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Acerola

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Acerola Berry Powder
Also known as

Malpighia glabra, Barbados Cherry, West Indian Cherry, Cereza, Semeruco, Cerisier, Florida Sweet, Manoa Sweet.
Introduction

Although acerola are now found growing in most sub-tropical regions of the world, linguistic evidence seems to point to the Yucatan as a point of origin for this fruit. Cultivated in southern Texas, Florida, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia, the largest plantings are in Brazil. Acerola is a fast growing bushy shrub or small tree with small pink and white flowers. The fruits are round and ovoid with three lobes, and are said to have a pleasant, tart taste. They are bright red when ripe, and come to maturity approximately 25 days after the first buds appear. The fruit of the acerola is the richest known source of natural vitamin C in the world. They are usually picked when still green, because in this state they have almost twice as much vitamin C as when fully ripened. The fruit must be made into juice quickly as the fruit will begin to ferment and mold in as little as three days after harvesting. If not sold as a juice, the liquid is concentrated and pasteurized, and then spray dried into a powder. The type of acerola powder offered by Mountain Rose Herbs is spray dried and can contain up to 20% of an organic maltodextrin carrier that is made from organic manioc root, and is standardized to have not less than 17.5% natural vitamin C.
Parts Used

The fruit is the only part used.
Typical Preparations

The fruit itself is eaten when ripe, and it is sometimes made into a jelly, jam or syrup. The fruit, when picked, must be processed quickly before it starts to ferment and mold, and most of the nutritional use in the United States is from spray dried, freeze dried, or from concentrated fruits which are processed immediately at the site and exported accordingly.
Summary

Known as extremely high in vitamin C and antioxidants, acerola fruit is also high in iron, calcium, beta carotenes and phosphorus. Acerola juice is as popular in Brazil as orange juice is in America.
Precautions

A study published in 2002 reported that the fruit of the acerola can cause an allergic reaction in people who are also allergic to latex. There are also several reports that the leaves may be irritating to some people, but this should not affect consumption of the powdered form.

For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Apples

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ApplesAs one of the most cultivated and consumed fruits in the world, apples are continuously being praised as a "miracle food".

Apples are extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing

cancer, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease.

Apples deserve to be called "nutritional powerhouses". They contain the following important nutrients:

  • Vitamin C - a powerful natural antioxidant capable of blocking some of the damage caused by free radicals, as well as boosting the body's resistance against infectious agents, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.1
  • B-complex vitamins (riboflavin, thiamin, and vitamin B-6) - these vitamins are key in maintaining red blood cells and the nervous system in good health.
  • Dietary fiber -A high fiber dietcan help prevent the development of certain diseases and may help prevent the amount of bad cholesterol in your blood from rising.
  • Phytonutrients - apples are rich in polyphenolic compounds". 

Asparagus

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Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Oxidant Benefits

It's not surprising to see asparagus being heralded as an anti-inflammatory food because it provides a truly unique combination of anti-inflammatory nutrients. Among these anti-inflammatory nutrients are asparagus saponins, including asparanin A, sarsasapogenin, protodioscin, and diosgenin. Alongside of these anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, asparagus provides a wide variety of antioxidant nutrients, including vitamin C, beta-carotene, vitamin E, and the minerals zinc, manganese, and selenium. In addition to the antioxidant nutrients above, this much-loved vegetable may also contain a valuable amount of the antioxidant glutathione (GSH). GSH is one of the body's best-studied antioxidants; it consists of three amino acids — glutamic acid, glycine, and cysteine — combined into one molecule.

Digestive Support

Like chicory root and Jerusalem artichoke, asparagus contains significant amounts of the nutrient inulin. Inulin is a unique type of carbohydrate called a polyfructan, and in practical terms, healthcare practitioners often refer to it as a "prebiotic." Unlike most other carbs, inulin doesn't get broken down in the first segments of our digestive tract. It passes undigested all the way to our large intestine. Once it arrives at our large intestine, it becomes an ideal food source for certain types of bacteria (like Bifidobacteria andLactobacilli) that are associated with better nutrient absorption, lower risk of allergy, and lower risk of colon cancer.

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Bananas

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Bananas

 

 

Bananas are wonderfully sweet with firm and creamy flesh. Excellent source of both vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber.

 

Health Benefits:

 

Cardiovascular health

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barberries

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Barberries Whole
Also known as

Zereshk, Berberry, Holy Thorn, Sowberry.
Introduction

This dried, bright red berry comes from a species of berberis. Berberis vulgaris (the species carried by Mountain Rose Herbs) is widely used in Afghan and Persian cooking. Barberry shrubs are deciduous and can grow to approximately 8 feet tall. Small, clustered bright-yellow flowers are followed by small purplish berries that turn red when ripe.
Constituents

High citric acid content, high in vitamin C. Also contains the alkaloid berberine.
Parts Used

Dried berry.
Typical Preparations

As a jelly, pickled, or in traditional Persian and Afghan rice and chicken dishes (called zereshk polo).
Summary

The barberry is thought to have originated in North Africa, Europe and temperate regions of Asia. In North America, it is sometimes used as a decorative plant, and the root and bark is used medicinally. The berries are widely cultivated in Iran. Today, barberries do not tend to be widely popular, except in Middle Eastern cooking.
Precautions

None known.

For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Beets

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Beets 

 

 

Beets are loaded with vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and C.  They are also an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, sodium and iron.

 

Beetroots have long been used for medicinal purposes, primarily for disorders of the liver as they help to stimulate the liver's detoxification processes. Beets are rich in fiber, excellent for liver cleansing, normalizes blood pressure, ease bowel movement, gall bladder and kidney ailments,gout and vericose veins.

 

 

 

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cacao

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Cacao Beans Raw
Also known as

Theobroma cacao, Cocoa beans, Cocoa pods, and Cacao.
Introduction

Cacao beans and nibs have a long and colorful history, beginning in Central and South America before 1500 BC. The entire cacao fruit was used medicinally by the Mayan, Olmec and Aztec civilizations. These early American peoples also enjoyed consuming chocolate as a beverage; each culture adding its own mix of spices and flavorings to the drink. After the Spanish conquest in the 1500's, cacao made its way to Europe and began to spread worldwide.

The beans are rich in magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese and potassium, and are a good source of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, E and pantothenic acid.
Constituents

Caffeine, flavonoids, phenylethylalamine, anandamide, magnesium, sulfur, oleic acid, theobromine, tryptophan,

Cacao beans and nibs contain more flavonoid antioxidants than most other vegetables and fruits, with up to four times as much concentrated antioxidants as green tea.
Parts Used

Beans, either whole or broken into nibs
Typical Preparations

Eaten raw-as is, or roasted, brewed, and powdered into tea. Used abundantly in food and other consumables. Sometimes found in extract form.
Summary

Cacao beans and nibs contain a number of constituents with proven health benefits, but many of these constituents are destroyed or lessened when processed. Health practitioners recommend that anyone interested in eating cacao for its health benefits use raw, unprocessed cacao beans and nibs rather than processed chocolate.
Precautions

Anyone with a sensitivity to chocolate should avoid eating cacao beans or nibs. The active polyphenols and other substances in cacao can trigger migraines and cause other allergic reactions in sensitive people.

For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

cantaloupe

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Cantaloupe

 

 

 

 

Key Nutrients in cantaloupe include folate, fiber, vitamin C, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, riboflavin, niacin. Enriched with very important phytochemicals such as beta carotene, pectin, flavonoids and phytoserols.

Health Benefits:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower cholesterol levels
  • Lower risk ofheart disease and cancer
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Protect against macular degeneration
  • Aid liver health

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Dates

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Dates

 

 

Dates contain a significant amount of dietary fiber adn therefore are beneficial in improving the digestive system, especially in treatment of constipation.

 

Health Benefits:

 

Potassium

Vitamin C

Iron

Calcium

Lipids

Amino Acids

Beta-caratene