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Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits – Why Apple Cider is a Superfood

Apple Cidre – The French Superfood

Apple Cider - Healthy SuperfoodsWhat are some apple cider vinegar benefits? First of all, apple cider vinegar can be seen as a remedy and supplement, not simply a food or something you might use for salad dressing (though that's a perfectly good and healthy use for it!).

This is a natural food that comes from the fermentation of apple juice. It's actually the result of fermentation beyond what you'd do to create hard apple cider. So, the benefits of apple cider vinegar can be partly attributed to apples, and partly to the unique product created be the fermentation process.

In modern times, the medicinal uses for apple cider vinegar were probably best publicized by D.C. Jarvis a Vermont doctor who became familiar with the use of this product as a folk remedy. Used on animals as well as humans, Jarvis found that it could cure or prevent many common ailments, from colds and viruses to arthritis and digestive problems. More recently it has become a component of some natural diets, aiding in the weight loss process.

Apple cider vinegar can be seen as a "superfood," something that is good for the body as a whole. Skeptic will sometimes see this as reason for suspicion -how can one food or medicine be good for everything? But if we look at the body holistically, this is not so mysterious. If something has a beneficial effect on the immune system, for example, this will make it an excellent preventative for any number of ailments.

Some of the more common claims made for this superfood include:

  • Cider is Beneficial for digestion
  • Cider is good for increasing metabolism and weight loss
  • Cider prevents or reduces severity of allergies
  • Cider prevents or reduces frequency or severity of colds and other respiratory ailments
  • Cider is beneficial for kidney stones and bladder problems
  • Cider is helps reduce symptoms of arthritis and other muscle and joint ailments.
  • Cider is helps alkalize the body (even though vinegar tastes acidic, it has an alkalizing effect after digestion)

At the same time, we should not think of apple cider vinegar -or anything else- as a cure-all. No food or supplement can make up for eating a poor diet or lack of exercise over a long period of time. However, when combined with a healthy lifestyle, this product can help you feel better, lose weight, and possibly be less susceptible to many common health problems.

How should you take apple cider vinegar? There are several options. You can use it as a food, making salad dressings for example. You can take it straight out of the bottle, several tablespoons per day for example. If you find it too hard to take straight, it can be diluted with water. Some people simply dislike the taste of vinegar and would prefer not to taste it at all. If you fall into this category but would still like to enjoy its benefits, you can find supplements in capsule form that you can swallow.

Fortunately, this is not a terribly rare or expensive item, so you can try it and start to experience apple cider vinegar benefits for yourself.

Aloe Vera – The Secret of the Ancients

Did you know that Aloe Vera is Superfood?

Aloe Vera Plant in ThailandHonestly I didn’t even know that Aloe Vera is eadable! But then there is this: Dating all the way back to ancient Egypt, Aloe Vera has long been regarded as a plant with deeply healing properties. Now, thousands of years later, this cactus-like member of the lily family is receiving the medicinal validation from the scientific community that natural healers and laypersons have known and relied upon for centuries. Although over 300 species of Aloe exist, it is Aloe Barbadensis that is touted as being the most nutritionally and medicinally potent variety.

Superfood

While most people are aware of Aloe’s cosmetic benefits, it’s highly nutritive qualities might come as a surprise to many. Aloe Vera contains 20 of the 22 essential amino acids (the building blocks of protein), 8 of the 13 known vitamins (including C and E), is high in antioxidants, enzymes and minerals. It is especially high in calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium.

Digestive Aid

Aloe Vera has a mild laxative effect on the bowels. It is known to relieve heartburn, indigestion, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, peptic ulcers and stomach inflammations. It has a cooling and soothing effect on the digestive system.

Blood Regulator

Aloe has been shown to decrease cholesterol, triglyceride, phospholipids and nonesterifed fatty acid levels in the blood. This is significant for prevention of and recovery from heart disease. It also has a positive effect on blood coagulation, which ties into its history in wound healing.

Wound Repair and Immunity Booster

Aloe is a cell regenerator that reduces the healing time of both external and internal wounds, inhibits scarring, and has analgesic and antiseptic effects. It is well known for its ability to heal burns, but it has also been shown recently to alleviate the symptoms of arthritis, not only when applied externally, but also when ingested on a regular basis. Its antimicrobial and antiviral properties also make it an effective immune system enhancer of both the skin and the internal system.

Skin and Hair

The cosmetic benefits of Aloe Vera are familiar to most consumers. The reason that Aloe is such a superior moisturizer is because of its ability to penetrate the skin. This also makes it a superb agent for assisting other bioactive ingredients in any cosmetic with which it is mixed to reach deeper tissues. It also reduces the effects of aging on the skin by promoting collagen and elastin synthesis, thus diminishing and preventing fine lines and wrinkles. These beautifying effects are experienced even when taken internally.

How to Use Aloe in Your Daily Life

The best source of Aloe is the fresh raw leaf. The plant is easy to grow and readily available at most nurseries and in the home gardening section of numerous local health food stores. Just slice open a mature leaf, remove the translucent pulp inside it, and blend it with water (1 part leaf to 3 parts water for gel, and use 5-6 parts water for juice).

Refrigerate the remainder and be sure to consume it within 3 days of having blended the mixture. It is usually a good idea to just slice off a few inches of the harvested leaf at a time and to refrigerate the rest for use as needed. This will prevent waste and spoiling of your Aloe juice or gel.

Add the Aloe juice to your favorite summer cool drinks, like lemonade or fresh squeezed citrus juices to counterbalance the somewhat bitter taste of the fresh leaf, if you are unable to drink it straight.

For those of us without access to a garden, you can buy the aloe juice or gel from your health food store. Look for a minimum of 98% Aloe, and natural preservatives like citric acid. Although it is not as nutritionally potent as the homemade potion concocted from the fresh leaf, this bottled variety tends to be more palatable and still has many of the nutritional and cosmetic benefits of the plant.

Try adding aloe to your favorite shampoo or shower gel. You might even let go of your conditioner once you’ve tried this a few times. Aloe is also a great leave in conditioner for both straight and curly styles that gives both hold and body to hair without stiffening it the way synthetic gels and mousses do. Make sure to mix just enough, in a separate bottle, for one or two uses, if using the fresh leaf gel, because it does require a preservative once mixed with oil and left to stand for a few days.

Aloe is also great to use on your face and body under your daily moisturizer, or to mix with both face and body masks.

Aloe is readily available and easy to use. Its medicinal, nutritional and cosmetic power has stood the test of time. Its cornucopia of uses makes it easy to understand why Aloe Vera was the elixir of the Ancients.

By: Fadzo Chanakira

Fadzo Chanakira is a freelance writer that divides her time between Arizona and California, where she both lives and works. In addition to having written holistic articles for print and the Internet on a variety of topics, she has a holistic business specializing in nutritional supplementation and truly natural beauty products called Alchemy of Beauty. Her undergraduate studies were in Kinesiology at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. Fadzo also authors a free bi-monthly e-newsletter called The Alchemical Beauty News. She is currently working towards her Masters in Spiritual and Live Food Nutrition with the College of Living Arts in Patagonia, AZ.

She can be reached through her website, http://www.alchemyofbeauty.com .

Foods For Health and Life – Super Foods

Superfoods, they are high in phytonutrient content, vitamin C, dietary fiber, manganese and antioxidants. So if you are interested about superfoods, here is a list of some great raw organic superfoods to try.

ImmuneDetox, it is a raw organic superfood that is composed of micronized zeolite and fulvic acid that has over 72 ocean and plant based trace minerals. It is specially formulated to be a rich dietary supplement to remove heavy metals, toxins and drug residues out of our cells and body.

By taking ImmuneDetox we will have healthy benefits such as having a healthy strong immune system, an increase in cellular oxygen levels, boost cellular energy production, an improve physical performance, boost body Ph to healthy alkalinity, nourish healthy cells and improve mental clarity and mood.

Island fire, is another superfood that combines powerful organic ingredients such as Apple cider vinegar, Lemon, Ginger, Cayenne, Hawaiian Turmeric and Tahitian Noni to make it a modern tonic elixir. By taking in Island Fire, the body experiences benefits like amazing health, good mood, superior energy, detoxification and rejuvenation.

Another one is Colloidal Gold. The benefits that it can give the body are a sense of energized yet calm Zen like awareness, mood support in time of winter blues, support in relief of cravings and addiction and then give us a deeper rejuvenating sleep with greater dream recall.

Then there is Tibetan Goji Berries. A superfood that can strengthen the immune system, increase energy, reduce fatigue, reduce the effects of free radicals, engender a sense of well-being and optimism and help curb appetite and over-eating. It can also help the body with strength-building, sexual potency and contains powerful probiotics.

Cordyceps is also a great superfood that can strengthen the immune system, increase libido and sexual performance, support a healthy strong heart and cardiovascular system, increase cellular energy, increase stamina and endurance, support healthy lungs and respiratory system, cellular detoxification, improve memory, increase nutrient absorption, build resistance to stress and anxiety and promote restful productive sleep.

Blue green algae is a superfood that is also protein powerhouse that can remove heavy metals and other environmental pollutants from our bodies. It has phyto-nutrients, rare trace elements, biological active enzymes, amino acids, essential fatty acids, B12, chlorophyll, complex sugars, phenylethylamine, glycol-proteins, vitamins and minerals. It can aid the body by giving a healthy immune, brain and nervous system, balanced metabolism, increase energy, stamina and mental clarity and stress tolerance.

Other raw organic superfoods are Sacred Chocolate, Raw Cacao Nibs, Marine Phytoplanktons and Golden Inca Berries. If you are having a hard time choosing what superfood is best for you to try first. Look at the benefits. The benefits that a certain superfood can give your body will help you decide. Good luck choosing then, bye!

-By: Paul S Fitzgerald

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What’s So Super About SuperFoods?

The Role of Antioxidants in Superfoods

Chemical Compound of Resveratrol Antioxidant Agent

Resveratrol Antioxidant

There is so much talk around superfoods lately and the health benefits of including them in your diet. As a doctor who specializes in anti-aging strategies, I can truly say that the addition of superfoods to your daily food intake optimizes health and lowers the risk of disease. When I recommend to my patients that they should add more greens and whole foods to their diet they inevitably want to know more about what, why, and how.

Superfoods – What are they?

Superfoods are whole foods that have been identified by leading nutritionists, and dieticians as being high in a variety of essential vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals – the substances in all plants that give them color, flavor and disease resistance. Superfoods contain more disease fighting compounds than other foods with similar amounts of protein or fat.

Although all fruits and vegetables contain vitamins and nutrients, some contain far higher amounts of these nutritional properties. These foods have become known as superfoods and the description is obvious when you learn more about their healthy powers. It’s as though nature loaded all the nutritional necessities into a wonderful array of foods for all to enjoy.

However, even though green foods are some of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, most people don’t eat enough servings to reap their benefits. Greens infuse your body with easily absorbed vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fiber, chlorophyll, enzymes, and alkaline minerals that help to neutralize acids in the blood and tissues.

Superfoods – Why are they important?

Without getting too technical let’s take a look at the three major benefits jammed packed in all superfoods and why they are so important: antioxidants, nutrients, and fiber.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants strengthen the immune system, muscles, bones and skin by protecting the body from wear and tear. As we age, cell-damaging “free radicals” begin to form due to stress, excessive exercise, extended sun exposure, and unhealthy processed and sugary foods. Antioxidants stabilize cell-damage and minimize the damage caused by free radicals.

ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity of the measured fruit, spice or vegetable. This acronym is one of the critical anti- aging functions of superfoods. Experts recommend 3000-5000 points daily intake to slow down the aging process.

To give you a better idea of ORAC values see the table of Superfoods listed from USDA Agricultural Research Service, February 1999.

SAMPLE SUPERFOODS ORAC VALUES (PER 31/2-OZ SERVING)

  1. Blueberries – 2400
  2. Broccoli- 890
  3. Blackberries- 2036
  4. Kale- 1770
  5. Spinach- 1260

Nutrients

Most of these foods contain important vitamins and minerals needed in your diets but are usually lacking. They include Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and B vitamin folate, magnesium and potassium. Certain pnes also contain good carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats.

Fiber

The recommended amount of fiber needed in a healthy diet is 25-30g/daily. The typical American usually takes in half that amount which is why I encourage eating more whole foods. They aid in digestion and the absorption of nutrients. Fiber increases insulin effectiveness and gives you a feeling of fullness while lowering your risk of disease.

Superfoods – How can I get enough?

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans is at least two servings of fruits and three servings of vegetables every day (America Journal of Preventive Medicine, April 2007). Unfortunately, only 11% of adults in the United States meet that guideline.

If you are a veggie lover but don’t know which foods are best for you, try adding a few of these Superfoods to your diet:

  • Apples
  • Beans and legumes
  • Blueberries and Bilberries
  • Broccoli
  • Flaxseed
  • Garlic
  • Sweet Potato (orange)
  • Salmon
  • Spinach
  • Green Tea / Olong Tea
  • Tomatoes

On the other hand if you don’t like the taste of vegetables but still want the superfood health advantages here is good news! There are powders and supplement formulas with high concentrations of superfoods that will help provide you with the anti aging benefits.

There’s no excuse for not getting all the healthy nutrient-rich greens and whole foods one way or another. The most important thing is to find a way to consume the recommended daily amount of superfoods in a way that works best for you.

By: Mark Rosenberg, M.D.
Mark Rosenberg, M.D. on the Institute For Healthy Aging http://www.vitalmaxvitamins.com