Cacao (Theobroma cacao) of the Creole variety of the VRAE. In recent years, reference has been made to archaeological discoveries that indicate the origin of Cacao is the Temple of Montegrande, located in the province of Jaén, in the jungle of the Cajamarca region, indicating that this fruit was cultivated and domesticated more than 5,000 years by populations established in Amazonian territory Highly beneficial for health because it is energetic and nutritious, due to its high value of antioxidants and high concentration of minerals (Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium and Iron), it also contains tryptophan, an amino acid that favors the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that leads to a nervous signal that produces happiness, improving states of anxiety, irritability, depression, etc. Recommended for the whole family.
Maca (Lepidium meyenni) of the red, black and yellow ecotypes grown organically in the Junin Altiplano (3,800 to 4,500 m.a.s.l.) since pre-Inca times immemorial. As it develops in the midst of climatological factors typical of the High Andean zone (frost, hailstorm, snowfall), it generates special Bioactives (Glucosinolates and Macamides), which are beneficial for health, providing vitality for being energetic and nutritious, its high protein value ( essential amino acids), carbohydrates and minerals (Calcium, Potassium and Iron). Recommended for the whole family.
Lucuma (Pouteria lucuma) has an exquisite flavor and fine aroma. It thrives in the inter-Andean and coastal valleys of Peru. Historians report its abundance in ancient Peru from approximately 1,500 BC, with representations of this fruit having been found in huacos from the Moche culture and fabrics from pre-Inca cultures. It is beneficial for health because it is energetic and nutritious, its high value of vitamin niacin or vitamin B3 and provitamin A (beta-carotene), a strong and natural antioxidant, Recommended for the whole family.
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Camu camu (myrciaria dubia), thanks to its high amount of vitamin C (40 times more than an orange), camu camu is perfect for improving our body's defenses.
Camu camu is the fruit that contains the most vitamin C in the world. If, compare with oranges or lemons, this exotic superfruit surpass them by far.
This fruit from the heart of the Peruvian Amazon is highly nutritious and has astringent, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Properties of ginger have been widely researched. When used on the skin, it can stimulate circulation and soothe burns. As a diaphoretic, it encourages perspiration and can therefore be used to help treat feverish conditions such as influenza or colds.
Helps relieve pain. It is is rich in volatile oils that contain the active component gingerol. This potent anti-inflammatory compound is believed to explain why people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis experience reductions in their pain levels and improvements in their mobility when they consume ginger regularly. Gingerols inhibit the formation of inflammatory cytokines, or chemical messengers of the immune system.
It has a range of health promoting benefits due to curcumin, the yellow pigment. As several metabolic diseases and age-related degenerative disorders are closely associated with oxidative processes in the body, it is here that turmeric comes into action. It is a great source of antioxidants that help to prevent that oxidation.
The potential health benefits of curcumin include better regulation of inflammation. It is used in the treatment of numerous inflammatory conditions for its anti-inflammatory effects. Curcumin is thought to slow down the inflammatory pathway, although this line of research is being continued.Another active ingredient in turmeric is turmerone. Although far less is known about turmerone compared to curcumin, it can be obtained from whole ground turmeric. Some studies suggest tumerone can support cognitive performance due to its neuroprotective properties.
Goldenberries (also called cape gooseberry or physalis) have a sweet and tart flavor. This has made it a popular ingredient in various cakes, sweets, baked goods, trail mix, and salads. These berries can also be consumed as a healthy snack. As the berries comprise low levels of calories and moderate levels of vitamins such as A, C, and D.
However, the real value of the golden berry is its’ antioxidant concentration. The golden berry consists of polyphenols and carotenoids, which are powerful elements of human health. When combined with other nutrients, these antioxidants make the fruit very desirable.
Studies show that ome of the compounds found within golden berries slow the breakdown and intake of simple sugars from carbohydrates. Hence consumption of the golden berries allows for the body and bloodstream to not be flooded with sugar. It also enables insulin receptors to be regulated appropriately.
Purple corn was once a sacred crop to the ancient Incan civilizations. Researchers have discovered the significant role of purple corn and its effects on cellular health, obesity, diabetes, inflammation and vascular integrity. These health benefits are largely tied to purple corn’s high content of anthocyanins, the antioxidant-rich color pigments that give it its dark purple color. In fact, purple corn has one of the absolute highest levels of a particular anthocyanin—cyanidin-3-glucoside—that has been attributed to a number of significant health benefits in humans.
This seed is an excellent source of fibers and protein. People call it the superfood because of its health-boosting, glucose control, and cardiovascular benefits. There has been extensive research for both plain and cooked quinoa. quinoa is rich in kaempferol and quercetin. These are extremely potent flavonoids with anti-viral, anti-depressant, and anti-cancer properties. It is rich in fiber and has a “scrub-brush” effect. It flushes out the bacteria or other buildup in the colon and decreases the possibility of colon cancer. It can overcome constipation, establish blood sugar control and stimulate the intestines to work quicker. In 185g of cooked quinoa, you get around 3mg of iron. This is well over 15% of the suggested daily intake. With enough iron, people have higher odds of avoiding anemia.
For patients with blood diseases or other underlying health conditions, the iron can be extremely helpful.
Chia seeds are rich in fibre – which helps with satiety, the feeling of fullness. A 25g portion of chia seeds contains approximately 9g of fibre. The daily recommended amount of fibre is 30g, so including a 25g portion of chia seeds each day could be a useful contribution. Fibre is important for a healthy digestive system and many of us do not reach the recommended target. Omega-3 fatty acids are known for their anti-inflammatory effects, as well as enhancing brain and potentially heart health. Chia seeds contain omega-3 in the plant form: alpha linolenic acid (ALA) making them a valuable source for vegans and vegetarians. Chia seeds are relatively high in protein – so are a useful source of plant protein and provide a range of amino acids, particularly for vegetarian and vegan diets. The combination of fat, protein and fibre means the seeds are digested relatively slowly, providing long, slow release of energy to keep blood-sugar levels stable. Seeds are rich in minerals such as calcium and magnesium and trace elements such as manganese, which helps make enzymes.
Mesquite (also called añgarrobo or carob tree) flour is both gluten free and high protein (about 11-17% protein), making it a good alternative for people looking to avoid gluten and white flours. It also has a high solute fiber content, meaning that unlike traditional white flours or sugars, it won’t cause blood sugar spikes, and will actually help you feel fuller for longer.
Because of its low glycemic index number (25), mesquite is a great alternative to regular sweeteners in baked goods and other foods.
Additionally, mesquite has measurable amounts of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc.
Yacon tubers have fructooligosaccharide which is an indigestible polysaccharide made of fructose. Fructooligosaccharides have sweet taste which pass unmetabolised through human digestive tract as it have low caloric value. Due to its prebiotic effect, it is used by beneficial bacterial that promotes colon health and supports digestion. Yacon possess anti-hyperglycemic effects. It has fructooligosaccharides so that body won’t absorb simple sugars. It reduces the glucose production in liver and causes shift to reduce fasting glucose rates. It is essential for the people with diabetes. Research has been conducted on the yacon’s ability to increase sensitivity of insulin in the body. It is beneficial for diabetic patients or for those people who are at high chances of developing the disease.
Aguaje has many interesting properties, it is rich in phytoestrogens, vitamins and minerals, with an important content of beta-carotene, provitamin, tocopherols, vitamin E and C. Phytoestrogens are plant compounds, which have estrogenic activity, which help to reduce the lipids of those with high cholesterol levels and also reduces climacteric symptoms in women. They reduce the risk of diseases, which appear after the age of 50, which is why it is constituted as a hormonal and natural treatment for menopause. Aguaje contains a high amount of lipids and essential fatty acids. It contains provitamin A and its oil represents the highest content of vitamin A in the world. This fruit has an important mineral content, as well as oils, carbohydrates, proteins and vitamins of the B group, such as B1, B2, B5 and C. It is considered an excellent antioxidant due to the presence of vitamin C and E, which fights free radicals in the body.