This is great smoothie that is full of nutrients, mainly for energy boost
4 cups of milk
1 scoop whey protein
1 tablespoon Wheatgrass powder
1 handful blueberries
1 tbsp. coconut oil
1 tbsp. Maca powder
2 tbsp. raw honey
Blend all the ingredients and serve!
Chlorella is a whole superfood. Each cell of Chlorella is a self-sufficient microorganism that has all the life forces within itself. It has all the co-factors and phytonutrients in balanced ratios that is beneficial for maintenance and restoration of maximum health. The high content of minerals, vitamins, amino acids, proteins and other nutrients enables it to supply numerous nutrients the human body requires. Its minerals and vitamins are bio-chelated meaning that they are incorporated naturally in amino acids, making it easy to be absorbed and assimilated.
In Japan, chlorella is regarded as functional food because it contains all the essential nutrients in adequate proportions and can carry out most therapeutic and healing functions in the body. Its bio-availability in its simplest form makes it possible makes it easier for the nutrients to interact with the body system promoting the body’s ability to balance, heals and revitalize itself.
Chlorella as a nutritional supplement is highly nutritious. Many scientific: studies list it as dense nutrient algae. These nutrients aren’t just present, they are in fact present in its natural and simplest forms.
Chlorella Nutrition Facts and Importance
A 1-ounce (3 tbsps.) servings of chlorella contain:
Chlorella can adequately provide nutritional and therapeutic support lacking in most modern diets consumed by individuals where its rich nutrient content can fill nutritional gaps in most people.
The health benefits of chlorella are mainly attributed to:
Chlorella is mainly important for;
Some of the benefits:
Chlorella and the human brain
Chlorella is brain food. It contains all the essential nutrients that the brain need to boost memory. Chlorella is a rich source of nucleotides and nucleosides which provide the building blocks, RNA needed for normal functioning of the brain such as learning and memory. Besides that, Chlorella is a rich source of Phosphatidylserine (PS), responsible for rejuvenating and revitalizing the brain cell membranes by improving its overall integrity. Studies,(1) indicate that supplementations of PS improve memory and learning capabilities. It has also been demonstrating to lighten depression as well as delaying memory loss especially for persons affected by Alzheimer’s diseases. Its high contents of antioxidants also aid in neutralizing the free radical damages hence protecting the brain cells. The CGF present in chlorella can significantly suppress the corticosteroids stress hormones in the human blood.
Chlorella, Blood Pressure and the Heart
Several studies prove that supplementations of chlorella can significantly improve hypertension and lower the serum cholesterols levels in the blood in persons who consumed it while improving the overall quality of their lives. This is attributed to chlorella’s ability to improve the pliability and elasticity of the arteries, hence normalizing the blood pressure. Its rich content of carotenoids, chlorophyll and phospholipids combats the free radicals while reducing the oxidative damages which often lead to arterial plaques and lesions build-ups, the causative agents of arteriosclerosis. Its high magnesium content confers proper cardiac functions, stroke prevention, and regulation of blood pressure as well as for both contraction and relaxation of the heart muscles.
Chlorella and Detoxification
In Japan and Korea chlorella is widely used for detoxification functions, since it’s capable of binding and removing the heavy metals, and toxins from the blood tissues. This attributed to its high content of chlorophyll, chlorella can cleanse and purify the blood.Chlorophyll is the green blood of the plants, with a similar structure to hemoglobin, which carries oxygen in the blood. This will help keep the bloodstream free from toxins and environmental waste, substantially increasing the resistance to common infections and illness in human beings.
Chlorella, the Immune System and Cancer
Chlorella is an excellent booster for the immune system. Its CGF content increases the Colony Forming Units, enhances interleukins (IL), tumor necrosis Factor (TNF), gamma-interferon production in the human body. The Gamma-interferon activates the NK cells which target cells of the tumor, protecting the body from infections.IL provides messages for the leukocytes which fight against viruses and tumors whereas TNF inhibits the growth of viruses and parasites as well as killing the tumor cells. Chlorella increases the Interferon levels by stimulating the activity of macrophages and T-cells, hence it enhances the ability of the immune system in combating pathogens and foreign particles.
Several scientific studies and surveys (1,2,) show that people who develop cancers have low levels of beta-carotene and vitamin A in their blood. Beta-carotene and Vitamin A improves the immune system, hence will help in the treatment and prevention of cancers. Several scientific studies (1,2,3 )demonstrates that chlorella fights cancer cells through the production of Interferon as induced from its complex polysaccharides in its unique cell wall.
Chlorella also helps the body to rebuild white blood cells and improves its count thus improving the fatigue induced by chemotherapy in cancer patients. Chlorella is helpful when used as a functional part of the broad-based nutritional organized and oriented physician-guided `programs.
Chlorella and Body Energy
Chlorella improves vitality and boosts the body energy. Chlorella can replenish the oxygen supply in our bodies by substantially increasing the amounts of hemoglobin in the blood, possibly due to the iron, protein and chlorophyll content which is significant in the synthesis of hemoglobin. A good supply of oxygen and adequate nutrient supply, energy and vitality are restored. Being a whole food makes the effects of Chlorella in the human body long-lasting.
Chlorella can reverse and treat the following conditions;
This nourishing blueberry-maca -ginger drink is perfect for a pre-workout or post-workout when you might be feeling a little sluggish. It’s loaded with antioxidants.
Makes 2 cups
1 cup blueberries
½ cup water
2 tablespoon maca powder
1 tablespoon Spirulina powder
2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice to taste
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
Pinch of cayenne pepper
In a blender, purée all the ingredients until very smooth and only tiny flecks of blueberry skin remain.
Per serving: 230 calories, 3.1 g total fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 8 mg sodium, 41 g total carbohydrate, 6 g dietary fiber, 22 g sugars, 22 g protein.
Spirulina and Protein in Our Bodies
The protein comprises a chain of amino acids that are essential for our bodies in the cultivation of hair, nails, skins, muscles and internal organs. Nutritionists advise that if you are training or exercising to achieve a lean body and perfect muscle building, then it is necessary to consume at least one gram of protein per half a kilogram, of your body weight daily. Protein makes 20 % of the human body, thus it is not only used for muscle building but also to maintain the body’s immune system and synthesis of DNA. Whenever you consume protein, it is broken down into amino acids, which are the building blocks of our bodies. Thus, protein rebuilds and repairs every cell of our bodies.
Unlike fats, proteins are not readily stored in our bodies, thus it needs regular consumptions throughout the day. Quite often in many foods such as meat, milk and beans, the proteins are not easily absorbed, thus this is where spirulina would come as an easy supplement for proteins for most athletes. With over 65% of the total protein weight as compared to only 22% of beef, this natural sea vegetable superfood offers a plant-based protein that is easily digested and rapidly assimilated and absorbed into the human body. Its proteins are biologically complete, meaning that they provide all the essential amino acids, that is, Leucine, Lysine, Isoleucine, Phenylalanine, Methionine, Tryptophane, Threonine and valine in the right proportions.Besides that, Spirulina also has ten of the total non-essential amino acids.
Athletes and bodybuilders need to ingest food that is dense in nutrients, specifically proteins to perform at their best and maximum potential. Spirulina provides a clean energy due to its high chlorophyll content, extends speeds and endurance and increases the stamina during exercises as well as the mental agility.It also contains high doses of vitamins, mineral, antioxidants and natural forms of polyphenols, easily available and digestible for the human body thus helps prevent diseases, reduces blood pressures, stops feelings of hunger, reduces the blood cholesterol, helps in weight loss, improves digestions, balances the blood sugar levels, removes toxins and much more other functions. Spirulina is also highly alkaline hence it helps regulate an athlete’s internal body Ph.
Spirulina is easily digestible, believe it or not, thirty minutes after ingestion, it is already absorbed into the body. Why is it so?
Spirulina is a single-celled organism, meaning that its cell walls are made up of soft fibers, thus its amazingly high digestibility rate.
Spirulina and Physical Workouts and Exercises
During sessions of intense training most athletes experience an anemic deficit of iron, with much more clinical symptoms such as muscle fatigue and exhaustion. Spirulina is highly rich in bioavailable iron. In a study done by Moorhead K et.al on Spirulina nutrition, Spirulina has 2300% more iron than spinach. Thus daily consumption of a few grams of spirulina significantly decreases and eradicates the iron deficit symptoms eventually increasing the optimal physical activity eventually leading to more muscle gains.
A study on the effects of supplementation of Spirulina on various athletes showed that spirulina induced significant increments in fat oxidation and exercise performance. Athletes felt much more bouncy, less fatigue after the performance of physical load, improved sleep quality, and the recuperation processes much faster with much more endurance while performing various exercises. Healing and repairing of the body and muscle cells and tissues help to build it up more. Consumption of Spirulina increases the levels of the Myosin, the contractile protein thus increasing the synthesis of the muscle protein.
Another research conducted on athletes showed that the time of fatigue after a two-hour run was significantly reduced after supplementation of the spirulina in comparison to a placebo.
Ingestion of spirulina increased the rate of fat oxidation over 10 percent. Intense exercises often produce excessive free radicals and this excessive free radical causes damages of tissue cells. Spirulina works by restoring, rejuvenating and build up the muscles due to its antioxidant properties. The high content of antioxidants is responsible for fighting oxidative stress and reduces oxidation. This is attributed to the chlorophyll, carotenoids, beta-carotene, phycocyanin, xanthophylls and superoxide Dismutase antioxidants pigments. Specifically, C-phycocyanin demonstrated an anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective and neuroprotective effects which were quite beneficial for the athletes by fighting off the free radicals by inhibiting the productions of the inflammatory signals molecules.
Spirulina is also nitrogen based thus it helps an athlete’s body get more nitric oxide that allows more oxygen and blood to get into the bodies, muscles and brain cells and tissues. Its alkalinity and high iron and chlorophyll content profile help brings oxygen to our cells easily such that you won’t easily suffer from muscle soreness due to excessive lactic acid productions after an intense exercise period, thus helping you build more muscles instead of damaging it.
Consumption of Spirulina after your workouts will help you burn more fats, get toned faster, making you achieve a strong, slim and lean perfect body. This is because its high content of amino acids, the building blocks of muscle building, which are important and crucial in reducing soreness and repairing of any muscle and tissues damages. Consumption of spirulina after exercises will not only get protein easily absorbed into the body, but it will also help you cut hunger and suppress appetite, thus helping you lose weight as well. Always supplement your diet with Spirulina since it is nature’s form of whole food supplementation, which will enrich your body with adequate and balanced nutrients at the right proportions.
The standard dose of spirulina should be at least four to six 500mg of tablets daily. However for muscle performance and synthesis you might increase your dosage up to eight to ten tablets, that’s equivalent to 5grams of Spirulina. Spirulina has been proven to be non-toxic for normal human consumption if they are from a natural source of water that is free toxins and waste materials. Thus, ensure that you buy spirulina from a reputable health and food store. Always consult your doctor before consumption of any spirulina, just in case you might have an allergic reaction or any existing autoimmune disease.
We wish you the best in your body and muscle building exercises! Do remember to supplement your diet with Spirulina to achieve your goals easily and faster!
Enjoy this nourishing smoothie-style cleanse first thing in the morning and it will give you a true boost of energy without caffeine. It’s loaded with health-promoting plant nutrients and has a significant amount of fiber.
Preferably use organic ingredients.
Makes 2½ cups
1 medium mango, peeled, chopped, and frozen, or 1 cup frozen mango cubes
1 cup cucumber, peeled, and chopped
2 tablespoon Maca Powder
½ cup 100% pure organic apple juice
½ packed cup fresh baby spinach (about 1 handful)
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice to taste
In a blender, purée all the ingredients until very smooth. Drink immediately.
Per serving: 210 calories, 4 g total fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans-fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 30 mg sodium, 41 g total carbohydrate, 7 g dietary fiber, 32 g sugars, 4 g protein.
*For a lower-calorie option and fewer sugar grams, replace the ½ cup apple juice with ½ cup cold filtered water, 2 packets organic chia seeds or spirulina, and an extra 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice. Per serving: 150 calories, 3 g total fat, 0.3 g saturated fat, 0 g trans-fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 20 mg sodium, 31 g total carbohydrate, 6 g dietary fiber, 21 g sugars, 33 g protein.
The Baobab (Adansonia digitata) fruit, which largely grows in Africa is believed to poses remarkable health benefits. Owing to its medicinal and nutritional benefits, baobab has been used for the past centuries in Africa for different functions. The baobab tree is multipurpose with tender tubers, roots, seeds, twigs, leaves, fruits which are all edible. In the UK and US, the fruit was unknown until recently when evidence started emerging regarding its health benefits. The fruits had not been recognized for many years until a decade ago when the European Union and FDA Approved Baobab powder to be used as food and beverage.
This exotic fruit owes its health benefits to its exceptionally high vitamin C content. If you really think that Oranges are the best sources of Vitamin C, think again. A serving of oranges supplements your body with just a tenth of the Vitamin C provided by Baobab fruit. Various parts of the Baobab have been traditionally used for its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, insect repellant, immune-stimulant and pesticidal properties. In most African communities, Baobab has been substituted for the imported western drugs, which most locals can’t afford.
Production of Baobab powder
The baobab fruits powder naturally forms inside the hard-shelled fruit of the tree. Baobab powder is produced from the Baobab fruits which are about 6 to 8 inches long. The fruit pulp bakes in sun for six months after which turns its color from green, velvet-like coating to a brown hard coconut like a shell. The fruits are handpicked or collected and taken for grinding.
Once the outer hard shell is ground, a white-ish pulp fruit jump packed with highly valuable nutrients is produced. The pulp can then be ground to form a white powdery substance that is 100 % moisture free hence the birth of Baobab powder.
Why is it a superfood?
A superfood is considered to be a food that is high in at least three key nutrients. The nutritional content of baobab claims six key nutrients as based on EU-approved Nutrient Reference Values;
It’s high in:
Vitamin C (>24mg/100)
Vitamin C Orange 50mg Medium orange 70 g 35 mg
Dietary Fiber Broccoli 2.6g 1 cup chopped (91g) 2.4 g
Iron Spinach 2.7 mg Cup (30 g) 0.8 mg
Magnesium Bananas 27 mg 1 medium banana (110g) 32 mg
Calcium Eggs 50 mg Medium egg (35 g) 17 mg
Potassium apricots 1162 mg 2 dried apricots (15 g) 174 mg
Based on the above comparisons, 10g servings of baobab powder is the equivalent to eating:
Studies have shown that this superfood contains approximately 33% of our daily Vitamin C needs. Furthermore, the powder contains a plenty of phosphorus, potassium, carbohydrates, fibers, proteins, Vitamin B, Magnesium, and antioxidants.
Baobab powder also contains high dietary fiber content than any other fruit. Due to this, most researchers have concluded that the baobab fruit pulp is made up of 50 % fiber and that its fiber is higher that of orange or apricots. Its antioxidant levels are exceptionally high, doubling its nearest competitor, Acai Berry.
You may be wondering how Baobab is pronounced….. Worry no more because we are going to teach you how it is pronounced both in the northern and southern Africa accent.
In South Africa, it is pronounced as “bay-o-bab” (they use three syllables.). In Nigeria or West Africa, it is pronounced by using two syllables “bau-bab”.
In Chinese you will say it like you were to say bow to a queen or king, you know “bow down to the queen” and say it twice in a row.
In the UK and the US, it is pronounced using two syllables as in Nigeria.
How does it taste?
The fruit has a tart taste with some bit of sour flavor. The taste of the magical powder is awesome! Baobab powder has a sweet, delicious and citrusy taste that is associated to tangy sherbet, bearing the legendary name of the tree. The refreshing taste that is slightly tart making it an excellent enhancer of flavor, if combined well with both savory and sweet recipes. Its pectin content gives baobab a thick and creamy mouth feeling making it an ideal functional ingredient in most applications and recipes from juices, smoothies, yogurts, ice-cream to nutrition bars, cereals, and baked foods.
For those who have tested tropical lemonade, the taste is closely similar.
To make the baobab drink sweeter, you may decide to add a teaspoon of honey.
How does it smell?
Baobab powder is often pale in color. On crushing the hard shell or opening a baobab powder container, you will be greeted by a sweet smell of freshly pressed fruits that can be described as caramel pears with a subtle tone of the grapefruits.
Why is Baobab good for you?
The benefits of Baobab powder is long and the list does not seem to end soon as scientists are continuously researching and discovering further benefits of this superfood. We are going to provide a breakdown of in-depth nutritional benefits of the baobab powder as in:
Baobab powder as an Antioxidant.
Baobab powder has also the highest antioxidant level or Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) values of approximately 140,000 μ mol TE per 100g. Antioxidant helps to prevent an oxidative stress that results from free radicals which are known to cause cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and premature aging. According to Lab tests by Atacora on Essential’s product, Baobab has been found to have an integral antioxidant capacity 37 times more than that of oranges!!
Lowers blood pressure and improves blood circulation
An important mineral that is found in baobab is Potassium. It is for this reason that the powder is well known for its numerous heart health. Potassium, being a vasodilator, has the ability to ease the strain on the cardiovascular system as it is capable of dilating blood vessels and arteries and because of this, it aids to increase the rate of blood flow and prevents the overworking of heart. Another advantage of lowered blood pressure is its significance in fighting several cardiovascular afflictions like strokes, atherosclerosis and heart attacks. A recent study conducted by a researcher at the University Of Maryland shows that increasing the potassium intake serves the purpose of lowering the blood pressure for person’s deficient of the same.
Vitamin C’s role besides improving blood circulation also helps in the production of collagen and elastin. Collagen is a structural protein, that plays a significant part of the connective tissue and elastin is responsible for muscular elasticity. These proteins improve circulations and help keeps the vein toned up and healthy. Those with circulatory issues such as venous insufficiency and varicose veins can add baobab pulp powder into their smoothies, this will significantly do justice to your veins.
Based on a research by Goinheim et.al Baobab has strong cardio-protective effects against the ISP-Induced oxidative stress in rats. The rats which were treated with the baobab fruit powder were found to have no congestion in the blood cells and there were no incidences of infiltration of the heart’s inflammatory cells. Thus indicating the baobab fruit had a significant role in promoting healthy hearts and cardiovascular system.
Regulate blood sugar and helps in weight loss
Various studies have been conducted on the significance of the polyphenol content of the Baobab powder in relation to its effectiveness in reducing the glycemic index in high starch foods thus preventing any glucose spikes in the blood. This studies found out that there is a significant reduction in the rapid conversion of digestible starches into sugars in the blood when carbohydrates were consumed together with Baobab powder.
Being high in polyphenols, Baobab powder is also able to regulate the release of sugar from starchy foods into the bloodstream, thus reducing their conversion to glucose. Furthermore, it also aids in reducing the visceral fats (these are fats stored in body organs around the abdomen) and also improve blood cholesterol level. Baobab fruits promote the gradual release of glucose by slowing down starch digestion.
Besides that, a diet rich in Vitamin C increases the amount of fat burned during a workout session. Vitamin C helps in the production of Carnitine compound, which encourages the body burn more fat instead of storing it.
According to a study by Oxford Brookes University, the African fruit, baobab can help regulate the blood sugar level. Baobab being 34% rich in soluble fibers, is able to slow down the rise of blood glucose levels and thus prevent what is known as sugar spikes. A later study by the same university further reveals that baobab significantly minimizes the rate of sugar release into the bloodstream after digestion. Therefore, for those following low GI diet, or for those with type 2 diabetes, baobab is important. Meals with low glycemic index helps people lose weight by reducing cravings, increase satiety, thus keeping their insulin levels in check.
Baobab as an anti-inflammatory
Baobab powder inhibits LOX. Lipoxygenase products mediate a series of inflammatory diseases, such as allergic rhinitis, asthma, neurodegenerative disorders, and inflammatory bowel diseases. Research on baobab fruit indicates that they are exceptionally excellent at inhibiting the activities of 15-LOX8.
According to a research by Oxford Brookes University, the polyphenol-rich baobab fruit helps to reduce glycemic response and digestion problems exhibited by other anti-inflammatory agents. Baobab also possesses characteristic resembling a string anti-inflammatory, phenylbutazone. Every use of 800mg per 1 kg weight body of an extract of Baobab pulp fruit has a similar effect to 15 mg per 1 kg of phenylbutazone.
Baobab powder also acts as an analgesic or simply pain relieving element. It can be compared to Aspirin due to its high levels of sterols, saponins, and triterpenes.
Help in digestion
As mentioned previously, the Baobab Fruit powder contains 50% of fiber. A report by National Health Service (NHS) dated 2012, indicates that despite a growing consumption of fiber diet in the world, over 80 percent of people in Europe do not have enough of it. Baobab contains both Soluble and insoluble fibers. Soluble fibers or mucilage dissolves in water and enters the digestive system to help reduce the fat Cholesterol levels. The insoluble fibers are also known as cellulose fibers plays a key role in helping ease digestion of food. It also reduces constipation, as traditionally used by ancient African communities to reduce diarrhea.
Baobab as prebiotics
Baobab has notably high content of dietary fibers. Half of the fiber content is soluble, making it an effective pre-biotic. The mucilage fibers (soluble fiber) in Baobab pulp fruits provides a suitable environment that stimulates the growth of useful prebiotic bacteria’s namely; lactobacilli and bifidobacteria in the intestinal tract. This improves digestion, allowing a person to absorb more nutrients from the ingested foods.
Baobab powder contains the highest antioxidant levels than any other fruit in the world. According to a famous international skin and facial expert and blogger, Abigail James, antioxidants help to maintain a smooth and a young skin by preventing the overproduction of free radicals by our bodies.
Free radicals damage collagen in the facial skin leading to a dry skin characterized by wrinkles and premature aging. In the ancient African cultures, parents removed rushes and maintain a smooth skin of their children by bathing them in water mixed with Baobab roots.
Additionally, Baobab oil which is obtained from Baobab fruit seeds has Vitamin C (6X that of orange) and this helps to maintain skin elasticity. It also has an additional Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids that are responsible for maintaining skin membrane texture.
When it comes to nutrient-rich foods to incorporate into your diet during the pregnancy period, then Baobab powder should never miss in your diet. Baobab powder has supernatural supplements and nutrients that are not only good for pregnant mothers but also promotes a healthy development of the fetus.
The high vitamin C contents in the powder play a vital role in immune-boosting of both the mother and baby which is crucial during the nine months period. Vitamin C also aids in making of collagens which are used to replenish dead skin and hold the joints and tendons together. Collagen is the largest protein found in our bodies.
Vitamin C in Baobabs plays a crucial role in dealing with nausea that is experienced during morning sickness by about 70% of women while pregnant. In a research by ( Merkel, 1952), women were given a 25mg of vitamin C combined with 5mg of Vitamin K per day and a marvelous result were obtained as women reported a great improvement in the symptoms of morning sickness after three days. Other women reported a total disappearance of these symptoms.
Australian Aboriginal women used the bark from baobab trees with the aim of enlarging their birth canals, thus reducing pain during delivery. In some cases, the powdered baobab stimulates lactation. A study done by Antika and Obizoba in 1994, shows that baobab treats milk allergies and galactosemia. Baobab contains more protein content than cow’s or human milk, thus proves that it is highly nutritious.
Baobab fruit pulp significantly improves the iron status of individuals with low blood levels.Baobab is an excellent source of Vitamin C which significantly enhances iron absorption, thus the presence of Vitamin C in baobab makes it an excellent source of bio-available iron.
Boosts the Immune Functions
Vitamin C boosts our immune systems and prevents our body against illness. Approximately, 2-3 teaspoons of Baobab powder contributes to 33% of our daily Vitamin C needs!!…isn’t it amazing? Baobab powder has been found to have the highest concentration Vitamin C for up to 300mg per 100 gram. We human beings, unlike other animals, do not generate or store Vitamin C and thus we need a regular intake to retain the minimum body requirements. Baobab is a rich source of vitamin C which our body cannot easily produce for itself. Vitamin C significantly supports the immune system, keeping you healthy strong by boosting the defenses against any infections and diseases.
With all the listed benefits, you can personally conclude what it means when we say this fruit qualifies as a superfood. It is recommended that you can incorporate Baobab powder by adding at least 2 teaspoons of the powder to your daily meals. You can either sprinkle it into porridge, Fruits or yogurt. Alternatively, bake it into cakes or bread or even blend it with ice creams.
Our Baobab is 100% organic. No food color, No additives, No preservatives or fillers. Our product is harvested, ground, sieved and packed for sale.
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Acai berry is a slightly dark purple (sometimes blue) berry which originated from the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. Considered to be one of the most nutritious and powerful superfoods in the world, Acai has been used for over a century due to its legendary healing properties by the Brazilian natives. As a matter of fact, Acai berry got its mainstream popularity after it was featured on Oprah Winfrey’s Top 10 Superfoods due to its outstanding health benefits as a powerful and potent longevity promoting superfood.
Why Is Acai Berry A Superfood?
The potent health benefits of Acai berries go beyond the rich supply of antioxidants. Acai contains high levels of anthocyanin that help protect the human body from harmful free radicals which often develop due to the exposures to UV rays and metabolic processes in the body.
Acai berries have a rich supply of omega fats, offering a healthy dose of unsaturated fats. Its content of Omega 3, 6 and 9 fats are proven to lower the LDL and maintain the HDL cholesterol levels.
Besides that, for every 100grams of the berries, it supplies almost 45grams of fiber, thus its fiber content may help combat cases of colon cancers and stomach problems, as well as improving regularity within the small and large intestines.
Acai berries may be termed as a superfood due to its high protein and amino acid content. It contains at least 19 different amino acids.
Another significant feature of Acai berries is its content of the plant sterols (B-sitosterol, sigmasterol, and campesterol), which helps to keep the heart healthy as well as helping in digestive functions. Its high assortment of minerals and vitamins further promotes its superfood status, because Acai richly supplies Vitamins B1, B2, B3, C and E. For every 100grams of Acai, a person diet is supplemented with 1000IU of Vitamin A. Those who consume the Acai berries, also benefit from a rich supply of calcium, potassium, copper, zinc, and magnesium.
Acai has an extremely high ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) score, which measures the capacity of antioxidants in foods. Its ORAC value is more than 6000.Also impressive are its copious amounts of phytonutrients, keeping most researchers and scientist on their toes as they try to catalog and identify the numerous health benefits of Acai berries. Particularly Acai is a rich source of anthocyanin’s flavonoids.
What are some of the health benefits of Acai Berry?
Are there any side effects of the Acai Berries?
There are no major known side effects of acai berries except for the people who have pollen allergies or are sensitive to any other type of berries. However, if consumed in moderate portions, Acai berries are safe to consume.
1 cup of Almond
½ cup of frozen blueberries
1 medium size banana
1 scoop of whey protein powder
1 tablespoon chlorella or Spirulina powder supplement
1 heaping teaspoon of Maca powder
Place all ingredients into a blender and blend till smooth!
½ cup pineapple juice
8 tablespoons of plain yoghurt
1 small banana
1 tablespoon of sunflower seed oil
1 tablespoon of Maca powder
1 cup of strawberries or blueberries
Place all ingredients into blender, blend until smooth.
Millions of people all over the world suffer from thyroid dysfunctions. Hypothyroidism (Underactive thyroid), affects more than 30 million women and men (hyperthyroidism is less common). Malfunctions of the thyroid systemically jeopardize our body health. According to Naturopathic endocrinologist and Nutritionist, Laura Thompson, the thyroid gland is the master gland in the endocrine system, it is responsible for energy and metabolism, and any thyroid slowing has significant effects on the overall health of a person. The human endocrine system is mainly made of glands, primarily thyroid, pituitary and adrenal glands. These glands purposely function to release hormones, and in return, these hormones control various body activities. They affect most processes such as sexuality, digestion, metabolism, brain and the nervous system physiology. The thyroid gland stimulates metabolism in the body while also controlling the rate at which the body yields energy from the nutrients. The hormones produced by the thyroid gland affects cells, hence regulating the growth of cells, and it also controls the heartbeat rates. That why most hypothyroidism symptoms include fatigue, weight gain, infertility, depression, low body temperature.
Dr.Viana Muller’s studies on the impacts of Maca on the menopausal women indicate that some of the patients reported reduced thyroid medication, while some stopped the medication after consumption of Maca.Those who stopped taking medication claimed they felt better and more energetic. There was no provision of an exact percentage of women who improved their thyroid conditions due to Maca because at that time Dr.Muller was studying thyroid specifically, but instead, all these women reported the changes to her.
So, what is the Role of Maca in the Thyroid Gland and How Does it Reduce the Symptoms of Thyroid Problems?
Maca basically re-starts the endocrine system. It enhances the mechanics of the endocrine system, the entire system in charge of the glands and their respective hormones. Maca doesn’t contain any hormone, yet its unique nutritional profile has essential nutrients which nourish the endocrine system while supporting the adrenal and thyroid glands produce hormones in adequate and balanced dosages as required by the needs of each person. Maca is an effective and safe non-estrogenic herb which naturally works to balance the hormonal levels without necessarily changing the thyroid chemistry. Most cases of hypothyroidism are often as a result of hormonal imbalance. Thus, the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormones, slowing down the body functions.
Maca is a natural substance that helps prevent and treat goiters. More importantly, color plays a significant role in determining the content of Iodine in Maca.The darker the root, the more Iodine is present. Iodine which a great endocrine gland builder is vital for proper thyroid health. Iodine supports balanced moods, healthy metabolism, and healthy blood pressure. Inadequate Iodine in the diet can lead to hypothyroidism, low metabolism problems, goiters, mood disorders, depressions, fatigue and most conditions associated with hormonal imbalances
The hypothalamus releases the thyrotropin-stimulating hormone (TSH), which in turn stimulates the pituitary gland by releasing precursor which in turn stimulates the thyroid gland which releases thyroid hormone. Maca increases the thyroid hormone output in most people with hypothyroid conditions. Maca helps the thyroid produces the Triiodothyronine (T3) (active form) and Tetraiodothyronine (T4) (Inactive form) hormones which are vital in regulating the physiological functions in the body such as growth and developments as well as metabolism. The T4 hormone travels throughout the blood into the cells where it becomes the active form, T3.Thus, if an individual has an under-active thyroid, then the thyroid gland isn’t producing enough T4 hormone for optimal body functioning.
According to Dr.Chacon, Maca contains alkaloids which act on the pituitary –hypothalamus gland axis and the adrenal glands, creating a hormonal balance in the endocrine system, thus preventing hypothyroidism. The alkaloids present in Maca activates the hormones that are secreted by the thyroid gland. Her research shows that regular consumption of Maca balances the master gland, which is the hypothalamus. With a balanced hypothalamus, there is a balance and regulation in other glands, including the thyroid gland.
Besides Maca’s balancing properties, Maca is a powerful adaptogen that is rich in anti-oxidants and Vitamin B complex contributing to stabilizing and balancing the hormonal system. As an adaptogen, Maca responds to body needs, hence increasing the ability of the body to defend itself against mental and physical weakening.