Aronia Berry Uses

by admin on September 19, 2014

Aronia Berries by Gary (Duboman01)Aronia Berry Uses: The aronia berry or chokeberry (Photo Left by Gary) is commonly used to make juice. Along with the bilberry, cranberry, & other fruit and fruit juices, the chokeberry has several healthful properties. A 2004 animal-modeled study (Matsumoto et al) conducted at the Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition Faculty of Human Life Science at Fuji Women’s University, showed that the antioxidant effects of chokeberry extract had a “gastro protective” effect in treating acute gastric hemorrhagic lesions in rats, suggesting it might be an effective natural treatment for severe stomach problems in humans, including ulcers. A 2003 study (Malik et al) conducted at the Department of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Maryland, has provided preliminary indication of defense against colon cancer.

Aronia Berries by OutdoorPDKA 2002 animal-modeled study (Kowalczyk et al), conducted in the Department of Pharmacology of the Military Medical Academy, Lodz, Poland, tested anthocyanins from the aronia berry. The study concluded that aronia berry anthocyanins might be useful in combating “oxidative stress” in cardiovascular patients. Yet another study (Simeonov et al, 2002) conducted at the Medical University in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, found that chokeberry juice without sugar added (artificially sweetened) was “a valuable adjunct” to treating patients with diabetes. Another Bulgarian study (Borissova et al, 1994) showed that chokeberry juice, due to its anthocyane flavonoids, had an anti-inflammatory value, when inflammation was induced by histamine & serotonin. Additional studies have been conducted, either proving or hinting at possibilities of staggering health benefits for blood circulation, urinary tract health, heart health and gastrointestinal health.

If people would incorporate more fruit into their diet, & especially such high-antioxidant phenolics in fruits & fruit juices, as can be had from blueberries, cranberries, chokeberries & the like, they might actually obtain many of the benefits they need!

Native Americans used the berries for medicinal purposes, dyes for clothing, and for preserving meats and other foods.

Aronia Berries by OutdoorPDK

Aronia berries have been proven to:

  • improve circulation
  • strengthen blood vessels
  • suppress viruses
  • act an anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic within the human body

Juice from the aronia berry prevents the formation of free radicals, just one aronia berry uses. Free radicals cause chronic diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular ailments.

New research has shown that aronia berries uses are:

  • May offer protection for human blood vessels
  • Contains rich amounts of flavonoids, polyphenols, anthocyyanis and powerful anti-oxidants
  • Are a strong relaxing agent of the smooth muscle found in arteries
  • Play a major role in keeping the blood pressure from becoming dangerously high
  • Help prevent spasms in blood vessels
  • Inhibit the development of blood clots and the early process of atherosclerosis
  • Are very potent in helping relax the arteries, aiding blood flow, and protecting the coronary arteries from oxidant injury
  • Are five to ten times more potent than cranberries for urinary tract health

Learn more about the Aronia Berry uses, benefits and availability:

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Acai Berry and Cancer

by admin on September 18, 2014

Acai Berry Can Help Fight Cancer – Especially Leukemia Cells

Acai Berry

Acai Berry and Cancer: In January 2006, the University of Florida in Gainesville found some very exciting news that the acai berry was able to kill 86% of leukemia cells tested.

“Acai berries are already considered one of the richest fruit sources of antioxidants,” Stephen Talcott, assistant professor with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, said. “This study was an important step toward learning what people may gain from using beverages, dietary supplements or other products made with the berries.”

Other fruits, including grapes, contain antioxidants shown to kill cancer cells in similar studies.  Brazilian berry destroys cancer cells in lab, UF study shows.

Learn more about the Acai Berry and its benefits:

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Acai Berry and Sex

by admin on September 17, 2014

Lady Bugs Having Sex

Acai Berry and Sex: As we know, the acai berry is mostly from Brazil and other parts of the Amazonian Rain Forrest. Brazilians believe acai gives you strength, energy and better sex.

Pronounced ah-sah-yee, acai is drunk more commonly than milk in Brazil; a magic fruit potion that fuels the hedonistic energy. In fact, doctors in brazil recommend drinking a lot of acai when couples are having trouble getting pregnant!

Want to increase your sex drive and help your health in many ways at the same time?  We have found the following products to be helpful and quite successful in providing this.  Of course, this is a natural attempt at sex drive, so it may not happen for a couple of weeks or a couple of months, depending on your body.  But, the acai and sex drive sometimes go hand in hand with some individuals.

Acai Berries

There are a couple of great articles about the acai berry and better sex that the British have published.  Please find links to them below:

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Blackberry

by admin on September 16, 2014

blackberry changing process

The blackberry is simply one of the healthiest fruits you can eat. They are full of natural goodness and have lots of essential nutrients and vitamins which are very good for your health. So, if you are someone that enjoys eating delicious blackberry Jam or pie, pat yourself on the back, as you’ve chosen a great antioxidant in fruit.

Green Blackberry by Alex Skelly
Unripe green version (right) by Alex Skelly

The berries are one of the richest sources of antioxidants you can find. They have very high ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value and can supply your body with a whopping 2036 units of antioxidants per 100 grams.

Ripe berries are packed with powerful antioxidants like polyphenols and anthocyanins. Antioxidants, as you know, are very essential for your body. They fight and neutralize free radicals which can cause serious damage to your health. According to research institutes, regular intake of antioxidants can reduce the risk of several diseases including cancer.

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Blackberries (Photo on Right by Ali S) are rich in salicylate, which is a natural analgesic (pain reliever). It can help reduce the risk of heart diseases significantly. They are also rich in vitamin E. Vitamin E is yet another powerful antioxidant which can fight the free radicals in the body. More importantly,
vitamin E can prevent all types of skin related problems caused by free radicals. Wrinkles, dark spots, and other such skin problems are usually caused by the action of free radicals on the skin. By eating blackberries regularly, you can stay away from these problems. As well, blackberries contain lots of vitamin C and can help boost your immune system.

One cup of blackberries, which is around 150g, contains 75 calories, one gram of protein, half a gram of fat, 18 grams of carbohydrates, around 8 grams of fiber, and needless to say, plenty of antioxidants. In short – it is one of the healthiest
foods you can eat.

Amazingly, the entire plant of blackberry is full of valuable nutrients. Its stem, its leaves, and roots are full of tannic acid, which is also a natural analgesic. The leaves, roots, and the outer parts of the stem are usually dried and used to make tea which has a lot of medicinal values.

It is suggested that you eat blackberries raw, as cooking can break down some valuable nutrients present in them. Since they
are full of natural fructose sugars, the ripe berries are delicious to eat. So, add blackberries to your everyday meal and
enjoy their natural goodness.

If you have any suggestions on recipes where blackberries are used to add to this website, please contact us.

If you’d like to see a particular fruit featured on Antioxidant-Fruits.com, please contact us.

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Apricot

by admin on September 15, 2014

Apricots by Matthijs Rouw

photo: matthijs rouw (thingsdesigner.com)

The Apricot is a species of Prunus, classified with the plum.

When people talk about antioxidant fruits, they generally tend to discuss fruits like the apple, the blackberry, and the acai fruit. However, the fruit, which is often overlooked by most people, is an unbelievably great source of antioxidants. Let?s take a look at this wonder fruit now.

They are very rich in minerals. Consuming it regularly can reduce the risks of anemia, tuberculosis, bronchitis, asthma, and toxemia.

They can be consumed regularly even if you are dieting, as they are very low in calories and have no fat at all. By eating just three of them, you consume just 50 calories.
Apricots by Sudip Guharoy
Photo by Sudip Guharoy

They are very rich in vitamin A. Eating two or three of them can supply up to 50% of daily value for your body. Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant and can help you improve your vision and stay away from eye problems like cataracts and macular degeneration. It also fights the free radicals in the skin and keeps it young and free from skin problems.

They are very rich in dietary fiber. They can improve your digestion and help you stay away from constipation. In fact, the dried fruit is an excellent natural remedy to constipation.

Regular consumption of the fruit can help you get rid of intestinal worms and gallstones.

They are a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium, and iron. Adding them to your diet every day can help boost your immune system. A regular intake of the fruit also reduces the risk of heart disease considerably.

They are one of the richest sources of lycopene, a highly effective carotenoid. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant and can help you stay away from prostate cancer. Studies show that people who consume the fruit regularly are 80% less likely to get affected by prostate cancer. In short ? a glass of fresh the juice could be the most effective antioxidant fruit drink you can ever drink.

Based on their nutritional value, they are considered an excellent health food according to the World?s Healthiest Food Rating.

While the fresh fruit are available only during their season, the dried version are available throughout the year. A can of the dried fruit is the healthiest snack food you can eat. So, eat one regularly and stay healthy.

The velvety-orange skin fruit is known for its antioxidant properties and contain high amounts of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. These nutrients contribute overall to the health and protection of the heart and eyes.

Some nutritional benefits are:

  • Beta-carotene
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium
  • Fiber

It can help with:

  • Eye problems
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke

In 2005, a study done by researchers in Spain was published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, identifying the antioxidant compounds in the fruit, including cyanidin-3-glucoside.

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Apricot Flowers

photo: Katka Szabo

Apricot Tree

Apricot Tree Branch

photo: Steve Coleman

Red Apricots by Arety

Red Apricots

photo: Arety

Apricot Tree by Arety

Apricot Tree

photo: Arety


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Bilberry

by admin on September 15, 2014

BilberryBilberry – also known as: European blueberry, Huckleberry, Vaccinium myrtillus, Vaccinium corymbosum

A close relative to the blueberry (as you can tell in the photo), the fruit has impressive antioxidant properties and is historically linked to eye health. Studies indicate that the berry, with its abundance of antioxidants, may also be effetive in protecting the body against carcinogens and free radicals.

Some of its nutritional highlights include:

Bilberry

Bilberries

The berry can help with:

  • Eye Problems
  • Arthritis
  • Heart Attack and Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Diarrhea and Dysentery

A study done in Canada in 2006, found that the berry can help and may be able to prevent and slow the progression of neurodegenerative diseases (like Parkinson’s), mainly due to its antioxidant powers.

Bilberries

Do you know some fun facts about the Bilberry? If so, leave a comment and share them with us!

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Navitas Naturals Goldenberries Powder Review

by admin on September 13, 2014

Navitas Naturals Golden Berry Powder ReviewOriginally published on Apr 2, 2013

My Navitas Naturals’ reviews are winding down, but here’s another great product that Navitas Naturals makes.

Goldenberries are also known as “Incan Berries” or “Cape Gooseberries” because they were cultivated for thousands of years beginning during the Incan Empire.

Navitas Natural Goldenberry Powder is created from fresh picked goldenberries that are freeze-dried and then milled into a fine powder (see photo below).  They do this at a low temperature so that the tangy flavor still remains!

They have a sweet and tart flavor, which is a perfect combo that makes my mouth water just thinking about it!

Navitas Naturals Golden Berry Powder Review

Benefits of Goldenberries include:

  • Antioxidants
  • Bioflavinoids
  • Vitamins A&C

You can use this freeze dried fruit powder in a number of ways by putting some in:

  • Smoothies
  • Dessert
  • Yogurt
  • Oatmeal
  • Dressings

Here’s a run down of the golden berry nutrition info:

golden berry nutrition

You can buy Navitas Naturals Goldenberries Powder on Amazon.

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We received the Navitas Naturals Goldenberries Powder from the manufacturer. Receiving the free product did not influence this review.

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Navitas Naturals Maqui Powder Product Review

by admin on September 12, 2014

Navitas Naturals Maqui Powder Product Review

Navitas Naturals Maqui Powder Product Review

Last Monday, we featured the Maqui berry because Navitas Naturals sent us a 3oz. bag of Maqui powder for review.  I wanted to learn more about this  Patagonian superfruit from the Chilean evergreen shrub (Aristotelia chilensis) before featuring Navitas Naturals Maqui Powder.

Maqui berries are edible purple berries that pack a powerful punch – these berries are eaten regularly by one of the longest-living cultures in the world – the Mapuche Indians.

You’ll love the maqui berry powder benefits, which include:

  • Minerals
  • Flavonoids
  • Iron
  • Antioxidants
  • Potassium
  • Natural antio-inflammatory compounds
  • Vitamin C
  • Dietary Fiber
  • PHYTOCHEMICALS
  • ANTHOCYANINS
  • TRACE MINERALS
  • POLYPHENOLS

Talk about an anti-aging super fruit – they are particularly high in anti-aging flavonoids like anthocyanins and polyphenols.

Navitas Naturals Maqui Powder

Navitas Naturals Maqui Powder

Navitas Naturals Maqui Powder is:

  • Raw
  • Vegan
  • Kosher
  • USDA Organic

Maqui is considered a sacred plant, symbolizing “good will” in the culture of Mapuche (Chile’s native inhabitants).  I mixed some Maqui powder into a glass of water and can’t say that the organic freeze dried Maqui powder from Navitas Naturals had a much of a taste -which can be a good thing because you can mix it into things without compromising the overall taste of your smoothie, yogurt, dessert, etc.  You can check out what I did in the video below:

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I love Navitas Naturals – haven’t found a product that they make that I dislike yet.  If you are looking for something different to add to your diet – try the Maqui berry out.  You can buy maqui berry powder  (3 oz) for $17.55.

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Navitas Naturals Acai Powder

Navitas Naturals Acai Powder

We all already know about my little obsession with Navitas Naturals.  I love their packaging and their marketing.  I feel like I am putting something good in my body when I reach into their bags, of course, I AM putting something good into my body – so that helps too!

When they sent us their Acai Powder, I was excited because this website was more or less started after I discovered the health benefits of Acai.

And in my research of the Acai berry – it has to be freeze dried within the first 24 hours of being picked in order to preserve it’s nutrients.  So Freeze Dried Acai Powder is the perfect solution to get the benefits of the berry.

As I have stated before with the powders – I love that you are still getting the nutrients without having to eat so many fruits in one sitting.

Navitas Naturals Acai Powder Up Close

Navitas Naturals Acai Powder Up Close

Navitas Naturals Acai Powder

Navitas Naturals Acai Powder

Benefits:

  • ANTIOXIDANTS
  • POLYPHENOLS
  • OMEGAS
  • TRACE MINERALS
  • ESSENTIAL AMINO ACIDS

Use this in:

  • MILKSHAKES
  • SMOOTHIES
  • DESSERTS
  • YOGURT
  • GRANOLA

 

You can buy Navitas Naturals Organic Acai Powder online for $27.52 ($3.44 / oz) and it’ll ship for FREE with Amazon.com’s Super Saver Shipping.

Here’s a video I did of the freeze dried acai powder, so you could check it out.

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Where to Buy Acai

by Amanda W on September 9, 2014

white acai tea

Anyone doing research on recent health trends has likely heard of the acai berry and its amazing health benefits due to high antioxidants and amino acids.  This berry has been hailed as the new superfruit and marketed towards dieters across the globe.  What these sources sometimes fail to mention is that acai berry products actually taste good!  The tanginess of flavor resembles raspberries while the sweetness brings to mind pomegranate.

The purpose of this post is to show consumers where to buy acai berries and where to buy acai berry products.  Mighty Leaf makes a delicious acai black tea and an acai pomegranate tea.  Samabazon offers acai smoothie packs that are actually frozen acai pulp.  The packets are insulated and shipped within the United States.  Another way to access a fresher form of acai for smoothies or drinks is by buying acai berry powder through online organic producers . Rather than grinding the acai pulp, these powders extract material from the skin.  Both freeze-dried pulp and powdered acai offer fresh flavor and nutritional benefits.

A great line of acai-flavored products comes from Goodbelly.  They produce a flavored drink and a To-Go Bar both in blueberry acai flavor.  Acai continues to grow in popularity and can be found as ingredients in many juices sold in supermarkets.

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