Lime refers to both to a plant, Citrus aurantofolia, as well as the fruit that it produces. Lime nutrition can be an important part of a healthy, balanced diet, as limes – like other citrus fruits – are good sources of vitamin C, flavonoids, potassium, folate, and citrate.
There are a number of important lime health benefits. Historically, one of the most important lime health benefits was the prevention of scurvy; the widespread use of limes by the British navy led to the use of the colloquial term “limey” to describe British sailors. While limes do contain vitamin C, they contain far less of it than do lemons or oranges. In addition to its role in the prevention of scurvy, vitamin C has numerous other health benefits, including enhancement of gastrointestinal absorption of vitamin C, reductions in blood histamine levels, improvement in psychological and physiological stress response, and powerful antioxidant activity that is useful in the prevention of cancer. The citrate present in limes is beneficial in reducing the formation of kidney stones, although it should be kept in mind that lemons are the most important dietary source of citrate among the citrus fruits. Potassium and folate play integral roles in the maintenance of general health, and folate in particular is of special importance in ensuring healthy birth outcomes in pregnant women.
The flavonoids present in citrus fruits, including lime, have a potent antioxidant action that is complementary to that of vitamin C. Adding limes to your diet – either as is (if you can handle it!) or as an ingredient in various foods and drinks – is an excellent option for improving your overall health.
Citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and limes have a number of nutritional properties that make them beneficial to health.
What are the health benefits of orange nutrition, lemon nutrition, and lime nutrition? First and foremost, these citrus fruits are an excellent dietary source of vitamin C, and they have been historically important in the prevention of a disease known as scurvy. As little as 10 milligrams of vitamin C per day is protective against scurvy. In addition, citrus fruits contain a compound known as citrate, which is helpful in the prevention of kidney stones. Lemons contain the highest levels of citrate of any of the citrus fruits, and should be considered a first line defense against the formation of kidney stones. In a news release from the University of California San Diego that detailed the work of Roger L. Sur, MD in relation to kidney stones, it was noted that “[i]n a recent study conducted by Sur, lemonade therapy – drinking four ounces of reconstituted lemon juice in two liters of water per day – was shown to decrease the rate of stone formation from 1.00 to 0.13 stones per patient.”
While lemons contain the highest levels of citrate, citrate is found in all citrus fruits (as its name implies), and regular consumption of a variety of citrus fruits is an important preventative strategy against the formation of kidney stones. It is also important to note that the healthy constituents of citrus fruit are not limited to vitamin C and citrate; citrus fruits also contain folate, potassium, and a variety of flavonoids with powerful antioxidant properties. In addition to preventing scurvy and kidney stones, citrus fruits may be protective against heart disease, cancer, and a number of other ailments.
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The health benefits of aronia berries (also known as black chokeberries) are the result of such chemical constituents as anthocyanins, flavonols, minerals, polyphenols, quinic acid and vitamins (including ascorbic acid). While cranberries are often used in the prevention and treatment of urinary tract infections (UTIs) because of their quinic acid content, aronia berries contain ten times as much quinic acid as cranberries, and have also shown a great deal of promise in the treatment of UTIs.
Aronia berries are also known to be a good dietary source of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, and their antioxidant activity is enhanced by the presence of the powerful antioxidant anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins that they contain. The aforementioned compounds are also largely responsible for the dark color of aronia berries. It has even been suggested that such coloration is a reliable – but not infallible – guide to the antioxidant potential of fruits.
Research done at the University of Maryland suggests that the antioxidant properties of aronia berries may make them particularly useful in the treatment of colon cancer. Antioxidant potential can be measured in terms of oxygen radical absorbance capacity (or ORAC); one comparison of the ORAC of aronia berries to that of elderberries, prunes, bilberries, blueberries, strawberries, plums, oranges, red grapes, bananas, apples and pears found that aronia berries had the highest ORAC value of all the fruits tested.
Aronia berries have been used in both the treatment and prevention of some types of cancer, cardiovascular and circulatory ailments, diabetes, inflammation, influenza, and urinary tract infections.
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Aronia berries can be used in the production of foods and juices, and were also traditionally used by Native Americans in the production of dye. Modern aronia berry products include jams, jellies, fresh-frozen whole aronia berries, extracts of aronia berries, combination products of extracts of aronia berries with extracts of other antioxidant fruits, juices (cold-pressed and otherwise), wines, yogurts, and candies (to name just a few of the products that can be made from this surprisingly versatile antioxidant fruit). Recipes abound for the use of aronia berries in making all sorts of food products, including bread, jam/sauce and wine (for good examples, check out our aronia berry recipes section).
Aronia berries and other aronia berry products can be purchased at a number of locations on the worldwide web, including the ever-popular Amazon. As one example of the wide range of Aronia berry products available on Amazon, consider Superberries’ packages of 32 ounce fresh-frozen Aronia berries. This product costs $19.95 and has received generally favorable reviews. To quote one reviewer: “Happy to say that I have been consuming Aronia frozen berries and Aronia concentrate by ‘Superberries’ for almost 18 months now and I would not ever be without it.” That’s a satisfied customer!
Another great resource for aronia berry products is Blazer Farmz. Among other products offered at this latter site, the 100% pure aronia berry juice produced using, in the company’s own words, “a cold[-]pressed, non-clarified, non-pasteurized process” is a good choice for those wanting to explore the benefits of aronia berries without the time investment of personally preparing them for consumption.
Aronia berries have a wide variety of possible uses. Traditionally, Native Americans used aronia berries as medicines and preservatives; aronia berries were also used in the production of dyes. A popular modern use of aronia berries is the production of juice.
There is a growing body of literature supporting potential medicinal uses of aronia berry juice and other aronia berry products. For instance, there is experimental evidence from studies of rats that aronia berry extract can treat ulcers and other stomach problems. There is also evidence of protective and/or therapeutic effects against viruses, colon cancer, inflammation, cardiovascular disorders (including hypertension), diabetes, circulatory disorders, and urinary tract infections (UTIs).
While are often go to treatments for UTIs, there is evidence that due to their high quinic acid content in comparison to cranberries, aronia berries are actually more effective in this indication. However, it would be a mistake to assume that aronia berries’ health benefits are due solely to their quinic acid content. The long list of potential medical uses of the aronia berry is a result of their flavonoid, polyphenol, anthocyanin, and proanthocyanidin content. (You may be interested to know that the anthocyanin and proanthocyanidin content of aronia berries is largely responsible for their characteristic dark coloration).
We will close by noting that aronia berries have strong antioxidant activity, and can be useful in the prevention and/or management of diseases caused and/or worsened by excessive free radical levels in the body. While antioxidants are not panaceas, they can most definitely be part of a comprehensive, rational strategy for gaining and maintaining optimal health.
Lanzones are a type of fruit produced by Lansium domesticum, a tree native to the Malaysian peninsula. Lanzones are a particularly nutritious type of fruit, with each 100 gram serving containing respectable amounts of fiber, protein, carbohydrates, calcium, thiamine, vitamin A, phosphorus, riboflavin, vitamin C and phytin.
What are some uses of lanzones?
Lanzones and the tree from which they are derived are reputed to have a variety of medical and practical uses. Among these reputed uses are the following: burning dessicated peels to repel mosquitoes; using powdered lanzones tree bark as a treatment for scorpion stings; using lanzone fruit to treat fever; and using lanzone tree bark to treat diarrhea. Beyond these reported uses, there are important nutritional benefits of lanzones to consider.
The thiamine (B1) and riboflavin (B2) content of lanzones assist the body in energy production, the manufacture of red blood cells, and a variety of other biochemical processes. B1 is an especially important nutrient, is deficiencies of B1 can result in severe neurological impairment manifesting as disturbances in coordination, cognition and other aspects of central nervous system functioning. A balanced diet containing lanzones and other botanical sources of B1 can both prevent and alleviate the devastating effects of B1 deficiency.
In addition, the vitamin A (retinol) and carotene contents of lanzones are noteworthy. It is well-known that vitamin A is essential to healthy eye-sight but it is less well-known that it also makes important contibutions to the health of teeth, skin and other bodily systems. Carotene has potent antioxidant properties, which makes it of great use for people with medical conditions complicated by excessive bodily free radical levels.
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Garcinia cambogia is an Asian plant that is commonly grown in India. Its fruit is strongly reminiscent of a miniature pumpkin. Traditional medicinal indications of this plant have included astringent, anti-cancer, anti-catarrhal, and antioxidant applications (just like many antioxidant fruits). It has been used to treat constipation, rheumatism, intestinal parasites and many more medical concerns. In recent years, there has been increasing interest in the use of verified Garcinia cambogia for weight loss.
Clinical evidence supports the efficacy of this plant for weight loss. The main chemical component of interest is known as hydroxycitric acid (HCA), which offers a one-two punch against obesity: it can both curb appetite and increase metabolic rate. There is also evidence that verified Garcinia cambogia can (among other things) help promote healthy cholesterol levels, increase energy levels, boost the immune system, and promote better digestion of food. It has not been shown to cause any serious side-effects.
Of course, no supplement by itself can ensure that you achieve optimal health – you will also need to make sure that you get a proper diet and an adequate amount of exercise. That said, if you are serious about making the necessary changes in your life to lose weight, Garcinia cambogia could be a useful addition to your toolkit.
If you’re planning to use frozen bananas to make food, what’s the best course of action? Just throwing bananas in the freezer with the skin on seems easy enough, right? In fact, this course of action is not preferable for any purpose other than making banana bread. Here’s how to freeze bananas if you’re using them to make smoothies so that you get to reap the benefits of getting enough potassium in your diet.
Peel off the skin from the bananas and then wait until brown discoloration begins to form on the skin. Cut the bananas into usable portions of whatever size will be most convenient for you (a quarter of a banana, half of a banana, et cetera). In order to minimize mess, it is best to use a cutting board for this project. If you’re able, try to make sure that you get your items into Ziploc baggies in an arrangement that is as flat as possible so that you can minimize the amount of space being taken up in your freezer.
What can you use frozen bananas for? As was mentioned above, frozen bananas can be used to make banana bread. If you’re making banana bread, simply get your frozen bananas out and let them thaw for 2-3 hours prior to use. As was also mentioned above, frozen bananas can be used to make smoothies. In fact, frozen bananas are preferable to ice because there isn’t as much water content being added to the drink. If you would like a visual demonstration, the below video is an excellent educational resource.
The makers of Incredible Greens have recently introduced a new product known as Incredible Berries. Berries (strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, etc.) make up approximately half of the content by weight of Incredible Berries; the remainder is made up of flax, larch tree, broccoli, spinach, kale, milk thistle, green tea leaves, choline, and much, much more.
Incredible Berries was designed along the same lines as Incredible Greens, but more than stands on its own as a unique nutritional product. Each preparation contains approximately 80 ingredients, but these products share only two common ingredients: soy lecithin and acerola berry. Incredible Berries is intended to be a product primarily used to help promote and maintain healthy blood sugar levels, optimal cognition, and respiratory/circulatory health.
Before tax, a 30 day supply of Incredible Berries costs less than $40, and those customers who are familiar with the bulk discounts available for Incredible Greens will be pleased to know that the same discounts are available for the new product. Even better, if you are ordering in bulk (that is, 3, 6, or 12 individual products at a time), you can get whatever quantity of each product that you desire. Mix and match to your heart’s content!
Coupons for Incredible Greens are also applicable to Incredible Berries. Finally, cost-conscious shoppers will be pleased to note that Incredible Berries is the same price as Incredible Greens but contains nearly 30% more material by weight (320 grams for Incredible Berries versus 263 grams for Incredible Greens). To their credit, the makers of Incredible Berries have made a commitment to provide Incredible Berries to customers at the same price as Incredible Greens even though Incredible Berries costs more to source and produce.