Superfoods of Asia

Rediscovering the wealth in our own backyard

Superfoods are not unique to the west. Here are 20 Asian foods we believe deserve the accolade. How many have you eaten?

Silkworm

Silkworm Larvae

A crunchy snack! High in calcium, protein, iron, magnesium, sodium and vitamins B1, B2, and B3.

 

Natto

Natto

These fermented Japanese soybeans are rich in vitamins - great for the skin, heart and bones.

 

Hasma Frog

Hasma Frog

This dessert comprises the fallopian tubes of the Asiatic grass frog. Benefits include improved immunity, kidney and liver function.

 

Kimchi

Kimchi

This Korean staple is great for cardiovascular health and strengthening immunity. It contains antioxidants to combat ageing and other chronic conditions.

 

Lingzhi

Lingzhi

This mushroom contains active polysaccharide compounds to boost immunity and relieve allergies.

 

Cumin

Black cumin seeds

These seeds are regarded as an "ancient remedy for all illnesses", from headaches to asthma, allergies, indigestion and autoimmune disorders.

 

Red dates

Red Dates

Vitamin-packed red dates are ideal for those recovering from illnesses. They also improve immunity, decrease cholesterol levels and possess antioxidant qualities.

 

Balut

Balut

This squirm-inducing dish is a developing duck embryo, and a national delicacy in the Phillippines, it is believed to improve male fertility and libido, while pregnant women may consume it as a restorative food.

 

Lemongrass

Lemongrass

This herb provides relieve from stomach and respiratory disorders, insomnia, fevers, aches, rheumatism and edema.

 

Saffron

Saffron

A brightly coloured spice, Saffron is known to combat asthma and cough. It is also used as an aphrodisiac

 

Tumeric

Tumeric

A peppery and bitter plant, tumeric has been used in both Chinese and Indian medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent. it effectively treats flatulence, jaundice, and menstrual difficulties and can inhibit cancerous growths.

 

Dragonfruit

Dragon Fruit

This fruit is packed with phytonutrients: vitamin C, good fatty acids, carotene and protein. It strengthens bones and teeth and also boosts immunity.

 

Durian

Durian

While high in calories and carbohydrates, durian sare naturally rich in potassium, dietary fibre, iron and vitamins B and C. The "king of fruit" also improves muscle strength, blood pressure and skin health.

 

Jiaogulan

Jiaogulan

Also dubbed the "herb of immortality", jiaogulan regulates cholesterol, blood pressure, aids digestion and boosts immunity. It also contains powerful antioxidants to mediate free radical damage.

 

Ginseng

Ginseng

This renowned herb is a traditional restorative. It comabts fatigue and improves cognitive function. It has anti-inflammatory effects and is linked to a lowered risk of cancer.

 

Cordyceps

Cordyceps

A seasonal parasitic fungus that preys on insects, cordyceps features in traditional Chiense and Tibetan medicine. It boosts the respiratory function, increases oxygen absorption and regulates cholesterol levels.

 

Birds Nest

Bird's nest

This delicacy stimulates cell regeneration, strengthens the immune and respiratory systems. Regular consumption nourishes and supports a healthy body, improving metabolism.

 

Ghee

Ghee

A staple in Indian cuisine and Ayurvedic medicine, ghee reduces the risk of heart disease. It is a good source of energy, especially for endurance sports athletes.

 

Bone Marrow

Bone Marrow

This is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, aiding in proper brain function.It contains microelements like calcium, iron and zinc in ideal concentrations for the body. Bone marrow also impedes the progression of leukemia.

 

Pig Brains

Pig's Brain

In line with the adage that "like begets like", consuming pig's brain is beleived to improve one's overall intelligence and prevent headaches! This Chinese delicacy also nourishes the liver and kidneys. 

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