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Amaranth, spelled, millet, pomegranate, fig, ginger … These are just some, perhaps a little forgotten, plants of the world, which have not only taste but also medicinal value. We present their advantages and encourage you to consume them.

In the search for an alternative to the plants produced today, scientists turn to old books. They rediscover the properties of the oldest cultivated plants, which can be an excellent antidote to many diseases of the 21st century.


Known already 5 thousand. years BC Viticulture spread very quickly and threatened other crops, so Emperor Diocletian issued a decree prohibiting the planting of new vineyards and ordering the destruction of half of the existing ones.

Advantages.Fresh grapes contain a lot of easily digestible glucose and fructose, as well as organic acids (tartaric, apple and lemon) and antioxidants. Red and purple grapes are the source of anthocyanins, and green and yellowish ones - of flavones. They have an alkalizing, diuretic, choleretic and laxative effect. They increase the level of beneficial HDL cholesterol and inhibit the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, preventing atherosclerosis. Pregnant women and children should remember to eat grapes, especially in autumn, because they strengthen immunity.


Pancakes made of spelled flour were a meal of Roman gladiators - they ensured he alth, strength and physical fitness. At the end of the 20th century, German environmentalists rediscovered the valuable properties of spelled grain.

Advantages . It contains a lot of fiber - it regulates digestion, speeds up metabolism, lowers cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Due to the high protein content, spelled can regenerate the body. The valuable unsaturated fats, B vitamins, potassium and magnesium contained in the grain strengthen the nervous system, improve the work of the heart and muscles, and vitamin E delays the aging process.


The oldest dates from before 8 thousand. years from China. Millet was grown in India and Central Asia, also known in Poland.

Advantages . In terms of nutritional value, it is as good as buckwheat. It has a lot of protein, little starch, a lot of B vitamins: thiamine, riboflavin and pyridoxine, as well as iron and copper. It does not contain gluten. Millet in the form of millet should be recommended to people on a gluten-free diet, as well as those living under constant stress and suffering fromanemia.

Amaranth or amaranth

In the Aztec state it was considered a sacred plant. Known as the "gold of the Incas", it was also a valuable means of payment - taxes were paid with grain. In the eyes of Christians, it symbolized paganism, which is why its crops were destroyed in the days of Columbus.

Benefits.Has a lot of protein with high nutritional value. Unlike other cereals, this protein provides essential amino acids, especially lysine. The unsaturated fatty acids contained in the beans reduce the risk of atherosclerosis and heart disease. Due to the high content of squalene, amaranth can delay the aging of the body, lower cholesterol and even prevent certain cancers (amaranth seed oil contains 10 times more squalene than olive oil). In terms of the content of vitamins and minerals, especially easily digestible iron, amaranth also beats other grains. It does not contain gluten - it can be administered to patients with celiac disease, hyperlipidemia, anemia, atherosclerosis, and diabetes.


Ricewas grown in China in 7500 BC It was brought to Europe by Alexander the Great and the Arabs.

Advantages.It is a perfectly digestible grain, rich in protein and carbohydrates, and low in fats. It provides a lot of potassium and little sodium. It has a lot of B vitamins. It has a beneficial effect on the nervous system and soothes allergies. It is recommended in inflammation of the gastric and intestinal mucosa, in cancer of the small intestine, in diseases of the kidneys and urinary tract, in convalescence after surgery. Older people should remember about it. Rice is gluten-free and can be given to babies and toddlers. Raw (brown) rice is recommended for constipation, overweight and obesity.


Indians have been cultivating them for centuries, they considered them an aphrodisiac. Avocado leaves and bark have been used to treat fever and female ailments. They were brought to Europe by the Spaniards in 1653.

Advantages.Avocados are rich in easily digestible fat, which is why they are often called buttery fruit. In addition, it contains protein, fiber and beta-carotene, vitamins C, E and B group, as well as potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus. It is an excellent heart tonic. It lowers triglycerides and "bad cholesterol" while increasing "good" cholesterol. It ensures a proper heart rhythm, regulates blood pressure, and reduces the level of insulin in the blood. Almost no sugar at all.

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It comes from Asia Minor, India and the Mediterranean basin. In Palestine, it was cultivated 5 thousand. BC

Advantages.Contains acidlemon and tannin, therefore it has astringent properties and is used in some stomach diseases. Drunk pomegranate juice systematically shows a beneficial effect in asthma, scurvy, digestive problems, supports the treatment of angina. Fresh fruit is recommended for colds, especially fever.


Her homeland is Asia Minor and the Mediterranean. In the Old Testament there is a record of the cure of the terminally ill King Hezekiah thanks to the cake from the fig.

Advantages.Fig detoxifies and deacidifies the body. Zinc contained in it supports the functioning of the endocrine system, fiber heals constipation. Fig has an antimicrobial and expectorant effect, supports the treatment of stomach ulcers. It is recommended for anemia.


Comes from India. The custom of drinking a tea drink, however, was born in China over 5,000. years ago.

Advantages.Stimulates, removes fatigue, improves mood, memory and concentration. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It can prevent atherosclerosis and some cancers. Green tea lowers cholesterol. It soothes irritations of the gastrointestinal mucosa, therefore it is used as an anti-diarrheal agent. Thanks to its anticoagulant properties, tea may reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.


Notes about its healing properties can be found in the Chinese medical book from 2700 BC. It has been widely used in Indian, Tibetan and Chinese medicine. It was considered an aphrodisiac and an antiemetic.

Advantages.Ginger supports the treatment of rheumatism, relieves headache and menstrual pain. It prevents digestive disorders, disinfects and refreshes. It contains essential oil that prevents vomiting, has a diuretic effect and reduces swelling.


It comes from Central Asia. It was called the antibiotic of antiquity. It is said that the builders of the Egyptian pyramids already ate it to protect themselves from disease. Hippocrates recommended eating garlic in diseases of the lungs and to stimulate the functioning of the digestive system. Garlic is also mentioned in the Bible, Hindu holy books and in ancient Roman literature.

Advantages.Garlic contains sugars, pectins, phytosterols, flavonoids, beta-carotene, vitamins B and C, mineral s alts, including a lot of silicon. It also contains a substance that can fight bacteria, some viruses and fungi. Before the discovery of antibiotics, garlic protected against infectious diseases. In natural medicine, it is used to treat gastrointestinal and respiratory diseases. It has a beneficial effect on the circulatory system andheart, it is used in the prevention of atherosclerosis, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Olive tree, olives

Cultivated for at least 5.5 thousand. years in Egypt and widespread in the Mediterranean by the Phoenicians. the olive played a significant role in mythology. It was a ritual tree, olive branches symbolized peace, and the leaves were blessed and burned in houses to ward off evil spirits.

Advantages.The high content of fats (mainly monounsaturated), vitamin E, B and C vitamins and minerals (phosphorus, potassium and iron) determine the he alth properties of olives. It also has a lot of beta-carotene and plant sterols. Thanks to this, it lowers the concentration of cholesterol in the blood, has a strong choleretic effect, protects the heart and blood vessels against atherosclerotic changes.

Date palm

It was already cultivated 5-6 thousand. years ago in the Middle East. Israeli scientists grew a date palm from a seed of 2,000. years that were excavated during the excavations.

Benefits.Dates are a source of sugars and natural salicylates that act like aspirin. They have anti-inflammatory, anticoagulant and analgesic properties. They are recommended for high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases and are used as a natural laxative.

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