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Micro-algae

Spirulina, chlorella, AFA (Alphanizemenon Flos-Aquae) and MPP (Marine Phyto-Plankton) are all single cell organisms that have similar nutritional profiles with key differences. They all boast a similar abundance of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, 60% or greater protein, all essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, RNA and DNA, and antioxidant pigments (namely chlorophyll). They also have reported immune boosting properties being anti-bacterial/fungal/viral in nature. In addition they are said to improve mental capacity, are cancer fighting, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, blood building and are 90-100% able to be assimilated by the body.

Chlorella and Spirulina are cultivated in fresh water ponds and lakes. AFA is a wild harvested, cold water micro-algae from Klamath Lake in Oregon. Marine phytoplankton (MPP) is a sea/salt water based micro-algae.

Spirulina, AFA and some chlorella strains have the blue pigment phycocyanin, which is an antioxidant, is blood building along with chlorophyll, and is a stem cell enhancing substance. With the green chlorophyll pigment these algae are often » Read more..

How cracking are coconuts!

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Coconut products are a frequent addition to green smoothies from the fresh milk and flesh of a young Thai coconut, to the fabulous oil from coconuts.

Coconut oil is a saturated fat which means that the fat molecule is has all possible links to its filled with hydrogen atoms. Animal fats from meat, eggs and dairy products are also saturated fats. Mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fats are considered healthier than saturated. Saturated fats are associated with weight gain, heart disease and raising bad cholesterol (LDL—low density lipoproteins), however this is only from the saturated fat from animals as they are long chain fats. Coconut oil is not a source of bad cholesterol, in fact it helps to raise our good cholesterol levels (HDL– high density lipoproteins). Coconut oil is also a medium chain fat. Because it is shorter it is digested and metabolised by the body quickly and efficiently into energy. In fact, coconut oil can actually aid weight loss because » Read more..

Cardio-Vascular Health

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There are many complicated chemical reactions in our bodies and if certain nutrients are missing, then processes can get stuck. In some of these ‘stuck’ situations a substance called homocysteine can rise to dangerous levels. High levels of homocysteine are known to be associated with cardiovascular diseases like heart attack and stroke, also neural tube defects, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, liver disease, depression and peripheral neuropathy. Homocysteine in high amounts can damage artery walls leading to inflammation and atherosclerosis. » Read more..

Antioxidants

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Oxidation, degradation, corrosion, tarnishing, rusting….these are all terms to describes similar processes that involves the breakdown of a substance due to a chemical reaction with its surroundings. The classic example is the rusting of iron into iron oxide by exposure to water. Because nature is always seeking balance or ‘homeostasis’ and energy conservation, the rusting of iron is nature’s way of trying to return the man-made metal form of iron, back to its more stable state that it exists in, in nature.

Antioxidant refers to anti-oxidation. ‘Oxidation’ is a term used in chemistry to describe the net loss of electrons from a molecule, atom or ion. The opposite is ‘reduction’ which refers to the net gain of electrons.  Electrons are tiny particles within an atom that have a negative charge (protons are positive).

Nature’s desire for homeostasis results in redox reactions. Redox (REDuction – OXidation) reactions occur in nature and the human body continuously.  For example, photosynthesis in plants involves taking carbon dioxide, water and » Read more..

Raw Cacao

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Known conventionally as chocolate or cocoa, the raw form is known as cacao, or in Latin, theobroma cacao, theobroma meaning ‘food of the Gods’. Cacao seeds were so revered in ancient times by the Mayans and Aztecs that they were used as currency instead of gold. Eaten in the raw and bitter state in South America, it wasn’t until cacao reached Europe that it was ultimately heated and mixed with sugar and milk.

Cacao has literally hundreds of nutrients and phytochemicals, from abundant levels of antioxidant substances to small amounts of trace minerals. Cacao in its raw form has the highest antioxidant value of any plant in the world. Antioxidants protect us from illness, disease and age related conditions by protecting cells from free radical damage. Free radicals are molecules or atoms with an unpaired electron in its outer shell. Free radicals are highly reactive and need to bond with something else to stabilise its structure. Antioxidants make this bond to prevent » Read more..

Chia Seeds

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Chia seeds originate from the ancient Aztecs, where they were so revered, they were used as currency. Chia have the highest known plant source of omega 3 fats which are known as essential fatty acids (EFAs), meaning we need them to be supplied by our food. EFAs are essential for our nervous system and brain, our cardiovascular system, skin and also our joints.

Unlike flax/linseeds and fish, which also contain these fats, chia is very stable due to its high antioxidant value. Ground flax seeds and flax oil must be kept strictly refrigerated and used very quickly (in 1-2 weeks) or it goes rancid. Chia has four times the antioxidant strength of blueberries and the black chia seeds will have more antioxidants than the white.

Chia has a low glycemic index (GI), is gluten free and is jam packed with nutrients including a complete amino acid profile. This means it contains all eight » Read more..

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