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Superfoods of Asia 

Rediscovering the wealth in our own backyard 

Superfoods are not unique to the west. Here are 18 Asian foods we believe deserve the accolade. How many have you eaten?

Silkworm

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

Natto

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

Kimchi

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

Lingzhi

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

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

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

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

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

Saffron

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

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. 

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

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

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

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

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. 

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

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

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.