Monday, August 25, 2008

Acerola Cherry

Acerola cherries
are widely known for their high Vitamin C and A content. Additionally, acerola contain potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and other minerals. They also are rich in phyto-nutrients and protein. With this, they support the body’s immune system, help with diarrhea, dysentery and anti-fungal activity.
Other traditional uses of acerola berries include: postmenopausal disorders, digestive disorders, colds, fever, infection, stomachaches and in prevention of tooth decay.
Acerola’s high antioxidant content contributes to the health benefits of the MonaVie juice.
The acerola cherry grows wild in tropical and subtropical climates. It also grows in some parts of Southern California.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Be still - take a break

"Be Still and Know That I am God." Psalms 46:10

Everybody needs to take a break at times. I am not just talking about a coffee break or bathroom break.
In The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey gives a whole chapter to habit #7 – Sharpen the Saw. He talks about the four dimensions of our nature as a human being. Physical includes exercise, nutrition and stress management. Next is the Social – Emotional aspect which mentions: service, empathy, synergy and intrinsic security. Another aspect is the Spiritual dimension. It notes value clarification and commitment, study and meditation. Finally he includes the Mental aspect with reading, visualizing, planning and writing. All four dimensions help us preserve and enhance our greatest assets – ourselves. Paying attention to all four aspects will create balance and allows us to make better decisions by including recreational activities into our lives.

Most of us don’t have a problem with the physical aspects, they are more obvious. During my vacation I was reading a book Journey to Center by Thomas F. Crum. He emphasizes the importance of going inside, being centered and finding the peace and power there. So far, I had glimpse of moments where I could connect with that stillness, that no-thingness inside. That is what the word vacation means, to vacate or make empty.
We are so full of information and stimuli today, therefore we have to make extra effort to just watch simple moments – like the other day I was watching trops of frosting dripping from one bucket into a bowl. Nothing very meaningful but that short moment of about 5 minute gave me very much peace for hours to come. The idea is to observe the space in between the apparent matter where there is no time or space.
Deepak Chopra in his book Creating Affluence calls it possibility amplitude. By the magic of our attention to this place of nothingness we can connect to our true selves and the infinite, omnipotent and omnipresent creator of the universe. We can practice this magic of attention in five ways: watching (eyes), listening (ears), smelling (nose), touching (hands) and tasting (tongue). The magic is that we don’t have these functions only on the physical plane. Our spiritual self has the same abilities in the spiritual realm. Some people sum these functions up as the sixth sense.

Have you ever thought about why we have the seventh day – Sabbath – as a day of rest and reflection? Or why we sleep at night where all the repairing and healing of our body takes place? Nature has built in certain functions which we want to be aware of and abide. So, next time you get overwhelmed with a situation, just go inside and find the place within or even better, set aside times during the day where you center yourself and have a moment of meditation. Be still – take a break.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Monday, August 4, 2008

Açai Berry

Nicholas Perricone, MD, author of The Perricone Promise, refers to the açai berry as Nature’s Number 1 Energy Fruit. He praises the purple pigments for its nutritional magic which makes it taste like a blend of berries and chocolate. Derived from an Amazon palm tree, açai is full of antioxidants, amino acids, and essential fatty acids.
Dr. Perricone explains: “The fatty acid content in açai resembles that of olive oil, and is rich in monounsaturated oleic acid. Oleic acid is important for a number of reasons. It helps omega-3 fish oils penetrate the cell membrane; membrane is kept supple, all hormone, neurotransmitter, and insulin receptors function more efficiently. This is particularly important because high insulin levels create an inflammatory state, and, as you know, inflammation causes aging.”
Oprah’s website hailed açai as “one of the nutritious and powerful foods in the world…”
Unlike other resources for nutritional supplements or food the açai berry is harvested from the palm tree like other fruits. Therefore, the rainforest of Brazil is preserved and even replenished for future harvests. Twice a year the fruits are ready to be gathered. Instead of cutting down the valuable tree, laborers climb high into the 9—foot palm to collect what is known as the Black Pearl of the Amazon, the açai berry.

Soon after harvesting, the fresh fruit is frozen into açai pulp to preserve the full complement of nutrients. If not properly cared for, the oxidation process begins and quickly spoils the delicate fruit. A portion of the frozen açai pulp is then freeze-dried, and both forms of açai are incorporated into the final blend of the MonaVie juice. This ensures that MonaVie’s consumers get all the health benefits this unique berry has to offer.
See another article I wrote about the benefits of the MonaVie juice:

Some benefits of this superfood are (note that these are not medical claims, just suggestions for your personal well-being):

  • Boosts energy levels
  • Improves digestive function
  • Improves mental clarity/focus
  • Promotes sound sleep
  • Provides all vital vitamins
  • Contains several important minerals
  • Is an extremely powerful free radical fighter
  • Açai has very high levels of fibers
  • The protein profile of an egg
  • low glycemic index. (Great for diabetics)
  • A leading source of anthocyanins, often reported as 30 times that of the protective potential of red wine (Of the many attributes of anthocyanins is its anti-inflammatory qualities).
  • Cleanses and Detoxifies the body of infectious toxins
  • Strengthens your immune system
  • Enhances sexual desire and performance
  • Fights cancerous cells
  • Slows down the aging process
  • Promotes healthier and younger-looking skin
  • Alleviates diabetes
  • Normalizes and regulates cholesterol levels
  • Helps maintain healthy heart function
  • Minimizes inflammation
  • Improves circulation
  • Prevents artherosclerosis
  • Enhances visual acuity

The greatest benefits of the açai berry comes from the high phytonutrients content which contribute to the flavor, color and disease-resistance of the plant. Another value comes from the powerful antioxidants which neutralize compounds known as free radicals, which can cause damage to your cells through the process of oxidation.

The Brazilian people knew açai promoted their health and well-being -- it had for generations. Word was spreading and people were hungry to learn more about the açai berry, but still very few people had ever heard of the health-promoting substance.

That's where Dallin Larsen of MonaVie and his partners started the research. One of the partners is Alexander G. Schauss, Ph.D, FACN. He has studied nutrition, nutraceutical and botanical medicine for over 30 years. He has taught at Oxford and lectured in more than 40 countries. Dr. Schauss has published over 125 papers and 12 books. Currently, he serves as the Director of Natural and Medicinal Products Research at the American Institute for Biosocial and Medical Research.

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