Antioxidant Blends

Wellness to Weight Loss While Maintaining Antioxidant Balance

Posted on August 21, 2010. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends, antioxidants, greens, Weight Weight Weight | Tags: , , , , , |

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SENSIBLE WEIGHT LOSS:   The weight-loss-to-wellness program can be a personal 12-week challenge for motivated individuals who want to improve their health, achieve realistic weight loss or both! The easy to follow program includes mixing Greens First® and Greens First Boost® together to create a “wellness shake” which is delicious and nutritious….and can be a lifetime wellness decision.

WELLNESS SHAKE (Greens First® & Greens First Boost®):  Mix 1 scoop of Greens First® & 1 scoop of Greens First Boost® together in 8-10 oz. of cold water. Shake well & enjoy. Follow with 6 oz. of water for best results.

WEIGHT LOSS:  Consume 1 Wellness Shake for Breakfast (1 scoop of Greens First® & 1 scoop of Greens First Boost® in 8-10 oz. of water). Then, take 1 Greens First Boost® as a meal replacement for either Lunch or Dinner. Eat healthy snacks & one sensible whole food meal.

Whether your goal is to improve wellness, achieve healthy weight loss or both, the Weight Loss To Wellness book helps you put it all together with step-by-step instructions. It is the ultimate guide to your “health make-over”.   Easy to start, just click on http://bit.ly/weightlosswellness or visit our complete line of healthful products at http://bit.ly/Macsgreensfirst.

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Greens First Antioxidant Power

Posted on February 16, 2009. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends, antioxidants, greens | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Greens First provides many of the phytonutrient and antioxidant benefits of a fruit and vegetable-rich diet, especially of vibrantly colored fruits and dark green vegetables. While eating 5 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables per day is ideal, it may be difficult to accomplish consistently.  Greens First contains 49 super foods, extracts and concentrates including super greens, vegetables, fruits, probiotics, soluble and insoluble fibers, herbs, spices, natural flavonoids, enzymes and lecithin.  Greens First contains 30 calories and 3 grams of carbohydrates per 9.4 gram scoop serving mixed with 6 to 8 oz. of water, and the antioxidant power of 10+ servings of fruit and vegetables via an independent ORAC analysis (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity).*

 Adding Greens First to your diet may help:
•Boost Energy  /  •Promote a Healthy Heart  /  •Improve Digestion  /  •Boost the Immune System  /  •Alkalize and Balance pH  /  •Support Normal Blood Sugar  /  •Fight Aging  /  •Promote Normal Cholesterol  /  •Assist Weight Management  /  •No Sugar Added!  /  •No Wheat, Dairy, MSG, Artificial Sweeteners or Preservatives!

Greens First tastes great alone but can also be mixed with Dream Protein for a yummy “whole food” meal replacement shake.

*Antioxidant value determined via an independent ORAC analysis (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Rice Fiber Plus – Stabilized Rice Bran Capsules

Posted on September 5, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends, Weight Weight Weight | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Bran is the hard outer layer of grain and can be milled from any cereal grain, including rice. Bran is particularly rich in dietary fiber and omegas, and contains significant quanitities of starch, protein, vitamins and dietary minerals.

Rice bran is a by-product of rice milling and it’s known to contain antioxidants. It’s known that a major rice bran fraction contains tocotrienol, gamma-oryzanol, and beta-sitosterol – all of which may contribute to lowering the plasma levels of various paramenters of the lipid profile. Rice bran also contains a high level of dietary fibers.

Most dietary fiber products on the market are psyllium-based, and most produce carbon dioxide and methane in the intestinal tract which can cause bloating, gas and discomfort. The stabilized rice bran found in Rice Fiber Plus is a “friendly fiber” promoting “regularity, alleviating occasional constipation while helping one’s body digest food more quickly and easily.” Rice Fiber Plus may help to promote normal elimination and regularity, healthy weight management, and normal blood sugar levels.

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Fish Oil May Fight Cancer and Improve Old Age Cognition

Posted on August 26, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Published in the “Journal of Nutrition,” (December 2004 issue) the authors indicated their review showed that consumption of omega-3 fatty acids has been shown to slow progression of cancers of the lung, colon, breast and prostate….and in humans, omega-3 fatty acids have been used to suppress cancer-associated physical wasting and malnutrition and to improve quality of life. “The authors concluded that in combination with standard treatments, consumption of omega-3 fatty acids may provide a nontoxic means to improve cancer treatment outcomes and may slow or prevent recurrence of cancer; they added omega-3 supplementation may constitute a useful alternative therapy for patients who are not candidates for standards toxic cancer therapies.” (Journal of Nutrition (134, 12: 3427S-3430S, 2004)).

In another observational study published in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,” (December 2004) scientists examined the effects of food supplement on cognitive aging on subjects born in 1936, were tested for mental ability in 1947. The same subjects were followed up in 2000 and 2001 at which time cognition, diet, food supplement use, and risk factors for vascular disease were assessed. Fish oil users were matched with nonusers, and cognitive function was related to erythrocyte omega-3 essential fatty acid (EFA) composition. The scientists found that the subjects, at the age of 64 years, had cognitive function higher in the food supplement users than in nonusers before adjustment for childhood IQ. After adjustment for childhood IQ, digit symbol (mental speed) test scores also were higher in food supplement users. Fish oil supplement users were also found to have consumed more vitamin C and vegetable and cereal fiber than did nonsupplement users. “The scientists concluded, omega-3 supplement use is associated with better cognitive aging. If associations with omega 3 content are causal, optimization of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acid intakes could improve retention of cognitive function in old age.” (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (80, 6:1650-1657, 2004))

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Smoothies, Antioxidants and Healthy Eating

Posted on August 16, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends, Weight Weight Weight | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Smoothies can be a convenient way to take your nutrients on the run. The versatility of ingredients means smoothies can be infinitely tailored to your taste and preferences.  Retail available smoothies, and smoothie products, usually contain pasteurized ingredients which means the fruits and/or superfoods predictably have a loss in some vital nutrients.  The best choice is to make your own smoothie with fresh, organic ingredients.

                                           

An early-in-the-day smoothie takes little time to prepare, and can keep you feeling satisfied and energized through lunch. You can customize your own super foods and add-ins as there are no rules, just endless combinations.  Here’s a healthy smoothie idea that’s full of nutrients and is delicious.

* 2 Tbsps.each of linseeds and hempseeds that have been soaked overnight. This releases their goodness and makes them easier to absorb. (They’re packed with essential fats for physical and mental health.)

* One scoop of our Greens First morning antioxidant blend, or one scoop of our Red Alert afternoon antioxidant blend.

* Frozen Acai berries (high in antioxidants and other powerful nutrients… the current darling in the antioxidant world), or frozen raspberries

* 25 Fresh Blueberries (the age-defying fruit)

* 4 Frozen strawberries (loaded with zinc and other nutrients to help you feel great)

* 1 banana (packed with potassium and one of the best ingredients to thicken and bulk out a great smoothie recipe)

* 1 small packet of Stevia (the sweetener that’s good for you and is highly alkalizing. It’s better to sweeten a smoothie naturally with fruit or sweeteners)

* A pinch of bee pollen (a great longevity foods and also helpful in keeping you from getting colds and flu)

* Enough water to make it a nice consistency (essential to our lives)

There are many other smoothies you can make but the best smoothie is one that offers you healthful benefits and tastes great!

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Antioxidant Power of Tea

Posted on August 7, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends | Tags: , , , , , , |

Do you think water is the most consumed drink in the world? Well, think again! The big winner is tea and it’s well ahead of coffee, beer, wine and carbonated soft drinks.

There are several studies that suggest that black and green tea beverages may have positive health benefits. Black or green teas, but not herbal teas, have antioxidant capabilities due to their flavonoids content. Flavonoids prevent oxidation – are antioxidant in their effect – and they may have an anticlotting effect as well. One study found that among people who’d had heart attacks, those who drank 14 or more cups of tea a week were 44 percent less likely to die in the 3 1/2 years following their heart attacks than those who didn’t drink any tea. In another study people who drank about 1 1/2 cups of tea daily had roughly half the risk of heart attack of those who didn’t drink tea.

Bag it. When Consumer Reports tested the antioxidant power of 15 brewed, bottled, and instant teas, it found most teas brewed from tea bags scored highest in antioxidant content. Consumer Reports stated, “Brewed tea appears to have more antioxidant action than almost any whole fruit or vegetable — and more than most commercial fruit or vegetable juices, too.” But iced teas from mixes and bottle are a decent second choice; they contain a “good deal” of antioxidants, according to the magazine. Just watch the sugar content.

Dunk the bag. Continuously dunking the tea bag as the tea steeps seems to release far more antioxidant compounds than simply dropping it in and leaving it there.

Add lemon. One study found that the addition of lemon to plain tea increased its antioxidant benefits. That makes sense, since lemon itself contains antioxidants.

Brew a batch. To make a day’s supply of iced tea, bring 20 ounces of water to a boil, then remove from the heat. Drop in three tea bags, cover, and steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags and refrigerate.

Try green tea. Because it isn’t fermented, green tea has even more antioxidant power than black tea does. It also has less caffeine. And it may provide some protection against certain cancers. Experiment with brands until you find one you like. Don’t let green tea steep for more than a couple of minutes or it may become bitter.

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Resveratrol in Red Wine May Achieve Same Longevity Results as Starvation Dieting

Posted on July 31, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

How do the French get away with a clean bill of heart health despite a diet loaded with saturated fats? Scientists have long suspected that the answer to the so-called “French paradox” lies in red wine.  Researchers from industry and academia, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Florida, and the open-access journal Public Library of Science (PLoS) ONE, report that low doses of resveratrol — a natural constituent of grapes, pomegranates, red wine and other foods — can potentially boost the quality of life by improving heart health in old age. A small amount in the diets of middle-aged mice had a widespread influence on the genetic causes of aging. Specifically, the low dose of resveratrol mimicked the heart-healthy effects of what is known as caloric restriction, diets with 20 to 30 percent fewer calories than a typical diet. The new study is important because it suggests that resveratrol and caloric restriction may govern the same master genetic pathways related to aging. The similarities were remarkable. The new study showed that resveratrol in low doses, beginning in middle age, could elicit many of the same benefits as a reduced-calorie diet. The authors noted that a glass of wine or food or supplements containing even small doses of resveratrol were likely to help stave off cardiac aging.

In the heart, for example, there are at least 1,029 genes whose functions change with age. In animals on restricted diets, 90 percent of those heart genes experienced alterations in gene expression, while low doses of resveratrol thwarted age-related change in 92 percent. The new findings, said the study’s authors, revealed how red wine’s special ingredient helped keep the heart young and stave off cardiac aging. Mitochondria, which are everywhere as the tiny power plants that keep a cell functioning, were affected by resveratrol which seemed to promote mitochondrial health and reduce the cells vulnerability to the oxidative damage that accumulates during the aging process. Viva resveratrol and pass the bottle!

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Dr. Robert Young, “Greens” & the Alkalizing Diet

Posted on July 23, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

GREENS FIRST contains only 30 calories and 3 grams of carbohydrates per serving; mixes easily without a blender; contains 49 super foods, extracts and concentrates including super greens, vegetables, fruits, probiotics, soluble and insoluble fibers, herbs, spices, natural flavonoids, enzymes and lecithin; each 9.4 gram scoop mixed with 6 to 8 oz. of water is proven to have the antioxidant power of 10 plus servings of fruit and vegetables;* contains Certified Organic Fruits and Vegetables.

                   

ALKA-FIZZ is not a medicine to cure any disease. There is no approved therapeutic claim, but it will add bicarbonates [HCO3] to the blood stream. Bicarbonates in the blood stream are one of the primary substances for life and basic elements of nutrition that keep your blood alkaline and available to neutralize acids.*   The decline of bicarbonates in the blood with a corresponding increase of acids and a lowering of the arterial pH may promote aging and chronic conditions.  Some may say that the reduction of bicarbonates is an unavoidable result of aging. However others suggest that the reduction of bicarbonates is the primary cause of physiological aging and by adding bicarbonates we may delay the aging process and prevent age related adult degenerative conditions.  For more information, read the following:  http://www.greensfirst.com/5039/gf_content2.asp?node=83

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10 Easy and Great Health Foods From Your Pantry

Posted on July 18, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

These 10 great health foods meet at least three of the following criteria: (1) Are a good or excellent source of fiber, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients; (2) Are high in phytonutrients and antioxidant compounds, such as vitamins A and E and beta carotene; (3) May help reduce the risk of heart disease and other health conditions;  (4) Are low in calorie density, meaning you get a larger portion size with a fewer number of calories; and/or (5) Are readily available.

     Almonds – Packed with fiber, riboflavin, magnesium, iron, calcium (more calcium than any other nut w/ 75 milligrams (mg) in one serving or about 23 almonds), and vitamin E.  Also a great plant source of protein and most of the fat in almonds is monounsaturated fat – a healthier type of fat that may help lower blood cholesterol levels.

Apples – An excellent source of pectin, a soluble fiber that can lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels, and fresh apples are a good source of vitamin C – an antioxidant that protects your body’s cells from damage, helps form the connective tissue collagen, keeps your capillaries and blood vessels healthy, and aids in the absorption of iron.

Blueberries – They’re are a rich source of phytonutrients (plant compounds) which may help prevent urinary tract infections, improve short-term memory and promote healthy aging.  One cup of blueberries is also a low-calorie source of approximately 3.6 grams of fiber and 14mg of vitamin C in only 84 calories.    

Broccoli – Broccoli is a good source of calcium, potassium, folate and fiber, and broccoli contains phytonutrients – a group of compounds that may help prevent chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Broccoli is also a good source of vitamins A and C – antioxidants that protect your body’s cells from damage.

Red Beans – Small red beans and dark red kidney beans are good sources of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and thiamin. They’re  low-fat and low-calorie sources of protein and dietary fiber, and contain phytonutrients that may help prevent chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Salmon – Salmon is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and is a good source of protein.  It’s also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids which is a type of fat that makes your blood less likely to form clots that may cause heart attacks. Omega-3s may also protect against irregular heartbeats that may cause sudden cardiac death, decrease triglyceride levels, decrease the growth of artery-clogging plaques, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke.

Spinach – Popeye had it right.  Eat your spinach!   The plant compounds in spinach may boost your immune system, and may help keep your skin and hair healthy.  Spinach is a good source of riboflavin, vitamin B6, calcium, iron and magnesium, and is high in vitamins A and C and folate.

     Sweet Potatoes – You can tell sweet potatoes are high in the antioxidant beta carotene by their deep orange-yellow color. Foods rich in beta carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in your body, may help slow the aging process and reduce the risk of some cancers. Sweet potatoes are also fat-free, low in calories, and are a good source of fiber, vitamins B-6, C and E, folate and potassium.

 

Vegetable Juice – Vegetable juice is an easy way to include veggies in your diet and includes most of the nutrients, vitamins and minerals found in the original vegetables.  Vegetable juices that include tomato juice, and tomato juice, are good sources of lycopene, an antioxidant that may reduce the risk of heart attack, prostate cancer and possibly other types of cancer.  (Be sure to choose low-sodium vegetable juices.)

     Wheat Germ – The wheat germ – the part of the seed that’s responsible for the growth and development of the new plant sprout – is a highly concentrated source of niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin E, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron and zinc.  It also contains protein, fiber and some fat.    

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S.A.D., or the Standard American Diet

Posted on July 12, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

S.A.D., or the Standard American Diet*, rarely includes the minimum 5-to-9 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables recommended by the National Cancer Institute and the United States Department of Agriculture.  Their concern is primarily about the epidemic rise of cardio-vascular disease, obesity, cancer and premature aging in the populace.  People will only eat what they like and, quite often, what is convenient.  Our goal is to provide good-tasting, instant and healthy super foods that can help bridge the gap between a S.A.D. and an optimal diet.

 

Greens First is our morning antioxidant blend containing 49 super foods, extracts and concentrates, including super greens, vegetables, fruits, probiotics, soluble and insoluble fibers, herbs, spices, natural flavonoids, enzymes and lecithin.  Each 9.4 gram scoop is easily mixed in 6-8 oz. of water, contains only 30 calories and 3 grams of carbohydrates per serving, and is proven to have the antioxidant power of 10 plus servings of fruits and vegetables (see our Greens First Scientific White Paper link below).  Greens First contains Certified Organic fruits and vegetables.  Adding Greens First to your diet may help to boost energy, promote a healthy heart, improve digestion, fight aging, promote normal cholesterol, assist weight management, and more.

Greens First Scientific White Paper:  http://www.greensfirst.com/gestion/GreensFirstWhitePaper.pdf

(* The Standard American Diet, aka S.A.D., tends to be high in animal fats, unhealthy saturated and hydrogenated fats, and processed foods, while being low in fiber, complex carbohydrates and plant-based foods.)

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