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The Superfood Chain
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What effect does the superfood industry have on farmers and fishermen around the world?

This gorgeous 4K documentary follows filmmaker Ann Shin as she meets farming families in Bolivia, Ethiopia, Philippines, and Haida Gwaii affected by the superfood industry.
Explore the World of Superfoods
Quinoa: a closer look What's next for this superfood?
Cycle of the Salmon A deeper dive into the migration and return that feeds Haida Gwaii
The Coconut Controversy Does fair trade mean fair prices?
Sustainable Seafood How can you make a difference? Salmon In the pink Coconuts From smoothies to skin care Quinoa The gold of the Incas Teff The marathon grain Açai The surfer's super fruit Edamame Nature's snack food Shiitake Mushrooms The meaty mushroom Chia Seeds The warrior seed Goji Berries Go easy on goji Avocado The hipster's conundrum Turmeric The golden spice Almonds From Silk Road delicacy to North American staple Raw Cacao God's gift to chocolate lovers Hemp Vegans 💗 hemp Sustainable Farming Protecting the future today The Fairness of Fair Trade Who really pays for your food? Garlic Vampires and the common cold beware! Walnuts Brain food Kale The mother of all superfoods Flaxseed From furniture polish to health food
Garlic Vampires and the common cold beware!

As seasoning, medicine, or protection against evil spirits, garlic has had devotees for millennia. Native to Central Asia, China is currently its largest producer by far. It's a fundamental element in cooking from Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Southern Europe, and has a long history of use in Chinese, Ayurvedic and European medicine. We all know its effectiveness against vampires, but how does garlic’s nutritional and medical claims stack up?


  • contains allicin, a compound thought to help prevent colds; studies have been promising but not conclusive
  • a very good source of vitamin B-6, as well as manganese, selenium, and vitamin C
  • a good source of other minerals like phosphorous and calcium
  • evidence suggests that 200 mg of garlic three times a day can reduce blood pressure


As with all foods used medicinally, it's important to evaluate claims and evidence carefully. When the British National Health Service set out to examine a wide array of studies on garlic, it found that garlic produced modest, if any effects on blood pressure, colds, cancer and cholesterol levels. The verdict: garlic is a healthy food low in fat and high in flavour and some minerals, but it's not a wonder-drug.

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