Antioxidants and Aging

by cheskarr on March 30, 2015

Antioxidants and AgingAntioxidants and Aging

Are you feeling older than you should? Have you noticed how people comment on your skin, age or total look? This is due to many factors and one of them is your environment. There are numerous free radicals that can only make the aging process act up on your body and makes it more visible.

To fight them off and keep you looking youthful and healthy, you need the help of antioxidants found in blueberries. They are compounds which can arrest the damage done by the pollutants and toxins found in your system. Antioxidants work to minimize and even eliminate the effect of free radicals when they attack your system.

The good news is that they are found in many fruits and vegetables. So a change of diet which includes antioxidant fruits and vegetables can be the key to a better and healthier you. Studies show that more antioxidants can slow down the aging process and lower the levels of the harmful elements presence in your system.

Still, you need to choose which antioxidant berry, fruit and vegetable can give you your required daily dose of antioxidants. Do you have a certain fruit or vegetable you can recommend for our readers? Feel free to leave a comment!


Grapefruit Benefits

by cheskarr on March 29, 2015

Grapefruit BenefitsGrapefruit Benefits

The grapefruit is a fruit which has a skin similar to that of an orange. Its flesh can be white, pink or red and although juicy, the taste of the fruit can be bitter. Since it grows in clusters like grapes, they were then tagged to be called grapefruit.

What can you get from eating a grapefruit? For starters, the grapefruit is a cancer-fighting fruit. The antioxidants, vitamins and minerals in the fruit help keep free radicals at bay. If you have soreness on your throat, fixing yourself up some grapefruit juice can help you with your coughs.

For all insomniacs, when hot milk and a bedtime story won’t do to let you fall asleep, try having some grapefruit juice to get sleepy. Your body becomes relaxed and fatigue gets to seep out from your body to prime you for sleeping and rest. As for fevers, grapefruit is recommended t be drunk as much as water to keep getting dehydrated.

Finally, your overall heart condition, blood, cholesterol and liver is also a major concern that the grapefruit is trying to take care of together with the assistance of other antioxidant fruits and vegetables in the market.

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Beat Diabetes with Aronia

by cheskarr on March 28, 2015

Beat Diabetes with AroniaBeat Diabetes with Aronia

It takes a lot for healthy people to stay healthy and fit. Do you know that as of 2007, there are 23.6 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the United States? There are about 1.6 million people that get diagnosed of diabetes from ages 20 years old and above. Aside from exercise, eating fruits like the aronia berry which is full of phytonutrients and antioxidants can round up a healthy diet to match your exercise regimen and lower the risk of diabetes.

The aronia arbutifolia erecta is a berry that grows wild in North America. It is a great source of nutrients and compounds which can stabilize your blood sugar levels and even protect your liver cells from damage caused by free radicals and toxic materials in your body.

This red and sweet berry also decreases the incident of inflammatory responses which can happen when your immune system is compromised. Another benefit of aronia is to lower the risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular conditions.

When you buy aronia, you should choose the freshly picked ones that can give you more antioxidant content needed in your diet. Have you tried this wonderful chokeberry? Do you know where to get the best ones? Feel free to comment and share with us.


Growing Blackberries in a Home Garden

by Amanda W on March 27, 2015

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Blackberries are an excellent choice of fruit to grow in the home garden.  Growing blackberries is no more difficult than growing any common garden vegetable.  They need to be planted in a sunny location, but with access to some shade.  The garden site needs to be well-drained, well-weeded, and fertilized.  Excess water will quickly drown the roots, and weeds can choke them. Organic fertilizer, mulch, or compost are best for the blackberry plants.  The variety of blackberry that trails should be trellised to keep it off the ground and excess moisture.  The variety that grows in the form of cane should be kept trimmed to within seven feet.

As soon as the ground thaws, it is time to plant.  Holes for the young plant should be shallow with just enough room for the roots.  During the first season, the plants should not produce fruit but be kept trim until the second season for more and better quality blackberries.  The fruit usually ripens to its mature violet-black color between July and November – wait until they have completely matured!  The berries will be full and delicious for blackberry syrup, jam, and even tea.  Like other antioxidant fruits, blackberries can be used for home medicinal purposes, especially as a remedy for indigestion.  Blackberry leaves make an excellent addition to gargling fluid to clear up sore throats.


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Chokeberries, The Poor Man’s Goji Berry

by admin on March 27, 2015

Author: Paul Masterson

Aronia Flowers

Aronia Flowers

Chokeberries, the poor man Goji berry. High in anti-oxidants, sour tasting hence the name but great in fruit juices, jams and wine.

Living in Ireland were the weather can be too damp to grow many of what we call ‘Super Foods’ I got excited when I heard about the Chokeberry. You see the Chokeberry is a hardy little plant that is trouble free to grow, yeh! It doesn’t have pests or diseases to contend with and the birds so far haven’t discovered them. They are probably too busy with the strawberries.

Last autumn (fall) I planted three experimental Chokeberry plants to see if they would produce any fruit.

Aronia Berry or Chokeberry

Aronia Berry or Chokeberry

I live in a rural location on the side of a hill, two miles from the sea. The house is called ‘Windy Acre’ for a self explaining reason. So it is a challenge to grow anything. I planted these plants in full sun with some protection from the cold Northerly winds under the Ash tree. The Ash stands at approximately 40’ high and does break the winds.

The plants survived the coldest winter on record for Ireland. We normally have mild winters, but last winter was the exception when temperatures plummeted to sub-zero during the day. When spring came I was glad to see them flowering. The flowers are multi-stemmed with white petals and are similar to brambles.

During flowering it is best to water these at least every day in a dry spell, although they are quite tolerant if not watered too often.

Aronia Berry or Chokeberry

Aronia Berry or Chokeberry

The Chokeberries are now producing fruit in multi-stemmed clusters. They are approximately 7mm in size with a bluish-black colour. If not picked, the fruit will remain on the plant until the winter.

Some propagation tips:

  1. Seeds should be stratified in moist peat for 3 months between 2c and 5c.
  2. Softwood cuttings taken in early summer root easily untreated. Use a rooting hormone.
  3. Division has also proved to be highly successful. Cutting suckers with a sharp spade and transplanting them throughout the garden will almost always work.

So if you want a low cost ‘Super Food’, do give the Chokeberry a try.

Medicinal uses:

  1. Originally considered to be of little medicinal value, new research shows that Aronia melanocarpa has a high concentration of polyphenols and anthocyanins, stimulating circulation, protecting the urinary tract, and strengthening the heart.
  2. Ongoing studies at the University of Illinois also suggest that Aronia may include compounds that fight cancer and cardiac disease.

Paul writes for and owns, a specialist web journal on Bonsai, Japanese Gardening and writing on the Tinytrees Garden.

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Benefits of Camu Camu

by admin on March 25, 2015


Camu Camu

Benefits of Camu Camu

The benefits of Camu Camu’s nutrition can be very rewarding to your health. It contains very powerful amino acids, vitamin C, leucine and carries a lot of therapeutic effects. Because of its amounts of vitamin C, a lot of people no longer take vitamin C alone in large doses. They find that not only does Camu Camu contain vitamin C but that it also lifts their moods and strengthens their immune system. There are other medicinal uses for Camu Camu found by a nutritionist after he researched the fruit. It helps maintain healthy gums, healthy skin and eyes. It contains herbs that have been very effective in helping with various disease conditions. It has been known to help with certain organs and system weaknesses in the body. Camu Camu fell into the number two spot on his list of holistic medicines that help balance moods.

Camu Camu ranked number one in the hundreds of herbs that are used for asthma, colds, glaucoma, hepatitis, infertility, migraine cluster headaches, cataracts and Parkinson’s disease just to name a few. The benefits of this fruit are its wide arrange of medicinal effects. There have been some constraints to having Camu Camu expanding of its present use. The prices are high, which limits its demand, and the logistics are too difficult to be expanded outside of its current site. The Peruvian government does anticipate it becoming more widespread in the United States when all of its benefits and nutrition of Camu Camu have been discovered.

Have you had the Camu Camu?  How’d you like it?


What are Flavonoids?

by admin on March 24, 2015

Uses of OrangesWhat are Flavonoids?

Flavanoids are labeled as vitamin P. They are metabolites that enhance vitamin C’s functions by protecting it from oxidation and improving how vitamin C is absorbed. Flavonoids are important in plant pigmentation. It helps produce the yellow, red or blue that you see in plant petals. Flavonoids also help to protect plants from insect and fungal attacks. Flavonoids are also found in nuts, grains and leaves. Some of the herbs that contain Flavonoids are hawthorn, echinacea, bilberry and milk thistle. Good sources of Flavonoids can be found in all citrus fruits, berries, parsley, green and white teas, and dark chocolate. Red wine even contains high amounts of Flavonoids. This is why a high intake of red wine would show that there are less coronary disease rates.

One of the most common classes of Flavonoids is phytonutrients.  Phytonutrients are components that help promote health. Nutrients like protein, fat, minerals and vitamins are essential for life unlike phytonutrients. Phytonutrients help to protect against diseases by enhancing your immune system response, killing cancerous cells converting to vitamin A and serving as antioxidants. Flavonoids help with many of the body’s processes and are beneficial to the heart, liver and kidneys. As a result of this, many consumers as well as food manufacturers have become interested in flavonoids. Flavonoids mediate the body’s effect for diets that are rich in fruits and vegetables to assist in the prevention of colorectal cancer. They have a profound growth effect on colonic tumor cells also. Soy flavonoids are used to help ease the symptoms of menopause.


Nutrition of the Nashi Pear

by admin on March 23, 2015

Nashi Pear

Nashi Pear

Nutrition of the Nashi Pear

Nashi pears, also called Asian pears, are related to the pears we see regularly but shares similarities with an apple in that it is crisp, slightly sweet and juicy. They are often referred to as apple pears. These pears are round and firm, and as soon as they are harvested they are ready to be eaten. The Nashi pear’s nutritional benefits are vitamin C, dietary fiber and B vitamins. They are loaded with nutrients that benefit you health wise. They provide around 3 grams of dietary fiber per 100 grams. Eating these pears regularly can help to fight against colon cancer. The Nashi pear helps the body with its production of red blood cells as well as gastrointestinal health. Nashi pears have high water content and are grainy in texture. There are a few fruits referred to as ‘antioxidant fruits’ including the Nashi pear.

The Nashi pear is low in saturated fat and contains about 14g carbohydrates and zero fat. It is also high in dietary fiber and vitamin K. The Nashi pear is not only just good for your general health, but that are good in weight loss. The Nashi pear is rich in antioxidants including zea xanthins, lutein and beta carotene. It has been known to be useful in helping to treat gout, arthritis, colitis and chronic gallbladder disorder. In addition to all of the nutrients this pear provides, it is one of the fruits that bear the lowest calorie count at 58 calories per 100 grams!

You can buy the Nashi pear online.

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Vitamix 5200 Blender Review

by admin on March 22, 2015

Vitamix 5200 Blende

Vitamix 5200 Blender

Vitamix 5200 Blender Review

This review was originally published on Dec 10, 2011.

I am still crazy in love with my Vitamix and highly recommend it – so I wanted to run this review again.

When a Vegan friend of mine told me that she got a Vitamix for her birthday recently, my reply was something along the lines of “So What?!”

Little did I know, as she educated me, Vitamix is the best blender ever. She ranted and raved to me about it in text messages, sending me photos and what not.

Since I enjoy making smoothies, I thought I would request a product sample for review. After many requests, Vitamix was kind enough to oblige and send me a Vitamix 5200 Standard (use Vitamix Promotion Code “06-007152″ to GET FREE STANDARD SHIPPING ($25US/$35CN)) to product review. I am so thankful they did.


…or should I say, I love Superman.  That’s what I call it.  It is Superman.

I first made my traditional chocolate protein smoothie in the mornings, and it performed beautifully. Then I made a delicious Pumpkin Smoothie…and the Vitamix, as usual delivered…delicious smooooooothness.

Vitamix Makes a Pumpkin Smoothie

Vitamix Makes a Pumpkin Smoothie

I wanted to try it to make a recipe I had seen over at the blog, Peas and Thank You.

You can see how it worked out in the video below:

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Here’s a link to Mama Pea’s Green Smoothie Recipe.

What’s more?!

Vitamix pulverizes. PUL-VER-RISES!!

Watch Superman in action as it PUL-VER-RISES:

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I love that it has a tamper, so that you can push the vegetables down into the blades without having to do it with a spatula and turn the machine on and off while doing it.  In fact, with other blenders, I have been lazy and not turned off the blender and then end up blending the spatula!  So it is awesome that the Vitamix comes with a tamper that fits just perfectly for that machine, so that you don’t blend another spoon or spatula!

The only downside of the Vitamix is that it is not recommended that you put it in the dishwasher (I did run it through the dishwasher one time (not the base, but the cannister, lid, etc. and it still works like a charm)). I am a big fan of dishwasher safe items, but as it turns out, the cleaning process of the Vitamix is pretty darn simple. I did a video to show you how easy it is:

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Check out the box it arrives in and the other goodies you get when it arrives:

Vitamix 5200 Standard Box

Vitamix 5200 Standard Box

Vitamix 5200 Standard

Vitamix 5200 Standard

Here’s a video I shot during the opening process.

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Buy the Vitamix 5200 Online use Vitamix Promotion Code “06-007152″ to GET FREE STANDARD SHIPPING ($25US/$35CN).

***06-007152 – Vitamix Coupon Code

Check out Vitamix for yourself and see what other Vitamix owners are saying over at Vitamix’s Facebook page.


5 Benefits of Strawberries

by admin on March 21, 2015



Do you have any idea on the health benefits of strawberry? Aside from being delicious, it also comes with various nutritional advantages. For example, strawberries are found to contain vitamins A, B and C, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, carbohydrates and calories as well.
However, it does not stop there. The delectable fruit has also been found to contain high levels of folic acid. Folic acid is often found in the milk that pregnant women drink because it helps in reducing, if not preventing, birth defects, especially those that involve the brain.
For those having problems with their oral health, the strawberry can also help remedy those issues. The fruit may be cut in half and then rubbed on to the gums and teeth. Tartar can be removed in the process, as long as the juice stays on the teeth long enough to dissolve them. It could even help whiten teeth if used three times each week. Gums are also healed and strengthened through it.

Did you actually know that the strawberry is one of the antioxidant fruits? Its antioxidant properties protect the cells and prevent oxygen damage in the organs. It also contains certain compounds that make it a heart-protective fruit as well as an anti-cancer and an anti-inflammatory one.

Although we may not hear it as often but strawberries are actually recommended for people with high blood pressure, constipation, rheumatism, gout or skin cancer. The fruit is great as a cleansing food, whether used to remove toxins in the blood or to cleanse the skin externally.