October 2010 Newsletter Super Foods

Posted on Oct 1, 2010 in Diet/Nutrition, Newsletters | 0 comments

Pomegranate, Acai, Noni, Blueberry
Yes…No…Which One?

Today the market is flooded with antioxidant powders and juices from pomegranate, acai, black cherry, gogi berries, noni, blueberries, cranberry, etc…each one being touted as the best antioxidant ever to reverse and prevent disease. Do I need to be taking one of these? And which one is the best?

The simple answer is yes. With bodies being containers of toxins from poor diet, the environment, and stress, the demand is greater to keep you in balance. Our food supply is denatured, depleted, and even harmful in many cases from the use of pesticides, herbicides, being genetically modified, and loaded with additives and sugars. Therefore, we need extra antioxidant protection to eliminate free radical damage that is aging us more quickly and bringing about conditions/diseases at alarming rates.

What Are Antioxidants?

Antioxidants are substances or nutrients in our foods which can prevent or slow the oxidative damage to our body. When our body cells use oxygen, they naturally produce free radicals (by-products) which can cause damage. Antioxidants act as “free radical scavengers” and hence prevent and repair damage. Phytochemicals are chemical compounds that naturally occur in plants and contain antioxidant protection. Carotenoids, flavonoids, isoflavones, phytosterols, are just some of the names of phytochemicals that help us stay balanced.

Phytochemicals In Fruits:

  • Blueberries are a rich source of phytochemicals such as anthocyanidins, flavonoids, resveratrol, anthocyanins, and ellagic acid.
  • Acai fruits are very rich in vitamins but also contain high levels of antioxidant phytochemicals such as cyanidin.
  • Noni is rich in octoanoic acid, scopoletin, damnacanthal, terpenoids, anthraquinones, caproic acid, ursolic acid, and rutin.
  • Cranberry contains catechins, triterpenoids, quinic acid, hippuric acid, and anthocyanin.
  • Pomegrante juice contains ellagitannins, pelargonidin, punicalin, punicalagin, anthocyanins, cyanidin, and ellagic acid.

Taken from the site: http://www.phytochemicals.info/

What Is The Best Way To Add In Antioxidants?
Eating food is still the number one choice in how to fuel and regenerate the body…the key is buying organic fruits and vegetables. But fruit juices such as pomegranate, blueberry, and black cherry juice, etc are high in sugar. I prefer using powder blends that do not contain a high sugar content and contain a variety fruits to obtain optimal antioxidant protection.

Products With Antioxidant Protection:
Fruits of the Earth – HealthForce Nutritionals
NanoReds – BioPharma Scientific
Nanogreens – BioPharma Scientific – providing both alkalizing greens, fruits, and other vitamins and antioxidants.
Miracle Reds – MacroLife Naturals

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