Za’atar (Nootropic spread)

Za’atar is an ancient medicinal and culinary herbal spread made with Thyme, Roasted Sesame seeds, Sumac and Olive oil

It is used as a condiment in foods, or often simply enjoyed as a spread on flatbread

This peculiar herbal combination has a pungent flavor unlike any other spice blend, and is incredibly aromatic

Its exquisite taste combines with powerful health benefits:

  • Sumac, Thyme and Sesame seeds, the ingredients that make up Za’atar, are all full of antioxidants that protect your cells from damage, especially from the sun’s UV
  • Za’atar strengthens the immune system, improves the skin and builds strong bones
  • When taken in a certain quantity on an empty stomach, you can literally feel the blood flow increase in your veins and strengthening you with vital energy
  • It also clears out the lungs and is therefore sometimes used by breathwork and yoga practitioners
  • Overall, it gives you more energy, and improves your mood and memory – it has powerful nootropic effects
  • It is considered a medhya (brain and memory-enhancer) food in Ayurveda
  • It is an ancient food from the Levant, Persia and North India – it was used in Ancient Egypt and is mentioned by Dioscorides (the “Father of Pharmacognosy”)
  • Some advanced versions of Za’atar can even include Hyssop (a sacred herb mentioned in the Bible)
  • Depending on the exact combination, the taste can be either sour, bitter, or toasty
  • Safe to consume every day

References: Science Direct

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