Olive oil, kiwifruit, berries… we all know that these are some of the healthiest foods in the world but there are also those which are certainly healthy – but somehow forgotten. We present you a list of super foods you probably never heard of and you probably don’t even know their benefits for your health.

Amaranth – is extremely nutritious due to the high proportion of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins B1 and E, and minerals. Unlike most of the grain it doesn’t contain gluten.

Pu-erh tea – a very rare specialty from China. It is unique in many ways and represents a special group of teas. Appearance and color of cup-like oolong tea has the most caffeine of all the teas and is the ultimate answer to the question “What to drink instead of coffee?” We suggest – pu-erh tea as a natural and healthy alternative to coffee.

Fenugreek – a tonic for digestion and a cure for diabetes. It is one of the oldest medicinal plants that dates back to the ancient Egyptians. It can be classified as one of the natural wonders of the ancient times, where it was extremely praised and appreciated. It is used in a treatment and it is an inevitable ingredient of curry and other spice mixtures. For that reason it is very popular in India and in the Middle East.

Golden berries – are dried fruits like dried apricot. They are also called Incan berries. They are sweet, with taste that blends with a touch of acidic strong flavor and thus provides comprehensive, unique and pleasant harmony of flavors. Incan berries boost metabolism. The main reason for this “boost” lies in the high level of vitamin B12. Incan berries are therefore an excellent natural source of energy.

Aronia berries – Aronia is also called the “food of the future” because it has great healing power on the human body. It cleanses it from harmful things and heavy metals and is therefore a useful preventive against cancer. Studies have shown that it has anti-cancer effect, it simply “kills” a large percentage of malignant tumor cells in brain, lungs, breast, colon and liver. As an exceptional antioxidant, aronia prevents the formation of free radicals and “attacks” the healthy cells of the body and the blood plasma, thus slowing down the process of aging and preventing the development of chronic diseases.

Holy Basil – (lat. Ocimum sanctum), also known as Tulsi, is rightly considered the king of medicinal herbs. It is the most famous herb in India respected for thousands of years, not only because of the extraordinary medicinal value but also because of its effects on the mind, body and spirit.

Hemp seeds – are obtained by mechanically removing the fibrous husks in a way that allows maximum preservation of nutrients. Naturally it contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in optimal proportions (1: 3), which makes them an excellent source of unsaturated fatty acids. Also, they contain vitamin E, and lecithin, antioxidants, etc.

Mung bean – are very nutritious. They represent an excellent source of protein and dietary fiber, and also contain vitamins A, C and E, and the phosphorus, magnesium, iron and calcium minerals. In 100g of boiled mung bean there are 105kcal, 0,38g fats, 7,02g protein, 19,15g carbohydrates and 7,6g of fiber. Sprouts mung beans contain 30 kcal per 100g, 0.18 g fat, 3.04 g protein, 5,94g carbohydrates and 1.8 g dietary fiber.

Nori algae – The most important feature of nori seaweed is that it contains plenty of vitamin A, even 2-4 times more than in the same amount of carrots. Nori algae has an extremely high amount of quality protein (twice the same amount of beef steak). Nori seaweed is rich in vitamins B and C, calcium, iron, niacin (vitamin B3) and vitamin B12, which helps the nervous system and lowers cholesterol. Nori algae contains oils that prevent hardening of the arteries and taurine (an amino acid which reduces blood pressure). Nori successfully helps in the treatment of beriberi disease.

Peppadew peppers – South African Peppadew peppers are represented by their special sweet-spicy flavor that makes them unique food product known worldwide. Peppadew peppers contain no preservatives, GMOs or artificial colors.

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