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Blueberries Blueberry 1 SuperFruit of 21 Super Foods in Jiaogulan Tonic

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

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Today we look at the blueberry a nutritional powerhouse and one of the 21 super fruits – foods in the Freelife Jule of the Orient Jiaogulan tonic.
blueberry

Blueberries typically grow in northern climates like Maine. Blueberry bushes bear fruit from May through June although the growing altitude and latitude will affect when the bushes will bear fruit.

Blueberries are packed with a wide range of micronutrients, with notably high levels of the essential dietary mineral manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K and dietary fiber. Also they contain Dietary fiber, Protein, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Pantothenic acid (B5), Vitamin E, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, and Zinc.

Blueberries are just one more super fruit that shows why Jule of the Orient tonic truly is such an outstanding super food product.

Blueberries, especially the wild species, contain anthocyanins, other antioxidant pigments and various phytochemicals which greatly support nutritional health.
Researchers have shown that blueberry anthocyanins, proanthocyanidins, resveratrol, flavonols, and tannins inhibit free radicals activity, which assists with the body’s normal response to inflammation.. Similar to red grape, some blueberry species contain in their skins significant levels of resveratrol, a very valuable antioxidant and phytochemical.

Consuming blueberries (and similar berry fruits including cranberries) provides many benefits for the mind, including improvements in mental focus, concentration, and mental sharpness.

Addition clinical studies have shown blueberries to be beneficial for maintaining cholesterol and blood lipids already in the normal range and for maintaining blood pressure already within the normal range.

Antioxidants are thought to help protect the body against the damaging effects of free radicals associated with the aging process. Blueberries, contain many of these naturally occurring antioxidants such as Vitamins C and E. In addition, blueberries contain anthocyanins and phenolics that can also act as antioxidants. Based on data from the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging blueberries are among the fruits with the highest antioxidant activity.

Using a test called ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity), researchers have shown that a serving of fresh blueberries provides more antioxidant activity than many other fresh fruits and vegetables.

Article written by Art James

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Elderberry 1 Super Fruit of 21 Super Foods in Jiaogulan Tonic

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Today we look at the elderberry a nutritional powerhouse and one of the 21 super fruits – foods in the Freelife Jule of the Orient Jiaogulan tonic.

Elderberries have been used to make syrups, marmalades, and even marshmallows. However, we will find out that the nutritional value of elderberries is pretty amazing. Just one more super fruit that shows why Jule of the Orient tonic truly is such an outstanding super food product.

Elderberries happen to grow in clusters on a large shrub and are native to the temperate-to-subtropical regions of both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere.

Black elderberries, have been traditionally used as a laxative, diuretic, cleansing tonic and for nutritional support for the respiratory and digestive tracts. They are also known to provide an energy boost to the body.

The nutritional value of the elderberry fruit is quite extensive.

Elderberries contain Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin C,
Protein (in the form of lectin), fats, calcium, and carbohydrates for energy, iron and phosphorus. Elderberry contains ursolic and oleanolic acids which assists with the body’s normal response to inflammation.

Research has shown the elderberry provides immune system support.

The flavonoids found in elderberries include anthocyanins, probably the most powerful antioxidants known to mankind for preventing free radical cell damage caused by poor diet, environmental pollution and stress. In addition elderberry juice can also help improve vision, especially night vision.

Don’t ever eat uncooked berries as they contain toxins that can cause nausea and vomiting. Also only use purple, black, and blue berries and avoid the red ones.

Classical Greek healers were very impressed with the elderberry and considered it as one of the best known healing plants found on this earth.

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Pomegranate Fruit one of 21 Super Nutrients in Freelife Jiaogulan Tonic

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Well here we are again back looking at each of the 21 super fruits – nutrients in the Freelife Jule of the Orient Jiaogulan tonic. Tonight we feature the Pomegranate fruit. Pomegranates are now used in a number of health products due to studies showing that the fruit contains a high amount of antioxidants that are beneficial to our health in numerous ways. Just one more nutrient that shows why Jule of the Orient truly is such an outstanding product.
Pomegranate Fruit
Pomegranates are originally from Asia and the Middle East, the pomegranate fruit is also known as the Chinese apple and by the name Granada. Today the pomegranate fruit is largely grown is India, Africa and the United States. The pomegranate fruit grows best in hot climate areas.

A little American history – Thomas Jefferson planted pomegranates at his home in Monticello in 1771.

Pomegranates are a great source of vitamin C, vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), and potassium, and pomegranate juice contains antioxidants polyphenols that will help to protect your blood lipids from oxidation.

The most abundant polyphenols in pomegranate juice are the hydrolyzable tannins called punicalagins which have free-radical scavenging properties in laboratory experiments.

Other phytochemicals contained in pomegranates include polyphenols catechins, gallocatechins, and anthocyanins, which is a valuable antioxidant..
The ORAC score or antioxidant capacity of pomegranate juice has been measured at 2,860 units per 100 grams.

In addition, pomegranate juice, like aspirin, can help keep blood platelets from clumping together to form unwanted clots.

Recent research has found that eight ounces of pomegranate juice daily for three months improved the amount of oxygen getting to the heart muscle.

There is evidence to suggest that pomegranates may also support healthy joints.

The astringent qualities of the pomegranate flower juice, rind and tree bark are considered valuable for a variety of purposes. They have been used for toning skin, (after blending with mustard oil) and even firming-up sagging breasts.

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Cherry Cherries one of 21 SuperFoods in Freelife Jiaogulan Tonic

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

As I look at each of the 21 super fruits – nutrients in the Freelife Jule of the Orient Jiaogulan tonic, I’m amazed at the interest in natural fruits and nutrition on various blogs and websites. Here we’re going to take a look at the cherry. The more I looked into the cherry the more I’ve become impressed with its nutritional value. I continue to find what I am discovering about each of the nutrients more and more fascinating. This Jule of the Orient truly is quite an outstanding product.
cherries cherry
Everyone’s familiar with the cherry but did you know that the cherry was very high in antioxidants. Tart cherries, (as either dried, frozen, or cherry juice), have among the highest levels of very valuable antioxidants, as compared to other fruits. Cherries also contain important nutrients such as vitamin C, potassium,magnesium, iron, fiber and folate. Cherries are contain 19 times more beta carotene than blueberries or strawberries.

Cherries have a very high ORAC antioxidant score – here are some of the ORAC score levels for a serving of various types of cherries:

* Cherry Juice Concentrate: 12,800 ORAC units
* Dried Cherries: 6,800 ORAC units
* Frozen Cherries: 2,033 ORAC units
* Canned Cherries: 1,700 ORAC units

Cherries derive their much of their antioxidant power from the powerful anthocyanins contained in cherries. These anthocyanins provide the distinctive red color and may hold the key to the cheery’s many health benefits. The rich, red pigments that give cherries their color are a type of phytonutrient known as flavonoids, which have been linked to a variety of health benefits.

Scientific studies have shown that anthocyanins in cherries help the body to respond to inflammation by blocking the actions of cycloxygenase-1 and 2 enzymes.

Tart cherries especially, are exceptionally rich in many health promoting flavonoid poly phenolic anti-oxidants such as lutein, zeaxanthin and beta carotene. These antioxidant nutrients act as protective scavengers against harmful free radicals that play a role in aging.

Here is something I found surprising to learn. Cherries contain melatonin and are one of the very few foods that contain it. Melatonin is a potent antioxidant produced naturally by the body’s pineal gland that helps regulate biorhythm and natural sleep patterns. Eating cherries can help you get to sleep faster and also ease jet lag.

A University of Michigan study shows a cherry-enriched diet may help lower body fat (especially belly fat), reduce weight, and support heart health.

Cherries have also been shown to provide excellent joint health support.

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Aronia Berry one of 21 Super Fruits in Freelife Jiaogulan Tonic

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Here’s a look at one more of the 21 super foods & fruits in the Freelife Jule of the Orient Jiaogulan tonic, In this case it’s the aronia berry (also called the chokeberry). I continue to find what I am discovering about each of the nutrients more and more fascinating. This truly is quite an outstanding product.
aronia berry
Native Americans in North America used the aronia berry for medicinal purposes, for making dyes for clothing, and for preserving meats and other foods.

Aronia berries are mainly known to have the highest level of antioxidants of any fruit. This translates to the aronia berry having an ORAC (oxygen radical absorptive capacity) score or value, which is higher than any other food.

Antioxidants work to reduce the damage caused by free radicals in the body. And ORAC is a measuring indicator of an antioxidant’s power to neutralize free radicals. However, keep in mind ORAC is only a measure of antioxidant potential in a test tube and doesn’t mean it will have the same effect in the human body. I’m certainly not saying all antioxidant products are like this, but the potential exists to create a product with a very high off the charts ORAC score and it would be nearly worthless as far an antioxidant capacity in the human body.

Also even if it is effective in the human body ORAC scores over a certain amount are worthless – the human body can only benefit from a certain ORAC score on a daily basis (About 5000 ORAC per day). Beyond that the human body can’t process the remaining amount.

The antioxidant power of the aronia berry is largely due to its high concentration of anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins, both of which are largely responsible for the aronia berry’s dark, almost black, color.

Anthocyanins is a pigment that causes the red, blue or purple colour of plants, fruits, vegetables and flowers. Anthocyanins are flavonoids which help to keep arteries clear, so they are good for cardiovascular health.

The aronia berry also contains vitamins B2, B6, E, C and Folic Acid (another B-vitamin).

Studies have shown the aronia berry can benefit or support blood circulation, urinary tract health, heart health and gastrointestinal health.

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Acai Berry one of 21 Super Fruits in Jiaogulan Tonic

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

The Acai Berry is just one of the 21 amazing supernutrients in Jule of the Orient. The amazing Jiaogulan herbal tonic. Here is some interesting information about the amazing Acai Berry.
Acai berry growing
Acai is rated as one of the highest antioxidant containing fruits in the world. Acai has 10 times the antioxidant level of grapes and twice that of blueberries. Acai also has up to 30 times the Anthocyanins of red wine.

Acai can have a fairly high ORAC score – fresh acai berries (100 grams) can have an excellent ORAC antioxidant score of up to 5500. However, freeze dried acai (100 grams) can have an off the chart ORAC antioxidant score of over 70,000. These are totals – this means you would have to eat 100 grams or about 3 and a half ounces of fresh acai berries to get 5500. And eating 1 gram of freeze dried acai would give you an ORAC score of 700 per gram.

Second ORAC is only a measure of antioxidant potential in a test tube and doesn’t mean it will have the same effect in the human body. I’m not saying antioxidant products are like this but the potential exists to create a product with a very high off the charts ORAC score and it would be worthless as far an antioxidant capacity in the human body.

Also even if it is effective in the human body ORAC scores over a certain amount are worthless – the human body can only benefit from a certain ORAC score on a daily basis (About 5000 ORAC per day).

The amazing benefits of Acai include increased energy, anti-aging, improved sleep and strong heart health, just to name a few.

Let’s examine what Acai contains from a nutritional standpoint.

First Acai is very rich in vitamins and minerals. Acai contains Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and E. Acai contains as much Vitamin C as blueberries. Acai also contains the minerals potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper and zinc.

Acai is a very valuable source of Plant Sterols
There have been 3 specific plant or sometime called photosterols that are contained in Acai – B-sitosterol, campesterol and sigmasterol. Photosterols have numerous health benefits like healthy heart and digestive function.

Acai is also a very valuable source of Amino Acids and Protein. 19 different amino acids have been identified in Acai.

Also the Acai berry is a very rich source of the healthy unsaturated Omega fats like Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9. Almost half of the Acai berry is fat, with 74% of the fat being the healthy unsaturated fats like Omega 3.

More information on Acai - the Acai berry is 90% seed, with only 10% of the berry edible. So be careful – the seed has not been proven to provide health benefits so avoid any products that use the seed, they are a terrible value.

Also you may have seen advertisements for Acai Berry weight loss products. These are a total scam. There has been no research that indicates drinking acai berry juice or taking acai supplements will result in weight loss.

Also with Acai avoid spray dried, it is vastly inferior to freeze-dried Acai. Also with Acai products that are called extracts are typically not that good a product as you want all the nutrients from the Acai other then the seeds.


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Turn On Your Bodys Antioxidant Power! Goji GoChi Juice

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008


Everyone’s talking about the age-defying benefits of antioxidants, but do you know what antioxidants are-and how they actually work?

The U.S. Government’s Medline Plus database defines antioxidants as substances that help to protect your cells against the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down food or by environmental sources such as tobacco smoke, radiation, and automobile exhaust. You even produce harmful free radicals when you exercise! Left unchecked, free radicals can damage or kill cells. They play a role in heart disease, cancer, and other diseases, and they can also contribute to the premature aging of your body and mind.

Fortunately, antioxidants can come to the rescue! The antioxidant process in your body is similar to stopping an apple from browning. Once you cut an apple, it begins to brown, but you can prevent discoloration by dipping each slice in lemon juice, which contains the antioxidant vitamin C.

Antioxidants are divided into two classes: the dietary antioxidants that you get from food, and the endogenous antioxidants that are made by the body. In addition to vitamin C, dietary antioxidants also include beta-carotene, vitamin E, selenium, and polyphenols such as anthocyanins, flavonoids, and xanthones. Polyphenols are found in some fruits and juices, and even though they may look impressive in antioxidant tests such as ORAC, those tests only measure antioxidant potential in a test tube. The truth is that most antioxidants in fruits and juices do not perform well in the human body because they are poorly absorbed and therefore remain trapped in the digestive tract, and this has been shown in important scientific studies. We believe that it is far more meaningful to human health to maintain high serum levels of the body’s own endogenous antioxidants, namely superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase. These vital antioxidant enzymes circulate in the blood throughout the entire body to neutralize all types of free radicals before they can do harm.

Here are some tips for increasing your body’s antioxidant power to help prevent premature aging:

  1. “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” These words of wisdom are from Michael Pollan’s remarkable new book, In Defense of Food. His directives are simple, sensible, and to the point:
    • Eat food” – Eat a wide variety of the kinds of natural and healthy foods that your grandparents ate, not today’s unhealthy processed or “engineered” foods that are loaded with salt, fat, or high-fructose corn syrup. The digestion and metabolism of processed foods can deplete your body’s vital endogenous antioxidants.
    • “Not too much” – The more calories you consume, the more free radicals you generate. Animal studies have shown that those that eat less live longer, healthier lives.
    • “Mostly plants” – Plant-based foods are healthier and put far less oxidative stress on the body. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seeds, and nuts also contain beneficial phytonutrients that can contribute to health and well-being.
  2. Drink 4 ounces (120 ml) of GoChi every day!

GoChi – Human clinical study shows increased antioxidant power and reduced free-radical damage in just 30 days!
In a recent randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, blood tests on participants drinking GoChi showed highly significant improvements in serum levels of the important endogenous antioxidant enzymes superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase. This was accompanied by a corresponding reduction in blood levels of malondialdehyde (MDA), a prime indicator of free-radical damage and a known health risk factor. This antioxidant study is yet another demonstration of the remarkable power of GoChi, and it illustrates FreeLife’s ongoing commitment to lead the nutrition industry in clinical research, product efficacy, and evidence-based product formulation. So raise your glass, and you’ll soon be well on your way to raising your antioxidant power. Cheers! Your FreeLife Science Team


REFERENCES:
“Medline Plus: Antioxidants.” U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health. Bethesda, MD. Retrieved June 28, 2008. Available at http://www.n lm.nih.gov/medlineplus/antioxidants.htmlManach C, Scalbert A, Morand C, Rémésy C, Jiménez L. Polyphenols: food sources and bioavailability. Am J Clin Nutr 2004; 79: 727-47Scalbert A, Williamson G. Dietary intake and bioavailability of polyphenols. J Nutr 2000; 130(8): 2073S-2085SMichael Pollan, In Defense of Food (New York: Penguin Press, 2008), p.1

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