Foods that contain dense doses of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals are called superfoods. All around the world, local superfoods compliment the diet of any yogi — blueberries, acai, goji — wherever you travel you’ll find something delicious and nutritious! In Costa Rica, there are a ton of local plants that pack a punch to help you achieve your goal of living healthy.
Noni is a species of fruit that grows in tropical climates. Don’t let the look (or pungent smell!) of this fruit scare you off. Naturopathic doctors, healers and shamans all use noni in therapeutic practices. The nutrients in noni treat ailments like asthma, depression, and insomnia. It can be somewhat of an “acquired taste,” but if you mix its juice in a smoothie with some honey, you’ve got a tasty treat!
A nice slice of jackfruit in the morning gives you the energy to get through the day. The fruit’s seeds contain Vitamin A, C, E, K, B6, Niacin, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Copper, Manganese, and Magnesium. Basically, it is your daily multivitamin tied up in a sweet tropical grown fruit. All of these vitamins and minerals are essential to the body’s ability to regulate blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Better circulation makes for a great start to your next yoga practice.
Face it — thinking about doing yoga when you feel fatigued or have a stomachache is unappealing. Luckily, just a little pinch of these leaves can keep you from feeling low. Moringa is a humble little plant that has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities. Also known as “horseradish tree,” it treats and prevents diseases like anemia, liver disease, and digestive disorders. In recent years, moringa has gained popularity and can now be found in health food stores as a leaf powder supplement to add to teas and smoothies.
Guanábana is a fruit that comes from the graviola tree and contains copper, an otherwise hard to acquire mineral that helps bones absorb calcium and the blood utilize iron. In yoga, your bones need to be just as strong as your muscles. Also known as soursop, the fruit is both sour and sweet, like a combination of banana and pineapple. Its flavor profile is intriguing and you definitely should try this superfood at least once.
You may be familiar with turmeric as the bright yellow powder that is the main spice in Indian curry. In fact, turmeric is a root very similar to ginger, and can be found fresh in most health food stores. Turmeric is hands-down one of the most powerful plants on the planet — it contains curcumin, a chemical compound that helps reduce inflammation throughout the body as well as fight infection. This organic spice can replace the aspirin bottle in your medicine cabinet! If you’re experiencing some post-practice pain, consuming turmeric after a practice can help relieve any muscle aches or cramps that are bringing you down.
All of these fruits can be found on the property here at Casa Marea Alta! We even include many of them in our fresh fruit shake menu!