Greek Superfoods: Good for You, Good for Greece

Greek-Superfoods
Two Greek clinical dieticians, Asteria Stamataki and Constantinos Xenos, wrote a book on Greek superfoods, not all widely known, but with miraculous qualities.

The book entitled “Get to Know Greek Superfoods” is published by Dioptra and contains well-known but quite a few unknown natural foods that work wonders on health.

Kozani Saffron
The crocus sativus flower produces the saffron spice that is worth its weight in gold, literally. It prevents cardiovascular disease, it is a natural anti-depressant, prevents Alzheimer disease and helps in weight control.

Messolongi Fish Roe
Its precious Omega 3 oily acids enhance mental functions, prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease, boost the immune system and have rich anticoagulant properties.

Caper
Very rich in antioxidants that protect the human organism and has very few calories.

Thyme Honey
It has antimicrobial qualities and prevents cancer. The darker it is, the more potent in antioxidant activity.

Corinthian Currant
Protects from cancer, excellent against high blood pressure, good for controlling blood pressure of diabetics without raising sugar level.

Almonds
Full of protein, vitamins E and B2, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese and good fats. It helps prevent type 2 cancer, obesity and heart disease.

Aegina Pistachios
Rich in B and B1 vitamins, micronutrients like copper and manganese, good fats and antioxidants. Aegina pistachios reduce triglycerides, improve sugar and cholesterol levels, protect from heart disease and cancer.

Dittany
The Cretan herb contains more than 40 nutrients. It cures cold-related cough, minor gastrointestinal disorders, minor skin inflammations and bruises. However, it shouldn’t be used by pregnant or breast-feeding women.

Krana (Cornus mas)
These Greek red berries that look like cranberries have more antioxidant properties than any other fruit and contain lots of vitamin C and potassium.

Mastic
The famous mastic from the island of Chios, Greece , can be used in the cure of high cholesterol level, stomach ulcer and the Crohn disease. It helps protect from several types of cancer like prostate, rectum and pancreas.

Olive Oil
Protects against heart disease, heart attack, stroke, breast and rectum cancer, and eradicates the helicobacter pylori that causes stomach ulcer.

Olive Tree Leaves
The beverage made from olive tree leaves has diuretic properties while the extract helps reduce high blood pressure and reduces sugar level in diabetes cases.

Pomegranate
Works wonders for the human heart and enhances male potency. Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, it reduces cholesterol and is good for cancer prevention.

Greek Mountain Tea
Fights microbes, it is antioxidant, prevents osteoporosis and can be used against Alzheimer’s disease. And tastes great!


  • AngeTKenos

    A good article, thanks. Dittany, Krana, Mastic, pomegranate and olive leaf juice are the only things I do not consume – the rest I have done so all of my Hellenic life.