The 14 Greek superfoods that boost our health

By | May 18, 2023

Nutrition with superfoods: 14 Greek superfoods that strengthen our health

1. almonds
A single handful (28 grams) contains more than 1/3 of the recommended daily allowance for vitamin E, but also plenty of vitamin B2, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and manganese. In Greece, we grow many varieties with Thessaly leading the way in production, while research shows that we have varieties with a higher protein content than their European counterparts.

2. Roe of messolonghi

Greek caviar is nothing more than embalmed fish roe and is the only fish product with Designation of Origin (PDO) in Greece. It is rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, as well as Omega-3. It also contains a large amount of aqualene and phytosterols, which appear to lower cholesterol.

3. Decree
There are many references in ancient times to the saying and its medicinal properties. According to research, this medicinal plant has been shown to relieve coughs due to colds, gastrointestinal disorders, minor inflammations and skin bruises.

4. Olive oil
It is a rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamins, such as vitamin E, and other beneficial components, such as antioxidant polyphenols. The sale of olive oils of the following quality categories is allowed: ▶Extra virgin olive oil ▶Virgin olive oil ▶Olive oil composed of refined and virgin olive oils ▶Porosa oil

It has a high nutritional value and few calories (23/100 grams), it is an excellent source of minerals and trace elements such as copper, iron, selenium and its buds have vitamins A, C, K, E and B. complex fatty acids and Omega-3 but also a high flavonoid content. In studies, its antibacterial effect is emphasized while it also helps with diabetes. Beetroot screws with spring onion, capers and feta cheese

6. currants
It has been linked to the improvement and prevention of diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol and cancer, which is why many consider it a superfood. It has a low glycemic index, is rich in vegetable fibers, while one of the main antioxidants it contains are catechins, whose action is to reduce free radicals in the body.

7. Helmets
In antioxidant capacity, hulls show a significant superiority over other fruits, as well as in vitamin C content. They are such a good source of potassium that they share the lead with banana and kiwi. Even hoof liquor contains significant amounts of nutrients.

8. Krokos Kozani
Studies have shown that sorghum lowers cholesterol and blood pressure and has a positive effect on cardiovascular diseases, it is considered a natural antidepressant, while it has an anti-carcinogenic effect and helps to lose weight. It is recommended to avoid during pregnancy and lactation and also in combination with other medicinal treatments without the approval of the doctor.

9. Putty
It is recognized as a PDO and known for its antibacterial properties. The mastic contributes to the treatment of dental caries, disorders of the digestive system, acts as a cardiovascular shield and fights many pathogenic bacteria and fungi. Chios mastic has been recognized by the European Medicines Agency as a traditional medicine of plant origin that seems to cure indigestion problems and skin inflammations.

10. honey
Honey, in addition to its nutritional value, has an important antibacterial and antioxidant effect. What is the best honey? Which should I choose? Which honey has more antioxidants?

11. Granada
Packed with vitamins C and K, folate and potassium, studies have shown that pomegranate contains powerful substances with beneficial effects on heart health, type 2 diabetes, reduced chance of cancer, weight loss and improvement of erectile dysfunction.

12. Pistachios
Peanuts have been shown to lower “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and increase good cholesterol (HDL), after a short period of regular consumption. Its high content of antioxidants, such as vitamins A and E, fight inflammation, protect blood vessels and reduce the risk of heart disease. Peanuts can help prevent type 2 diabetes, they are an incredibly rich source of vitamin B6, a vitamin that, among other things, helps the nervous system.

13. carob
Today it is one of the most popular foods in Greek cuisine, which was even the food of the poor during World War II. Its high sugar content, which accounts for 30-40% of its total weight, makes it a particularly nutritious and invigorating food, while also favoring digestion, since it contains pectin and lignans.

14. Mountain tea
Mountain tea contains flavonoids, essential oils, triterpene acids, diterpenes, curcumin, and caryophyllene. It also contains phenolpropanes, iridoids, coumarins, lignans, and sterols. It is considered to contain many antioxidant substances that are valuable to the body.

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