Category: Managing Diabetes

Magnesium deficiency, the signs and the remedy

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Signs of magnesium deficiency are everywhere in the United States and Canada, if you know what to look for. Unfortunately, the symptoms are so incredibly common that they constantly slip under the radar! Hardly anyone, especially doctors, notice that the ailments we suffer from on a daily basis are actually magnesium deficiency symptoms… and we’re all paying for it.
Just about every single person you come into contact with – especially those with a health problem, but even those with only minor complaints – are suffering in some way from this nationwide deficiency. Including you!

What Exactly Is Magnesium?

Magnesium is life. It is the 4th most abundant mineral in the body, right next to sulfur (which is JUST as important).

Along with being a mineral, magnesium is also an electrolyte. “Sports drinks” (aka sugar-filled scams) claim to contain electrolytes such as magnesium, potassium, and sodium because we sweat away these important nutrients during exercise, and their deficiency is what leads to the common problems athletes face, such as muscle cramping! But believe me – electrolytes (especially magnesium) do so much more than treat and prevent muscle cramps.

First off, electrolytes are what allow us to be living, electrical beings. They are responsible for all electrical activity (and thus brain conductivity) in the body. Without electrolytes like magnesium, muscles can’t fire, your heart cannot beat, and your brain doesn’t receive any signals. We need magnesium to stay alive, point blank. As soon as we don’t have enough of it, we start to lose the energy and conductivity that keeps us going. Technically, as soon as we become deficient, we slowly begin to die, getting more aches and pains day by day, feeling worse year after year. I can’t stress it enough… signs of magnesium deficiency are everywhere, if you just look.

Magnesium is a cofactor in over three hundred reactions in the body, necessary for transmission of nerve impulses, temperature regulations, detoxification in the liver, and formation of bones and teeth. However, magnesium shows its true power in cardiovascular health. The Weston A. Price foundation writes, “Magnesium alone can fulfill the role of many common cardiac medications: magnesium inhibits blood clots (like aspirin), thins the blood (like Coumadin), blocks calcium uptake (like calcium channel-blocking durgs such as Procardia) and relaxes blood vessels (like ACE inhibitors such as Vasotec) (Pelton, 2001).”

Nearly EVERYONE has signs of magnesium deficiency but we don’t realize it…

Symptoms include:

  • Constipation
  • High blood pressure (Hypertension)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Behavioral disturbances
  • Lethargy
  • Impaired memory/thinking
  • Seizures
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Pain
  • Muscle cramps
  • Chronic back pain
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Muscular pain
  • Tendonitis
  • Anger
  • Aggression
  • ADHD
  • Brain fog
  • Tension
  • Anxiety disorders such as OCD

“Similarly, patients with diagnoses of depression, epilepsy, diabetes mellitus, tremor, Parkinsonism, arrhythmias, circulatory disturbances (stroke, cardiac infarction, arteriosclerosis), hypertension, migraine, cluster headache, cramps, neuro-vegetative disorders, abdominal pain, osteoporosis, asthma, stress dependent disorders, tinnitus, ataxia, confusion, preeclampsia, weakness, might also be consequences of the magnesium deficiency syndrome.”

Amazingly, the article referenced above even mentions neuro-vegetative disorders as a possible result of magnesium deficiency. This would include comas. Stress hormone production requires high levels of magnesium and stressful experiences can immediately lead to complete depletion of magnesium stores; could this be a contributing factor to why we see comas after traumatic accidents/injuries? As I mentioned above, magnesium is an electrolyte responsible for brain signals and conductivity. Without magnesium, people in comas may not be able to come to and resume conductivity. Many people with diabetes also fall into diabetic comas. Diabetes is listed as another possible consequence of magnesium deficiency. Could this be a factor in diabetic comas as well? Something to think about and research further!

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Cravings

Do you crave chocolate? Why, when people are stressed out, do they go for chocolate? Chocolate is one of the highest food sources of magnesium.

Magnesium is associated with so many disorders that Dr. Carolyn Dean of the Nutritional Magnesium Association has devoted an entire book to discussing how she has treated thousands of patients for a wide array of diseases, with magnesium as the primary component. Her book, The Magnesium Miracle, is a must-read if you have any of the magnesium deficiency symptoms above, or any health problems in general – as there is likely a magnesium component to everything. Check out 50 Studies Suggest That Magnesium Deficiency Is Killing Us.

 

Why Don’t Doctors Find Magnesium Deficiencies In Tests?

Unfortunately, conventional medicine has not woken up to the amount of research that has been done on magnesium deficiency.

One of the reasons Western Medicine is so off base with magnesium is how they test it: with blood tests.

Blood tests do not yield ANY information about magnesium… why? Because the body controls the levels of blood magnesium very tightly. If the magnesium in the blood drops just a little bit, you’re going to have a heart attack. It’s that sample. So to prevent this, the body will rob all of its cells, tissues, and bones of magnesium in order to keep the blood levels constant. If you do a blood test for magnesium, the cells could be completely empty while your blood levels remain constant.

What’s worse is that magnesium is not even in your blood. 99% of the magnesium in the body is stored in the cells that get robbed, while a mere 1% of your body’s total magnesium is in the blood. These tests are a complete waste of time, and they’re not educating doctors to this reality.

“A serum test for magnesium is actually worse than ineffective, because a test result that is within normal limits lends a false sense of security about the status of the mineral in the body. It also explains why doctors don’t recognize magnesium deficiency; they assume serum magnesium levels are an accurate measure of all the magnesium in the body.” – Dr. Carolyn Dean, The Magnesium Miracle.

 

Why Are We So Deficient?

Here’s the short(ish) version: Number one, we’re being poisoned by our food. Number two, we’re increasingly stressed out. We’re running our engines on high to keep up with life and it’s draining us. Stress hormone production requires high levels of magnesium and stressful experiences lead to depletion of magnesium stores. Number three, we’re eating more sugar than ever. For every molecule of sugar we consume, our bodies use 54 molecules of magnesium to process it. Fourth, low levels in the soil and modern farming techniques deplete stores of magnesium. And lastly, magnesium is depleted by many pharmaceutical drugs and estrogen compounds such as oral contraceptives, antibiotics, cortisone, prednisone, and blood pressure medications (“Drug-induced nutrient depletion handbook,” Pelton, 2001). Diuretics in coffee and tea (caffeine) also raise excretion levels. Oh and by the way – flouride competes for absorption with magnesium!

Nowadays, nearly everyone is magnesium deficient – no test needed. Refined/processed foods are stripped of their mineral, vitamin, and fiber content. These are anti-nutrient foods because they actually steal magnesium in order to be metabolized. When consumed, they demand that we supplement with magnesium or we are destined to break down eventually due to severe deficiency. Like I said, sugar is the worst offender. Every single molecule of sugar you consume drags over 50 times the amount of magnesium out of your body.

Well, what if you eat a healthy diet? Processed products are not the only foods that are devoid of magnesium. In general, magnesium has been depleted from topsoil, diminishing dietary intake across the board while our need for magnesium has increased, due to the high levels of toxic exposure we come across in our daily lives (air, water, plastics, chemicals, the list goes on!). The soil is depleted of magnesium because of the pesticides that are sprayed on all conventionally grown plants and worldwide pollution that affects even the cleanest fields. Pesticides also kill those beneficial bacteria/fungi that are necessary in order for plants to convert soil nutrients into plant nutrients usable by humans.

 

Are You A Cannabis User?

Cannabis has so many positive effects in terms of treating diseases such as epilepsy, cancer, and more (read 1, 2, 3 and cureyourowncancer.org). Trust me, I’ll be the first to tell you I’m all for it – it’s a safe and effective herb with countless therapeutic benefits that the government has been hiding for years. The only way they want you using it is if they’ve patented one of its’ chemical compounds and can sell it to you for a profit.

However, we should also look at what happens to our body on a cellular level if we use cannabis on a daily basis. Would you take parasite cleansing herbs every day for the rest of your life, or even every few days? Probably not. You’d take them when you’re sick or during a monthly cleanse, or else you’d develop some side effects from overuse. We need to remember that cannabis is a powerful herbal medicine and should be treated in such a way.

It turns out that using marijuana tends to deplete the body’s stores of magnesium, with the result that the person feels more on-edge after coming down from the high.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t safe in moderation. It means that over time, if used consistently without proper balance via magnesium replenishment, it can and will cause magnesium deficiency.

 

The Best Ways To Get Magnesium

1. Eat magnesium rich foods grown on organic soil.mag-2Bcollage

2. Take ionic magnesium drops. This is my new favorite method, which I’ve learned from The Magnesium Miracle.

3. Apply magnesium oil to your skin! This is the second best way to raise your levels.

4. Soak in Epsom salt baths. This will provide not only magnesium, but sulfur for your liver as well.

Additional References (not linked in the article)

Oxford Journals – Magnesium Basics: http://ckj.oxfordjournals.org/content/5/Suppl_1/i3.full

Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD: http://drcarolyndean.com/magnesium_miracle/

Source: http://collective-evolution.com

 

by ORGANIC OLIVIA

 

What Fasting Does For Your Brain

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I chose to include ‘Big Pharma’ in the title because that’s exactly what it is. There have been countless examples of the manipulation of published research at the hands of pharmaceutical companies in recent years. This is why Harvard Professor of Medicine Arnold Symour Relman told the world that the medical profession has been bought by the pharmaceutical industry. It’s why Dr. Richard Horton, Editor in Chief of The Lancet, recently stated that much of the scientific literature published today is simply untrue. It’s why Dr. Marcia Angell, former Editor in Chief of The New England Journal of Medicine, said that the “pharmaceutical industry likes to depict itself as a research-based industry, as the source of innovative drugs. Nothing could be further from the truth.” And it’s why John Ioannidis, an epidemiologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, published an article titled “Why Most Published Research Findings Are Falsewhich subsequently became the most widely accessed article in the history of the Public Library of Science (PLoS).I also chose to mention ‘Big Pharma’ because of Dr. Mattson’s comments towards the end of the video.

“Why is it that the normal diet is three meals a day plus snacks? It isn’t that it’s the healthiest eating pattern, now that’s my opinion but I think there is a lot of evidence to support that. There are a lot of pressures to have that eating pattern, there’s a lot of money involved. The food industry — are they going to make money from skipping breakfast like I did today? No, they’re going to lose money. If people fast, the food industry loses money. What about the pharmaceutical industries? What if people do some intermittent fasting, exercise periodically and are very healthy, is the pharmaceutical industry going to make any money on healthy people?” 

Main Points Of The Lecture Above & The Science To Go With It

Mark and his team have published several papers that discuss how fasting twice a week could significantly lower the risk of developing both Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

“Dietary changes have long been known to have an effect on the brain. Children who suffer from epileptic seizures have fewer of them when placed on caloric restriction or fasts. It is believed that fasting helps kick-start protective measures that help counteract the overexcited signals that epileptic brains often exhibit. (Some children with epilepsy have also benefited from a specific high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet.) Normal brains, when overfed, can experience another kind of uncontrolled excitation, impairing the brain’s function, Mattson and another researcher reported in January in the journal Nature Reviews Neuroscience.”(source)

Basically, when you take a look at caloric restriction studies, many of them show a prolonged lifespan as well as an increased ability to fight chronic disease.

“Calorie restriction (CR) extends life span and retards age-related chronic diseases in a variety of species, including rats, mice, fish, flies, worms, and yeast. The mechanism or mechanisms through which this occurs are unclear.”

The quote above is from a review of the literature that is more than 10 years old. The work presented here is now showing some of these mechanisms that were previously unclear.

Fasting does good things for the brain, and this is evident by all of the beneficial neurochemical changes that happen in the brain when we fast. It also improves cognitive function, increases neurotrophic factors, increases stress resistance, and reduces inflammation.

Fasting is a challenge to your brain, and your brain responds to that challenge by adapting stress response pathways which help your brain cope with stress and risk for disease. The same changes that occur in the brain during fasting mimic the changes that occur with regular exercise. They both increase the production of protein in the brain (neurotrophic factors), which in turn promotes the growth of neurons, the connection between neurons, and the strength of synapses.

“Challenges to your brain, whether it’s intermittent fasting [or] vigorous exercise . . . is cognitive challenges. When this happens neuro-circuits are activated, levels of neurotrophic factors increase, that promotes the growth of neurons [and] the formation and strengthening of synapses. . . .” 

Fasting can also stimulate the production of new nerve cells from stem cells in the hippocampus. He also mentions ketones (an energy source for neurons), and how fasting stimulates the production of ketones and that it may also increase the number of mitochondria in neurons. Fasting also increases the number of mitochondria in nerve cells; this comes as a result of the neurons adapting to the stress of fasting (by producing more mitochondria).

By increasing the number of mitochondria in the neurons, the ability for nerons to form and maintain the connections between each other also increases, thereby improving learning and memory ability.

“Intermittent fasting enhances the ability of nerve cells to repair DNA.” 

He also goes into the evolutionary aspect of this theory – how our ancestors adapted and were built for going long periods of time without food.

A study published in the June 5 issue of Cell Stem Cell by researchers from the University of Southern California showed that cycles of prolonged fasting protect against immune system damage and, moreover, induce immune system regeneration. They concluded that fasting shifts stem cells from a dormant state to a state of self-renewal. It triggers stem cell based regeneration of an organ or system. (source)

Human clinical trials were conducted using patients who were receiving chemotherapy. For long periods of time, patients did not eat, which significantly lowered their white blood cell counts. In mice, fasting cycles “flipped a regenerative switch, changing the signaling pathways for hematopoietic stem cells, which are responsible for the generation of blood and immune systems.”

This means that fasting kills off old and damaged immune cells, and when the body rebounds it uses stem cells to create brand new, completely healthy cells.

“We could not predict that prolonged fasting would have such a remarkable effect in promoting stem cell-based regeneration of the hematopoietic system. . . . When you starve, the system tries to save energy, and one of the things it can do to save energy is to recycle a lot of the immune cells that are not needed, especially those that may be damaged.  What we started noticing in both our human work and animal work is that the white blood cell count goes down with prolonged fasting. Then when you re-feed, the blood cells come back. ” – Valter Longo, corresponding author (source)

A scientific review of multiple scientific studies regarding fasting was published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2007. It examined a multitude of both human and animal studies and determined that fasting is an effective way to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. It also showed significant potential in treating diabetes. (source)

Before You Fast

Before you fast, make sure you do your research. Personally, I’ve been fasting for years, so it is something that comes easy for me.

One recommended way of doing it — which was tested by the BBC’s Michael Mosley in order to reverse his diabetes, high cholesterol, and other problems that were associated with his obesity — is what is known as the “5:2 Diet.” On the 5:2 plan, you cut your food down to one-fourth of your normal daily calories on fasting days (about 600 calories for men and about 500 for women), while consuming plenty of water and tea. On the other five days of the week, you can eat normally.

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Another way to do it, as mentioned above, is to restrict your food intake between the hours of 11am and 7pm daily, while not eating during the hours outside of that time.

Bottom line, how you think about you’re diet is, in my opinion, one of the most, if not the most important part of staying healthy. How you think about what you are putting in your body is important, and I believe this will eventually be firmly established in the untainted, unbiased, uninfluenced medical literature of the future.

Below is a video of Dr. Joseph Mercola explaining the benefits of intermittent fasting. Here is a great article by him that explains how he believes intermittent fasting can help you live a healthier life.

 

Related : The Benefits of Fasting for 16 Hours

 

Arjun Walia

The many Benefits of Watermelon Seeds

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We all enjoy consuming watermelon. But, we throw out the tiny seeds without to realize their health advantages.

These seeds consist of nutrients like fatty acids, essential proteins, minerals like magnesium, potassium, manganese, iron, zinc, phosphorus and are full of vitamin B like thiamine, niacin, folate. Also, they offer 600grams of calories.

Watermelon seeds have citrulline substance which acts an antioxidant, which has a positive effect in the case of arteriosclerosis, hypertension, angina and erectile dysfunction, thus promoting the expansion of blood vessels.

These seeds are useful for treating diseases of the kidneys and urinary tract. Make a tea from fresh watermelon seeds in order to remove the stones and sand in the kidneys.

Cook, grind or bake them in order to take the maximum advantage of its medicinal properties.

HERE’S THE MAGIC RECIPE:

You need 20-30 watermelon seeds. Grind and boil them for 15minutes in 2l water. Consume this for 2 days and make a pause the third day.

The procedure needs to be repeated for several weeks but is very important to pause every third day.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF WATERMELON SEEDS

  1. Protect heart health

The seeds which are full of magnesium save the heart so it could work normally. Also, they maintain the blood pressure level and enhance the metabolism process. They are amazing to avoid heart diseases and hypertension.

  1. Prevent aging

The seeds have antioxidant content which helps you to avoid aging, strengthen your skin, and keep it healthier and young.

  1. Clean acne

Clean your acne, dirt, and dead skin cells by taking a cotton bud and dipping it in watermelon seed oil. This oil is suitable for every kind of skin and will help you to deal with the aliment of skin.

  1. Strengthen hair

These seeds have high protein and amino acid content which will easily strengthen your hair. Also, roasted watermelon seeds will make your hair shiny because of the copper they contain which produce melanin – a pigment that gives color to your hair.

  1. Treat itchy scalp

Watermelon seed oil has a mild texture which can be absorbed easily. You can use the oil as a moisturizer for dried, itchy scalp.

  1. Prevent hair damage

The seed has essential fatty acids which will help to avoid hair damage.

  1. Blood pressure regulation and coronary heart disease prevention

Arginine will help you to deal with coronary heart disease and will balance the blood pressure. Arginine also helps in preventing narrowing of blood vessels. Tryptophan and lysine are other amino acids which are present in these types of seeds.

  1. Rich source of magnesium for better immune system

The advantages of consuming watermelon seeds make a lot of supply of magnesium which is present in food like wheat, rice, oat and cocoa powder. Pantothenic acid is known as vitamin B5 which is essential for breaking down carbohydrates into energy.

  1. Dietary management of beriberi caused by vitamin B6 deficiency

The deficiency of vitamin B6 can cause a condition referred to as Beriberi. B6 is a complex vitamin B which helps to convert carbohydrate into energy.

  1. Provides essential amino acids

The body needs amino acids as argnine and lysine to perform in the perfect way. The latter is effective for the assimilation of calcium for strengthening the bones and the tissues.

  1. Gives unsaturated healthy fats to the body

80% of the watermelon seeds fats are unsaturated and healthy fats with an addition of omega 3 acids. These seeds are a great source of energy to the body with no additional calories and they will fulfill half of the needed health fats per day.

  1. Hair and nails

The seeds include a good amount of protein which keeps our hair healthy and glossy, and our fingernails long and robust.

  1. Magnesium source

The seeds have a great amount of magnesium which is well for maintaining the functions of the body in a perfect manner. It strikes a balance between the blood pressure levels and helps in the perfect functioning of the heart.

  1. Watermelon seeds can cure edema

Toss a teaspoon of dry and ground watermelon seeds in a teaspoon of honey, and then put it in a ¾ cup of warm water. Mix it well and consume it immediately – 2 times daily. It will help you to control edema problem

  1. Enhances male fertility

Watermelon seeds have lycopene antioxidant which is an excellent and efficient remedial method to boost the male potency levels in men.

  1. Recovery benefits

If you want to properly recover from an illness, utilize watermelon seeds in the diet. Within a couple of days, you will see the effects. Also, for those who have memory issues, the seeds will help to recover and sharp the memory once again.

  1. Treats diabetes

To control diabetes, put a handful of watermelon seeds in 1l water for 45minutes. This is a worthy benefit due to the prevalence of diabetes within the population.

  1. Moisturizes the skin

The watermelon seeds have fatty acids which are a perfect use for soft, supple and moisturized skin. Also, it helps to prevent skin conditions and acne issues.

  1. Keeps the hair black

The seeds have minerals like copper which helps in promoting the creation of melanin in the body liable for providing color to the hair. Also, it offers the color to the skin.

  1. Prevents hair breakage

The watermelon seeds have essential fatty acids which deeply nourish the hair strands. This gives strength to the hair and causes it to be a point that hair breakage is kept at bay. Combine the oil with a carrier oil and massage the scalp once in a week.

Source: Family Health Freedom Network

 

The Healthiest Fruits on the Planet

Fruits are nature’s treat for humans. They are healthy and sweet at the same time! There are very few fruits that can cause side effects that too when consumed in excess. In moderate to little high proportions Fruitsmost of the fruits can serve up a big portion of your daily requirement of Vitamins, minerals and essential fiber. All fruits are different from each other yet all of them pack a punch when it comes to nutrition and their health benefits(1); the most common of them are:
> They carry strong anti-oxidant properties that help them block the free radical damage, strengthen our immune system and prevent or slow the spread of Cancer;
> Fruits have high water content which keeps the body hydrated and restores the lost electrolyte balance owing to heavy exercises;
> Fruits contain a good amount of dietary fiber that aids digestions, prevents constipation, ensures good bowel movement and cleanses colon;
> Most of the fruits are low in fats and the ones that have fats contain good cholesterol known as HDL (high density lipoproteins) which combats and reduces the level of bad cholesterol in the body.
> Fruits are good for bones, teeth and reduce the risk of age related degenerative diseases;
> Fruits regulate blood pressure, lower down cholesterol and are therefore excellent for heart health;
> Fruits are better than any cosmetic product for keeping your facial skin youthful, reducing spots and delaying the ageing and wrinkling;
> Fruits promote healthy hair growth, reduce hair fall and prevent premature greying.
With so many basic benefits, there is no reason one cannot have a platter of seasonal fruits everyday. There is such a huge variety that you are bound to find something that suits your taste.
[Note: All nutritional details are per 100 grams of serving]

Top 45 Fruits Health Benefits And Nutrition Facts

1. Acai Berries

Nutrition Facts: These beautiful blue black berries are high fiber berries and unlike moAcai Berryst of the fruits have a significant amount of healthy fats. Acai berries are made up of 23% Carbohydrates, 71% of fats and 6% proteins.
Fats 71%
Carbohydrates 23%
Protein 6%
Glycemic load 1/100
fiber 2 gms
Vitamin A 15%
Saturated Fat 1.5 gms
Health Benefits: Great for digestion, Keeps you well hydrated, cleanses colon and encourages good fats in the body.
Trivia: Each branch of Acai palm bears 700-900 Acai berries every year! Acai berries must be packed in an air-tight container immediately as they tend to rot incredibly fast on exposure to air.

2. Apples

Nutrition Facts: Apples is one of the most popular fruit that is grown worldwide and comeapples from the family of rose. A 100 grams of Apple contains 13.81 grams of carbohydrate with 10.39 grams of Sugar, 3.3 mcg of Fluoride and 85% water.
Fats 3%
Carbohydrates 95%
Protein 2%
Glycemic load 3/100
fiber 2.4 gms
Vitamin C 8%
Phytosterols 12 mg
Water 85.6 g
Health benefits: Highly beneficial for strong teeth and gums, good source for fiber, prevents diabetes especially in women and incidence of gall stones.
Trivia: There are about 10,000 varieties of Apples grown in the world today! A very few people know this that Apples originated in Central Asia and not in the west. A naughty fact about Apple- Tossing an apple at a girl in ancient Greece was meant as a proposal of marriage.

3. Apricots

Nutrition Facts: Apricots come from the species of Prunus Armeniaca and a 100 grams of serving contains
11 grams of Carbohydrates of which 2 grams is Dietary fiber. It is a rich source of ApricotVitamin A (96 mcg), Beta Carotene (1094 mcg) and Vitamin C (10 mg).
Fats 7%
Carbohydrates 83%
Protein 10%
Glycemic load 4/100
fiber 2 gms
Vitamin A 39%
Vitamin C 17%
Potassium 7%
Water 86.4 g
Health Benefits: It is a strong Anti-oxidant which defies tumors and protects from signs of early ageing. Apricots help in regulating bowel movements, maintain  healthy eyes and are great for your hair and skin.
Trivia: Apricots are natives of Asia, from where they spread to Persia, Europe and finally to the US. In Ancient China they were believed to improve the fertility of women.

4. Avocados

Nutrition Facts: Also known as Alligator pear, Avocados are a high energy fruit with 100 grams serving releasing 160 Kcal. It has a very high content of dietary fiber at 6.7 grams and 9.80 monounsaturated fats.Avaocado
It is a rich source of Vitamin B2, B3, B5, b6, B9, C, E and K! You can also derive a healthy composition of trace metals like Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium and Zinc.
Fats 77%
Carbohydrates 19%
Protein 4%
Glycemic load 2/100
fiber 6.7 gms
Vitamin C 17%
Vitamin E 10%
Vitamin K 26%
Vitamin B2 8%
Vitamin B3 9%
Vitamin B6 13%
Folate 20%
Potassium 14%
Magnesium 7%
Copper 9%
Water 73.2 g
Health Benefits: Avocados are great for Cardiovascular Health, promote digestion, protect eyes, prevent and slow down age related degenerative diseases, help in weight loss and protect from free radical damage.
Trivia: They are perfect for people who are Vegan and are allergic to gluten. Avocado trees do not self-polinate, they need other Avocado trees to bear fruits.

5. Banana

Nutrition Facts: Bananas are typically a tropical fruits though they are widely grown across the world today. They are low fat and are made 22 % of carbohydrates.
Bananas are powerhouse of VitaminBanana B6, b5 and Vitamin C. They have a healthy composition of Manganese, Magnesium and Potassium.
Fats 3%
Carbohydrates 93%
Protein 4%
Glycemic load 8/100
fiber 2.6 gms
Vitamin C 15%
Vitamin B6 18%
Potassium 10%
Magnesium 7%
Manganese 13%
Water 74.9 g
Health Benefits: They lower blood pressure, are great for your heart, protect from diabetes, improves mood and helps in treating diarrhea.
Trivia: Bananas are botanically classified as Berries! There are about 1000 varieties of bananas grown across the world and 100 billion of them are consumed annually making them the 4th largest agricultural product.

6. Blackberries

Nutrition Facts: They come from Rosaceae Family and are a rich source of carbohydrates. You can derive significant amount of Vitamin C, Vitamin K and folate from these berries. They are also rich in Manganese and BlackberriesCopper. Apart from these, it also contains Choline in considerable proportions.
Fats 10%
Carbohydrates 79%
Protein 11%
Glycemic load 3/100
fiber 5.3 gms
Vitamin C 35%
Vitamin K 25%
Copper 8%
Manganese 32%
Water 88.1 g
Health Benefits: Blackberries have cancer fighting properties, is great for your skin, keeps up the electrolyte level in the body, acts as astringent, helps in treating dysentry and helps in effective diabetes management.
Trivia: When they are unripe, blackberries have reddish pink color. Many varieties of Blackberries are covered in thorns and they taste best in Jams and relish.

7. Blueberries

Nutrition Facts: These are perennial berries and is grown in Europe, Asian, Africa and North America. These berries are low fat and high fiber fruits with a rich composition of Vitamin C and Vitamin K. blueberriesIt is particularly high in trace metal, Manganese.
Fats 5%
Carbohydrates 91%
Protein 4%
Glycemic load 4/100
fiber 2.4 gms
Vitamin C 16%
Vitamin K 24%
Manganese 17%
Water 84.2 g
Health Benefits: Blueberries are excellent anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory agent, rejuvenates your skin, prevents Cancer, delays and protects from age related degenerative conditions and keeps your bladder in a healthy shape.
Trivia: For Native Americans blueberries are nothing less than divine. They believe that god himself made these berries to feed the children  during famine. During the American Civil war, Blueberries were staple food of troops. Blueberries are amongst the rarest fruits that bear the blue color naturally.

8. Cantaloupe

Nutrition Facts: Also known as Musk melon and honeydew, it is a very fragrant andCantaloupe sweet fruit which originated in Ancient Armenia. Cantaloupe has rich composition of Vitamins like Vitamin A, Beta Carotene and Vitamin C. It contains minerals in moderation but has high concentrate of Manganese.
Fats 5%
Carbohydrates 87%
Protein 8%
Glycemic load 3/100
fiber 0.9 gms
Vitamin A 68%
Vitamin C 61%
Potassium 8%
Water 90.2 g
Health Benefits: Protects lungs health, maintains cardiovascular system, treats insomnia, nurtures pregnancies, rejuvenates skin, keeps the body hydrated and prevents hair loss.
Trivia: Cantaloupe was introduced to America the the great explorer Christopher Columbus. Honey dew, musk melon etc are the different species of same fruit.

9. Cherimoya

Nutrition Facts: Cherimoya is a less known fruit and is considered to have originated in Andes. CherimoyaIt is a high fiber fruit which is rich source of Vitamin B2, B6 and Vitamin C. It contains trace metals and minerals in moderation which makes it a very safe fruit.
Fats 7%
Carbohydrates 86%
Protein 7%
Glycemic load 6/100
fiber 2.3 gms
Vitamin C 19%
Vitamin B6 11%
Potassium 8%
Water 79.4 g
Health Benefits: It is known to for its anti-inflammatory properties, is good for your heart, optimizes immune function, improves bone health and delays appearance of signs of ageing on skin as well as hair.
Trivia: Cherimoya tree is known as Tree of Ice cream; it is all thanks to the creamy and tasty fruit it bears. Cherimoya is a sensitive fruit and gets spoilt really fast because of which it is usually available only locally where it is produced.

10. Cherry

Nutrition Facts: Cherry is a stone fruit from genus Prunus and is popular in its sweet form. CherriesSweet cherries are high energy and high fiber fruits with a very moderate composition of Vitamins and minerals. It mainly consists of Carbohydrates with hardly any fats.
Fats 3%
Carbohydrates 91%
Protein 6%
Glycemic load 5/100
fiber 2.1 gms
Vitamin C 12%
Potassium 6%
Water 82.2 g
Health Benefits: It helps in controlling diabetes, improves the quality of sleep, known to reduce and delay skin ageing, reduce muscle pain, manages arthritis and prevents cancer.
Trivia: Darker the color of cherry, healthier the fruit. Cherry has thousand varieties but only ten are produced commercially. One tree of cherry can produce almost 7000 cherries every year!

11. Choke berry

Nutrition Facts: It is native to North America and belongs to the family of Rosaceaea. ChokeberriesThey come on three colors- Black, Red and sometimes in purple. It is low in calories and high in dietary fiber. Chokeberries have a well balanced composition of Vitamin A, C, E, K and folate. The mineral density of chokeberries mostly include Iron, Calcium, Potassium, Manganese and Zinc.
Fats 6%
Carbohydrates 87%
Protein 7%
Glycemic load 9/100
fiber 17 gms
Vitamin K 37%
Vitamin B6 10%
Potassium 9%
Manganese 10%
Water 61.5 g
Health Benefits: Chokeberries help in controlling blood cholesterol, chronic inflammation, cancer, reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, prevent ulcers and maintain liver health.
Trivia: Chokeberries boast of one of the highest concentrate of anti-oxidants in fruits. The term chokeberry comes from the fact that this berry leaves a sensation in the mouth and throat making it feel dry like partial choking!

12. Cranberries

Nutrition Facts: Cranberries grow on dwarf shrubs and are white when unripe. Completely ripe Cranberriescranberries have deep red color and they are high on carbohydrates with very significant amount of dietary fiber but very low in fat composition. It is particularly rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin E. In trace metals, it has high quantity of Manganese.
Fats 2%
Carbohydrates 95%
Protein 3%
Glycemic load 2/100
fiber 4.6 gms
Vitamin C 22%
Vitamin E 6%
Vitamin K 6%
Manganese 18%
Water 87.1 g
Health Benefits: It has strong anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, keeps your body well hydrated, is great for your facial skin, has anti-cancer properties, protects liver and its juice cures UTI (Urinary Tract Infection).
Trivia: Cranberries are used by Native American as color dye and used stewed cranberries to cure arrow wounds! Thanksgiving in America and Canada is incomplete without serving of this sweet sour tarty berries.

13. Dates

Nutrition Facts: Dates are one of the oldest cultivated edible fruits and are believed to have Datesoriginated somewhere around Iraq. Dates are high energy, dietary fiber and high sugar fruit. But its use as a substitute to sugar is considered far healthier than the artificial Sugar itself. It is a rich source of Vitamin B5 and B6. It is particularly known for its trace metal composition which has Manganese, Magnesium, Potassium and Phosphorus.
Fats 0%
Carbohydrates 98%
Protein 2%
Glycemic load 39/100
fiber 6.7 gms
Vitamin B3 8%
Vitamin B6 12%
Potassium 20%
Magnesium 14%
Manganese 15%
Copper 18%
Water 21.3 g
Health Benefits: It alleviates constipation, prevents Anemia, provides instant energy, is good for heart, controls diarrhea and is generally good for regulating digestion.
Trivia: Dates Palm are national symbols of Arabia and Israel. They have a rare specialty which allows them to be irrigated with Ocean water and need at least 100 days of strong sunshine to flourish in the best way. They are sturdy and very tolerant to nature’s elements.

14. Durian Fruit

Nutrition Facts: This fruit belongs to the Genus Durio and has hard thick and thorny coveringDurian. The fruit itself is soft, creamy, juicy and emits strong odor. This fruit is a high energy and high carbohydrate fruit. It contains significant amount of Vitamin B1, B2, B6, Folate and Vitamin C. It also has a rich composition of trace metals like Manganese, Magnesium and Potassium.
Fats 30%
Carbohydrates 67%
Protein 3%
Glycemic load 10/100
fiber 3.8 gms
Vitamin C 33%
Vitamin B1 25%
Vitamin B2 12%
Vitamin B6 16%
Potassium 12%
Folate 9%
Copper 10%
Magnesium 8%
Manganese 16%
Water 65 g
Health Benefits: It aids digestion, improves blood flow, boosts healthy cholesterol, prevents anemia, improves metabolism and nourishes pregnancy.
Trivia: Durian is not a great fruit if take in excess by those who want to shed weight but is a great addition to a weight loss regimen in limited quantities. The smell of this fruit is hated by a lot of people and is termed as “worst smelling fruit in the World”!

15. Figs

Nutrition Facts: Figs are from the family- Moraceae and genus Ficus. It is a native of FigsMiddle East and Western Asia. Fig is powerhouse of energy and has a high sugar and fiber content. It has a complete composition of Vitamins in form of Vitamin A, B2, B5, B6 and Vitamin K. It also contains a rich combination of trace metals- Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus and Zinc.
Fats 3%
Carbohydrates 94%
Protein 3%
Glycemic load 6/100
fiber 2.9 gms
Vitamin K 6%
Vitamin B6 6%
Potassium 7%
Water 79.1 g
Health Benefits: Figs can provide a lot of energy almost instantly. They are high in antioxidants, cure constipation, prevents gastrointestinal disorders, is good for skin, reduces the risk of Colon cancer and regulates blood pressure.
Trivia: The blossoms of figs are inside the fruit which give rise to so many tiny seeds that are edible and make it crunchy. Earlier Olympic athletes used to eat figs as a part of special diet recommended to them. Half cup of Figs have calcium equal to half glass of milk!

16. Goose Berries

Nutrition Facts: Gooseberries come from the same species as currants i.e Ribes. It is native tGooseberrieso Europe and has bitter sour taste. Goose berries are made up majorly of carbohydrates with high amount of Dietary fiber. It is a very rich source of Vitamin C and Manganese. Other nutrients are in moderate quantities in these berries.
Fats 11%
Carbohydrates 82%
Protein 7%
Glycemic load 2/100
fiber 4.3 gms
Vitamin C 46%
Manganese 7%
Water 87.9 g
Health Benefits: Goose berries enhance digestion, have strong anti-oxidant properties, improve the quality of hair, boost calcium absorption in the body, relieve from menstrual cramps and is very effective in controlling diabetes.
Trivia: If you consume water right after chewing on a gooseberry, it gives it out a sweet aftertaste. These berries are usually consumed in form of chewies, pickles and preserves and are rarely eaten in their natural form.

17. Grapes

Nutrition Facts: Grapes are berries and come from the Genus Vitis. Grapes have high sugarGrapes nutritionand healthy water content. They are a rich source of Vitamin B1, B2, B6 and Vitamin K. It is a safe fruit to consume because the composition of trace metals in this fruit is moderate.
Fats 2%
Carbohydrates 94%
Protein 4%
Glycemic load 6/100
fiber 0.9 gms
Vitamin C 18%
Copper 6%
Water 80.5 g
Health Benefits: They keep you well hydrated, flush toxins from the body, help in managing asthma, prevents heart diseases, reduce fatigue, aids digestion and is good for bone health.
Trivia: Grapes are new to America and were brought here some 300 years ago. About 2.5 pounds of grapes go into making one bottle of wine. Grapes come in green, black , red, yellow and even blue color! Raisins are sun dried grapes.
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18. Grapefruit

Nutrition Facts: Though it has “grape” in its name but grapefruit is not related to them inGrapefruitanyway and look more like oranges. Grapefruits have a rich water content and contain carbohydrates with a high sugar proportions. It has a very high Vitamin C content and rest of Vitamins and minerals are found in smaller quantities.
Fats 3%
Carbohydrates 91%
Protein 6%
Glycemic load 3/100
fiber 1.6 gms
Vitamin A 23%
Vitamin C 52%
Potassium 4%
Water 88.1 g
Health Benefits: Grapefruit is known for its antioxidant properties, keeps you well hydrated, gives radiant skin, reduces risk of stroke, controls high blood pressure, has cancer preventing characteristics and prevents Asthma.
Trivia: Grapefruit actually evolved from another fruit which is native to Indonesia and Malaysia. Grapefruit is made 75% of water and if freshly squeezed juice is frozen immediately then it retains all its goodness for up to a week!

19. Guava

Nutrition Facts: Guava is a tropical fruit and the most common variety is called an Apple guava. Guava nutrition factsGuava is high energy and high sugar fruit with an impressive proportion of dietary fiber. It has the highest amount of Vitamin C, more than oranges! It also contains Vitamin B3, B5, B6 and Folate. It also has a healthy combination of Magnesium, Manganese and Potassium.
Fats 12%
Carbohydrates 75%
Protein 13%
Glycemic load 8/100
fiber 5.4 gms
Vitamin A 12%
Vitamin C 381%
Folate 12%
Potassium 12%
Copper 11%
Water 80.8 g
Health Benefits: It is a very rich anti-oxidant, is good for teeth and gums, is good for digestion, helps in diabetes management, improves vision, nurtures pregnancy and balances electrolyte levels in the body.
Trivia: The leaves of Guava have a toxin which discourages the growth of any other plants near a Guava tree. Guava is used as a popular salad ingredient and in fruit punches all around the world.

20. Jackfruit

Nutrition Facts: Jackfruit comes from Mulberry family and is a native of South and SouthJackfruitEast Asia particularly India. It contains high proportion of Sugar and dietary fiber. It is a rich source of Vitamin B1, B6 and Vitamin C. Amongst the trace metals, it contains high quantities of Magnesium and Potassium.
Fats 3%
Carbohydrates 92%
Protein 5%
Glycemic load 10/100
fiber 1.6 gms
Vitamin C 11%
Vitamin B2 6%
Potassium 9%
Copper 9%
Manganese 10%
Water 73.2 g
Health Benefits: It optimizes immune function, provides instant energy, maintains blood pressure, ensures healthy cardiovascular system, improves digestion, is good for eyesight and slows down the process of ageing.
Trivia: Jackfruit is the largest tree borne fruit and can weigh up to 50 kilos when completely grown up and reach up to a size of one meter! The smell and appearance of Jackfruit is akin to Durian but they are not a related species.

21. Kiwi Fruit

Nutrition Facts: Kiwi is a berry and is native to Northern China with some species originatingKiwi health benefits n nutrition factsfrom India and Siberia as well. Kiwi has a good amount of dietary fiber and is a rich source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B5, Folate and Vitamin E. They contain significant amount of Potassium with other metals in moderate quantities.
Fats 7%
Carbohydrates 87%
Protein 6%
Glycemic load 4/100
fiber 3 gms
Vitamin C 155%
Vitamin K 50%
Potassium 9%
Water 83.1 g
Health Benefits: Kiwi protects from free radical damage, is anti-cancer, alleviates symptoms of Asthma, maintains cardiovascular health, slows down macular degeneration and controls diabetes.
Trivia: Kiwi does not self pollinate and needs one male and female variety to reproduce. The largest producers of Kiwi fruit are New Zealand, Italy and Chile. Kiwi tree produces fruit for over 30 years and can survive for up to 50 years.

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22. Kumquat

Nutrition Facts: Kumquat belongs to the family Rutaceae and resembles oranges closely in Kumquatterms of appearance and taste. Kumquat has a very high fiber content in raw form and is a rich source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B2, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese and Calcium.
Fats 10%
Carbohydrates 81%
Protein 9%
Glycemic load 4/100
fiber 6.5 gms
Vitamin C 73%
Manganese 7%
Water 80.8 g
Health Benefits: Kumquat increase immunity, Protects from cancer, improves Cardiovascular health, protects from Diabetes, is an anti-inflammatory agent, delays ageing, expedites healing and improves bone health.
Trivia: Kumquat has a sweet skin so it can be eaten whole including the skin. The flesh of this fruit is quite sour. They do not belong to citrus family but have their very own genus!

23. Lemon

Nutrition Facts: Lemon is native to Asia and is extremely sour fruit. Lemon has an impressiveLemon amount of Dietary fiber and almost equal amount of Sugar content. It is a rich source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and has rest of the Vitamins and minerals in moderate quantities.
Fats 13%
Carbohydrates 63%
Protein 14%
Glycemic load 3/100
fiber 4.7 gms
Vitamin C 128%
Copper 13%
Water 87.4 g
Health Benefits: It strengthens immunity, protects from common diseases like cold and flu, aids weight loss, regulates ideal blood pressure, improves digestion, alleviates fever, brightens skin tone, restores electrolyte balance and application of skin removes scars and spots gradually.
Trivia: Lemon acts as a natural bleaching agent. The tree is in bloom the entire year and one tree can produce over 200 Kgs of lemons in a year! 5%-6% of lemon is made of Citric acid which makes it very sour and tarty.

24. Loquat Fruit

Nutrition Facts: Loquat belongs to family Rosaceae and is a native to South- Central China. LoquatLoquat is a very safe fruit as the nutritional composition of this fruit is very moderate. It is high in dietary fiber and is rich source of Vitamin A, Vitamin B6 and Manganese.
Fats 4%
Carbohydrates 93%
Protein 3%
Glycemic load 3/100
fiber 1.7 gms
Vitamin A 31%
Potassium 8%
Water 86.7 g
Health Benefits: Loquat protects from Colon Cancer, improves skin health, maintains blood pressure, increases blood formation, strengthens bones, improves eye sight and protects from Cancer.
Trivia: Loquat is a popular Ornamental plant and bear fragrant flowers. They need sunny days to grow well and are drought tolerant.

25. Lychee

Nutrition Facts: It is the only member of genus Litchi in Soapberry family. This fragrant, juicy lycheeand very sweet fruit is healthy source of Sugar, dietary fiber and is rich in water content. It has high amount of Vitamin C and has other vitamins and minerals in low but complete composition.
Fats 6%
Carbohydrates 90%
Protein 4%
Glycemic load 5/100
fiber 1.3 gms
Vitamin C 119%
Copper 7%
Water 81.8 g
Health Benefits: It strengthens immunity, protects from free radical damage, boosts blood production and purification, optimizes metabolism, great for skin and takes care of your Cardiovascular health.
Trivia: Lychees do not ripe after being harvested. Lychee is also used in perfume and it has a classic combination with Rose perfume and rose flavor.

26. Mango

Nutrition Facts: Mango is supremely tasty fruit which belongs to the genus Mangifera and is aMango native of South and South East Asia. It is high on sugar and dietary fiber. Mango is a rich source of Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, folate and Vitamin C. The nutrients in form of mineral and trace metals are present in strictly moderate quantities.
Fats 3%
Carbohydrates 94%
Protein 3%
Glycemic load 5/100
fiber 1.8 gms
Vitamin A 15%
Vitamin C 46%
Vitamin B6 7%
Copper 6%
Water 81.7 g
Health Benefits: Mango is rich in anti-oxidants, improves eye health, lowers cholesterol, improves digestion if taken in moderation and boosts immunity.
Trivia: Mango is the national fruit of India, Pakistan and Philippines. Mango tree is national tree of Bangladesh. It is a summer fruit and has over thousand varieties. They are close relatives of Cashew and Pistachios!

27. Mangosteen

Nutrition Facts: Mangosteen is evergreen and is believed to have originated in Indonesia. MangosteenIt has significant amount of fiber and is a rich source of Vitamin B9 and has considerable amount of Vitamin B1, B2 and Manganese. Rest of the other nutrients are found in smaller quantities in Mangosteen.
Fats 7%
Carbohydrates 91%
Protein 2%
Glycemic load 5/100
fiber 1.8 gms
Vitamin C 5%
Folate 8%
Manganese 5%
Water 80.9 g
Health Benefits: It is a low calorie fruit which has impressive antioxidant properties, improves blood flow, lowers bad cholesterol in the body, is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal in nature, expedites cell repair and aids weight loss.
Trivia: It is national fruit of Thailand and is known for its amazingly delicious taste. The Mangosteen tree can grow up to 75 feet and it takes about 10 years for the tree to bear its first fruit!

28. Mulberries

Nutrition Facts: Mulberries cover 10-16 species of deciduous trees collectively called Mulberry.Mulberries It is a rich source of Carbohydrates and contains high quantities of Vitamin B2, Vitamin C, Copper and Iron. It also has phytonutrients like beta Carotene and Lutein-zeaxanthin.
Fats 8%
Carbohydrates 81%
Protein 11%
Glycemic load 4/100
fiber 1.7 gms
Vitamin C 61%
Vitamin K 10%
Iron 10%
Water 87.7 g
Health Benefits: It slows down ageing, prevent cancer, treats anemia, controls diabetes, improves cardiovascular health, boosts immunity, promotes hair growth, purifies blood and cures chronic constipation.
Trivia: White Mulberry plants are used in Sericulture which means rearing of silk worms. Black mulberries are known to have the best taste. The largest trees of this species can reach up to 75 feet in height!

29. Olives

Nutrition Facts: Olives come from the family Oleaceae and is widely cultivated for its fruit as Oliveswell as their oil. Olives are high energy and are majorly made up of mono-unsaturated fats which makes them super healthy. They are a powerhouse of Vitamin E and sodium.
Fats 88%
Carbohydrates 10%
Protein 2%
Glycemic load 1/100
fiber 3.3 gms
Vitamin E 19%
Sodium 65%
Copper 6%
Manganese 13%
Water 75.3 g
Health Benefits: Olives control the bad cholesterol in the body, regulate high blood pressure, aid weight loss, delay the onset of degenerative diseases, prevent Anemia and improve fertility in women.
Trivia: 11 pounds of olives need to be pressed to produce 32 ounces of Olive oil. It is one of the healthiest oils in the world. Burning olive oil reduces its goodness significantly, this is why unlike other oils you can add the vegetables for cooking when olive oil is still heating.

30. Orange

Nutrition Facts: Orange belongs to Citrus species and they account for about 70% production Orangesof the fruits of this species. Oranges have a high content of water and an impressive composition of Dietary fiber and Sugar. Oranges are particularly rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin B1, B5 and Folate.
Fats 3%
Carbohydrates 93%
Protein 4%
Glycemic load 8/100
fiber 2.6 gms
Vitamin C 15%
Vitamin B6 18%
Potassium 10%
Magnesium 7%
Manganese 13%
Water 74.9 g
Health Benefits: Oranges are rich in antioxidants, purify blood, fight free radicals, build up the immunity of the body, reduces risk of developing Cancer, boosts heart health and regulates healthy heart function.
Trivia: The color orange is derived from this fruit and the flavor of orange assumes the coveted third place as world favorite after chocolate and Vanilla. In Victorian Britain Oranges were gifted dueing Christmas.

31. Papaya

Nutrition Facts: Papaya is the sole species in the genus Carica and is a native to tropics ofpapayaAmerica. It is a low fat, high carbohydrate and high fiber fruit. It has a high content of Vitamin A, Folate, Vitamin C and Magnesium.
Fats 3%
Carbohydrates 92%
Protein 5%
Glycemic load 2/100
fiber 1.8 gms
Vitamin A 22%
Vitamin C 103%
Folate 10%
Potassium 7%
Water 88.8 g
Health Benefits: Papaya is beneficial in bettering the eyesight and maintaining eye health, lowers cholesterol, aids healthy weight loss, boosts immunity, controls diabetes, improves digestion, reduces menstrual cramps and pain, promotes healthy skin and is good for hair growth.
Trivia: The flowers of Papaya can contain both male and female organs. Papaya leaves are used for treating Malaria and their stems and bark are used for making ropes!

32. Passion Fruit

Nutrition Facts: Passion fruit comes from species of Passion flower which is native ofPassion fruit Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. It is a rich source of Vitamin A, Beta Carotene, Vitamin B2, B3, B6 and Vitamin C. It also contains trace metals like Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Potassium in significant quantities.
Fats 6%
Carbohydrates 86%
Protein 8%
Glycemic load 6/100
fiber 10.4 gms
Vitamin A 25%
Vitamin C 50%
Vitamin B2 8%
Iron 9%
Potassium 10%
Water 72.9 g
Health Benefits: It protects from Cancer, lowers blood pressure, acts as a colon cleanser, improves eye sight, increases hemoglobin, aids digestion, boosts immunity, ensures cardiovascular health and alleviates the symptoms of Asthma.
Trivia: Botanically, Passion fruit is a berry and have four common varieties viz. Yellow, purple, Panama and Banana. Best passion fruits have smooth to slightly wrinkled skin and are heavy for their size.

33. Peaches

Nutrition Facts: Peaches belong to genus Prunus and are native to North West China. It is rich inPeaches dietary fiber and is a healthy source Vitamin B3, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. The mineral and trace metal composition is present in moderate quantities.
Fats 5%
Carbohydrates 87%
Protein 8%
Glycemic load 3/100
fiber 1.5 gms
Vitamin A 8%
Vitamin C 11%
Potassium 5%
Water 88.9 g
Health Benefits: Peach is a perfect snack for weight losing diet, reduces hair loss, acts as natural de-worming agent in the intestines, is a natural diuretic, control diabetes, inhibits tumor growth, strengthens kidney function and improves the quality of sleep.
Trivia: There are about 700 varieties of Peaches available. Peach oil is an excellent moisturizer and ancient Romans used to call them Persian apples. A peach plant can take up to four years to bear the first fruits.

34. Pears

Nutrition Facts: Pears come from genus Pyrus and family Rosaceaea. Pears have a high dietaryPears fiber and sugar content. Pears are a very safe fruit with moderate composition of Vitamins and minerals in them that make up 1-4% of dietary requirement with a 100 grams serving.
Fats 2%
Carbohydrates 96%
Protein 2%
Glycemic load 3/100
fiber 3.1 gms
Vitamin C 7%
Phytosterols 8.0 mg
Water 83.7 g
Health Benefits: Pears have anti-carcinogen agents that make it anti-cancer. It is good for controlling blood pressure, cleanses colon, lends instant energy, is anti-inflammatory, aids faster healing, prevents Osteoporosis, controls blood sugar level and reduces bad cholesterol in the body.
Trivia: About 3000 varieties of pears are grown world wide and China is their largest producer. Pear leaves were smoked in Europe before Tobacco was introduced in the continent. Pear juice is considered to be safe as first juice for infants.

35. Persimmon Fruits

Nutrition Facts: Persimmon belongs to genus Diospyros and is botanically classified as aPersimmonberry. It is a high carbohydrate ingredient with a lot of dietary fiber and is low on fats. Persimmon fruit is a rich source of Vitamin A, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C. It is particularly loaded with Manganese.
Fats 2%
Carbohydrates 95%
Protein 3%
Glycemic load 5/100
fiber 3.6 gms
Vitamin A 33%
Vitamin C 13%
Magnesium 7%
Manganese 18%
Water 80.3 g
Health Benefits: Persimmon fruit promotes weight loss, protects eye sight, nourishes eyes, improves digestion, fights cancer, delays ageing, boosts immune function and is great for cardiovascular health.
Trivia: The cream colored flowers of Persimmon are female whereas pink are male! Persimmons have astringent properties and the unripe one can leave a dry trail in your mouth like acid.

36. Pineapple

Nutrition Facts: Pineapple is a tropical fruit and finds its origin in area between Brazil and PineappleParaguay. It is a rich source of dietary fiber along with Vitamin B1, B6 and Vitamin C. It also boasts of high concentrates of trace metal- Manganese.
Fats 2%
Carbohydrates 94%
Protein 4%
Glycemic load 3/100
fiber 1.4 gms
Vitamin C 80%
Vitamin B6 6%
Copper 6%
Manganese 46%
Water 86 g
Health Benefits: Pineapples strengthen immunity and thus build better body defenses. They slow down degenerative diseases particularly Macular degeneration, ensure healthy gums, has anti-cancer properties, aids digestion, regulates blood pressure, keeps your body hydrated and is very effective against acne.
Trivia: Pineapples hardly ripen after harvesting and a single pineapple takes almost three years to fully mature! Pineapple leaves are used to produce the textile fiber Pina which is widely used in weaving cloth for formal clothing in Philipines.

37. Plums

Nutrition Facts: Plums come from genus Prunus and are a high sugar and high fiber fruit. PlumsThey contain water, Vitamin C and Vitamin K in considerable quantities whereas other vitamins, minerals and trace metals are present in moderation.
Health Benefits: Plums restore lost electrolyte balance, relieve from constipation, good for eye sight, have anti-cancer capabilities, lower cholesterol levels, acts as laxatives, lowers blood glucose levels and detoxifies the body.
Trivia: Only those Plum trees that bear white flower produce plum fruit whereas the other species which is laden with pink flowers is essentially a flowering plant. Plum seeds have a chemical compound which turns into Cyanide in the human body!

38. Pomegranate

Nutrition Facts: Believed to have originated somewhere in the area of present day Iran. PomegrenateThey are very rich in dietary fiber and provide your body with important Vitamins like Vitamin B5, Folate, Vitamin C and Vitamin K. They also contain considerable quantities of Manganese, Phosphorus and Potassium.
Fats 12%
Carbohydrates 81%
Protein 7%
Glycemic load 6/100
fiber 4 gms
Vitamin C 17%
Vitamin K 21%
Folate 10%
Potassium 7%
Copper 8%
Water 77.9 g
Health Benefits: Pomegranates lower high blood pressure, Protect from heart diseases, reduce the risk of developing cancer, boosts immunity, hydrates your body, lowers anxiety and stress and keeps plaque from building on your teeth.
Trivia: The term pomegranate is from latin and means “Apple of many seeds”. One fully grown and matured pomegranate contains over hundred of edible seeds. They can be stored in refrigerator for up to two months without going bad.

39. Quince Fruit

Nutrition Facts: It is the sole member of genus Cydonia and are a powerhouse of Vitamin C. Quince fruitThey have healthy amount of Dietary fiber and hardly any fats. In trace metals, Iron and Potassium are found in considerable quantity whereas other nutrients are present in lower to moderate concentrates.
Fats 1%
Carbohydrates 97%
Protein 2%
Glycemic load 4/100
fiber 1.9 gms
Vitamin C 25%
Potassium 6%
Water 83.8 g
Health Benefits: Quince are known for their antioxidant properties, aid weight loss, control bad breath, is anti-bacterial, fights cancer, strengthens immune system, protects from free radical damage and is good for blood purification.
Trivia: Quince look like Golden apples and cannot be eaten in their raw form because of their extreme astringent quality. They are natives of Middle East. Quince just like Apples, oxidize very fast on exposure to air.

40. Raspberry

Nutrition Facts: Raspberries are from genus Rubus and belong to Rose Family. Raspberries Raspberryare high energy fruits with very high concentrate of Dietary fiber. It has a rich composition of Vitamins and are specifically high in Vitamin B5, Vitamin C and Vitamin K. It contains Manganese in high levels and other metals in moderation.
Fats 10%
Carbohydrates 82%
Protein 8%
Glycemic load 2/100
fiber 6.5 gms
Vitamin C 44%
Vitamin K 10%
Manganese 34%
Water 85.7 g
Health Benefits: Raspberries increase immunity, slow down ageing, protects from Cancer, arrests the growth of tumors, maintains eye health, control inflammation and helps in Diabetes management.
Trivia: There are over 200 varieties of Raspberries but only two are grown. Raspberries are more adapted to colder climates but a few varieties tend to grow in tropical climate as well.

41. Sapodilla

Nutrition Facts: Sapodilla is a sturdy evergreen growth native to Mexico, Central America andSapodilla Caribbean. They contain very high amount of Dietary fiber and are rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin B5. Trace metals and minerals are present in moderate quantity with the highest being Iron.
Fats 11%
Carbohydrates 87%
Protein 2%
Glycemic load 4/100
fiber 5.3 gms
Vitamin C 24%
Potassium 6%
Water 78 g
Health Benefits: They make for high energy fruits, are anti-inflammatory in nature, boost blood production, boost metabolism, protect from cancer causing toxins, cures digestion related disorders especially acid reflux, good for your skin and helps in treating diarrhea.
Trivia: A naturally growing Sapodilla can grow up to 100 feet! They are sturdy and can stand salt water and need a lot of sunshine. They can grow even without regular watering.

42. Star Fruit

Nutrition Facts: Star fruit is native to South East Asian countries and is also known as Carambola. StarfruitThey are known for their high fiber content, Vitamin C and Vitamin B5. All trace metals and mineral are present in low composition in this fruit.
Fats 9%
Carbohydrates 80%
Protein 11%
Glycemic load 6/100
fiber 2.8 gms
Vitamin C 57%
Copper 7%
Water 91.4 g
Health Benefits: It optimizes immune function, allays inflammation, has anti-cancer properties, aids healthy weight loss regimen, maintains blood pressure, Protects your heart, improves iron absorption, aids digestion and boost milk production in lactating mothers.
Trivia: Starfruit needs warm humid climate for best growth. They germinate throughout the year but need only 5-7 days in summers whereas take almost 12-18 days to germinate in the winter season.

43. Strawberry

Nutrition Facts: Strawberry is a hybrid species of genus Fragaria and botanically does notStrawberriesbelong to the Berry classification. Strawberries are rich in Carbohydrates, folate, Vitamin C and trace metal Manganese. It has a high water content and is moderately composed fruit as far as other vitamins and minerals are concerned.
Fats 8%
Carbohydrates 85%
Protein 7%
Glycemic load 2/100
fiber 2 gms
Vitamin C 98%
Folate 6%
Manganese 19%
Water 90.9 g
Health Benefits: Strawberries are great for your skin, Boosts memory, help in digestion, lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases, reduce inflammation, good for your eyes and promote strong immune function.
Trivia: The tiny seeds appearing on strawberry skin are actually a type of Dry fruits and contain their own seeds! Strawberries do not ripe after being plucked. They are known to increase libido and are considered natural aphrodisiac.

44. Tangerine

Nutrition Facts: Tangerine is a variety of Citrus fruit and looks closely like an Orange. TangerineIt is a high energy and high sugar fruit which is a rich source of Vitamin B1, B6 and Vitamin C. The trace metals are moderately contained in this fruit with richer concentrates of Calcium and Potassium.
Fats 5%
Carbohydrates 90%
Protein 5%
Glycemic load 4/100
fiber 1.8 gms
Vitamin A 14%
Vitamin C 44%
Potassium 5%
Water 85.2 g
Health Benefits: Tangerine is anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, heals wounds faster, restrict cholesterol absorption, improves digestion, is good for skin, boosts bone health, slows down ageing, gives a brighter skin and delays hair greying.
Trivia: Tangerine have intensive cleansing properties and are extremely beneficial for removing toxins from the body. Mandarins are highly respected in China and have been termed after the imperial officials of the Chinese royal court.

45. Watermelon

Nutrition Facts: Watermelon is a Vine fruit with origins in Southern Africa. They are very rich in Watermelonwater content and are a high sugar fruit. It is a very safe fruit for Children and adults alike as it contains all vitamins and minerals but in moderation. The only vitamin they have in substantial quantity is Vitamin C which is a water soluble Vitamin.
Fats 4%
Carbohydrates 89%
Protein 7%
Glycemic load 2/100
fiber 0.4 gms
Vitamin A 11%
Vitamin C 13%
Water 91.5 g
Health Benefits: Watermelon is excellent for your heart, improves bone health, shaves off the fats, boosts immunity function, expedites cell repair and soothes muscles.
Trivia: Watermelons have a lot of seeds inside but there are hybrids created some 50 years back to give out seedless melons. Watermelon has 92% water, one of the highest percentages in any fruit.

Serrapeptase the Miracle Enzyme

Looking for an alternative to steroid pain relievers that is just as effective? Looking to make sure you don’t get blood clots where they don’t belong? You might look into a naturally occurring enzyme that doctors in Europe have been prescribing to treat pain, arterial plaque, scarred lung tissue, blood clots and more.

Serrapeptase is a type of proteolytic enzyme, not a brand name. It digests protein. Not only does it help digest any complete protein food you have just eaten, it scavenges unwanted proteins throughout the body. This makes it ideal for getting rid of internal organ scar tissue, plaque and fluid that builds up after an injury.

Serrapeptase was originally discovered in silkworms that use the enzyme to digest the tough Mulberry leaves they live on and, more importantly, to rapidly bore through their cocoons and fly away if predators show up.

When the enzyme is isolated and formed into a capsule, it has been shown to have powerful anti-inflammatory effects and pain-blocking abilities that rival those of aspirin and the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), without their dangerous side effects.

It can also help eliminate cancer cells before they form tumors and assist cancer remedies after tumors form.

How Do These Serrapeptase Enzymes Work?

Enzymes are catalysts that enable or speed up biochemical reactions. Just like we were told in high school chemistry, enzymes do not get consumed by the chemical reactions they start. We have around 4000 biochemical reactions that require enzymes as catalysts.

The particular enzyme activity of Serrapeptase is unique. German Dr. Hans Napier, had positive results with clearing blocked arteries and preventing the need for by-pass operations. In other words, it is effective and safe as an arterial chelation agent.

Dr. Napier also treated a woman with Serrapeptase who was scheduled to have her hand amputated. She recovered without the amputation.

This miracle enzyme works in even more ways. It is able to dissolve and break down the fibrin by-products of blood coagulation, thereby controlling blood clotting. Current research suggests it can even dissolve the fibrin coating that tumors develop to keep themselves from being spotted by the immune system.

This dissolving action gets rid of arterial plaque without harming the insides of arteries. Serrapeptase stops pain by dissolving and inhibiting the release of amines, the proteins that send the pain signal. It also facilitates the draining of excessive fluid in tissues that may cause swelling and pain.

Serrapeptase has been a standard medicine among unrestricted real healers for the past 30 years in the East and more recently in Europe. It has been found to be more effective and less problematic than the more common medical use of EDTA (ethylenediamine tetra-acetic acid) chelation for removing arterial plaque.

lipid depostitUnlike pharmaceutical statins used to remove plaque or lipids (fats) in the blood stream, serrapeptase does not block the biosynthesis of cholesterol. Ironically, cholesterol even acts as a band-aid for arterial lesions from inflammation.

Cholesterol in its pure form forms most of the brain’s tissue, it is part of our cell’s out walls, and helps create hormones that affect the body’s endocrine balance.One of those hormones initiates the process of converting sunlight into vitamin D3 organs in the body. If cholesterol’s biosynthesis is hampered, long term health such as dementia and others come about.

In addition to its cardiovascular uses, serrapeptase has been used successfully to treat arthritis, fibrocystic breast disease, lung problems, sinus problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, and sports injuries.

Some recommend serrapeptase as an anti-aging agent simply because much of aging has to do with the accumulation of scar tissue, inflammation and disregulation.

Disregulation occurs when the inflammation process loses discrimination and no longer differentiates between harmful and benign substances. After that, inflammation leads to long term autoimmune problems.

 

It’s Safe Enough to Trust Anecdotal Reports

There are many anecdotal reports of aches and pains vanishing from people’s lives after using serrapeptase. This natural enzyme does not suppress the immune system, and there are no known side effects, not even indigestion.

There are many sources of serrapeptase in both capsule and tablet form available online and in health food stores.Most holistic practitioners recommend that heavy doses be taken at first until a positive change occurs. Then taper off to a lighter dose.

So why is serrapeptase not a household term after being used for 30 years and found effective, safe and inexpensive?

The primary answer is that it can’t be patented by Big Pharma. And serrapeptase produces no known side effects. Therefore visits to prescribe more drugs for side effects are unnecessary. Big Pharma wont’ allow MDs to push something like that.

Paul Fassa is a contributing staff writer for REALfarmacy.com. His pet peeves are the Medical Mafia’s control over health and the food industry and government regulatory agencies’ corruption. Paul’s contributions to the health movement and global paradigm shift are well received by truth seekers.

Sources:
http://www.serrapeptase.info
http://www.globalhealingcenter.com
Image: Wikimedia Commons

24 Diagrams That Will Make Eating Healthy Easy

1. For fruit-ophiles.

Photos by Grace Hitchcock for PopSugar / Via popsugar.comSome diets require precision. Yes, even fruit portions.

2. For 5-minute dinners that are sure to be healthy.

Women’s Health / Via womenshealthmag.comFor more information on what makes these meals so easy: What Nutritionists Eat When They Only Have 5 Minutes to Prep a Meal, via Women’s Health.

3. For when you’re doing the caveman diet.

Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed / Via buzzfeed.comThis food guide will help you maneuver the Paleo way of life.

4. For picking the perfect avocado.

Northwest Edible Life / Via nwedible.comLook, ma! A life hack! More on this here.

5. For smoothies fit for royalty.

Lexi / Lexi’s Clean Kitchen / Via lexiscleankitchen.comSmoothies should be considered cheat food: they’re so easy to make, super healthy, and also taste amazing! Visit Lexi’s Clean Kitchen to read more about them.

6. For smoothies that you have no excuse not to make.

Daily Burn / Via dailyburn.comIt will almost be like you’re not even trying. And oh, did we tell you that there are 8 MORE healthy smoothie recipes that only use three ingredients? YOU’RE WELCOME.

7. For the new “It” food, the Mason jar salad!

Beth / Eat Within Your Means / Via eatwithinyourmeans.comYou can check out the recipe here. And because we love you, here’s more: 18 Mason Jar Salads That Make Perfect Healthy Lunches.

8. For tea so excellent you’ll forget other liquids exist.

utilityjournal.comWhat’s a coffee? You can read about the various kinds of teas here.

9. For soup that’s healthy and oh so delicious.

Shape / Via shape.comImpress your mom without batting an eyelash: these soups are all just different twists to the same basic recipe. Read more at All Souped Up, via Shape.

10. For making the salad dressing of gods.

Kath Eats Real Food / Via katheats.comYour friends will constantly hound you for the recipes. Check out DIY Salad Dressingfor more information plus a bit extra…yummy salads!

11. For when you’re treating your lovely self to a night in.

Greatist / Via greatist.comWho says cooking for one can’t be fun? Throw away those frozen dinners, stat! You can find the recipes at The Ultimate Healthy Grocery List When You’re Cooking for One, via Greatist.

12. For yummy-fying grains.

PopSugar / Via popsugar.comThere are other grains aside from rice and quinoa, people! Push the envelope and make it your resolution to try more of them this year. How to Cook Grains at PopSugar will teach you more.

13. For making “guesstimation” of portion sizes a thing of the past.

Guard Your Health Campaign / Via guardyourhealth.comDid you know that your hand is the easiest way to measure a half-cup or three ounces of your food? Yaaaaaaas.

14. For vegetarians looking for other sources of protein.

greatist.comThat means all vegetarians. Info, recipes, and more recipes at at 12 Complete Proteins Vegetarians Need to Know About, via Greatist.

15. For spotting the hidden sugars in your food.

Women’s Health / Via womenshealthmag.comSugar is a clever little thing, and most Americans get way too much of it (between two and three times the recommended amount!). So get informed, read through the ingredients to make sure you’re not getting any more than you should. Check out 56 Different Names for Sugar, viaWomen’s Health for more.

16. For knowing your nuts.

For getting your nuts straight.

Life by Daily Burn / Via dailyburn.comThese make really healthy snacks! You can put them in little Zip-lock bags to munch on throughout the day.

17. For the definitive ranking of all the veggies.

pinterest.comTreat yo’ self! To only the healthiest vegetables, that is.

18. For DIY hummus that’s as awesome as your Lebanese college roommate’s grandmother’s.

Shape / Via shape.comOkay so maybe her recipe is still waaaay better, but at the very least it’ll make you feel more Bohemian. And give you lots of hipster cred, too. Pop over to 13 Different Ways to Make Hummus for more.

19. For marinating your meat to utter perfection.

BuzzFeed / Via buzzfeed.comCome on, we all know marinating can make or break a meat recipe. Get your meals closer to restaurant level by reading How to Marinate and Make Better Food.

20. For substituting bad ingredients with the good.

For healthy recipe substitutions.

Greatist / Via greatist.comGood news for all sweets lovers: You can still make and eat the fluffiest, yummiest baked desserts without the self-loathing that comes afterwards. Congratulations! More about these here: 83 Healthy Recipe Substitutions, via Greatist.

21. For fans of salad in search of more adventure.

Prevention / Via prevention.comIf you’re the type who lives, breathes, and eats salads, but are tired of having the same thing errrday, then this is for you: Salads That’ll Make You Love Lunch Again, viaPrevention.

22. For when you want to be up close and personal with your vitamins.

hellawella.comGet intimate with your letters.

23. For remembering the superfoods alphabet.

For remembering all your superfoods.

Greatist / Via greatist.comToo, too easy. You can do this in your sleep. Find out more in detail at The Healthiest Superfoods, A – Z, via Greatist.

24. For proper superfood storage.

For how to store all your healthy foods.

Jenny Chang for BuzzFeed

How To End Sugar Cravings

Not all sugars are created equal, and they’re hidden in most of today’s processed foods. Nutritionist, fitness trainer, and author JJ Virgin has written a new book that helps open your eyes to the way sugars are hidden.
The book also provides practical tips on how to wean yourself from this pernicious ingredient that will decimate your health.

by DR. MERCOLA

In The Sugar Impact Diet: Drop 7 Sugars to Lose Up to 10 Pounds in Just 2 Weeks, she tackles the confusion surrounding sugar. Many health-conscious people are still under the mistaken belief that as long as the sugar is all-natural, it’s fine to eat.
Not so. Agave, natural fruit juice, raw cane sugar, and any number of other natural sugars will still wreak havoc on your health.

“[S]ugar is really public enemy number one,” she says. “That’s why I chose to focus on it. I don’t think added sugar is really the problem; I think it’s what’s in a lot of our food that we don’t recognize [as sugar].

Whether it’s having apple juice (which is worse for you than a soda), or having a yogurt sweetened with fruit juice concentrate, or whether you’re just thinking that fruits are free for all, these are all creating problems.

I wanted to create a structured program that could help someone break free of those sugar cravings, drop the weight forever, and then let them go back and [do a food] challenge… in order to connect the dots between what happens when they drink one of those big fruit smoothies that are supposed to be so healthy.”

 

To End Sugar Cravings, Your Body Needs to Burn Fat as Its Primary Fuel

As JJ notes, whether the sugar comes in the form of a muffin, a fruit juice-sweetened yogurt, or a smoothie, it’s all the same thing to your body. “Food is information,” she says. And she’s right.

 

Once you break free from your body’s constant need for yet another sugar fix (remember, sugar is more addictive than cocaine!), you’ll experience great levels of newfound energy and clarity of mind. But in order to get there, you need to retrain your body to burn fat as its primary form of fuel instead of sugar.

 

This can be a real challenge for many. JJ’s book specifically addresses the gradual process of getting from burning sugar to burning fat as your body’s primary fuel, in order to maximize your chances for success.

 

“There’s got to be a transition period, where you go from sugar burner to getting your body to be able to start to burn fat again,” she explains.

“You have to taper down from where your starting point is, which is what I call a Sneaky Sugar Inventory, of things you would never think about (like sundried tomatoes and marinara sauce) that we’re just using like crazy not realizing how much sugar this is actually adding into our food.”

The Sugar Impact Scales: A New Way of Looking at Sugar

As an initial step, you’ll want to weigh yourself and measure your waist-to-hip ratio, to determine your starting point. Next, you do an initial inventory of all the hidden sugars in your diet.

 

This means reading the labels on all the foods you eat, including items you might never expect to contain sugar, such as that jar of pickles, condiments, sauces, and marinades, and so on. JJ lists all the sneaky places sugars hide in your diet in her book, and by creating what she calls Sugar Impact Scales, she’s created a new way of looking at sugar.

 

“It looks at fructose grams, glycemic load, nutrient density, and fiber. Bad are fructose and glycemic load; good are nutrient density and fiber,” she explains.

“Depending on where the food falls, it can either be low, medium, or high-sugar impact. The reason this was so important to me is I keep looking at programs out there, and they either focus on fructose… glycemic index, or glycemic load.

That can be very confusing because it makes things like agave sweetener look great. It makes milk look great… People go, ‘We should have fructose because fructose is low on the glycemic index.’

 

The difference between fructose and glucose is fructose doesn’t trigger the whole insulin response. Because of that, it doesn’t trigger insulin, leptin, or ghrelin, so it doesn’t tell your body you ate anything. Instead, it just goes to the liver. If there’s no room for it to become glycogen… it starts becoming fat.

You look at that and you go, ‘Okay, food is information. What does fructose say?’ It says, ‘Hey, make fat but don’t tell us we ate. Stay hungry.’ What a nightmare!”

 

So what are the basic symptoms of having high-sugar impact? Gas and bloating are common, as sugar feeds yeast, fungi, and detrimental bacteria in your gut. Other symptoms include joint pain, headaches, fatigue, inability to lose weight or weight loss resistance, and sugar cravings.

 

By grading yourself on those and other symptoms, while tracking your waist, hip, and weight, you’ll get a clearer picture of how sugar impacts your body, and your progress in terms of retraining your body to burn fat instead of sugar as its primary fuel.

 

The Three Cycles of the Sugar Impact Diet

The first cycle is a one to two-week long taper cycle, in which you switch from high sugar impact foods to medium sugar impact foods. As an example, if you typically eat regular pasta, you’d switch over to quinoa pasta.

 

She also recommends scheduling your meals to where you’re not eating every two hours; rather you stretch the time between meals to prevent insulin spikes. This is one form of intermittent fasting. At the end of this taper-down period of one or two weeks, you retest yourself on the sugar impact quiz, to see how you’ve done.

 

If all is going as planned, you should notice a reduction in your symptoms. At that point, you move on to cycle two, in which you’re really resetting your taste buds and reclaiming your sugar sensitivity, meaning your ability to taste how sweet a food really is.

 

“What I’m doing is I’m getting rid of all of the fructose. We’re getting down to five grams or less [per day], just as low as possible because you don’t want your body to be good at processing fructose. One thing we know is that the more fructose you eat, the better you get at handling fructose, which means the faster it goes to your liver, the faster you start making fat, and the more fat you make.

 

If someone’s used to eating fruit, they eat more fruit, they eat more fruit, and they can handle it. If you never eat any fruit, and you ate a bunch of fruit, you’d be bloated, you’d be gassy, and it’d be horrible. I take fruit out altogether except for things like lemons, limes, avocado, tomato, and olives. And we go down to all low-sugar impact foods. But you’re still eating great stuff. You’re eating wild salmon, grass-fed beef, kale, avocado, nuts and seeds, a little quinoa, legumes, and lentils.”

 

Most people can make the shift from burning sugar to burning fat as primary fuel in this second cycle of the program in a couple of weeks, although it may take longer if you’re seriously insulin/leptin resistant. “The reason it can happen so fast is number one, you’ve got to do that initial one-week [taper] period,” she explains. “Whenever you look at a program, you want to jump right into the most intense part, but you can’t because you’ll fail.”

 

In the third cycle of the program, you start to challenge yourself by reintroducing some of the medium or even high sugar impact foods. Most people will now find that they’re overwhelmed by the sweetness, or they’ll feel bloated or downright ill by the high-sugar food. As a result, the psychological grip of sweet foods lessen, as you simply do not want to go back to feeling horrible once you’re feeling really great. Interestingly, sour taste, such as that from cultured vegetables, helps to reduce sweet cravings, too.

 

This is a doubly-beneficial thing, as fermented vegetables also promote gut health. “It’s a sweet tooth strategy,” JJ says. “One of the things that I do in these books is I try to keep it simple and give people simple strategies. But I’m always thinking, “How am I healing their gut with this? How am I improving their gut flora? How are we reducing inflammation?”

 

Healthy Snack Alternatives

Nuts, which are one of my favorite snack foods, are also great for satisfying the occasional hunger pang. Typically, when I’m at home, I only have one meal a day, a very large salad. But I will snack on nuts, specifically macadamia nuts and occasionally pecans, because of two criteria:

1. They’re very high in fat – the good fat, oleic acid, which is similar to olive oil, and

2. They’re low in protein, so you won’t run the risk of eating a whole day’s worth of protein in a few handfuls of nuts (which could be the case if you eat a lot of almonds)

 

That said, as JJ warns, be aware of your food triggers, and if you cannot keep a jar of nuts in your house without polishing off the whole thing in one sitting, you just turned a good thing into something bad. While nuts do contain healthy fats, they also tend to be high in calories, so moderation is in order.

 

“If you know something’s your trigger, don’t bring it into the house. It doesn’t matter if it’s healthy or unhealthy. But I think if you put them into little serving baggies, that’s a perfect way to go with it. I also like that because most people aren’t home all day long, so I say, ‘Put one in your car. Put it in your purse. Put it in your office so that you have them scattered around if you ever get in trouble.’

 

Another healthy snack that is much harder to overdo is dehydrated kale chips. I’m in the process of planting six dozen kale plants on my property to create a surplus for this very reason. That way I can have kale chips year-round. Roasted Brussels sprouts are another alternative that you can’t really “overdose” on.

 

Last But Not Least—The Maintenance Phase

It’s quite rare to find someone who’s not burning sugar as their primary fuel these days. To check yourself, simply observe how frequently you feel hungry. If you’re hungry every two hours or so, you’re burning sugar. You’re craving food because sugar is fast burning, and your hunger is an indication that your body wants to be refueled. Once you’re burning fat as your primary fuel, you can easily go five to six hours or longer without feeling hungry, as fat is a far slower-burning fuel. Sugar cravings are also virtually eliminated once you’re burning fat rather than sugar.

 

Most everyone watching this would benefit from applying a program such as the one JJ has put together. The question is, once you’ve successfully made the switch, how long do you have to continue eating this way? What does maintenance look like?

 

“The maintenance phase is different from the weight loss phase,” JJ explains. “It’s like dating and marriage. Totally different beasts, right? During the maintenance phase—for weight loss—it’s about setting new goals and doing different fitness activities. The biggest thing that I want someone to do is to connect the dots between what they’re eating and how they feel. It’s to lose that sweet tooth that they had and reclaim their sugar sensitivity so they really say, ‘Oh, wow, that’s how sweet a blueberry really is.’

 

[In the maintenance phase] you’ve got to mix up your exercise; you’ve got to mix up your food… [F]ood is information. You want your food to tell your body to burn fat not sugar, keep steady energy, great focus, and reduce inflammation. It’s the same with exercise. Exercise can be therapeutic or destructive. I do no endurance training at all. I do not believe in endurance training. I did so much endurance training [when I was younger, yet] I was always slightly overweight. I was never lean.”

 

JJ recommends high intensity interval-type exercises over endurance training, and for good reason. Endurance training is actually among the least effective forms of exercise when it comes to weight loss, and research has shown that the benefits of high intensity exercise are not necessarily related to calories burned. Rather, it creates beneficial metabolic changes that promote health and muscle growth while boosting fat burning.

 

These metabolic changes, which include boosting human growth hormone (HGH), do not occur when you’re doing endurance training such as long-distance running.

 

She’s also a big proponent of exercising in a fasted state, as this actually helps repair, restore, and rejuvenate your muscle tissues. A conflicting approach calls for loading up on carbs and protein before and after exercise, to boost performance and muscle building. So which one should you follow? It may be worth taking JJ’s advice, and experiment to determine what works best for you, depending on your fitness and weight loss goals:

“I kind of play with both of them. Because if you eat a little bit before you work out, you can generally work out harder. If you’re doing resistance training, a lot of times you’re better off having a little bit [of food] before. If you’re doing burst training, ideally here’s what you would do: on burst-training days, do it first thing in the morning. It doesn’t take long anyway. It’s 15 minutes at the most. Ideally, do that a couple of mornings a week, two or three mornings a week. You do your resistance training two times a week, have a little bit of food before; have something really good afterwards, and you’re set.”

 

More Information

If you’ve tried cutting calories while still eating foods like gluten, pasteurized dairy, and processed fructose, yet failed to lose weight, the problem lies not in insufficient calorie restriction. Rather, you were still eating the wrong foods, albeit in smaller amounts. Once you start viewing food as information, you can begin to appreciate how certain foods, fructose in particular, instructs your body to store fat and not let any of it go…

 

What you eat makes all the difference, and when it comes to successfully losing weight, a major key is switching your body from burning sugar to burning fat as its primary fuel. In order to do this, you need to cut down on the fructose-laden foods that tell your body to:

-Store the sugar as fat

-Eat more (as fructose doesn’t trigger insulin, leptin, or ghrelin to the same degree as glucose, which means it doesn’t tell your body you just consumed a whole bunch of calories)

by DR. MERCOLA

Get More Done by Following ‘The Productivity Diet’

Get More Done by Following 'The Productivity Diet' (Infographic)

Image credit: Shutterstock

Your productivity is directly impacted by what you eat. If you want both your mind and body to perform at optimal levels then you need to practice good nutrition.

It sounds great, but what does “good nutrition” mean?

With so much conflicting diet and health information online, it can leave you with more questions than answers most of the time.

What is a good mid-day snack to maintain high energy levels? Not candy bars and Red Bull — unless you want to trigger a blood sugar spike followed by a crash.

What we eat as well as when we eat it contributes to high productivity, and that’s why EBOC teamed up with HubSpot to create the infographic below, highlighting the food types that will help you maintain high energy levels and productivity throughout your day.

Use this as a guide to help you make better food choices, and don’t forget that every person will have different dietary needs — so consult your doctor or healthcare professional.

Jonathan Long – June 25, 2015

The Health Truth about Coffee

Liver CoffeeThe health effects of coffee are quite controversial. Depending on who you ask, it is either a super healthy beverage or incredibly harmful. But despite what you may have heard, there are actually plenty of good things to be said about coffee. For example, it is high in antioxidants and linked to a reduced risk of many diseases. However, it also contains caffeine, a stimulant that can cause problems in some people and disrupt sleep. This article takes a detailed look at coffee and its health effects, examining both the pros and cons.

 

Coffee Contains Some Essential Nutrients and is Extremely High in Antioxidants

Coffee is more than just dark brown water… many of the nutrients in the coffee beans do make it into the drink.

A typical 8oz (240 ml) cup of coffee contains (1):

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 11% of the RDA.

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid): 6% of the RDA.

Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): 2% of the RDA.

Vitamin B3 (Niacin): 2% of the RDA.

Folate: 1% of the RDA.

Manganese: 3% of the RDA.

Potassium: 3% of the RDA.

Magnesium: 2% of the RDA.

Phosphorus: 1% of the RDA.

This may not seem like a lot, but try multiplying with 3, 4, or however many cups you drink per day. It can add up to a significant portion of your daily nutrient intake.

But where coffee really shines is in its high content of antioxidants.

The average person who eats a typical Western diet actually gets more antioxidants from coffee than fruits and vegetables… combined (2, 3).

Bottom Line: Coffee contains a small amount of some vitamins and minerals, which add up if you drink many cups per day. It is also high in antioxidants.

Coffee Contains Caffeine, A Stimulant That Can Enhance Brain Function and Boost Metabolism

Caffeine is the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world (4).

coffee punch

 

Soft drinks, tea and chocolate all contain caffeine, but coffee is the biggest source.

The caffeine content of a single cup can range from 30-300 mg, but the average cup is somewhere around 90-100 mg.

Caffeine is a known stimulant. In the brain, it blocks the function of an inhibitory neurotransmitter (brain hormone) called Adenosine.

By blocking adenosine, caffeine actually increases activity in the brain and the release of other neurotransmitters like norepinephrine and dopamine. This reduces tiredness and makes us feel more alert (5, 6).

There are numerous studies showing that caffeine can lead to a short-term boost in brain function… including improved mood, reaction time, vigilance and general cognitive function (7, 8).

Caffeine can also boost metabolism (calories burned) by 3-11% and even increase exercise performance by 11-12%, on average (9, 10, 11, 12).

However… some of these effects are likely to be short-term. If you drink coffee every day, then you will build a tolerance to it and the effects will be less powerful (13).

There are also some downsides to caffeine, which I’ll get to in a bit.

Bottom Line: The main active compound in coffee is the stimulant caffeine. It can cause a short-term boost in energy levels, brain function, metabolic rate and exercise performance.

Coffee May Help Protect Your Brain in Old Age, Leading to Reduced Risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

 

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease and a leading cause of dementia.

Studies have shown that coffee drinkers have up to a 65% lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease (14, 15, 16).

Parkinson’s is the second most common neurodegenerative disease and caused by the death of dopamine-generating neurons in the brain.

Coffee drinkers have a 32-60% lower risk of Parkinson’s disease. The more coffee people drink, the lower the risk (17, 18, 19, 20).

Bottom Line: Several studies show that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease in old age.

 

Coffee Drinkers Have a Much Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is characterized by elevated blood sugars due to resistance to the effects of insulin.

This is a very common disease… it has increased 10-fold in a few decades and now afflicts over 300 million people.

Interestingly, coffee drinkers appear to have a significantly reduced risk of developing this disease, some studies showing that coffee drinkers are up to 23-67% less likely to become diabetic (21, 22, 23, 24).

In one large review study that looked at 18 studies with 457,922 individuals, each daily cup of coffee was linked to a 7% reduced risk of type 2 diabetes (25).

Bottom Line: Numerous studies have shown that coffee drinkers have a significantly lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Coffee Drinkers Have a Lower Risk of Liver Diseases

The liver is an incredibly important organ that has hundreds of different functions in the body.coffee liver

 

It is very sensitive to modern insults like excess alcohol and fructose intake.

The end stage of liver damage is called Cirrhosis, and involves most of the liver being replaced with scar tissue.

Coffee drinkers have up to an 84% lower risk of developing cirrhosis, with the strongest effect for those who drink 4 or more cups per day (26, 27, 28).

Liver cancer is also common… it is the second leading cause of cancer death worldwide. Coffee drinkers have up to a 40% lower risk of liver cancer (29, 30).

Bottom Line: Coffee drinkers have a significantly lower risk of cirrhosis and liver cancer. The more coffee they drink, the lower the risk.

 

People Who Drink Coffee Are at a Much Lower Risk of Depression and Suicide

Depression is an incredibly common problem.

It is the world’s most common mental disorder and leads to a significantly reduced quality of life.

In one Harvard study from 2011, people who drank the most coffee had a 20% lower risk of becoming depressed (31).

In one review of 3 studies, people who drank 4 or more cups of coffee per day were 53% less likely to commit suicide (32).

Bottom Line: Studies have shown that people who drink coffee have a lower risk of becoming depressed and are significantly less likely to commit suicide.

 

Some Studies Show That Coffee Drinkers Live Longer

Given that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of many common, deadly diseases (and suicide), it makes sense that coffee could help you live longer.

There is actually some good evidence to support this.

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2012 looked at the habits of 402,260 individuals between 50 and 71 years of age (33).

In this study, people who drank coffee had a much lower risk of dying over the 12-13 year study period:coffee death

 

The sweet spot seems to be at 4-5 cups per day, with men having a 12% reduced risk and women a 16% reduced risk.

You can read more about it in this article on how coffee can make you live longer.

Bottom Line: Some studies have shown that coffee drinkers live longer, which makes perfect sense given that they have a lower risk of many diseases. The strongest effect is seen for 4-5 cups per day.

 

Caffeine Can Cause Anxiety and Disrupt Sleep

It wouldn’t be right to only talk about the good stuff without mentioning the bad.

The truth is… there are some important negative aspects to coffee as well (although this depends on the individual).

Consuming too much caffeine can lead to jitteriness, anxiety, heart palpitations and may even exacerbate panic attacks (34).

If you are sensitive to caffeine and tend to become overstimulated, then perhaps you shouldn’t be drinking coffee.

Another unwanted side effect is that it can disrupt sleep (35). If coffee reduces the quality of your sleep, then try avoiding coffee late in the day, such as after 2pm.

Caffeine can also have some diuretic and blood pressure raising effects, but this usually goes away with regular use. However, an increase in blood pressure of 1-2 mm/Hg may persist (36, 37, 38).

Bottom Line: Caffeine can have various negative effects, such as causing anxiety and disrupting sleep, but this depends greatly on the individual.

 

Caffeine is Addictive and Missing a Few Cups Can Lead to Withdrawal

One issue with caffeine, is that it can lead to addiction in many people.

When people consume caffeine regularly, they become tolerant to it. It either stops working as it used to, or a larger dose is needed to get the same effects (39).

When people abstain from caffeine, they get withdrawal symptoms like headache, tiredness, brain fog and irritability. This can last for a few days (40, 41).

Tolerance and withdrawal are the hallmarks of physical addiction.

A lot of people (understandably) don’t like the idea of being literally dependant on a chemical substance in order to function properly.

Bottom Line: Caffeine is an addictive substance. It can lead to tolerance and well documented withdrawal symptoms like headache, tiredness and irritability.

 

The Difference Between Regular and Decaf

Some people opt for decaffeinated coffee instead of regular.

The way decaffeinated coffee is usually made, is by rinsing the coffee beans with solvent chemicals.

Each time this is done, some percentage of the caffeine dissolves in the solvent and this process is repeated until most of the caffeine has been removed.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that even decaffeinated coffee does contain some caffeine, just much less than regular coffee.

Unfortunately, not all of the health benefits of regular coffee apply to decaffeinated coffee. For example, some studies show no reduction in the risk of type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s or liver diseases for people who drink decaffeinated coffee.

Bottom Line: Decaffeinated coffee is made by extracting caffeine from the coffee beans using solvents. Decaf does not have all of the same health benefits as regular coffee.

 

Things to Keep in Mind in Order to Maximize The Health Benefitscoffee benefits

 

There are some things you can do in order to maximize the beneficial health effects you get from coffee.

The most important is to NOT add anything unhealthy to it. This includes sugar and any sort of artificial, chemical-laden creamer.

Another important thing is to brew coffee with a paper filter. Unfiltered coffee (such as Turkish or French press) contains cafestol, a substance that can increase cholesterol levels (42, 43).

Also keep in mind that some of the coffee drinks at places like Starbucks can contain hundreds of calories and a whole bunch of sugar. These drinks are NOT healthy.

There are some more tips in this article on 8 ways to make your coffee super healthy.

Bottom Line: It is important not to put sugar or a chemical-laden creamer in your coffee. Brewing with a paper filter can get rid of a cholesterol-raising compound called Cafestol.

 

Should You be Drinking Coffee?

There are some people who would definitely want to avoid or severely limit coffee consumption, especially pregnant women.

People with anxiety issues, high blood pressure or insomnia might also want to try limiting coffee for a while to see if it helps.

There is also some evidence that people who metabolize caffeine slowly have an increased risk of heart attacks from drinking coffee (44).

All that being said… it does seem clear that for the average person, coffee can have important beneficial effects on health.

If you don’t already drink coffee, then I don’t think these benefits are a compelling reason to start doing it. There are downsides as well.

But if you already drink coffee and you enjoy it, then the benefits appear to far outweigh the negatives.

I personally drink coffee, every day… about 4-5 cups (sometimes more). My health has never been better.

Take Home Message

It’s important to keep in mind that many of the studies in the article are observational studies, which can not prove that coffee caused the beneficial effects.

But given that the effects are strong and consistent among studies, it is a fairly strong indicator that coffee does in fact play a role.

Despite having been demonized in the past, the evidence points to coffee being very healthy… at least for the majority of people.

If anything, coffee belongs in the same category as healthy beverages like green tea.

by KRIS GUNNARS

Source: Authority Nutrition