Maca (Lepidium meyenii walp.), is a root vegetable found in the mountains of Peru that is high in antioxidants,
phytonutrients, and nutrients such as vitamin C, iron and copper while also being an excellent source of
protein and fiber. Used since 3800 BC, Indigenous Andean region Peruvians cultivated and used Maca for
both its nutritional and medicinal value, which included enhancing the libido, fertility, hormonal regulation,
and to promote mental and physical wellbeing.
Maca of Peru at altitudes of 7,000 to 11,000 feet and has been used by the Indigenous peoples of these regions for more than 2,000 years. The areas Maca grows in is extremely barren and rocky with their being intense sunlight, fierce winds, and extremes of temperatures. Maca is an extremely rugged and hardy plant. Besides being used as staple foodstuff by Peruvians, Maca has been valued for its health and medicinal properties. Maca was used by Inca warriors to increase their energy and vitality while the Spaniards, during the conquest of the Inca Empire, fed their horses with it to help promote reproductive ability at high altitudes. Scientists have studied the abilities of Maca to enhance sexual drive in humans, increasing energy levels, and increasing sexual fertility in humans. The other health promoting benefits the Peruvians used Maca for were to improve memory, as an antidepressant, combating anemia, for curing or relieving rheumatism and respiratory ailments, and as a laxative. While it can be eaten fresh, the dried roots can be eaten after boiling in milk or water, as Maca coffee, or mixed into juices and cocktails.
Benefits of Maca
- excellent source of protein, fiber
- contain vitamins C, calcium, potassium, iron, copper and iodine
- also contains over 20 amino acids — including all eight essential amino acids
- promote bone health
- lower blood pressure
- boost libido and immune system
- increases energy level
- reduces menopausal symptoms
- balances female sex hormones
Honey has been used by humans as both food and medicine since the dawn of mankind. It is produced by
honeybees and is a mixture of carbohydrates, and a small amount of water, proteins, vitamins, minerals and
phenolic compounds, the latter acting as antioxidants. Medicinally, honey has been used as an additive to
other medicines, aiding in improving antioxidant capacity and the immune system, a strong topical
antimicrobial and soother for wounds and burns, and in regulating the glycemic response and lipids within
It was one of the most available sweet consumable that could be found almost anywhere in the world. The earliest pictographic representation of harvesting honey dates to an 8,000 years old rock painting in Spain. Here, a hunter uses smoke to calm the bees and then detaches the beehive. The sugars in honey is primarily fructose, glucose and maltose. Several studies have shown that it is helpful in individuals with impaired glucose tolerance and diabetes with honey consumption decreasing glycemic levels and blood lipids in diabetic and hyperlipidemic, and in healthy people. Long term use of honey helps to reduce fasting glucose levels in humans. Honey, therefore, can be used as a supplement by healthy individuals and those suffering from glycemic regulation problems.
Benefits of Honey
- contains some nutrients
- rich in antioxidants
- boost energy
- helps improve cholesterol
- promotes burn and wound healing
- control cholesterol
- fight cough
Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.), is technically classified as a pseudo-cereal grain.
Quinoa has exceptional nutritive and health-promoting value because it is balanced in oil, protein and fat. The quinoa grain is extremely high in fiber, protein, magnesium, manganese and phosphorus, isoflavones, all of the essential amino acids, no trans fats and a balance of healthy monounsaturated fat, Omega 3, alpha-linolenic acid, and contains no gluten so that its glycemic index is very low.
Quinoa is an Andean plant which originated in the area surrounding Lake Titicaca in Peru and Bolivia. It was considered by the Incas to be sacred and was called “ the mother grain “. It is one of very few edible plants which can grow as high as 4,500 m above sea level in a harsh environment. Quinoa has outstanding nutritive and health promoting value because it is exceptionally well balanced in oil, protein, and fat content. According to the Food and Agriculture and the World Health Organizations, quinoa protein can supply around 180% of the histidine, 274% of the isoleucine, 338% of the lysine, 212% of the methionine + cysteine, 320% of the phenylalanine + tyrosine, 331% of the threonine, 228% of the tryptophan and 323% of the valine recommended in protein sources for adult nutrition. Quinoa also has a very low glycemic index of 53, meaning that it helps to regulate blood sugar levels and prevent or manage diabetes related conditions. The quinoa seeds and leaves have been found to be highly beneficial to the immune and circulatory systems, as well as for the skin.
Benefits of Quinoa
- very nutritious
- very high in fiber
- very high in protein, with all the essential amino acids.
- gluten free- perfect for people with gluten intolerance
- low glycemic index good for blood sugar control
- high in mineral magnesium, potassium, zinc and iron
- high in antioxidants
Apples are a fat free fruit which is low in sodium and cholesterol while being high in antioxidants such as
phytonutrients and flavonoids, dietary fiber, vitamins C and B, and in potassium, copper, manganese, and
magnesium. They have been found to be effective in preventing cancers, stimulating the digestive system,
reducing strokes, regulating blood sugars, and in helping to control weight.
Apples are grown around the world and, besides their nutritional value, are also beneficial in promoting health. Being rich in fiber, they help in the digestive process by acting as a pre-biotic and maintaining regularity. The soluble fiber portion in apples aids in decreasing cholesterol levels thereby promoting cardiovascular health. The fiber in apples, only one of which contributes nearly 12 percent of the daily fiber requirement in adults, helps to increase satiety and therefore minimize hunger and overeating. Apples also help to regulate the bodies blood sugar, which is especially helpful to those suffering from diabetes. Being rich in iron, apples can be helpful to those who are anemic. The vitamin C, and numerous other antioxidants, such as flavonoids and polyphenols, help to minimize the effects of free radicals and thereby reduce the effects of aging. These compounds also help to in prevent weakness, boost immunity, and improve muscle tone. Besides being affective in controlling diabetes and weight gain, some studies have shown apples or its constituents to be effective in reducing the risk of colon, breast and skin cancers.
Benefits of Apple
- high-antioxidant, significant source of flavonoids
- high in fibre
- vitamin C and beta carotene
- low in calories
- natural constipation relief
- good for diabetics and blood sugar regulation
- reduce cholesterol
- aids weight loss
Chia (Salvia hispanica L), The seeds of Chia are very rich in fiber, protein, essential fatty acids alpha-linolenic
and linoleic acid, mucin, strontium, vitamins A, B, E and D, and sulphur, iron, iodine, magnesium, manganese,
niacin and thiamine. Chia is also a rich source of antioxidants and omega-3 fats. Some benefits of chia seeds
include healthy skin, reducing signs of aging, supporting the heart and digestive system, building stronger
bones and muscles.
Seeds were used by Aztec warriors to provide high energy and endurance. In the Mayan language, Chia means “strength” and was used to fuel the body to provide high energy and a longlasting fuel. The use of chia predates the Aztec era as it was used by the Teotihuacan and Toltec civilizations between 2600 and 2000 B.C. Although the Spanish banned its use, Chia survived in select regions of Mexico and has now been reintroduced. One of the special traits of Chia is that nearly all of the carbohydrates in Chia are fiber, thereby providing a sense of being full without consuming many calories. Chia also helps to increase satiety index, prevent cardiovascular diseases, nervous system and inflammatory disorders, and diabetes by the reduction of triglyceride and blood glucose levels. Another factor which contributes to the specialness of Chia is that it can be stored for many years and still retain its high-energy attributes.
Benefits of Chia
- lot of nutritions with very few calories
- loaded with antioxidants
- almost all carbs are fiber
- high in quality protein
- high in omega 3 fatty acids
- high in important bone nutrition
- reduce inflammation
- regulate blood sugar levels
- help prevent diabetes
Pineapple ( Ananas comosus) is not a single fruit, but a group of berries that have fused together. Is native to southern Brazil and Paraguay and was spread by indigenous tribes throughout South America and the West Indies before of arrival of Columbus. Pineapples were very useful on long boat trips. Eating it prevented scurvy.
This delectable fruit is an excellent source of vitamin C, is nutrient-dense, and provides a ton of health benefits despite being low in overall calories. It is use widely around the world as a natural remedy to treat everything from indigestion to curing allergies. The benefits of pineapple are due to its high supply of vitamins C and B1, potassium and manganese, in addition to other special antioxidants that help prevent disease formation. What most people don't realize about this tasty fruit is that it's infinitely more useful to humans than just a garnish for drink.
Benefits of Pineapple
- high in antioxidants
- massive amount of vitamin c
- boost the immune system
- improve liver health
- enhances mood
- improves gum and heart health
- anti-inflammatory property
- relieves mood swings
Oats (Avena sativa), have been cultivated since the Bronze age and used for its many medicinal and health providing qualities in traditional medicine. Oats are one of the healthiest whole grains available. They are gluten-free, a great source of carbohydrates, fiber and protein. Oats are filled with important vitamins and minerals and are very high, besides others, in manganese, phosphorus, and vitamin B1. Moreover, oats are one of the only source of the soluble fiber β-glucan, which is known to reduce the levels of LDL cholesterol in the blood and therefore reduce the likelihood of cardiovascular diseases.
Besides containing 20 unique polyphenols that have antioxidant activities, oats are one of the very few foods which contains avenanthramides, a potent antioxidant which also has anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties which may be beneficial against coronary heart disease, colon cancer, and skin irritation. Besides these wonderful properties, oats are effective in making you feel full because of their high fiber content, improving the microflora and health of your gut, helping to lose weight, while providing lots of nutrients.
Benefits of Oats
- source of vitamin A, vitamin C, beta -carotene, thiamin, vitamin B5, vitamin B6
- contain potassium, copper, manganese, calcium, sodium, and magnesium
- low in calories
- reduce inflammation and swelling
- boosts immunity
- helps improve your mood and fight depression and anxiety
- helps improve your mood and fight depression and anxiety
- improve blood circulation