Top 3 Peruvian Superfoods For Gut Health
The health of our entire digestive system is extremely important for our overall health and longevity. When our gut health is on point, so is our nutrient absorption, hormone levels, immune system, blood vessels, and even our brain.
Eating a healthy diet, getting enough exercise, optimizing our sleep, and managing stress levels - these are all factors that contribute to gut health. But sometimes, they alone are not enough and we’re in need of a little bit of an extra push. That’s when we turn to superfoods with high levels of powerful compounds that help improve and optimize our gut health.
South America and Peru in particular, are amazing locations where most of the world’s superfoods come from. The soil is abundant with micronutrients, the clean and pure water is a great source of minerals, the different altitudes allow for more oxygen saturation, and the diverse climate enables superfoods to thrive, yielding some of the most potent fruit, herbs, and vegetables on the planet. In fact, Peru includes 28 of the world’s 32 climate zones, which explains the vast nutritional richness.
Most Peruvian superfoods offer a plethora of health benefits, but here are some that are especially beneficial to our digestive system and gut health.
When talking about gut health, we’re basically covering your entire digestive system, from start to finish. But, the majority of your microbiome resides in your large intestine, entirely unique person to person. It’s a thriving environment of bacteria which influence almost all processes in the human body, activating genes, stimulating hormone production, and sending signals into the brain that affect every cell. You might see now how optimizing gut health is crucial to prevent diseases, improve healing, and keep everything running smoothly.
These little black seeds of goodness are rich in fiber, protein, omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants, B vitamins, and a variety of minerals. As a matter of fact, their antioxidant profile is extremely impressive, with chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, myricetin, quercetin, and kaempferol as the most potent compounds. These antioxidants help fight free radicals and their oxidative damage, protecting against cancer and other diseases.
Furthermore, antioxidants and other micronutrients in chia seeds are highly anti-inflammatory, helping optimize your entire system. The high levels of fiber feed your microbiome, helping you replenish the good bacteria, as well as promote weight loss by suppressing appetite. Chia seeds also help balance out your blood sugar levels, improving insulin sensitivity and supporting gut health.
And in the end, you have omega 3-fatty acids, which are amazing for your cardiovascular system as they lower your bad cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. It suffices to say that chia seeds are real superfoods that need to become a part of everyone’s diet.
Our chia seeds are cultivated by Peruvian farmers from Cuzco and Puno, and they’re organic, raw, and nutrient-rich. Super easy to use, you can sprinkle them on top of your smoothie bowls or add them to your smoothies, make chia seed pudding, muffins, or even your own sugar-free jam.
Yacon is yet another one of the amazing Peruvian superfoods that’s easy to incorporate into your daily diet and improve your gut health. This tuber has been used for healing purposes for thousands of years, promoting digestive health and supporting the immune system.
It’s extremely low on the glycemic index scale, making it suitable for diabetics, ensuring no blood sugar spikes, and improving insulin sensitivity. Yacon improves gut health with its high concentration of prebiotic fibers that feed your gut microbiome, helping balance out your entire gut flora.
Yacon is also an excellent source of vitamin C and potassium, boosting your immune system and promoting collagen production, supporting the health of your skin, hair, and nails.
Our yacon syrup is organic and cultivated in the traditional way by Andean Peruvian farmers, minimally processed to keep as many of its rich nutrients as possible. It’s easy to drizzle on top of pancakes or oatmeal, add to smoothies for that extra sweetness, or use in baking recipes instead of refined sugar, honey, or other sweeteners.
Known for its incredible medicinal properties for thousands of years, ginger is one of the most powerful superfoods in the world. It’s native to Southeast Asia, but it also grows in the Peruvian Andes, giving it unique characteristics that make it extra special. Peruvian ginger is packed with bioactive compounds and micronutrients which work in unison to help optimize your entire system, from head to toe.
Its effect on gut health is astonishing, helping reduce bloating, gas, intestinal colic, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and other digestive issues as it stimulates digestive acids and secretions that support the digestion of food, nutrient absorption, and assimilation. Ginger also aids weight loss by lowering inflammation and helping get rid of water retention, flushing out toxins in a much more efficient way.
It also boosts the health of your immune system, fighting free radicals and repairing cellular damage caused by environmental toxins and may even improve brain function and lower chronic inflammation in Alzheimer’s disease.
Our ginger root powder is sourced directly from ethical and sustainable, organic Peruvian farms. It’s harvested at high altitudes which makes it extremely abundant in antioxidants, giving it even more healing powers. It’s easy to make a part of your diet by adding it to your tea, frying up pieces with onion and garlic as a base for soups and stir-frys, or even spicing up your desserts.
Other Peruvian Superfoods for Gut Health
Other than these three incredible superfoods, there are other amazing foods that can be found in the magical land of Peru. These include:
Peru is an incredible country, home to many amazing superfoods that can help improve our overall health and wellbeing. They’re unique for a variety of reasons and rich in numerous vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and other powerful bioactive compounds. For gut health, yacon, ginger, and chia seeds are some of the most beneficial, supporting the growth of good gut bacteria that balance your hormones, reduce inflammation, and improve the absorption of all other nutrients.Add them to your daily diet through a variety of recipes you can find on our site and help support your gut health in the easiest and best way possible.