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You Asked for It…Brand New Superfood!

Goji Berry Powder

Many of you have been asking us to carry this over the years—we finally got the message!
 
Introducing…Brand New Goji Berry Powder!
Do you want energy, vitality and longevity? You’re not alone and that’s why goji berries have been our #1 superfood for many years. Praised for thousands of years in Asia, goji berries are now being celebrated in Western cultures for their superfood benefits. Now you can enjoy goji berries in a potent, easy-to-use powder!
 
Goji Berry PowderOur new goji berry powder is raw, gluten-free, non-GMO, and of course, certified organic. Unlike other goji berry powders, ours is free of solvents and additives – it’s just freeze dried goji berries processed into a fine powder at low temperatures. This preserves delicate enzymes and nutrients so you get the purest, most nutritionally dense goji berry powder available.
 
 
What Can Goji Powder Do for You?
Antioxidant Rich! One study showed that healthy adults aged 55-72 experienced significantly increased antioxidant levels, leading researchers to conclude that goji berries “might help prevent or reduce free radical-related conditions.”1
Longevity! Goji berries are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants associated with longevity. The legend of master Chinese herbalist Li Ching Yuen’s long life was said to be mere folklore until an Imperial Chinese government record was found from 1827, congratulating Li Ching-Yuen on his 150th birthday. In addition to his practice of Qigong, an ancient exercise of breathing and movement, Yuen was said to have consumed goji berries daily.

Anti-Aging! Those special polysaccharides found in goji berries that we just mentioned? According to Dr. Earl Mindell, R.Ph., M.H., Ph.D., bestselling author of 50 books on healing and nutrition, they’re known to be “a powerful secretagogue, (a substance that stimulates the secretion of rejuvenative human growth hormone [HGH] by the pituitary gland.”2 Stimulating our bodies to produce HGH is essential for retaining youth because we naturally produce less and less, the older we get.

Overall Wellness! In one study, healthy adults who consumed the juice of goji berries for two weeks filled out questionnaires to track changes to their overall health. The results showed significantly increased ratings for energy levels, athletic performance, quality of sleep, ease of awakening, ability to focus on activities, mental acuity, calmness, and feelings of health, contentment, and happiness. Researchers concluded that goji “increases subjective feelings of general well-being, and improves neurologic/psychologic performance.3

Eye Health! In one study, goji berries were found to increase antioxidant levels in the blood and protect elderly subjects from macular degeneration. Researchers concluded that consuming goji berries for 90 days increases “antioxidant levels as well as protects from hypopigmentation and soft drusen accumulation in the macula of elderly subjects.”4

Libido! Gojis are known to increase sex drive. An ancient Chinese proverb says it all, warning men who travel far from their wives: ““He who travels one thousand kilometers from home should not eat goji!”

Super Nutritious! Got vitamin A? Goji berry powder has 140% of your DV (daily value) in a 1 Tbsp serving. A low calorie, nutrient-dense food, it’s also got potassium, iron and vitamin C!
 
Check out this amazing recipe for our favorite way to enjoy our new goji berry powder! Scrumptious and fruity, it’s loaded with antioxidants and energizing nutrients to boost your day!
Bounce Back Smoothie
 
Super nutritious and easy to use—see for yourself why so many people have been asking us for goji berry powder – we’ve got the BEST!
 

 


Sources:
1 – “Lycium barbarum (goji) juice improves in vivo antioxidant biomarkers in serum of healthy adults.” Nutrition Research Journal, January 2009.
2 – Goji: The Himalayan Health Secret, by Dr. Earl Mindell, R.Ph., M.H., Ph.D, Momentum Media, Oct. 2003.
3 – “A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, clinical study of the general effects of a standardized Lycium barbarum (Goji) Juice, GoChi.” Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, May 2008.
4 – “Goji berry effects on macular characteristics and plasma antioxidant levels.” Optometry and Vision Science Journal, Feb. 2011.

 

Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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Choco-Mango-Mac Adventure

Choco Mango Mac Adventure

Craving something chocolaty? Try this delicious treat that is healthy, too! While raw cacao is rich in minerals such as magnesium, copper and manganese, the trail mix that this recipe covers in luscious chocolate is an excellent source of B vitamins. Most importantly, it is decadent, guilt-free and easy to make!

 Melt Cacao Butter and Cacao Paste over very low heat, or in a dehydrator. Combine with all other ingredients in high speed blender. Blend thoroughly and pour mixture on top of Mango Macadamia Adventure. Enjoy!

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Bounce-Back Smoothie

Bounce Back Smoothie

This smoothie is naturally detoxifying, packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, trace minerals and vital nutrients. Bounce back into a happy, healthy, energetic life!

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. 1. Blend all ingredients excpet coconut milk together in a blender with 1 cup of Ice. Add coconut milk and blend until creamy. Enjoy!
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Could This Be the Fountain of Youth?

Maqui Berries

Could This Be the Fountain of Youth?
While there may not be an actual “Fountain of Youth,” there is one simple thing you can do to help your body slow the aging process and fight disease: Make sure your diet is loaded with antioxidants!

What’s the big deal about antioxidants?

Basically, they are vital to protect your body from oxidative damage which leads to aging and disease. Think of an apple turning brown once sliced—that’s oxidation. To remain in peak health for as long as possible, make sure your diet is loaded with immune-supporting antioxidants!

 

One Fruit Shines Above the Rest

Meet the maqui berry (aristotelia chilensis), a wild-grown Patagonian super fruit that has one of the highest antioxidant values of any known fruit. The Mapuche people in Southern Chile have been consuming maqui for centuries to help boost strength and stamina. This little super fruit is becoming better known in the West because of its abundance of polyphenols and anthocyanins which give it that deep purple color. Studies have proven that maqui has “high antioxidant activity, which correlates highly with total polyphenol content and with anthocyanin concentration.”1

In addition to being loaded with immune-supporting antioxidants, maqui was found to have “antimicrobial activity” against “bacterial and fungal human pathogens, especially including wound pathogens.”2 Plus it has vitamins A, C, B1, and B3, along with calcium, iron, magnesium, and copper. This little berry packs a lot of punch!

Our maqui powder and whole berries are raw, organic, non-GMO and freeze-dried. Did we mention they’re delicious, too? Check out what people are saying…

I love this product. It’s like the berriest berry you’ve ever eaten. It’s blueberry meets raspberry meets cherry – it’s delish. I put a teaspoon in my green juice in the morning and it improves the taste and I get all the health benefits. I also sprinkle it on sliced bananas and it’s GREAT. I start to crave it sometimes. Definitely add it to your list.” – Elle
 
Can’t imagine anyone not liking this :) – Kristya
 
“I love to mix maqui powder with my orange juice in the morning, and it gives me extra energy for the day. It tastes great too – It’s subtly sweet with a nice depth to it.” – Lauren
 


Maqui berries have a rich berry flavor without being too sweet. The powder is ideal to add into smoothies and yogurt since it blends so easily. Check out these creative ways to add a maqui berry-licious twist to a sweet or savory dish!

Purple Power Maqui Smoothie

Majestic Maqui Hummus

Whole maqui berries have a crunchy texture, great for snacking out of the bag, or to make tea – simply steep in hot water for 1-2 minutes and sweeten to taste. Or you could try this amazing Maqui Cheesecake recipe!

Get your immune-supporting antioxidants with delicious maqui berry! 

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Sources:
1 – “Polyphenols and antioxidant activity of calafate ( Berberis microphylla ) fruits and other native berries from Southern Chile.” Ruiz, A, Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, May 26, 2010.
2 – “Antimicrobial evaluation of Huilliche plant medicine used to treat wounds.” Mølgaard P, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Oct. 31, 2011.

 

Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. This information has not been approved by the FDA and has not been verified by medical professionals. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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Magical Maqui Cheesecake

Maqui Cheesecake Recipe

This cake is so silky and scrumptious, you won’t believe it’s vegan! Totally guilt-free, it’s loaded with antioxidant rich maqui berries and cashews which are a great source of magnesium, iron and zinc. So decadent, it’s sure to please the whole family!

Ingredients:

Filling

 

Crust:

Press crust in 9-inch spring form pan and set in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to set. Process filling and pour on top of crust. Hit pan on table lightly to release bubbles and put in freezer until set. Enjoy!

Recipe by Kevin Coria

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The Most Unexpected Way to Lose Weight

 
Eating Nuts Makes You Fat
Do you think that eating nuts will make you fat? Think again! A research study reviewing 31 clinical trials found that “compared with control diets, diets enriched with nuts did not increase body weight, body mass index, or waist circumference in controlled clinical trials.”1

We now know that healthy plant fats (the kind found in nuts) aren’t typically the weight gain culprits; it’s processed sugars and starches that tend to pack on the pounds and lead to health problems.

That’s right, science has confirmed that eating nuts does not make you gain weight. But the real question is; can eating nuts actually help you lose weight?

 
You Can’t Eat Fat and Lose Weight
AlmondsNot true! Let’s look at a study of 65 overweight individuals who were split into two groups: one eating a low calorie diet rich in almonds, and one eating a low calorie diet rich in complex carbs. Amazingly, the study revealed that those eating almonds lost a whopping 62% more weight than those eating complex carbohydrates.2 The group eating almonds also experienced a 56% greater reduction in fat mass and 50% greater reduction in waist circumference.2 Take THAT, fat-free diet foods!

Researchers concluded that “the almond-LCD [Low Calorie Diet] group experienced a sustained and greater weight reduction.” They also stated that “almond supplementation…has a potential role in reducing the public health implications of obesity.”2
 


Quick heads up about almonds: Most almonds sold as “raw” are actually pasteurized. We purchase our organic heirloom almonds from Italy to ensure that they are truly raw; they never undergo steam pasteurization, or any other heat treatment. This ensures that delicate nutrients remain alive!


 
Go Nuts for Your Favorite Nut
Brazil NutsIt’s not just almonds we’re talking about in terms of weight management; all your favorite nuts can help! One study found that out of 8865 adult participants, the ones “who ate nuts two or more times per week had a significantly lower risk of weight gain…than those who never or almost never ate nuts.”3 Researchers stated that “these results support the recommendation of nut consumption as an important component of a cardioprotective diet and also allay fears of possible weight gain.” 3
 
Still not a believer? Consider that research has shown that not only are nuts beneficial for weight loss, but for decreasing the risk of all too common health conditions. One study determined that “nut consumption was associated with a decreased body mass index [and] waist circumference” as well as “a decreased prevalence of selected risk factors for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and MetS [metabolic syndrome].”4
 
So go ahead and eat your nuts — for health AND pleasure!
CashewsOur raw, organic, and certified non-GMO tree nuts are the very best nuts available: super fresh, tasty, unpasteurized, and sustainably grown!
 
Did we mention tasty? Check out what people are saying!
Raw Organic Almonds Review
“These are the best tasting almonds I have found in a long time. They actually have the flavor of almond extract which is rare. Most almonds, even organic ones in the health food stores, don’t taste anything like these. LOVE them!” – C.M.

Raw Organic Brazil Nuts Review
I never really liked Brazil nuts. I always avoided them in the mixed nuts my mom gets. I heard that they were a great source of selenium so I decided to give them a try. These are delicious! Not rancid tasting like most Brazil nuts. I will definitely be buying these again. Much tastier than a selenium supplement!” – Kelsey

Raw Organic Cashews Review
They really are creamy…even the organic, raw cashews I buy at the grocery store seem a little dry or stale in comparison. Great product, I’m now buying these in bulk as I eat them every day.” – Sam

 
Go nuts today!
 

Sources:
1 – “Nut intake and adiposity: meta-analysis of clinical trials.” Flores-Mateo, G., The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, April 17, 2013.
2 – “Almonds vs complex carbohydrates in a weight reduction program.” International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders, 2003.
3 -Nut Consumption and Weight Gain in a Mediterranean Cohort: The SUN Study.” Bed, Rastrollo, M., Obesity, A Research Journal Journal, Sep. 6, 2012.
4 – “Nut consumption is associated with decreased health risk factors for cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome in U.S. adults: NHANES 1999-2004.” O’Neil, CE, Journal of American College Nutrition, Dec. 30, 2011.

 

Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. This information has not been approved by the FDA and has not been verified by medical professionals. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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Mulberry Mango Breakfast Delight

Mulberry Mango Breakfast Delight

This recipe is perfect for a sweet, healthy and filling breakfast that’s quick to put together! 

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

  1. 1. Mix Chia Seeds and Coconut Milk together, chill until smooth
  2. 2. Cut up Mangos and soak Goji berries to rehydrate
  3. 3. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and enjoy

 For extra awesomeness – add Spanish Bee Pollen!

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New at Sunfood! It’s About Time We Offered This Controversial Superfood

Brand New to Sunfood - Raw, Organic, Shelled Hemp Seeds!
Considering that one of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, grew hemp, it’s somewhat illogical that many states in the U.S. are restricted or outright prohibited from growing this tiny superseed. Federal policy currently equates hemp, a sustainable non-drug crop, with marijuana. Never mind that the oil, seed and fiber varieties of the hemp plant are used in everyday products currently bought and sold in the U.S., including skin care, clothes, paper, building materials, biofuels, and of course, superfoods.

We are thrilled to announce that we now have our very own Sunfood hemp seeds: certified organic, raw, non-GMO, gluten-free, kosher, and sustainably grown without the use of pesticides or herbicides. They are carefully manufactured using a cold mechanical process to ensure that delicate enzymes and nutrients remain intact to bring you the highest quality, purest hemp seeds available.

Why Is Hemp Considered a Superfood?
Hemp LeafDid you know that hemp seeds contain 36% protein, meaning that per serving, hemp has more protein than meat? Hemp is also one of very few plants that contains a proper balance of omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) which the body can’t produce on its own.

What’s the big deal about EFAs? Firstly, omega-3s may contribute to the maintenance of mental and visual function, as well as normal heart health. The Standard American Diet is typically imbalanced with too many omega-6s and not nearly enough omega-3s. If you’re not deliberately making sure you’re getting your omega-3s, chances are you’re not getting enough.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, “symptoms of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency include fatigue, poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings or depression, and poor circulation.”1

In addition to protein and omega-3s, a 3 Tbsp. serving of our hemp seeds also provides 45% of your daily RDA of magnesium, 21% zinc and 15% iron.

Sprinkle delicious hemp seeds on any meal for a superfood boost of protein, minerals, and omega-3s! Hemp seeds have such a mild, nutty flavor and pleasantly soft texture that you can add them as garnish to any sweet or savory dish. Check out this creamy Good Morning Hemp Latte! Hemp milk mustache, anyone? Mmmmm….

Try our brand new, Sunfood hemp seeds today!

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Sources:
1 – “Omega-3 Fatty Acids” University of Maryland Medical Center, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide. 

 

Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. This information has not been approved by the FDA and has not been verified by medical professionals. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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#1 Way to Clear Acne, Wrinkles, and Dry Skin

Sneaky Toxins in Your Skin Lotion
Did you know that anything you put on your skin can be absorbed into your tissues and your blood stream? In 2010, Swiss researchers found that 85% of human breast milk samples contained dangerous chemicals commonly found in commercial cosmetics and sunscreens—including UV filters, PCBs, synthetic fragrances and pesticides.1 Since none of these women were eating their makeup or sunblock, there’s only one way the compounds got into their bodies: through their skin.
 
One of our philosophies here at Sunfood is to not put anything on our skin that we wouldn’t want in our bodies. One of our favorite skin care products is our raw, unrefined shea butter — it’s so pure, you can eat it!
 
This oil/butter is extracted from the seed of the African karite tree that grows wild on the savannahs of West and Central Africa. Produced by a women’s cooperative in Ghana to help bring economic stability to the villages, it’s cold-processed and unfiltered so that it retains all of its inherent beneficial properties to beautify and protect your skin.

Check out what our shea butter has been doing for people!

Acne
After struggling with acne and sensitive skin through my teenage years and into my 20s, I finally found something that does not adversely affect my face! It cleared my face, my skin is now glowing, super soft, and never oily! Add the natural sun protection and I can’t think of a better way to spend $20. My whole family uses this and I recommend it to everyone I know. I will not buy from any other company either.”
– Jessica
 
Wrinkles
The best product for skin! I use this everyday on my face, either alone, with aloe vera or in combination with cacao butter. Over the past 6 months of using this Shea Butter, I have noticed that my skin has improved hydration. The few fine lines and wrinkles that I do have around my eyes and neck have faded quite a bit. I love the fact that when I apply a small amount on my face, it keeps that hydrated feeling for hours and makes your skin baby soft. Thank you for this great product!”
Marissa
 
Cracked Hands
“I’ve tried just about every fancy, mostly natural hand cream from the Body Shop to L’Occitaine to Whole Foods. For my newly painfully cracked and dry hands, though, everything suddenly stopped being effective, including drinking close to a gallon of water a day. From the moment I rubbed this shea butter into my hands to a whole day later, and even after several hand washings, my hands remained soothed and smooth, and the cracks disappeared. I have used it for several days now, and my skin is incredibly soft, like it was when I was a kid. Unrefined shea butter, I have found, has a naturally smoky scent that’s similar to that of kalamata olives (I did nibble a bit of it, as it is also a food, but I think I will stick to using it for skincare). This is scent is very natural and pleasant, and disappears completely once it is absorbed into the skin. I have never found anything as completely effective as this butter for dry and irritated skin. It truly is a blessing and a miracle.”
– Elizabeth
 
Hair
“I love…love…love!! I plan to use it on my body but my main focus is my daughter’s hair and eczema.”
– Modern Day Hippie
 
Dry, Irritated Skin
I find this product excellent for my skin. I have sensitive skin which tends to become dry and irritated easily. When I put this shea butter on my face, it calms the skin and feels very soft and silky. I also use it before I go outside in the winter and it protects it from the elements….A wonderful product which I will continue to use….It also lasts a long time!”
– Catherine
 
Diaper Rash & More
My entire family loves this shea butter. We all slather it on after the shower and on our hands and face before bed. I’ve seen terrible diaper rash disappear in hours after applying this shea butter. I saw the healing benefits of this product after seeing what it has done for all of our skin after six months of daily use. Our skin looks more hydrated, radiant and youthful! Just amazing!! I even keep a little shea butter in a tin in my purse and travel with it.”
– Desert Rat
So Good You Can Eat It!
The indigenous peoples of Central Africa and the Japanese have long used shea butter for food—it is a perfect replacement for dairy butter—and body care. Massage raw, unrefined shea butter onto your body, face, lips, hair, scalp, hands, nails and feet to soothe, moisturize, condition and protect. Or, try making your own Bodacious Body Butter!
 
You know you are getting a pure product if you can eat it! Why put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t put into your body?”
– Becky P.
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Sources:
1 – “Endocrine Disruptors: Relevance to Humans, Animals and Ecosystems.” Schlumpf, Margret, Swiss National Research Programme, 2010.

 

Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. This information has not been approved by the FDA and has not been verified by medical professionals. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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30 Unexpected Ways to Use One Superfood – Beyond Eating It!

Pssst…don’t forget to check out our brand new Coconut Wraps – they’re a healthier alternative to bread and tortillas that’s gluten-free and delicious! Click here to read about them!

Since we’ve been going bonkers about these wraps, let’s talk about the main ingredient, Coconut Oil, and just what makes it so amazing!

Of course using it as food is obvious. Besides having antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties,1 coconut oil is an excellent source of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA). Unlike long-chain fatty acids (LCFA) found in meat and vegetable oils, MCFA are quickly broken down by the body and used as an energy source, meaning that the simple act of replacing LCFA with MCFA can produce weight loss with no changes in caloric intake.2

Use coconut oil for desserts, cooking, or as a butter replacement. Add it to smoothies, cereals, and homemade granola, or try this delicious recipe for Chocolate Nut Ganache!  

Our coconut oil is truly raw, unrefined, extra-virgin, organic, and non-GMO. Minimally processed with no added ingredients, it has the perfect balance of delicious flavor without any excessive aromas or taste overtones.

And now for the unexpected – 30 ways to use Coconut Oil beyond food!  

Beauty & Personal Care

Moisturize: Apply coconut oil topically on your body and face to keep skin supple. Use a thin layer around the eyes to smooth out wrinkles and reduce sagging skin.

Exfoliate: Mix half coconut oil and half coconut palm sugar in a bowl or jar and scrub dry skin before a shower.
 
Remove Makeup: Ditch that store bought makeup remover for pure coconut oil. Moisten a cotton ball and add a dab of oil to remove your makeup. Then use a damp washcloth to remove any excess.
 
Cleanse Your Face: Apply coconut oil onto your face and neck, remove with a damp washcloth and pat dry.
 
Make Your Own Facial Scrub: Mix ½ cup coconut oil with 2 Tbsp coconut palm sugar. Stir until you get a gritty, spreadable consistency. Then squeeze 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice and mix. Store in a glass jar for 2-3 weeks.
 
Shave: Use a thin layer of coconut oil and shave as usual. This is excellent for sensitive skin. The antibacterial potential of coconut oil1 will also help soothe small cuts from your razor. You can even use a small amount as an aftershave lotion.
 
Take a Coconut Bath: Add coconut oil to a hot bath to soothe dry, itchy skin, plus it smells wonderful. Be sure to scrub the tub after to prevent slipping.
 
Coconut Nail Care: Apply a small dab of coconut oil on your cuticles to moisturize dry areas.
 
Pregnant or New Mom? Try massaging coconut oil onto breasts and belly to help prevent stretch marks. It is gentle enough to use on baby’s skin to soothe diaper rash, and for use as perineal massage before and after birth.
 
Massage: Since we’re on the topic, give a loved one a massage with coconut oil.
 
Deodorize: A small amount of coconut oil applied directly onto your armpits can help keep odors away, again thanks to its antibacterial properties. 1
 
Lip Balm: Simply apply coconut oil to your lips, or try combining with shea butter for extra creaminess.
 
Oral Health: Try mixing coconut oil with baking soda and a tiny amount of hydrogen peroxide as a toothpaste. You can also try the Ayurvedic remedy of oil pulling (swishing) with coconut oil for up to 20 minutes—this has been proven effective at reducing bacterial count in the mouth.3
 
Insect Repellent: Apply coconut oil to help keep insects from biting. One of our staff members says this worked even in the mosquito-laden jungles of Costa Rica!
 
Hair Care: Massage coconut oil onto dry hair an hour before your shower, or even overnight with your head covered to protect your pillow. You can also use it to tame any frizz or fly-aways before you leave the house

Stress Relief: Massage coconut oil to your head in a circular motion and breathe in the sweet, nutty aroma to relieve stress.
 
Clean Your Ears: A tiny dab of coconut oil at the end of a Q-tip can help gently remove wax.
 
For Fido Too: Apply coconut oil to your pet’s coat if they are experiencing skin issues.
 

 
Household Uses

Clean Wooden Furniture: Use coconut oil to clean and condition wooden surfaces. Be sure to test a small area first. You can even use it on your wooden cutting boards when they start to look dry.
 
Metal Polish: Use coconut oil to make metals shine. Again, be sure to test a small area first.
 
Detail Your Car: Apply a small amount of coconut oil to a soft cloth and clean your car interior. Be sure to wipe off any excess with a clean cloth.
 
Season Cast Iron: Use coconut oil to season cast iron pots and pans.
 
The Squeaky Wheel Gets the…Coconut Oil: Ditch the WD40 and use coconut oil on squeaky hinges and bicycle chains.
 
Zippers, Too: Coconut oil can help unstick stubborn zippers.
 
Get Artistic: Coconut oil is great to lubricate your guitar strings. Also use to clean your paintbrushes, as well as your hands after using oil based paints.
 
Soap Scum Be Gone: Apply a small amount of coconut oil to a wet cloth and scrub that tub. Then spray with hydrogen peroxide and wipe dry with a clean cloth.
 
Shoe Polish: Use coconut oil to shine your shoes.
 
Residue Magic: Coconut oil is excellent for removing chewing gum from any surface, including carpets and hair. You can also use it to remove residues from labels if you like to reuse your glass jars.
 
Clean Your Mouthguard: – A little coconut oil can help sanitize your mouthguard or retainer. Rub it on in the morning, let it sit throughout the day, and then rinse in the evening.
 
Even Plants Love It: Coconut oil will give a glossy finish to indoor plants when you use a small amount on a soft cloth and wipe the leaves.

 
All of this in one jar of coconut oil! How many household and beauty products can you replace with this one superfood?


Sources:

1 – “Coconut: In Support of Good Health in the 21st Century.” Mary G. Enig, Ph.D., F.A.C.N. 1999
2 – “Thermic effect of medium-chain and long-chain triglycerides in man.” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Nov 1986.
3 – “Effect of oil pulling on Streptococcus mutans count in plaque and saliva using Dentocult SM Strip mutans test: a randomized, controlled, triple-blind study.” Meenakshi Ammal Dental College, India, 2008
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Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. This information has not been approved by the FDA and has not been verified by medical professionals. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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The Secret’s Out! We’ve Got a New Superfood!

Looking to avoid processed carbs like bread and tortillas?

Need some quick and easy meal options?

We’ve got a brand new superfood that answers all of these needs in one.

Sunfood Coconut Wraps
Introducing Sunfood Coconut Wraps – a raw, vegan, non-GMO alternative to wheat, corn and flour based tortillas. Low-carb and gluten-free, these delicious wraps are derived from organic coconuts. The only ingredients are coconut meat, coconut water, and unrefined coconut oil. So simple and incredibly tasty!

Super thin and packed with amazing flavor, our coconut wraps are free of added salt, preservatives, grains, dairy or soy. They’re a healthy and mouthwatering way to make a variety of raw dishes such as burritos, wraps and sushi.

Not to mention the many nutritional benefits including fiber, protein, healthy fats, and minerals such as potassium, calcium and iron. These delectable wraps are a cholesterol-free food that’s low in carbohydrates with only three grams of sugar per serving.

Try as a replacement for bread or tortillas. Wrap with your favorite raw veggies like avocado, tomato or lettuce. Experiment with various spreads like hummus to make a healthy snack anytime!

Check out this recipe for Quick and Easy Wraps!
Quick & Easy Wraps
Say goodbye to bread and tortillas and hello to quick, easy, healthy, and perhaps most importantly – scrumptious Coconut Wraps!

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How One Man Is Defying a “Death Sentence” Diagnosis

Imagine you are 30 years old and your doctor tells you that you have a “terminal” illness. That’s what happened to Dr. Craig Oster when he received the diagnosis of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. This neurological disease affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, and is known to lead to paralysis and eventually death. According to the ALS Association, the typical life expectancy of ALS patients is two to five years.
 
But Dr. Craig refused to give up. 19 years after the diagnosis, he’s still going strong, thanks to his holistic approach to health and healing.

Maca PowderDr. Craig has chosen our maca as part of his holistic health program, as well as for his mother who amazingly beat stage four cancer. Our last two newsletters focused on maca in terms of boosting energy and libido (click here if you missed it) and helping to balance hormones (click here for that one). We feel that Dr. Craig’s healing journey and his trust in our maca are inspirational, so we wanted to share his amazing story with you…

 
 
“In 1994, at the age of 30, I was given the ‘death sentence’ diagnosis of ALS, better known as ‘Lou Gehrig’s disease.’ Even though my physical functioning was slipping away, I successfully fought to fulfill my dream of earning a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Michigan State University in 1996. I entered hospice in late 2008, after I had lost over 45 pounds of muscle and was requiring breathing machines to make it through the night. With an undeterred spirit, I gave everything to continuing my holistic healing quest. I was discharged from hospice on May 30th, 2009.

This journey led me to co-found The Healers Campaign in 2012. Our mission is to conduct innovative ALS scientific peer-reviewed research that has the potential to enhance the wellness and quality of lives of people with ALS and their caregivers.

Helping to save my life was my Mother, Bonnie, who went on to ‘miraculously’ reverse aggressive stage four cancer that was crushing her heart, throat and spine with a holistic approach.

I consider myself a powerful example of what is possible with a dedicated holistic approach. Part of my success is related to how careful I am regarding what I allow to enter my body. I would like to say a few words about why I chose to introduce Sunfood’s raw maca powder into my mother’s and my own holistic health programs.

I feel good about my Mother and I using Sunfood’s maca because it is pesticide-free, sustainably-grown, sulfur-free, certified organic, raw, and non-GMO. This ancient Peruvian superfood has a reputation for increasing energy, endurance and strength and has been a staple in the cold climates of the Peruvian Andes for thousands of years. My Mother and I live in Michigan, which has had an extremely cold winter this year. I view maca as a good choice for our holistic health programs because it’s an adaptogen, meaning it has the ability to balance the body’s systems and improve overall adaptability to stress.

My Mother and I continue to have success in our rehab and strengthening programs, which is quite exciting. We are grateful to feed our bodies with some of the best certified organic superfoods available.”

Peace and gratitude,
Dr. Craig
19-year survivor of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) & Co-founder/Scientist/Advocate at THE HEALERS campaign. Learn more at healingwithdrcraig.com.

 


 
Maca is an important part of Dr. Craig’s and his mother’s holistic health programs. What can this supercharged root vegetable do for you?
 
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Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. This information has not been approved by the FDA and has not been verified by medical professionals. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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Are Your Hormones Controlling You?

Are Your Hormones Controlling You?
Whether you’re a man or a woman, the answer is yes! Hormones are chemical messengers that tell our cells what to do, from energy levels and reproductive functions to metabolism and mood. The reason most of us think of women’s issues when we think of “hormones” is not because we, or someone we love, is just a tad irritable today. It is because some of the most well known conditions result from hormonal imbalance. It’s the Big 3: PMS, menstrual cramps, and menopause (oh my!).
 
 
Natural Remedies for Hormone Imbalance
A natural cure for hormonal imbalance is not something that we can recommend, but we know after being in the superfood movement for 19 years that certain foods can support the proper functioning of the endocrine system.
 
While we know that women’s hormonal issues often indirectly affect the men they love (we’ll leave it at that), we’re going to delve into hormonal health for women and men, too!
 
 
Ladies… Is Maca a Natural Remedy for Menopausal Symptoms?
Maca PowderMaca has the potential to balance hormone levels and alleviate perimenopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweating, interrupted sleep patterns, nervousness, depression and heart palpitations.1 A double-blind study concluded that maca “may act as a toner of hormonal processes, leading to alleviation of discomfort felt by perimenopausal women, hence, its potential use as non-hormonal alternative to HRT [Hormone Replacement Therapy] program.”1
 
Our female customers of all ages have reported improved hormonal health when taking maca over time, experiencing regulated periods and the alleviation of cramps and PMS symptoms. All of this from a root vegetable!
 
 
Customer Reviews: Red Maca
“I suffer from terrible PMS symptoms and I have to take an Aleve to alleviate the pain. I decided to take a natural approach and try Maca. I am so amazed at the benefits of Maca. I didn’t experience any pain during my cycle!!! I will never stop using it!!!” – J
 
“Restored male energy in my 50s that I had decades earlier. My wife also takes it and has no menopausal troubles.” – Re-energized husband
 
Men – Are You Concerned about Your Prostate?
Yacon RootsWhen it comes to hormone health, maca is the superfood root vegetable to pay attention to. In particular, red maca has been found to have astounding effects on men’s prostate health. While it contains the same nutritional profile as regular maca, one study found that red maca “may reduce the risk of prostate cancer development.”2 Researchers found that this cruciferous vegetable directly caused the prostate to reduce in size, successfully addressing the issue of prostate enlargement, which is “a hormone-mediated phenomenon.”2
 
 
Listen to Your Body
How do superfoods affect you? What dietary choices are helping or harming you? What small steps can you take today to improve your total health picture? If hormone balance is an issue you’re focusing on, maca may be a great place to start!
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Stay Tuned…
There’s more to maca than its potential to support the endocrine system. Part III of the Wonders of Maca is coming to your inbox on Friday! Click here if you missed Part I on how maca can boost libido and help your body deal with stress!
 
Sources:
1 - “Therapeutic Effects of Pre-Gelatinized Maca (Lepidium Peruvianum Chacon) used as a Non-Hormonal Alternative to HRT in Perimenopausal Women – Clinical Pilot Study.” Charles Sturt University & Therapeutic Research, Australia, 2006.
2 - “Red maca (Lepidium meyenii) reduced prostate size in rats.” Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Peru, 2005.

 

Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. This information has not been approved by the FDA and has not been verified by medical professionals. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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The Taboo Topic on Everyone’s Mind

Let’s Talk about Sex!
Never mind taboo – sex is a matter of health! Beyond diet and exercise, good health includes social connections, spiritual enrichment, and yes, a healthy sex drive!

Sex reduces stress, releases feel-good brain chemicals such as endorphins and oxytocin, brings a sense of intimacy and connection, and let’s not forget that it’s a great way to burn calories and build muscle! Why do you think that Pfizer’s financial filings reported $2.05 billion in Viagra sales in 2012 alone? People want to have a healthy sex drive.

Rev Up Your Sex Drive Naturally

Maca PowderWho needs pharmaceutical drugs when nature already has the answer? There’s a reason that maca has been widely called “Nature’s Viagra.” This superstar root vegetable has a solid reputation as a powerful enhancer to stamina, strength and libido. Maca was sacred to the Incas and has been used as a food and medicine in South America for centuries. It is said that the Incan warriors would consume maca before long journeys and even battles.

I have used maca for about two weeks and I can gladly say it has saved my marriage. THANK YOU, SUNFOOD! And my husband thanks you too!” – Very Happy

Like goji berries and ginseng, maca is an adaptogen, which means it helps the body “adapt” and regulate stressors in its environment. Everyone knows that stress can interfere with sex drive, and overall health for that matter—maca can help you deal with that stress, as well as boost your energy and libido.

Our raw, organic maca is grown high in the Peruvian Andes in areas untouched by pollution, then low-temperature processed to ensure maximum nutrient content to bring you the highest quality maca available.

Three Types of Raw, Organic Maca Powder to Choose From:

Maca: A blend of red, yellow and black roots, depending on what color the maca is as it is pulled out of the Earth

Red Maca: Only the red maca roots are separated at harvest, milder in flavor with the same nutritional profile as regular maca

Maca Extreme: 3-4 times the concentration of regular and red maca with much of the starch removed for easier digestion

“Maca really charged my love life!” – Bo

“I liked the texture and rich flavor. It’s been awhile since I had regular maca, but do feel a bit more zoom zoom than I remembered from the regular maca. I have never had a power/energy drink before, with all the amazing superfoods and products like maca. This is the way to go.” – Jordana

Sexy Recipes

Food and sex often go hand in hand, so why not have fun with it and try this sexy Caramel Maca White Chocolates recipe? Or perhaps try our Cinnamon Chocolate Maca Bars for a supercharged breakfast or midday snack. Indulge in these easy, delicious recipes with that special someone!
 
Caramel Maca White Chocolate Cookies Cinnamon Chocolate Maca Bars
 

 
Boost your energy and libido with Maca Powder today!
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Stay Tuned…

There’s more to maca than its abilities to boost libido and help your body deal with stress… Part 2 of the Wonders of Maca coming to your inbox on Wednesday!
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This “Junk Food” Has More Antioxidants Than Most Foods on Earth

 
This Superfood Might Surprise You!
Cacao PlantDid you know that chocolate is actually a health food? We’re not talking about sugary candy bars here. The secrets to chocolate’s incredible health benefits are unlocked when it is eaten in its raw, unheated state.
The seed of a tropical fruit tree, cacao is extraordinarily rich in antioxidants which work to support the immune system.1 Cacao is also bursting with vitamins A & C, magnesium, potassium, manganese, zinc, and copper.
 
Ever Wonder Why Chocolate Makes You Feel So Good?
Energizing cacao is loaded with substances that stimulate feelings of happiness such as anandamide, a neurotransmitter which makes you feel good while blocking feelings of pain and depression. Cacao also contains phenylethylamine (PEA), the pleasure chemical found in the brains of people in love—that’s why chocolate and romance go together so often!
 
 
Fruity Cacao: The Healthiest Way to Eat Chocolate
Fruity Cacao BeanThe most unprocessed form of chocolate, our fruity cacao consists simply of whole, raw, organic, non-GMO cacao beans, dried at low temperatures with a thin layer of fruit still attached. The result is an exotic experience of enjoying cacao as if you were in the tropics.
 
What People Are Saying About Fruity Cacao
“I have to say these are probably the very best cacao beans that I and many of my friends and family enjoy. The taste and texture is amazing.” – Alan
 
Best Ways to Enjoy Fruity Cacao
While many people enjoy eating unsweetened fruity cacao straight out of the bag, those of us with a sweet tooth are sure to enjoy this: Simply remove the pit from a date and slip a fruity cacao bean inside. Yum!
Dates are a naturally sweet whole food loaded with nutrients – what better way is there to satisfy your sweet tooth with chocolaty goodness that’s actually healthy?
Each of our three varieties of raw, organic dates are bursting with B vitamins, potassium and fiber. They’re also a great source of energy due to their balance of natural sugars and carbohydrates. Last but certainly not least, they are melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

What People Are Saying About Zahidi Dates
“These dates are delish!! They taste like caramel! Yummmm” – Jenny Q
 
What People Are Saying About Deglet Noor Dates
“I love these little deglet noor dates. They are so soft and so fun to snack on. They are larger than my other favorite, the khadrawys, and have a bit of a buttered honey taste to them, and are just sweet enough. Very tasty. I cannot stop snacking on any of these delicious dates.” – Elizabeth

What People Are Saying About Khadrawy Dates
”Yum. These khadrawy dates are truly yummy. Their flesh is flaky and buttery and the inside is moist and delicious with such a rich flavor! I live in a dry area so sometimes dry fruits can be a turn off, but not these! I can see why they are such an important food source in the desert.” – Marissa 

 
Try Munching on Fruity Cacao and Raisins
Fruity cacao tastes amazing mixed in bowl with our red flame raisins. Plump and sweet, these raisins have tiny seeds, just the way nature intended them. Plus they contain phytochemicals (active plant compounds) that have been found to fight the bacteria in the mouth that cause cavities and gum disease.2 Not all sugar causes cavities—it’s processed foods with added sugars that tend to cause problems. Our raisins are organic and raw to ensure that these phytochemicals are not destroyed by heat. And of course, there are no added sugars! 

 

What People Are Saying About Red Flame Raisins
“What a delight! I don’t remember the last time my family has eaten raisins with seeds. After researching how the seedless ones are made, we had to say no to all things seedless, including raisins. Now we are finally able to reap all the benefits of a good old raisin – in its natural form.” – Kristya
 
 
Satisfy your chocolate cravings in the healthiest way possible!

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Sources:
1 – “Polyphenols in chocolate, which have antioxidant activity, modulate immune functions in humans in vitro.” St. Marianna University School of Medicine, Japan, 1997.
2 - “Grape products and oral health.” College of Dentistry, University of Illinois, Chicago, 2009.

 

Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. This information has not been approved by the FDA and has not been verified by medical professionals. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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We Can’t Stop Loving You…& We Want to Prove it!

Valentine's Day Love!

 
Dear Sunfoodies,
Happy Valentine’s Day! We want you to know how much we love and appreciate you - your support means the world to us! Every time you choose to purchase Sunfood products directly from Sunfood.com, you are contributing to our ability to give back to you and spread the love even more.

To show our love and appreciation, we’ve upgraded our free shipping with faster delivery, lowered the minimum to qualify, and added discounts for expedited services! We’ve even got some new certifications and standards for our products – all because you asked for it! 

We want to inspire you to support us directly by providing everything you need, and even adding some perks you might not know about. Check out the ways we show our love to you…

 
NEW! Sunfood Is Gluten-Free!
In addition to offering raw superfoods that are certified organic and non-GMO, our manufacturing facilities are dedicated dairy free, soy-free and yes – wheat-free! We understand that so many of you require gluten-free products due to allergies and food sensitivities. All of our superfoods are compliant with Good Manufacturing Processes required by federal and state governments, as well as HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) which monitors contamination risks to ensure complete food safety. We want you to rest assured that our superfoods are the safest, the cleanest, and now – gluten-free!
 
 
 
NEW! Sunfood Has Kosher Certification!
Earth Kosher CertificationThat’s right, we are now kosher certified by EarthKosher! Look for the new kosher symbol on upcoming products. We want every one of you to feel that our superfoods meet your standards!
 
 
 
Faster Free Shipping with FedEx Home Delivery!
We heard your feedback loud and clear: Yes, free shipping should be faster! Thanks to you, we’ve upgraded our free shipping option so that you get your goodies even quicker! Average delivery in the continental U.S. will drop from 7-10 business days with SmartPost to just 1-5 business days with FedEx Home Delivery! Please note that if you’re shipping to PO/APO/FPO/DPO addresses, the free shipping method remains as SmartPost, which enables us to deliver to these addresses using FedEx.
 
 
 
Discounted Expedited Shipping!
When you qualify for free ground shipping, but would rather choose an expedited method of FedEx 1Day, 2Day, or Express Saver (3Day), you get a shipping discount!* This price break deducts the expense of ground shipping so that you don’t have to pay full price for expedited shipping. Get your superfoods faster for less! Woohoo!!!
 
 
 
Free Shipping Lowered to Only $49!
We dropped our free shipping option from $125 all the way down to just $49! Get free ground shipping in the continental U.S., or if you’re shipping to Alaska, Hawaii or an international destination, you’ll receive an automatic 10% discount off orders over $125!*
 
 
Earn Free Superfoods with SunPoints!
Earn discounts and free products! Every time you place an order or review a product at sunfood.com, you automatically earn SunPoints – which can then be applied as discounts towards future purchases!
   
> Coming Soon: Refer-A-Friend Rewards!
We’re getting ready to launch our “Refer-A-Friend” Program where you can earn SunPoints when your friends shop at sunfood.com… Stay tuned!
 
 
Superfoods on Sale!
Every little bit helps! Check out these special deals going on for a limited time!
 
 
 
Free Recipes!
Create your own superfood decadence with someone you love! Turn up the heat with some Spicy Mayan Chocolates or cozy up and sip on a cup of warm Smoky Mocha. We invite you to check out our free and tasty recipes to share and enjoy with your loved ones!
 
 
New Superfoods!
We love bringing you the very best, cutting edge superfood products, like our latest favorite Raw Chips and Crunchy Kale from Brad’s! Or have you checked out our delicious new Kelp Noodles to replace bad carbs? Or the only Liquid Stevia that is not bitter? How about our JEM Nut Butters infused with superfoods like maca and a twist of cinnamon? Yum!
 
 
Superfood Education!
We’ve got the secrets to radiant skin, strong nails, and lustrous hair… Click here if you missed that recent article. We believe the key to health is through diet and nutrition and we write articles every week that are based in scientific research to help guide you on your health journey.
 
 
 
We’re Here for YOU!
Got a question? Unlike so many web stores out there, our friendly superfood specialists are available Monday-Friday 7am-5pm PST to assist you via phone, live chat, or email. We welcome you to contact us!
 

 

Thank you so much for your support!
 
Love,
The Sunfood Team

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Over Half the People You Know Are Deficient in This Vital Nutrient

Super You - Healthy Living & Well-Being Newsletter from Sunfood
 
What Do You Really Know about Magnesium?
Did you know that 57% of the U.S. population doesn’t meet daily magnesium requirements?1 Here’s what that means for you…
 
Magnesium plays an integral role in over 300 of your body’s functions, from muscle relaxation and regulating blood pressure, to maintaining a healthy immune system and bone health.2
 
Magnesium OilOn other words, magnesium intake is vital for heart health,2 bone loss prevention,3 and pain relief for certain types of pain and headaches.4 It even plays a role in energy production and has been found to improve symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.5
 
Derived from Dead Sea salt, our magnesium oil is made using only the purest, most absorbable, food/pharmaceutical grade Magnesium Chloride Hexahydrate. Other magnesium oils can contain toxic heavy metals and are usually made of Magnesium Chloride, which tends to offer minimal infusion of magnesium, or simply coat the skin without being absorbed at all. Our magnesium oil is almost instantaneously absorbed through the skin, channeled directly to the cellular level where the magnesium can immediately begin to do its work in your body.
 
 
What People Are Saying
“So far this amazing spray has stopped joint pain and severe fibromyalgia attacks in short order. It has also proved helpful for backaches. Wondering what else it can do???” – Linda

When I use your magnesium, my hands and feet feel much better (well, all of me really). I also think its helping my circulation.” – Ashley

“I get quite a few headaches, even migraines. I’ve read and heard from multiple sources that migraine sufferers are often deficient in magnesium. I keep the magnesium oil on the nightstand, which makes it easy to remember and use. I experience fewer headaches, which I believe is in part to the oil.” – Kristine

 
The Dangers of Magnesium Deficiency
Osteoporosis: Because magnesium can affect calcium metabolism, which in turn influences overall bone health, deficiency can increase the risk of osteoporosis.6
 
Heart Disease: Magnesium deficiency can actually increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.6 Since magnesium can affect the regulation of blood pressure, a healthy intake may help in preventing high blood pressure which is one of the risk factors of cardiovascular disease.6

Type 2 Diabetes: Diets with higher amounts of magnesium are associated with a significantly lower risk of diabetes . This is because of the role this mineral plays in glucose metabolism and the release of insulin, which helps control blood sugar levels.6
 
Migraines: Magnesium deficiency is connected to factors that promote headaches, such as neurotransmitter release and the constriction of blood vessels.6 It has been found that people who experience migraines have lower magnesium levels than those who do not.6

Sleep: Tossing and turning at night? Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include sleep disorders, too.7
 
A lot of people don’t realize that poor quality of sleep could be because of a magnesium deficiency. In addition to magnesium pills, I spray on Sunfood’s Pure and Potent Magnesium Oil — especially before bed. I rub it into my arms, legs and feet just before lights out for extra deep sleep. Without this oil, I do not sleep well at all.” – Connie

 
The Most Effective Way to Get Your Magnesium
Our magnesium oil is a convenient way to get magnesium straight into your bloodstream through your skin. It involves a groundbreaking process which infuses magnesium minerals into purified water up to the saturation point required for optimal absorption and maximum cellular retention. This is what gives our magnesium oil the ability to penetrate quickly and deeply. It’s highly absorbable and many people say that it does not cause itching the way that other magnesium oils do…
 
“Just a few sprays helps relieve any muscle pain, and I am happy that it doesn’t cause any itchiness like other magnesium products I’ve used.”– Lauren

“Love it!!! This magnesium oil really works!!” – Mans

Cacao PowderAnother fun (and delicious) way to get your magnesium is cacao powder, otherwise known as raw chocolate, which is naturally very rich in magnesium (35% RDA per serving). Mix it with your favorite smoothie or use in dessert recipes for a chocolaty boost!

 
Are you getting your daily magnesium?
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Sources:
1 – “Nutrient intakes percent of population 2 years old and over with adequate intakes based on average requirement.” USDA, Community Nutrition Mapping Project, 2009.
2 – National Institutes of Health, U.S. National Library of Medicine, Medline Plus, 2013.
3 – “Trabecular bone density in a two year controlled trial of peroral magnesium in osteoporosis.” Stendig-Lindberg, G. Magnesium Research Journal, June 2013.
4 – “The safety and efficacy of a single dose (500 mg or 1 g) of intravenous magnesium sulfate in neuropathic pain poorly responsive to strong opioid analgesics in patients with cancer.” Crosby, V. The Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Jan. 2000.
5 – “Red blood cell magnesium and chronic fatigue syndrome.” Cox, IM. Lancet, Mar. 1991.
6 – “Magnesium Fact Sheet for Health Professionals.” National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements, 2013.
7 – University of Maryland Medical Center, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide: Magnesium, 2013.

 

Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. This information has not been approved by the FDA and has not been verified by medical professionals. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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Why it’s Good to Fatten Up Your Brain

Feeling Tired, Forgetful or Depressed?
Did you know that your brain is made up of 60% fat? Your brain needs the right fats to thrive! It is well known that omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) may contribute to the maintenance of healthy mental function. Symptoms of omega-3 deficiency include fatigue, poor memory, mood swings, and depression, to name a few.1

If you find yourself trudging through your day, forgetting what you walked into the room for, or just feeling down, the answer could be as simple as getting adequate omega-3s. Omega-3 deficiency is incredibly common. This is because your body does not produce them on its own—they must be obtained through diet.

 
Why Omega-3s Are So Vital to Your Brain
One study concluded that supplementation with the major long chain omega-3 fatty acid found in the brain known as DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) “improved memory and the response time of memory in healthy, young adults whose habitual diets were low in DHA.”(2)

Low levels of DHA have been associated with Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia and cognitive impairment.(3) Similarly, people suffering from depression were found to have lower levels of omega-3s than healthy volunteers.(4)

The Standard American Diet is typically imbalanced with too many omega-6s and not nearly enough omega-3s. If you’re not deliberately making sure you’re getting your omega-3s, chances are you’re not getting enough.
 
Get Your Omega-3s – Without the Toxins
The typical go-to product for omega-3s are fish oil supplements. On one hand, that makes sense, considering that research has found that fish oil exerts “positive effects on brain functions in healthy older adults.”5

There’s just one little problem with fish oil: Mercury contamination. As of 2013, science has confirmed that mercury contamination in fish is now global.6

DHA Capsules, O-Mega-Zen3We have a vegan alternative to fish oil supplements that’s completely free of contaminants such as mercury, PCBs, and dioxins. O-Mega-Zen3 DHA is derived from marine microalgae – the base of the marine food chain where fish get their DHA from. Grown under controlled conditions to insure a very clean product, this concentrated form of DHA comes in gluten-free vegicaps and is combined with a small amount of vitamin E to preserve freshness.

Get your DHA – without the contaminants!

Love this stuff! Doesn’t have a fishy after taste and it’s benefits would make it worth the while if it did :) – Simone

If You Prefer to Eat Your Omega-3s
Sacha Inchi OilRaw and sustainably grown, our cholesterol-free sacha inchi oilis one of nature’s best sources of omega-3s, with 50% total content.

Sacha inchi is an Amazonian vine which has been used by indigenous cultures for hundreds of years for its health-giving properties. The oil from the star-shaped sacha inchi seed is one of the highest plant sources of omega-3 essential fatty acids on the planet.
 
Most sacha inchi products are roasted, which can damage delicate oils and nutrients. Our sustainably grown sacha inchi oil is created using a low-temperature, cold-press process that keeps nutrients intact. When you and your family enjoy sacha inchi oil, you’re getting your omega-3s and helping to protect the endangered fertile land in the Amazonian rainforest from being razed for raw materials that are less sustainable. It’s good for you, and the planet!
 
“This stuff replaced my fish oil – much healthier and nothing harmed in its process. It also made my skin glow.” – Rena

“Truly one of the most delicate oils I’ve ever tasted. The flavor is so light and heavenly! As expected, great when applied topically also. Amazing oil all around.” – Kristya

 
Ways to Enjoy Sacha Inchi Oil
Sacha-lina Herb DressingSacha inchi oil has a delicious, mild nutty flavor. It’s perfect for drizzling over salads, mixing in with soups, or making a homemade salad dressing…check out our this yummy Sacha-lina Herb Dressing!
 
“I love sachi inchi oil and use it every day in my morning smoothie. It has a great mild, nutty flavor and is full of omegas.” – Beth
 
Keys to Health
With our sacha inchi oil and Omega-Zen3 DHA capsules, you’ll never be deficient in omega-3s again!
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Sources:
1 – “Omega-3 Fatty Acids” University of Maryland Medical Center, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide.
2 – “DHA supplementation improved both memory and reaction time in healthy young adults: a randomized controlled trial.” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, May 2013.
3 – “Fatty acid analysis of blood plasma of patients with Alzheimer’s disease, other types of dementia, and cognitive impairment.” University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, 2000.
4 – “Lowered omega3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in serum phospholipids and cholesteryl esters of depressed patients.” Clinical Research Center for Mental Health, Belgium, 1999.
5 – “Long-Chain Omega-3 Fatty Acids Improve Brain Function and Structure in Older Adults.” Cerebral Cortex, Oxford University Journals, June 24, 2013.
6 – “Mercury as a global pollutant: sources, pathways, and effects.” Environmental Science & Technology Journal. May 21, 2013.

 

Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. This information has not been approved by the FDA and has not been verified by medical professionals. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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Superfood Romance and Sexy Recipes for Your Valentine

Superfood Romance and Sexy Recipes for Your Valentine

Valentine’s Day Is Fast Approaching

Love is in the air for Valentine’s Day, but don’t get fooled by processed, white sugar laden “goodies” that are chock-full of bleaching agents, hydrogenated trans-fats, artificial flavors, and Sodium Metabisulfites (processed shrimp pieces). Show some real love with real, raw chocolate!
 

This year, try some of the most decadent, rich, melt-in-your-mouth treats that are actually good for you!

And if you want to get creative, we’ve got some sexy recipes to indulge your sweetheart, homemade style!

It’s All About Chocolate
Sunfood Simple ChocolatesThere’s a reason that Valentine’s Day and chocolate go hand-in-hand. Cacao, the bean from which all chocolate is made, contains a substance called phenylethylamine (PEA), the pleasure chemical found in the brains of people in love. That’s right; love and chocolate literally have the same effect on the brain.

The fact is that chocolate doesn’t have to be junk food; when raw and minimally processed, it’s actually a superfood. Cacao is extraordinarily rich in antioxidants which work to support the immune system.1 It’s also bursting with vitamins A & C, magnesium, potassium, manganese, zinc, and copper. Plus energy-boosting cacao is known to contain resveratrol, which can protect your brain and nervous system, and increase longevity.2
 

Mouthwatering Truffle Bars 
Sure to satisfy your sweet tooth for Valentine’s Day, all Righteously Raw truffles are raw, vegan, organic, kosher, gluten-free, and soy-free with no refined sugars. Did we mention they’re out-of-this world delicious and come in superfood flavors like goji, maca, acai, caramel (made with lucuma!), and rose maqui? Don’t even get us started on the Chocolate Covered Macaroons!

Righteously Raw Truffle BarsCustomer Review – Goji Cacao Truffle Bar
“This is by far my favorite tasting chocolate bar. It’s so rich that you only need a ‘stick’ to satisfy…. so yummy! You can really taste the goji flavour!” – Moraca

Customer Review – Acai Cacao Truffle Bar
“Perfect! Delectable! I was surprised at how delicious this was. No one will be disappointed.” – Mimi

Customer Review – Caramel Cacao Truffle Bar
“YUM. Nice smooth chocolate. You can really taste the cacao butter. This combination really makes a delicious caramel flavor with a nice texture.” – Marissa
 

From Simple to Exotic – Gnosis Chocolates
Gnosis Simplicity Chocolate BarIf you want your chocolate as simple and delicious as can be, then Gnosis Simplicity is for you, made purely of raw organic cacao beans and organic coconut palm sugar. If you’d rather have a more exotic experience, check out the Gnosis SuperChoc which starts with the same recipe as the Simplicity bar and adds 10 more organic superfoods like maca, ginseng, ashwaganda, burdock and reishi, to name a few. It delivers rich and smooth chocolate to delight your palate, with a superfood boost that your entire body will thank you for!
Customer Review – SuperChoc Chocolate Bar
“I love this fortified SuperChoc bar and really like Gnosis chocolates in general. They are some of the healthiest chocolates out there, and full of healthy ingredients that push some particular varieties into the medicinal chocolate category. SuperChoc is perhaps my favorite bar.” – Elizabeth

Spread the Love

Rawmio Hazelnut SpreadsWhat could be better than 100% organic raw almond butter blended with raw organic cacao and coconut sugar? The same decadent spread made with hazelnuts! Raw, organic and gluten-free, all six Rawmio spreads are the ultimate decadence, whether it’s the Crunch varieties of the original almond and hazelnut flavors or Almond Silk, a twist on a white chocolate spread. 

Rawmio products are stone ground and handcrafted to transform simple, pure ingredients into gourmet treats. Try spreading on fruit slices and feeding them to your Valentine!

Customer Reviews – Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
“Excellent! I just opened my first jar of this spread and it is decadent! The texture reminds me of fudge, but it is not overwhelmingly sweet or heavy. Delicious, and only contains 3 ingredients! I ate it with a spoon but will be trying it out with fresh strawberries soon.” – Sam 

“I’ve been wanting something like this for a long time. I always crave “sweet” in the morning, and usually make some sort of fruit smoothie or juice, but this is a welcome way to “shake it up”. I’ve been putting it on bananas, mostly, but today I had some in a little dish that I kept dipping dried apricots in. So yum.” – Melissa

Customer Review – Almond Crunch Spread
“Love, love, love this product! I suppose you could spread it on something, but a spoonful now and then works for me! Honestly, I could have just sat down with the jar, and a spoon, and finished it off, but then it would have been gone! So, I rationed myself. I might try it on an apple, just to see…” – Deborah 
 

One Last Taste of Pure Decadence: Go Raw Real Live Chocolate 
Go Raw Real Live ChocolateIncredibly rich and handmade, Go Raw Real Live Chocolateis made with just two ingredients – raw organic cacao and raw organic agave nectar. There’s something amazing about the texture… smooth and silky, it melts in your mouth! You and your sweetheart can enjoy these chocolates with absolutely no guilt whatsoever! Woo hoo!

Customer Review – Go Raw Real Live Chocolate
“These chocolate squares are very natural tasting, and the texture is soft and firm rather than hard and snappy. They taste very homemade and barely sweetened. So glad to see such a huge variety of healthy ingredients available here, because the more raw chocolates I try, the more I want to try making my own. Loving Sunfood.” – Elizabeth 
 

 
Get Creative! Make Your Own Valentine’s Day Chocolates!
Not only are these recipes out-of-this-world delicious, they’re super easy to prepare! Make them for your loved one as a sweet surprise, or do it together and get chocolaty in the kitchen with your sweetheart!
 
Golden Berry Fudge Recipe

Simple Delicious Chocolate Recipe


 
This Valentine’s Day, indulge in raw chocolate that’s delicious AND good for you!
 
Order today so it’s delivered in time to celebrate!
 
 
Sources: 
1 – “Polyphenols in chocolate, which have antioxidant activity, modulate immune functions in humans in vitro.” St. Marianna University School of Medicine, Japan, 1997.
2 –  “Cocoa confers life span extension in Drosophila melanogaster.” Nutrition Research Journal, June 2008.

 

Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. This information has not been approved by the FDA and has not been verified by medical professionals. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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If There’s One Thing You Can’t Live Without, This Is It

“Life could not exist without enzymes.”

- Enzyme Nutrition by Dr. Edward Howell

Ever eat a big meal and get that feeling like you need to loosen your belt a notch? Your stomach bloats, you feel heavy and sluggish, and you realize that a nap is in order. That’s when your body gets to work producing the enzymes that your body needs to process your big meal.
 
However, digestion isn’t the only thing you need enzymes for. These complex proteins are literally essential to life.
 
Enzymes do more than convert nutrients into forms that your body can use. According to Dr. Edward Howell, pioneer in the field of enzyme research, they also help convert food into muscle, flesh, bone, nerves and glands, as well as aid the eliminative functions of the kidneys, lungs, liver, skin and colon.
 
beauty enzymesThe purest and most potent plant-based enzymes on the market, our Beauty Enzymes are the best way to get extra enzymes for digestion, energy and longevity. The results people have been experiencing are extraordinary…
 
These enzymes have changed my life! No other enzymes or probiotics have ever done anything for me. At the age of 40 I started suffering from a constant bloated belly even when I didn’t eat anything and I felt tired 24/7. I’m thin and only weigh 108lbs but I looked like I was 5 months pregnant! The doctors said my stomach felt hard and sent me to have an ultrasound and they didn’t find anything. I stumbled across these Beauty Enzymes and read the reviews and thought they were worth a try. In one word these are AMAZING! I don’t feel anything when I take them but my digestive system runs perfectly and I have more energy! Thank you Sunfood! You have the most amazing quality products. I love you Sunfood!” – Tamralynn
 
“I don’t have too much of a problem digesting foods but when I tend to overeat, these come in handy. They are also perfect between meals, because they give me great energy. I love to have them around especially for upset stomachs and for family members who are on the SAD diet [Standard American Diet]. My sister is in love with them, and every time she comes over, she begs me for some.” – J-Chags
 

 
Enzymes & Cooked Food

According to Dr. Howell, “Enzyme activity can be retarded or inhibited by low temperatures, high temperatures, and the presence of salts or heavy metals, dehydration and ultraviolet radiation.”  This means that cooking or freezing food can destroy the enzymes that your body needs for crucial functions.
 
Cooked Vegan FoodDr Ann Wigmore, founder of the Hippocrates Health Institute, put it another way:
“Eighty-five percent or more of the vitamins and enzymes are lost in cooking! Cooking kills the enzymes necessary for proper digestion.”

Since heat destroys enzymes, your body has to work extremely hard to produce the enzymes it needs when you eat cooked food. This is dangerous because it depletes what Dr. Howell calls your “enzyme bank account.” You’re born with an enzyme supply that naturally decreases with age, so the faster you empty your bank account, the shorter your life.

Could this mean that you’ll live longer if you get your dietary enzymes? Dr. Howell performed humane animal research in which he fed one set of rats a totally cooked diet and another set a partly raw diet. He found that the animals eating the diet with raw foods lived 30% longer than those on the cooked diet.
 

What You Can Do

Let’s face it, most people don’t eat a 100% raw food diet. And that’s fine, because there are actions you can take to provide your body with the enzymes you need. Eat as much raw food as you can and give your body a boost with the highest quality enzyme supplements on the market.
 
Digestive SystemOur Beauty Enzymes are a safe and effective way to help your body digest food lacking in enzymes so that you don’t have to tap into your “enzyme bank account.” It is essential to note that they are plant-based because animal-based enzymes that generally come from ox bile or pig pancreas work in a specific pH, while plant-based enzymes work within a broad range of pH, just like our stomachs do. Completely pure, Beauty Enzymes are literally one of the most potent and complete enzyme formulas on the market today.
 
I can’t see myself ever going without Beauty Enzymes. Before, when I ate, my stomach would expand to look like I was pregnant even before my meal was finished, but now since I’ve been taking Beauty Enzymes, that problem is gone!” – Beth 

“I’ve been taking enzymes for a while but just started these three weeks ago. So far I’m very impressed because I’m no longer gassy. My husband wants to start taking them too!” – Jill
 
I had given up on digestive enzymes, not ever benefitting from taking them. I couldn’t ignore the good reviews for this product all over the internet and reluctantly ordered them. I am close to ordering my 4th bottle! These are incredible and worth every penny!” – Dede

 
Experience the amazing effects of Beauty Enzymes for yourself!
 
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