Probably try for Peruvian and Bolivian Highlands . There are common foods that are mixed with others in their traditional cuisine. But I did not realize I was not warned. As we have reiterated on numerous post, the pre-Columbian cultures (and probably others are located in geographically distant areas) do not allow us to surprises in store when studied with objectivity and rigor that we miss even in Western civilization, including its own scientists . Emphasized throughout the post included in our category “ Ethnopedology and peasant knowledge ”that both the Incas and other pre-Columbian peoples, came to create marvelous agricultural systems, domesticating a myriad of species . Cultures that survived so long, can not get to do so under unsustainable systems. Quite another is that due to climate change and / or decline of their leaders end up disappearing (like any other civilization except that rarity which we call China).
However, it was not only their agricultural systems but about food, we have ignored or neglected because of an excessive and inappropriate arrogance, unworthy of scientific inquiry itself. And now that part of their diet as Maca ( description and composition)and Quinoa (description and composition) are being “superfoods” at the same time hold more than important therapeutic properties. There, in those beautiful, very hard auqnue highlands , where cultivation is difficult environmental conditions (especially climate), they found and selected many varieties of edible plants worthy of being recommended for the best nutritionist. And while globalization creates both bobalizacion the diet of the citizens of rich countries and technology is increasingly promote unhealthy and prone to diseases. hope and wish that in Peru and Bolivia know to profit (read export wealth for farmers, etc..) of these crops will show you today. The news speaks of ”superfoods”, and we should add that ”supercultitos”, as we showed in his day. Let us provide for Maca and Quinoa or Quinoa . Impressive.
Recall that with independence of its treasures culinary and therapeutic own, other peoples of world live at elevated altitudes, where not are productive the crops currently marketed.Possibly the Maca and Quinoa, could alleviate the food shortages of its inhabitants . We forget that with the advent of potato (potato) to Europe, giving sustenance palliated severe famine in mountain villagers living miserably. In fact, this event changed the agricultural landscape of large areas of Europe. Do we agree?. The memory is very selective, right? .
Now we move ahead in your day to the current trend of Chinese medicine , even when it railed in the scientific world. warned that as the Chinese were incorporated into the mainstream of science, indagarían and prove what despised Western researcher in a blatant bragging of his own ignorance. And he did. They say in Spain that ”ignorance is very bold” . Of course as in research refers to “never better.”
The problem is that both developed contempt for non-Western cultures in which it becomes lost forever their secrets raídamente what soon discovered the benefits thereof . All this strikes me as tragicomic . should be studying, cataloging and analyzing the secrets of ancient agricultural practices, sanativas, etc.., instead of eradicating them without regard for these “porcandas” called transgenic . If pre-Hispanic cultures of Latin American treasure hundreds of varieties of potatoes, corn and treasures such as Maca and Quinoa, among many others. Why make them disappear in order to harvest potatoes, rice and corn transgenic treasure not the same food and public health professionals can (quite the contrary). I only drained one reason:greed of the multinationals and the ignorance of the “tocagenes”!. Improve what we have is a town justice while destroying the sake of science ignorance and barbarism . I have compared the news today that we selected many hiding in cyberspace, and what was said in the press release seems to be entirely true, although it may be somewhat overstated. Nothing, the next time you see a setting the Maca and / or the quinoa , the will purchase immediately, and there are many free recetes Internet access. The uneducated, uncritical advocates and lovers of food poisoning transgenic continue them by themselves for the enjoyment of unscrupulous multinationals.
Not occupy the shelves of major supermarkets even advertise on television and, last but not least, are familiar to only a small minority. Maca and quinoa are more typical of organic food than the traditional are making a hole in our daily diet to the point that many experts have labeled as the ‘super foods’.
Original of the central Andes of Peru, maca cultivation is still using the same methods, techniques and tools used by the Incas to pay and care for the earth. Perhaps then, the purity of this food has meant that bears the label of high nutritional value.
According to Fernando Salcines, managing director of Gold of the Andes , specializing in certified organic crop products “distinguished by the presence of complex phytochemicals that give the food a physiological properties that go beyond nutrition. It contains 20 amino acids of high quality, of which ten are essential amino acids. It has the highest concentration of minerals, including calcium and has a high concentration of B vitamins. “ The fact that Andean settlers employ the maca to improve their physical capabilities and mental e, even as aphrodisiac, lies, according Salcines, “in which by their composition results very effective for optimize physical performance and intellectual and act as a potent reconstituent natural “. But certainly the use of maca to alleviate the symptoms associated with menstruation and menopause is the most popular use.For Silvia Beltran, a biologist and professor of Nutrition and Dietetics, “reduce premenstrual discomfort and problems associated with menopause such as osteoporosis, anemia and hot flashes, and that the preventive level maca acts.” But still there’s more. For its nutritional importance, “ensures that the mother is well nourished if you want to get pregnant, but especially if prior management has dieted,” said Beltran.
In any case, Salcines warns that “although we are working on it, still need more studies addressing their health benefits.” Many consumers are wondering how to take maca. In appearance similar to a very fine flour or cereal “can incorporate one to three teaspoonfuls, in smoothies, juices, coffee or water can also be used for making bread and pastries, but above all very interesting add in soups of vegetables to add extra nutritional value and flavor to vegetables, “advises Salcines. However, Beltran warns that “we must ensure that maca is one hundred percent natural and who holds a certificate that endorses seal and the European Community,” However, not all advantages. ”Although it is a product suitable for all ages, is contraindicated in pregnancy and hypertension,” says Salcines.
In the case of quinoa or ‘grain of the Incas’, is a food that, during the Inca period, was considered a sacred food and raised to the category of medicine . Shares some similarity with the maca nutrition, but as a cereal, “contains nearly 60 percent carbohydrates and proteins of high biological value. Lysine, an essential amino acid scarce in foodstuffs of plant origin is present in the quinoa in proportions that duplicate other cereals. Its content in fiber exceeds the four percent and houses significant amounts of vitamins B and E, acids essential fatty and iron, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. Does not contain gluten is suitable for coeliacs “says Pol piebald, product manager of the company Biocop organic products . It continues, “quinoa is beneficial to strengthen the body as well as tone the kidneys and heart function.” When food is digested very well, “is recommended for all those people who find it difficult to digest. It also represents a very interesting alternative for vegetarians because it increases the number of culinary possibilities, “he qualifies Salcines.
Los indigenous of the Peruvian Amazon were the first to discover and take advantage of properties cat’s claw . However, science has determined, through research, check their health benefits. As Shell explains Navarro, Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Granada and president of Phytotherapy Research Center (INFITO), “the pharmacological actions of cat’s claw are supported by various research. These include acting as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immunostimulant, as it has been possible to demonstrate in various tests in vitro and in vivo , and supported by the results from different trials in humans. On the other part, extracts of uña de cat presented in vitro antibacterial activity and antivirásica “. Cat’s claw is taken orally in supplement form, but it should be noted that his administration with “gastric antacids because it can lead to the inactivation of one of its most potent active ingredients. It also should not take patients with autoimmune diseases or had tuberculosis, “says Navarro.
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