Peru is a country with diverse regions. That is why there are so many superfoods in the country. Here the list of the best Peruvian superfoods. How many have you tried?

1. Cacao 
Scientists have conducted a study that showed that a cup of cocoa for breakfast could help eliminate insomnia. The researchers added that cocoa has several other benefits. It has a good effect on the cardiovascular system, lowers blood pressure, and improves metabolism.

2. Maca 
Maca has incredible health benefits. It’s great for people working long shifts or looking to increase physical performance. Also, it is considered a ¨Superfood¨ for of all its health-oriented properties.

3. Sacha Inchi
Sacha Inchi oil has been famous for its soothing, calming and anti-aging effects since ancient times! Due to the high content of omega-3, 6 and nine polyunsaturated fatty acids, improves skin elasticity and elasticity, stimulates metabolic processes, and normalizes the sebaceous glands.

It is quickly absorbed, leaving no greasy marks. Therefore it is suitable for all skin types, especially mature, dry, sensitive, and problemed. It is also used to restore the health of hair, prevents the cross-section of the tips, and effectively fights dandruff.

4. Brazilian Nuts
Brazil nut is a highly nutritious product, the daily consumption of which in quantities of 1-2 pieces per day can saturate our body and rejuvenate. Due to the high content of selenium in the composition of Brazil nuts and its interaction with vitamin E, its use is an excellent prophylactic against the appearance of malignant tumors and a powerful antioxidant.

5. Golden Berries
Golden Berries or Physalis fruits contain a large number of useful elements. Are rich in vitamin C, carotene, pectin, sugar, non-poisonous alkaloids, tannic and bitter substances, red dye, organic acids – citric, tartaric, malic, and succinic.

Golden Berries normalize the level of cholesterol in the blood and retain a protective effect against it, which is facilitated by plant styrenes and oils, which are in the peel and fruit pulp. Antioxidants protect the body from free radicals that promote oxidative processes in damaged tissues. The golden berries are very high in vitamin E, which prevents free radical damage to cells.

6. Lucuma
Lucuma is delightful. Their taste is as a combination of aromas of maple syrup, caramel, and sweet potato, and the smell is close to a ripe pear. The pulp of a lucuma does not look like a typical, juicy fruit.

Lucuma fruits have been used for centuries as a means to protect the heart and cardiovascular system. Studies show that lucuma can inhibit angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE), thereby reducing hypertension.

7. Quinoa
Two significant benefits of quinoa are high protein and gluten-free. Which makes quinoa an indispensable product for vegans and those who do not tolerate gluten.
The simplicity of cultivation and the absence of pests makes quinoa a plant that has tremendous potential for countries experiencing food problems. Quinoa is also considered as a plant capable of withstanding interstellar expeditions.

8. Acai
Acai berries contain biologically active substances such as sterols, flavonoids, cyanidin, and other elements. Each of which is extremely useful for the human body. As of today, it is known that Acai has no contraindications, except for isolated cases of individuals intolerance to berries.

9. Amaranth
Amaranth belongs to plants which are ancient times are appreciated for the useful qualities and broad scope of application. From Greek, the name means “eternal”; the Aztecs called it “the gift of the Gods.” Numerous studies conducted on this plant in different countries of the world have shown amazing results.

Amaranth stems and leaves contain a large number of amino acids, carotene, vitamin A, riboflavin, ascorbic and folic acid. Regular use of greens in salads prevents the appearance of mutations in children and the development of atherosclerosis in the elderly. It also contributes to the elimination of toxins, heavy metals, slags, and radionuclides.

10. Purple Corn
In Peru, purple corn was already grown in pre-Columbian times and was known as gold, sara, or kuli sara. It’s produced by the farmers of Yucatán and the indigenous Hobi and Navajo tribes in the United States. However, it is in Peru where its cultivation is most widespread and where it is also massively used to make soft drinks and desserts.

A drink is obtained by boiling the grains with fruits and spices. It is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Among the anthocyanins present in purple corn, cyanidin-3-glucoside (CG3) stands out, which, according to different studies, is one of the most potent antioxidants that exist for its ability to eliminate harmful substances.

11. Kaniwa
Because it is a cereal with unique characteristics, including its richness in quality proteins, kañiwa is considered a superfood at our fingertips. It allows us to easily enrich diets for vegans, vegetarians, celiacs, or even an omnivorous diet which lack proteins of high biological value.

In addition to being an excellent food to increase the nutritional quality of the diet, kañiwa has a high concentration of flavonoids. These are compounds associated with better cardiovascular health as well as a lower incidence of cancer.

12. Camu Camu
The Camu Camu is a tree that grows in the Amazon rainforest and has become famous because of its fruits. Despite its small size, it offers a highly prominent contribution of vitamin C and antioxidants, becoming a faithful ally against premature aging.

13. Yacon
In addition to the crunchy texture and sweet taste similar to an apple. Yacon is valued for its high percentage of fructooligosaccharides, which makes it ideal for diabetes.

14. Chia
For thousands of years, Chia has been a staple food in the Mayan and Aztec civilizations. Chia seeds are full of vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids that help our body fight fats and provide us with many benefits.

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