- The Shocking Truth Revealed About Your 12 Favorite Vegetable Oils! Posted in: Blog, Cleansing, Lifestyle, Seed Education
In Case You Didn’t Know: Vegetable Oils are Bad. Bad News. Bad for Your Health. Bad for the Environment. Just Bad.
I get a lot of questions about what fats and oils I use for cooking. It makes sense; after all there is a lot of confusion about fat in general. And with the increasing hype over “heart healthy” vegetable oils and their sky-rocketed consumption level, it’s no wonder people have questions about these highly over-recommended products. So let’s talk vegetable oils today: What are they? Why do I avoid them? And what are the best fats for cooking?
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- The Ultimate Health Seed Elixir Don’t Leave Home Without It! Posted in: Blog, Seed Education
Black Cumin, also known as Nigella Sativa, has been used to successfully keep people super healthy for over 3,300 years, since their first reported discovery in Egyptian Pharoah Tutankhamun’s tomb. Part of the buttercup family, the seeds are dark, thin, and crescent-shaped when whole.
There have been reports of these health giving seeds being used throughout history in the Middle East, the Mediterranean and India – for everything from minor headaches and skin irritations to ailments otherwise deemed untreatable. Regarded throughout the entire Middle East as one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory herbs ever to exist…
- Cleopatra used it as a beauty treatment.
- Queen Nefertiti used black cumin seed oil to bring lustre to her hair and nails.
- Hippocrates used it to assist with digestive and metabolic disorders.
- Archaeologists even confirmed that King Tut had a bottle of black cumin seed oil in his tomb for use in the afterlife.
It is no surprise then that Black Cumin Seed Oil has also been used by practitioners of Ayurveda and Chinese Traditional Medicine for thousands of years to treat an extensive list of mild to extreme health conditions. In recent years, it has been put to the test and several scientific studies confirm its long reported health benefits.
Referred to as “The Highest Level Health Giving Seed Oil”… With reported effectiveness against life-threatening culprits…black cumin may be the most effective “all-in-one” health food in existence. Since 1964, there have been 758 published studies involving black cumin, confirming what Middle Eastern and North African cultures have known for thousands of years. Black cumin seed oil is quickly becoming the best health product for millions of people internationally. It’s native source, Nigella Sativa, has been involved in hundreds of studies regarding high-level wellness and particularly disease prevention. One of its active ingredients, Thymoquinone, has been effective in reducing the size of existing tumors and has a patent for the treatment of tumor cell reduction in the US! US 5,653,981 – Inhibition of Cancer Cell Growth
In studies on rats and humans, black cumin seed oil has been found to do the following:
- Inhibit tumor growth by up to 50%
- Increase the growth of healthy bone marrow cells by 250%
- Aid in the production of natural interferon
- Demonstrate strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
- Help to protect the body against damage from chemotherapy and radiation
- Deactivate and/or kill certain types of cancer cells
The Tangible Miracle of Black Cumin is that it’s one of the earliest cultivated plants in human history. Meaning it was one of the early providers of life. These black seeds contain over 100 known chemical compounds and yet some of the ingredients are still to be discovered and identified. The main active ingredient in black cumin seed oil is crystalline nigellone. The seed oil also contains beta sitosterol, thymoquinone, myristic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, palmitoleic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, arachidonic acid, proteins and vitamins B1, B2 and B3. They also contain calcium, folic acid, iron, copper, zinc and phosphorous.
The high content of phytosterols found in RAIN International SOUL Pure Wellness Black Cumin Seed infused supplements are also necessary for the human body’s natural production of hormones, provitamin D and bile acid, aiding in the prevention of endocrine disorders, immune deficiency and the #1 killer: cardiovascular disease. As a result, these tiny black cumin seeds provide an all-around super multi-vitamin of nutrition.
5 ‘Life-Saving’ Reasons to Consume The Black Cumin Seed Oils in SOUL Daily…
And Allow For Miraculous Living…
1) IT IS POTENT ENOUGH TO JUMPSTART THE IMMUNE SYSTEM – HELPING WITH EVEN THE NASTIEST OF THREATS LIKE CANCER & HIV
Dr. Gary Null states, “Every time you take black cumin you are stimulating your immune system to fight on your behalf and increase natural killer cells.” Thus, referring to its ability to improve the immune system and help treat even the most impossible invaders like cancer and HIV successfully. Black cumin does this by helping to stimulate the production of bone marrow and cells of the immune system. It increases the production of interferon, protects normal cells from the damaging effects of harmful invaders, helps destroy tumor cells and increases the number of antibody-producing B cells within us.
RAIN International SOUL Pure Wellness Black Cumin Seed infused supplement supports the entire body. Its immune-building properties and active compounds have been proven to help fight a never-ending list of diseases and autoimmune disorders via the boosting of the body’s immune cell production, bone marrow and natural interferon. Even for people in the best state of health, consuming black cumin regularly has greatly increased their vitality and well-being! See this link for the patent US 5,482,711 – Improvement of Immune System!
2) WOMAN REPORTS SHE WAS CURED OF STAGE 3 CANCER
A woman in Yemen, suffering from stage 3 cancer, longed for natural treatment. She was advised to take black cumin seeds with honey three times a day, in addition to garlic and honey.After three months, her cancer completely disappeared. The woman continued consumption of these nutrient foods even after illness had diminished. And not only has black cumin been demonstrated to help improve a variety of cancer situations like hers, but researchers at the Cancer Immuno-Biology Laboratory in South Carolina also found that black cumin helps stimulate the activity of neutrophil granulocytes—the most abundant type of white blood cell in the body. These neutrophils target cancer cells before they multiply and help eliminate them before they can develop into harmful tumors.
3) THE ‘DEADLIEST’ FORM OF CANCER—DESTROYED BY BLACK CUMIN
Nigella Sativa has been a well-documented beneficial supplement for many forms of cancer, including pancreatic cancer.Right now, pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in America, because the survival rate after five years of conventional cancer treatment is, sadly, only four percent. A study conducted at Kimmel Cancer Center, at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia revealed that Nigella Sativa (black cumin) DESTROYED pancreatic cancer cells—with an incredible 80% rate of cancer tumor cell death! It was also demonstrated to stop the gene transcription process so the cancer cells can’t replicate!
The magic ingredient in Nigella Sativa appears to be thymoquinone. Researchers believe that thymoquinone use holds promise as a treatment strategy both for patients who have already gone through surgery and chemotherapy, as well as a promising preventative measure—especially for those who are genetically prone.
4) FOLLOW YOUR HEART—YOU’LL NEED IT
The utmost vitality doesn’t mean anything if you don’t maintain a HEALTHY HEART. Black cumin seeds in SOUL benefits the heart and the cardiovascular system in a variety of impressive ways… Rich unsaturated omega-6 & -9 fatty acids and phytosterols help fortify and increase the elasticity of blood vessel walls, decrease capillary fragility and permeability, prevent thrombus formation, and decrease arterial pressure. It also assists in the decrease of blood cholesterol—preventing the formation of dangerous atherosclerotic plaque, as well as preventing the development of inflammatory elements in the overall cardiovascular system. Additionally, black cumin has been used to treat tachycardia, bradycardia, hypotension, hypertension, as well as alternative heart diseases.
5) PROTECTION AGAINST ANTIBIOTIC-RESISTANT “SUPER BUGS” ALREADY THREATENING OUR FUTURE
In 1989, an article about the phenomenal properties of black cumin was published in the Pakistani Medical Journal. Then in 1992, research into the antibacterial properties of Black Cumin—as compared to strong antibiotic drugs—was carried out by the medical department of the University of Dhaka, in Bangladesh. The facts were very facsinating: black cumin oil demonstrated itself to be a MORE EFFICIENT remedy against certain types of bacteria including those which most strongly resist antibiotic drugs.
A Good Problem—Black Cumin Seeds Supply You With Too Many Benefits to List…
Some of the many conditions reportedly treated with consistent ingestion of black cumin oil include, but are not limited to…
- Cancer If you know someone with cancer or has a fear of getting it read this link
- Heart Disease
- Improves hair growth and even prevents poliosis (early graying).
- Boost production of bone marrow
- Allergies and Sinusitis
- Anxiety and Nervous Tension
- Colds and Flus
- Colic (babies)
- Diarrhea, Indigestion and Heartburn
- Hair Loss
- Headaches and Migraines
- High Blood Pressure
- Intestinal Parasites
- Lethargy and Depression
- Candida Albicans
- Decreases the cholesterol level in blood
- Prevents development of inflammatory processes in the cardiovascular system
- Helps fortify and increase the elasticity of blood vessel walls
- Helps Acne
- Helps relieve backache, arthritis and rheumatism
- Helps Burns
- Helps with Eczema
- Fungal and other Infections
- Joint Pain
- Sore Muscles
- Analgesic (pain-killing)
- Gluconeogenesis inhibitor (anti-diabetic)
- Hepato-protective (liver protecting)
- Insulin sensitizing
- Interferon inducer
- Increases flow of breast milk in nursing mothers
- Stimulates menstrual periods
- Chronic fatigue
- Increases healthy fat in the blood
- Improves body tone
- Calms nervous system
- Stimulates urine production
- Improves respiratory problems/symptoms
- Fights infectious disease
- Prevents epileptic seizures
- Prostate issues
- Gallbladder stones
- Kidney stones
- Varicose veins
- High blood pressure
- Difficult circulation and many other health problems.
- Reno-protective (kidney protecting)
- Tumor necrosis factor alpha inhibitor
- Boosts immune system function and response
- Boosts functioning of metabolic processes.
- Nourishes the skin and helps in the regeneration of damaged cells
The Best Way To Consume Black Cumin:
The COLD PRESSED SEED OIL is the most effective form for consuming black cumin seeds, because the oil is more concentrated (We COLD PRESS OUR SEEDS) so the oils in SOUL are more readily assimilated. Also, because of its potent, absorbable concentration, only 1 – 2 Packets of SOUL per day for an average person has many benefits. (More can be taken and there are NO contraindications if you have health issues)
Black cumin can have sedative effects for some though, and because the oils have bile-expelling characteristics, in my opinion, Many people have also added a small amount of SOUL to their face & body creams, with phenomenal results. Also beneficial topically for burns, psoriasis and alternative skin disorders. Mix with honey and/or garlic for a great tonic for effective immunity-boosting during cold and flu season. Black Cumin Cold Pressed Seeds in SOUL should be taken daily as a preventative measure for all illness, and life-long vital
My Hope Is That You’ll Purchase Two Boxes of SOUL and Try it for 30 Days. Take Two a Day and Then Please Pay Attention to These Six Categories.
1. Do I Have More Energy?
2. Am I Sleeping Better?
3. Am I Experiencing Pain Reduction? If so Where?
4. Am I Experiencing a Reduction in Inflammation?
5. Do I Have More Mental Clarity and Better Focus?
6. Am I Feeling More Stamina in My Day to Day Activities?
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- D-Ribose From Fatigued to Fantastic! Posted in: Blog, Seed Education
SOUL HAS A KEY Ingredient That Will Jump-Start Your Body’s Energy Furnaces
Do you remember what it felt like to leap out of bed in the morning when you were a kid … especially in the summer when you greeted each day with energy and enthusiasm to spare? Well, imagine how much you’d accomplish today if you had 50% of that energy. You’d have the stamina you need to achieve your goals, and you’d feel pretty good at the end of the day.
It could be that you need to supplement your diet with the D-ribose that’s found in Soul. We’re hearing more and more about how ribose is a natural, potent energy enhancer, which just might make a difference in how you greet each day.
What is ribose?
D-Ribose (also known as ribose) is a simple sugar produced in the body that is used by all living cells. It is part of the building blocks that form DNA and RNA molecules, and is one of the crucial ingredients in the production of adenosine tri-phospate (ATP).
What is ATP?
In a nutshell, it’s called the “energy currency” of all cells. It’s the body’s primary energy-carrying molecule that assists in the conversion of nutrients into usable energy, which enables your body to function.
During vigorous exercise or times of stress, large amounts of ATP can be depleted in the heart and skeletal muscles. The problem is your heart, muscles, and other organs and tissues do not make ribose very quickly, and it is not stored in the tissues and cells. Additionally, when your heart and muscles are stressed, ribose levels can be so low that they have a difficult time recovering.
The good news is that ribose found in our product Soul when used for supplementation stimulates energy synthesis, allowing tissues to regenerate energy stores, giving them the boost they need to function efficiently … so that you have the energy you need to do what you want to do, while feeling good.
Why take supplemental ribose found in SOUL?
Lack of energy is the number one health complaint heard by doctors. The food you eat, the supplements you take, and the amount of exercise and quality of sleep you get all affect your ability to produce energy at the cellular level. But oxidation (free radical production), stress, overwork, and the quality of the air we breathe are some of the biggies that deplete our reserves and energy levels.
Whether you just want an energy boost or you are an athlete wanting to achieve your goal … whether you suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome or congestive heart failure and heart disease, studies show that you can benefit from adding supplemental ribose to your health regimen.
Who can benefit from SOUL D-ribose supplementation?
EVERYONE needs D-ribose because it is an essential ingredient in stimulating natural energy production. It is especially beneficial to older people, athletes, weekend warriors, and those dealing with chronic or unexplained fatigue, fibromyalgia, coronary artery disease, and congestive heart failure.
Research has shown that D-ribose may hold numerous benefits for:
Chronic muscle disease
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Athletic performance and recovery
How does D-ribose work?
The form of D-ribose that the body utilizes is called 5-phosphoribosyl-1-pyrophosphate (PRPP), which regulates the metabolic pathway that synthesizes energy compounds in all living tissue. This pathway is called the Purine Nucleotide Pathway (PNP). But if the body doesn’t have enough PRPP—or D-ribose—energy synthesis slows and tissue recovery is delayed. It is then crucial that ribose levels be replaced.
Scientists have found that the supplemental D-ribose found in SOUL can rapidly stimulate the metabolic pathway used by the body to replenish these energy levels, restoring ribose levels in nerves and muscles. This in turn has a positive effect on ATP production in all muscles, especially the heart.
The general theory is that when a person has heart disease, ATP is degraded—which then means there is less energy for the heart to function properly. The heart’s ability to re-synthesize ATP is then limited by the availability of D-ribose. In support of this theory, recent studies have shown that ribose helps patients with myocardial ischemia and exercise-induced angina.
SOUL’s D-Ribose Supplementation Needs to Be Done Daily 1-3 Packets
Increases the rate of ATP and energy recovery after strenuous exercise, stress, and overwork
Shortens the time needed by heart and muscle tissue to replace energy that is lost through stress, exercise, and overwork
Helps the heart and muscles maximize energy recovery
Increases stamina and endurance, and reduces fatigue
D-Ribose and Heart Disease
“Congestive heart failure is one of the most common reasons people 65 and older go into the hospital.”
Heart disease is the number one killer in America. According to the American Heart Association, it claimed 871,500 lives in 2004 (36.3 percent of all deaths or 1 of every 2.8 deaths).2 There is good news though. Numerous scientific and clinical studies have shown that D-ribose can help to restore energy and function to the heart. It is especially helpful to those with ischemic cardiovascular disease3—lack of blood flow and oxygen to the heart muscle—and congestive heart failure (CHF).
Congestive heart failure is one of the most common reasons people 65 and older go into the hospital. It can take years for heart failure to develop. So if you don’t yet have it but are at risk for it, adding D-ribose to your health regimen would be an excellent start to improve your health.
stock-footage-focused-in-human-heart-transparent-body-with-heart-muscleWhat happens when the heart muscle loses its umpf?
When the heart muscle loses energy, first it suffers a loss of diastolic function. This is the relaxation phase when the heart fills with blood for the next heartbeat. When diastolic function is compromised, less blood circulates to the body during each beat, and can lead to hypertrophy; a thickening and expansion of the heart muscle. Additionally, there is inadequate oxygen circulating throughout the body, which causes the heart to overcompensate by using energy faster than it normally does. This results in a depletion of cellular energy reserves. Ultimately, it becomes a vicious cycle in which a loss of cardiac energy leads to a loss of heart function.
“An increased cellular demand for ATP can severely affect the body’s biochemistry, which may take several days to recover or may not recover at all in cases of chronic ischemia.”
Congestive heart failure is often the result of chronic diastolic dysfunction. Symptoms include shortness of breath, loss of exercise capacity, and overwhelming fatigue.
Research has also shown that intense endurance exercise puts a big strain on the heart, contributing to a loss of diastolic heart function that can continue for weeks or months following an athletic event such as a marathon or triathalon. An increased cellular demand for ATP can severely affect the body’s biochemistry, which may take several days to recover or may not recover at all in cases of chronic ischemia. Supplemental ribose, however, can enhance the recovery of heart and muscle ATP levels.4
A study of 15 patients with chronic coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure who were given D-ribose for three weeks found that the supplement improved diastolic functional parameters and enhanced their quality of life.5
A German study demonstrated that D-ribose supplementation is effective in increasing the heart’s tolerance to ischemia. Twenty patients diagnosed with coronary artery disease completed two treadmill tests on consecutive days to establish pain thresholds for each patient. The researchers then gave each patient 60 grams of ribose per day for three days, plus another treadmill test. The patients who took ribose were able to walk further before experiencing pain than those given the placebo.6
Chronic fatigue syndrome is the diagnosis used to describe fatigue that lasts more than six months and can’t be attributed to any other illness. It affects more than one million people in the U.S. Although it is more common in people in their 40s and 50s, it can occur in any age, gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic group. The symptoms usually include four or more of the following:
Impaired short-term memory and/or concentration.
Tender lymph nodes.
Joint pain without swelling or redness.
Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are debilitating syndromes that are often associated with impaired cellular energy metabolism. An uncontrolled pilot study of 41 patients was done to see if ribose could improve symptoms of fibromyalgia and/or chronic fatigue.
66% of the patients with a diagnosis of fibromyalgia and/or chronic fatigue syndrome who took D-ribose showed an improvement in their energy, sleep, mental clarity, pain tolerance, and sense of well-being. Among these patients, their energy levels increased about 45% and they experienced an average 30% boost in overall well-being. The researchers concluded that ribose significantly reduced clinical symptoms in these patients suffering from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.7
An article that appeared in the 2004 issue of Journal of Pharmacology highlighted a case study about a fibromyalgia patient who added supplemental D-ribose to her regimen and subsequently had a significant decrease in symptoms.8
Ribose and athletic performance
Free radicals are produced during intense exercise. Based on this theory and the theory that ribose is present in ATP, and that increasing adenine nucleotide availability may enhance high intensity exercise capacity, ribose supplements have been popular with athletes and active individuals for many years. However, there have only been a few clinical studies done that prove this theory.
In one study D-ribose (10g/d) was shown to increase athletic performance and muscular strength in healthy, young male recreational bodybuilders after four weeks. No significant changes in their body composition were noted, and there were no changes at all found in the men who took a placebo.9
Another study of seven healthy men who did two ergometric sessions (stress tests to determine physiology) on a bicycle to exhaustion at a one-week interval indicated that D-ribose improved the efficiency of their energy production.
Before the second test, the men took seven grams of ribose, which resulted in a reduction of urinary MDA—an indicator of oxidation and lower heart rates, when compared to the group who didn’t take the D-ribose supplement.10
What should I look for in a D-ribose supplement?
Look for a D-ribose product that contains pure ingredients in an easy-to-use powder form like the one found in our product SOUL. It should contain proven amounts that have shown to be effective in research studies.
Most tissues in the body—especially the heart—are unable to produce ribose fast enough to restore levels once they’ve been depleted. It’s a matter of supply and demand. Just as a car battery needs enough fluid to keep it charged and running, your body needs plenty of ribose to help it produce the ATP that supplies cells with an energy current.
So whether you suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome or congestive heart failure or heart disease … or whether you just want an energy boost or are an athlete wanting to achieve your goals, consider adding SOUL with D-ribose to your health regimen for the energy boost that might make a big difference in your life.
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- Top 10 Reasons to Include This Ancient Inca Seed in Your Diet Posted in: Blog, Seed Education
Sacha inchi, also known as the Inca peanut, is the seed of a plant that grows in the highlands of Peru. Despite being a fairly recent discovery in the health community of the United States, sacha inchi has been cultivated and used as a food source for 3,000 years in the Amazon rainforest. The fruit that these seeds grow in is inedible, but when lightly roasted with low heat the seeds take on a crisp nutty flavor.
Sacha inchi is much more than just a pleasant snack food. These seeds are rich in protein, omega 3, 6, and 9, alpha tocopherol vitamin E, carotenoids (vitamin A), and fiber. This superfood is easily digested and unlikely to cause allergies or irritation. The oil is also available. It has a similar flavor to olive oil, just slightly lighter and nuttier, but it contains more protein and omega 3.
Vegans and vegetarians should look into omega 3 rich foods to supply this essential nutrient. There are very few plant foods that supply a decent amount. Sacha inchi now joins purslane, chia seeds (found in FORM), flaxseed, and microalgae (found in CORE) as vegan omega 3 superfoods and another way to sneak more healthy essential fats into your life.
The cold-pressed oil is said to contain about 45 percent omega-3 fatty acid, 36 percent omega 6, and 9 percent omega 9, with 27 percent protein. Some experts are calling it the tasty alternative to fish oil supplements.
Vegans and raw foodists are especially excited about this food as it provides a plant-based way to get a good supply of omega-3 fatty acids. In addition, the oil is extracted by simple cold pressing, so no refining process is necessary. Because of the antioxidants vitamin E and A, it may also help battle the free radical damage that can lead to premature aging. The nuts are high in protein and amino acids—another plus for vegans. They contain nothing toxic or damaging to good health, so you can eat as many as you like!
1. Cholesterol – Sacha inchi lowers LDL and raises HDL cholesterol. Cholesterol levels may not be the biggest marker for cardiovascular problems we once thought them to be, but they are still a concern and can reflect dietary problems and genetic dispositions toward some diseases.
2. Well Being – These seeds contain a good amount of tryptophan, a precursor for serotonin. Serotonin is a feel-good hormone and neurotransmitter that helps us deal with stress and feel calm and happy. The omega 3 also reduces inflammation in the brain, which can cause mood shifts, headaches, and more.
3. Weight Loss – Higher serotonin levels, thanks to the tryptophan, also regulate appetite so we don’t get cravings, overeat, or snack more than we need to.
4. Brain Health – The majority of our brain is composed of fat. We need good, healthy fats to resupply those cells and to continually fight inflammation. Inflammation in the brain can cause depression, fatigue, memory issues, and exaggerated responses to pain.
5. Heart Health – Sacha inchi improves circulation while lowering blood pressure, cholesterol, and inflammation throughout the body. All of this makes for a healthier, happier, less stressed cardiovascular system, from arteries to heart and beyond.
6. Diabetes – Omega 3 helps control glucose levels. Many doctors and researchers argue that omega 3 may actually reduce insulin resistance in those with type 2 diabetes. Omega 3 also lowers triglyceride levels, which are often high in diabetics.
7. Bone Health – Omega 3s help the body absorb calcium. Foods rich in omega 3 improve bone density, staving off some of the deterioration that occurs as we age.
8. Vision – The vitamin E, vitamin A, and omegas in sacha inchi can improve vision and maintain eye health. Like the brain, the eyes rely on a good amount of fat, and are prone to inflammatory damage, especially as we get older.
9. Joint Health – The anti-inflammatory nature of sacha inchi may make it a good supplement to ease joint pain and rheumatoid arthritis. Consider combining sacha inchi oil with ginger for even more benefits.
10. Skin and Hair – Omega 3 fatty acids are vital to healthy hair and skin. They help us regulate oil production, keep skin elastic, lock in hydration, protect against sun damage, and help repair damage when it occurs.
Many thanks to my good friend Denley and CHARLIE PULSIPHER for info and research for this post.
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- Worlds Best Protein Powerhouse Green Smoothie Posted in: Blog, Protein Facts
I LEARNED THAT IT’S BEST
To eat some protein with every meal and snack when I was back in holistic lifestyle coaching and nutrition school, and I’ve subscribed to this practice ever since. Protein is really important because it plays a number of structural roles in the body (including the maintenance of muscle mass). It’s also essential to the formation of antibodies, enzymes, and hormones, and it helps you balance your blood sugar. Need another reason to pay attention to protein? It keeps your metabolism running strong. Our bodies don’t store protein, so we really must eat some every day for protein to be able to do its work.
I want to zero in on the connection between protein and balancing your blood sugar. This is a really key point, and it’s the reason why I recommended you have some protein with breakfast every day back in chapter 18 (your blood sugar is particularly unsteady after fasting overnight). If you struggle with sugar cravings— or cravings for any type of carbohydrate, really— then cutting back on carbohydrates (especially those that are refined) and having some protein at breakfast (and then throughout the day) should make a big difference. Having enough healthy fat like the those found in SOUL in your diet will help you balance your blood sugar, as well. How much protein should you eat for meals and snacks? I personally try to have 18 to 27 g of protein at meals (including breakfast), and about half that amount when I have a snack (though, to be honest, I don’t snack that often). I am 6 ft/ 3 tall, and I am pretty active; feel free to adjust these numbers up or down based on your size and activity level. Some may find they need a bit less, and others will need more. If you are eating a lot less protein than this and you’re not feeling great, you should definitely try adding more protein (FORM is great) to your diet throughout the day and see how you do.
The DRI (Dietary Reference Intake) is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight, or 0.36 grams per pound (1). This amounts to (2, 3): 56 grams per day for the average sedentary man. 46 grams per day for the average sedentary women
- 1 cup almond milk (homemade, organic boxed or 1 cup of water to 1T of raw almond butter) or 1 cup hemp seed milk
- 1/2 cup coconut water or just stay with a nut milk, its up to you… more electrolytes with the coconut water
- 1/4 avocado
- 1-2 Scoops of FORM Organic Raw Plant Seed Based Super-food Ultra BCAA and Protein Blend
- 1/2 Cup Ice
- 2-3 pitted dates if you need to sweeten it up
- 1 handful spinach, Swiss chard and kale
- 1 banana (frozen) if you don’t like avocado
- Other superfoods – CORE 1 Packet Natures Best Greens! It contains the nutrition of high-quality greens and dense seed blends, all in a 1-ounce packet. Core has gained a clinical reputation for improving health functions and works together with Soul to provide what your body needs.Rain Core is packed with nutrients from notable seeds and greens. Within Rain Core are: chlorophyllin, aloe vera, spirulina, wheat grass, cranberry seed, milk thistle seed, kale, black cumin seed, chlorella and dandelion. Each of these ingredients contributes to good health and has a powerful effect on your body’s organs. Spirulina promotes brain function while kale assists in fat digestion and dandelion benefits skin health for improved overall wellness.
- Put all the ingredients into the Vitamix 2L container in the order listed and secure the lid.
- Select Variable 1. Turn the machine on and quickly increase the speed to 10, then override to High.
- Use tamper to press the ingredients into the blades if required.
- Blend for 45-60 seconds or until smooth.
Stop the machine and serve.
If it’s too hot for oatmeal but you still want some whole grains, try this emerald shake that’s got a hearty amount of raw rolled oats. Sprinkle on some homemade granola if you like some extra crunch.
Recipe # 2
Ingo’s Get UP And GO Green Drink
2 Cups of Organic Grapes or 6 oz of Water
1 Organic Banana, (Peeled Please)
1 Big Handful of Organic Spinach and Organic Kale Washed Well, (No Kale Spines for kids to start)
1 Inch Slice of Whole Organic Pineapple (skin removed)
1/2 – 1 Organic Apple Washed Well (stem, core, seeds and all)
4 – 8 Pitted Organic Dates depending on your sweet tooth
1/3 cup Organic Unsweetened Coconut Shreds
1 Thin Slice of Lime (washed well)
1-1.5 cup of fat free Ice to chill your smoothie
1-2 Scoops of FORM Organic Raw Plant Seed Based Super-food Ultra BCAA and Protein Blend
- Put all the ingredients into the Vitamix 2L container in the order listed and secure the lid.
- Select Variable 1. Turn the machine on and quickly increase the speed to 10, then override to High.
- Use tamper to press the ingredients into the blades if required.
- Blend for 45-60 seconds or until smooth.
Stop the machine and serve.
The Single Most Important Thing to Know When Making Green Smoothies for Health
If you’re a green smoothie nut like most people are becoming here on Planet Earth, you probably already know that rotating your greens is just as important as using a high-quality blender like the ones I sell for Vitamix. However, if you’re new to the green smoothie revolution and plant-based eating, welcome! Now it’s time you know about one incredibly important issue when it comes to making green smoothies for your health. You needn’t fret about many things when it comes to making smoothies, but there is something you’ll want to take into account if you make them daily.
Smoothies can technically be made with any green you like and there are no “wrong” greens to use in your smoothies. But just like it’s not good to eat the same exact foods meal after meal each day, it’s also not the best idea to only stick to one or two greens for your smoothies. Why not, you ask?
Here are the top five reasons to rotate your greens in your smoothies:
Alkaloids are a compound found in most all plants and they are not harmful to you, unless you get a concentrated amount from the same plant each day. This is proof the body likes some variety! Plus, some research shows that over time, a concentrated amount of one type of alkaloid can even lead to some digestive upset or intolerance to that food. Most all plants contain alkaloids, however those lowest in alkaloids include: lettuces, herbs, celery, asparagus, and arugula.
Oxalates belong to a group of molecules called organic acids, and are made by plants, animals, and humans. The human body naturally contains oxalates, which our cells create from other substances, such as Vitamin C. Our body can also use foods to produce them as well. Some greens such as spinach, chard, and beet greens naturally contain high amounts of oxalates, which have been linked to kidney stones due to a build-up of calcium deposits from a heavy consumption of oxalate-rich foods. Oxalates are found in other healthy foods besides greens, so do not fear them! Simply use oxalate-rich greens once or twice a week instead of every day. Greens low in oxalates include: kale, romaine, arugula, all lettuces, and most herbs except for parsley.
This compound is found in the cruciferous family of plants including: broccoli, kale, arugula, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower. An over consumption of goitrogens has been linked to hypothyroidism (low thyroid function) and some autoimmune disorders. This does NOT mean you should avoid these healthy veggies and greens- they offer loads of anti-cancer and hormonal benefits for your health. Just be sure to use only use goitrogen-rich ingredients a couple of times a week in your smoothies. Greens low in goitrogens include: romaine, herbs, spinach, collards, Swiss chard, and all lettuce varieties.
Your taste buds also crave variety! This is why if you eat the same foods everyday, pesky food cravings may arise. So change up your greens and other smoothie ingredients so you’ll always have something to look forward to. It’s also great to get creative with your smoothie ingredients since it gives you a multitude of healthy ingredients each day. For example, try experimenting with the refreshing and cooling combination of romaine, frozen cucumber cubes, green apple, and raspberries in your smoothie. Or try a more exotic combination of kale, acai, goji, frozen zucchini cubes, blackberries, and cilantro (a top favorite of mine)! Another awesome combo is arugula for a peppery bite, banana, blueberry, avocado, and celery. And, Yes you can add a Plant Based Seed Protein in the Mix, FORM is the highest quality out there.
Most importantly, all plants are filled with so many different nutritional properties that can enhance your health in a variety of ways. For example, if you like to work out, you can create an especially nutritious recovery smoothie. Smoothies are an awesome opportunity to add a boost of nutrients into your diet in a quick, easy way. And since nutrients are so easy to get in a whole foods, plant-based diet, there’s no excuse not to have a smoothie a day!
Check out all the nutrients that these greens, herbs and green vegetables have and use them once or twice a week so you get a nice mix of each:
Spinach- Rich in Vitamins A and C, magnesium, fiber, protein, chlorophyll, and folate, spinach is an awesome green to use in your smoothies. Though it’s rich in oxalates, don’t avoid it. Just be mindful of how much you use per week.
- Kale – Rich in Vitamin A and C, magnesium, fiber, protein, chlorophyll, folate, kale is king for all things green, including smoothies. Use baby kale and curly kale for a slightly less bitter taste. Dino kale, also known as lacinato or Tuscan kale, can have a stronger flavor when blended into smoothies though all kale is nutritionally equal.
- Arugula– Rich in Vitamins A and C, chlorophyll, magnesium, and fiber, this peppery green is a great way to add variety to your smoothies and give them an extra digestive benefit. Arugula has been shown to increase digestion and regularity. Pair it with a sweet fruit to balance out the slightly spicy flavor.
- Dandelion Greens– Known as one of the best “detox” greens, dandelion is a rich source of calcium, Vitamin C, magnesium, fiber, and chlorophyll. It has offers a pleasantly mild taste to smoothies and is a great rotation green since it’s extremely nutritious and low in goitrogens.
- Beet Greens– Just like the root veggie, beet greens are an awesome detoxifying green as well. They’re rich in folate, antioxidants, Vitamin C, and fiber. Beet greens are also a good source of chlorophyll. Feel free to use the stems and all; they’ll give your smoothies an awesome pink hue!
- Swiss Chard– This lovely green isn’t just made of good looks- those rainbow hues Swiss chard has are full of flavor and nutrition. Rich in Vitamin C, magnesium, chlorophyll, and protein, Swiss chard is slightly sweet and has a bit of a bite at the same time.
- Romaine Lettuce– Don’t just use this veggie for salads alone- it’s an awesome green to use for so many reasons. First, romaine lettuce is more inexpensive in organic form than other greens when it comes to how much green you get for your buck. It’s also easy to find, and very low in alkaloids, oxalates, and contains no goitrogens. A whole head of romaine lettuce will give you omega 3′s, fiber, Vitamins A and C, and is especially full of water to keep you hydrated. It has a slightly sweet taste in smoothies but I suggest using less liquid since it does create a more watery smoothie than other greens.
- Parsley- This herb is richer in chlorophyll than many other greens (which is why it’s a popular breath freshener) and it offers an awesome source of Vitamin C. It’s also very easy to digest and gives smoothies a pleasantly earthy flavor that’s extremely refreshing. Parsley is inexpensive with organic bunches usually costing less than $1.00 each. It’s even a natural diuretic so if you’re feeling the water weight, add some of this awesome herb to your smoothie. Problem solved!
- Cilantro– This super detoxifying herb isn’t just for salsa, friends. It’s also exceptional in a smoothie! Nutritionally, cilantro is almost identical to parsley, though cilantro has specifically been tied to pulling heavy metals from the body and enhancing digestion.
- Celery – Celery is also a fabulous green to use in your smoothies and is made for so much more than just for snacking with almond butter. Rich in Vitamin C, fiber, very low in alkaloids, oxalates, and goitrogen-free, this green makes a perfect slimming green to add since it fills you up and helps beat bloat. It’s also an awesome source of electrolytes providing sodium and potassium, along with the mineral magnesium.
- Try these other nutritious ingredients in your smoothie rotation for variety and nutrition:
mustard greens (These are very spicy, be aware before using!)
all lettuce varieties
* *Remember, just because you hear how healthy a green or veggie is, doesn’t mean it’s the only one you should eat. It’s also important not to fear any green or veggie because you hear it’s linked to health issues- just be sure not to eat it everyday and you should be fine. Visit your produce section and scope out all the organic greens an pick a few new ones and try something new! IF you need a good blender, why not buy a Vitamix from me (Ingo) here on my other website. You can do payment plans, get free shipping and I’ll give you $75 in extra FREE GIFTS www.theSpinachMan.com
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- 5 Health Benefits Black Raspberries Posted in: Blog, Seed Education
5 Health Benefits of Raspberries (Black and Red Varieties) The Seeds In SOUL
Black cumin is considered native to the Mediterranean region and well known throughout Europe and Asia for its immune system support properties, yet it is still rare in western nutritional health supplements.* Black cumin seed oil is high in essential fatty acids and is packed with antioxidants activity.
Black raspberry seeds offer a wealth of benefits and are used in many of our nutritional health supplements. The seeds have powerful antioxidant activity, and are loaded with Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids.* While the antioxidants help fight against free radicals, the essential fatty acids support cellular membranes.
Grape seed flour is exceptionally high in antioxidant activity.
Red raspberries (Rubus idaeus) are supercharged with ellagic acid and other phytochemicals that have been linked to a myriad of health benefits. Black raspberries (Rubus occidentalis) contain many of the same health-protecting compounds as their red cousins, but in addition, they also contain high levels anthocyanins. To learn all about how the nutrients and phytochemicals in red and black raspberries can boost your health, keep reading.
Strong Antioxidant Properties
In 2006, a group of researchers from Chile published an interesting comparison in the Latin American Archives of Nutrition. Their study measured the antioxidant power of a wide range of healthy foods, including 28 berries and fruits. Among the tested berries and fruits, only maqui berries, strawberries, sour cherries, white mulberries, olives, and blackberries were shown to have more antioxidant power than red raspberries. The antioxidant capacity of raspberries was shown to be even stronger than that of black grapes, plums, or kiwis.
But other studies have demonstrated that black raspberries, which were not included in the Chilean study, may have even stronger antioxidant properties than red raspberries. A study published in the June 2002 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry reported that among the tested caneberries (berries of the Rubus species), black raspberries were the winner in terms of antioxidant capacity. The other tested berries included red raspberries (Rubus idaeus), evergreen blackberries (Rubus laciniatus), marionberries (Rubus ursinus), and boysenberries (Rubus ursinus X idaeus).
Both Black and Red Raspberries Have Anti-Cancer Properties
Raspberries are considered one of the best breast cancer fighting foods as well as one of the most powerful cervical cancer fighting foods, but these powerful little berries may also offer protection against other types of cancer. A study published in the December 2006 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that both red and black raspberries inhibited the growth of human oral, breast, colon, and prostate tumor cell lines in test tubes. Furthermore, black raspberry was found to possess extremely strong pro-apoptotic effects against the tested colon cancer cell line. As their name suggests, pro-apoptotic foods and compounds promote apoptosis, a natural process that your body uses to get rid of unneeded or abnormal cells.
But what gives raspberries their cancer-fighting qualities? Research suggests the secret behind the anti-cancer effects of red and black raspberries may lie in a compound called ellagic acid, a phenolic acid that has proven anti-mutagenic and anti-carcinogenic properties. Raspberries are among the best dietary sources of ellagic acid, although a number of other berries also contain significant levels of this powerful compound. In addition, black raspberries are one of the best natural sources of anthocyanins, flavonoid pigments that give many famous ‘superberries’, such as black chokeberries and maqui berries, their intense colors and extraordinary health benefits. Anthocyanins have received a great deal of scientific attention, particularly in the context of colon cancer prevention, and several test tube and animal studies suggest that anthocyanins may help inhibit the development colorectal cancer through multiple mechanisms of action.
The Anthocyanins in Black Raspberries May Promote Eye Health
You may have already heard that wild blueberries are good for your eyes due to their high concentration of anthocyanins. But a study published in the May 2006 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry reported that black raspberries contain even more anthocyanins than either wild or cultivated blueberries! In fact, only aronia berries and elderberries were shown to contain higher levels of anthocyanins than black raspberries.
Research suggests that anthocyanins may promote healthy eyesight in several ways, including by improving night vision, boosting circulation within the capillaries of the retina, reducing the risk of retinopathy in diabetic patients, and providing protection against macular degeneration.
Benefits for the Cardiovascular System
A growing body of evidence suggests that eating raspberries (remember the SEEDS from The Black Raspberry have 20-30% MORE nutrition that the fruit!) may promote cardiovascular health by combating hypertension (high blood pressure) and by inhibiting LDL oxidation. A study published in the January 2011 edition of Pharmacognosy Magazine found that hypertensive rats supplemented with red raspberry extract experienced a drop of 12.2-16.1 mmHg in their mean systolic blood pressure during the five-week treatment period. Another study, published in the October 1998 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, found that among the five tested fruits, only blackberries were more effective at inhibiting LDL oxidation than red raspberries in test tubes. Recent research suggests that LDL oxidation is an excellent indicator of cardiovascular disease risk, potentially even better than LDL cholesterol levels.
The above described studies on the cardioprotective benefits of raspberries (and other berries) only investigated the effects of red raspberries, and thus further studies should be conducted to find out whether black raspberries have similar effects.
Both Black and Red Raspberries Have Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and naproxen, are commonly used to alleviate inflammation and pain associated with inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. These drugs work their anti-arthritis magic by inhibiting cyclooxygenases, chemicals that are produced by the body as a response to pain. However, NSAIDs – like many other drugs – can have unwanted side effects, which has led researchers to look for alternative treatments for arthritis patients.
A study published in the September 2001 issue of the journal Phytomedicine tested the cyclooxygenase-inhibiting activities of a number of anthocyanin-rich fruits and found that anthocyanins from sweet cherries and raspberries had cyclooxygenase-inhibiting activities, similar to those of ibuprofen and naproxen. Another study, which appeared in the June 2012 edition of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, tested the effects of raspberry extract in rats with experimentally-induced arthritis. Compared with the control group, the rats that received red raspberry polyphenols showed fewer and less severe arthritis symptoms at the end of the 30-day study period.
But the anti-inflammatory benefits of raspberries are not limited to their potential anti-arthritis effects. A study published in the March 2011 issue of the journal Carcinogenesis found that in an experimental mouse model of ulcerative colitis, mice that were treated with freeze-dried black raspberries for seven days experienced a significant drop in the expression of several pro-inflammatory cytokines. Ulcerative colitis is characterized by abnormally high levels of cytokines, which in turn can damage the lining of the colon and increase the risk for colon cancer.
- Nature’s Perfect Food: Plus, Lose Weight Without Starving Yourself! Posted in: Blog, Cleansing, Seed Education
Nature’s Perfect Food: Plus, Lose Weight Without Starving Yourself!
Recent studies have revealed that chia (Salvia hispanica) is a remarkably well-rounded nutritional source, providing protein, magnesium, phosphorus, and essential fatty acids. It is also the richest vegan source of omega-3 and dietary fiber. Gluten-free and grain-free, chia also has six times the calcium of milk.
Chia—which is Mayan for “strength”—is a desert plant native to Central America with edible seeds that have a pleasing, nutty flavor. A relative of the mint family, these little black and white seeds were once a staple of the ancient Aztec diet.
Now, a growing body of research points to chia’s power to help prevent diseases such as cardiovascular disorders, cancer, and diabetes. But above all, experts now recognize the remarkable weight-reducing capacity of chia seeds, which are often referred to as “a dieter’s dream.”
Lose Weight Without Starving Yourself into a Binge Coma! Hunger is the main enemy of weight loss. But tiny chia seeds quickly absorb a lot of liquid (even if the seeds are crushed to a flour), to create a gel that can keep you feeling full for hours. (This sticky gelatinous coating is how the seeds bonded to the popular terra cotta Chia Pets, which appear to grow hair overnight when watered.) When chia is exposed to water in the stomach, it increases in size and weight, and since the gel is made almost completely of water, it contains practically no calories. Since the gel coating continues to adhere tightly to each seed, it tricks the stomach into thinking it is full on just a fraction of the calories. Scientists have shown that chia decreases appetite for a full two hours after consumption and reduces the sugar spikes that occur after a meal. Because it absorbs 12 times its own weight, adding two tablespoons of chia to your diet reduces the energy density of food, while boosting fiber intake. Combine that with 5 other seeds found in FORM and you have a powerful protein and appetite suppressing supplement
Chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber, with 10 grams in two tablespoons—more than one-third of the daily recommended fiber intake. Both the chia gel and fiber content help food move through your digestive tract faster—removing toxins from the body more quickly to help prevent constipation, diarrhea, and diverticulosis.
In a randomized clinical trial, volunteers with metabolic syndrome consumed a beverage containing chia. After two months, those who consumed the chia had a greater decrease in body weight than controls, as well as an increase in adiponectin7—a hormone that plays a role in preventing obesity, metabolic syndrome, and type II diabetes.12-14 Adiponectin also exerts weight-loss effects on the body via the brain, similar to leptin, the satiety hormone.15 In this study, only the group consuming the chia beverage experienced decreases in serum triglycerides, in the inflammation marker C-reactive protein (CRP), and in the blood glucose response curve (AUC) after a glucose tolerance test.
As an added bonus, When you use Rain internationals FORM 100% Seed Based Protein the ingredient chia seed gelling action helps prolong hydration and retain electrolytes during exercise that’s why its great to have our seed based protein powder FORM before and after a workout.
Chia gel creates a physical barrier between the carbohydrates you eat and the digestive enzymes that break them down into sugar. Chia’s high content of complete protein and its novel combination of soluble and insoluble fiber combine with the chia-gel barrier to slow down your body’s conversion of carbohydrates into blood sugar.
Diabetes and its risk factors greatly increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. For those with type II diabetes, conventional medications and lifestyle changes alone often fail to significantly reduce the risk of heart disease.
Cutting-edge research has found that chia supplementation can provide enhanced cardiovascular protection specifically for diabetics. Vladimir Vuksan, PhD, of the Risk Factor Modification Center at the University of Toronto, Canada, has devoted significant resources to the study of chia’s beneficial effects on diabetics who are at risk for cardiovascular disease.
In his most recent clinical trial, 20 adults with type II diabetes took supplements of either chia or wheat bran daily for three months. By the end of the study, the chia group saw significant improvement across a range of disease markers, including blood pressure and lipid profiles, as well as inflammatory and clotting factors. Systolic blood pressure in the chia group dropped by six points, while the wheat bran group’s blood pressure was unchanged. C-reactive protein and clotting factors were also markedly reduced in the chia group compared to the wheat bran group.
Scientists found that, as a dietary fat source, chia could lower total cholesterol levels while increasing HDL cholesterol. They also found that when substituting chia seeds for other fat sources, such as corn oil, chia was able to prevent high triglyceride levels and reduce abdominal obesity. This was a result of chia’s high content of alpha linolenic acid (ALA), which is a precursor of omega-3 fatty acids.
Chia’s rich content of fiber and phytochemicals, along with its unparalleled abundance of omega-3 fatty acids—the greatest omega-3 source of any plant—strongly promotes heart and cholesterol health. Along with its plentiful omega-6 fatty acids, the omega-3s in chia help build new cells and regulate body processes.
Chia seeds contain a high proportion of the daily recommended intakes of calcium, magnesium and especially, manganese — nutrients that may help prevent hypertension. These minerals are also important for healthy weight, energy metabolism, and DNA synthesis.
Many Americans are not getting nearly enough calcium, especially those who avoid dairy. This can cause osteoporosis, a disorder that decreases bone density and increases risk of fractures. Osteoporosis afflicts 54 million American adults, 80% of whom are women. Millions more have osteopenia, a condition that is essentially pre-osteoporosis. By 2020, half of all Americans over age 50 will be at risk.
Fortunately, a single ounce of chia seeds provides 18% of your daily calcium requirement—six times as much as an equal quantity of milk!
Chia has shown additional promise in cancer prevention. In a pre-clinical study involving breast cancer models, researchers found that dietary chia inhibited both the overall growth and the spread of cancer.
Growing research has shown the tiny Chia seeds to be a powerhouse that can help prevent diseases such as cardiovascular disorders, cancer, osteoporosis, and diabetes. But more importantly, it is recognized as “a dieter’s dream food” for its remarkable weight-loss capacity. Absorbing 12 times its own weight in liquids, studies have shown that chia decreases appetite for a full two hours after consumption, while reducing after-meal sugar spikes and providing 5 grams of fiber per tablespoon. Now you see why taking FORM every day is a MUST when it comes to health and wellness in the 21st century.
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Medicine in Biddeford Maine. He completed a residency at Northside Hospital & Tampa Bay Heart Institute. Dr Smayda practices as an Integrative Family Practitioner as an associate of The Place for Achieving Total Health in New York City incorporating evidence based Osteopathic and Family Medicine with the most current science and cutting edge technology.
Dr. Smayda began studying nutrition, medicinal plants, vitamins, minerals and amino acids more than 40 years ago and continues to research how these substances can help heal the human body.
As an undergraduate Studying Biology and Psychology Dr Smayda co published “The Healing Nutrient Within” and multiple journal articles in the fields of Nutrition, Neurophysiology, Substance Abuse and Brain Toxicology.
During residency, Dr. Smayda developed a medical artificial intelligence software prototype for physicians with a Doctor from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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- The Mysteries of Certified Organic! Posted in: Blog, Lifestyle
Food grown in healthier soil, with natural fertilizers and no chemicals, is quite simply more nutritious, and as an added boon, will not load you up with dangerous toxins that can destroy your health.
Health Benefits of Eating Organic
A 2003 study in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, for example, found that organic foods are better for fighting cancer. And in 2005, scientists found that, compared to rats that ate conventional diets, organically fed rats experienced various health benefits.
Rats that ate organic or minimally fertilized diets had:
- Improved immune system status
- Better sleeping habits
- Less weight and were slimmer than rats fed other diets
- Higher vitamin E content in their blood (for organically fed rats)
But some of the most compelling evidence comes from a $25-million European-Union-funded study into organic food — the largest of its kind to date.
The researchers obtained their results after growing fruit and vegetables, and raising cattle, on adjacent organic and non-organic sites.
This four-year study, called the Quality Low Input Food (QLIF) project, found that organic food is FAR more nutritious than ordinary produce, and can help improve your health and longevity. They found that:
- Organic fruit and vegetables contain up to 40 percent more antioxidants
- Organic produce had higher levels of beneficial minerals like iron and zinc
- Milk from organic herds contained up to 90 percent more antioxidants
They even went so far as to say that eating organic foods can help to increase the nutrient intake of people who don’t eat the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
This study may have considerable impact once it’s officially published, as its findings could overturn government advice — at least in the U.K. — which currently states that eating organic food is no more than a lifestyle choice.
Buyer Beware: Not All Organic Labels are Truthful or Even Pertinent
Although the organic label has really only become widely popular in the last several years, it has already been greatly compromised.
Whereas organic foods were once truly raised naturally, on small farms with great integrity, big business has now stepped in and tainted many of the principles upon which the organic label was founded.
Wal-Mart, for instance, is now the largest organic retailer in the United States. According to the Organic Consumers Association, the mega-store is:
- Selling organic milk that comes from intensive confinement factory farm dairies
- Importing cheap organic foods and ingredients from China and Brazil
- Posting signs in its stores that mislead people into believing that non-organic items are actually organic
Organic food now represents a $16-billion business, with sales growing by as much as 20 percent per year. Unfortunately, the quality and meaning of the organic label is undergoing an equally fast and exponential decline.
The sad fact is, you are being ripped off by much of the organic food you are buying.
One of the biggest rip-offs, in my opinion, is organic milk. Milk is not something I recommend that anyone drink unless it is in raw form. Organic milk is NOT raw milk; it is still pasteurized, and is associated with all of the same health problems as regular pasteurized milk, regardless of its organic certification.
Another major deception is all of those “organic” junk foods like ice cream, crackers, cookies, pizzas and potato chips. A potato chip is one of the worst foods you can eat, regardless of whether or not the potato is organic.
Yet big business is cashing in on your desire to “have your cake and eat it too,” so to speak, and deceiving you into believing that you can eat cookies, ice cream and potato chips without feeling guilty because they’re “organic.”
What You Need to Know About Organic Labels
There are several different organic labels out there, but only one relates directly to foods: the USDA Organic seal.
This seal is your best assurance of organic quality.
Growers and manufacturers of organic products bearing the USDA seal have to meet the strictest standards of any of the currently available organic labels.
The USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) took effect October 21, 2002, and regulates the standards for any farm, wild crop harvesting, or handling operation that wants to sell an agricultural product as organically produced. The labeling requirements of the NOP apply to raw, fresh products and processed products that contain organic agricultural ingredients.
In order to qualify as organic, a product must be grown and processed using organic farming methods that recycle resources and promote biodiversity. Crops must be grown without synthetic pesticides, bioengineered genes, petroleum-based fertilizers, or sewage sludge-based fertilizers.
Organic livestock must have access to the outdoors and cannot be given antibiotics or growth hormones.
- Products labeled “100 percent organic” must contain only organically produced materials
- Products labeled simply “organic” must contain at least 95 percent organic ingredients, whereas
- The label “made with organic ingredients” can contain anywhere between 70 to 95 percent organic ingredients
Organic products cannot be irradiated, are not allowed to contain preservatives or flavor enhancing chemicals, nor can they contain traces of heavy metals or other contaminants in excess of tolerances set by the FDA.
Additionally, the pesticide residue level cannot be higher than 5 percent of the maximum EPA pesticide tolerance.
For the complete National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances under the USDA organic label, see this link.
Do You Have to Buy Everything Organic?
Aside from the fact that organic food contains higher levels of vital nutrients, organic foods are naturally lower in residues and compounds that are seriously detrimental to your health, such as herbicide- and pesticide residues.
Organic fruits and vegetables are by definition grown without the use of harmful chemicals.
Aside from that, the use of pesticides and herbicides in conventional farming practices contaminates groundwater, ruins the soil structure and promotes erosion. They’ve also been linked to the mysterious “colony collapse disorder” that threatens pollinating honeybees around the world.
So with all that in mind, buying or growing as much organic food as possible is not only best for your health, but for the health of the entire planet.
That said, however, certain fruits and vegetables are subjected to far heavier pesticide use than others. And with food prices rising, many are looking for ways to buy the healthiest foods possible at the lowest cost.
One such way would be to focus on purchasing certain organic items, while “settling” for others that are conventionally-grown.
The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization that advocates for policies that protect global and individual health, produces the Shoppers’ Guide to Pesticides in Produce. It is based on the results of nearly 43,000 pesticide tests.
Of the 43 different fruit and vegetable categories in the Guide to Pesticides, the following 12 foods had the lowest pesticide load when conventionally grown.
Consequently, they are the safest conventionally grown crops to consume:
Broccoli Eggplant Cabbage Banana Kiwi Asparagus Sweet peas Mango Pineapple Sweet corn Avocado Onion
Meanwhile, these 12 fruits and vegetables had the highest pesticide load, making them the most important to buy or grow organic:
Peaches Apples Sweet bell peppers Celery Nectarines Strawberries Cherries Lettuce Grapes (imported) Pears Spinach Potatoes
Conventionally-grown strawberries, in particular, were found to be highly toxic due to a poisonous blend of pesticides in a previous 2007 EU study as well.
But beware that the lists above are for fruits and vegetables only.
Non-organic meats actually have far higher concentrations of pesticides than all of the fruits and vegetables. And the highest concentration of pesticides is actually in non-organic butter.
So if you can only buy one organic food item it should be butter. Your next priority would be meats, and once those are addressed, then you’ll want to focus on the fruit and vegetable list
Bear in mind also that locally-grown organics are your absolute BEST bet.
And oftentimes buying locally-grown food is your best choice even if it’s grown conventionally, as the environmental impact of shipping organic produce across the globe can cancel out many its benefits. Organic farming standards are also questionable in many parts of the world.
Look Beyond Organics — Watch Out For Genetically Modified Foods!
While you may have heard about the most common GM food sources, such as corn, many people are clueless about just how much of your produce is now available in GM varieties. And, perhaps even worse, just how many deliberate GMO field trials are actually going on, all across the world.
A perfect example of the repercussions of this practice can be seen in Hawaii, where non-GM papaya seed supplies are now so seriously contaminated by GM seeds that at least 50 percent of organic seeds test positive for genetic modification!
That means you have a greater than 50/50 chance of buying a genetically modified fruit even when buying organic Hawaiian papaya…
Although the U.S. does not require GM foods to be labeled, you can still find out whether or not your produce is genetically engineered, by looking at its PLU code.
Here are a few other fruits that are LOW in pesticide residue, and therefore good candidates to purchase as conventionally-grown, however, double-check to make sure you’re not buying a GM variety Conventionally Grown Organically Grown Genetically Modified 4-digit code 5-digits starting with # 9 5-digits starting with # 8 Ex: Conventionally grown banana: 4011 Ex: Organically grown banana: 94011 Ex: GM banana: 8401
- Avocado — A new GM avocado variety is scheduled to be introduced this year that is immune to “stress” and pests, per an Indian state report published in March, 2008.
- Bananas — The first GM banana with extra genes that increase its levels of pro-vitamin A and iron is being unleashed in Australian field trials this year. At Cornell University, researchers are also working to develop a banana that carries the hepatitis B vaccine.
- Pineapple — GM pineapples, designed to produce greater levels of proteins, vitamins and sugars may already be on the market. An Australian GM pineapple called “Smooth Cayenne” has delayed flowering and herbicide resistance. It also contains the tobacco acetolactate synthase gene (suRB) from Nicotiana tabacum.
- Kiwi — The transgenic variety of kiwi fruit is the Actinidia deliciosa from Italy.
Remember, if you can’t afford to purchase all organic food, at least aim to buy produce that has a lower toxic load and has not been genetically modified.
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- Rain Soul and Black Cumin (Case: Pancreatic Cancer) Posted in: Blog, Seed Education
What do Cleopatra, Hippocrates & Muhammad Have in Common?
Cleopatra used the Black Cumin Seed as a beauty treatment. Muhammad called the Black Cumin Seed
“the remedy for every illness except death” Hippocrates used the Black Cumin Seed to cure digestive disorders. They all experienced the health benefits of the Black Cumin Seed
Black Cumin & D-Ribose – Dr. Jewkes report. Black Cumin is only 1 of 3 superior seeds in RAIN Internationals Soul Pure Wellness product.
Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia have discovered that an extract of black cumin/ nigella sativa seed oil, known as thymoquinone, can remedy one of the most virulent and difficult to treat cancers: pancreatic cancer. The extract does this by blocking pancreatic cell growth, and actually enhancing the built-in cellular function that causes programmed cell death, or apoptosis.
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to treat. It usually presents no symptoms in its early stages, unless the common bile duct is obstructed by a tumor (in which case jaundice would occur). However, as the cancer progresses, more symptoms do present themselves. Nausea, diarrhea, weight loss, weakness and pain after eating are all symptoms of pancreatic cancer. Unfortunately, these symptoms could be indicative of other disorders as well, so it is a challenging cancer to diagnose that requires thorough testing. Many people are not diagnosed until the cancer has spread; therefore, treatment is often very complex since the cancer has advanced to other areas.
As of now, there is little known about its causes, and less known about how to treat it. There are a few clues to its origins, however. A 2007 study showed that diabetes during pregnancy can lead to pancreatic cancer later in life; smoking also increases the risk of developing pancreatic cancer as well. There may also be some evidence to suggest a link between type 2 diabetes mellitus and pancreatic cancer, but there still is no succinct, hard evidence to prove a link. Through all of this, nigella sativa (also known as black cumin) may be a potential solution to pancreatic cancer and could be the breakthrough that is needed to solve this complex problem.
This herb is popular across the Middle East and India, and is widely known in those parts to aid in a variety of disorders. From emphysema and asthma, to colic and cancer, this herb has a colorful and storied history that stretches far back in time, even to the Biblical era. With pancreatic cancer being the fourth-leading cause of cancer death in the United States, killing approximately 34,000 people each year, more research needs to be conducted on the effectiveness of this herb in treating this and other cancers. Though more empirical data is needed, Middle-Eastern folklore describes nigella sativa as one of the most potent healing agents,curing a variety of disorders, other cancers, and having anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Sometimes, especially in the case of this herb, folklore is more than just exaggerated stories of indigenous peoples; it can actually be useful in everyday life and provide the much needed help that conventional practices do not offer. In fact, according to Arab proverbs, nigella sativa is quoted as having the ability to cure all disease except death. Though its properties in healing all diseases has not been empirically verified, if folklore is going to be a guide to health and wellness, the best herb to start with would be nigella sativa.
Traditional treatments for pancreatic cancer are the same as the treatments for other cancers: loading the body up with toxins that kill the patient before killing the cancer(chemotherapy), and radiation. But, as with many other cancers, this method is not very successful (as mentioned before, 34,000 people die each year from pancreatic cancer). Side effects of the allopathic approach to this disorder include anything from skin reactions to disruption of insulin production, so pancreatic cancer treatments are often very uncomfortable.
Nigella sativa offers an alternative to this fate, giving cancer patients access to a treatment that actually works for them. As the path of allopathic remedies has dimmed on this cancer,sentencing its sufferers to a life of pain and misery, another, less invasive and more effective path has opened. Through herbal treatment, a way to a cure has been paved, offering relief that cannot be found amongst the cold hospital walls.
This study also helps dispel the myth that herbs are just herbs, and are thus ineffective in treating disease.This herb is just one of many that are now being discovered as breaking the mold and defeating the lie. This herb proves useful and helpful in treat ingevery day illnesses and complex illnesses as well. Besides their culinary uses, black cumin seeds also have a wealth of important health benefits and are one of the most cherished medicinal seeds in history.
The seeds of the black cumin plant contain over 100 chemical compounds, including some yet to be identified. In addition to what is believed to be the primary active ingredient, crystalline nigellone, black cumin seeds contain: thymoquinone, beta sitosterol, myristicacid, palmitic acid, palmitoleic acid, stearic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, arachidonic acid, protein, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3,folic acid, calcium, iron, copper, zinc, and phosphorous.
Black cumin seeds have aparticularly long and strong history use in Egypt. When archaeologists found and examined the tomb of Egyptian boy-king Tutankhamen (King Tut), they found a bottle of black cumin oil, which suggested that it was believed to be needed in the afterlife.
Physicians to the Egyptian pharaohs frequently used the seeds after extravagant feasts to calm upset stomachs. They also used the seeds to treat headaches, toothaches, colds, and infections.Queen Nefertiti, renowned for her stunning beauty, used black seed oil, likely due to its abilities to strengthen and bring luster to hair and nails.
Hundreds of studies have been conducted on black cumin which have shown that compounds from the seeds help fight diseases by boosting the production of bone marrow, natural interferon,and immune cells. Several of the studies have shown that black cumin seed extract could assist individuals with auto immune disorders and could possibly help to fight cancer. One recent study on black cumin seed oil demonstrated that it was effective against pancreatic cancer,one of the deadliest and most difficult to treat cancers.
Black cumin is one of the very few botanicals that have shown such effectiveness (the other most notable one isoleander extract). One of black cumins most popular and effective uses is the treatment of diseases related to the respiratory system: including asthma, bronchitis, rheumatism and cold symptoms. The seeds help increase body tone, stimulate menstrual period, and increase the flow of breast milk in nursing mothers. Black cumin seed oil helps calm the nervous system, quells colic pain, stimulates urine production, helps treat pertussis, improves digestion and helps prevent and lower high blood pressure. The seeds are very effective incuring abscesses and tumors of the eye, abdomen and liver, probably due in great part to the anti-tumor compound beta-sitosterol found in the seeds.
Black cumin also:
*stimulates energy and helps in recovery from fatigue and low spirits.
*is an effective cure for skin conditions such as allergies, eczema, acne, psoriasis and boils.
*treats flatulence, diarrhea,hemorrhoids, constipation and dysentery.
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- 10 Best Seeds To Eat In The World Posted in: Blog, Seed Education
The Best of The Best
First of all the SEED contains 20-30 percnet MORE nutrients than the plant, veggie or fruit it produces! All life, yes , you included, comes from a seed.
They come in all different sizes, shapes and colors. The seed is an embryonic plant itself and the origin of nutrition. A plant goes to great lengths to produce each seed and fill it with high concentrations of vitamins, minerals, proteins, essential oils and dormant enzymes. If you’re looking for a high quality, nutritious and filling snack, seeds are tough to beat. Let’s look at the ten healthiest seeds on Earth and how to consume them. A seed is life. It is a living food.
It is impossible to eat a raw seed and not derive nutrition. Many seeds are edible and the majority of human calories come from seeds, especially from legumes and nuts. Seeds also provide most cooking oils, many beverages and spices and some important food additives. In different seeds the seed embryo or the endosperm dominates and provides most of the nutrients. The storage proteins of the embryo and endosperm differ in their amino acid content and physical properties.
How to Eat Seeds
There is only one way to derive nutrition from seeds and that is to eat them raw. Once they are exposed to heat, they produce toxic substances and the vitamin, mineral and essential oil profiles are denatured.
By roasting a seed, its classification moves from a living food to a dead food. There is no seed on earth that can withstand roasting or heating without breaking down its nutritional components. Always remember, eat seeds naturally…eat them raw. This also means they can be soaked, ground or mashed (i.e. tahini), especially if a seed’s shell or coat is too difficult to pierce with the teeth. – Choose raw and unsalted seeds – Avoid coated or roasted seeds – Avoid sugar coated seeds
At Rain International We Cold Press Our Seed Based Products
This process makes seed nutrition more bio- available and they don’t get stuck in the intestinal track if you have compromised digestion or you just don’t chew your food until its liquid…you little speed demon you!
This method of cold-pressing seeds is not commonly used in the United States due to the higher cost of extraction. But it also yields the most powerful and nutritionally rich oils and flours, maximizing the health benefits. Other manufacturers process their products with harsh chemicals, synthetic stripping, and high temperatures that compromise the botanicals’ inherent nutritional properties. Heat extraction destroys valuable enzymes and nutrients. Worse, chemical extraction can leave a harmful residue in the final product. Rain takes no short cuts. The entire mechanical extraction process is done at low temperatures and is chemical-free. In fact, it has been certified organic. Mother Nature would be proud.
The end result is pure, highly powerful oils and flours that make up our line of natural supplements. You can be sure you’re getting the purest, most natural products geared to help you stay healthy.
Here Are Your Go To Seeds. Not in any Particular Order FYI.
1) CHIA SEEDS
Serving Size = 1 Tsp (In our FORM protein powder)
Consider these facts about Chia seeds:
– 2.5 times more protein than kidney beans
– 3 times the antioxidant strength of blueberries
– 3 times more iron than spinach
– 6 times more calcium than milk
– 7 times more vitamin C than oranges
– 8 times more omega-3 than salmon
– 10 times more fiber than rice
– 15 times more magnesium than broccoli
The seeds are loaded with vitamins and minerals, are an excellent source of fibre, protein and antioxidants, and are the richest plant source of omega-3 fatty acids. Consumption of chia seeds could help reduce joint pain, aid in weight loss, deliver an energy boost and protect against serious ailments such as diabetes and heart disease.
The seeds are gluten-free, which also makes them appealing to people with celiac disease or an aversion to gluten.
Consumption of chia seeds may increase blood levels of the long chain omega-3 EPA by 30%, says a new study from the Appalachian State University and the University of North Carolina.
Chia seeds are a source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of “short-chain” omega-3 fatty acid, whereas fish is a source of the “long-chain” fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). While growing research has linked consumption of EPA and DHA to heart health, improved brain function and possible other health benefits such as improvement in depression or rheumatoid arthritis, studies are now suggesting that ALA may bring about redistribution associated with heart and liver protection.
Consumption of chia seeds as a source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) may bring about redistribution associated with heart and liver protection.
The top benefits of chia seeds are far reaching and as far as superfoods go, this is undeniably one of the top ten.
2) HEMP SEEDS
Serving Size = 2 Tbsp (In our FORM protein powder)
More people are discovering the nutritional benefits of hemp seed, nut and oil.
- All 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids (EAAs) our bodies cannot produce.
- A high protein percentage of the simple proteins that strengthen immunity and fend off toxins.
Eating hemp seeds in any form could aid, if not heal, people suffering from immune deficiency diseases. This conclusion is supported by the fact that hemp seed has been used to treat nutritional deficiencies brought on by tuberculosis, a severe nutrition blocking disease that causes the body to waste away.
- Nature’s highest botanical source of essential fatty acid, with more essential fatty acid than flax or any other nut or seed oil.
- A perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 Linoleic Acid and Omega-3 Linolenic Acid — for cardiovascular health and general strengthening of the immune system.
- A superior vegetarian source of protein considered easily digestible.
- A rich source of phytonutrients, the disease-protective element of plants with benefits protecting your immunity, bloodstream, tissues, cells, skin, organs and mitochondria.
The richest known source of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids.
According to the hemp growers industry, industrial hemp grown for food, fuel and natural fibers contains virtually no THC (less than .3%).
In fact, when hemp is processed into hemp seed oil and hemp seed milk, for example, it further reduces the minute amount of THC in hemp.
And yet, there’s still a stigma due to the long-standing idea that hemp and marijuana are one in the same. Hemp is actually categorized with marijuana as part of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 and is therefore illegal to grow in the US.
The best way to insure the body has enough amino acid material to make the globulins is to eat foods high in globulin proteins. Since hemp seed protein is 65% globulin edistin, and also includes quantities of albumin, its protein is readily available in a form quite similar to that found in blood plasma. Eating hemp seeds gives the body all the essential amino acids required to maintain health, and provides the necessary kinds and amounts of amino acids the body needs to make human serum albumin and serum globulins like the immune enhancing gamma globulins. Eating hemp seeds could aid, if not heal, people suffering from immune deficiency diseases. This conclusion is supported by the fact that hemp seed was used to treat nutritional deficiencies brought on by tuberculosis, a severe nutrition blocking disease that causes the body to waste away.
3) POMEGRANATE SEEDS
Serving Size = 1/2 Cup
Pomegranates are a rich source of antioxidants. Therefore, it helps to protect your body’s cells from free radicals, which cause premature aging.
In simple words, pomegranate juice pumps the level of oxygen in your blood. The antioxidants fight free radicals and prevents blood clots. This eventually helps the blood to flow freely in your body in turn improving the oxygen levels in your blood.
Pomegranates are especially high in polyphenols, a form of antioxidant purported to help reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. In fact, pomegranate juice, which contains health-boosting tannins, anthocyanins, and ellagic acid, has higher antioxidant activity than green tea and red wine.
The pomegranate, with its edible seeds inside juicy sacs, is high in vitamin C and potassium, low in calories (80 per serving, which is just under one-third of a medium fruit), and a good source of fibre.
The antioxidant properties of a pomegranate prevent low-density lipoprotein cholesterol from oxidizing. This essentially means that pomegranates prevent the hardening of the artery walls with excess fat, leaving your arteries fat free and pumping with antioxidants.
“Mice that drank pomegranate juice were able to significantly reduce the progression of atherosclerosis,[by] at least 30 percent,” said study co-author Dr. Claudio Napoli, a professor of medicine and clinical pathology at the University of Naples School of Medicine in Italy.
Pomegranate health benefits run bone deep; it can reduce the damage on the cartilage for those hit with arthritis. This fruit has the ability to lessen the inflammation and fights the enzymes that destroy the cartilage.
4) FLAX SEEDS
Serving Size = 1-2 Tsp (ground)
Dietary fiber from flaxseed suppresses rises in blood levels of lipids after a meal and modulate appetite.
University of Copenhagen researchers report that flax fiber suppresses appetite and helps support weight loss.
Flax has been cultivated for centuries and has been celebrated for its usefulness all over the world. Hippocrates wrote about using flax for the relief of abdominal pains, and the French Emperor Charlemagne favored flax seed so much that he passed laws requiring its consumption!
The main health benefits of flax seed are due to its rich content of Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA), dietary fiber, and lignans.
The essential fatty acid ALA is a powerful anti-inflammatory, decreasing the production of agents that promote inflammation and lowering blood levels of C-Reactive Protein (CRP), a biomarker of inflammation. Through the actions of the ALA and lignans, flax has been shown to block tumor growth in animals and may help reduce cancer risk in humans.
Lignans are phytoestrogens, plant compounds that have estrogen-like effects and antioxidant properties. Phytoestrogens help to stabilize hormonal levels, reducing the symptoms of PMS and menopause, and potentially reducing the risk of developing breast and prostate cancer.
The fiber in flax seed promotes healthy bowel function. One tablespoon of whole flax seed contains as much fiber as half a cup of cooked oat bran. Flax’s soluble fibers can lower blood cholesterol levels, helping reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Ground flax seed provides more nutritional benefits than does the whole seed. Grind the seeds at home using a coffee grinder or blender, and add them to cereals, baked goods and smoothies.
5) PUMPKIN SEEDS
Serving Size = 1/2 Cup (In our FORM protein powder)
They are the only seed that is alkaline-forming in this world of highly acidic diets.
Add pumpkin seeds to your list of foods rich in protein. 100 grams of seeds on a daily basis provide 54 percent of the daily requirement in terms of protein.
Most of us pop pills to replenish deficiency of vitamin B-complex, try pumpkin seeds next time. Pumpkin seeds are a good source for vitamin B like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 and folates.
For those who are down in the dumps, pumpkin seeds can help fight through depression. The chemical component L-tryptophan is the secret ingredient to boost your mood.
Did you know that pumpkin seeds can prevent kidney stones? Studies suggest that pumpkin seeds can help prevent certain kidney stone formations like calcium oxalate kidney stone.
Pumpkin seeds even hold the secret to fighting parasites, especially tapeworms.
6) APRICOT SEEDS
Serving Size = 1/4 Cup
Apricot kernels are, like most nuts and seeds, very nutritious. Among the nutrients they contain is one called amygdalin, which is also known as vitamin B17. This attacks cancer cells, and thus can help prevent cancer from breaking out in our bodies.
Amygdalin (vitamin B17) is contained in many hundreds of foods, but ones that are particularly rich in amygdalin have disappeared to a large extent from our Western diet. People throughout the world who still eat a traditional diet, have been found to be largely free from cancer. These diets are rich in foods containing amygdalin.
Apart from apricot kernels, examples of other amygdalin rich foods are bitter almonds (amygdalin tastes bitter – sweet almonds do not contain it, and apricot kernels that are not bitter do not contain it). Other foods containing amygdalin are apple pips, grape seeds, millet, broad beans, most berries, cassava and many other seeds, beans, pulses and grains – but not ones that have been highly hybridized.
For prevention, however, Dr Ernst T Krebs Jr., the biochemist who first produced laetrile (concentrated amygdalin) in the 1950s, recommended that if a person would eat ten to twelve apricot kernels a day for life, then barring the equivalent of Chernobyl, he is likely to be cancer free.
7) SESAME SEEDS
Serving Size = 1/4 Cup
Sesame seeds may be the oldest condiment known to man. They are highly valued for their oil which is exceptionally resistant to rancidity.
Not only are sesame seeds a very good source of manganese and copper, but they are also a good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc and dietary fiber. In addition to these important nutrients, sesame seeds contain two unique substances: sesamin and sesamolin. Both of these substances belong to a group of special beneficial fibers called lignans, and have been shown to have a cholesterol-lowering effect in humans, and to prevent high blood pressure and increase vitamin E supplies in animals. Sesamin has also been found to protect the liver from oxidative damage.
8) SUNFLOWER SEEDS
Serving Size = 1/4 Cup
Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E, the body’s primary fat-soluble antioxidant. Vitamin E travels throughout the body neutralizing free radicals that would otherwise damage fat-containing structures and molecules, such as cell membranes, brain cells, and cholesterol.
Sesame seeds have some of the highest total phytosterol content of seeds. Phytosterols are compounds found in plants that have a chemical structure very similar to cholesterol, and when present in the diet in sufficient amounts, are believed to reduce blood levels of cholesterol, enhance the immune response and decrease risk of certain cancers.
Sunflower seeds are a good source of magnesium. Numerous studies have demonstrated that magnesium helps reduce the severity of asthma, lower high blood pressure, and prevent migraine headaches, as well as reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.
9) BLACK CUMIN SEED
Cumin is a seed that has been used since antiquity. This traditional herb is known for its health benefits and medicinal uses for hundreds of years.
Cumin is useful for digestive disorders and even as an antiseptic. The seeds themselves are rich in iron and help boost the power of the liver.
Cumin also helps relieve symptoms of common cold. If you have a sore throat, try adding some dry ginger to cumin water, to help soothe it.
Cumin juice makes for a great tonic for the body even if you don’t have a specific ailment. It is said to increase the heat in the body thus making metabolism more efficient.
It is also considered to be a powerful kidney and liver herb which can help boost the immune system. It’s also believed that black cumin seeds can treat asthma and arthritis.
Has 5 patents in the United States For:
US 6,042,834 – Diabetes
US 5,653,981 – Inhibition of Cancer Cell Growth
US 6,531,164 – Skin diseases eg. psoriasis
US 5,482,711 – Improvement of Immune System
US 6,841,174 – Viral Infection
UK-EP1709995 – Respiratory Illness eg. asthma (England)
Pubmed.gov – There have been 772 published studies involving black cumin referring to its ability to help treat even the most impossible invaders like CANCER and HIV, successfully.
* Reduced LDL cholesterol and diastolic blood pressure significantly after 60 days of using the black raspberry and black cumin combination – Berman Center for Outcomes and Clinical Research in Minneapolis
* Each serving of Rain Soul contains 9 of the 14 Super Nutrients that are necessary to consume each day – Centers of Disease Control and Prevention
* Each serving of Rain Soul contains 4.5 grams of fiber or 20% of the daily recommended value.
10) GRAPE SEEDS
Serving Size = 1-2 Tbsp (Key Ingredient in Our Signature Product SOUL )
Grape seeds have a great concentration of vitamin E, flavonoids, linoleic acid and polyphenols.
Grape seed extract may prevent heart diseases such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. By limiting lipid oxidation, phenolics in grape seeds may reduce risk of heart disease, such as by inhibiting platelet aggregation and reducing inflammation.
A study published in the journal Carcinogenesis shows that grape seed extract (GSE) kills squamous cell carcinoma cells, while leaving healthy cells unharmed.
Grape seeds may even reduce the infectivity of Norovirus surrogates according to research published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
BONUS SEED! The Black Raspberry Seed!
(Key Ingredient in Our Signature Product SOUL )
New research strongly suggests that a mix of preventative agents found in concentrated black raspberries could more effectively inhibit cancer development than single agents aimed at shutting down a particular gene.
Researchers examined the effect of freeze-dried black raspberries on genes altered by a chemical carcinogen in an animal model of esophageal cancer. The carcinogen affected the activity of 2,200 genes in the animals’ esophagus in only one week. However, 460 of those genes were restored to normal activity in animals that consumed freeze-dried black raspberry powder.
Black raspberries contain many vitamins, minerals, phenols and phytosterols, which are known to individually prevent cancer in animals.
Black raspberries seem to be particularly potent cancer fighters as well. These fruits are actually different than both red raspberries and blackberries, and are slightly harder to find because there aren’t many cultivators (the majority of black raspberries in the United States are grown in Oregon). Meanwhile, only a small percentage of these berries are sold fresh, which means if you want to enjoy black raspberries you may need to look for them frozen.
Interestingly, while blueberries are high up there in terms of antioxidant content, black raspberries actually have about three times the antioxidant levels of blueberries, according to the Oregon Raspberry & Blackberry Commission. Their coloring is also so incredibly deep that the USDA used black raspberry juice for their meat stamps for a number of years.
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