What are superfoods?

 

Superfoods stand out for their attributes and, especially, for the benefits they offer when consumed in their different presentations. This value proposition may be focused on the high nutrient content of a product or its antioxidant capacity, its contribution as a source of fiber or energy or, in general, to the properties that contribute to improving health and providing well-being to people.

 

The superfood concept began to be used in the early nineties in some nutrition books. However, it is not until ten or fifteen years later that this term has been positioned in different parts of the world and the exceptional properties and benefits of these products are beginning to be known.

 

It’s important to note that while superfoods are good for your health and provide many nutrients you need on a daily basis, eating superfoods alone does not contribute to a healthy diet. Eating too much of one type of food can actually be detrimental to your health and prevent you from getting all of the nutrients you need. For this reason, superfoods should be added to a well-balanced diet, not replace one.

 

The high vitamin and mineral content found in superfoods can help your body ward off diseases and keep you healthier. When incorporated into a well-balanced diet, these foods can promote heart health, weight loss, improve energy levels and even reduce the effects of aging.

 

Antioxidants found in many superfoods may help prevent cancer, while healthy fats can reduce your risk of heart disease. Fiber, which is also found in many superfoods, can help prevent diabetes and digestive problems while phytochemicals have numerous health benefits including reducing your risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. Superfoods are also known to protect your organs from toxins, help lower cholesterol, regulate metabolism and reduce inflammation.

 

Reasons that make peru a superfoods land

peruvian SUPERFOODS


We work harmoniously with all the participants of the productive chain, farmers and collaborators,

and we take care of the environment and biodiversity in a responsible way.

OUR ANCESTRAL WISDOM


Peru is a leading country in the protection of ancient traditions and ancestral knowledge. More than two million peasant families apply this knowledge related to the field and transmitted over several generations. Thus, we have up to 4500 native species of known uses, and we are a leading country in the use of aromatic and medicinal plants and herbs.

The philosophical principle, apparently it was very simple, the sun, the moon, the stars and the natural resources, were part of his divinity for which they owed him respect and veneration for their use.

Techniques such as the construction of terraces or platforms allowed many pre-Hispanic populations to maximize the use of the soil and prevent its erosion. On the other hand, the ancient peoples of Peru built technologies for the conservation and movement of water such as aqueducts and irrigation canals.

HIGH DIVERSITY OF ECOSYSTEMS


Peru is a privileged country with unique biomes which gives it comparative advantages worldwide.

• Cold sea of ​​the Peruvian current: which is highly diverse and very productive.

• Equatorial dry forest: with a very high rate of endemic flora and fauna.

• Coastal hills: with a very high rate of endemic species

• Pacific desert:  with unique formations and endemic species

• Puna and highlandas: with large formations of natural pastures, high-altitude forests and endemic species. In this biome, two important lakes stand out (Titicaca and Junin) with ecological peculiarities and endemic species

• Cloud Forests: on the eastern Andean slopes (high Amazon jungle),  with numerous endemic species.

• Amazonian Tropical Forests: with numerous endemic species.

• Inter-Andean Dry Forests: with very peculiar and little known characteristics. The main ones are: Marañon, Huaylas, Huanuco, Mantaro, Apurimac, Vilcanota and some others

OUR BIODIVERSITY

 

Peru is one of the ten megadiverse countries in the world, which represents a great opportunity. Its geographical and microclimate diversity favors a great variety of superfoods to grow naturally and in abundance.

Growing superfoods - like quinoa and kiwicha - is a heritage from thousands of years ago. Our farmers know nature, and are experts in planting and harvesting food. Native food plants number around 787 species, which are consumed in various forms (vegetables, starch, seeds, almonds, sap, latex, fruit, roots, tubers, bulbs, bark, flowers, and oil). Of these 107 are domesticated and exclusively cultivated; 160 are used wild, but are also cultivated; and the rest are exclusively wild. Most of the plants used as food are Amazonian (70%)