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Goji Berries – High Antioxidant Superfood

About Goji Berries

Goji Berries SuperfoodsGoji berries are in the western world better known as Wolf berries. Goji berries are considered to be one of the most nutrient rich berries on the planet. The Goji berry is a tiny red fruit about the same size as a blueberry. It tastes sour and sweet, with a slight tartness, and is like a cross between a cranberry and a cherry. The fruit is nicknamed the "happy berry" because of the sense of well being it is said to induce.

Goji berries are grown predominantly in the Himalayan hills of northwest China and Tibet. They grow on vines and are dried and preserved in the sun. They have been eaten by Tibetan monks and used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years.

Nutrition of Goji Berries

Goji berries are nutritionally rich. They are packed full of: Antioxidants: they are the richest known source of beta-carotene of all foods (weight for weight they contain 500 times more beta-carotene than oranges!), vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamins B1, B2 and B6, 21 trace minerals, including zinc, calcium and selenium, 18 amino acids, omegas (essential fatty acids) and polysaccharides which fortify and support a healthy immune system.

Anti-oxidants work by "mopping up" unstable molecules called free radicals. Free radicals are caused by pollutants such as cigarette smoke and chemicals in our food. They are highly active, unstable molecules and can damage the body's proteins, fats and DNA. There are many negative effects of free radicals including contributing towards heart disease and cancer as well as speeding up the aging process. Eating a healthy balanced diet and including nutrient rich superfoods like goji berries, reduces the damage done by free radicals.

Health Benefits of Goji Berries

Goji Berries have many health benefits. They are thought to: enhance libido / sex drive and boost energy and general well being, improve cellulite – , assist in weight loss and burn fat, slow ageing, fight cancer, fight heart disease, boost the immune system, improve hearing and eyesight, maintain healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, enhance fertility and reduce morning sickness, build muscle, strengthen bones and tendons, strengthen and support healthy liver and kidney function and maintain a healthy nervous system.

The recommended daily serving of goji berries is between 10-30g. Dried Goji berries are very versatile and can be added to salads, smoothies, muesli, breakfast cereals, yogurt, cakes, or enjoyed as they are as a nutritious and healthy snack.

By: E Reynolds

http://www.go-goji.co.uk is a UK based company, specializing in the sale of goji berries and goji related products. We are committed to providing the highest quality goji berries at the best prices. We have tried many goji berries and are pleased to have sourced the best quality available. Our Goji berries are wild crafted and grown without pesticides or agrochemicals and are the best you can find. Plumper and sweeter than other berries on the market, you can be sure you are getting the most nutritious and healthy berries available at competitive prices. We are specialists and experienced in the sourcing and supply of goji berries.

Acai Berry A Power Packed Superfood

What Are The Main Health Benefits of Acai Berries?

Acai Berries Harvest in BrazilThe Acai Berry Euterpe Oleracea is for many reasons becoming one of the worlds most famous superfoods, , Dr. Nicholas Perricone pronounced it as, "one of the most nutritious and powerful foods in the world," on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Acai berries are a little dark purple berry growing on palm trees in the Amazon where superfoods and many amazing new herbs are discovered almost every day.

Berries and fruits are some of the most nutritious superfoods in the world and many of us have already heard of the research into the phytochemical compounds found in natures sweetest foods. The research into the amazing health benefits of blueberries, pomegranates, goji berries or wolfberries, how they are also called, cranberries, and other fruits is progressing on daily bases.

The native people of the Amazon speak highly of the Acai fruit and its phenomenal healing powers. These people have never known cancer or blindness or heart disease and most of them live to have a vital life and become over 100 year of age!

The Brazilian acai berry (spoken Ah-sci-ee) and the Amalaki fruit of India are considered to contain the best nutritional value of any other fruits on the planet. The health benefits are simply amazing. With the symmetry of a grape and the size of a giant blueberry, the Acai fruit tastes a bit like wild raspberry with a hint of chocolate.

The health benefits of Acai include a high amount of antioxidants, anti bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-mutagenic properties. Acai also is extremely beneficial for the cardiovascular system. Acai berry research finds that this little berry is loaded with essential fatty acids, such as Omega 6 and 9, which both help to reduce levels of cholesterol and boosting levels of good lipids in the blood. It also contains phytosterols, which are naturally occurring plant hormones which help to lower cholesterol, balance sex hormones, lower cardiovascular risk and reduce inflammation.

The Acai berry is also very rich in anthocyanins, which are antioxidant flavonoids and have some of the strongest physiological effects of any plant compounds. Acai provides protective and restorative effects on your eyes, blood vessels, connective tissue and your nervous system. Acai berries are high in all the antioxidants and are known as one of the highest, if not the highest antioxidant dense fruit in the world. Higher antioxidant values (ORAC value) are only found in spices like clover, cinnamon, turmeric and oregano.

Acai also contains enzymes such as coenzyme Q10. These help the body's digesting system, and helps transferring nutrients, thus helping chemical interactions in the body. The anti-mutagenic compounds in the berry strengthen the body's immune system to fight against cellular degeneration. Acai berries are known in the Amazon to strengthen and heal the whole body.

The Benefits of Acai Berries

  • Improves mental clarity and focus
  • Promotes sound sleep
  • Provides all vital vitamins
  • Boosting energy levels
  • Improving digestive function
  • Powerful free radical fighter
  • Contains high levels of fiber
  • Cleans and detoxifies
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Enhances sexual performance and stamina
  • Contains most important minerals
  • Protects against cancerous cells
  • Slows the aging process
  • Promotes healthy skin
  • Alleviates diabetes
  • Helps to maintain a healthy heart
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Improves circulation
  • Normalizes and regulates cholesterol levels
  • Prevents arterial plaque build-up
  • Enhances eye vision

Acai's High Levels of Glutathione – Master Antioxidant They are also high in glutathione, also found in high quality whey products glutathione is a Master antioxidant and one of the most important healing agents. Research into the protective effects of Glutathione have found that it can protect your body against the dangers of cancer, heart disease, premature aging, auto-immune disease, and chronic illness.

Did you know that without glutathione, other important antioxidants, such as vitamin C and E cannot do their jobs properly to protect the body against disease? (A. Sommersall, G. Bounous, 1999) Glutathoine is crucial for the detoxification of carcinogens, and keeping our levels of this master nutrient high could prevent cancer and increase longevity.

"No other antioxidant is as important to overall health as glutathione. It is the regulator and regenerator of immune cells and the most valuable detoxifying agent in the human body. Low levels are associated with hepatic dysfunction, immune dysfunction, cardiac disease, premature aging, and death." Stated Lorna Vanderhaeghe and P Bouic PhD, in the Immune System Cure.

By: Helen Eames

Helen Eames owns 'balancenoosa' an innovative business whose motto is, "wellness that comes to you" set in the heart of Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, Qld. Australia. 'balancenoosa' specializes in bringing specialist in different disciplines to your premises, allowing you to book the session of your choice and wait in the comfort of your own home. Corporate Wellness Solutions are a specialty for the team at balancenoosa and a uniquely designed solution can be created for your organisation. http://balancenoosa.com.au/

The picture of the Acai berry harvest was taken by Lets.

What Are Superfoods?

Fresh strawberries

Picture by: SummerTomato

We’re all searching for the ultimate eating plan. And the latest one promising high-quality health, shining eyes and glowing skin is the Superfoods diet. It works on the premise that there are 14 super foods that can help you live a longer and healthier life, slow the ageing process and help prevent cancer and diabetes. Great – where do we sign up?

It all started when a book called Superfoods: Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life (Random House) was published in the US, fast becoming the latest grazing craze. And, unlike many faddish eating plans, the Superfoods diet is based on proven scientific evidence – even though it does mean dramatically changing the contents of your shopping basket.

Superfoods are a group of wholesome foods that pack a nutritious punch. In addition, they contain an exceptionally high nutrient content when compared to the amount of calories per serving. Wild Oats staff has researched the superfoods most recommended by dietary experts and has highlighted the following food groups in its stores: berries, citrus, cruciferous vegetables, eggs, green foods, green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, oats, olives and olive oil, fish rich in Omega-3fatty acids, orange vegetables, sea vegetables, seeds, soy, tea, tomatoes, turkey, whole grains and yogurt and kefir.

Medical professionals say that superfoods may help people feel more energetic, provide protection against disease, and promote a healthy lifestyle now and for the future. The antioxidants found in these products are a class of vitamins, minerals and enzymes that may help eliminate chemically active oxygen molecules thought to contribute to aging and chronic ailments such as cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

So, what can you eat? The Superfoods diet dictates that you need to eat the following every day – at least one or two cups of blueberries, half-a-cup each of broccoli and pumpkin, five to seven servings of oats, one of tomatoes, one orange, at least half an ounce of soy, one cup of steamed spinach or two cups of raw, one cup of tea and two cups of yoghurt. Every week, followers must also have four servings of beans, two to four of wild salmon, three or four of turkey and five ounces of walnuts.

So is it too good to be true? Well, not necessarily. Meredith Kennedy, a dietitian for Nutrition Australia says that all of the components of the Superfoods diet are nutrient-dense foods which are fantastically good for you – just don’t be put off by the rigidity of the plan. “We’d recommend all of these foods as healthy choices,” she says.

But don’t fret if you can’t stand broccoli, or if oranges turn you off. “You can substitute cabbage, bok choy, cauliflower or cabbage for broccoli,” says Kennedy. “And grapefruit, limes or lemons will give you similar nutrients to oranges.” The most important part to remember is to consume a wide variety of fruit and vegetables in your diet if you want to make sure you really are eating a super diet.

By: Rita Lambros-Segur

For more superfood nutrition information see: LifeForce SuperSprouts [http://www.electricalbody.com/product/lifesource.htm] and GreensFirst Superfood Formula.