Cranberry – Tiny Fruit With Huge Health Benefits

Cranberries are perhaps best known for their effects on urinary tract health.


Cranberry
Cranberry

However, recent research indicates that these tiny berries are also great for your tummy, skin, gums and teeth because they are packed with powerful antioxidants and organic acids, including ellagic acid, citric acid, malic acid, quinic acid, flavonoids, proanthocyanidins, anthocyanins, and vitamin C. Several studies have shown that cranberries may even play an important role in reducing cardiovascular risk and preventing cancer.

Cranberries for Preventing Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

UTIs are usually caused by E. coli, a type of bacteria that is normally found in the digestive tract. They can also be found on the skin around the rectum, and may even make their way up into the bladder. Although UTIs are often associated with women, men and children can suffer from UTIs too. Symptoms of UTIs include an urgent desire to empty the bladder, frequent urination, burning sensation during urination, the feeling of having to urinate(even though little or no urine actually comes out), lower abdominal pain, and cloudy or foul-smelling urine. If left untreated, bacteria can travel up to and infect the kidneys, causing serious complications.

Due to the fact that strong antibiotics can irritate the stomach and kill off the friendly bacteria in the gut (and that more E. coli strains are becoming resistant to them), antibiotics are no longer the best solution for UTIs. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), cranberries can offer great protection and relief from UTIs — including the ones that are resistant to antibiotic treatment.

Studies show that cranberries contain A-type proanthocyanidins (PACs) which are more effective in inhibiting the adhesion of E. coli to the urinary tract epithelium than the B-type proanthocyanidins found in other sources. When E. coli bacteria are unable to stick to the urinary tract walls, they are unable to cause any mischief. The beneficial effects start within two hours after intake and can last up to 10 hours in the urine.

Canberry extract inhibits UTI
Cranberry extract inhibits UTI

Other Benefits of Cranberry

Improves gastric ulcers

Helicobacter pylori infects up to 60% of the world’s population, causing gastric and duodenal ulcers and increasing the risk of gastric cancer. Although there may not be any obvious symptoms until a gastric ulcer has reached an advanced stage, some of the earlier symptoms include bloating, frequent burping, nausea, change in appetite, or a burning pain in the stomach. Helicobacter pylori is transmitted through saliva, so sharing food or eating out may pose a risk if the food or eating utensils are contaminated. Fortunately, studies show that cranberries can effectively stop Helicobacter pylori bacteria from attaching to the stomach crevices that can protect them from stomach acids. When exposed to stomach acids, the bacteria are destroyed, flushed out and expelled from the gastrointestinal tract.

Encourages healthy gums & teeth, & keeps breath fresh

Cranberries prevent bacteria from sticking to the teeth, keeping teeth cleaner longer. This helps to prevent the formation of plaque, tooth decay and bleeding gums. Cranberries have the power to crush offensive-smelling bacteria that can build up in the mouth and lead to bad breath.

Encourages healthy heart & reduces stroke damage

Cranberries contain significantly high amounts of flavonoids and polyphenolic compounds that help prevent the oxidation of LDL (‘bad cholesterol’). This reduces the risk of plaque formation that would otherwise restrict blood flow. Studies, including one by the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, concluded that cranberries may reduce the brain cell damage associated with stroke. These findings suggest that cranberries can reduce the severity of stroke, and aid in recovery, particularly during the earliest stages, when the most severe damage occurs.

Reduces the risk of kidney stones

The quinic acid in cranberries reduces ionised calcium, thus, reducing the risk of kidney stone formation, even among those prone to recurring kidney stones.

Promotes a fairer & more youthful-looking complexion

Free radicals destroy collagen in the skin, causing wrinkles and sagging skin. They can also cause skin to appear dull, red or inflamed. Cranberries have a very high ORAC value (which means that they have potent antioxidant capabilities and can effectively quench free radicals for fairer, more youthful skin)

Alleviates gout

Cranberries help to eliminate uric acid that could otherwise crystallise around the joints and cause the painful symptoms of gout.

Improves anaemia & relieves tiredness

Cranberries are naturally rich in vitamin C and aid the absorption of iron, which is crucial for the red blood cells in the body. Without sufficient iron, one can feel persistently tired, due to a lack of oxygen caused by low haemoglobin levels.


Diet Product Comparisons – Which type is best for you?

How many diet products have you heard about? How many have you tried for yourself? If you are like the average person who wants to lose a little weight, you have probably tried quite a few. So what is the best?

This summary comparison will focus on two broad categories. Chemical and Natural.

Chemical based products, which has two sub-categories, prescription only and “over the counter”, include:-

  • Dermal patches which pass chemicals through your skin to change your thyroid activity.
  • Pills which claim to block your body’s absorption of carbohydrates by changing the way you digest them.
  • Pills which block your body from absorbing fat and oil, allowing it to pass through your digestive system.
  • Pills which use caffeine to boost your metabolism.
  • Pills which claim to imitate your brain’s signals to make your brain think your stomach is full.

People often turn to chemical based diet products looking for a “quick fix”, however as you can see from the summary above, these products interfere in some way or another with your body’s natural processes. In addition, by definition, they involve adding chemicals to your body.

We are all individuals and have our own particular metabolism and chemistry, so the effects of these chemical based diet products can be unpredictable. Unpleasant and even dangerous side effects have been reported by many people.

Chemical based diet products do not aim to provide you with any nutritional benefit, in fact they often aim to interrupt your body’s absorption of nutrients.

Natural diet products do not require any prescription. They are food. Natural diet products include:-

  • Wu Yi Tea. Green tea’s health benefits are undisputed. Hundreds of years of usage have proven the benefits which have now been backed by scientific studies. Green tea adds nutrition to your diet, with high levels of antioxidants, catechins, flavonoids, vitamins and minerals. The natural ingredients in green tea promotes thermogenesis and naturally boost your metabolic rate causing you burn calories faster.
  • Hoodia Gordonii a cactus plant from Africa which is proven to suppress appetite. So you simply eat less.
  • Acai Berries (euterpe oleraceae) -a dark purple berry from an Amazonian palm tree which is now known as one of the top ten superfoods. Acai berries are proven to be rich in minerals, vitamins, including natural vitamin E, fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, oleic (omega-9) fatty acids, antioxidants (including anthocyanidins), phytosterols and polyphenols. Acai berries, available as a juice product or in convenient capsule form, help you lose weight by detoxifying your system, eliminating built up waste and reducing water retention.
  • Pure Acai – One of the most Nutritious & Powerful foods in the World!

  • Maqui Berries (aristotelia chilensis) – a new superfood discovery from Patagonia. Maqui (pronounced mah-key) berries are like Acai berries on steroids. They have more than twice the antioxidant ORAC score of Acai berries. ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity)is a measure of a foods ability to neutralize damaging free radicals.

  • Chlorella – is a microscopic dark green algae superfood nutrient source. Is 60% protein with all 8 essential amino acids, has 23 vitamins and minerals and a special ingredient called Chlorella Growth Factor which supplies RNA and DNA. It’s superior nutritional qualities reduce food cravings which can cause over-eating. Additionally, chlorella’s fibrous cell wall has the ability to remove heavy metals from your system. Read all about Chlorella HERE
  • Spirulina – a blue-green algae which is considered to be a whole food. Spirulina provides total nutrition, so like chlorella, it nourishes your body so you don’t feel the need to eat junk foods or overeat. Read all about Spirulina HERE

This summary comparison clearly shows which group is the most beneficial to your body. The products you select to help you lose weight will be your individual choice. Do your self a favor – choose wisely.


A Google A Day – Keeps the Doctor Away

Browsing through my local newspaper this morning I noticed the word “Google” and anything about Google usually gets my attention.

The article (from Manly Daily Sat Oct 18 2008) was about recent research by a team of scientists from University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and published in the latest edition of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

The study found that searching the internet stimulates brain activity in the elderly and middle-aged and helps to keep their minds sharp.  The UCLA scientists found that searching the web triggers key centers in the brain that control decision making and complex reasoning and may help stimulate and possibly improve brain function.

Dr Gary Small, the principal investigator of the study, said “The study results suggest that computer technologies may have physiological effects and potential benefits for middle-aged and older adults”.

The study’s authors noted that their findings are the latest to suggest that complex activity that keeps the mind engaged, such as crossword puzzles, may keep the brain healthy.

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Chlorella – a super nutrient source, a whole food

Bio N-Zymes – nutrients, and enzymes to boost absorption of nutrients

Total Nutritionadvanced phyto-nutrient rich superfood which contains 79 naturally-derived ingredients.

Protein Powder – for a quick easy meal replacement shake.

Lecithin – easy to consume granules – great for your cells, a brain booster

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Chlorophyll – natures cleanser

Tummy Trimm – reduces tummy bulge from colon encrustation

Chlorella – richest source of chlorophyll. Fibrous outer wall (must be broken cell) binds with toxins and eliminates them from your body.

Energized Living Water – Consume energized, living water from the Hexagon water purifier

Organic Green TeaStudies have confirmed green tea’s many health-enhancing conponents

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Japanese Plum Balls – The King of Alkaline Fruits

Wheatgrass – in powder form, palatable making it easy to consume

Mixed Vinegar Tablets – very easy and convenient.

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Nutrition Intelligence – The Wrap Up – Get Total Nutrition

Well, it’s very difficult to end this series as there is still so much to say. However, I’ve made a decision to wrap it up here because I need to tell you what product can provide you with all the elements you need every day. It sure can be overwhelming, trying to figure out how to consume all the right nutrition.

How about one product to provide it all? Yep, one product! Simple and easy to consume…

The product is called Nn Total Nutrition – they don’t call it partial nutrition, it’s TOTAL.


It contains:-

  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Trace Minerals
  • Antioxidants
  • Probiotics
  • Prebiotics
  • Cleansing & Detoxification herbs
  • Fibre
  • EFAs (essential fatty acids)
  • Essential Amino Acids
  • Immune Boosters
  • Digestive Enzymes
  • Alkaline Promoters
  • Phyto-estrogen
  • Cardiovascular protectors
  • Brain Foods
  • Bone Builders

In all, it has 79 ingredients, as listed below.

What have you eaten
so far today?

Compare it with what you intake with just one packet of Nn Total Nutrition!

Each packet of Nn Total Nutrition contains more than 70 naturally-derived ingredients as listed below:

Acerola Berry Juice Powder 30.4mg
Alfalfa Juice Powder 70.4mg
Alpha-Lipoic Acid 2.4mg
Apple Fiber (pectin/cellulose) 200mg
Astragalus Membranaceus 10.4mg
Barley Juice Powder 70.4mg
Beta Sitosterol 10.4mg
Bilberry (std. ext. 25%) 2.4mg
Biotin 60mcg
Boron (as citrate & gluconate) 0.4mg
Brown Rice Bran (source of tocotrienols) 70.4mg
Burdock Root Powder 5.6mg
Calcium (carbonate, citrate, malate) 100mg
Carob 70.4mg
Chlorella (cracked cell-wall) 60mg
Chromium Picolinate 52 mcg
Copper (as gluconate) 0.8mg
CoQ10 200mcg
Dairy Free Probiotics:
Bifidobacterium Bifidus
Lactobacillus Acidophilus
Lactobacillus Bulgaricus
Lactospore (B.coagulans)
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Dandelion Root Powder 7.2mg
Earthrise Spirulina 280mg
Echinacea Angustifolia (std. ext.) 5.6mg
Flax Seed Meal (source of Lignans) 70.4mg
Fo Ti Powder (Ho Shou Wu) 7.2mg
Folic Acid 80mcg
FOS (fructo-oligosaccharides) 52mg
Ginger Root Powder 5.6mg
Ginkgo Biloba (std. ext. 24% 6%) 2.4mg
Grape Seed (std. ext. 90%) 2.4mg
Hawthorn Berry (std. ext. 4:1) 7.2mg
Horsetail (std. ext. source of silica) 2.4mg
Iodine (as kelp) 30.4mcg
Iron (organically bound) 1.6mg
Japanese Green Tea (source of catechins) 2.4mg
Jerusalem Artichoke Powder 150.4mg
Licorice Root Powder 20mg
Magnesium (as citrate) 52mg
Maitake Mushroom 2.4mg
Manganese (chelated) 0.8mg
Milk Thistle (std. Ext. 80%) 7.2mg
Molybdenum (as molybdate) 16mcg
Natural Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols) 40 IU
Niacin 4.0mg
Norwegian Sea Kelp 2.4mg
Oat Bran Concentrate (source of beta-glucans) 20mg
Octacosanol 160mcg
Pau D’arco Powder 7.2mg
Phosphorus 10.4mg
Plant Based Digestive Enzymes
(Protease, Amylase, Lipase, Cellulase,
Lactase, Bromelain, Papain)
16mg
Potassium (as citrate) 75.2mg
Pycnogenol® (Pine Bark ext.) 2.4mg
Red Beet Juice Powder 26.4mg
Red Dulse Powder 7.2mg
Reishi Mushroom 5.6mg
Royal Jelly (6%10H2DA) 10.4mg
Selenium (as L-Selenomethionine) 16mcg
Shiitake Mushroom 2.4mg
Siberian Ginseng Root 16mg
Silica 5.6mg
Slippery Elm Bark 5.6mg
Soy Lecithin
(oil free/95% phosphatides)
280mg
Soy Protein Concentrate 9.6g
Spinach Powder 20mg
Vanadium 10.4mcg
Vitamin A (beta carotene) 1000 IU
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) 1.6mg
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) 0.8mg
Vitamin B3 (as niacinamide) 0.8mg
Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) 4.0mg
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) 2.4mg
Vitamin C (buffered) 52mg
Vitamin D 80 IU
Wheat Grass Juice Powder 70.4mg
Wild Imported Rose Hips 26.4mg
Zinc (organically bound) 3.2mg

In a base of: Tomato Powder, Tangerine Bioflavonoids, Cherry Juice Powder, Broccoli Powder, Kale Powder, Carrot Powder, Levulose, Natural Vanilla

Natural Goodness
The processing methods used for Total Nutrition ensure that fragile nutrients like enzymes, vitamins and phyto-nutrients stay intact and active. All-natural, it is free of animal products, artificial preservatives, colourings, flavourings, chemical additives, stabilisers, fillers, binders, and contains no added salt. It is suitable for vegetarians and those who react adversely to yeast, milk, wheat, corn or egg.

Nn Total Nutrition is manufactured under the license of Tishcon Corp, New York, USA, a 100% in-house manufacturer of vitamins and health products established in 1977 and reknowned for its expertise in Chewable Multi-vitamin, Timed Release and Bio-enhanced formulations.
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What’s the Big Deal About Lecithin? – Part 1

You may not have heard about this nutrient. You may not even know how to pronounce it – “less-a-thin”.

But it is a big deal, when you find out how it can improve your life in this review.

It is a phospholipid – found in every cell in our body. It is most abundant in our vital organs, brain, liver, heart, kidneys and nerves. In fact 30% of the brain’s dry composition is lecithin. It’s also an important component of all cell membranes. It keeps the cells permeable, allowing vital health-giving nutrients and oxygen are able to enter the cells, and disease causing toxins are able to exit.

In short, it is vital to our bodily functions and considered the most important element for our brain.

If you or a loved ones suffers from:-

  • forgetfulness
  • poor concentration
  • missed appointments and deadlines
  • poor recall of names, faces, facts, dates and numbers
  • mental tiredness
  • constantly repeating yourself
  • problems finding the right words – feeling “lost for words”

If any of these symptoms are familiar to you, then you may be nutritionally deficient in Lecithin.

How do you overcome a deficiency? Simple, take Lecithin in granular form. Remember that lecithin is a natural food, not a drug. It is non-toxic and virtually free of side-effects.

The normal recommended dosage for an adult, just 7.5g (1 heaped teaspoonful) is sufficient to maintain your brain’s memory cells in impressive wording order. The dosage can be safely increased (doubled or tripled) in cases of memory impairment.

Children older than 6 can take lecithin at half the normal adult dosage. Just this small amount per day will help ensure your child gets enough lecithin for optimal mental and physical development.

It can be taken on it’s own, or added to drinks or food, like sprinkled over cereals, soups or salads, blended with fruit or vegetable juice, added to graves sauces or dressings, used in baking such as bread, cakes, cookies.

Our Nn Lecithin is derived from natural soybeans and is completely free from preservatives, coloring or artificial flavoring. Not all Lecithin is created equal. The potency and efficacy of lecithin is determined by it’s phosphatides content. A high quality product would have at least 97% phosphatides and be derived from non-genetically modified soybeans. Anything less is a bad choice.

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