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Chlorella

Chlorella is a type of algae that grows in fresh water. The whole plant is used to make nutritional supplements and medicine.

Most of the chlorella that is available in the U.S. is grown in Japan or Taiwan. It is processed and made into tablets and liquid extracts. These extracts contain “chlorella growth factor,” which is described as a water-soluble extract of chlorella containing chemicals including amino acids, peptides, proteins, vitamins, sugars, and nucleic acids.

Be aware that chlorella products can vary significantly depending on the way “the crop” used to make them was cultivated, harvested, and processed. Investigators have found that dried preparation of chlorella can contain from 7% to 88% protein, 6% to 38% carbohydrate, and 7% to 75% fat.

As a medicine, chlorella is used for preventing cancer, reducing radiation treatment side effects, stimulating the immune system, improving response to flu vaccine, increasing white blood cell counts (especially in people with HIV infection or cancer),preventing colds, protecting the body against toxic metals such as lead and mercury, and slowing the aging process.

Chlorella is also used to increase “good” bacteria in the intestine in order to improve digestion; and to help treat ulcers, colitis, Crohn’s disease, and diverticulosis.

Some people also use chlorella for the prevention of stress-related ulcers; treatment of constipation, bad breath, and hypertension; as an antioxidant; to reducecholesterol; to increase energy; to detoxify the body; and as a source of magnesium to promote mental health, relieve premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and reduce asthma attacks. It is also used for fibromyalgia.

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Bee Pollen Smoothies

Bee Pollen benefits for humans are quite considerable because of the nutrient content and ease of digestion for the human system. The spreading of pollen is the method by which plants germinate. Pollen is a powder containing tiny collections of cells called micro-gametophites, an early stage in the life-cycle of plants.

Bee pollen is collected and eaten by honeybees, a process which facilitates the pollination of many flowering species. It is nutrient dense and can vary in taste depending on the flowers the bees gather it from.

Bee pollen is one of the most popular superfoods marketed online. The claims about the health benefits of this product are many. It is said to contain:

– 24-35% complete protein,
– 22 amino acids,
– 12 vitamins,
– 28 minerals,
– 11 enzymes (other sellers claim 5000 enzymes!),
– and beneficial fatty acids.

The alleged health benefits include increased energy and stamina, muscle building, immune boosting and, yes, even sexual enhancement

This simple smoothie recipe is a great way to introduce bee pollen into your diet. However, there are many ways of incorporating these amazing golden granules into your everyday foods. Sprinkle it on your morning cereal or lunch-time salad, top your desserts, add to salad dressing, or fold it into your raw food snacks.

Ingredients:
serves 2
1 cup nut milk (or other milk)
1 cup blueberries (frozen are fine)
1 frozen banana, in 3 or 4 chunks
1 Medjool date, pitted (optional)
1 hunk of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 tsp. bee pollen (to start, work up to 1 Tbsp.)

Directions:
1. Put everything in a blender and whirl it up! Drink immediately.

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Super Foods: Spirulina

Spirulina: It’s categorized as a “superfood” because of its immense health qualities. It is a blue-green algae that is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and is said to help protect against cell damage. While much of the evidence supporting these claims are anecdotal, animal and test tube studies do suggest that spirulina can increase the production of antibodies, increase immunity, help to ward off infections and possible cancer. However, none of these tests were ever conducted on human studies, and the evidence is purely subjective to many individual experiences and a long history of use.

How Does It Help The Body?

  1. Protein Supplement: According to the University of Maryland, amino acids make up 62 percent of spirulina. Amino acids are used by the body to make proteins, helping to break down food, grow, and repair body tissue.
  2. Lipid Lowering: The hypolipidemic effects were first noticed in albino rats. The study found that HDL cholesterol was increased, while high hepatic lipids caused by a high fat diet was reduced by the consumption of spirulina.
  3. Immune Boost: Having such a high concentration of beta carotene, which the human body can make into vitamin A, helps kick start your immune system.

How Should You Eat It?

It’s a versatile product and can be added to various dishes. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Green Smoothie: A spoonful of this powder can boost the nutrients in your daily green drink or smoothie.
  2. Spirulina Pudding: Mix this into your favorite fruit pudding and enjoy.
  3. Salad Dressing: Mix this into some olive oil, lemon, a little bit of pepper, and dress your salad.

 

As always, please be sure to check with your physician before starting any supplement like spirulina, as it may interact with certain medications.

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Super Foods: Chia Seeds

In South America, as far back as 3000 BC, Chia Seeds (Salvia Hispanica) had been a staple of daily nutrition and commerce in Pre-Columbian societies. In Mayan and Aztec life, the seed was so important, it was incorporated into religious ceremonies and tribal trading, even having the harvest time for the seeds outlined in ancient Aztec calendars. It seems it only took modern day humans another 5000 years to revive the importance for these super seeds which are truly amazing and whose health benefits are still being discovered. It may be the single best all around food!

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 Top Benefits of Chia Seeds

1. Lose Weight Without Starving

2. Balance Blood Sugar

3. Add healthy omega-3 oil to your diet

4. Nutrition 

5. Feel more energized all day long

6. Bake with less fat
Do you enjoy making baked goods at home, but hate all the butter and oil that has to go into them? Chia gel can substitute for half the butter in most recipes! The food will bake the same and taste the same (or better) from the addition of the chia gel.

Add age-defying anti-oxidants
Anti-oxidants have been in the news lately due to their super healthy benefits.

Blood Thinning Benefits

The problem of thicker blood can reduce circulation and be the precursor to various heart problems

Because they have a mild taste, the seeds can be added to any variety of meals, said Wayne Coates, author of Chia: The Complete Guide to the Ultimate Superfood. Sprinkle them on yogurt or salad, add them to smoothies or juice, use milled seeds for baking or soak the seeds until they form a gel that can be added to a variety of recipes.

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