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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.

Six Superfoods – The Secret Key to Perfect Nutrition

Daily Quote: “Perfect health is above gold; a sound body before riches.” – Solomon

I’d like to share with you some secret keys to good nutrition and some tips to eating healthy. Are you ready for some practical insider information on what the best whole food nutritional supplements are?

Before I reveal these 6 superfoods , I need to say that you should NOT be buying processed, synthetic, man-made vitamins, minerals, and nutritional supplements. Most of these products are now being made by drug companies, and most of them are being made in foreign countries like China. The main reason that you shouldn’t be buying them is that they are “synthetic” man-made chemical copies of what is found naturally in nature. In other words, most of them have been chemically produced in a pharmaceutical laboratory and are not made from the natural food sources found in nature.

This is a huge problem because your body cannot effectively utilize these “synthetic” man-made versions of vitamins and minerals. In fact, many of them are not even recognized by your body as vitamins and minerals, and they are therefore rejected by your body as toxins, which is what they really are. If you are loading up every day on “synthetic” chemically-based man-made vitamins and minerals, you are actually weakening your body with chemicals that are often toxic to your system and are not able to be recognized or utilized by your body. I encourage you to stop buying these man-made products.

The best source for natural vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, and phytonutrients is from live whole foods. In other words, eat an apple and some watermelon. Get your nutrition from real live fresh organic whole foods such as vegetables, greens, fruits, berries, grains, seeds, nuts, legumes and beans. These foods are loaded with vitamins and minerals and hundreds of other important nutrients.

In addition to eating these whole foods, you can also juice your vegetables and fruits in order to get a concentrated amount of natural vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. However, this must be done in moderation because you don’t want to overload your system with too much natural sugar found in fruits. The down side to juicing is that many people find it just too inconvenient due to the cleaning up process. People often buy a juicer and use it for several weeks or months, but soon they stop using it because it is just too much work to buy all the fresh produce, wash it, juice it, and clean up the mess afterwards day after day.

There is another “next best alternative” source for getting your natural vitamins and minerals called live whole food nutritional supplements. What does that mean? Simply put, it means that they take the fresh live organic fruits and berries, greens and vegetables, and they pick them at their peak of ripeness and nutritional value, and turn them into a juice. Then they dry the juice using a low-heat dehydration process that preserves the nutrients without preservatives. The final product is a natural powder that you simply mix with water (rehydrate) and drink. In this way you’re able to get the full nutritional value of all of that fresh live organic whole food produce, including all of the natural occurring vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and hundreds of other nutritious compounds.

Here is a brief, condensed list of some of the very best natural whole food nutritional supplements that you can (and should) be putting in your body every day. These foods are often referred to as “superfoods” because they are loaded with powerful nutritional compounds that are so good for your body’s health, vitality, and longevity.

1. Drink a top quality organic dehydrated “Spirulina Drink” every day.

Spirulina should come in a powdered dehydrated form that you simply mix with water and drink. Never buy a green drink or superjuice that is in a liquid form because it has been pasteurized (which kills many of the living nutrients) and because it has had unhealthy preservatives added to it to keep it from going moldy. Always look for a dry dehydrated spirulina powder form that you mix with water or carrot juice.

“The Feast.” Believe it or not, my small kids even love it and demand it every morning. If you would like to learn more about this amazing green drink, you can find information on it at the following website. http://www.LiveSuperJuice.com

2. Drink some Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar every morning.

In 400 B.C., Hippocrates (the father of medicine) discovered that natural, undestilled apple cider vinegar is a powerful cleansing and healing elixir – a naturally occurring antibiotic and antiseptic that fights germs, bacteria, mold, and viruses – for a healthier, stronger, longer life. The best kind to use is organic, raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar with the “mother” in it. You can find this at most health food stores. I recommend the Bragg’s brand and their book, “Apple Cider Vinegar Miracle Health System: Learn these Powerful Health Qualities for a Longer, Healthier, Youthful Life!” by Paul Bragg and Patricia Bragg. They recommend mixing 1-2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with some raw honey or raw agave nectar in 8 ounces of water upon rising every morning.

3. Use Extra Virgin Coconut Oil every day

In your smoothies and/or cooking. It is a very healthy oil that has many benefits for your body, including assisting in weight loss. Two more excellent oils to use are Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Sesame Oil.

4. Use as a sweetener Raw Honey

(unheated, unfiltered, natural, unprocessed pollen-rich). Also, you can take honey-related powerfoods such as propolis, bee pollen, and royal jelly. Honey possesses miraculous nutritional and medicinal properties. However, I caution you not to take more than one or two teaspoons a day. Too much honey may adversely affect the pancreas, liver, and adrenals and contribute to sugar-metabolism disorders.

5. I would also recommend taking Vitamin C on a daily basis.

Most people are deficient in vitamin C, which is an essential for our overall health. While most animals produce vitamin C in their body all by themselves, humans  unfortunately, can do no such thing. We have to eat our Vitamin C

6. Start using Himalayan Salt in your diet

In moderation. Stop using table salt immediately. It contains only sodium chloride, can cause the body to retain water which can cause swelling, edema, and cellulite; and it often has additives such as aluminum hydroxide, sodiumferrocyanide, calcium phosphate, stearic acid, and others which can be toxic. When ingested, the body recognizes table salt as a poison and accumulates water in and around the cells to protect them from this invading substance. On the other hand Krystal Salt contains all 72 mineral elements that the human body consists of in ideal proportions. All these minerals are in the perfect crystal matrix and ultimate ionic form (electrically charged). Krystal salt is the only antioxidant that works everywhere in the body. Once Krystal Salt is introduced into the body, a profound regeneration of the cell membranes becomes possible. If you would like more information on Himalayan Krystal Salt or Miracle Krystal Salt, simply do a Google search, find a producer of the salt, and order some. Then get rid of all ionized table salt from your kitchen, your diet  and your life!

I want to conclude that there are many more superfoods you should look into and learn about. You can find a lot more information about superfoods on this website, If you have any questions about superfoods, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Acai Berry Superfoods – Are Acai Berries Really That Healthy?

The Health Benefits of Acai Berries

Acai Berries on the Palm Tree"Acai Berries are superfoods!" We're hearing it everywhere now. But is it true? Are Acai Berries really that healthy? In time when every food seems to be artificial and medical companies stuff us with the newest cures for everything, some people try to find help using natural products to cure the various health problems.

Over time we forgot how powerful nature can be, after all we only duplicate its achievements in medicine. That is why a category of super foods has been invented, foods so packed with healthy nutrients that they can be called natural medicine or superfoods.

Probably the most wide spread family of superfoods are vegetables from 'Allium' family – vegetables like garlic, onions or leeks. This not very glamorous group of vegetables, contains flavonoids, which stimulate production of antioxidants in the liver, thus detoxifying your body.

Up until today  blueberries where one of the most famous superfoods. They have a high number of antioxidants (ORAC value), anthocyanins and phytochemicals, preventing aging, cancer and numerous brain diseases. Blueberries are the food of choice for many healthy people in Europe and the USA.

Recently, the spotlight has been taken off the Blueberries by a new berry, the Acai Berry.

Is the Acai Berry the #1 Superfood?

When acai berries where first introduced to the public eye, there were numerous talks about how healthy it is. However, publicity seemed to focus all of it's attention on the very high antioxidants level, leaving in the background wealth of other healthy details about this berry.

The first thing I want to mention about the Acai Berry, is the very high level of anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are located mainly in peels of vegetables/fruits. They offer a very powerful protection against harmful free radicals, which develop as a result of exposure to radiation, the UV light, smoking, smog and various other metabolic processes.

Not only that, they also preserve delicate antioxidants within the fruit. While, you may have heard that red whine has a large number of anthocyanins, Acai has 10 to 30 times more, depending on the quality and ripeness of the berries. Acai berry is also very high on dietary fiber. 100 grams of Acai berries contain 45 grams of fiber.Acai Berries are rich in healthy unsaturated fats from omega family, which have been proven to help you with anything from your brain to preventing cancer. In Acai you will find mainly the most important omega-3 and omega-9 fatty acids.

Additionally, acai berries contain a lot of protein and amino acids. Acai has 19 different amino acids, which are crucial for growth, maintenance and repair of your body tissues. Our bodies can produce only 11 of these amino acids, so you have to supply the rest with your diet.

Acai also offers three different plant sterols: sigmasterol, campesterol and B-sitosterol. These three sterols are invaluable to health of your heart. This concludes the benefits of Acai Berries. Even if you don't believe in the weight loss hype of acai berries (acai berries are beneficial for weight loss due to stopping the carving for food), these berries are still the best choice of superfoods! With more than 100,000  (102,700 μ mol TE/100 gram),it is the world's antioxidant richest fruit known today!

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

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.

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/

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The New Top 10 Superfoods List

The New Top 10 Everyday Superfoods List

Purslane is rich on Omega 3 Fatty AcidsOften patients ask me what they should eat and what the best food for their nutrition is, I have to remind them of the fact that there is no one single superfood or even a healthy food group that works like a magic bullet for your health. Rather, eating a wide variety of foods, consisting mainly of organic fresh fruits and vegetables, is the most savvy way to practice a smart nutrition of the body. Lately new research in the field of nutrition shows that certain foods stand above the rest as sources of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants. These are the foods we now like to call "Superfoods".

Not many people are aware of what really matters, when it comes to making healthy food choices. Common knowledge is that you can't go wrong with broccoli, spinach and oranges. And then? Many, for not to say most of the healthiest foods in the world are constantly overlooked. I have evaluated the latest research on nutrients to create an updated list of everyday superfoods that should be, in one way or the other, on your nutritional diet for most days of the week.

  1. Cinnamon – This absolutely must be the hottest stuff in town! With more than a quarter of a million ORAC antioxidant units per 100 gram it is very rich in antioxidants! Cinnamon has long been used for  cooking in Middle Eastern cuisines,. Cinnamon has proven to lower blood sugar levels, triglycerides and bad (LDL) cholesterol levels. Just a quarter teaspoon every second day sprinkled over coffee or cereal is beneficial. I am using it in tea as well.
  2. Goji Berries – These berries have been used as medicinal food for centuries in Tibet and in China. The sweet tasting Goji berries have more antioxidant power than most foods on the planet. Studies have shown that they also lowers insulin resistance, and therefore lowers the risk of diabetes. Eat these red and tasty berries as is or add them to cereal or yogurt or put a handful into the salad every day.
  3. Pomegranate Juice -A sticky red juice, loaded with Vitamin C. Only a small glass of this sweet-tart juice each day may decrease your systolic blood pressure by 21 percent over the course of a year!
  4. Cabbage – A Stanford University study showes that Cabbage helps to increase the production of cancer-fighting enzymes in our body. This happens thanks to a chemical called sulforaphane. Eat cabbage on sandwiches in place of lettuce for a satisfying crunch or make a tangy coleslaw using cider vinegar and yogurt instead of mayo. Fine cut cabbage and add it to any salad. Not only does it look good, it is also very beneficial for your digestion.
  5. Guava– Is a tropical fruit containing more lycopene, the very antioxidant that fights prostate cancer, than either tomatoes or watermelon. It is furthermore loaded with organic fiber and potassium. The best way to eat guava is fresh.The seeds and rind of the fruit are also edible.
  6. Beets – Naturally sweet, this often-overlooked vegetable is high in folate and betaine, which reduce your risk of heart disease by lowering homocysteine levels in the blood. You'll gain the greatest benefit by eating this colorful veggie raw. Just peel the skin and grate into salads, pasta and grain dishes. The leaves are edible too-saute them like spinach.
  7. Purslane – Is a very common green in the Chinese, the Mexican, Thai and the Greek kitchen, this little green leafs contain more heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids than any other plant know today.It also contains high levels of the cancer-fighting antioxidant melatonin. Find the crisp, lemony leaves at farmers' and ethnic markets and add them to your salads.
  8. Pumpkin Seeds – Just one ounce of roasted Pumkin seeds provide you 150 mg magnesium. Reaching the daily requirement of 420 mg of this vital nutrient has been shown to reduce the risk of death by 40 percent. Eating the whole seeds also provides a healthy dose of fiber.
  9. Swiss Chard – Lately a Harvard study has shown this leafy green protects the health of our eyes with abundant levels of lutein and zeaxanthin. These chemicals absorb shortwave light that would otherwise damage the retina. Saute a bunch of the mild leaves with garlic in extra virgin olive oil and serve alongside chicken or fish or fine cut them into your salads.
  10. Dried Prunes – This healthy super food fights cancer causing cell damage with an abundance of the antioxidants, neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acid. Grab a few of these sweet dried fruits as a snack or gussy them up by stuffing them with goat cheese and serving as an appetizer but take care not to eat too many at once as this might have an unwanted cleansing effect of your digesting system….

I hope this list of everyday superfoods has reminded you of a few things you haven't eaten in a while and revealed new nutrition information and superfood stars for you to try. Remember, no one food can provide all the nutrition you need for your optimal health, only variety is the key to a successful disease-fighting diet. Add these new superfoods to your shopping list tomorrow, and your body and mind will both enjoy the benefits for many years to come!

By: Mark Rosenberg, M.D.

Mark Rosenberg, MD
Institute For Healthy Aging

www.vitalmaxvitamins.com

Substituting Food Cravings for Weight Loss

Why we need to eat more Healthy Foods

Weight-Loss with SuperfoodsLoosing weight is often talked about these days. Weight loss has become one of the biggest topics in the internet. No wonder, since all the information about superfoods is so easily obtainable today. If it’s not someone asking how to successfully lose weight it’s some health company capitalizing on those who are overweight. Most people who are busy with weight loss since many years are desperately looking for the next diet that promises to shed those extra kilo’s.

I do not recommend any commercial weight loss program except it is based on natural healthy foods! I believe they are mostly “commercial” in nature and not really suited for weight loss. True weight loss programs should be initiated in conjunction with your Doctor. I do however, believe the regularly eaten food today is lacking many important nutrients and essential Antioxidants that are needed to have a healthy body. Often food supplements are required to replace these deficiencies.

Unwanted weight gain can often be attributed to over indulgence of a particular food in an attempt to replace an essential Vitamin the body is missing. When our body receives sufficient supply of nutrients, cravings will be reduced and we feel fuller and stisfied with lesser food.

Our daily food is lacking in many nutrients and of those nutrients that are still present, many are obtained through application of synthetic fertilizers and are being subject to pesticides and selective herbicides. The old saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” should now be going: “Two apples a day keeps the doctor away.” because we would have to eat twice as much to get the same level of nutrients.

The growing demand on food has lead to crops produced on a large scale these days, and are produced with more synthetic stimulants and pharmaceutics than it is good for us.

I you’re busy with weight control, your diets should be organic and nutrient rich with a range of all essential vitamins and minerals and antioxidants to assist suppressing cravings in between meals.

Organically grown fresh fruit and vegetables are the perfect option for a synthetic supply of vitamins and minerals in our diets. And only if a sufficient supply of these foods is not available, organic foods supplements are an option.

The goal for successive weight loss must be to maintain a sufficient supply of vitamins and minerals to prevent cravings that force and over consumption of food leading to more unwanted kilos.

Many processed foods contain large amounts of artificial colors, flavors and preservatives, which may block the supply, or uptake of vitamins and minerals into the body. Junk foods are designed with 3 things in mind. To get your money, to fill a taste craving, or to fill a hunger craving. They are not designed to provide necessary nutrients to your body.

The more real food we eat the more likely we will attain food satisfaction through sufficient nutrient consumption.

Adding a Vitamin or Superfood such as Acai berries into the daily diet will also assist with weight loss because you may need to consume less to receive your bodies necessary nutrient requirements. Acai is highly nutritious, extremely high on antioxidants, is very filing and suppresses food cravings for a long time making it an ideal superfood for weight loss

Nevertheless, you should always consult with your Doctor before you make any sudden changes in your diet or start taking food supplements over a longer period of time.

By: Eric J Smith

Eric J Smith describes himself as being “Passionate about organic foods”. He is committed to educating people on the importance of reducing the chemical load in our bodies and in the Environment. Eric is Married and has 2 Children. Eric and his wife Narelle represent Miessence Certified Organic Skin Care.

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