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Nutrition in Berries and Sea Vegetables

Berries should be a part of everyone's diet, but no one gets the proper amount of 5 - 7 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Dark berries high in antioxidants have the most nutrients to help fill the gaps in your diet.

The Black Elderberry is a natural anti-flammatory that has high anthocyanin content. It is praised for it's powerful healing properties that help to ward off diseases. It also protects blood vessels, helps control skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis, and helps control cholesterol.

The Meeker Red Raspberry contains high concentration of Ellaginannins. Ellagitannins in the absorbable form is Ellagic Acid, and Ellagic Acid has numerous health benefits. The Hollings Cancer Institute in South Carolina has proven the anti-aging, antioxidative, anti-mutagenic and cardiovascular health benefits of Ellagic Acid. It has been linked ion helping prevent cancer which also a study done at the Hollings Cancer Institute.

Boysenberries are now being studied for their role in preventing age related mental decline. Boysenberries have proven to prevent canker sores, bad breath, gingivitis, curves cravings and control appetite, this is according to the Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Centre of Aging at Tufts University.

The Blueberry has been described in the past as one of the highest antioxidant ratings of any berry. It has been studied for it's anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal effects.

The Black Current is another high antioxidant berry that is high in anthocyanins. It has been noted for it's anti-bacterial, anti-viral effects from catechins and anti fungal effects from acetic acid. Black Currents have more Vitamin C that a 1/2 gallon of orange juice. It helps protect the eyes, and helps in the delay and prevention of alzheimers.

Cranberries are known to be protective against oxidative damage, it has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory benefits. Cranberries help in the treatment of urinary tract problems.

Blackberries contain phenolic compounds that help provide anti-viral,anti-fungal,anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Researchers have known for quite some time that blackberries contain antioxidants which help to prevent cancer causing free radicals.A study done at the University of Ohio has found that blackberries are the most potent cancer fighting berries of them all by 40%.

Sea vegetables should also be a part of everyone's diet. Three very popular sea vegetables are Fucoidan, Bladderwrack (Fucus gardneri-Brown Seaweeds-Rockweed) and Sea lettuce (Ulva Lactuca-Green Seaweeds).

Fucoidan:

-Improve immunity by increasing the production of natural killer cells (NK Cells)
-helps stop formation of cancer cells through apoptosis process
-Decrease cholerterol levels
-Diabetes controlby slowing down the release of glucose into the blood
-Lowers blood pressure
-Helps prevent arteriosclerosis
-Skin rejuvenates through increased production of integrin, a protein that helps in skin repair
-Improves hair condition
-Relieves allergies through increased NK cells
-Relieves arthritis, produces the production of fibronetin to keep joints lubricated

Bladderwrack:

-Source of polysaccharides, dietary fibres, and fucoidan
-Anti-thrombotic, anti-coagulant, anti-cancer, anti-viral and anti-flammatory
-Used to treat thyroid goiter
-Rich source of amino acids
-Source of Vitamins B12, C and E
-Extracts contain polyphenols
-Rich source of carotenoids
-Helps prevent diseases linked to oxidative stress

Sea lettuce:

-Excellent natural source for minerals, vitamins and amino acids
-Used for treatment of CHaD (Chronic Hand Dermatitis)
-Detoxify the kidneys and liver, and inhibit growth of fungi, bacteria and yeast
-Helps in weight loss

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