Bilberry

by admin on June 27, 2016

BilberryBilberry

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:

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.

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

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Heart Health

by admin on June 26, 2016

Heart Health

Heart Disease and CholesterolHeart health is crucial for longevity. Your heart is an amazing machine. About the size of your fist, it’s the strongest muscle in your body, and with each beat, it pumps blood carrying life-giving oxygen and nutrients from head to toe and back again.

Like any intricate piece of equipment, your heart needs constant care and maintenance to ensure peak performance. If your heart’s functions become compromised, that condition is called cardiovascular disease.

When you talk about heart disease, most people think of coronary artery disease – the narrowing of the arteries leading to the heart. However, that’s only one type. Actually, heart disease, or cardiovascular disease, is a general term used to cover a long list of conditions related to the function of the heart and blood vessels.

The important thing to understand about cardiovascular disease is that most of its forms are associated with modifiable risk factors, such as an unhealthy diet, smoking, obesity or lack of exercise. Simply put, your lifestyle choices can determine how healthy your heart will be.

Examples of Cardiovascular Disease:

  • Stroke
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart attack
  • Aneurysm
  • Heart Failure
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Valvular heart disease

Click on the following links to learn more about heart disease:

A great product with antioxidant fighting fruit to promote a healthy heart is this product with 19 different fruits and berries.

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Heart Disease and Cholesterol

by admin on June 24, 2016

Heart Disease and Cholesterol

Heart Disease and CholesterolCholesterol is a waxy substance that’s produced by the body and found in foods that come from animals. Contrary to popular opinion, cholesterol isn’t a bad thing. In fact, you couldn’t live without some cholesterol, because your body needs it to make hormones, skin oils, digestive juices and vitamin D.

The problem with cholesterol arises when you have too much of it, especially too much low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which is a major contributor to heart disease and cholesterol. This is the form of cholesterol that’s responsible for the build-up of fatty deposits that clod your arteries, reducing or blocking the flow of blood and oxygen your heart needs.

The other type of cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL), is the good kind. It actually helps remove build-up in the arteries and can help protect against heart disease.

Triglyceride is another fatty substance found in your blood. It can also raise heart disease risk.

After age 20, everyone should have his or her cholesterol checked at least once every five years. Cholesterol levels are measured in milligrams (mg) of cholesterol per deciliter (dL) of blood. If your total cholesterol level is 200mg/dL or higher, you should get a complete lipoprotein profile done to determine the individual levels of LDL, HDL and triglycerides.

Keep in mind that cholesterol is a modifiable risk factor. Eating foods high in fiber and low in fat and cholesterol, and getting plenty of exercise, are just a few lifestyle changes that can help. However there are issues other than lifestyle that can cause high cholesterol. If necessary, your doctor can prescribe medications to help reduce your cholesterol level.

HDL = good cholesterol – this number should be high (45 mg/dL or above).

LDL = bad cholesterol – This number should be LOW (less than 130 mg/dL for low-risk individuals, less than 100 mg/dL for high-risk individuals, and less than 70 mg/dL for every high-risk individuals).

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Anti-Aging and Antioxidant Fruits

by admin on June 23, 2016

Anti-Aging and Antioxidant Fruits

Anti-Aging has been all the rage. There are many ways to avoid the wrinkles and sagging skin that comes with aging. Antioxidant Fruits is one way to get that done. Watch the following video to see how Dr. Oz shows the effects of oxidation on an apple and how antioxidants can keep that oxidation from happening as quickly:

You are what you eat. Remember that calories count, so keep your body weight at a healthy level, which is a crucial part in anti-aging. Excess body fat is toxic in many ways, promoting cancer, heart disease, diabetes and aging. It makes you look older, too.

You can control many of your aging processes with what you eat. Food affects your brain as well as your body. This, in turn, affects how you feel, your performance, your health, your joy. Our bodies are being constantly rebuilt, and the food we eat is our raw material. Imagine food as fuel for your body. If you put the incorrect gas in your car, it will need repairing. Well, the same goes for our bodies.

Eating and living properly benefits you way down at the cellular level, where free-radical damage is the most significant reason we age. Free radicals come mainly from our diets, but also from exercise and the environment. Free radicals, which are byproducts of oxygen use by the cells, take electrons from cell. This causes damage. Antioxidants, such as Vitamins C and E and beta-carotene, can provide the missing electrons, sparing damage to the cells. Neutralizing and/or reducing free radicals produces a positive effect in your health and against aging.

Free-radical damage may also be involved in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, cataracts, hypertension and many immune problems. A diet high in antioxidant fruits can help protect you from these diseases that are associated with aging.

In fact, the acai berry has been recognized as one of the foremost superfoods for anti-aging. The amino acids and trace minerals that are found in acai help in ideal muscle contraction and regeneration; this helps slow down the destructive effects to the skin which cause the signs of aging.

The fatty acid in acai is high in monounsaturated oleic acid which together with omega 3 oils enter cell membranes and help to make them suppler; this in fact allows neurotransmitters, hormones, and insulin receptors to work more efficiently, diminishing inflammation. Inflammation is a leading cause of the aging process.

Top Products Containing the Acai Fruit:

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Acai Berry and Sex

by admin on June 16, 2016

Acai Berry and Sex

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:

Learn more about the Acai Berry and its benefits:

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Acai Berry

by admin on June 15, 2016

Acai Berry  – An Extraordinary Antioxidant-Rich Fruit from the Amazon Rain Forest

Acai Berry

Acai Berry

The Acai Berry (also known as the Acai Fruit or confused as the Acai Cherry) which is commonly pronounced ah-sigh-ee, is a rather small, round, and dark-looking purple berry. It resembles a blueberry, but is yet smaller and darker. This berry has a large seed and minimum amount of pulp. The acai fruit berry is now broadly used in energy juices, ice cream, certain energy bars with granola.

Acai has been used for many generations by the natives of Brazil. Acai boasts 10 times the antioxidant benefits of grapes and twice that of blueberries.

The Main Health Benefits of the Acai are:

  • An extremely powerful free radical fighter
  • Acai has very high levels of fibers
  • Cleanses and detoxifies the body of infectious toxins
  • Strengthens your immune system
  • Enhances sexual desire and performance
  • Normalizes and regulates cholesterol levels
  • Helps maintain healthy heart function
  • Minimizes inflammation
  • Improves circulation
  • Prevents atherosclerosis
  • Enhances visual acuity
  • Fights cancer cells
  • Slows down the aging process
  • Boosts energy levels
  • Improves digestive function (and regularity!)
  • Improves mental clarity/focus
  • Promotes sound sleep
  • Provides all vital vitamins
  • Contains several important minerals
  • Promotes healthier and younger-looking skin
  • Alleviates diabetes
  • Normalizes and regulates cholesterol levels
  • Helps maintain healthy heart function
  • Minimizes inflammation
  • Improves circulation
  • Prevents arthrosclerosis
  • Enhances visual acuity

People Have Reported the Following Health Benefits:

  • Helps stabilize normal blood sugar levels
  • Helps improve patients suffering from leukemia
  • Fights general depression
  • Supports weight loss
  • Improves upon your overall physical strength
  • Relieves arthritis pain
  • Helps to clear skin of warts
  • Reduces the occurrence of seizures
  • Helps to reduce physical injuries & speed up recovery 


Top Products Containing the Acai Fruit:

MORE INFORMATION ON THE ACAI BERRY:

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Apple

by admin on June 14, 2016

Apple

Red AppleThe Apple is very delicious, full of rich nutrients, widely consumed all over the world, and available year round. The saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” is not far from the truth. Regular consumption of the fruit can provide many vital nutrients and can help prevent a lot of health problems. There are many health benefits of this highly antioxidant fruit.

It has three important nutrients – antioxidants, fibers, and simple sugars.

It is a very rich source of antioxidants. They contain flavonoids and polyphenols, both of which are powerful antioxidants. It’s skin contains quercetin, which is a very powerful flavonoid. According to researchers, flavonoids help prevent cardiac disease in humans. When consumed regularly, flavonoids can lower the risk of cardiac disease by 20%. A 100g of this fruit is equivalent to 1500mg of vitamin C in terms of antioxidant content.

The antioxidants present in the fruit fight the free radicals in the body that tend to damage DNA. They also reduce the risk of cancer significantly.

The fruit is one of the richest sources of both soluble and insoluble fibers. A medium unpeeled one has around 3 grams of fiber. The fiber content in the fruit can bring down cholesterol levels significantly and reduce the risk of heart diseases and stroke.

The insoluble fiber present in the fruit helps remove the LDL cholesterol, which is the bad cholesterol, from the body. The soluble fiber reduces the amount of LDL cholesterol produced in liver. By eating two of these fruits a day, you can bring down your cholesterol levels by 16%.

The soluble fiber in the fruit also helps remove the toxins and heavy metals like lead and mercury from the system.

The rich fiber content in the fruit ensures regular bowel movement. Eating one or two of these fruits a day regularly can help you stay away from constipation. The soluble fiber present in apple, pectin, also has the ability the firm up excessively loose stool and is thus used as a natural medication for diarrhea.

The simple sugar in the fruit – fructose – is the one that breaks down slowly and helps keep your blood sugar levels stable.

Regular consumption of the fruit can help prevent kidney stones. The antioxidants in the fruit are also known to protect the skin from various skin diseases.

Apples by Alex Skelly
Apples by Alex Skelly

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Fruits and Blood Pressure Control

by admin on June 11, 2016

Fruits and Blood Pressure Control

Fruits in a Market

For many of us these days, it is important to find a source of blood pressure control. Since high blood pressure is a primary risk for heart disease and stroke, it is important to find a way to control it. Diet and excercise, as we hear so often, are great ways to control your blood pressure.

The best diet is one that is low in salt, sugar, and fat, and high in calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

You should eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish, poultry, and low-fat dairy products. You should limit red meat, sugar, fat, foods high in cholesterol, and alcohol. You also should try to stay at a healthy weight.

Harvard’s School of Public Health wrote an article about the benefits of eating your fruit and vegetables every day.

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Passion Fruit Names

by admin on June 6, 2016

Passion Fruit Names – What Do People in Other Countries and Other Cultures Call, Passion Fruit?

Passion Fruit Names Passion Fruit Names? The Passion Fruit has many names around the world. Below is just a sampling of some of the names that the Passion Fruit has around the world. If you know of an additional name, please don’t hesitate to contact us or leave a comment below.

  • mburucuyá – Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay
  • maracujá – Brazil and Portugal
  • maracuyá (yellow variety) or gulupa (purple variety) – Columbia
  • maracuyá – Bolivia,Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Mexico, Honduras and Peru
  • chinola – Dominican Republic
  • lilikoi – Hawaii
  • markisa – Indonesia
  • sweet cup – Jamaica
  • calala – Nicaragua (a sweet-tasting juice is made when the fruit is cut in half and boiled in water)
  • parcha – Puerto Rico
  • granadilla (purple variety)or granadilla (yellow variety) – South Africa
  • parchita – Venezuela

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Blackberry

by admin on June 5, 2016

Blackberry

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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 SkellyUnripe 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.

B is for Blackberries
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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