We all know that certain things are bad for us, such as trans-fats, sugar, cigarettes, and more. And then of course there are certain things that are fairly universally accepted as being good for us, such as leafy greens and drinking plenty of water.

However, there are certain things that you would never think it, but they are actually very good for us. Here is our list of surprising substances that promote a healthy mind and body.

  1. Hemp CBD Oil

You may not think it, but CBD oil, which is extracted from the hemp plant, is actually highly beneficial for your health. This  oil, which comes from the leaves, stems and flowers of the cannabis or hemp plant but which contains no THC and therefore does not get you high, has been scientifically linked to a range of health benefits. These include stopping the spread of cancerous tumours, reducing anxiety, and easing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease and Type 1 Diabetetes. It is important to buy a trusted brand like Evopure CBD oil that uses oil extracted from the whole plant to get the fully medicinal “entourage effect” of the substance.

  1. Chilli

You may think of chilli peppers as upsetting your stomach. However, chilli contains capsaicin which is actually an anti-irritant for the stomach, making it a great way to treat stomach ulcers. Chilli peppers are also high in antioxidants, as well as components that stimulate gastric juices and reduce acidity in the digestive tract. These components help to settle upset stomachs, and reduce intestinal gas, diarrhoea, and cramps. Additionally, chilli peppers speed up the body’s metabolism, assisting with weight loss.

  1. Coffee

Coffee is a beverage that often gets a bad rap. It is true that this caffeinated beverage can be bad for you if you regularly consume large amounts. However, drinking coffee in moderation is not only ok, it may actually be good for you. One study published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry found a reduction in risk of suffering depression by 8 percent for each cup of caffeinated coffee consumed daily.

  1. Chocolate

This one may sound too good to be true, but yes chocolate may actually be good for you! Well, it should be noted that eating large amounts of particularly high-sugar and high-fat types of chocolate will cause obesity, and a range of associated health issues. However, a small amount of dark chocolate has some benefits for health. Dark chocolate is high in anti-oxidants which protect the collagen in the skin, protecting it against sun damage and warding off wrinkles. Most dark chocolate is also high in flavonoids, which have been linked to lowering the risk of heart disease.

  1. Egg Whites

So you may know that egg whites are a high-protein food and an important part of a healthy diet, but did you know that they are also good for the skin? Experts tell us that putting egg whites on the skin, particularly on the face can help to resolve discoloration associated with acne. The albumin in the egg white also interacts with the alts in the skin to firm and tone the skin of the face.

  1. Licorice

We generally think of all kinds of sweets and candy as being bad for us. However, good old-fashioned licorice actually has a number of healthy properties. Firstly, licorice can help to fight off colds, thanks to its herbal ingredients that are antiviral and antibacterial. If you are already sick, licorice can help to ease symptoms such as a sore throat and congested sinuses. Researchers have even found that licorice has anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to the amorfrutins found in licorice root, which also help to reduce blood sugar. It should be noted these properties are found in traditional black licorice derived from the plant (or genuine licorice teas and so on), not artificial licorice!

  1. The Smell of Apples

We’ve all heard the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Yes, apples are full of vitamins and nutrients that help to keep us healthy. But they have another surprising power: the smell of apples is also very good for you. Scientists have found that the smell of a green apple can help to manage claustrophobia by increasing your perception of space. The same was found for smelling cucumber. Smelling green apples has also been linked to controlling blood pressure, easing migraines and even assisting with weight loss.