levels of vitamin A, which is an essential nutrient for healthy skin and vibrant eye health.

They can be eaten plain boiled, roasted, made into a curry or a desssert or as snack chips

One cup of cooked sweet potato contains:

  • 0.961 mg of Vitamin A(120%  Recommended Dietary Allowance(RDA))
  • 2.0 grams of Protein (5% RDA)
  • 0.29 mg of Vitamin B6(22% RDA)
  • 0.5 mg of Manganese( 24% RDA)
  • 19.6 mg of Vitamin C (24% RDA)
  • 1.5 mg of Vitamin B3 (10% RDA)


sorghum food
healthy, gluten free, white sorghum grain on a rustic wooden scoop

Historic records indicate that the ancient grain sorghum was collected more than 8,000 years ago in southern Egypt, and soon after was cultivated in both the Ethiopia and Sudan areas of Africa. Sorghum is widely consumed through Africa, India, China, and other parts of Asia.

Sorghum, often eaten with the husk on, is one of few grains with an edible husk, which helps it retain many of the nutrients that are removed in other grains. Sorghum is high in antioxidants as well as policosanols (found in the wax coating of the husk) that some research has shown to lower cholesterol equal to that of statin drugs.

Sorghum can be eaten as a popped grain, as a cooked grain for breakfast cereal, or in place of rice.

One cup cooked sorghum contains:

  • 20.4 grams of protein (41% RDA)
  •  317 mg of magnesium (79% RDA)
  • 555 mg of phosphorus (55% RDA)
  • 3.1 mg manganese (154% RDA)
  • 23.4 mcg selenium (33% RDA)

Chia Seeds

chia seeds

Chia seeds are native to Mexico and Central America and were staple food for the ancient Aztec warriors.

Chia seeds have a gelatinous texture when soaked in liquid similar to tapioca. Chia seeds are high in protein. It can be added to puddings, sherbats, cereals, oats and roti flour.

One ounce of chia seeds contains:

  • 4.7 grams of protein (9% RDA)
  • 9.8 grams of fiber (39% RDA)
  • 95 mg of magnesium (24% RDA)
  • 244 mg phosphorus (24% RDA)
  • 0.77 mg of manganese (39% RDA)
  • 15.6 mcg of selenium (22% RDA)



Millet is indigenous to Asia and was a main staple there 8,300 years ago before rice was cultivated. Ragi is one of the most famous millets avidly used in our country. It’s also highly revered in Taiwan, where they have a millet festival each year.

Ragi can be eaten as a porridge or mixed in rotis or made as dosas as well.

One cup of cooked Ragi contains:

  • 6.1 grams of protein (12% RDA)
  • 0.8 mg of thiamin (12% RDA)
  • 2.3 mg of niacin (12% RDA)
  • 76.6 mg magnesium (19% RDA)
  • 0.47 mg of manganese (24% RDA)


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