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Acai Berry vs Pomegranate

Pomegranates and Acai Berries – Powerful Superfoods

Pomegranates - Illustration of Punica Granatum The Acai berry and pomegranates are two of the most talked about superfoods in the health food industry. Both are an amazing natural source for many important vitamins and minerals. The question is; if you can only use one or the other which is better? This article is going to pit these two superfoods against each other and help you decide which one to pick.

In The Far Corner Wearing The Red Trunks We Have The Pomegranate!

The pomegranate is a sweet and tart tasting fruit that is native to Iran and northern India. There are many stories and legends surrounding this fruit, and it has been said that Helen of Troy used pomegranates to help make her more beautiful. Those legends all have some truth behind them, because the pomegranate is one of the healthiest fruits on the planet. Here are some of the main benefits you get from eating pomegranates:

  • Has a high level of antioxidants (10,500 on the ORAC Assay)
  • Is rich in vitamin C, A, E and folic acid
  • Reduces plaque in arteries and raises the levels of good cholesterol
  • Prevents enzymes from damaging cartilage
  • Fights cancer cells
  • Slows down aging

Those all sound great; now let’s take a look at how Acai stacks up

In The Near Corner Wearing The Purple Trunks We Have The Acai Berry!

Acai is a small purple berry that is native to the Amazon Rainforests. It is a staple for the native people, and has recently exploded in popularity around the world. It has an amazing flavor that is similar to a mix of chocolate and berries. Here is a look at what type of benefits you can get from Acai:

  • Has a high level of antioxidants (18,400 on the ORAC Assay)
  • Is a great source for essential fatty acids
  • Provides a boost of energy similar to coffee (without caffeine)
  • Fights cancer cells
  • Slows down aging
  • Contains high levels of fiber, amino acids, and Vitamins C, E, and B

Those are some pretty powerful benefits from a little berry, but are it enough to defeat the pomegranate?

And The Winner Is…

In a very close decision I have to give the win to the Acai berry. The determining factor is that Acai has a higher count of antioxidants (18,400 vs 10,500). Many of the benefits derived from these two fruits is based on their antioxidant power, so Acai takes that category hands down. The energy boost is very helpful for almost everyone, so that helps make it the more well-rounded superfood. The only edge pomegranates have is its ability to protect your cartilage and prevent arthritis.

-By: Carter Sinclair

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To find out why acai is so healthy for you read about Organic Acai Berry.

Raw Honey – The Sweet Superfood!

Honey – The Cleansing Superfood

Cleansing Superfoods - Raw Organic HoneyHoney has been eaten for thousands of years. When some of the tombs were opened in Egypt, they found honey that had been put there for the entombed so they would have it in their next life. The honey had crystallized and was still perfectly good, even though it had been there for 5,000 years!

The majority of honey that you would buy in a supermarket is not the same honey that has been eaten for thousands of years. Only careful and minimal processing will preserve the many nutritive benefits of honey. Honey should never be heated during extraction or the enzymes will be destroyed, nor should it be fine filtered.

The fine filtering of honey removes much of what makes raw honey a healthy and desirable food. This would include particles of pollen, beeswax and propolis. When the pollen is still present in the honey it is said to provide relief to allergy sufferers. Small amounts of pollen act as an inoculant against large amounts in the air that trigger reactions like the runny nose and itchy eyes of hay fever. As honey is predigested it is very easy for the body to digest. When it is consumed with carbohydrates like porridge or toast, the enzymes in the honey help with the digestion of carbohydrates. Different honeys from different nectar sources are quite different. They have different combinations of sugars, minerals and enzymes. For example, very dark honeys have a high mineral content. Lighter honeys are lower in minerals and are usually milder in taste.

Another benefit to honey is that it is a good source of antioxidants so play a big role in the prevention of cancer as well as heart disease. It can also be used as a moisturiser to be later removed with splashes of water. Not only will it moisturise the skin but it will also help combat acne with only a small amount being needed for both uses. Bee keepers who regularly eat honey are said to live long and healthy lives.

Honey is a natural antiseptic. Medical journals cite more than 600 cases in which honey was employed to treat wounds by preventing infection. Honey contains an antimicrobial agent, which prevents infections by killing the bacteria in and around your wound. Many types of bacteria can't survive in honey so wounds heal, swelling eases and tissue can grow back.

Some interesting facts about bees are:

Honey bees are the only insect to produce food for humans, a healthy hive contains approximately 40-60 thousand bees. During the honey production period a bees life span is only 4-6 weeks.

Bees visit approximately two million flowers to make one pound of honey.

Bees travel an average of 1,600 round trips in order to produce on ounce of honey, each round trip being as far as 6 miles. To produce 2 pounds of honey bees travel a distance equal to 4 times round the earth!

Queens lay approximately 1,500 to 2,000 eggs per day at a rate of 5 to 6 per minute. One queen lays between 175,000 and 200,000 eggs per year.

So don't put their hard work to waste, go and get your self some raw honey and think about how much hard work has gone into that small amount you eat!

By: James J White

James White is a level 1 coach at Dax Moy Personal Training Studios, Islington, where he works with clients to achieve rapid fitness and fat loss results.

To find out more or to contact James with questions related to this article. http://jameswhitepersonaltraining.co.uk

Health Benefits of Oranges – A Natural Superfood

Oranges Superfoods IllustrationOften, we take the simple fruit many of us see daily, for granted. Oranges are available in grocery stores and markets, in almost every country in the world. They grow on the trees in the yards of many of my family and friends throughout the USA. Oranges also grow in Europe and in some Asian countries like China. Often ignored in favor of processed foods from our local grocery stores, oranges are a 100% natural superfood with many health and healing benefits.

What is so Super on Oranges?

First of all the Vitamin C,as weall know: Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid, the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C is 200-1000 mg. An orange contains almost 100 mg of this nutrient. Vitamin C is used in the treatment and prevention of most cancers because of its protection from free radicals. It also helps prevent and treat atherosclerosis, heart disease, infections, colds and flu, asthma attacks, lung inflammation, cataracts and glaucoma. How many of us reach for the Vitamin C when we are experiencing a cold?

Cancer fighter: Vitamin C is also a very powerful antioxidant and an important cancer fighter. When my dad was diagnosed with Stage IV liver and prostate cancer, we took matters out of the hands of traditional medicine. After testing for Vitamin deficiencies we started Vitamin C IV's for 2 weeks. The results in health were amazing. Besides the benefits of Vitamin C in oranges, the peel contains a flavonoid called hesperidin, which is a natural cancer fighter, with added benefits of lowering bad cholesterol and normalizing blood pressure.

Then there is Fiber: The recommended intake of fiber is 25 to 35 grams daily. The fleshy portion of an orange contains about 3.1 grams of fiber, making it a great source for your dietary requirements. Include the orange zest in your diet and the fiber increases to 6 grams per fruit. Combine this with other fruits and vegetables and you can easily provide the fiber you need daily. 2 medium oranges without utilizing the peel, 2 medium bananas and 2 medium apples daily will more than meet your fiber needs.

Oranges contain Natural Oils: The natural oil is in the skin of the oranges. This oil acts as a natural exfoliator and moisturizer for your skin. Combined with the Vitamin C benefits, oranges will keep your skin looking young and smooth.

It's Sweet,, Affordable and Nutrient Packed: The average unpeeled orange provides 3.1 grams of fiber, 1 gram of protein and approximately 69 calories of energy, 48 of which is from natural sugars. An orange contains about 60 mg of calcium, 15 mg of magnesium, and 232 mg of potassium. It is a great source of Vitamin C, folate, choline, Vitamin A and beta carotene. The orange is therefor definitely to be placed amongst the superfoods.

What to do with Orange Peel: Orange peels are useful for exfoliating scrubs, orange peel oil baths are beneficial to the skin, orange zest has cancer fighting properties and enhances many cooking and baking recipes, dried orange peel contains oil and works great as high octane kindling fuel to start any fire, fresh orange peel acts as a natural cat, slug and ant repellent when sprinkled around your garden, orange peel is a deodorizer, orange peel can help revitalize and soften hard brown sugar, fresh orange peel rubbed on your skin will repel mosquitoes, the oil from the peels works as a degreaser, orange peel is a natural aroma therapy for depression, and orange peel has been used by the Chinese for centuries to help lower high blood pressure. Beyond the benefits of the fleshy portion of the orange, you can see that the entire orange has many uses.

As you can see, oranges are a powerhouse all-natural superfood to be included in your diet. The orange is definitely an amazing food. If you are one of the fortunate to have your own trees producing oranges, don't let this valuable fruit go to waste. If you have somewhere too many oranges, provide the excess to the homeless and to food banks.

By: Jeff Keto

Jeff Keto has a degree in Sports Medicine, writes various articles about things he has learned over the past years including his knowledge he gained from his personal experiences. He contributes to information found at http://ThingsYouWantToKnow.com .

Healty Foods and Superfoods – How Good Are They Really?

How Important are Healthy Foods?

Superfoods and Healthy Foods?Today these questions are easy to answer for me: Very good and very important! The few healthy foods we are still able to gather these days, play a major role for our overall health. And I'm not talking about superfoods only here; I'm talking about organic vegetables, leafy greens that haven't been sprayed with all kinds of toxins and have been feed with artificial fertilizers that consist only of the very basic nutrients. Organic carrots; when have You seen the last one? Organic eggs, if you're not a vegan, are very healthy food. The y consist out of almost pure protein! Organic spinach is very high on antioxidants and not only Popeye should be eating it. Spinach has also a lot of Lutein which can prevent blindness and muscular degeneration.The point is that no matter what you want to eat, you should try to get it organic! Even if you're still eating meat after all the bad news about what's in it; you can get organically grown meat and poultry without antibiotics for a slightly higher price.

Despite the little price difference and the bit more running around to find the right foods, you'll feel so much better after eating organic foods for a few month, you wouldn't believe it! Try it out and you will thank me forever! I'm doing this now since six month only, and I've seen changes happening on my body that are just sheer miracles. Besides that my skin cancer has vanished, and I hope forever, I have lost almost all my age warts and one big black mole in my face. the simply started to vanish over time. But this not all by a long shot!  My eyesight has gotten much better even though I'm still working on the computer for most of the day. It might be that one liter fresh carrot juice every day plays a big role in that. Overall; I'm feeling as good as when I was eighteen!

Eat lots of Healthy Foods and Superfoods

I'm eating the ideal dosage of about 30 gram of Goji berries every day, some goose berries in between and if I get hungry in the afternoon, I make a shake consisting of fresh coconut, a handful raw cacao nobs and a banana, that's pure energy! In the evening I'm on for a fresh salad, full of organic vegetables, holy basil, ginger, parsley and oregano. Other things that are regularly in my salads are cumin, thyme, red onions, cashew nuts, turmeric, fresh dill and whatever I can get fresh in the organic shop. In the end of the month I'm not more broke than when I was shopping in the supermarket without turning my brain on. Really, it doesn't make a difference at all! In the beginning that came to me a s a surprise but after a while I just found out that with the shift of priorities my financial situation hadn't changed much after six month, but my health had changed a lot!

So how important are healthy foods and superfoods? For me they have made all the difference they could make. After life had shown me the yellow card at the beginning of the year for being such a careless fool with my body, I've learned that the right nutrition might cost you a bit more money and quite a bit more time for food hunting and preparation, but the result is always worth the while. I'm far more active today than I was during the past five years and I'm also far more productive and far more successful with what I'm doing. I can truly recommend superfoods and organic foods to anybody who is willing to change their lifestyle. Once you find out for yourself what this does to your body and to your mind, you will never regret it!

Powerful Superfoods To Loose Weight

A Most Comprehensive List Of Superfoods

Food Pyramid - Superfoods for Weight LossSuperfoods provide excellent nutrients,therefore you should implement as many superfoods into your daily diet as possible. Superfoods will help to fuel your body with an optimum of nutrients as well as reducing any kind of inflammation. If you're working out, it allows your body to recover easier between workouts. Being less tired lets you achieve higher goals easily and you will make faster progress in loosing weights.

Make sure you incorporate as many of these foods as you can on a daily basis to stoke your metabolism fat burning furnace.

Fruits: These fruits are high in antioxidants, which help with disease prevention and contain flavonoids. Flavonoids help with eyesight and coordination. These dark colored fruits are also a good source of fiber and boost your immune system.

Super Fruits

  • Acai Berries
  • Blueberries,
  • Goose berries (Amalaki)
  • Blackberries
  • Guava (great source of lycopene)
  • Himalayan Goji Berries
  • Raspberries
  • Dried Plums

Bean/Lentils: Beans are a great source of protein and fiber as well as low in calories. They help to stabilize blood sugars and provide isoflavones that help to prevent certain forms of cancers and heart disease.

Super Beans

  • Mung Beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Lima beans
  • Lentils
  • Black Beans,
  • Red Beans

Oils: Particulary Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It is a heart healthy fat that helps to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol. It contains anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps to control cravings

Super Oil

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Nuts: Great source of fiber, phytoestrogens, vitamin B6, niacin, magnesium, healthy monounsaturated fats, and protein. These nuts help to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and seem to help maintain healthy blood vessels.

Super Nuts

  • Cashew Nuts
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Hazelnuts

 

Fish: Most fish contain the potent Omega 3 fatty acids we so desperately need. Fish is potent in a very good way. It helps your body store less fat and helps your body convert fat to energy. It is a great anti-inflammatory as well as wonderful brain food. The ADA recommends that you consume 1.5-3gms of Omega 3 fats a day. One serving of the choices below will provide almost 4 gms of Omega 3 fats.

Super Fish

  • Mackerels
  • Wild caught Salmon
  • Blue Fin Tuna

Vegetables: Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach contain carotenoids that improve your immune system and is full of vitamins and minerals. Don't forget about these other powerful vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale and other cruciferous vegetables that contain cancer fighting properties as well as a great source of fiber which aids in weight loss. Carrots are a great source of beta carotene , which can reduce the risk of cancer, tomato contains lycopene another powerful antioxidant that also reduces the risk of cancer.

Super Vegetables

  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Tomato
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Cauliflower
  • Beets
  • Cabbage
  • Swiss Chard
  • Purslane

Green Tea: Not only is non-caffeinated fluid good for you, but research has shown that green tea may be one of the best disease fighting fluids you can consume. It is very high in antioxidants and scientists have shown that is has reduced cancer in individuals by as much 60%. It actually inhibits the growth of cancer cells. Studies have indicated that it reduces overall cholesterol levels as well as increasing the ratio of HDL (good) cholesterol to LDL (bad) cholesterol.

Green Tea is good to prevent:

  • Impaired immune functions
  • Cancer
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Inflammation / Infection

Besides all this, green tea has also benefits to those wanting to loose weight. Researchers showed that those that consumed green tea extract burned more calories than those that consumed caffeine or a placebo. At least two liters of green tea per day will therefore help you to loose some extra weight.

If you implement eat as many of these superfoods as you can in your daily meals your body will be burning maximum calories while running at peak efficiency and  to stoke the fat burning furnace called your metabolism. The result is obvious; Weight Loss!

Picture by USDA

Top 10 Superfoods For Top Performance

Top Ten Superfoods For Body, Brain and Mind

Superfoods- Fresh and dried carobsWhat do you think would happen to your health and your performance if you fueled your body on the most nutritious superfoods available today? You must have wondered which superfoods are actually the best ones. In this article I will give you a quick overview of the top ten superfoods for your body and your brain. Superfoods not only make your body stronger but they also make your brain work better, thus making you more productive and vibrant.

1.) Raw Cacao

Lets start with something very pleasant; everyone likes chocolate right? Chocolate In it's original state, raw cacao is the food source with the highest PEA, the feel good pleasure chemical. Raw cocoa the highest food source of magnesium fueling the biggest mineral deficiency in the west and it contains huge amounts of Vitamin C and amino acids and antioxidants, essential for optimal brain function. Raw Cacao has more than 80'000 ORAC units per 100gram, dutch processed cacao still has 40,000, so don't worry if you don't find raw cacao in your neighborhood. Unsweetened cooking chocolate will do just fine. Remember, oranges have only 700 ORAC per 100g.

2.) Bee Pollen

Back to the honey bees! Bee pollen contain every single trace mineral, and  14 amino acids required for peak mental function. Bee pollen adds a nice flavor to smoothies and fresh shakes and similar to honey, it can take on valuable medicinal qualities depending on it's source. Look for pollens wildcrafted from pristine pollutant-free areas, as the pollen grains are extremely porous substances. Better sources are often at higher altitudes.

3.) Maca

This unusual hormone building yam from Alto Plano Peru has been used for centuries as a strength, stamina and virility building food for high altitude warriors.

4.) Goji Berries

These tasty little berries pack a hefty amount of anti-oxidants, beta-carotene, and lutein. Mineral rich and unusually high in protein these hardy fruits taste somewhere between a cherry and a raisin. Great for snacking on and so revered for their longevity benefits that there's even a Goji festival in Tibet each year.

5.) Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass juice is already a potent nutrient source, when you and grow it using sea water concentrate you can increase it's mineral density and maximize the vitamin production in the wheatgrss. The result is a more intense, very rich juice, from grass that almost glows in the dark from vitality! Wheatgrass doesn't really blend well with anything so best just to down it in shots.

6.) Fish Oil – Krill Oil

Nutritionally dense seawater superfoods are fish oils and krill oils containing substantial levels of important fatty acids and a huge amount of valuable Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids.

7.) Camu Berry

The Camu berries are sometimes also called Camu Camu. The berry comes from the Amazon and was discovered about  20 years ago.  Camu berries are the single highest source of Vitamin C found in nature. A tart, tangy, pink berry with a taste akin to sherbet, Camu is fantastic in smoothies with fresh fruits and berries.

8.) Carob

Carobs grow in the Mediterranean regions and it is the highest food source of the trace mineral calcium. This is particularly interesting as when consumed with Cacao in a 1:3-5 ratio, your body absorbs the minerals into your bones. In old times, especially during warfare, carobs where used as chocolate substitute for children.

9.) Reishi Mushroom

The mushroom of immortality, as reishi mushrooms are also called in ancient china, the reishi mushroom is arguably the best tonic mushroom on earth. Tonic herbs can intelligently adjust your biochemistry up or down as needed, meaning it can be used indefinitely.Reishi Mushrooms are Immune enhancing and spirit calming, it's no wonder this exotic fungi has been revered by Emperors and monks alike for over 4000 years.

10.) Gynostemma Tea (Gynostemma pentaphyllum)

The "Twisting Wine Orchid" gynostemma is often referred to in Asia as 'Ginseng at tea prices', this tasty herb has around 20 times the anti-oxidant load of the much vaunted green tea, a robust slightly sweet flavor and over 80 immune system enhancing adaptogenic compounds. Adaptogenes are stress reducing when taken over a prolonged period of time.Gynostemma is a gentle adaptogenic herb, accumulating due to daily use and excellent in soups or smoothies for those who want the maximum nutritional value from everything they eat.

Superfoods To Fight Arthritis

Every Type of Arthritis demands certain superfoods

Fighting Arthritis with SuperfoodsPeople in the western world suffer from all kinds of illnesses and many of them are related to what we eat! One of the most spread disease is arthritis.The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, or the deterioration of cartilage surrounding the bones. This form causes the bones to rub against each other, resulting in pain, inflammation and difficulties in moving the respective limbs. The second form of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis. This kind is an autoimmune disease where the joint linings become inflamed due to dysfunction of the immune system. It can become very serious and tends to effect a higher percentage in women than in men.

Arthritis is a condition that affects nearly 70 million people around the globe. The major complaint by people who suffer from arthritis is joint pain. Pain is the most common constant and may be localized to the joint(s) affected. Treatment can vary widely, based on the severity of the arthritis and on what type of arthritis it is, and on the location of the body. While individual attention from your physician is sure necessary to best manage your unique symptoms, certain Superfoods have been discovered lately that can offer a tremendous relief for many people suffering from both types of arthritis.

Although the two forms of arthritis are different in many ways, they both are joint conditions, which can be very complex. Both involve various systems of the body and are often unpredictable in severity.  Certain superfoods and supplements can be extremly beneficial to help managing arthritis. The superfoods listed below are known to have various health benefits.

The Best Foods to Fight Arthritis!

Many foods have anti-inflammatory properties that can help fight rheumatoid arthritis. Chief among them are omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in

  • Walnuts
  • Flax Seeds
  • Fish and Fish Oil

The fatty acids, EPA and DHA, are converted by the body into substances that fight inflammation. Studies show that they reduce joint stiffness, swelling and tenderness. The best food choices are fatty fish like

  • Wild Salmon
  • Mackerel
  • Blue Fin Tuna

Omega-3 fats have recently been found to be present in a variety of food products, such as

  • Organic Eggs.

Antioxidants are another category of substances that fight inflammation. They are plant chemicals found in fruits, vegetables and other natural foods.

  • Green Tea

in particular, is loaded with powerful antioxidants called polyphenols, which have been shown to reduce inflammation. Green tea also contains healing substances, like the antioxidant EGCG, fluoride, catechins and tannins. Studies show that drinking four cups a day can prevent the onset of osteoarthritis, and reduce the severity if you already have it.

As it turns out, one of the fieriest foods you can eat actually has anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Chilly Peppers

Chilly contains capsaicin which inhibits inflammation. One study showed that capsaicin cream applied topically reduced pain in sufferers of osteoarthritis. Careful though, you might want to discuss this treatment with your doctor first, and feel free to add chillies to your meals too. I always say, "The hotter, the greater the benefits."

Pain Saving Food Supplements

It is important for everyone to get the recommended daily dose of vitamins and minerals, but arthritis sufferers could see added benefits. Vitamin C is known to prevent the breakdown of cartilage, which is often effected by arthritis. When it comes to vitamins and minerals, however, more is not always better. Tell your doctor what supplements you are taking and don't go over the recommendations. Too much vitamin C was shown to exacerbate arthritis of the knee.

Vitamin D is important for bone and joint health. It also may help build collagen, one of the building blocks of joints. You can get this vitamin by spending 10 to 15 minutes in the sun for at least two or three days of the week, this will store enough vitamin D in your body to be protected.

Vitamin E also acts as an antioxidant to fight inflammation. Nuts and seeds and avocados are rich in vitamin E. If you combine these foods with omega-3 rich fish, you may gain extra benefits. Studies show that consuming these two nutrients together may boost their ability to fight inflammation and therefore reduce the pain dramatically.

If you suffer from any form of arthritis, changing your diet immediately is in any case a smart move. Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean plant based proteins are very important for you!. These foods will provide you with a variety of antioxidants that can promote good health in all aspects. Then add on the superfoods and food supplements and you have the perfect overall diet for fighting off arthritis.

Prevention of Artritis

Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis can both not be completely prevented but we can reduce the risks of becoming an arthritis victim by becoming physically more active exercise regularly and participating in physical therapies. Weight loss is also essential for obese people suffering from arthritis and as we've been discussing earlier, eating healthy foods and superfoods. Anybody who feels chronically pain in certain joints should see a physician and seek early diagnosis because the earlier the treatment is started, the better is the prognosis of healing

By: Mark Bromson, M.D.

http://www.vitalmaxvitamins.com

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.

Everyday Superfoods List

Eat More Superfoods!

During the past few years, the research in the most healthy foods in the world has increased dramatically and has now spawned the term "super food or superfoods". These superfoods are nothing else but foods that are very rich in nutrients, vitamins minerals and trace elements. They have therefor many health benefits. Superfoods can be used by to maintain weight or even loose weight, superfoods are also great for recovery of a recent illness or to prevent getting ill in the firsat place. But really the point is; superfoods are for those who are trying to start a healthier lifestyle, for those who want to achieve more than what they have right now!

Fat Burning Superfoods

Superfoos can easily become super fat burning foods the more you eat them. Eating superfoods, combined with a healthy exercise, you'll be able to burn calories and accelerate your metabolism in no time. Superfoods should become a major part of your diet if they are not already, and they are available in your local supermarket or the next organic food store. The number of what are super foods may surprise you, since you can find them in fruit or vegetable section of your supermarket. Superfoods are not only good for you, but they can also become tasty additions to any part of your diet. Mix some cashewnuts and some gojiberries int your next salad and exellerate the antioxidant value of your meal by 200%. You can implement super foods in almost any kind of the meal, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner.

What You Get Out of Eating Super Foods

Most of the superfoods that have been discovered lately are fruits, vegetables, nuts, and spices. Some of the most popular superfoods are those which contain high levels of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and minerals. Antioxidants keep you from aging prematuraly and some super foods can also help in the regulation of blood sugar levels, prevent cancer, altzheimer and many other illnesses we have developed.

All superfoods come with different benefits, they are not all the same. They range from prevention of inflammation, regulation of metabolism, faster fatburning, promoting a better digestion, lowered total cholesterol and blood pressure, and protection from toxins, cancer, and heart disease. Find below a short A to Z Everyday Superfoods List to get your diet: going.

Everyday Superfoods from A to Z

  • Acai Berries
  • Apples
  • Artichokes
  • Apricots
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Broccoli, cabbage
  • Cacao – Chocolate
  • Cashew Nuts
  • Carrots
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cauliflower
  • Cherries
  • Celery
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Cranberries
  • Cumin Seeds
  • Eggplants
  • Grapefruit
  • Garlic
  • Green beans
  • Green tea
  • Grapes
  • Kale
  • Lemons
  • Lentils
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Limes
  • Marjoram
  • Maqui Berries
  • Mushrooms
  • Mango
  • Nectarines
  • Onions
  • Okra
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Papaya
  • Peas
  • Pears
  • Peppers
  • Prunes
  • Pumpkin
  • Pineapple
  • Raspberries
  • Radishes
  • Red cabbage
  • Sauerkraut
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • String beans
  • Squash
  • Sumac
  • Tangerines
  • Turmeric
  • Tomatoes
  • Walnuts
  • Watermelon
  • Wild salmon

Most fruits are considered to be superfoods. Oranges, limes, lemons and grapefruits are composed of flavonoids. Flavonoids are antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and can prevent blood clotting. Likewise, are berries, they are also rich in antioxidants and can help improve memory and brain functionality. Vitamin C and fiber can also be obtained from berries. Another vegetable, the tomato, also contains antioxidants thanks to its major component lycopene which minimizes cellular damage.

Anti Cancer and Anti Diabetics Properties of Sulforaphane

3D Illustration by Ben Mills

Cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower also help prevent or at least hinder the development of cancer cells. they contain high amounts of antioxidants. Their major component is sulforaphane, which is known to prevents cancer. On the other hand, spinach is also considered a superfood since it is composed of lutein. Lutein can prevent blindness as well as muscular degeneration.

In terms of protein, wild salmon and non fat turkey meat from organic farming, are both considered to be superfoods as well. Wild salmon and other fatty fish, contain lots of omega-3 fatty acids which prevent blood clotting. Salmon also can help minimize the risk of heart disease and the occurrence of a stroke. Since our body cannot make its own omega-3 fatty acids, it is imperative to find alternative means to get omega-3 fatty acids into our bodies. Turkey also contains selenium, which helps the thyroids, boosts the immune system, and decreases the chance of cancer ever developing. Turkey is low in calories and fat, which qualifies it as one of the best sources of animal protein.

Other superfods that are commonly used in our kitchens that are considered superfoods are oats, nuts, ginger, onions and garlic. Oats can be used to lower cholesterol levels. Diabetics can also benefit from eating oats since this has less sugar. Similarly, nuts can also be used to lower cholesterol levels. Nuts, specifically walnuts, contain omega-3 fatty acids, which, as mentioned earlier, also prevent heart disease. Garlic and onions have been found to lower cholesterol levels as well as blood pressure.

By: Tim Lazaro

Tim Lazaro is a Fat Burning Nutrition enthusiast. He owns and maintains a List of Fat Burning Foods for those who want to burn off some unwanted fat and then keep it off forever!

Disease Fighting Amalaki – All The Super Food You’ll Ever Need

Indian Gooseberry – Disease Fighting Amalaki

Indian Gooseberry - Phyllanthus officinalis Amalaki

Picture by: L. Shyamal

The old saying relating to an apple a day keeps the doctor away has been heard by every generation of children in the western world. And for good reason, as the apple is an excellent food source for the important vitamin C and 18 of 20 amino acids our body needs to function perfectly. Apples contain also other bodily agents like minerals and antioxidants which preserve our health and provide useful benefits such as being anti-allergenic, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory, to our bodies. A bit further away than the next apple tree, grows a compelling little fruit right beneath the Himalayan Mountains. This amazing fruit is destined to make a great hit on the American health market, it's name is Amalaki.

Amalaki Fruit or Gooseberry provides promise and hope towards rejuvenation of declining health

Although it is no larger then a common tennis ball this little yellow fruit is so rich in nutrition that you could call it the diamond of fruits. In India it is commonly referred to as the Indian Gooseberry. The scientific name of the Amlaki fruit is Emblica Officinalis. This very special fruit has been used in the Ayurveda medicine for centuries and has a great reputation for its healing powers. Over the great many years, Amalaki has accumulated many legends and tales surrounding its many usees. The more than five century old medical knowledge of Ayurvedic Medicine is also revered to as the "Mother of the Healing Systems".

The Sanskrit written Ayurveda contains some of the oldest and most detailed medical texts of the world and it contains an enormous amount of information concerning natural medicine. This age-old manuscript relates how to establish a balance in our everyday life through fundamental rules relating to nutrition and our lifestyle. It covers many subjects such as relaxed sleeping, stress management and body exercise as its fundamental components.

The Ayurveda describes more than 5,000 fruits and herbs in great detail. But of all the plants and substances described in this ancient document, the Amalaki fruit is described as the utmost effective fruit  for rejuvenation. In India, for many centuries now, the Amalaki has been consistently mentioned as Dhatri which means the Nurse or Mother. This is a tribute to this unique fruit as a caregiver or healer of our bodies. It is considered as a vital component to promote Ojas or producing the perfect digestion. The Ayurveda medicine teaches that Ojas is the sap of one's life energy which, when sufficient, is equated with immunity and, when there is not enough Ojas it results in weakness, fatigue and ultimately in sickness and disease.

The Amalaki fruit is a fountain of phytonutrients polyphenols, antioxidants, tannins, amino acids, traces of minerals, bioflavanoids and more. It would just be too much to list all of the chemical ingredients.

The one thing though, that makes the Amalaki fruit so different from other fruits is unquestionably the sheer amount of  Vitamin C this magical plant contains. Even though an Amalaki fruit is only about one inch wide, the fruit still contains 20 times more Vitamin C than an Orange! But that's not all, within its flesh it also containes a substance known as Dismutase which is one of nature's most powerful antioxidants.

The Amalaki fruit has received a great many reviews within the scientific community plus it has been the recipient of hundreds of scientific inquiries being completed concerning its role in combating a broad array of illnesses as well as promoting rejuvenation of the body and the mind. Here are a few of Amalaki's incredible benefits.

  • Amalaki promotes cellular rejuvenation, vitality and energy
  • Amalaki tends to improve nutrient absorption, digestion and provides an overall intestinal health increase
  • Amalaki fights against body inflammations
  • Amalaki will boost anti-aging properties of the human body
  • It enhances greatly the body's immune system
  • It improves metabolism
  • It hunts and destroys the free radicals in the blood
  • It promotes better hair and skin
  • Amalaki also improves your liver health
  • And it promotes detoxification of the body

Many of the writings about Amalaki, found in India, indicate that the fruit is beneficial to the intestinal organs and it helps to reduce inflammation within the digestive tract. It also helps to strengthen the heart. The comments regarding the value of the Amalaki fruit have appeared in the Materia Medica. The manuscript lists more than 2,000 vegetable originating remedies.

The Amalaki fruit is commonly employed in the Ayurvedic medicine. It serves as an antipyretic, aphrodisiac, and cerebral tonic. Its popularity is also centered on its ability to act as a strong immune system booster, an adaptogen and as a powerful antacid. With Amalaki you practically can raise the total protein level and increase the body weight resulting in additional muscle-construction and more body mass.

Many of the ancient manuscripts have Amalaki as a medicine to prevent body aging. Of all plant related species the Amalaki fruit is believed to contain the richest supply of Vitamin C known to man.

Amalaki remains a beneficial ingredient in the removal of toxic waste resulting from poor digestion within the colon.In a study conducted in 2003, it was noted that Amla resulted in an increased cell survival rate decreasing the production rate of free radicals.

As with most other antioxidants, Amalaki contributes to an enhancement of one's immune system. Additional uses include colic, constipation, asthma, gout, anemia and to a certain extent mental disorders.

The Western countries are in a slow but steady process of embracing at least some of the medicinal practices used in the eastern world. Amalaki is readily available in tablet or powder form and recently it has been introduced as a liquid supplement known as Zrii.

By: Shannon Lokker
Zrii Independent Executive
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