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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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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Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC)

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

The method for measuring the antioxidant capacity of various foods is called ORAC which is the acronym for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity.  ORAC was developed by scientists in the NIH, specifically in the National Institute on Aging division (but the method is not approved by the NIH).

A wide variety of foods had been test for their ORAC values in the past, but the following chart is more current and reflects the 2007 results.  The importance of a food’s high ORAC value is that it indicates a food’s antioxidant value, and a high value is believed to be correlated in the Free-radical theory of aging. 

This more current list from 2007 was compiled by scientists within the United States Dept. of Agriculture and includes ORAC values for 277 foods commonly consumed in the USA (grains, seeds, nuts, spices, vegetables, fruits, etc.).  It’s also considered to be more accurate than the previously published ORAC numbers because it shows that all plants have variable amounts of both hydrophilic (water-loving) phytochemicals and lipophilic (fat-loving) phytochemicals that contribute to total ORAC. 

USDA data on foods with high levels of antioxidant phytochemicals

Food

Serving size

Antioxidant capacity per serving size[6]

Cinnamon, ground

100 grams

267,536

Aronia black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)

100 grams

16062

Small Red Bean

½ cup dried beans

13727

Wild blueberry

1 cup

13427

Red kidney bean

½ cup dried beans

13259

Pinto bean

½ cup

11864

Blueberry

1 cup (cultivated berries)

9019

Cranberry

1 cup (whole berries)

8983

Artichoke hearts

1 cup, cooked

7904

Blackberry

1 cup (cultivated berries)

7701

Prune

½ cup

7291

Raspberry

1 cup

6058

Strawberry

1 cup

5938

Red Delicious apple

1 apple

5900

Granny Smith apple

1 apple

5381

Pecan

oz

5095

Sweet cherry

1 cup

4873

Black plum

1 plum

4844

Russet potato

1, cooked

4649

Black bean

½ cup dried beans

4181

Plum

1 plum

4118

Gala apple

1 apple

3903

 

 

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Antioxidant [super] Blend…Not A One-Note Samba

Posted on July 1, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Eating or drinking one or two ingredient antioxidant supplements is like having an orchestra with one or two instruments.  It’s not a full complement. 

 Dr. Passwater says the following about antioxidants in his book, “The Antioxidants”:

 “Combinations of antioxidants are like a balanced symphony working together. A symphony orchestra produces sounds so much more harmonious than merely having 20 drums playing. It is not the quantity, but the blend. The same is true with antioxidant nutrients: you get better results with moderate amounts of a full complement than you get with using very large amounts of just one nutrient… In general, the different reducing agents in the body “talk to one another” freely, and thus, it is probably important that all of our pools of reducing agents be maintained. For this reason, most of us in the field recommend that a person take a variety of antioxidants (a “cocktail”), not just a single substance.”

Dr. Passwater concludes: “The importance of synergism is that the antioxidant nutrients each contribute to the total protection. They work together in the antioxidant cycle and reach all body compartments–fat and water-based, blood and internal cell. They protect against all types of free radicals and reactive oxygen species. No one antioxidant can do all of this.”

Our morning blend of antioxidants – GREENS FIRST – is a full complement of start-the-day-right vegetables and fruits in a pleasant tasting blend.  Our afternoon blend of antioxidants – RED ALERT – is a fruit and vegetable mix to give you that bit of a boost in the afternoon you need.  Both blends are a synergistic, phytonutrient-dense, antioxidant-rich complement of certified and organic vegetables and fruit.

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Herbal Cleanse First

Posted on June 30, 2008. Filed under: Weight Weight Weight | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

  THE TOXIC WORLD WE LIVE IN
More than ever before, we live in a toxic world.  We ingest toxins into our bodies from the water we drink, the air we breathe and even the food we eat on a daily basis.  Our health depends on our body’s ability to eliminate toxins.  Our bodies are designed with 7 channels of elimination.  Our blood, colon, kidneys, lymph, liver and lungs all work together to cleanse toxins out of our system.  But, our internal natural cleansing system is being challenged by a toxic burden larger than any other time in history.  When we become overloaded with toxins, our bodies are forced to store those toxins within our bodies, causing problems for the cells.  Cells become clogged and stressed from toxicity and they do not work as well, resulting in our bodies feeling run down, loss of energy and even feeling sick.

Herbal Cleanse FIRST  is a 7-Day, 24 Hour Internal Cleansing Formula that is naturally and nutritionally designed to support your body.

DAYTIME DETOX & CLEANSE:  The DAYTIME Formula is a special mixture of detoxifying herbs such as alfalfa, dandelion root, uva ursi and milk thistle among others to assist detoxify and cleanse your body of impurities.

NIGHTTIME FIBER:  The NIGHTTIME Formula is a blend of unique fibers with stabilized rice bran, cascara sagrada, bentonite trace minerals and other herbs to attract and help move impurities out of your body.

DAYTIME Formula
ALFALFA LEAF
contains vitamins A, D, E, and K and trace minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, potassium and protein.  This leaf has been traditionally used to help promote healthy digestion and bowel function.
DANDELION is a rich source of potassium and lecithin.  Plus it contains more vitamin A than carrots!  This plant has been used in the treatment of liver disorders & detoxification, appetite loss, indigestion, and fluid retention.
MILK THISTLE contains silybin, which functions as an antioxidant and is one of the most potent liver protective agents known.  It helps to increase intracellular concentration of glutathione, a substance required for detoxifying reactions inside the liver cells and assisting in stimulating production of new liver cells to replace old damaged ones.
PAPAYA contains papain, a protein-dissolving enzyme that helps to ease many stomach ailments and is an exceptional aid to digestion.  A rich source of minerals and vitamins A, C and E, papain also stimulates the bowels in times of constipation, helps to stimulate digestive acids and the production of bile, which may also lead to a healthier liver and pancreas.NIGHTTIME Formula
CASCARA SAGRADA
is a mild but extremely effective colon cleanser and laxative that acts principally on the large intestine.  The bark is rich in hormone-like oils and is considered excellent for cleansing and detoxifying programs.
STABILIZED RICE BRAN is one of the best natural sources for fat-soluble phytosterols, which provide health benefits associated with blood-sugar control, prostate health and cholesterol metabolism.  This nutrient rich product offers more than 120 known antioxidants.
LACTOBACILLUS is a “good” bacteria that your body needs to maintain proper health.  They are common, even necessary, inhabitants of humans and other animals.  In humans, they are present in the gastrointestinal tract and are an important genus of the gut flora.  The production of lactic acid makes its environment acidic which inhibits the growth of some harmful bacteria.
BENTONITE TRACE MINERALS contain water-absorbing properties.  Bentonite has been used as a bulk laxative and as a suspending and stabilizing agent, as well as, an adsorbent or clarifying agent.

 
 
 

 

 


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Age-Related Macular Degeneration & Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Posted on June 22, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Australian researchers reviewed 9 published studies and concluded that eating fish twice a week reduced the risk of early and late AMD – Age-related Macular Degeneration.  The studies included over 3,000 people with AMD and found that a diet high in intake of omega-3 fatty acids was correlated with a 38% reduced risk of AMD.

Outer cells of the retina are continually shed and regenerated.  With a sufficient dietary intake, the [long-chain] omega-3 fatty acids were found to be integral in the formation of the layer of nerve cells in the retina.  The researchers tempered their results by stating the consumption of foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids may be associated with a lower risk of AMD, but there is currently insufficient literature, prospective studies and randomized trials to support an unqualified conclusion and recommendations.

                

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Exercise and Better Diet Linked to Dramatic Changes at Genetic Level

Posted on June 20, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends, Weight Weight Weight | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Initial results from a small study where 30 men with low-risk prostate cancer were tracked showed interesting results.  The men adjusted lifestyle choices to include diets rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, soy products, whole grains and moderate exersice such as walking an hour a day.  They also practiced an hour of daily stress management such as meditation each day. 

Besides the expected changes of weight loss and lower blood pressure, the researchers found the activity of disease promoting genes shut down while the activity of disease preventing genes increased.  These findings were confirmed with compared prostate biopsies prior to, and after, the lifestyle changes.   Viva relaxation, meditation, and a great diet rich in antioxidants!

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Acai is the New Darling of the Antioxidant World

Posted on June 11, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

       

                               A grove of Acai Palms in Brazil

Acai is the new darling in the antioxidant world.  Acai is a dark purple fruit smaller than the size of a grape and consists of a seed mostly covered in a small amount of pulp.  This fruit grows on the Acai Palm tree and is found in the Amazon Rain Forest of Brazil.  Acai has a berry taste with a touch of chocolate flavor so is tasty and inviting to eat.

 

Acai has been found to have about 10 times the antioxidant level of grapes and twice that of blueberries, plus it has about 10-30 times the anthocyanins of red wine (anthocyanins act as powerful antioxidants).  The Acai berry is rich in healthy Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9 unsaturated fats, and has as much Vitamin C as blueberries.  Other vitamins identified in the Acai berry include Vitamins A, B1, B3 and E in addition to potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper and zinc. 

 

B-sitosterol, campesterol and sigmasterol, three plant or photosterols, have been identified in the Acai berry which have been shown to have health benefits in maintaining healthy heart and digestive function.  It’s also a good source of fiber.

 

Acai’s nutrient mix may assist is:

*  Maintaining healthy function of bodily systems and organs

*  Promoting healthy sleep

*  Supporting the immune system

*  Act as an effective anti-inflammatory

 

The University of Florida has some promising new studies using the Acai berry in cancer research.  Stay tuned for more good news from that sector.

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