My morning smoothie

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Hey all,
Today I am going to breakdown my morning smoothie for you. I am going to list ingredients then I will list both the scientifically studied and the believed effects of each ingredient. I will also post a bit of pertinent information about each one. So I hope you enjoy learning about the benefits that a smoothie can bring as much as I have enjoyed doing the research to make the changes I have been able to make in my life and my health.

1. Spirulina: 1tsp
2. Turmeric: tsp
3. Bee Pollen: tsp
4. Goji berries: tsp
5. Cinnamon (Ceylon prefered): tsp
6. Cacao: tsp
7. Black Pepper (synergy for turmeric) 1/8 tspn
8. Acai berry powder: 1tsp
9. Black Currant Powder 1tbs
10. Hemp protein: 2 tbsp
11. Pea protein isolate: 2 tbsp
12. Ginger tbsp
13. Almonds: 2 oz
14. Noni fruit powder tbsp
15. Apple cider vinegar (with the mother) 2 tbsp
16. Honey: tbsp
17. Blueberry, raspberry, black berry mix. 1 1/2 to 2 cup
18. Add pure clean water as needed.

Now lets list some benefits of this monster.

1. Spirulina:

Spirulina algae is unusual among algae because it is a “nuclear plant”; meaning it is on the developmental cusp between plant and animal. It is considered somewhat above plantlife because it does not have the hard cellulose membranes that are characteristic of plant cells- nor does it have a well defined nucleus. This allows it to be highly digestible in comparison with other algaes such as chlorella.

Organic raw spirulina is a type of live blue-green algae and a natural source of small quantities of iodine / potassium iodide (KI). Iodine is an essential chemical element, used in the production of thyroid hormones that regulate growth and metabolism. Iodine deficiency can lead to an increased risk of pediatric cretinism, mental slowness, lethargy, fatigue, depression, high lipid levels, weight gain and goiter. Natural sources of potassium iodide (KI) / iodine like that found in spirulina, is absorbed by the body more slowly and safely than synthetic iodine. Furthermore, spirulina possibly helps to promote an alkaline pH balance and support a healthy immune system.

Nutritional statistics of Raw Organic Spirulina:

● Holds more nutrition per gram than any other product in the world!
● A 3 gram serving has the same amount of phytonutrients as 5 servings of fruits & vegetables combined
● Contains 300% more calcium than whole milk
● Great for bones, osteoporosis, pediatric development and dietary needs for vegans
● Has 3900% more beta carotene than carrots (a powerful antioxidant that supports a healthy immune system and eyesight)
● Contains 375% more protein than tofu (a necessary building block for muscle tissue and growth)
● Over 200 scientific studies have been done showing the potential health benefits of spirulina

Some possible traditional uses of Raw Organic Spirulina Powder may include:
● Highly digestible & gentle on system
● May support a healthy immune system response
● Rare food source of the essential fatty acid GLA
● May support a healthy inflammatory response
● May support a healthy detoxification response
● High in vitamin B-12 & easy-to-absorb iron
● May support optimal cardiovascular health
● May support healthy brain function
● A natural source for RNA
● May support healthy blood sugar levels
● May stimulate healthy heart function
● Natural source of iodine / potassium iodide (KI)
● May help to maintain normal blood pressure levels
● May support healthy liver function
● A natural source of antioxidants
● May have antiviral and antineoplastic properties
● May support healthy energy level & cellular health
● May support healthy pH levels

Constituents of Spirulina include:

● Minerals: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Selenium
● Vitamins: Vitamin C, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B-6, Folate, Choline, Vitamin B12, Vitamin A (RAE), Beta carotene, Vitamin A (IU), Vitamin E, Vitamin K
● Amino Acids: Tryptophan, Threonine, Isoleucine, Leucine,. Lysine, Methionine, Cystine, Phenylalanine, Tyrosine, Valine, Arginine, Histidine, Alanine, Aspartic Acid, Glutamic Acid, Glycine, Proline, Serine
● Fatty Acids: Palmitic acid, Linoleic acid, Alpha-linolenic acid, stearidonic acid (SDA), Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), oic Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), Arachidonic acid (AA)
● Phytochemicals: Chlorophyll, Phycocyanin, Chlorophyll-a, Xanthophyll, Echinenone, Myxoxanthophyll, Canthaxanthin, Diatoxanthin, 3′-hydroxyechinenone, Beta-cryptoxanthin, Oscillaxanthin, Phycobiliproteins(c-phycocyanin and allophycocyanin)

For additional constituent information, visit:

http://www.ars.usda.gov/main/site_main.htm?modecode=80-40-05-25

http://www.ars-grin.gov/duke/

http://supplementscience.org/spirulina.html

2. Turmeric:

Turmeric (non-GMO) is one of nature’s most powerful healers. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Turmeric has been used for over 2500 years in India, where it was most likely first used as a dye.

The medicinal properties of this spice have been slowly revealing themselves over the centuries. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, recent research has revealed that turmeric is a natural wonder, proving beneficial for many different health conditions.

Some possible traditional uses of Raw Organic Turmeric Root Powder may include:

● Supporting a healthy immune system
● Supporting healthy brain function
● Helping spur the production of glutathione, the body’s “master antioxidant”
● Supporting healthy cell replication
● Natural painkiller, cox-2, & 5-LOX inhibitor
● Supporting healthy bones, joints, & overall skeletal system
● Possibly inhibiting the growth of new blood vessels in unhealthy tissue
● Helping maintain healthy cholesterol levels to support your cardiovascular system
● Supports neurological health
● May support healthy liver function
● May support skin health from ultraviolet B radiation (UVB) damage
● Strong anti-inflammatory properties
● Boosting the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel & reduces its side effects
● Supporting a healthy digestive system
● Supporting your memory function especially when combined with green tea
● Natural antiseptic & antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts & burns
● Supporting healthy circulatory system
● Supporting a healthy immune response
● May maintain cell integrity when threatened by occasional environmental stressors
● May aid in fat metabolism & help in weight management
● May support heart health
● Supporting healthy joint function
● Studies are ongoing in the positive effects of turmeric on multiple myeloma
● Supports a healthy female reproductive system
● Supports your overall eye health
● Shows promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice
● Cleansing your skin & maintain its elasticity
● Protective benefits from radiation
● Providing the antioxidants you need to help support your cells against excessive oxidation & free radicals
● Promotes your radiant skin & Provide nourishment to your skin
● May help to reduce amyloid plaque buildup in the brain
● Helping maintain blood sugar levels already within the normal range
● Assisting your neurological system’s healthy response to stress
● Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for mental health
● Balancing the effects of skin flora
● Helping you maintain healthy cells with support against free radicals

Among some of the most interesting health benefits and their recent scientific findings:

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Prevention: The 2003 study in Italy as published in the Italian Journal of Biochemistry showed that Turmeric protects against Alzheimer’s disease by ‘activating’ a gene that codes for the production of the antioxidant protein bilirubin, which protects the brain against injury from free radicals which are thought to be a responsible for neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Another study conducted at UCLA and published in the December 2004 issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry, which has been confirmed by further research published online April 20, 2006, in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, provides further insight as to how Turmeric provides multiple areas of protection against the mechanisms which cause Alzheimer’s. This research was so profoundly exciting to researchers that human clinical trials to further investigate Turmeric’s potential will soon be underway”.

A Potent Anti-Inflammatory: Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory effects have been shown to be comparable to the potent drugs hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone as well as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory agents such as Motrin. And unlike lab-produced pharmaceutical drugs, Turmeric has been shown to produce no toxicity, nor the kinds of stomach problems that commonly occur with pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory drugs.

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Many clinical studies have shown that the antioxidant properties of Turmeric help fight the free radicals responsible for the painful joint inflammation of arthritis. Turmeric’s combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects explains why many people with joint diseases find relief when they use the spice regularly, and in a recent study of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, Turmeric was compared to phenylbutazone and produced comparable improvements in shortened duration of morning stiffness, lengthened walking time, and reduced joint swelling.

Cystic Fibrosis: Curcumin, the major constituent of turmeric that gives the spice its yellow color, could help correct the genetic defect that is responsible for cystic fibrosis, as suggested by an animal study published in the April 2004 issue of Science. Cystic fibrosis, a fatal disease that attacks the lungs with a thick mucus, causing life-threatening infections, and afflicts about 30,000 American children and young adults, who rarely survive beyond 30 years of age.

Colon and other Cancers Prevention: Turmeric’s antioxidant effects help protect the colon cells from free radicals that can damage cellular DNA — a significant benefit particularly in the colon where cell turnover is quite rapid. By improving liver function, it also helps the body to destroy mutated cancer cells so that they cannot spread through the body and cause more harm. Even more interesting, when Turmeric was combined with the vegetable Cauliflower, the protection against colon cancers was even more pronounced, leading researchers to believe the combination of cruciferous vegetables and curcumin could be an “effective therapy not only to prevent prostate cancer, but to inhibit the spread of established prostate cancers”. Time to start eating cauliflower with turmeric!

Improved Liver Function: recent studies have shown that Turmeric increases the detoxification enzymes in the liver, so much so that one set of researchers commented, “Turmeric used widely as a spice would probably mitigate the effects of several dietary carcinogens”. In our polluted, often carcinogenic laden environment, diet and lifestyles these days, this is very beneficial.

From cardiovascular protection benefits (reduced heart attack and stroke risk) to serving as a great source of vitamin B6 to further overall anti-oxidization, detoxification and blood-brain benefits, the health benefits of Turmeric continue to be revealed and discovered by new scientific studies each year.

3. Bee Pollen:

Research studies document the therapeutic efficacy and safety of bee pollen. Clinical tests show that orally ingested bee pollen particles are rapidly and easily absorbed–they pass directly from the stomach into the bloodstream. Within two hours after ingestion, bee pollen is found in the blood, in cerebrospinal fluids and in the urine. By providing the human body with all the nutritional elements it needs, and in just the right proportions, honey bee pollen allows the body’s own healing and rejuvenation mechanisms to perform their normal functions of building, restoring, maintaining and protecting every cell.

According to bee expert Royden Brown, bee pollen contains differing quantities of a natural antibiotic which may support a healthy immune system. Salmonella and other strains of colibacillus were found to be affected by the natural antibiotic action in bee pollen as well. This may well explain why the health benefits of bee pollen have long included boosting of the immune system.

Scientists recently found that bee pollen has possibly showed a strong anti-estrogenic effect (it inhibited the natural estrogen 17 beta-estradiol). Furthermore, it caused no estrogenic activity or chromosome damage in the cells whatsoever.

Research also found that bee pollen showed a significant ability to possibly protect cells from the genotoxic effects of three common anti-cancer drugs – mitomycin C, bleomycin, and vincristine. What that means is that these cancer drugs may cause damage to our DNA (genetic code) when we take them. Not only do they damage and kill cancer cells, but they also damage our healthy cells (not good). Reducing this damage is very valuable and can potentially lead to a healthier and more vibrant life after cancer treatment. The details of this study can be found in the European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 2010 Jun 9.

With the addition of roughage and water, the human body can survive on honey bee pollen alone. This is because it is the only food which contains over 96 nutrients including all known vitamins, from A to K, 28 minerals, 14 fatty acids, all 8 essential amino acids, several hormone-like compounds and all 22 known essential nutritional elements (and others yet to be identified), which humans require to achieve and maintain optimum vitality. Bee pollen contains 40% protein in a highly bio-available form of free amino acids which get directly assimilated by the body. Best of all, everything that can be derived from bee pollen is as broken down as it is going to be, meaning that the body doesn’t need to break the nutrients down any further.

While it might sound a bit backwards, bee pollen can help the body to build up a resistance to allergies by lowering the body’s sensitivity to pollen. This is similar to the way vaccinations can prevent disease. Bee pollen contains bits of the very same substances that can aggravate seasonal allergies, and by consuming it in small substances it can help the body to gradually build up a resistance.

Bee pollen is believed to nourish the body, stimulate organs and glands and enhance vitality. Bee Pollen helps to support overall brain health. Bee pollen’s ability to consistently and noticeably increase energy levels and enhance recovery makes it a favorite among many world class athletes and those interested in improving physical performance. It contains vitamins B, C, D and E, as well as calcium, magnesium, selenium, cysteine and a variety of proteins.

Some possible traditional uses of Raw Bee Pollen Granules may include:

● Containing thousands of enzymes & co-enzymes
● Supports healthy sleep habits
● Supports healthy detoxification
● May support healthy blood pressure levels
● May support healthy brain function
● May support healthy energy levels
● May reduce inflammation
● Supports a healthy allergy response
● Supports a healthy mental outlook
● May reduce side effects of chemotherapy
● Improving sense of well being
● May support a healthy appetite
● Stimulating organs & glands
● Supports healthy hormone levels
● Supports healthy digestion
● Supports healthy nervous system
● May reduce symptoms of rheumatism & arthritis

4. Goji berries:

Raw Organic Sun Dried Goji Berries contain 18 amino acids. Science has shown that this bright red berry not only contains extremely high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals but also has many unique phytonutrients, polysaccharides, and complex compounds that scientists are just beginning to understand.

The dried non-GMO goji berry is a relative of the tomato and a natural source of lycopene. It has been called the world’s most powerful anti-aging food. Goji berry juice is one of the highest rated foods on the ORAC scale (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity). The ORAC scale is a test developed by USDA researchers out of Tufts University in Boston, that measures the antioxidant level in foods. Goji berries possess an unmatched ability to absorb free radicals that attack the body, contributing to the aging process. Today, our bodies are constantly bombarded with external sources of food and environmental toxins. Eating foods high in antioxidants is one way we can help our bodies to combat the damage toxins cause.

Raw goji berries, dried goji berries and goji juice contain 18 amino acids. They are also a rich source of vitamins A and C, and have 21 trace minerals including germanium; a substance rarely found in foods. All of the above attributes makes this super berry a nutritionally dense food.

Some possible traditional uses of Raw Organic Sun Dried Goji Berries may include:

● May reduce sugar cravings
● May increase longevity
● May support a healthy libido
● May protect from premature aging
● May have alkalizing effect on the blood
● May aid in maintaining healthy blood pressure
● May aid in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels
● May stimulate secretion of hGh
● May support the strengthening of muscles & bones
● May support normal kidney function
● May support vitality
● May help reduce obesity
● May support a healthy immune response
● May support eye health
● May encourage vision improvement
● Contains high levels of polysaccharides which may support healthy function of the liver

Constituents of Goji include:

● Minerals: Calcium, Iron, Phosphorus, Zinc, Copper, Selenium, Germanium, Potassium
● Vitamins: Vitamin C, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin A, Beta carotene, Vitamin E, Zeaxanthin & Lutine
● Amino Acids: Tryptophan, Threonine, Isoleucine, Leucine,. Lysine, Methionine, Cystine, Phenylalanine, Tyrosine, Valine, Arginine, Histidine, Alanine, Aspartic
● Acid, Glutamic Acid, Proline, Serine
● Essential Fatty Acids: Linoleic Acid, Alpha-Linolenic Acid
● Carotenoids: Beta Carotene, Zeaxanthin, Lutein, Lycopene, Cryptoxanthin, Xanthophyll
● Polysaccharides
● Monosaccharides
● Phytosterols: Beta-Sitosterol
● Phenols: Resveratrol
● Other Phytochemicals: Cyperone, Solavetivone, Physalin

5. Cinnamon (cassia):

Preliminary lab and animal studies have found that cinnamon may have antibacterial and antifungal properties. It may also has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.

Several studies suggest that non-GMO cinnamon may have a supportive effect on blood sugar, making it possibly beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes. Other studies with cinnamon showed an amazing ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections. One study even found that smelling cinnamon may boost cognitive function and memory.

In a study published by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland, cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.

During research at Copenhagen University, patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week.

Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day may possibly lower LDL cholesterol. In addition researchers at Kansas State University found that cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices. When added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage making it a natural food preservative.

Cinnamon is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.

Some possible traditional uses of Raw Organic Cinnamon Powder may include:

● Supporting healthy cholesterol levels
● Relieving diarrhea
● Supports healthy digestion
● May Reduce headaches & migraine pain
● Supports cognitive function & memory
● Supports the immune system
● Anti-clotting effect on the blood
● Supporting healthy blood sugar levels
● Preserving foods
● Eliminating bad breath
● May Relieve in arthritis pain
● Ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections

6. Cacao:

Cacao contains one of the highest levels of antioxidants on the planet, exceeding that of red wine, green tea and many other exotic fruits and vegetables. Our Raw Heirloom Criollo Extra Rich Organic Cacao powder is a source of the mineral magnesium and recent scientific studies have shown that cacao supports blood flow throughout the body. It has also been shown to be helpful in supporting healthy blood glucose levels. Research from Germany also suggests that cacao may help support youthful and beautiful skin possibly due to the sulfur and flavanols compounds found in this superfood.

Cacao, ‘the food of the gods’ has been traditionally used for centuries to support healthy energy levels and a healthy mental outlook. With over 300 identifiable chemical compounds, cacao remains one of the most complex and pleasurable foods on the planet. In its raw form, cacao contains anandamide, arginine, phenethylamine and tryptophan . By raising the neurotransmitters in our brain, cacao promotes an overall feeling of well being. In essence, raw chocolate may make you happy!

What’s the Difference between Cacao and Cocoa? The official name of the chocolate tree is Theobroma Cacao. Some experts believe that over time the word “cacao” became Anglicized, and most likely through common error people started calling it “cocoa”. Now, with the rebirth of old-style, artisanal chocolate there is a movement to reclaim the beans rightful name: cacao (pronounced Ka-Kow). Today, the two words are often used interchangeably.

Some possible traditional uses of Raw Organic Extra Rich Heirloom Criollo Cacao Powder may include:

● May support a healthy mood
● May support healthy blood vessels Dilation
● Supporting the cellular functioning of those cells lining blood vessels
● Super powerful antioxidant
● May support healthy blood flow throughout the body
● Supporting a healthy heart
● May support a healthy inflammation response
● May support healthy digestion
● Stimulating kidney & bowel function
● May support the healing of skin
● Supports a healthy cardiovascular system
● Strong stress reliever
● Supports the relaxation muscles
● May support healthy blood sugars levels
● Maintaining strong bones & teeth
● Containing more magnesium than any other food
● May reduce free radicals throughout the body
● May support the production of healthy breast milk production
● May support healthy lipid levels
●Shown to improve Endothelial function in overweight adults
● Natural source of anandamide, phenethylamine, arginine & 300 other natural compounds
● May support healthy blood pressure levels
● Promoting an overall feeling of euphoria & well being
● Helping to Maintain youthful, beautiful skin, hair, & nails
● Lowering the oxidative stress of strenuous activities – thus helping athletes to recover

7. Black Pepper:

Piperine, the main alkaloid from black pepper has been shown to substantially increase the bioavailability of the nutrients in foods and supplements. Piperine is a pungent compound found in the fruit of plants in the Piperaceae family, the most famous member of which is Piper nigrum, black pepper. Black pepper has a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine as a restorative food. Piperine may help nutrients reach, enter and remain within their target cells for longer periods of time. As a result, a somewhat effective therapeutic substance may turn into a highly effective one by increasing its intracellular time.

Black pepper treatment research has shown that it may support healthy lipid levels, antioxidant molecules, and antioxidant enzymes in situations of oxidative stress. A recent scientific study showed that piperine possessed possible antidepressant activity and cognitive enhancing effects at all treatment durations. Researchers determined that piperine is a functional food that may improve brain function. This is a flavorful addition to any dish and turns the average meal into a superfood feast.

Some possible traditional uses of Organic Black Pepper Powder may include:

Yielding approximately 5 – 10% piperine
May support brain health
May support the bioavailability of nutrients & compounds
May support a healthy digestive system
May support a healthy inflammation response
May support a positive mental outlook
May support a healthy immune response

Constituents of Black Pepper include:

Protein, Fiber, Carbohydrates
Minerals: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Selenium, Potassium, Zinc, Phosphorus, Manganese, Copper, Sodium
Vitamins: Thiamin, Vitamin B-6, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Folate (DFE), Vitamin A (IU), Vitamin A (RAE), Choline, Betaine, Vitamin K (phylloquinone), Beta Carotene, Alpha Carotene, Beta Cryptoxanthin, Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), Lycopene, Lutein & Zeaxanthin, Tocopherol, gamma
Lipids: Phytosterols
Amino Acids: Tryptophan, Threonine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Cystine, Phenylalanine, Tyrosine, Valine, Arginine, Histidine, Alanine, Aspartic Acid, Glutamic Acid, Glycine, Proline, Serine
Piperine

8. Acai berry powder:

The acai berry fruit is one of the top nutrient dense superfoods in the world. Raw Acai is a natural source of antioxidants, Omega 6 and Omega 9 fatty acids which are rarely found in fruit. The berries also contain an optimal combination of essential amino acids, polyphenols, flavonoids, iron, magnesium, potassium, calcium and Vitamins B1, B2, B3, C and E. This remarkably nutritious berry is found in the Amazon Rainforest and gained notoriety in the US through a large amount of media exposure. The media reports have only scratched the surface of the nourishing benefits of this amazing fruit.

The organic acai berry has one of the highest ratings on the ORAC scale (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity). The ORAC scale is a test developed by USDA researchers out of Tufts University in Boston that measures the antioxidant level in foods. As an antioxidant, acai berries may absorb free radicals that attack the body and contribute to the aging process. Eating foods high in antioxidants supports the body’s ability to combat these free radicals, as well as the damage they cause.

Organic Acai also contains the highest concentration of anthocyanins out of any food. Anthocyanins are reputed as one of the most valuable antioxidants; and have been shown to support memory and cognitive function due to their fatty acid content. They are also known to support healthy capillaries. The famous “French Paradox” attributes anthocyanins to what protects the French from heart disease, despite their high saturated fat intake. The French have a relatively low incidence of heart disease compared to their neighbors in the UK and other European countries. The red wine grape, a source of anthocyanins, is believed to be responsible for the low incidence of heart disease. Raw Organic Freeze Dried Acai Berry has 30 times the anthocyanins levels as red wine.

Some possible traditional uses of Raw Organic Freeze Dried Acai Powder may include:

● Considered one of the world’s most powerful anti-aging food
● Supports a healthy body weight
● Helps with concentration, memory & mental clarity
● Supports healthy blood sugar levels
● May help prevent macular degeneration (vision loss due to aging)
● Supports healthy energy levels
● Aids healthy lipid and cholesterol levels
● Supports healthy cellular tissue growth
● May prevent metabolic related issues
● Supports capillary health and oxygen uptake
● Provides phytochemicals for healthy skin, hair & nails
● May support the body’s response to osteoarthritis

Constituents in Acai Berries include:

● Polyphenolic Anthocyanins: resveratrol, cyanidin-3-galactoside, ferulic acid, delphinidin, petunidin
● Proanthocyanidin Tannins: epicatechin, protocatechuic acid and ellagic acid
● Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, D, E, K
● Nutrients: Biotin, Boron, Calcium, Chromium, Copper, Folic Acid, Inositol, Iron, Iodine, Magnesium, Manganese, Molybdenum, Pantothenic Acid, Potassium, Selenium, Sodium, Zinc
● Essential Amino Acids: Lysine, Leucine, Tryptophan, Threonine, Phenylalanine, Isoleucine, Methionine, Valine, Cystine
● Non-Essential Amino Acids: Histidine, Glycine, Arginine, Alanine, Serine, Tyrosine, Aspartate, Glutamate, Proline, Hydroxyproline
● Protein
● Dietary fiber

9. Black Currant Powder:

The unique composition of the black currant includes a rare yet essential combination of fatty acids Omega-3 ALA and Omega-6 GLA.

Studies have possibly linked GLA and ALA to a healthy immune system and inflammation response. In addition this power fruit may support healthy cardiovascular functions, support brain health and healthy skin.

The Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health senior research scientist Dr. Abdul-Lateef Molan and his team conducted a trial with 45 healthy volunteers who took black currant for four weeks. He found that consumption of black currants may possibly support gut health by supporting healthy bacteria levels. “The improvement was significant in many ways,” Dr. Molan says. “Firstly, there was an increase in the number of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria, both of which may be supportive to gut health. Secondly, there was a reduction in the population sizes of some pathogenic bacteria such as Clostridium spp. and Bacteroides spp. Thirdly, consumption of black currants led to a significant reduction in the activity of Beta-glucuronidase. Lastly, there was also a lowering of fecal pH.” Dr. Molan says these findings show that taking black currant can offer significant health benefits because it acts as a powerful prebiotic.

A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that subjects who were given a mixture of berries daily (including black currants) had a supportive reaction to their blood pressure levels and also supported healthy good (HDL) cholesterol, two factors that support heart health.

Black currant contains powerful compounds called proanthocyanidins, anthocyanins and a polysaccharide-rich substance, cassis polysaccharide (CAPS), and s macrophage-stimulating activity. CAPS have possibly been shown to support a healthy immune system response. Additionally preliminary research from the Horticulture and Food Research Institute in New Zealand found that the anthocyanins and polyphenols found in black currants may help support a healthy brain. Beyond that research has shown that black currants may generally support different facets of the nervous system. Anthocyanins also may possibly support a healthy inflammation response. The effect is similar to aspirin or ibuprofen, so many middle-aged and elderly people are choosing the healthier black currant over these drugs.

Oral intake of black currant may possibly support healthy vision. In the last few decades, computers have rapidly and steadily become a necessary tool of modern life and many people are suffering from computer-related eye problems. Long-term computer use has also contributed to the rise of modern lifestyle related diseases, often exacerbated by stress. Black currant anthocyanins work wonders by possibly supporting a healthy stress response thereby supporting a variety of secondary effects all of which are made worse by long-term computer use.

Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the number one cause of blindness in adults over age 65. Research and clinical studies have shown that certain antioxidants like vitamin C and anthocyanosides (anthocyanins) may support vision health and decrease the risk of age related vision problems such as cataracts and (AMD). Scientists have found that a plant based diet rich in flavonoids, including anthocyanins and quercetin (found in black currants), may play a role in decreasing the degeneration of the macula by keeping harmful free radicals from damaging the retina.

Some possible traditional uses of Raw Black Currant Powder may include:
May support capillary health
May support a healthy inflammation response
Possibly reduces the cause of diarrhea
Source of powerful antioxidant actions
May support eye health
May support brain and nervous system health
May support healthy cardiovascular functions
Possibly acts as a prebiotic
May support healthy energy levels
May support healthy digestion
A source of antioxidants, vitamin C, potassium, essential fatty acids, anthocyanins, polysaccharides
Possibly helpful in reducing cellular mutations
May have diuretic properties
May support healthy blood pressure levels & good cholesterol (HDL)
May support skin health
May support healthy uric acid levels
Supporting healthy function of the liver, pancreas, spleen & kidneys
Constituents of Black Currant include:

Minerals: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Selenium, Potassium, Zinc, Phosphorus, Manganese, Copper
Vitamins: Thiamine, Vitamin C, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-12, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Folic Acid, Folate (DFE), Vitamin A (IU), Vitamin A (RAE), Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
Anthocyanidins: Petunidin, Delphinidin, Pelargonidin, Peonidin, Cyanidin
Flavan-3-ols: Catechin, Epicatechin
Flavonols: Isorhamnetic, Kaempferol, Myricetin, Quercetin
Isoflavones: Genistein
Proanthocyanidins: Proanthocyanidin Monomers, Proanthocyanidin Dimers, Proanthocyanidin Trimers, Proanthocyanidin 4-6mers, Proanthocyanidin 7-10mers, Proanthocyanidin Polymers (>10mers)

10. Hemp protein:

100% pure Organic Raw Hemp Protein Powder is a true whole food protein experience fantastic for athletes and smoothie-lovers alike who want higher protein and superior flavor from a vegan source. A sweet, smooth and light powder, our hemp protein is 49% protein, 17% fiber and 12% fat. It is loaded with EFA’s and in the best sense is not just a protein powder, but a complete food source. Additionally, hemp’s superior 66% edistin and 33% albumin globular protein structure gives it high absorption by the human body.

Because it does contain all 20 amino acids including the 9 essential ones it is a complete protein and in the plant kingdom it one of the best due to the other essential co-factors contained in the food. This food is a true superstar when it comes to the amino acid l-arginine which is a precursor of nitric oxide. What really makes this super food stand out is that you are getting a superior source of essential fatty acids specifically your long chain fatty acids. A well balanced supply of your omega 3’s and 6’s plus the arginine not only will you be nourishing your muscles but your heart and brain with thank you later.

Globulins are one of 7 classes of simple proteins. These globulins are not just found in animals but in seeds as well. Edistin’s are plant globulins which are found in high amounts in hemp protein. All enzymes, antibodies, many hormones, hemoglobin and fibrogin are globular proteins which carry out the main work of living. Plant seeds like hemp contain albumin and globulin. Globulin is the third most abundant protein in the human body. They perform many enzymatic functions within plasma itself. This powerful substance in responsible for both natural and acquired immunity.

A perfectly ph balanced food that is super easy to digest due to its 17% fiber content composed of 90% insoluble and 10% soluble fibers. Because it is a plant based food you are also getting a nourishing supply of essential mineral like magnesium, zinc and iron.

Some possible traditional uses of Raw Organic Hemp Protein Powder may include:

● 14 grams of high-quality protein per 28 gram serving – 50% Protein
● 100% Plant-Based Protein
● Easily Digestible Protein
● Rich in EFA’s & Fiber
● Organic, Raw, Vegan & Non-GMO
● Hypoallergenic
● 100% Gluten Free
● Environmentally Friendly Source of Protein
● Highly Suitable for Sustainable Agriculture

Constituents of Hemp Protein include:

● Protein, Carbohydrate, Fiber
● Minerals: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese
● Vitamins: Vitamin C, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Beta carotene, Vitamin E
● Essential Fatty Acids: Omegas 3,6,9 alpha-linolenic acid, linoleic acid, oleic acid, gamma-linolenic acid
● Phytochemicals: Carotenoids, Flavonoids, Indioles, Lignans, Plant Sterols
● Amino Acids: Alanine,Lysine, Arginine, Methionine, Aspartic Acid, Phenylalanine, Cystine, Proline, Glutamic Acid, Serine, Glycine, Threonine, Histidine, Tryptophan, Isoleucine, Tyrosine, Leucine, Valine

11. Pea protein isolate:

We’ve chosen Pea Protein because it is a plant-based, hypoallergenic protein that yields a high biological value (65.4%). The BV is an accurate indicator of the biological activity of protein. It measures the actual amount of protein deposited per gram of protein absorbed. High BV proteins are a better choice for increased nitrogen retention, possibly supporting a healthy immune system response and IGF-1 levels. They are superior for reducing lean tissue loss from various wasting states than proteins with a low BV score.

Our raw pea protein isolate contains over 5 times the amount of Arginine as compared to whey protein isolate. Arginine, or L-arginine, is an amino acid that is needed to keep the keep the liver, skin, joints and muscles healthy. Arginine helps strengthen the body’s immune system, regulates hormones and blood sugar and promotes male fertility. In addition, research has shown that this amino acid may improve circulation and combat impotence and heart disease. Large concentrations of arginine are found in the skin, and this amino acid plays a key role in the health of all the body’s connective tissues, particularly the muscles. Arginine helps the body process both creatine, a natural substance that helps build muscle mass, and nitrogen, a chemical needed for muscle metabolism. Laboratory research suggests that arginine may help reduce body fat and speed up weight loss. Arginine has also been shown to help support the body’s ability to heal and repair damaged tissues, and thus may be beneficial to both athletes and those suffering from arthritis.

According to a new animal study from Canada, pea protein has shown promising results in supporting healthy blood pressure levels and improving kidney health. Scientists from the University of Manitoba, found that rats fed pea protein hydrolysate experienced a 20% drop in blood pressure when compared to rats on a normal diet.

Some possible traditional uses of Raw Pea Protein Isolate Powder may include:

● 24 grams of high-quality protein per 28 gram serving – 86% Protein
● 100% Plant-Based Protein
● Highly Soluble & Easy to Digest
● Excellent Amino Acid Profile – Especially high in Arginine, Glutamine & Leucine
● Non-GMO
● Totally raw with no heat used
● Hypoallergenic
● 100% Gluten, Soy, & Cholesterol Free
● Environmentally Friendly Source of Protein
● Highly Suitable for Sustainable Agriculture

10. Ginger:
Ginger has been well researched and many of its traditional uses confirmed. It is well known to support the body through motion sickness, nausea and indigestion. It is a warming remedy, ideal for supporting healthy circulation thereby perhaps supporting healthy blood pressure levels and possibly keeping the blood thin in higher doses. According to Stephen Buhner, the author of the book “Herbal Antivirals”, ginger may possess anti-viral effects thereby supporting a healthy immune system response. Ginger may support a healthy inflammation response, consequently, there has been much recent interest in its use for joint problems. If a person has exercised too much or suffers from arthritis or rheumatism, ginger has been traditionally used to possibly put out the fire, so to speak. Due to its ability to probably support healthy circulation, ginger is thought to likely improve the complexion. It may conceivably reduce nervousness, ease tendonitis, and help sore throats return to normal. Studies demonstrate that ginger may also support healthy lipid levels.

This stimulating herb is warming to the system. In her book ’10 Essential Herbs’ author Lalitha Thomas describes the properties: “The major active ingredients in ginger are terpenes (quite similar to the chemical action of turpentine) and an oleo-resin called ginger oil. These two, and other active ingredients in ginger, provide support for healthy circulation.

● Some possible health benefits and traditional uses of our Raw Organic Ginger Root Powder may include:
● May support a healthy gastrointestinal tract
● Topical gingerol may provide protection against UVB-induced skin disorders
● May support a healthy inflammation response
● Possible lymph-cleansing properties
● May support healthy kidney function
● May support cardiovascular health
● May support the body’s production of digestive juices
● May support healthy bowels
● May support a healthy neurological system
● May support healthy blood pressure levels
● May possess antiviral & antimicrobial properties – internally & topically as an antiseptic
● May help to eliminate congestion
● May reduce sore throat pain & irritation when made into tea
● Supports a healthy immune response
● Contains Gingerol & 6-shogaol which may support overall wellness
● May support blood vessel health
● May prevent the formation of new ulcers
● May reduce cough & bronchitis
● May possess anti-vomiting properties even for severe nausea (hyperemesis gravidum)
● Potent perspiration-inducing action
● May support healthy lipid levels
● May aid in the loss of appetite
● May support healthy circulation in high doses
● May help to reduce vertigo
● Possesses warming properties for entire body
● May provide antiseptic qualities
● May support healthy blood sugar levels
● May support recovery from fevers, colds, & flu
● May support healthy inflammation levels in muscle tissue caused by overexertion
● May reduce travel, motion sickness & nausea when combined with papaya
● Micronutrients of Ginger root include:
Minerals: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Selenium
● Vitamins: Vitamin C, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B-6, Folate, Choline, Vitamin A (IU), Beta Carotene, Gamma Tocopherol, Vitamin K
● Amino Acids: Tryptophan, Threonine, Isoleucine, Leucine,. Lysine, Methionine, Cystine, Phenylalanine, Tyrosine, Valine, Arginine, Histidine, Alanine, Aspartic Acid, Glutamic Acid, Glycine, Proline, Serine
● Phytochemicals: Gingerols, Bisabolene, Oleoresins,
● Essential Oils: Cineole, Phellandrene, Citral, Borneol, Citrolellol, Geranial, Linalool, Limonene, Zingiberol, Zingiberene, Camphene
● Oleoresins: Gingerol, Shogaol
● Phenols: Gingerol, Zingerone
● Proteolytic Enzyme: Zingibain
● Volatile oils: Gingerol, Shogaol, Zingiberene, Zingiberol

Suggested Use: 1 teaspoons daily.

13. Almonds:

New research on almonds adds to the growing evidence that eating whole foods is the best way to promote optimal health and whole almonds (with Skins) provide the most heart healthy benefits. This is because the flavonoids found in almond skins team up with the vitamin E found in their meat to more than double the antioxidant punch either delivers when administered separately.

Twenty potent antioxidant flavonoids have been identified in almond skins, some of which are well known as major contributors to the health benefits derived from other foods, such as the catechins found in green tea, and naringenin, which is found in grapefruit.

Research has found that, as part of a heart healthy eating plan, almonds can reduce C-reactive protein, a marker of artery-damaging inflammation, as much as statin drugs. In addition ounce for ounce, almonds are the one of the most nutritionally dense nuts. As well as providing an array of powerful flavonoids, almonds are among the richest sources of vitamin E in the diet. A one-ounce, 164-calorie serving of almonds, about a handful, is also a very good source of magnesium, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin E, manganese, and phosphorus, and delivers heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and other nutrients as well.

One-quarter cup of almonds contains about 18 grams of fat, most of it (11 grams) is heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, the same type of health-promoting fats as are found in olive oil, which have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease.

Almonds appear to not only decrease after-meal rises in blood sugar, but also provide antioxidants to mop up the smaller amounts of free radicals that still result. Further research shows that eating almonds along with a high glycemic index food significantly lowers the glycemic index of the meal and lessens the rise in blood sugar after eating.

Lessening after-meal surges in blood sugar helps protect against diabetes and cardiovascular disease, most likely by lessening the increase in cholesterol-damaging free radicals that accompanies large elevations in blood sugar. This is one reason why low glycemic index diets result in lower risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Our Certified Organic 100% raw and untreated Spanish Almonds are high in fiber, protein, tryptophan, calcium, vitamin E, manganese, magnesium, copper, riboflavin (vitamin B2), zinc, phosphorus and make a delicious healthy snack.

Some possible traditional uses of Raw Organic Almonds may include:

● Higher in protein than eggs
● Supporting healthy heart
● Helping to control mood swings
● Lowering the risk of weight gain
● Supporting healthy blood sugar levels
● Increasing your body’s energy production
● Reducing the development of gallstones
● Excellent source of healthy fats, fiber, & protein
● Containing nutrients important for brain health
● Supporting healthy cholesterol levels
● Reducing cravings for unhealthy foods
● Source of vitamins, minerals, & antioxidants
● Helping to stabilize blood sugar

14. Noni Fruit:
Noni powder may help support a healthy digestive system and support healthy energy and vitality. Traditional healers have used Tahitian Noni fruit (Morinda citrifolia) for many health conditions for thousands of years. In the late 20th century, western science confirmed what millions of people have already known; the Noni fruit is known as the “Queen of Health Plants” due to its wide range of applications.

Noni nourishes the human body which may support a healthy immune system response. T-cells play a pivotal role supporting good health. Noni fruit may contain an immunomodulatory polysaccharide-rich substance (Noni-ppt) from the Noni fruit has been found to possibly possess both prophylactic and therapeutic properties in supporting healthy cellular tissue growth. Further scientific studies on Noni’s abilities to support healthy and normal cellular tissue growth are being conducted. Noni fruit is also being used traditionally for antibacterial and antiseptic purposes and contains 17 of the 20 known amino acids, including all 9 essential amino acids. Due to its nourishing qualities, Raw Certified Organic Noni Fruit may be excellent for supporting healthy digestion, a healthy mental outlook, healthy glandular function and a healthy inflammation and pain response.

Woman’s World magazine, May 9, 2000, quotes Dr. Neil Soloman, who has studied the effects of Noni on more than 12,000 people. He has found that it may support a healthy inflammation and pain response that is 75% as strong as morphine, yet non-addictive and side effect free. Dr. Soloman’s research shows that Noni is effective for a wide variety of health issues. The Woman’s World article sites additional research which details Noni’s ability to support a healthy immune system response and open blood vessels so blood can move through them more easily. These studies also suggest that Noni could help at least 40% of unhealthy patients combat their health challenges. Dr. A. Hirazumi, researcher at the University of Hawaii, School of Medicine, found that Noni may support a healthy T-cell count in the body. T-cells are like tiny soldiers of the immune system, helping to keep out invaders and toxins.

Alkaloids are an important class of phytochemicals found in all plants. The word Xeronine when broken down in latin means dry alkaloid. Through the research of Dr. Ralph Heinicke, noni was found not to have the alkaloid itself but a precursor called proxeronine. This conversion happens in the gut which is why it is suggested that noni be taken on an empty stomach. This will assure the activation of this molecule. Dr. Heinicke believes this molecule may in fact be one of the most “life giving” substances in food. Based on his research and because of its connection to protein (growth and repair) and cellular production he believes it is essential for the body to have this molecule in order for the body to work at optimal levels. And due to how our soil has been depleted over the years, noni is currently the best source of proxeronine.

Some possible traditional uses of Raw Organic Noni Fruit Powder may include:

● May decrease muscle aches
● May support a healthy inflammation response
● Increasing sense of well-being
● May support a healthy allergy response
● May support healthy digestion
● May support a healthy mental outlook
● May support healthy blood pressure levels
● May support healthy pain levels via acute & chronic pain
● May reduce headaches
● May support a healthy body weight
● Helpful in overcoming addictions & smoking
● May support healthy glandular function
● Speeding recovery from training & muscle development
● May support a healthy immune system response
● Constituents of Noni include:

Minerals: Potassium, Sodium, Magnesium, Iron, Calcium, Phosphorous
Vitamins: Ascorbic acid, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Beta-carotene
Acids: Acetic, 2-methyl propanoic, Butanoic, 2-methylbutanoic, Hexanoic, 3-methyliopropanoic, Benzoic, Glucuronic, Caproic, Caprylic, Heptanoic, Okadaic, Octanoic, Hexanadioic, Nonanoic, Decanoic, Undecanoic, Lauric, Myristic, Palmitic, Linoleic, Elaidic, Oleic, (Z,Z,Z)-8,11,14-eicosatrienoic
Alcohols: 1-Butanol, 3-Methyl-3-buten-1-ol, 3-Methyl-2-buten-1-ol, 1-Hexanol, Benzyl alcohol, Eugenol, (Z,Z)-2-5-Undecadien-1-ol
Esters: Methyl hexanoate, Methyl 3-methylthio-propanoate, Ethyl hexanoate, Methyl octanoate, Ethyl octanoate, Methyl decanoate, Ethyl decanoate, Methyl palmitate, Ethyl palmitate, Methyl elaidate, Methyl oleate
Ketones: 3-Hydroxy-2-butanone, 2-Heptanone
Lactones: (E)-6-Dodecano-y – lactone, (Z)-6-Dodeceno-y – lactone
Miscellaneous compounds: Hexanamide, Proxeronine, Limonene, (Ethylthiomethyl) benzene, Scopoletin, Vomifoliol, Aucubin, Asperuloside
The healthful benefits of the Noni fruit are backed by generations of tradition, the confirmation of scientific research and the enthusiastic loyalty of consumers all over the globe.

15. Apple Cider Vinegar:

I use the Vinegar for all the natural probiotics that are in it.

16. Honey:

The processing of honey often removes many of the phytonutrients found in raw honey as it exists in the hive. Raw honey, for example, contains small amounts of the same resins found in propolis. Propolis, sometimes called “bee glue,” is actually a complex mixture of resins and other substances that honeybees use to seal the hive and make it safe from bacteria and other micro-organisms. Honeybees make propolis by combining plant resins with their own secretions.

The resins found in propolis only represent a small part of the phytonutrients found in propolis and honey. Other phytonutrients found both in honey and propolis have been shown to possess powerful antimutagenic properties. These substances include caffeic acid methyl caffeate, phenylethyl caffeate, and phenylethyl dimethyl caffeate. Researchers have discovered that these substances may reduce cellular mutations in the colon of animals by shutting down the activity of two enzymes, phosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase C and lipoxygenase. When raw honey is extensively processed and heated, the benefits of these phytonutrients are largely eliminated.

One major cause of allergies is airborne pollen from trees, flowers and grass growing. This is the same pollen that bees collects on their hind legs by going from flower to flower. In much the same manner as allergy shots build up resistance to an allergen, immunotherapy with honey can be beneficial in fighting allergies. By taking a small amount of local honey (which contains traces of pollen) over a period of time, a person can build up a resistance to the pollen. It has also been found that drinking four tablespoons of honey mixed into a 16-ounce glass of water improved the antioxidant levels in a person’s blood which helps support a healthy immune system.
Some possible traditional uses of 100% Pure Raw Honey may include:

● Possible Antiseptic properties
● May Reduce swelling
● Promoting better blood sugar control
● Possible Antiviral, antifungal properties & full of antioxidants
● Healing wounds & burns
● May Stop the formation of bacterial biofilms
● Reducing scarring
● Odor reduction
● Supports a healthy immune system and allergy response
● May Reduce coughs
● Possible Antibacterial properties
● Possessing large amount of friendly bacteria (6 species of lactobacilli & 4 species of bifidobacteria)

Finally the berry mix I use I wont list the benefits of all 4 of the berries. I think by now you are getting the idea that real health is just a smoothie away. Even if you don’t change your diet in any other way imagine what you will feel like with all those natural nutrients in your body why would you not want this for yourself every day.

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In health
Gevan Rogers

 

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