Feb 11, 2014
A diet rich in antioxidants is a great way to keep a healthy immune system, neutralize cell damaging free
radicals and combat various forms of cancer. One of the most potent sources of antioxidants hails from
a type of palm tree in the Amazon rain forest in Brazil: the acai berry.
The antioxidant measurement score, ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity), is used to determine
how potent a food is in terms of neutralizing free radicals. For a long time, blueberries were thought
to be “it” when it came to an ORAC value (having around a 6,500), but the acai berry comes in with a
massive ORAC value of over 100,000.1
Other benefits of the acai berry include:
• Good source of protein
• High in the healthy fats, Omega 3, 6 and 9
• All the vitamins and minerals of most fruits
• High in anthocyanins, which can help lower cholesterol
• Great for detoxing, keeping the digestive system in top running function
• Anti-aging benefits
Amazon natives have known the power of the acai berry for centuries, using it to boost energy levels,
treat various ailments and even to sustain life during times of famine. Having a nutrition plan which
includes plenty of antioxidants is vital to a healthy life, and the simple addition of the acai berry can
greatly increase overall health and wellness. Try using acai in a smoothie, as a bowl (like they do at
Ze/Lin), drink it in place of your morning juice, or as a snack to munch on. Really any berry is a great
addition to your nutrition plan, and the acai berry is one of the healthiest and most beneficial ones you
By: James Van Dyne
Feb 6, 2014
No, this article is not about the music industry or even lifting weights. And although heavy metal can be
a good thing, depending on who you are and what you like, what we are talking about here are the toxic
metals that are showing up in laboratory analyses of food products and nutritional supplements.
The usual culprits that show up in testing are arsenic, mercury, lead and cadmium, but there are over
20 heavy metals to watch out for. Some are fairly common in our environment and are needed for good
health, but high doses of others can be detrimental. Here are a few of the negative side effects that can
occur from overconsumption of these heavy metals:
• A negative impact on mental function
• Damaged or reduced central nervous system function
• Low energy
• May lead to degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease
• Long term contact may lead to cancer
It is important to be aware of what we are consuming because of heavy metal toxins like these that are sneaking into
our bodies through our food supply. Several very common breakfast cereals, from corn flakes to granola
to rice, have been tested for these toxic heavy metals and the results can be shocking to consumers.
But breakfast cereals are not the only ones to undergo such scrutiny. Nutritional supplements, especially
protein powders, are failing the test as well. I saw one analysis of a very popular protein powder which
showed that it contained more lead than old paint!
Symptoms of heavy metal toxicity through food can come on very slowly, and oftentimes they are
mistaken as a problem resulting from something else. These symptoms can even subside, causing some
people to brush off the danger. Some of the most recognizable symptoms are:
• Impaired mental function (motor, brain and language skills)
• Difficulty learning
Detoxes can be done to help rid the body of these heavy metals, and of course switching to better food
choices is a great option as well. If you are concerned about the amounts of these heavy metals in your
foods, and you should be, it is very easy to find the data which shows just what’s in your product of
choice. With a little diligence, you may be unpleasantly surprised and that favorite cereal of yours may
no longer be on the shopping list.
Feb 4, 2014
When it comes to overall health, few people would think to look to algae as a wealth of beneficial
nutrition. The simple, single-celled organism known to the nutritional world as chlorella is a whole food
(meaning you can eat the entire thing) that packs a massive dose of healthy benefits. With every serving
of chlorella you get a rich dosage of nutrients like:
• Vitamins such as A, C, E and K
• Minerals like calcium, zinc and magnesium
• Healthy fats
These are just a few of chlorella’s many nutritional benefits. But the benefits of chlorella do not stop
with just what it contains. Eating this green superfood provides a wide array of benefits for an overall
healthier life. Here are a few of the areas in which chlorella may improve your life.
• Removal of toxins – Toxins are everywhere in our world, and adding chlorella to your
nutrition plan can help eliminate them from your body because it binds with them to
safely remove them.
• Improved Digestion – Chlorella helps promote the growth of healthy bacteria, flora
and probiotics in the digestive system. A healthy digestive system is vital for a strong
• Combating cancer – Chlorella’s natural high-carotenoid content helps prevent oxidation,
which can lead to cancer. Combining that with its immune-boosting and detoxifying
qualities makes for a powerful anti-cancer agent.
• Fighting heart disease – Along with its powerful antioxidant properties, chlorella may
also improve LDL (the bad cholesterol) levels and high blood pressure.
There’s a reason chlorella is called a superfood, and with a list of benefits like this it’s easy to see why.
The simple addition of this “lowly” algae to your nutrition plan may be just what you need to improve
your health. Even if you’re already a healthy person, chlorella offers a wide list of benefits that just can’t