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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.

Chlorella – Benefits of Nature’s finest Superfood

Chlorella is one of the most scientifically researched foods in history. However, it’s unlikely that you have heard of this superfood? It is not highly marketed by big businesses because the profit margins are low. However, chlorella is one of nature’s finest foods, providing you with a rich variety of amino acids (protein), enzymes, vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates. In fact, chlorella is thought to contain every nutrient required by the human body.

Here is a partial list of the ingredients found in Chlorella:

  • – High-quality complete protein
  • – All the known B vitamins
  • – Vitamin C
  • – Vitamin E
  • – Beta-carotene
  • – Macrominerals: including calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium
  • – trace minerals
  • – Mucopolysaccharides
  • – Omega-3 fatty acids including GLA
  • – Nucleic Acids (RNA and DNA)
  • – Chlorophyll

Unfortunately, this superfood is filled with nutritional benefits that most doctors will never tell you about. However, don’t let that detract you from the many health benefits.

  • Relieves arthritis pain
  • Powerful blood cleanse
  • Liver cleanser
  • Anti-cancer agent
  • Strenghtens the immune system
  • Improves your digestive system and decreases constipation.
  • Allows you to focus more clearly and for a longer duration.
  • Helps eliminate bad breath.
  • Balances your body’s pH.
  • Helps remove the heavy metals and other pesticides that are continually invading your body.

One of chlorella’s greatest health benefits is in its ability to neutralize or remove poisonous substances from the body. A number of research projects in the U.S. and Europe have shown that chlorella can aid the body in the breakdown of hydrocarbon and metallic toxins such as DDT, PCB, mercury, cadmium and lead. This detoxification process takes 3-6 months to build up to the point where the body can begin eliminating the years of harmful substances in your body.

However the health benefits don’t stop there. One of chlorella’s main components is chlorophyll. In fact, chlorella contains more chlorophly per gram than any other plant. This chlorophyl is one of the greatest sources for cleansing the bowel and other elimination systems, such as the liver and the blood. Because of this high chlorphyll content, people find that chronic bad breath is often eliminated in just a few days on chlorella.

Chlorella also helps balance your body’s pH. Your body’s ideal pH is about 7.2 – 7.4. Unfortunately, America’s poor diet of junk food, fast food, overcooked, processed foods, and soft drinks have produced a generation of people who are severely imbalanced. The foods mentioned above are several thousand times more acidic than our bodies. This is a crucial point because most diseases begin their life and thrive in an acidic environment and do not live well in an alkaline environment.

Cancer is one of the many diseases that thrives in an acidic environment. Cancer rates have risen steadily and it is now to the point that fully one third of all people in the U.S. will get cancer in their lifetime! The rise in these numbers coincides with the rise of fast food, junk food, and processed foods. Eliminating these toxic foods with whole foods like chlorella will help to virtually eliminate your risk of developing cancer in the future.

How Much Chlorella Should You Take:

Many people take way too little chlorella to be effective. Remember, this is a food, not a drug. If you really want this superfood to be effective, you must take large quantities. It is recommended that you take at least 5 grams at each meal. Take your health to a new level with the many benefits of chlorealla.

Article written by: Kim Roach

Kim Roach is the fitness reporter at HealthyEveryDay.com

5 Superfoods For Better Health

A List of 5 Top Superfoods for your Health

The more I read and study, the more evidence I find that what you eat makes a huge difference in your overall health. Many foods promote disease while others prevent disease. The more nutrient rich food you eat, the better it is for your health.

Following is a list of 5 superfoods that are very good for your health.

1. Blueberries – Blueberries rank at the top of all fruits in terms of having the highest antioxidant capacity. They contain anthocyanins (more than red wine) which protect against cancer. They are a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, manganese, selenium, and zinc. Blueberries, along with other fruits, can prevent or delay visual problems. They are high in fiber, low in calories, and contain anti-inflammatory compounds. Blueberries, like cranberries, help prevent urinary tract infections.

2. Broccoli – Broccoli, a member of the cabbage family, offers incredible health benefits. It is a very good source of carotenoids, calcium, folate, and Vitamins A, K, and C. A diet high in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale, and cabbage is shown to prevent several types of cancer. Broccoli is a low glycemic food, a good source of fiber, and has been found to be cardio-protective.

3. Nuts – Nuts contain heart-healthy fats and are high in fiber. They contain antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and are a good source of calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Nuts can help reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers. Most nuts are high in arginine which can help reduce cholesterol levels and blood pressure. You should have several small servings per week to get the greatest benefits.Some choices: almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, walnuts, pistachio nuts

4. Quinoa – Quinoa is usually listed as a grain but is actually the seed of a plant related to spinach. It is lower in sodium content and higher in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, manganese, and zinc than wheat, barley, or corn. Quinoa is a complete high quality protein (has all 8 essential amino acids). In fact, The World Health Organization rates the quality of the protein in quinoa to be at least equivalent to that in milk. It is gluten-free, low glycemic, and high in fiber. It can be used as a substitute for any grain.

5. Salmon– Salmon is an excellent source of omega 3, a fatty acid that helps reduce inflammation. It is high in protein, low in saturated fat, and low in calories. It is a good source of Vitamins D and B12, selenium, and magnesium. Salmon promotes cardiovascular health, can help control high blood pressure, and can lower your risk of several types of cancer. The cold water variety is best.

I hope you are already eating some or all of these superfoods. If you aren't including these foods in your diet, you might consider adding some or all of them.

By: M Conley Stone

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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 .

The Elixir of Life Raw Superfood Mushroom Cordyceps

Cordyceps Militaris - Coryceps MushroomMushroom Cordyceps – also called the mushroom of world records, the Chinese Longevity Mushroom and the elixir of life is an incomparable broad-spectrum superfood with extremely advantageous effects on the entire mind and body.

Cordyceps mushrooms come from the small Southwestern regions of China, Tibet, Nepal and nearby areas in the high Himalayas. The altitude extremes of over 11,000 feet alongwith the isolated and severe habitats, made the natural gathering and harvest of this amazing mushroom rare, difficult, and very expensive.

For centuries, this exotic mushroom has been prized by the Chinese as a panacea to restore energy, promote longevity and improve the quality of life. In the second century, B.C., the first emperor of China used Cordyceps as a tonic for longevity, legendary Chinese beauty Yang Kue-fei (719-756 A.D.) also took Cordyceps regularly, considering it her fountain of youth. Today, thousands of years later, Cordyceps is very popular. The Sherpas who harvest this mushroom today consider it worth "more than gold". What have the ancient Chinese known for centuries about this mushroom that the rest of the world has just begun to find out?

The medicinal properties of this mushroom are remarkable. One of the highlights of modern research has been the discovery of novel antibiotics in this mushroom. One of these, Cordyceptin, is very effective against all sorts of bacteria that have developed resistance to the other antibiotics. It is especially effective against Tuberculosis! It has been shown to increase cellular Oxygen absorption by up to 40%. It is thus effective in all types of lung and respiratory infections and in the treatment of Leprosy.

The best known medicinal action of Cordyceps is for increase in physical stamina. The Chinese national games in 1993 brought this to the limelight. A group of nine women athletes who had been taking it shattered Nine World Records! The record for the 10 km run was beaten by an unprecedented 42 seconds. Another major use of this mushroom is in the treatment of Leukemia. It has shown outstanding results against human Leukemia in many trials in China, Japan and elsewhere. One of its main uses in Traditional Chinese Medicine has been for asthma and other bronchial conditions. Extensive studies have proven its effectiveness in strengthening of Immune System by revitalizing the body's Army of Natural Killer (NK) cells.

These special cells are the immune system's primary line of defense in fighting infections. This versatile superfood also helps in increasing Libido and Sexual Performance, supporting a strong and healthy Heart and Cardiovascular System, radically increasing cellular energy, improving memory, increasing Nutrient Absorption, reducing Stress and Anxiety, promoting Restful Productive Sleep and Cellular Detoxification.

These life sustaining and life nurturing properties of this amazing natural food definitely make it worthy of being called the elixir of life!

Article by Paul S Fitzgerald

Picture by E. Langer, German society for mycology

Using Superfoods For Healthy And Natural Conception

How Much Superfoods Should We Eat

Using Superfoods For Healthy And Natural ConceptionDespite the fact that in most cases children come the natural way, there are a lot of couples who are looking for medical intervention to conceive a child. One of the most important factors to conceive children is that the hormones are well balanced in both, the male and female partner. In order to conceive and get pregnant your bodies have to be in good shape and all the necessary ingredients must be present. This doesn't mean that you should only eat superfoods from now on, quite the opposite; too much nutrients can also mess with the hormonal balance and influence the pregnancy process negatively.

To keep your hormones in balance and proportion it is important to practice a healthy and well balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle, some exercise will do just fine. These two factors have a big influence in your hormone household as well as on the rest of your body Eating more whole foods in your meals betters your chances of acquiring the right nutrients for your body. Whole foods include fresh and best all organic vegetables and fruits, beans, seeds, nuts, eggs, fresh fish like blue fin tuna and wild caught salmon and many unrefined grains. It is important that you to eat whole superfoods with plenty of vitamins and minerals.

You need to constantly refill your vitamin B complex because these vitamins are swept out from your body with every time you go to the bathroom. The vitamins B6 and B12 are vital for hormonal functions and fertility, thus influence your chances of conceiving. Great sources of vitamin B6 are skinned baked potatoes, fortified cereals, fortified soy-based substitutes for meat. Very good sources of vitamin B's are bananas, spinach, turkey, white chicken meat and organic eggs. mussels, poultry, crabs, clams, wild salmon, and soybeans.

Folic acid or otherwise known as folate in association with vitamin B12, plays an important role in the production of genetic materials. Bear in mind that your body cannot naturally produce its own folic acids, so like the B complex vitamins, you need to refill this too. Folate-rich foods are those green and leafy vegetables, carrots, apricots, avocados, melons, egg yolks, yeasts, liver and whole grains. Folates are important in the baby's brain development as well.

Zinc is also an essential component of genetic materials. It likewise portrays an important role in men and women's fertility. Zinc is substantial for a healthy and normal cell division, making it crucial for conception. Foods like oats, pumpkin seeds, rye, peas and almonds are reliable sources of zinc.

Fish oils are famous sources of these Essential Fatty Acids. Essential Fatty Acids are needed for hormone production. Essential Fatty Acids can minimize and prevent blood clots and work well for women who had a miscarriage and blood clots before.

Vitamin A is a favorable antioxidant for the development of the embryo. Increase your level of this nutrient by adding more tomatoes, spinach, carrots and cabbages to your diet.

Vitamin C, is another antioxidant needed for sperm production and it plays a role in healthy ovulation. Vitamin C may be thought of as the universal vitamins for it is accountable for almost all healthy functions of the body. Excellent supply of vitamin C may be taken from amalaki fruits, raw red peppers, black currants, guavas, strawberries, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, kiwi fruits, and all citrus fruits such as lime, grapefruits, oranges and so on.

Another important nutrient is the vitamin E, which also is an antioxidant. Low levels of vitamin E cause sub-fertility in both men and women. Therefore you should start incorporating some superfoods into your meals, such as leafy green vegetables, wheat germ cereal, sunflower seeds, brown rice, organ meats, nuts, milk, organic eggs, sweet potatoes and soy beans.

Enough iron supply in the body is just as essential. Iron helps in red blood cells production and it also circulates oxygen through the body. Iron deficiency happens through menstrual periods, blood loss or childbirth. Once more, leafy greens are certified sources of iron along with red meat, shellfish, beans, soy products and poultry. The best source for iron is still spinach as we all know.

For all of you who are planning to get pregnant or are awaiting a child already, it is essential to ready your body with a variety of nutrients and minerals to provide you and your baby superior health throughout the whole process. I have to say it again; superfoods are not much more expensive than junk food, your health and your baby's health must be worth the slight difference.

Picture by: Alan Bruce

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.

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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Spirulina – The Blue Green Wonder

What is Spirulina

Spirulina is the most powerful known blue-green algae. Spirulina is a simple, one celled form of an algae thriving in warm, alkaline freshwater bodies. The name "Spirulina" itself comes from the Latin word for "helix" that stands for spiral; describing the physical configuration of the organism when it forms swirling, microscopic strands. Spirulina powder is about to become the number one superfood across the globe. Spirulina has been developed as the "Food of the Future" because of its amazing ability to synthesize high quality concentrated food more efficiently than other blue green algae. Most notably, Spirulina consists of about 70% complete protein and it also contains all essential amino acids in an almost perfect balance. Beef for example only contains about 22% of protein. So Spirulina is a natural health supplement containing far more protein than any other food known today. Spirulina is higher by volume than any other natural food and almost all nutritional supplements on the market.

This blue green algae is probably also the most exhaustively researched food micro algae ever. Spirulina has many uses and is oftentimes used by people in their own self care program for weight loss and cancer prevention as it offers more nutritional improvement for weight control and purifying blood. Spirulina is dried and pulverized to powder. For centuries it has been used as an abundant source of nutrients and has been proven to possess a vast array of medical uses, including its use as an antiviral, weight loss aid, antioxidants provider, and lipid reduction agent. Spirulina is meanwhile available everywhere around the globe. It is mostly used as an additional dietary supplement but also as whole food. It is usually obtainable in different forms which consist of powder, tablets, or flakes. I personally use a spoonful of Spirulina inmy morning shake after my workout session. That's when the body needs the energy of Spirulina most.

Spirulina also contains a high volume of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Other beneficial nutrients are GLA fatty acid, essential fatty acids, lipids, nucleic acids (RNA and DNA), vitamin C, Vitamin E and B complex. It contains phytochemicals like phycocyanin, chlorophyll and carotenoids. But we're not done yet; Spirulina is also a quality source of potassium and it contains large measures of iron, phosphorus, calcium, chromium, copper, magnesium, manganese, selenium, sodium and zinc! The protein in Spirulina is unlike other forms of protein as the protein contained is a gigantic 85-95% viable parts, which means its one of the two largest obtainable forms of protein for the body, in existence and only dried egg supplements contain more usable protein than spirulina powder.

Spirulina powder uses Sun energy and converts it into a massive supply of vitamins, minerals and proteins. Spirulina should be used by your whole family. It is perfectly safe for children and it has shown to supercharge vitality levels and increase stamina while strengthening the immune system. This greatly improves skin tone and nail and hair growth whilst providing a large quantity of nutrition with nearly no calories at all. Long before it became a supplement industry favorite, Spirulina was already used regularly by indigenous peoples all over the planet. For more than 40 years now, Spirulina has been researched for its amazing nutritional properties. Research has long proven thje effectiveness of Spirulina and people are starting to realize the power of Spirulina and recognize it as the remarkably superior food with monumental potential as a medicinal drug, that it is. Spirulina powder is often combined with fruit and vegetable juices or shakes and can also be added to food dishes to spike the nutritional content. For those of us without the time for daily preparations, it it is also available in tablets and capsules. The daily intake of Spirulina should be about 3 gram.

Rejuvenation with Amalaki

What Doesn’t the Amalaki Fruit Do?

Amalaki Fruit of IndiaThe fruit we want to talk about today is only the size of a golf ball but it is said to have healing powers. I am talking about the incredible fruit from the bottom of the famous Himalayan Mountains known as Amalaki (Emblica Officinalis). The Amalaki fruit has been used for it’s rejuvenating affects on the body and, its augmented immune functions as well as its capacity to revitalize the human body as such for many centuries. Although, in the history books of scientific studies, exists no other fruit which possesses such incredible features as the Amalaki fruit of India. So wonderful is this fruit it is recurrently mentioned within the pages of Ayurveda. The Amalaki fruit has always been part of the Ayurvedic medicine since the times of ancient India. The alternative medicine of Ayurveda focuses on three main healing areas of the body to achieve total health:

  1. The prevention of disease.
  2. The healing of existing illness.
  3. and the promotion of body longevity and rejuvenation through eating habits!

To demonstrate just how essential this fruit is considered just take a look at some of its pseudonyms found around the world. Amalaki has been described as the great re-juvenator, as the nurse, and as the fruit of immortality. As if the names alone are not enough to consign this fruit on the list of most important healthy superfoods, the original Amalaki or Indian gooseberry has been endowed with its own special holiday. Up until today, many families in India gather under the Amalaki tree and consume their meals while expressing their gratefulness towards this healing fruit.

The fruit’s anti-aging ability and it’s ability to enhance health and restore radiance and vitality has progressively brought it to become one of the most rejuvenating superfoods today. Amalaki is not only merely renowned for its youthful rejuvenating effects but also its anti inflammatory benefits. It readily promotes healthier hair and skin. Its authenticity as a health benefactor has been commended by modern science. Amalaki occupies a central position within the scientific community with their attempts to investigate its amazing talent in combating cancer, its unique knack of improving eyesight as well as reducing wrinkles.

After reviewing all the special traits associated with the Amalaki fruit, you have to wonder if it is truly possible that a single fruit can possess such unique abilities towards promoting a healthier body and mind. Scientists are rapidly discovering more and more facts pertaining to this amazing fruit. They know today that the chemical synopsis of the fruit readily exhibits antioxidants faculties as well as bioflavonoid and polyphenols availability. Most important of its many contents is the trace minerals, the amino acids and its phenolic combination involving gallic acid and ellagic acid. It fully reduces oxidative stress as well as the immune damaging components and free radicals.

Beside all these important aspects of the Amalaki fruit it is perhaps the richest source of Vitamin C found in nature. Amalaki is possibly the best natural way to a new youthful life. That said, don’t forget that eating fresh fruits in general improves your health and if you cannot get Amalaki fruits today, eat something else but look out for them on your next tour through the fruit market.