Bioavailability and Antioxidants
We all need antioxidants in our system. They help in limiting the impact of free radicals in our body and thus promote better health. The risk for Parkinson’s disease, cancer and heart problems are lower when we have fruits like berries as part of our menu.
As doctors and scientists had found, antioxidants actively fight off free radicals which can bring Alzheimer’s disease and many other ailments. Inclusion of antioxidant fruits and vegetables is a must to build up your immune system.
However, as odd as it may sound, just like with medicines, how your body reacts to new vitamins and minerals is called bioavailability. This is on how your body can absorb the nutrients from each food you eat. Many fruits have high antioxidant content but your body does not get to maximize it. Some fruits needed to be steamed while others must be chopped and mixed with other vegetables to let the nutrients seep into your system. For instance, the bioavailability of lycopene and beta-carotene is improved when the fruit or vegetable undergoes homogenization and heat treatment.
Due to this, eating one type of fruit alone is not a good idea. Mixing up different fruits and vegetables increases the bioavailability of your body with the antioxidants and other nutrients you get from them. Let us know what you think of this or join us on Facebook.
Calamansi: One of the World’s Wonder Fruits
The Calamansi fruit comes from a small tree or a shrub that grows 3 to 6 meters found in most tropical Southeast Asians countries. It is scientifically known as the Citroforunella Microcarpa coming from the family of Citrus fruits. It is popularly recognized in the Western world as the Acid Orange, Calamondin Orange or the Panama Orange.
The Calamondin has a high content of Vitamin C and has antioxidant properties which promotes anti-aging, hair growth, lowering of cholesterol and boosts the immune system of the body. Aside from its nutritional properties, it has been widely used as hair and skin care additive or condiment in which when applied to the scalp after shampooing generates healthy shinny hair and hair growth. It eliminates itching and irritation resulting from insect bites by gently scrubbing a slice on the affected areas. When taken orally, the juice diluted in warm water act as a laxative.
For facial and body skin care, the Calamansi used as a scrub could rid and clear your skin of Acne Vulgaris and Pruritus Vulvae. Its effects may manifest after a couple of weeks or so applied as a rejuvenating agent in anti-aging treatment.
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The tambis or makopa (Syzygium samarangense) is one of those fruit that has many names. This causes quite a confusion because there are several varieties of the fruit. To my knowledge, there are three varieties found here. There’s the pink bell-shaped makopa, the green bell-shaped one and the oval-shaped tambis.
What we have growing on our front yard is the green one. The tree has grown a bit more than 20 feet and is well-loved by kids. This organic fruit snack is meaty with white pulp and its taste can be bland to juicy sweet.
The tambis grows from a regular lemon size to a mature kiwi fruit. It grows in singles, pairs, triplets and sometimes in clusters of four to six fruits. Our makopa is seedless. For added sweetness, we would normally water our tree with water laced with brown sugar.
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The Spanish Lime: A Tasty Raw Fruit That Helps Digestion
Quenepa, an antioxidant rich fruit of the tropical variety, is often referred to as a Spanish lime. It is a tropical fruit from Mexico and Central America. The fruit is green and grows in a bunch with juicy orange or yellow flesh. The thin but crunchy skin can be easily cracked open without a knife.
When you fist see them, they really do look like little limes growing in bunches. It will not taste how one would assume though. Depending on how ripe it is, the fruit can have varying sweet to sour flavors and has a creamy texture. It is often paired with salt, lime and Chile powder.
The seed inside is edible as well and most people peel it and pop the whole thing in their mouths. While you might not think of it at first when thinking of fruits that help digestion, it has a calming effect on the stomach lining. It is thought that that is a main reason it is so popular as an addition to alcoholic drinks.
Don’t plan on adding this cute looking fruit into your favorite dish, if you try to cook it, you will end up with a jelly like mess. Better not to waste a yummy snack on a culinary disaster. Although you could make it into a gelatin dish like the Lychee.
Polyphenol Antioxidant Fruits Like the Strawberry Guava Contain More ProVitamin A
The strawberry guava is one of the strong antioxidant fruits from Brazil and came over to Hawaii as an invasive species. It is said that the strawberry guava tastes reminiscent of a passion fruit and a strawberry blended together. It is popular to use in making jams.
The unique taste combination also makes it perfect for juice blends and as a favorite with shaved ice. Smoothies benefit from the antioxidant kick as well as the mixing of flavors. It is very popular in all kinds of frozen treats.
The whole fruit is good for eating unlike many fruits where one part or another are discarded. The skin of the strawberry guava is edible and has a bit of a flowery taste. This taste is connected to the unique and highly sought fragrance of the guava flower. Even the seeds are used. They are often used for tea or ground and used as a coffee substitute.
Due to it’s coloration, the Strawberry Guava is a fruit with unique antioxidants and contains all of the major types of pigment linked antioxidants like carotenoids and polyphenols, namely: gallocatechin, guaijaverin, leucocyanidin and amritoside. This coloration like that of other polyphenol antioxidant fruits, makes them higher in pro-vitamin A and retinoid than the apple guava.
Eating the same foods over and over while dieting is not much incentive to make healthy eating a lifestyle, but with a Vitamix blender there are so many different ways to combine healthy foods into something new and delicious—for example, Vitamix ice cream for those who can’t quite give up sweets. For recipes like these, a Vitamix vs. a juicer is a better option—while juicers are great for pulling out lots of vitamins, a Vitamix lets you pack all sorts of healthy ingredients into snacks like ice cream, increasing your nutrient intake and keeping you fuller longer. If you are committed to a Vitamix diet, try some of these healthy ice cream recipes, each with different benefits for different dieting styles:
- Chocolate Ice Cream. Dieting doesn’t have to mean never enjoying the taste of chocolate again. Unsweetened cocoa powder gives this recipe an extra antioxidant boost, and you can tailor it to your tastes it by adding nuts, a few chocolate chips, or your favorite crunchy ingredient during the final few seconds of blending.
- Apple Pie Ice Cream. It is so easy to do a healthy version of this classic American dessert. Just blend apples, apple juice concentrate, low fat vanilla yogurt and some spices for flavor. Add a banana to sweeten the recipe even more.
- Fall Freeze. This perfect autumn desert has all the flavor of spiced pumpkin pie, with extra smoothness from a little bit of cream cheese.
- Mocha Mint Shake. Ice cream doesn’t have to just be for the summer. The warm mocha flavor and refreshing mint taste are a great treat even in the winter—especially if garnished with a festive piece of holiday candy.
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- Pineapple Freeze. Pineapples have so much natural sweetness, who needs extra sugar? This ice cream, which involves only pineapples, tofu, and lime juice, also happens to be a great source of protein and iron.
- Brandy Alexander. If you like sweet, blended cocktails, this treat is a great way to satisfy your craving without going overboard on the sugar. Try it using nonfat chocolate ice cream or frozen yogurt.
- Green Apple Ice Cream. Just as with green smoothies, this ice cream recipe is a great way to sneak a few extra greens into your day. Apple juice concentrate and banana balance out the sweetness factor in this appetizing green treat.
- Coconut Rum Café. This unusual blend of coconut, pineapples, rum, and coffee can satisfy both your desire for a summer drink and a caffeine boost.
Try some of these healthy blended ice creams and don’t let your sweet tooth derail your diet!
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Vitamix Soup Recipes
If you have only been using your Vitamix for fruit smoothies, you are missing out on a whole world of great Vitamix options, particularly Vitamix soup recipes. Whether you are looking to try something new and unusual or you just want to try a blended version of a classic recipe, there are so many different options. Here are just a few of these great recipes for Vitamix soups:
If your goal is to slim down by eating healthy veggie soups, or you are on the Vitamix diet, here are a few recipes to try:
- Winter Greens Soup. If you are a fan of the Vitamix green smoothie, you might enjoy this equally antioxidant-packed winter soup. Use your Vitamix to perfectly puree a sautéed mixture of spinach, kale, zucchini, celery, tomatoes and leek along with garlic and a few other spices—smooth, healthy and delicious.
- Kale and Leek Soup. If you don’t have too many greens in the house, this simpler green soup recipe includes only kale and leek with a flavorful blend of spices. Throw half of the soup in the Vitamix for a smooth puree and mix in the rest from the stovetop for a unique blend of textures.
Looking for something to warm you up during the cold months? Try these cozy options:
- Harvest Cheddar Soup. For a warm and hearty fall flavor, try this creamy blend of cheese, potatoes, and vegetables with granny smith apples for tart kick. If you want to make this meal a little healthier, try pairing a small portion of the soup with fresh salad and a simple Vitamix vinaigrette.
- Corn Chowder. This classic soup features a creamy blend of potatoes and other fall flavors, with the crunchy addition of some fresh corn cooked on the stovetop for a texture twist.
Too tired to spend much time over the stove after work? Luckily, there are plenty of easy options that are much more healthy and interested than a heated up can of whatever is in your pantry:
- Japanese Miso-Shiitake Soup. For a quick but unique Vitamix soup, try this blend of mushrooms, ginger, garlic and scallions, spiced with miso and soy sauce—takes only six minutes to prepare and blend!
- Gazpacho. This chilled soup takes just sixteen minutes to make, and most of the ingredients are probably already in your kitchen. Blend together some fresh vegetables including tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and onions, with a bit of hot sauce for flavor. This soup can also be served over more chopped vegetables for some added crunch.
There are so many different Vitamix soup recipes to experiment with, whether you are looking for new ideas for healthy soups, or just something easy and satisfying to throw together on a weeknight.
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Bilberry – 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:
The berry can help with:
- Eye Problems
- Heart Attack and Stroke
- 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.
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The cranberry is an evergreen dwarf shrub or a trailing vine in the genus Vaccinium subgenus Oxycoccos. They are grow in acidic bogs through the cooler parts of the Northern Hemisphere. They grow to be about 2m long and 5-20cm in height.
The berry is very tart and is commonly recommended by doctors for urinary tract infections. A study showed that it reduced E. coli bacteria in urine at twice the levels of the placebo. The berries are high in vitamin C and proanthocyanins, both of which are powerful antioxidants….which makes it another one of our antioxidant fruits.
The nutritional benefits are:
It can help with:
- Urinary Tract Infections
- High Cholestrol
- Antioxidant Protection
In the medical world, the berry is best known for its protective effects on the urinary tract. A 2006 study confirmed this information, showing that the berry can inhibit the formation and activity of the Streptococcus mutans bacteria. The berry’s capability to fight bacteria is one way it prevents and effectively treats urinary tract infections.
Nearly 95% of all the berries harvested are processed into products such as juice drinks, sauce and dried berries. See some of these great products below.
Prunes are the dried result of a plum. Surely, we all know the biggest benefit of them is regularity! Hallelujah for that! Plums have impressive antioxidant properties, but when converted into their dried counterpart their antioxidant powers can increase by as much as 600 percent! They have a wrinkly texture on the outside and a chewy texture on the inside.
Some nutritional benefits are:
They can help with:
- Aging-related conditions
A recent study done at Oklahoma State University found that the dried fruit can help reverse bone loss due to menopause. It suggested that dried plums can reverse a particular process of osteoporosis previously thought to be irreversible.
They are used in many cooking dishes and are also used in making juice. The constipation elixir. They are a rich dietary fiber as a result.