Following the latest trends can be a difficult task especially when it comes to nutrition-related stuff – not only once have I found it more challenging and confusing than keeping up with the latest in fashion. Though yesterday’s answer to our health-related issues seems to have a name we finally got accustomed to, quinoa, today is all about KANIWA. The latter – similar in spelling to the miracle grain we’re obsessively incorporating in our everyday recipes – asides the fact that it’s gluten free and an excellent source of amino-acids just like its older sister – packs much more protein than quinoa, despite its smaller size. Seems like we found a New Year-favorite that, along with other miraculous health-boosters like the GHAGA MUSHROOM, COCONUT FLOUR, BLACK RICE, CHLORELLA ALGAE, SACHA INCHI and MORINGA promise to work wonders on our bodies and minds. The entire list, down-below.
Growing in the cold regions of northern altitudes in Scandinavia, Siberia and Alaska, Ghaga Mushroom is proven to be one of nature’s oldest and most powerful medicinal herbs, containing the highest value of antioxidants. With other outstanding benefits as oxygenating the blood, maintaining cholesterol and blood pressure levels, combating premature aging and boosting the natural cancer-fighting ability of the body to name just a few, Ghaga Mushroom seems to deserve its reputation as the Mushroom of Immortality.
Produced from dried coconut, this chef-favorite features a number of benefits that can’t easily be ignored: grain and gluten free, it has a high protein concentration, becoming a go-to among people who adhere to any grain-free diet. A good source of lauric acid and manganese, coconut flour is said to help the immune system and protect the bones and skin.
Kaniwa, the younger sister of quinoa, features the same health-boosting properties as its sibling and, as a proof that size doesn’t always matter, packs much more protein than last year’s no.1 grain. Seems like we’ve got ourselves a winner…
More purplish than black, this type of rice is treasured and protected in Asia, featuring numerous health benefits – considered to be anti-inflammatory and a great source of antioxidants, black rice seems to be decreasing the risk of dangerous heart disease and cancer, maintaining blood health, and preventing diseases like Alzheimer’s and Diabetes.
A great source of protein, fats, carbohydrates, fiber, chlorophyll, vitamins, and minerals, the algae that grows in the fresh waters of Asia is used to make nutritional supplements and medicines, helping in the prevention of cancer, reducing radiations side-effects, increasing the amount of white blood cell counts, preventing colds and slowing the aging process.
Native to Peru, and similar in flavor and look to roasted nuts, the sacha-inchi is said to have numerous health-benefits – reducing high cholesterol levels and promoting weight loss by increasing serotonin production and, as a result, keeping appetite in check. Although it’s too soon to recommend sacha inchi for the treatment of any health condition, it’s possible that consuming sacha inchi oil as part of a balanced diet may help enhance overall health.
Found in tropical regions, the Moringa tree leaves have been identified as the vegetables with the highest nutritional values among many food species studied – 100 grams of fresh Moringa tree leaves provide the same amount of protein as an egg, as much iron as a steak, as much Vitamin C as an orange, and as much calcium as a glass of milk. Often referred to as the “miracle tree” because of its uniquely diverse array of nutritional, medicinal, and purifying properties, the Moringa tree contains high amounts of protein, all eight essential amino acids, a full spectrum of vitamins and minerals, and a large quantity of phytonutrients and other powerful disease-fighting antioxidants.