Peruvians Put Endangered Species Of Frogs Into Blender, Drink For Alleged Health Benefits

| by Khier Casino

Peruvian villagers in the Andean mountains have been buying some fresh frog juice for years, and some of them drink it every day because they say it helps cure numerous ailments, including asthma, bronchitis and low sex drive.

The most popular recipe calls for the use of whole frogs, which are beaten to death and skinned before being put into the blender, the Daily Mail reports.

Some food vendors in the capital city of Lima, including Maria Elena Cruz, add various healthy ingredients, such as carrots, Peruvian maca root and honey, before blending the light green mixture.

(via Daily Mail)

“Frog juice is good for anemia, bronchitis, bones, the brain, fatigue, stress and it is mostly children, adults, persons with anemia, respiratory issues and sometimes tuberculosis [who come to my stand],” Cruz claims.

According to the Associated Press, the frogs are from the Telmatobius culeus species locally known as the Titicaca water frog, and are on the critically endangered list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

"It immediately cures asthma, bronchitis, it has vitamins and plenty of proteins,” Cecilia Cahuana, 35, a fan of the frog juice, told AP.

So far, there has been no scientific evidence to support the benefits of the frog juice.

Sources: Daily Mail, Associated Press via ABC News / Image Credit: LadyDragonflyCC/Flickr