Thursday, 16 July 2009

Foods that aid beauty

Foods that aid beauty

The benefits of eating healthy are huge for anyones body, and I'm going to post Four Superfoods that can help aid your beauty. Of course drinking juices like V-8 can help with vegetable intake, but nothing beats the real thing.

Number One: Acai fruit

These little berrys are rather small, round, and purple. The Acai resembles a grape or a blueberry, but is much smaller and darker.

The majority of this little berry is taken up by a Seed, but there is a fair amount of pulp. The Acai has been used by natives of Brazil for thousands of years, and it provides 10 times the antioxidants found in grapes. The Acai will help boost stamina, digestion, mental focus, and sleep. The Acai fruit has more protein than the average egg, which is great if your body building and you don't want egg whites. The Acai fruit helps eliminate cancer cells, and helps premature aging and makes your skin look healthy and smooth.

Number Two: Garlic

Garlic along with other vegetables in the Allium Family, can help prevent Colon cancer, High blood pressure, and High cholesterol. These vegetables include Garlic, onions, leeks, scallions, chives and shallots. These vegetables also help the cardiovascular system.

Number Three: Barley

Barley is used in most Soups like campbells vegetable, this vegetable is great for lowering cholesterol. Barley is filled with antioxidants which can prevent cardiovascular disease.

Number Four: Lentils

Lentils have been used in foods like soup ever since the ancient greeks. Lentils are good like beans for protein,calcium,phosphorus,vit amin B and iron.

Number Five: Barley Grasses

Barley Grass is a botanical which can help correct many complaints. Barley Grass can help cure inflammation in your bowel area that can cause severe pain in the abdominal, and barley grass can cure frequent diarrhoea.

Number Six: Peppers

Almost every culture enjoys hot Peppers in food, I'm italian and spanish and these are a major part of my life. Hot Peppers can help with High Blood Pressure which many americans have. Hot chile peppers can also help with Pain & Discomfort in your joints. And Dried Peppers can help with Poison Ivy/Poison Oak rash, which is a major irretant.

These four foods will greatly enhance your lifestyle by providing much needed vitamins.


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Quick and easy smoothie for weight loss

Quick and easy smoothie for weight loss


Most of us know that smoothies can add a great benefit to the average person's diet, which often sadly consists of too little fruit and vegetables. The typical American diet robs us of many vital nutrients and minerals needed to maintain health. Moreover, if we combine a combination of healthy foods into one Smoothie, we are taking in all of the good found in the individual ingredients.

Smoothies are not only low in calories, but also superior in antioxidants. They are a personal favorite of mine, as smoothies can be made to not only taste good, but also be a great source of antioxidants. Antioxidants build up our natural immunity to diseases, which is especially important for those of us who have concerns with heart disease and cancer.

This recipe combines three fruits that are high in antioxidants, the acai berry, the pomegranate, and blueberries. Today, there is a lot of press surrounding the benefits of all three fruits, although two of them not commonly in popular in most U.S. households. Each of them have different, but complimentary health benefits.

The lesser known of these fruits is the acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) berry, which has been used for many generations by the natives of Brazil. It possesses ten times the antioxidant benefits of grapes, and twice that of blueberries. Currently, there are a lot of juice products using the acai berry. These can greatly vary in price, so its important to determine which product fits your budget. Because of its many great benefits, advertising about the benefits this one fruit, can sometimes cross the line of common sense. However, don't be deceived, it's still a great addition to a healthy diet, even if it doesn't cure every medical condition known to humankind.

The second fruit in this recipe is more commonly known here, but generally doesn't rank on the top of the list, when we think of fruit. The pomegranate is a thick red fruit about the size of an orange, native to the Middle East, but was widely planted in the U.S. and South America since the days of the early Spanish explorers. It has a sweet-tart flavor and is an excellent source of vitamin C, folic acid and other free radical fighting antioxidants.

The third fruit in this smoothie is of course, the ever-popular blueberry, a fruit that we are all familiar with, as it is native to North America. It's widely known that blueberries can do amazing things for our health, some of which are: Combating aging, reducing cholesterol, and as an aid to averting and combating cancer.

This recipe contains the natural marriage of all three of these fruits that are all rich in antioxidants. It combines the smooth berry flavor of the acai with the natural tartness of pomegranates, adding an extra punch of antioxidants with the sweetness of the blueberries. It also makes a great breakfast on the go for busy families.


2 cups fresh or slightly thawed frozen blueberries
1 container (8 ounces) low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 cup milk
6 ounces - Bom Dia Acai Berry Juice with Pomegranate (Bolthouse Du Brazil)
3 tablespoons honey
1 cups ice cubes (about 16 cubes)

In a blender container, place blueberries, yogurt, milk, Acai berry juice and honey; and blend until smooth. Add ice cubes a few at a time, blend until finely crushed. Serve immediately.

For added sparkle when serving to guests on special occasions - Sugar dip the rim of the glasses by wetting the rim with water and then dipping the glass in decorative sugar of your choice.


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The healthiest fruits

The healthiest fruits

The world's healthiest fruit once was the blueberry, then the pomegranate and now the acai. This is a purple berry found to grow on palm trees in the floodplains of the Amazon basin. Its health benefits include 10 times the antioxidant level of grapes and twice that of blueberries. Antioxidants are compounds that help to inhibit premature aging, heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer disease by neutralizing free radicals.

Free radicals, in simple terms, are unstable atoms present in the body that can cause damage to cells, protein and DNA. Antioxidants work by donating an electron to a free radical so it becomes a stable oxygen molecule.

The acai also has 10 to 30 times the anthocyanins of red wine and is found to be rich in Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids. Anthocyanins are an excellent source of antioxidants and Omega 3 fatty acids have been linked to a reduction in the risk of coronary heart disease.

As with most fruits, the acai is a good natural source of fiber providing 44.2 grams of fiber per 100 grams of the fruit. In that same 100 grams of acai, you will also reap 8 grams of protein. The vitamin and mineral makeup of this little purple berry include A, B1, B2, B3, C and E; potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper and zinc. The acai and blueberries have the same vitamin C level but the acai has over 1000 IU of Vitamin A for every 100 grams of berry.

The up and coming super food the next health craze to hit, will be with incredible little purple berry the acai.


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Health benefits of acai

Health benefits of acai

Have you heard about the acai berry craze? The health fad surrounding the acai berry has caught on faster than you can say Oprah. What is the acai berry and why has it become so popular?

The acai berry is grown and harvested in the Amazon Rainforests of Brazil. The acai berry has become a very economically valuable commodity for the Caboclo region which locally harvests the acai berry.

Acai harvests come twice a year, where thousands of these small, round grapelike seeds are extracted from the plant. Local farmers harvest acai berries by climbing far up into the tall palm-like trees to pick them. Acai must be quickly processed into a pulp or juice, due to the fact that it has a very short shelf life of 24 hours.

Acai can also be quickly freeze-dried into a powder form, called opti-acai. This powder can then be utilized in many different ways, and within many different types of dietary supplements.

Benefits of the acai berry are many. Most of the research which has been conducted on acai, has centered around this freeze dried version.

Acai contains a substantial amount of fiber, which may help you to feel full when you are hungry. This is one reason why acai is being marketed as a weight loss substance. Tablets, juices and instant drink powders containing acai have flooded the market.

Another important component of acai is its high antioxidant content. Antioxidants help the body fight off free radicals, which contribute to premature aging and disease.

Dr. Nicholas Perricone, a well-known and respected opinion in the field of healthy skin research, made an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show and wholeheartedly gave a thumbs up to the effectiveness of the acai berry to improve general health and skin tone. Dr. Perricone claims the acai berry to be the "number one superfood in the world." He goes on to say that the acai berry has the "best overall nutritional value of any fruit on earth." This appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show caused a spike in the demand for dietary supplements which contain acai extract.

In determining the effectiveness of this claim, it is important to examine all of the proven nutritional evidence about the acai berry.

Nutritional Information per 100 grams of acai extract:

533.9 calories, 52.2 grams of carbohydrate, 8.1 grams of protein, 32 grams of fat,

44.2 grams of fiber, 260 mg. of calcium, 4.4 mg. of iron, and 1002 units of Vitamin A.

Noting the high calorie, carbohydrate and fat content,

one might wonder how this could be effective for dieting purposes.

Perhaps a better reason to try acai is due to its unique combination of powerful antioxidants.

Acai contains a combination of 12 flavonoid like compounds. Included in this list is a small amount of resvertarol, which has recently become a popular buzzword in the field of anti-aging studies.

Acai has shown promising results in fighting specific types of damaging free radicals. To note a specifically promising study, chemically-extracted polyphenol-rich amounts of acai were actually shown to reduce the development of experimental leukemia cells in vitro.

While acai does show many promising possibilities, many marketers of acai products have made grand claims about the effectiveness of acai as an overall health tonic.

Makers claim that acai contains ingredients which can do all of the following:

Assist the body in detoxification

Improve digestion

Increase energy levels

Improve skin appearance

Improve heart health by reducing cholesterol levels

Improve sexual performance

Acai is most commonly marked as a weight-loss product. However, studies to prove this are ongoing and it is yet to be determined if acai is truly effective in helping to shed extra pounds.

What is clear and scientifically proven is that a diet which is high in antioxidant content is recommended in the prevention of disease and in supporting overall health. Since acai has been shown to contain significant amounts of antioxidants, one might conclude that consuming acai is one effective way to help support a preventative lifestyle.

How does the antioxidant content in acai measure up against other fruits?

Some studies show that acai fruit pulp has more antioxidant content than cranberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries or strawberries. However, studies conducted by the Pom Wonderful Pomegranate Juice Company show that their pomegranate juice contains a higher concentration of essential antioxidants over acai.

Now that you know why acai is good for you, let's take a look at who is benefiting from the popularity of this newly discovered treasure.

The main market town in the middle of the Brazilian Amazon has dedicated a specific area dedicated to the sale of acai berries. Over 100 vendors sell around 200,000 kg. of acai berry per day! If this type of demand continues, natives may choose to substantially increase business by planting more acai palm trees.


is excellent news when considering the importance of saving the Amazon Rainforests of Brazil. Instead of cutting down trees, there is talk of planting more? This is a promising scenario. It has been reported that one particular Amazon Rainforest project is considering the planting of 5 BILLION acai trees in the next ten years.

The fad-like popularity of the acai berry is certainly blessing the economy of the Brazilian market.

Who else benefits from this trend?

As many people around the world are always looking for the latest, greatest and easiest way to lose weight, companies who manufacture products which contain acai are certainly experiencing financial benefits as well.

Is this financial abundance shared with the consumer? Not quite. Pills and potions containing acai are not exactly cheap. Even a small container of acai juice purchased at your local grocery store will not be cheap. Looking online for acai juice at, a 32-oz. container of acai juice costs a pricey $18.95.

Nevertheless, because the hype surrounding the acai berry is at such high levels, people will still pay this price. Is acai worth the money? You decide. What is clear about acai is that the continued harvesting of it will be a blessing to the people of Brazil, and to their local rainforest conservation efforts. This may be reason enough to try acai for yourself!


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