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6 More Reasons Why Moringa Is Taking Over the Superfood World

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6 More Reasons Why Moringa Is Taking Over the Superfood World

1) Rich Nutritional Value

Moringa leaves are loaded with vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids, and more. One hundred grams of dry moringa leaf contains:1

  • 9 times the protein of yogurt
  • 10 times the vitamin A of carrots
  • 15 times the potassium of bananas
  • 17 times the calcium of milk
  • 12 times the vitamin C of oranges
  • 25 times the iron of spinach

 

2) Antioxidants Galore

Moringa leaves are rich in antioxidants, including vitamin C, beta-carotene, quercetin, and chlorogenic acid. The latter, chlorogenic acid, has been shown to slow cells’ absorption of sugar and animal studies have found it to lower blood sugar levels. As noted in the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention:2

“The leaves of the Moringa oleifera tree have been reported to demonstrate antioxidant activity due to its high amount of polyphenols.

Moringa oleifera extracts of both mature and tender leaves exhibit strong antioxidant activity against free radicals, prevent oxidative damage to major biomolecules, and give significant protection against oxidative damage.”

Further, in a study of women taking 1.5 teaspoons of moringa leaf powder daily for three months, blood levels of antioxidants increased significantly.3

 

3) Lowers Blood Sugar Level

Moringa appears to have anti-diabetic effects,4 likely due to beneficial plant compounds contained in the leaves, including isothiocyanates. One study found women who took seven grams of moringa leaf powder daily for three months reduced their fasting blood sugar levels by 13.5 percent.5

Separate research revealed that adding 50 grams of moringa leaves to a meal reduced the rise in blood sugar by 21 percent among diabetic patients.6

 

4) Reduces Inflammation

The isothiocyanates, flavonoids, and phenolic acids in moringa leaves, pods, and seeds also have anti-inflammatory properties. According to the Epoch Times:7

“The tree’s strong anti-inflammatory action is traditionally used to treat stomach ulcers. Moringa oil (sometimes called Ben oil) has been shown to protect the liver from chronic inflammation. The oil is unique in that, unlike most vegetable oils, moringa resists rancidity.

This quality makes it a good preservative for foods that can spoil quickly. This sweet oil is used for both frying or in a salad dressing. It is also used topically to treat antifungal problems, arthritis, and is an excellent skin moisturizer.”

 

5) Maintains Healthy Cholesterol Levels

Moringa also has cholesterol-lowering properties, and one animal study found its effects were comparable to those of the cholesterol-lowering drug simvastatin.8As noted in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology:9

“Moringa oleifera is used in Thai traditional medicine as cardiotonic. Recent studies demonstrated its hypocholesterolemic effect.

… In hypercholesterol-fed rabbits, at 12 weeks of treatment, it significantly (P<0.05) lowered the cholesterol levels and reduced the atherosclerotic plaque formation to about 50 and 86%, respectively. These effects were at degrees comparable to those of simvastatin.

… The results indicate that this plant possesses antioxidant, hypolipidaemic, and antiatherosclerotic activities, and has therapeutic potential for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.”

 

6) Protects Against Arscenic Toxicity

The leaves and seeds of moringa may protect against some of the effects of arsenic toxicity, which is especially important in light of news that common staple foods, such as rice, may be contaminated.10 Contamination of ground water by arsenic has also become a cause of global public health concern, and one study revealed: 11

“Co-administration of M. oleifera [moringa] seed powder (250 and 500 mg/kg, orally) with arsenic significantly increased the activities of SOD [superoxide dismutase], catalase, and GPx with elevation in reduced GSH level in tissues (liver, kidney, and brain).

These changes were accompanied by approximately 57%, 64%, and 17% decrease in blood ROS [reactive oxygen species], liver metallothionein (MT), and lipid peroxidation respectively in animal co-administered with M. oleifera and arsenic.

Another interesting observation has been the reduced uptake of arsenic in soft tissues (55% in blood, 65% in liver, 54% in kidneys, and 34% in brain) following administration of M. oleifera seed powder (particularly at the dose of 500 mg/kg).

It can thus be concluded from the present study that concomitant administration of M. oleifera seed powder with arsenic could significantly protect animals from oxidative stress and in reducing tissue arsenic concentration. Administration of M. oleifera seed powder thus could also be beneficial during chelation therapy…”


 

Original article by Dr. Mercola for wakeup-world.com

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Fruity Protein Nice Cream

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Looking for a new & refreshing way to get your protein? This delicious, frozen, fruity treat will do the trick! It’s so tasty you won’t even know there’s protein in there.

A fully raw and vegan recipe, it’s full of natural sweetness, vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids, omegas, and of course… protein. It’s a great way to indulge in a guilt-free dessert while giving your body vital nutrients that it needs. There’s no better excuse to eat some ice cream!


pea-button2Ingredients:

  • 1/4 Cup Pea Protein
  • 3/4 Cup almond or coconut milk
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 Tbsp Lucuma Powder
  • 1 tsp Maqui Berry Powder
  • Handful of frozen fruit (strawberries, pineapple, dragonfruit, blueberries)
  • Fresh fruit, Cacao Nibs, coconut flakes, nuts to garnish

 

 

Directions:

Add all ingredients into blender and pulse until smooth. Refreeze if necessary. Top with garnish of your choice and enjoy!

 

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Protein Banana Pancakes

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Rejoice! It is possible to make delicious, protein-packed pancakes without milk or eggs. These vegan pancakes use almond milk and bananas as a substitute and griddle up perfectly.

This recipe features Hemp Protein Powder for a boost of lean muscle building protein, along with heart & gut healthy fiber. These healthy pancakes are also full of potassium, essential amino acids, and omega-3 & 6 fatty acids.

This simple and easy to make breakfast is a great way to add plant-based protein into your daily diet. Get your day started right, or let your inner child out and have breakfast for dinner!


hemp-button2Ingredients:

 

Directions:

  • Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mash banana and mix with milk. Add wet mixture into dry mixture and combine into a batter-like consistency – it will be slightly chunky.
  • Heat griddle or frying pan on medium-high heat and use coconut oil as grease to prevent sticking. Drop spoonfuls of batter onto griddle, cook each side 2-3 mins depending on preference.
  • Top with bananas, fruit, and Yacon or Maple Syrup as sweetener. Enjoy!

 

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Great Balls of Protein

Great Balls of Protein

Don’t let these sweet chocolaty treats fool you – they are super healthy! Dates, Cacao Powder, Cashews and Yacon Syrup create unbelievably yummy “dough” while Rice & Pea Powder adds a power-punch! Great for on-the-go mornings, post-workout snack or for a guilt-free afternoon indulgence!

(makes ~10 balls with 3 – 4g of protein per ball)


rice-pea-button2Ingredients:

 

 

Directions:

  • Place all ingredients in food processor or blender and mix well.
  • Roll into teaspoon sized balls using an ice cream or cookie scoop.
  • Roll each ball into topping of choice (Cacao Nibs, Coconut Flakes, etc.)
  • Store in refrigerator

 

Enjoy!

 

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Spinach & Chickpea Sun Wrap

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This delightful recipe comes from our friend Elana over at klean-slate.com. This light and refreshing dish is great for a lunch entree that will really hit the spot. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe with us Elana (be sure to visit her and check out all her other amazing recipes)!

There are days when cashew cream slathered on bread sounds mighty delicious and then there are days (more often than not) where something fresh and green makes my body swoon. 

In this recipe I’m bringing together a refreshing, nutritious, DEFREAKNLIOUS green salad and a gluten-free, NON-GMO, low calorie, Sunfood Coconut Wrap that’ll leave you swooning for days. 

Aside from the surprising amount of flavor this wrap packs, it’s perfectly filling–leaving you pleasantly satisfied versus couch ridden.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup chickpeas
  • 1 ½ cup chopped spinach
  • ½ cup homemade or store bough cabbage kraut* (see below)
  • 2 chopped green onions
  • 1 ½ Tbsp of Sunfood Hemp Seeds
  • ¼ squeezed fresh lemon
  • ½ mashed avocado
  • 1 Sunfood Coconut Wrap

 

Directions:

  • In a large bowl mix your chopped spinach, onions, chickpeas, cabbage kraut (you can add 1 tsp of liquid from the kraut if you prefer a little more tang), hemp seeds and mashed avocado.
  • Next, cut the lemon in half (or quarters depending on your preference) and squeeze it over the salad.
  • Mix well.
  • Place 1 coconut wrap onto a plate and begin to place your salad on half, close to the edge.
  • After the salad is placed, begin to tightly roll your wrap. Don’t be afraid to help your wrap along by continually pushing the salad under each roll. This will make it less likely for your wrap to fall apart later.

 

*Now let’s discuss Kraut
On top of being highly nutritious, kraut tastes fantastic! It was the perfect additional tang and texture I was looking for when I envisioned this dish. As well, it couldn’t be easier to make. Sure, the prep takes a few days, but afterwards you’ll be swimming in homemade kraut–ready to be eaten on its own or in a dish. The combinations are endless and the benefits immense.

Sun Wrap progress

Enjoy!

Original recipe: http://www.klean-slate.com/klean-slate-blog/sunfood-sun-wrap

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6 Reasons To Eat More Mexican Food

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6 Reasons To Eat More Mexican Food

 

I’m originally from Mexico, and one of the things I miss most about my country — besides my family and friends — is the amazing vegetation and delicious food we have back home.

Below I’ve gathered a list of some of Mexico’s local superfoods that have crossed borders over the years and made it to the Superfood Hall of Fame.

1. Amaranth

Without a doubt, amaranth is one of the richest and most nutritious foods of Mexico. It’s become a go-to for athletes because it’s pretty convenient to transport and is really high in protein.

Amaranth is also high in minerals such as calcium, iron, and phosphorus. There’s a lot of ways in which it can be consumed, but the most common is to simply add it to your cereal and/or yogurt.

Try this Amaranth Porridge.

2. Cacao

Apart from being delicious, cacao is high in antioxidants, which helps the body fight against free radicals, making it a rejuvenating food. Cacao also increases serotonin levels in the brain, giving us a pleasant feeling and increasing overall well-being.

I recommend incorporating it into your daily diet by adding cacao nibs to your smoothies or having a small piece of dark chocolate.

Try this Creamy Vegan Hot Cacao.

3. Chia

The word chia means “strength” in Mayan. This fiber-packed plant is well-known as a remarkable source of energy. Highly digestible protein and a good dose of omega-3s are also part of the package deal you get by pouring organic chia seeds into your morning smoothie.

They’re great for detoxing your whole system, reducing cholesterol, and maintaining optimum blood sugar levels.

Try this Anti-Inflammatory Superfood Chia Seed Pudding.

4. Avocado

Along with cacao, avocado is probably the most popular superfood these days. It stimulates the formation of collagen, helping us combat aging, and it reduces the levels of bad cholesterol (while increasing the levels of good cholesterol).

On top of that, it is also rich in vitamin K, which is essential for blood clotting and maintaining strong bones.

Try this Superfood Guacamole.

5. Edible Cactus (or Nopales)

Edible cactus is also known as nopales, nopalitos, or cactus pads. It’s a very popular vegetable in Mexico and other Central American countries.

Nopales are very low in calories and high in phytochemicals, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Try them on a salad or add them to a juice.

6. Spirulina

This blue-green algae is by far the best source of plant-based protein. Ounce per ounce, spirulina has three times as much protein as a steak. It’s also a powerful anti-inflammatory.

Just add spirulina to your smoothies to feel more energetic and support your liver.

Try The Ultimate Spirulina Smoothie.

 


Original article from mindbodygreen.com

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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Energizing Moringa Tea

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A cup of Moringa Tea will give you a kick of caffeine-free energy that’s bright and clear, without jitters like coffee or espresso. It has a taste similar to green tea and will leave you feeling mentally sharp and ready to tackle all your daily activities.

Have a cup at lunch and you’ll still feel energized and ready to go after work. Just be sure not to drink this too late in the day, or you’ll be up all night!

Moringa powder contains a huge variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, and more. It is a nutritionally complex green superfood that simultaneously nourishes, strengthens, and detoxifies the body!

Ingredients

  • 8-12oz Hot water
  • 1-2 teaspoons Moringa Powder
  • 1 teabag
  • 1 teaspoon Honey or Coconut Palm Sugar (optional)
  • 4oz Almond Milk (optional – sweetened or unsweetened)

 

Directions

  • Add Moringa Powder to individual tea bag (the more Moringa, the bigger the buzz so build up gradually!)
  • Place teabag in hot water. Steep for 5-6 minutes.
  • Add Honey for sweetener
  • Add Almond milk for a smoother & creamier milk tea

 

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Super Chia Pudding Pie in a Jar

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Craving a smooth, creamy, cool, and crunchy snack? This pie in a jar is perfect! Chia pudding is loaded with healthy omega fatty acids, magnesium and fiber. Great for your brain, heart and gut! With Superfood Smoothie Mix to add some delicious nutrition and a cashew and date crust, this is a healthy breakfast, dessert, or anytime snack!

 

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

  • Stir together milk, Chia Seeds, and Yacon Syrup. Refrigerate 4-6 hours until thickened. Once thickened, take half the chia pudding and add Superfood Smoothie Mix and Maqui Berry Powder, stir until mixed well.

  • Next, blend dates and cashews until chunky. Add more dates if too dry.

  • In a jar, layer cashew & date mix, and alternate layers of chia pudding. Garnish with fresh fruit or nuts of your choice. Enjoy!

 

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12 Super Nutritious Foods To Eat More Of

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12 Super Nutritious Foods To Eat More Of

 

We’re over a month into 2016. You’ve made lists of intentions, resolutions, goals, desires, hopes, dreams. But have you made a list of nutritious foods, spices, and other nutrient-rich items to consume weekly, if not daily?

It can be easy to focus on popular superfoods and neglect other essential nutritious foods that our bodies crave for optimal health.

I try to incorporate these 12 foods into my meals daily. I hope you’ll join me in adding these staples to your life too!

1. Turmeric

Turmeric is a fantastic post-workout recovery “food” because it helps to reduce inflammation. In addition, turmeric is a very powerful antioxidant to help fight cancer, autoimmune illnesses, and promote heart health.

To use: Sprinkle organic turmeric powder on savory dishes.

Note: Curcumin is activated with ground black pepper and because turmeric is fat-soluble, it’s advisable to take with a healthy fat such as avocado or coconut. My favorite way to use turmeric is to make Golden Milk!

2. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is proven to be a nutritional powerhouse. It helps fight diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and Parkinson’s, promotes strong cardiovascular health, and is a super-strong antioxidant to fight off free radicals.

Cinnamon also helps keep insulin stable so blood sugar stays controlled. Great news for pre-diabetics or those with diabetes.

To use: Sprinkle on a warm bowl of steel-cut oats, mix a little with sunflower butter, raw honey, banana, ginger, and add to the top of your sweet potato.

Note: Use Ceylon cinnamon vs. commercial cinnamon (cassia).

3. Cacao

Everyone likes chocolate, right? But all chocolate is not created equal. Raw cacao is the superfood part of chocolate, meaning it’s unprocessed and retains essential nutrients.

Raw cacao contains up to four times the antioxidants of processed cocoa powder! Raw cacao is also bountiful in minerals such as iron, magnesium, and potassium, in addition to omega fatty acids.

To use: Make a plant-based hot cacao, or sprinkle cacao on top of a warm bowl of steel-cut oats for chocolate oatmeal.

4. Spirulina

Besides the vibrant cheerful green color, the nutrient profile of spirulina is also something to get excited about: vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin B12, and iron, to name a few. This blue-green plant-based superfood from the sea also contains protein.

Spirulina is even touted as being good for the heart and an anti-inflammatory.

To use: I personally like to sprinkle on top of organic sprouted-grain pasta, salads, smoothies, and even soups.

5. Hemp hearts and powder

I eat hemp daily, as it’s packed with plant-based protein! Hemp is a complete protein, which means it contains all the essential amino acids.

Additionally, hemp contains other vitamins and minerals that are crucial to our well-being; iron, vitamin B6, zinc, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus.

To use: Sprinkle hemp hearts on soups, salads, pasta, and eat straight from the bag! You add hemp protein powder to smoothies and baked goods.

6. Apple cider vinegar

Another “food” you may not think of that has amazing health benefits is apple cider vinegar (ACV). It contains enzymes, potassium, helps to balance pH in the body, aids in digestion, and is great for colds and sore throats.

All of these internal benefits show up in external ways, such as clearer and healthy skin!

To use: Add a tablespoon to your water bottle or make a “shot” with it and have first thing in the morning. If you’re physically active, this makes a perfect electrolyte.

Note: Not all ACVs are the same, so be sure to use the unfiltered kind in a glass bottle. I use and recommend Braggs.

7. Unrefined sea salt

Most people fear all salt, but that’s simply not necessary. The salt from the earth is actually essential for our health! (Man-made salt like that found in fast food is, indeed, not healthy for us.)

Unrefined sea salt contains essential trace minerals. One of the best health benefits of these particular salts (e.g., Celtic, Himalayan, etc.) is that helps to balance our hormones.

To use: You can start the day with unrefined sea salts in warm water and sprinkle on any food you’d like.

8. Brazil nuts

This particular nut often gets overlooked in the wide array of other nuts on the shelf, but it shouldn’t.

Brazil nuts are packed with nutrients such as selenium, B and E vitamins, zinc, iron, and calcium that all add up to health benefits like radiant skin, heart health, balanced hormones, and a healthy immune system.

To use: Have a handful of Brazil nuts daily.

9. Avocado

It’s difficult to pick my favorite healthy fat, but avocado is certainly at the top of the list!

Just as our bodies need the right salt, they also need the right fat for optimal health. Avocados are rich in fiber; vitamins C, E, and B6; copper; folate; and, of course, healthy fat.

Avocados give our health overall nutritional value but on a micro level they aid in heart health, weight management, stabilizing blood sugars, and reducing inflammation. I often say that an avocado a day will keep the doctor away because of the previous health benefits.

To use: Eat it plain, use in place of mayonnaise, or smash it up with unrefined sea salt and nutritional yeast for a quick, nutritious snack.

10. Coconut

Following closely on the heels of the magnificent avocado is the equally wonderful coconut.

Another healthy fat, the coconut is packed full of nutrients like iron, vitamins C and B6, and magnesium. Besides coconut oil, there’s coconut flour, shredded coconut, coconut water, coconut milk.

To use: Swap coconut oil for butter, make Golden Milk with full-fat coconut milk, and experiment with coconut flour in recipes.

11. Beets

Red (and golden) beets are amazing superfoods because they boost energy levels, decrease inflammation, and help naturally detoxify your body. Naturally high in iron, beets are incredible for women.

To use: Besides juicing beets, you can cook them and drizzle with extra-virgin coconut oil and sprinkle with real salt. (See? You just got three superfoods right there!)

Note: Try to eat beets weekly rather than daily.

12. Leafy greens

No superfood list would be complete without greens. While I love kale and eat it just about daily, there are other greens that are also worthy of consuming — and it’s good to have a variety of greens on our plates.

Arugula, spinach, mache, collard greens, red-leaf lettuce, Swiss chard, watercress, and parsley are all examples of wonderful leafy greens to incorporate into your life on a daily basis. Because there are so many leafy greens to choose from, you’ll never grow bored.

To use: Make a salad, whip up a stir-fry with Swiss chard, use raw collard greens as wraps, sprinkle meals with parsley, or juice.

Note: Be sure to buy organic leafy greens to limit your exposure to pesticides.

What superfood on this list surprised you? What are you excited to try first? I’d love to hear which ones you’re going to incorporate.

 


Original article from mindbodygreen.com

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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Constantly Tired? Here are 12 Herbs to Increase Energy and Vitality

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Constantly Tired? Here are 12 Herbs to Increase Energy and Vitality

 

How difficult is it for us to achieve a work-life balance? How much more difficult is it to achieve a life-energy balance?

If you are constantly tired, or struggle with your energy levels through the day, a few ancient herbal formulas can help you achieve the balance you never thought possible.

Skip your daily sugar boost, coffee or red bull because in the long-term they will always let you down. Adaptogenic herbs will give you sustained energy and vitality while allowing your mind to think freely, calmly and without excessive stimulation.

What are Adaptogenic Herbs?

Adaptogenic herbs demonstrate a nonspecific enhancement of the body’s ability to resist a stressor, increasing your resistance overall against physical, chemical and biological stressors. Modern herbalists say adaptogenic herbs are plants with properties that exert a normalizing influence on the body, neither habit-forming, over-stimulating nor inhibiting normal body function, but rather exerting a generalized tonifying effect.

Herbal formulas found in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic medicine restore a healthy stress response typically using traditionally prepared formulas, however each herb can be taken on its own. Here are 12 of the best.

12 Herbs to Increase Energy and Vitality

1. GREEN TEA
Instead of reaching for a cola mid-day, try brewing a cup of green tea. Green tea drinkers experience an increase in the activation of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain associated with working memory, which you need for problem solving and focus.

Green tea is made solely from the leaves of Camellia sinensis that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing. It has become the raw material for extracts which are used in various beverages, health foods, dietary supplements, and cosmetic items. Users should be aware the some sources of green tea may contain excess levels of fluoride so it’s important to purchase from companies that do not use irrigated sources of fluoridated water.

2. RHODIOLA
Rhodiola rosea (Golden Root, Roseroot, Aaron’s Rod) is effective for improving mood and alleviating depression. Its effects are potentially mediated by changes in serotonin and dopamine levels.

Used for centuries in Asia and Scandinavia, Rhodiola is still relatively new to the Western market, but its popularity is growing, in large part because of what an incredibly versatile — and relatively inexpensive.

3. MACA
Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is an annual plant native to the high Andes of Peru and Bolivia. It has been harvested and used by humans in the Andean Mountains for centuries.

Darker colored maca roots (red, purple, black) contain significant amounts of natural iodine, a 10-gram serving of dried maca generally containing 52 micrograms of iodine.

It is highly beneficial for reducing fatigue, enhancing energy and endurance, as well as being a superlatively effective adaptagen for everyday living. Maca contains 55 phytochemicals that are known to have vitality-enhancing effects in the body, in addition to being incredibly mineral dense and nutritious.

Maca has the ability to heighten libido and improve semen quality. Its favorable effects on mood, may decrease anxiety and improve sexual desire. The effects of Maca are due to the root’s unique nutritional profile, which provides optimum levels of nutrients utilized by the body’s endocrine system. It may even alleviate medication-induced sexual dysfunction caused by pharmaceutical antidepressants.

4. ASHWAGANDHA
Ashwangandha (Withania somnifera) is one of the premier restorative herbs in Ayurvedic medicine. It is known to help stabilize mood and support optimal physical and emotional well-being. It is also known to improve memory and focus and endurance. It is believed to reduce the effects of stress on the body. The berries and leaves of ashwangandhaare locally applied to tumors, tubercular glands, carbuncles, and ulcers.

5. SCHISANDRA
Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis) is a deciduous woody vine native to forests of Northern China and the Russian Far East. Its berries are used in traditional Chinese medicine, where it is considered one of the 50 fundamental herbs. They are most often used in dried form, and boiled to make a tea. Medicinally it is used as a tonic and restorative adaptogen with notable clinically documented liver protecting effects. It supports the immune system, relieves anxiety, increases energy, and it can improve mental clarity. It’s sometimes called the “five flavors berry,” because it tastes sour, bitter, sweet, salty and acrid all at once.

6. CORDYCEPS
Considered the “ginseng of mushrooms”, Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis) are known to have a truly awesome effect on endurance and stamina. Research has shown that Cordyceps are highly effective in treating respiratory ailments, enhancing aerobic performance, increasing sex drive, strengthening the immune system, as well as having anti-stress properties. Researchers have also noted that a polysaccharide isolated from Cordyceps has a hypoglycemic effect and may be beneficial for people with insulin resistance.

7. PANAX GINSENG (ASIAN GINSENG)
Panax ginseng roots are taken orally as adaptogens, aphrodisiacs, nourishing stimulants. It is perhaps one of the most studied medicinal herbs in the world — and might be one of the most widely used. It is a proven anti-inflammatory, can regulate blood sugar and can even inhibit some characteristics associated with cancer.

It’s used most commonly to promote a sense of well-being and endurance, as an anti-depressant, for memory and calmness, for energy (it’s one of the ingredients in most energy drinks).

8. HOLY BASIL
Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) has been found in many studies to be equivalent to many modern painkillers. It is also know to protect from radiation poisoning. Within the tradition of Ayurvedic medicine, it is used to alleviate stress, headaches, colds, digestive problems and inflammation. Recent studies have also shown that it’s also a powerful antioxidant and may even be able to reduce blood glucose levels and cholesterol.

9. ASTRAGALUS
Astragalus has a history of use as a herbal medicine and is used in traditional Chinese medicine. Either alone or in combination with other herbs, has potential benefits for the immune system, heart, and liver, and as an adjunctive therapy for cancer.

Found to help restore compromised immune response due to excessive stress and toxicity from the environment. Cited as being extra beneficial for those with chronic immune deficiencies, it is recommended above Echinacea for its ability to provide deeper assistance to those who’ve consumed large quantities of antibiotics and have become susceptible to infections. Astragalus is consumed through capsules, tinctures, or in a tea. For best results, it is used for several weeks to several months at a time.

10. HE SHOU WU
He Shou Wu (Fallopia multiflora) is also known as polygonum multiflorum, and is predominantly referred to as such in Pubmed. It is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a tonic to slow down the aging process. It is a restorative herb, calming to the nervous system, and has also been shown to promote hair growth, alleviate insomnia, and may aid with learning and memory.

11. REISHI MUSHROOM
Traditional Chinese medicine uses reishi to “calm the spirit.” Reishi, (literally “supernatural” mushrooms) have been used for more than 2,000 years, making them perhaps the oldest mushroom to be used medicinally. They can be helpful to reduce anxiety, alleviate insomnia, combat fatigue, and lower blood pressure.

12. OREGANO
Especially when used in oil of oregano, this herb is an excellent for detox and vitality. Add a twice daily dose of oil of oregano (1-2 drops in 8oz of water–for a bonus healing infusion, add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to the water for its healthy bacteria and its reputation for internal healing and detoxifying). Oil of oregano also has extremely high levels of antioxidants which help protect the body from chronic conditions. It boosts the immune system, aids in digestion (good digestion=higher energy as more nutrients are absorbed), and helps rid the body of parasites (yet another potentially hidden cause of chronic fatigue).

 


Original article from wakeup-world.com

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The Benefits of Hemp Protein

What is Hemp Protein?

The hemp plant is known for its incredible versatility as an industrial crop and its raw seeds have recently gained popularity as a heart-healthy superfood. By grinding the seeds into a fine powder, we are able to create an excellent plant-based protein powder, perfect for vegan, vegetarian or hypoallergenic lifestyles.

Per serving:
15g Protein  |  4.5g EAA  |  2.1g BCAA


How is it different?

Hemp Protein is 50% protein by weight which is lower than other plant-based proteins. However, this is because it’s an excellent source of fiber. One serving has 28% daily recommended fiber which contributes to healthy digestion and feeling fuller for longer (which can help with weight loss).

Hemp Protein is also a good source of Omega-6 and Omega-3. These omega fatty acids are the reason for hemp’s popularity as a heart-healthy food. Omega-3s have been shown to reduce cardiovascular disease risk, as well as inflammatory responses in the cardiovascular system, arrhythmia, and stroke.1 Omegas can also support healthy brain function and cognitive abilities, including memory and mood.2

In addition, Hemp Protein contains a wealth of vitamins and minerals in significant amounts including Manganese (225% Daily Value), Magnesium (90% DV), Iron (80% DV), Phosphorous (48% DV), Zinc (40% DV), Copper (33% DV), Folate (30% DV),Vitamin B1 (30% DV), Vitamin B6 (24%), and Vitamin B3 (21%).

Hemp Protein is ideal for building muscle, assisting with weight loss, aiding healthy digestion, supporting heart and brain health and providing vital nutrients to strengthen immunity.

Shop Hemp Protein products here: 8oz Hemp Protein, 2.5lb Hemp Protein

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References:
1. “Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Disease: New Recommendations From the American Heart Association.” Kris-Etherton PM, Harris WS, Appel LJ, 2003.
2. “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.

 

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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Benefits of Supergreens & Protein

What is Supergreens & Protein?
Supergreens & Protein is a harmonious blend of Vanilla Rice Protein Powder (made from sprouted whole grain brown rice) and Sun is Shining™ Green Superfood. This special mix was created to combine all your daily nutrition into one easy smoothie, and allow for superior absorption of nutrients and amino acids.

Per serving:
21g Protein  |  8g EAA  |  4g BCAA

How is it different?
The addition of Sun is Shining™ brings 19 green superfoods to this protein including spirulina, chlorella, wheat grass, kale, spinach, kelp, alfalfa and more. This results in a much higher amount of vital nutrients which promote a strong immune system. Each serving contains 150% daily vitamin B12, 70% iron, 60% vitamin A, and 15% calcium.

Including Sun is Shining™ also adds a specialized enzyme complex and probiotic complex which help your body more efficiently absorb nutrients and protein. This can decrease recovery time, as your muscles receive the nutrients they need more efficiently. Enzymes and probiotics also improve digestion, keeping your gut healthy which is crucial for promoting normal immune function.

Supergreens & Protein is ideal for building lean muscle, recovering from athletic performance, promoting a healthy gut, boosting immune function and improving digestion.

Shop Supergreens and Protein products here: 8oz Supergreens & Protein2.5lb Supergreens & Protein

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Benefits of Rice & Pea Protein

What is Rice & Pea Protein?
This is a 50/50 blend of two highly concentrated vegan protein sources. Combining rice protein and pea protein results in higher essential amino acid content than either has on their own, and a wider variety of branched-chain amino acids.

Per serving:
23g Protein  |  12g EAA  |  5g BCAA


How is it different?
This blend was designed with a focus on providing a substantial amount of amino acids that are vital for muscle health. Essential amino acids help repair muscle & connective tissues and support healthy muscle growth. Branched-chain amino acids have been shown to reduce the muscle damage associated with endurance exercise.

The high EAA and BCAA content may help with recovery after a workout and improve athletic performance. The blend also results in slightly lower calorie and lower sodium content than pure Pea Protein.

Rice & Pea Protein is ideal for superior amino acid content, building, repairing, and reducing damage to muscle tissues during exercise. 

Shop Rice and Pea Protein products here: 8oz Rice & Pea Protein & 2.5lb Rice & Pea Protein

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Benefits of Pea Protein

What is Pea Protein?
Pea Protein is derived from yellow peas, providing a highly digestible and bioavailable protein powder. It is 80% protein by weight, a very high ratio similar to brown rice protein. This makes it more concentrated than other vegan sources of protein such as hemp and sacha inchi. This also means it has a higher amount of amino acids than other protein sources.

Per serving:
24g Protein  |  10g EAA  |  5.3g BCAA


How is it different?
Pea Protein is rich in branched-chain and essential amino acids and it is especially high in Lysine. Lysine has been studied for its ability to help balance blood glucose1, as well as its ability to increase muscle strength2, and reduce anxiety.3

Each serving of Pea Protein also contains 39% daily value of iron. Effects of iron deficiency include gastrointestinal disturbances and impaired cognitive functionimmune function, exercise or work performance, and body temperature regulation4. It’s crucial to make sure your diet contains sufficient iron.

Pea Protein is ideal for building healthy muscles and connective tissues, improving athletic performance and maintaining proper iron in your diet.

Shop Pea Protein products here: 8oz Pea Protein2.5lb Pea Protein

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References:
1. Kalogeropoulou D, La Fave L, Schweim K, Gannon M, Nuttall F. Lysine ingestion markedly attenuates the glucose response to ingested glucose without a change in insulin response. Am J Clin Nutr. 2009.
2. Unni U, Raj T, Sambashivaiah S, et al. The effect of a controlled 8-week metabolic ward based lysine supplementation on muscle function, insulin sensitivity and leucine kinetics in young men. Am J Clin Nutr. 2012.
3.Smriga M, Ghosh S, Mouneimne Y, Pellett P, Scrimshaw N. Lysine fortification reduces anxiety and lessens stress in family members in economically weak communities in Northwest Syria. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2004.
4. Clark SF. Iron Deficiency Anemia. Nutr Clin Pract 2008.

 

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How to Make Your Own Alkaline Water

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How to Make Your Own Alkaline Water

 

Water is slowly becoming the most precious resource in our world. There’s no way around it, it makes up 70% and 80% of our brains and bodies respectively. Water is, in every sense of the word, vital to our existence. Alkaline water offers the best levels of hydration and minerals.

To keep your body nice and hydrated, drink two cups of water first thing in the morning. With them you’ll be able to counter the natural rate of dehydration you have while sleeping.

If you’re an avid coffee drinker, make sure you drink alkaline water before your daily wake-me-up because coffee and other diuretics can further increase your levels of dehydration.

Unfortunately most of the of the water that’s accessible to you is either bottled or tap water, both are prone be full of metals, antibiotics, hormones, and chlorine.

Why You Shouldn’t Drink Impure Water

Instead of improving your hydration levels and providing the essential minerals your body needs, these types of water make your body do all work to filter out the hazardous materials. This in turn makes us vulnerable to a range of health issues.

Unreliable water can cause a series of complications, ranging from hindering your immune system to upsetting your body’s acid and alkaline balance. It also makes you extremely vulnerable to any contamination in public water sources or water bottlers.

Bottled water is not only vulnerable to contaminants in its bottler’s system; it also carries the danger posed by the bottles themselves. PET plastic bottles can release heavy metals and chemicals that affect your body’s hormonal balance.

Tap water itself has its own complications, mostly because the majority of public water systems do not have the capacity to control what pharmaceutical compounds enter the supply.

Unfortunately, we still don’t know the full effects of these chemical residues.

If your body becomes too acidic, you’re likely to experience low levels of energy, persistent fatigue, digestive complication, and it can sabotage weight management.

The good news is that these side effects can be bypassed by drinking alkaline water.

At first glance, drinking alkaline water might seem like a costly affair. The price for alkaline filtration system can go up to three thousand dollars.

But fret not, here’s my recipe for homemade alkaline water.

Ingredients:

-A full pitcher of filtered water (use any standard water filter)

-One organic lemon

-One tablespoon of pink Himalayan salt (I can’t stop saying how amazing it is)

Instructions:

-Fill your pitcher with filtered water.

-Cut your organic lemon into quarters, and add them to the pitcher (Do not squeeze them).

-Add the tablespoon of the pink Himalayan salt.

-Let the water sit overnight at room temperature.

And you’re now ready to start the morning.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, I also recommend using Find A Spring to plan a trip to stock up on natural spring water straight from the source.

 


Original article from realfarmacy.com

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This Is What Happens When You Drink Honey Water Every Day

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This Is What Happens When You Drink Honey Water Every Day

 

Honey has been a sweet nectar of healing for centuries. Honey can be used as a food, a medicine and a beauty treatment. When you drink honey water, you have a tasty, sweet beverage that gives you several wonderful nutrition and health benefits.

Honey contains many essential nutrients and it is a supersaturated solution of sugars. Honey contains small amounts of proteins, enzymes, amino acids, minerals, trace elements, vitamins, aroma compounds and polyphenols, all of which help support our health and well-being.

A tablespoon of honey has small amounts potassium, magnesium, calcium, copper, iron, manganese, chromium, zinc, riboflavin, folic acid, selenium, and other trace nutrients that are essential to your diet.

The main nutritional components of honey are carbohydrates, which are mainly fructose and glucose. Although honey is a high carbohydrate food, its glycemic index varies depending on the type of honey source that the bees used to produce it.

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DRINK HONEY WATER EVERY DAY
Because honey contains a high amount of natural sugar, diabetics should consult with their doctors prior to adding honey to their diets.

When we combine the nutrition of honey with the hydrating power of water, we get a sweet, nutritious drink that gives you enough healthy benefits to add it to your daily diet.

1. DIGESTIVE HEALTH
The antioxidants of honey are helpful for the prevention, cure and treatment of some stomach disorders such as ulcers, gastritis and gastroenteritis. Researchers believe that honey intake stimulates the sensory nerves in the stomach, which helps reduce ulcers. Other researchers are studying how honey helps relieve diarrhea in children and rats. Drinking honey water can also help reduce gas and bloating.

2. IMMUNE SYSTEM BOOST
Honey can be applied topically to minor wounds and burns to help healing as an anti-inflammatory. In one study, honey healed infected post-operative wounds more quickly than antiseptic washes followed by gauze and was associated with fewer adverse reactions after treatment.

Honey also stimulates antibody production to help fight off illness. Honey’s health potential has even been studied with regard to fighting cancer. Drinking honey water can also help with your oral health by helping to prevent the buildup of dental plaque and gingivitis.

3. FLUSH TOXINS
Not only will a glass of honey water keep you hydrated, but it will also help to flush toxins from your system. Manuka honey is a variety that has particularly potent antifungal, antibiotic and antibacterial properties.

Adding lemon to the honey water adds citric acid which will help the body to naturally flush out unwanted toxins. You can read more about the benefits of drinking lemon water in this article.

4. CLEAR SKIN
The antibacterial nature of honey makes it an excellent remedy for acne. Drinking honey water helps clear your skin from the inside, but you can also apply it directly to the skin.

5. LOSE WEIGHT
Honey keeps blood sugar more stable than other sources of carbohydrates like refined sugar. As a result, your body has a supply of energy on hand to use but your stable blood sugar should help stave off cravings. Some sport nutritionists recommend honey water for before, during and after sustained periods of intense exercise.

Also a tablespoon of honey in a 12 oz glass of water has about half the calories of any drink sweetened with sugar. Saving calories on a sweet beverage that is healthier for you will help reduce your overall caloric intake.

6. REGULATE BLOOD SUGAR
Although honey is high in sugar and carbohydrates, the effect on blood sugar is much reduced compared to that of refined sugar. Some researchers believe that it is a synergistic effect of both the fructose and glucose in honey that might contribute to the relatively low glycemic response after consuming honey.

Diabetics should still exercise caution, but drinking honey water could be a way to keep sweetness in your diet without having to be concerned about having a spike in blood sugar.

7. SOOTHE A SORE THROAT
Honey is a remedy for sore throat that has been used for centuries. Try warm honey water when you are feeling under the weather. Add a slice of lemon to the warm water for an added vitamin C boost.

Some people drink a hot toddy when they are feeling sick. A hot toddy would be the same honey, hot water and lemon recipe as above with an added shot of whiskey. This is an old remedy that your grandmother may have recommended for a cold.

8. PREVENT HEART DISEASE
Honey is loaded with antioxidants which help protect your heart by lowering bad cholesterol. Darker honey contains even more of the health benefits so aim for these varieties when you shop.

Do not feed raw honey to infants under one year old. Non-sterilized raw honey may contain bacteria that adult immune systems can handle but that infant immune systems are not yet developed enough to fight.

 


Original article from powerofpositivity.com

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15 Foods that Force Cancer Cell Death, Remove Toxins and Relentlessly Hunt Free Radicals

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15 Foods that Force Cancer Cell Death, Remove Toxins and Relentlessly Hunt Free Radicals

 

Research over the past decade has shown without a doubt, that what you eat has a profound effect on your overall health. The simple truth is that an anti-cancer diet doesn’t look that different from the healthy foods you should be eating anyway. That means plenty of organic fruits and vegetables, as well as lean meat or fish.

To compile a list of cancer fighting foods would require a list of most fruits, vegetables, protein and herbs. Some foods will fight inflammation which fuels cancer growth. Other foods force cancer cell death, while other foods help the body to remove toxins and protect against free radical damage. Healthy organic foods will attack any illness on some level.

So what is on the list of cancer fighting foods?

Pretty much the exact opposite of the Standard American Diet (SAD). Organic foods that include colorful vegetables, fruits, beans, healthy fats, garlic, herbs, spices and lean proteins. While this is not a complete list, let’s take a look at a few highlights:

1. Beans

Beans offer numerous phytochemicals along with fiber. Phytochemicals such as saponins have the ability to inhibit cancer cell reproduction, protease inhibitors slow the division of cancer cells, and phytic acid which also slows the progression of tumors are all components of beans. Beans contain Folate a B vitamin that reduces the risk of pancreatic cancer.

2. Black Seed/Oil

Also known as black cumin, black cumin seed, or black seed. There are currently 656 peer reviewed studies on this amazing food. This seed has the ability to stabilize and strengthen the immune system. Dr. Hwyda Arafar M.D., PhD used black cumin in the treatment of pancreatic cancer patients with astounding results of 80% cell death.

3. Carrots

Carrots are packed with beta-carotene, an antioxidant that scientists believe protects cell membranes from toxin damage and slow the growth of cancer cells. Because they supply antioxidants that can battle HPV. Carrots may also prove to be beneficial in the treatment of leukemia.

4. Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables such as bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, kale, collards and cauliflower contain sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinols (I3Cs). These are two potent cancer fighters. They help to detoxify the body and help precancerous cells from developing into malignant tumors. In studies conducted by the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer, broccoli and other cruciferous veggies were most protective against mouth, esophagus and stomach cancers. You may also consider eating broccoli sprouts, for an even greater nutritional boost.

5. Garlic

The same sulfur compounds that give garlic its strong odor can stop cancer causing substances from forming in your body, speed up DNA repair and kill cancer cells. Don’t forget to include other foods from the alliaceous group; onions, leeks, shallots and chives. The sulfur in this group of foods facilitate the death of prostate, colon, breast and lung cancer cells.

6. Ginger

Ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and can slow cancer growth. The spicy root is also helpful for relieving nausea, migraines, sore muscles and arthritis. The anti-inflammatory power of ginger kills ovarian cancer cells in a test tube faster than chemo, according to a study done at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

7. Grapes and Resveratrol

Research shows that resveratrol offers numerous health benefits including, reducing inflammation, and preventing oxidation of LDL cholesterol. It is also helps to limit the spread of cancer cells and triggers cancer cell death. If you are looking to increase your resveratrol intake consider consuming grapes, blueberries, cranberries and pomegranate each of which offer a wide range of antioxidants.

8. Green Tea

Rich in polyphenols and catechins, in particular EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate). EGCG is tough on cancer cells. This potent antioxidant helps detoxify the liver and retards cancer growth. Lab studies have found that catechins in tea can shrink tumors and reduce tumor cell growth.

9. Pomegranate

This fruit offers anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. Studies show this fruit can significantly inhibit the growth of prostate cancer cells. If buying juice, be sure to read labels as bottled juice usually contains very high amounts of sugar.

10. Sea Vegetables

Kelp, Kombu, Hijiki, Nori and Arame are potent mineral and vitamin rich foods that can easily be added to soups, salads, rice or noodle dishes. Sea vegetables offer a host of nutritional and healing benefits. Kelp helps remove radioactive particles and heavy metals from the body. Kombu helps lower blood pressure and is abundant in iodine, carotenes, B, C, D and E vitamins, it is also a high protein seaweed that also contains calcium, magnesium, potassium, silica, iron, and zinc. Hijiki boosts natural killer T-cells for disease protection. Nori is rich in all the carotenes, calcium, iron, iodine and phosphorous. Arame is one of the richest sources of iodine. Herbalists use Arame to help reduce breast and uterine fibroids. Dried seaweeds can also be powdered to use in detox baths.

11. Spinach

This versatile green food contains lutein and zeaxanthin. These carotenoids remove unstable molecules and free radicals from your body. They are also found in other dark green leafy vegetables. An NIH/AARP study of more than 490,000 people found that individuals who ate more spinach were less likely to develop esophageal cancer. Some studies suggest the carotenoids in spinach and other foods reduce the risk of ovarian, endometrial, lung, and colorectal cancer, too.

12. Strawberries

This berry is rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C and ellagic acid. Ellagic acid has anti-cancer properties that supercharges enzymes to slow the growth of tumors. All berries contain powerful antioxidants, which means they naturally halt the process in the body that creates free radicals that damage your cells. Additional berries rich in flavonoids such as raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and cranberries are also powerful antioxidants and considered a protective food. Fruits and berries have the potential to decrease risks of lung, mouth, stomach and esophagus cancer.

13. Tomatoes

Lycopene is a highly concentrated antioxidant in tomatoes. Numerous studies suggest that a diet rich in lycopene is linked to a lower risk of prostate cancer. In lab tests lycopene has stopped other types of cancer cells from growing including breast, lung and endometrial. Other foods that contain lycopene include watermelon, pink grapefruit and red bell peppers While regular consumption of tomatoes and peppers are associated with lower risks of several cancers, especially prostate cancer, it has a downside, which is solanine. If you have any inflammation in your body, consuming foods with solanine is highly likely to worsen and aggravate the situation. Click here to learn more: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/link-between-nightshades-chronic-pain-and-inflammation

14. Turmeric

Curcumin is one of the most powerful antioxidants found in turmeric and has numerous health benefits. It has been studied extensively for its ability to kill numerous cancer lines. James A. Duke, an ethnobotanist published comprehensive summaries of 700 turmeric studies.

15. Vitamin D

Although this isn’t a food, there are too many studies that show this vitamin is instrumental in reducing the risk of breast and colon cancer, as well as improving the survival rate of lung cancer.

“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” Ann Wigmore

 


Original article from realfarmacy.com

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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If You Only Eat 5 Superfoods, Eat These

 

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If You Only Eat 5 Superfoods, Eat These

I pore over articles about superfoods, nutrients and vitamins to see which ones I would actually recommend to patients. I try and discern which ones are backed by science to determine the ones that are worth spending the time and money to eat.
I came up with my four favorites, which I have listed below.

The superfoods I include in this list are all ones that are relatively inexpensive, making them easier to consume regularly (at least three times per week). You should eat these as part of a balanced whole food, plant-based diet. They are easy to sprinkle on greens, add to smoothies or to take in supplement form.

 

1. Turmeric/Curcumin

The active ingredient in curcumin (or turmeric) is well studied as an anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer agent.

It’s a promising treatment for Alzheimer’s as well.

As we know, a huge portion of the immune system lies in the gut. Using curry powder or raw turmeric can boost it.

How To Eat: Add a 1/2 spoonful in hot water was a tea or added to your green (vegetable) juice.

 

2. Garlic

Garlic can lower blood pressure and treat colds. It can also reduce the risk of various cancers.

Garlic was re-popularized by Tim Ferriss who says it helped him “inhibit fat regain”.

How To Eat: Raw is best, but if you can’t fathom eating it raw, extracts are available.

 

3. Ground flax seeds

Flaxseeds can help with blood sugar control and potentially inhibit certain cancers, such as prostate and breast.

Additionally, they offer a good dose of soluble fiber.

How To Eat: Add 2-3 tablespoons to your daily smoothie or over a salad

 

4. Chia seeds

One tablespoon of chia offers more calcium than a glass of milk. It’s also full of antioxidants!

Rich in fiber, they are also great for weight loss.

How To Eat: My favorite way to eat them is soak them so they get a gel like consistency. Add two tablespoons soaked for 15 minutes to smoothies or you can drink it with water, stevia and lemon.

 

5. Spirulina

Spirulina is a great for immune support, protein, and as source of vegan omega-3s. The taste is a bit strong for lots of people, but the benefits, especially for plant-based eaters, are well worth it.

Green Chocolate Smoothie

Here’s a quick and easy green “chocolate” smoothie that incorporates both chia and flax seeds.

Serves 2

Ingredients

2 cups cold almond milk
2 handfuls spinach
1 kale leaf, medium
1 cup fresh or frozen berries
2 tablespoons chia seeds (pre soaked)
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
Preparation
Blend all ingredients in a high power blender until smooth.

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Original article by Dr. Amy Shah for mindbodygreen.com

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Pure Truffle Bliss

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This wonderful recipe was created right here at Sunfood by our resident chocolatier Molly! These raw, vegan chocolates that are great for any occasion and are simple to make. Create delicious solid chocolate bars or fill them with various nuts and berries to make your own creative & decadent twist!

Chocolate Ingredients:

 

Chocolate Mixture Preparation:

  • Melt Cacao Butter in a double broiler over low heat. Occasionally stirring.  If you do not have a double broiler you can melt the Cacao Butter in the microwave.
  • Combine melted Cacao Butter with Yacon Syrup (or choice of sweetener), Cacao Powder, and Vanilla Powder. Mix thoroughly.

 

Using the chocolate mixture you can create any of the below recipes:

Chocolate Bars:

  • Take a baking sheet lined with wax paper and pour chocolate mixture on it. Spread evenly with a spatula. You can also fill chocolate bar molds to get a more uniformed look.
  • To make things more exciting top chocolate with yummy superfoods like Goji berries, golden berries, mango slices, chopped heirloom almonds, or jungle peanuts.

 

Solid Truffles:

  • Take chocolate mixture and add Vanilla Powder (for taste)
  • Pour chocolate mixture into truffle molds (found at your local craft or baking store and online as well).
  • Refrigerator for 30 minutes or until solid and then pop the truffles out of the molds and enjoy!

 

Filled Truffles:

  • Pour chocolate mixture into chocolate molds. Fill completely.
  • Take a large piece of wax paper or parchment paper and place over counter. Turn filled mold upside down to drain and drip out excess chocolate mixture, leaving on a lining in the molds.
  • Turn mold back over and scrape off any leftover excess chocolate mixture from the top with a spatula. This should leave you with just a chocolate shell in your mold. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until hard.
  • Take chilled molds out of the refrigerator and fill with what ever you like-maqui berries, acai berries, coconut oil mixed with cacao powder, or nut butters!

 

Since these are natural truffles that do not have any preservatives in them, they are best kept in the refrigerator to maintain freshness

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Effective Natural Solutions for Your Teeth and Gums

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Effective Natural Solutions for Your Teeth and Gums

 

Studies Prove Effectiveness of

Holistic Treatments for Teeth
Today we have toothbrushes that vibrate, circulate, or some combination of both, and of course there is the regular ol’ toothbrush that requires a little more hand and wrist action on our part. There are water picks, toothpicks, plaque scrapers, tongue brushes, dental floss and dental tape. There are numerous varieties of toothpaste and mouthwash, and even dental gum that you can chew between brushing sessions. And let’s not forget all of the different types of teeth whitening products!

As a means to prevent tooth decay, many dentists recommend a fluoride treatment twice per year. Fluoride is also added to many of these dental care products, as well as to most public water systems. However, in 2010 the CDC reported that dental fluorosis, a serious condition caused by too much fluoride, is on the increase in the United States.

According to this report, the “prevalence of dental fluorosis was higher among younger persons and ranged from 41% among adolescents aged 12-15 to 9% among adults aged 40-49.” In 1986-87, 22.6% of adolescents had dental fluorosis, compared to 40.7% in 1999-2005. This is quite an increase! As a result, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services planned on lowering the amount of fluoride allowed in public water systems, but as of 2014 had yet to do so.

(It is interesting to note that, while fluoride is added to water supplies for the purpose of therapeutic consumption, no recommended water/fluoride dosage has ever been prescribed by health authorities ~ Editor.)

What is even more alarming is the 2013 Harvard study, along with 37 other studies, that found that elevated fluoride exposure is associated with reduced IQ. But putting the fluoride debate to the side for a moment… What else can we do to prevent tooth decay, naturally?

We have all heard that limiting sugar intake is one of the best ways to prevent tooth decay, and of course the importance of eating a well-balanced diet to maintain a healthy body and teeth. Yet, despite all this, tooth decay remains the most common chronic disease among children ages 5-17 with approximately 60 % affected! Well, I think I can safely say that brushing your teeth is definitely a good idea, but this still begs the following questions to be answered:

Are all these other dental products and advice really working?

Are all these fancy tooth gadgets really much better than a regular toothbrush?

Are our teeth healthier and stronger today than they were prior to the introduction of fluoridation in the 1940s?

To answer these questions, I think the first thing we should do is take a look at how other regions of the world clean their teeth.

 

The Miswak Stick

Many African and Muslim cultures, as well as ancient Egyptian and Jewish cultures, use a Miswak stick, which is a twig from the Salvadora persica tree (also known as the toothbrush tree or mustard tree). Although using a twig from a tree instead of a modern day ergonomic toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste to clean your teeth may sound like an outdated practice, studies have actually shown that the Miswak works better than toothpaste when it comes to preventing gum disease.

A 2003 study published by Oral Health & Preventive Dentistry found something very interesting! They concluded:

“The miswak is more effective than tooth brushing for reducing plaque and gingivitis… and that miswak appeared to be more effective than tooth brushing for removing plaque from the embrasures (valleys between teeth), thus enhancing interproximal health”

Though mint is known to have strong antibacterial properties, a 2007 study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that when mint is laced with Miswak it kills 60% of bacteria, as compared to less than 4% for mint alone.

The Miswak is also environmentally friendly. You basically keep trimming the twig down, much like a pencil. Whatever you don’t use is biodegradable. A good resource for learning more about the Miswak can be found here.

 

Oil Pulling

Another interesting holistic option for keeping your teeth healthy is known as Oil Pulling. This ancient means of cleaning teeth has its origin in India and dates back at least 2,500 years. A 2009 study compared the effect of oil pulling on plaque-induced gingivitis to using a mouthwash containing chlorhexidine (common in most mouth-washes). They concluded:

“There was a statistically significant reduction of the pre- and post-values of the plaque and modified gingival index scores in both the study and control groups (P < 0.001 in both). There was a considerable reduction in the total colony count of aerobic microorganisms present in both the groups.

The oil pulling therapy showed a reduction in the plaque index, modified gingival scores, and total colony count of aerobic microorganisms in the plaque of adolescents with plaque-induced gingivitis.”

So what exactly is oil pulling?

Generally organic sesame oil is used; however coconut oil is also commonly used (I personally prefer coconut oil).

First thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, swish 1 tablespoon of either oil in your mouth without swallowing it. You don’t have to swish hard, just move the oil around your teeth, and also try to squeeze the oil in-between your teeth. Over time, plague that is stuck up under your gums loosens and will come out allowing the gum to heal. Ideally, this should be done for 20 minutes, but I have found that 8-10 minutes works as well. When done swishing and squeezing, simply spit the oil out and rinse your mouth with warm water mixed with sea salt.

Interestingly, many people report health benefits beyond healthier gums and teeth including:

Reduction of headaches (including migraines)
Reduction of sinus congestion
More energy
Better sleep
Less allergies
You can learn more about Oil Pulling here.

 

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration

I believe these natural options are certainly worth the consideration. Especially since studies are proving that they are just as effective as, or more effective than their chemical counterparts. Hopefully in the near future more U.S. dentists will advocate for natural means of dental health. After all, even the World Health Organization has recommended the Miswak in international consensus reports on oral hygiene!

But oral hygiene is only part of the equation. There are other reasons for decay and inflamed gums, namely a chronically poor diet full of processed foods. Luckily you don’t have to wait for the future to make better choices today! By choosing more fresh foods (ideally organic and non-GMO), you can significantly reduce the inflammation in your body and improve the health of your gums.

There are cultures today that have impressively healthy teeth and gums, never visit a dentist, and hardly ever brush their teeth! How can this be? They are able to maintain a state of overall good health, including oral health, due to the quality of the food they consume and the lack of toxic chemicals in the environment. Historically, once people from these cultures are introduced to “modern society”, and all that it entails, a significant decrease in teeth and gum health soon follows. Weston A. Price, DDS wrote an intriguing book regarding this phenomenon entitled, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. You can read this ground-breaking book online for free at here.

 


Original article from wakeup-world.com

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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