The superfood mesquite belongs to the cultural and culinary heritage of Piura, in northern Peru. Its roots can reach down to aquifers, meaning it can dot the most arid landscapes of the north with its towering foliage of up to 65 feet tall. Sweet and highly nutritional, its botanical name is Prosopis pallida.
Human health benefits
Super mesquite is a natural energizer that can be eaten by children, athletes and the elderly. This food is gluten-free, and its soluble fiber content is good for intestinal flora because it helps get rid of harmful bacteria. The product cleanses the body of heavy metals and radioactive substances.
High in vitamin A, mesquite also helps lower blood sugar levels and builds strong bones and teeth. It can also help fight exhaustion, contribute to healthier skin and hair, stimulate breast milk and help keep a steady heart rate.
Mesquite is a super root high in fiber, glucose, fructose and sucrose. It also has carbohydrates, proteins, vitamin C, vitamin E, minerals and potassium. These properties balance the blood’s pH, and since it is high in energy, the food also boosts the immune system.
Mesquite can be an especially valuable component of the diet of pregnant and nursing mothers, as well as athletes or people doing mentally taxing activities. Mesquite also provides carotenoids, magnesium, iron, calcium, zinc, iodine, selenium, fatty acids, vegetable protein, iron, vitamin B (B1, B2, B3, B6, and folic acid).
It can be used as a substitute for cacao, even for people who experience intestinal problems. Mesquite tea is a diuretic and anti-diarrheal, and when served boiling hot can help treat bronchial ailments. When used raw, the plant can work as a laxative.