As a tropical country, the Philippines is abundant with healthy and natural food. Since we know that incorporating vegetables and fruits to our diet can help us achieve our health goals we thought it would be a good idea to discuss some of the superfoods that are grown right here in our home country.
These superfoods that we’re about to discuss are not just delicious but also have many health benefits, so if you’re ready to take control of your health then you’re going to want to keep reading.
This superfood is also called as “The Tree of Life” for it is rich in Vitamin B1, B3, B5, B6, C and E, and minerals like Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Phosphorous, Selenium, and Magnesium. It is also packed with antioxidants, amino acids, and electrolytes.
It has been said that coconut can cure illnesses like urinary tract infections, flu, bronchitis, and even diseases caused by viruses, fungi, and bacteria.
Coconut can be eaten as it is or you can drink the water inside. It can also be consumed as coconut oil, milk, gel, and can be added as an ingredients to baked goods or other dishes.
Mangosteen, also known as the “Queen of Fruits” has been used as a traditional medicine in most Asian countries.
Research shows that mangosteen contains Xanthones, a naturally occurring polyphenol, which helps with weight loss. It has great anti-inflammatory benefits as well as fights cardiovascular disease, prevents cell damage, gives resistance against flu, promotes red blood cell production, and improves blood circulation.
This superfood is also effective against cataracts, reduces cholesterol levels, boosts our immune system, and helps prevent cancer. It has also shown effectiveness in treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.
In addition to eating the fruit whole, you can also find people selling mangosteen in capsule and juice form.
This yummy superfood is also known as Soursop or Custard Apple in English.
Several studies show that guyabano gives protection against cancer and reduces the side-effects of chemotherapy.
Aside from its anti-cancer benefits, it is also rich in Vitamin C, B, Iron, Calcium, Niacin, Potassium, and fiber. It helps alleviate pain, migraine, and headache. It prevents urinary tract infections and constipation. It also contains copper which promotes the absorption of calcium for improved bone health.
Grab a serving of guyabano or juice when you’re lacking energy since its rich in B Vitamins which are known to increase energy levels.
Sweetsop or sugar-apple is a relative of guyabano. This small sweet fruit is packed with Vitamin C, B6, Potassium, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Magnesium, Niacin, Copper, and Folate.
Eating atis can help regulate a woman’s menstrual cycle and is said to lower blood pressure, prevent asthma, and increases the production of thyroxine, a hormone that helps maintain good thyroid health.
You can eat atis fresh or you can have it as tea or juice if you prefer.
You probably have heard of Malunggay in the form of pandesal, pasta, or tea. There are so many health benefits of this superfood, that there is probably not enough time to discuss them all.
It has been used as a herbal medicine since the ancient times because it contains so many vitamins and nutrients.
For example, malunggay contains 7x the vitamin C found in oranges, 4x the beta carotene found in carrots, 4x the calcium found in Milk, 36x the magnesium found in eggs, and 50x the vitamin B2 found in bananas.
Malunggay is used to treat hypertension, cancer, rheumatism, arthritis, joint pains, and other diseases and is commonly referred to as the “Miracle Tree”.
The world’s sweetest mango is found in Zambales, as confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records.
This cholesterol-free, low-calorie, and low-fat superfood is loaded with vitamin A that improves eyesight and prevents dry eyes and blindness. It is rich in vitamin C, along with fibers and pectin, which lower cholesterol and boosts our immune system.
Studies have shown that the antioxidants found in mango cleanses your skin and protects against cancer.
There are many fun ways to eat mango, aside from eating the fruit ripe or green, there are also thousands of recipes you can choose from to help your family eat healthier!
Considered as the fountain of youth, saluyot originated from Egypt and is believed to be used by Egyptian royalty to keep themselves looking radiant.
This superfood is rich in vitamins C, E, and antioxidants that slow down the aging process, prevent wrinkles, fine lines, and helps you have younger looking skin.
Get your regular serving of saluyot in famous Filipino dishes like dinengdeng and paksiw.
This plant has been widely used as treatment for headaches, inflammation, constipation, ulcers, anemia, and osteoporosis.
A serving of alugbati will give you vitamin A, C, calcium, potassium, B-complex, and folic acid.
Alugbati, often found in backyards of Filipinos, helps prevent cardiovascular diseases and colon cancer because of the phytochemicals found in it which are called saponins.
Although alugbati or, “vine spinach, is not actually spinach, it is good alternative to spinach that you can mix with salad, soups, or stir-fry dishes.
Incorporating more vegetables and fruits in your diet is a great way to achieve a healthier lifestyle.
So take advantage of these superfoods, they are relatively cheap, eat them as a snack, add them to your salad, juice them, or incorporate them as ingredients in your next family dinner!