Nutrition and Superfoods
A healthy mind is integrally related to a healthy body. Another goal at SoundMind is to help people get established in an optimal diet that is most supportive to a daily meditation practice.
Eating Plant-based foods
Eating low on the food chain is helpful to any meditation practice. The only way to do this is to eat plant-based foods. While it's not totally necessary to become a full-fledged vegetarian or vegan, reducing your consumption of meat and other animal products can have a subtle affect on your mind as well as your body. For example, here is something to consider: Just think how sensitive and loving your pet dog or cat is with you, and realize that the emotional complexity of these factory farmed animals, is no different from your pet. Fear, trauma and anxiety are a constant for most of these animals who live in the most horrid conditions and are treated with cruelty and lack of humanity. The constant presence of those traumatic emotions in these animals creates a specific hormonal response which can be detected in their meat. These cortical hormones enter our bodies and effect our minds when we consume this meat. You are eating the hormones that accompany fear, trauma and anxiety. It is as if you are taking hormone pills, the wrong hormones, all of which have very subtle effects on our conciousness, and make us more aggressive, stressed and fearful as a society. For example for the majority of a factory-farmed animal's life, its adrenal gland is releasing a constant stream of adrenaline and cortisol, the two stress hormones. Cortisol increases blood pressure and blood sugar, and reduces immune responses. Prolonged exposure to this hormone does much harm to the body, and living in a constant state of stress will produce a constant stream of it in the blood stream. These negative and fearful mental states have also been proven to increase disease in the body in many other ways besides these endocrine (hormonal) imbalances.
Just one look at a factory farm with a hidden camera will confirm that these places are very freightening. The reality is, that the meat and animal products which come from these places are, chemically and energetically speaking, full of dis-ease. The term "you are what you eat" comes to mind... The links between the consumption of animal foods and common western diseases such as heart disease and cancer has been clearly established in many repeatable studies in respectable medical journals. Read "The China Study" for the largest and most comprehensive epidemiological study on the vegetarian diet ever done. The science clearly shows that vegetarians and vegans live longer happier, mentally clean and clear lives. The intent of this section of the website, is not to promote a political agenda. Rather, we are illuminating one of the truths in our society, and recommending a diet that will profoundly and positively shift your mental state in combination with a daily mindfulness practice. Even just reducing your meat consumption will have a profound effect.
In addition to eating more plant-based foods and less meat and dairy, we also recommend eating foods that create a state of radiant health in the mind and body. Below we have some suggested foods which many are calling Superfoods.
Superfoods create immediate results that people can see and feel by providing rare nutrients that the body and brain use to naturally produce specific neuro-peptides which create a state of radiant physical and mental health. These neuro-peptides are the sort that make a person feel optimistic, energized, joyful, and at peace inside. By adding live superfoods to their diet, some people may find themselves letting go naturally of unhealthy choices that no longer serve them like overeating, addictions to sugar, caffeine, and other substances. Many report that this even helped them let go of, or out grow, old sabotaging attitudes, thoughts, and limiting belief patterns! When combined with an active meditation and/or yoga practice, the results can be extraordinarily transformative and inspiring.
- Marine Phytoplankton
- Tibetan Goji Berries
- Raw Cacao
- Bluegreen Algae
- Coconut & Coconut Oil
- Bee Pollen & Raw Honey
- Hemp Seeds & Oil
This unique super-nutrient from the ocean provides the body with residual energy that builds up significantly when it is ingested on a daily basis. With its abundance of naturally produced vitamins, minerals, and original life force, everyone that partakes can enjoy a deepening inner strength.
A team of European doctors, microbiologists and botanists spent many years and millions of dollars researching 40,000 species of phytoplankton in the ocean to determine the best species in each category to use for bio-fuel, aqua culture, exotic fish food and eventually human consumption. Only four species of Marine Phytoplankton were found to be beneficial for human consumption and based on nutritional profiles, one species was super beneficial and was the single species chosen for production.
People that experience Marine Phytoplankton are known to enjoy enhanced brain function, improved immune function, improved cellular repair, radiation protection, detoxification support, anti-inflammatory support, antioxidant support, improved circulation, improved heart function, allergy/asthma relief and residual energy. There are hundreds of references in text books detailing the vast array of human health benefits gained through the consumption of marine phytoplankton.
The intense chlorophyll content in Marine Phytoplankton also increases oxygen uptake and higher oxygen uptake means more fuel to muscles, which translates to improved performance and endurance. With the smallest nano-particulate size of all micro algae, Marine Phytoplankton delivers vital life energy at the DNA/Mitochondria level and also penetrates the blood/brain barrier feeding the higher master glands located deep in the brain. (back to top)
Tibetan Goji Berries
Tibetan Goji Berries are regarded in Tibet as the 'Fruit of Longevity andWell Being'. It is very high in anti-oxidants and has health-giving properties. Peoples moods brighten, they sleep better and some people even experience increased libido.
According to legend, Goji berries (Lycium Eleganus) were uncovered by a doctor during his study of an ancient society living in a remote region of the Himalayas in Tibet. He found that some members of this society lived to be over 100 years old in great health and strength. They had no grey hair, and never lost their teeth. Eventually he recognized that all of these centenarians lived near certain water wells where the Goji berry vines grew over the top of the well! As the ripe berries fell into the wells, their nutrients dissolved in the water and was drunk by the people living nearby. It became clear that the berries added something to the water that made those who drank it robustly healthy and live to a ripe old age.
This legend is further supported by the life of famed Li Qing Yuen, who lived to the age of 252 years (1678-1930). Li Qing Yuen consumed Goji berries daily, some sources indicate that Goji Berries were his main source of food. The life of Li Qing Yuen is the most well-documented case of extreme longevity known, with a featured documentary in the prestigious National Geographic magazine in 1930.
Goji berries are so honored as a longevity food that to this day, there is an annual two-week festival to celebrate their many health-giving properties.
Dr. Earl Mindell, pharmacist, herbalist and professor of nutrition at Pacific Western University in LA, believes that as consumption of the berry increases, they will have more powerful benefits on health, well-being and anti-aging than any other product he has seen in years.*
Goji berries have been traditionally regarded as a longevity, strength-building, and sexual potency food of the highest order. In several study groups with elderly people, the berry was given once a day for 3 weeks, many beneficial results were experienced and 67% of the patients T cell transformation functions tripled and the activity of the patients white cell interleukin-2 doubled. In addition, the results showed that all the patients spirit and optimism increased significantly, appetite improved in 95% of the patients, 95% of the patients slept better, and 35% of the patients experienced improved sexual function.*
- Loaded with nutrients and powerful Antioxidants.
- 18 Amino Acids, (six times higher than bee pollen)
- More Beta Carotene than carrots!
- More Iron than spinach!
- 21 Trace Minerals
- 500 times more Vitamin C by weight than oranges!
- 13 % protein ( more than whole wheat)
- Displays an insulin-like action that is effective in fat decomposition!
- Loaded with many other vitamins and minerals including Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamins B1, B2, B6, and Vitamin E.
Mature fruits contain about 11 mg of iron per 100 grams, beta-sisterol (an anti-inflammatory agent), linoleic acid (a fatty acid), sesquiterpenoids (cyperone, solavetivone), tetraterpenoids (zeaxanthin, physalin), and betaine (0.1%).
Goji berries contain polysaccharides which fortify the immune system. A polysaccharide found in this fruit has been found to be a powerful secretagogue (a substance that stimulates the secretion of rejuvenative human growth hormone by the pituitary gland). (back to top)
CORDYCEPS is a small, dark, blade shaped fungus found in the highlands of China, Tibet, and Nepal where it is highly valued food and tonic herb. 1500 years ago the local herdsmen of Tibet noticed that when their cattle and sheep grazed where cordyceps grew, they became very strong. Even old yaks showed signs of being younger, and had increased natural vigor and vitality. This rare mushroom became a very sought after substance in the Chinese herbal tradition for its profound effects on energy, stamina, sex drive, longevity, and overall physical health and well being.
Usage And Benefits
Improves Utilization of OXYGEN
Several scientific studies have demonstrated the benefits of CORDYCEPS in improving the amount of oxygen the body's cells can assimilate. CORDYCEPS has been shown to increase cellular Oxygen absorption by up to 40%. This may in part account for the overall increases in respiratory function, physical energy, endurance, and anti-fatigue effects which are seen in humans using the CORDYCEPS supplement.
Helps Maintain Healthy Cholesterol Levels
Studies have demonstrated that CORDYCEPS helps maintain a balanced cholesterol level and actually increases HDL-cholesterol (good cholesterol) by 27 to 30%.
Supports a Peak Performance Immune System
CORDYCEPS helps revitalize your body's Army of NK cells Natural Killer (NK) cells. These special cells are your immune systems primary line of defense in fighting infections and foreign invaders.
Controlled studies which show that elderly patients suffering from fatigue and senility related symptoms reported 92% improvement in the reduction of fatigue, 89% improvement in feeling cold and 83% improvement in dizziness, after supplementing CORDYCEPS for 30 days. Patients with respiratory/breathing problems felt physically stronger and some were able to jog for 600 ft. (Cao A, Wen Y. J Applied Traditional Chinese Med 1993;1:32-33)
Protects Against Free Radical Damage
Several studies have shown that CORDYCEPS is a powerful antioxidant, protecting the cells against the damages caused by free radicals.
Several studies with animals have demonstrated that CORDYCEPS increases the cellular energy production and oxygen supply. A double blind, placebo controlled investigation showed a marked reduction in fatigue in elderly patients when they were given three grams of Cordyceps daily.
Endurance, Stamina and Fitness
Reduces muscle Soreness, Enhances Recovery, Promotes Faster Energy Recovery, Reduces Fatigue, Improves Physical Function, Provides More Stamina. Increases ATP Synthesis. ( ATP = Cellular energy) Research studies prove CORDYCEPS increases energy available to the cells by as much as 55%.) Reported XU C.F et al in ZHU J-S, Halpern GM, Jones K. The Scientific rediscovery of a precious ancient Chinese herbal regimen: Cordyceps: Part I. J Alt Comp Med 1998;4(3):289-303.)
Increases Sex Drive and Promotes Peak Sexual Performance
Three different Chinese double-blind, placebo-controlled studies with over 200 men with 'reduced libido' showed remarkable results. An average of 64% of the Cordyceps users reported significant improvement by the end of the experimental period compared with 24% of the placebo group. In another double blind, placebo controlled study conducted with 21 elderly women with similar complaints, 90% reported improvements following the use of Cordyceps, compared with none in the control group (Wan F, Guo Y, Deng X. Chinese Traditional Patented Med 1988;9:29-31.
Another double-blind study by the Institute of Materia Medica in Beijing, China showed an 86% increase in women's libido and desire. (JIA-SHI ZHU, M.D., Ph.D. The Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, Vol.4, Number 3, 1998, pp.289-303). (back to top)
Raw Cacao Powder
Cacao beans (Theobroma Cacao / Raw Chocolate) are the source for all Chocolate and Cocoa products. Theobroma literally means "Food of the Gods". The Cacao plant was known as "Goddess of the Seeds" and Mexicans named the pounded seeds "Chocolate". RAW CACAO POWDER is increasingly being consumed as the 21st century source for all that regular "cocoa powder" is known for in a pure unadulterated form that satisfies the senses as well as body!
RAW CACAO POWDER contains many rare key nutrients that enhance physical and mental well-being. RAW CACAO POWDER also contain more ANTIOXIDANT flavanoids than any other food tested including Red Wine, Green Tea and Blueberries. Other essential minerals present in Cacao are Calcium, Zinc, Iron, Copper, Sulfur, and Potassium. Cacao also contains many chemicals that enhance physical and mental well-being, including alkaloids, proteins, magnesium, beta-carotene, leucine, linoleic acid, lipase, lysine, and some neurotransmitters such as dopamine and anandamine.
RAW verses Roasted
Cacao contains very small amounts of caffeine and theobromine. However, experiments have shown that these stimulants are far different when consumed raw than cooked.
Consider the following:
According to David Wolfe, respected raw food authority, conscious lifestyle activist, and noted author of the book: Sunfood Diet Success System, experiments proving that chocolate has a much more stimulating effect when cooked. One experiment conducted with a decoction of roasted ground cacao beans in boiling water produced an excitement of the nervous system similar to that caused by black coffee, an excited state of circulation, and an accelerated pulse. Interestingly, when the same decoction was made with raw, un-roasted beans neither effect was noticeable, leading the experimenters to conclude that the physiological changes were caused by aromatic substances released during roasting.
Loaded with Super-Nutrients
Cacao contains massive quantities of magnesium which builds strong bones and balances brain chemistry important for a natural optimistic outlook.* Cacao contains more magnesium than any other food known! This is likely the reason that women crave chocolate more during their menstrual cycle. Of all mineral deficiencies that arise on Standard American Diet (SAD), magnesium is the the most common, with over 80% of Americans are chronically deficient in Magnesium!
Chocolate contains natural mild monoamine oxidase enzyme inhibitors (MAO inhibitors). These rare MAO inhibitors actually produce favorable results when consumed by allowing more serotonin and other neurotransmitters to circulate in the brain. According to Dr. Gabriel Cousens, MAO inhibitors facilitate youthing and rejuvenation.
Chocolate contains Phenylethylamine (PEA). PEA can increase focus and alertness and helps us feel connected to others.* Our brains naturally produce a small amount of PEA all the time and much greater amounts when we are in love. This is why chocolate and love have such a deep correlation. PEA also plays a role in increasing focus and alertness.
Anandamide (The Bliss Chemical)
Cacao also contains a wonderful natural phyto-chemical called anandamide. Ananda is the Sanskrit word for BLISS and its no coincidence that our brains naturally produce anandamide when we are feeling bliss! Cacao also contains enzyme inhibitors that increase the amount of time that anandamide can stay in circulation in your body. This allows the wonderful effects of chocolate to last a longer time.
The Cacao tree grows in tropical regions around the globe and has been cultivated in Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Central America, West Indies, Africa and South East Asia. Cacao has always been highly valued, its seeds sometimes serving as currency as they did during the Aztec period in Mexico. (back to top)
Raw Maca Powder
What is raw maca powder? Maca is a radish-like perennial that grows at high altitude in an environment of intense sunlight, high winds and freezing temperatures in the upper elevations of the Andes Mountains in Peru. Maca root was domesticated about 2000 years ago by the Incan culture who regarded the root as a very valuable commodity. Native Peruvians have traditionally utilized Maca since before the time of the Incas for both nutritional and medicinal purposes. Maca Root is an important staple in the diets of the people indigenous to the region since it has the highest nutritional value of any food crop grown there. The Root of the Maca plant is a true adaptogen with very positive and beneficial effects on the human body*
- Key Nutrients Support Libido and Peak Sexual Functioning In Men and Women*
- Key Nutrients support Hormonal Balance For Men And Women of All Ages*
- Helps Nourish and Feed the Bodies Entire Endocrine System.*
- Improves Sense of Physical and Emotional Well Being*
- Increase Physical Energy, and Daily Stamina,*
- Continued Use Increases Mental Clarity and Focus*
- Nutritional Support for minimal Menopause Symptoms *
- Nutritional Support for healthy Fertility For Men And Women *
Maca root has been used traditionally for centuries in South America to enhance fertility in humans and animals. Soon after the Spanish Conquest the Spanish found that their livestock were having difficulty reproducing in the high altitude. The local Indians recommended feeding the animals Maca Root and the results were so remarkable that Spanish chroniclers gave in-depth report and started eating it themselves! Its fertility enhancing properties were supported clinically as early as 1961, when researchers discovered it increased the fertility of rats. Maca has also been referred to as "Peruvian ginseng", although it is actually not in the same family as ginseng. Today ongoing studies are being performed to scientifically prove the fertility benefits in men and women.
Dried Maca Root also has a very high nutritional profile; It has 59% carbohydrates, 10.2% protein, 8.5% fiber and 2.2% lipids. It has a large amount of essential amino acids, minerals and important fatty acids including linolenic, palmitic and oleic acids. It is rich in sterols as well. In addition to its rich supply of essential nutrients, Maca Root contains alkaloids, tannins and saponins. A chemical analysis conducted in 1981 showed the presence of biologically active aromatic isothiocyanates, especially p-methoxybenzyl isothiocyanate, which have reputed aphrodisiac properties. Initial analysis of Maca Root indicates that the effects on fertility are a result of the glucosinolates.
Thanks to its energizing effects and ability to increase stamina and endurance in athletes Maca is growing in world popularity. Other traditional uses include fertility enhancement, maximizing sexual performance, promoting mental clarity, nutritional support for age related male impotence, helping with female hormonal imbalances including menopause, menstrual irregularities, and daily fatigue. It is used as a natural alternative to anabolic steroids by bodybuilders due to its richness in natural plant sterols. Today, dried Maca roots are ground to powder and used as a food supplement to increase stamina and fertility. In Peruvian herbal tradition, Maca Root is also used to stimulate the immune system as well as to enhance memory.
The cultivation of Maca is increasing in the Andes highlands to meet the growing world wide demand for nutritional and traditional uses. Using Maca helps support the Indigenous Peoples of the Andes.
Usage And Benefits
We highly recommend raw maca powder as a crucial nutritional support for anyone recovering from any debilitating illness or daily fatigue. raw maca powder is easily digested and is naturally high in mineral and sterol content making it ideal for helping the body to regain weight and vitality. There many reports of it helping people who are recovering from daily fatigue.
Due to its high content of natural plant sterols, health-conscious athletes who wish to increase endurance, stamina and body mass in a safe and effective way are turning to raw maca powder. The increases may be more gradual than that obtained through using anabolic steroids or other banned substances, but it is a natural weight gain without the potential harm to the health.
Another effect that has been noted by many people is that when taken regularly, Maca greatly increases the vitality of the body. This can have quite a marked effect upon the libido, increasing both the quality and the staying power of sexual activity. (back to top)
Chlorella is a powerful detoxification aid for heavy metals and other pesticides. Numerous research projects in the U.S. and Europe indicate that chlorella can also aid the body in breaking down persistent hydrocarbon and metallic toxins such as mercury, cadmium and lead, DDT and PCB while strengthening the immune system response. In Japan, interest in chlorella has focused largely on its detoxifying properties - its ability to remove or neutralize poisonous substances from the body.
This detoxification of heavy metals and other chemical toxins in the blood will take 3 to 6 months to build up enough to begin this process depending on how much chlorella a person is taking. Chlorella is a food. As such, it is almost impossible to take too much chlorella. It is also this fibrous material which greatly augments healthy digestion and overall digestive track health.
How Does Chlorella Detoxify Your Body?
Chlorella is comprised of a fibrous, indigestible outer shell (20%) and its inner nutrients (80%). It is the fibrous material which has been proven to actually bind with the heavy metals and pesticides - such as PCBs - which can accumulate in our bodies.
A clean bloodstream, with an abundance of red blood cells to carry oxygen, is necessary to a strong natural defense system. Chlorella's cleansing action on the bowel and other elimination channels, as well as its protection of the liver, helps keep the blood clean. Clean blood insures that metabolic wastes are efficiently carried away from the tissues.
Chlorella gets its name from the high amount of chlorophyl it possesses. Chlorella contains more chlorophyl per gram than any other plant. Chlorophyl is one of the greatest food substances for cleansing the bowel and other elimination systems, such as the liver and the blood.
Green algae are the highest sources of chlorophyl in the plant world. And of all the green algae studied so far, chlorella has the highest, often ranging from 3 to 5% pure natural chlorophyll.
Chlorella is a Key Detoxification Tool
Hemoglobin is the protein in our red blood cells which binds with oxygen and gives blood its bright red color. Chlorophyll cells are nearly identical to hemoglobin, with one exception: Chlorophyll has a magnesium molecule at its center while hemoglobin has an iron molecule at the center of it.
This is important because magnesium is essential for the heart to function properly. Every time our heart beats, it is utilizing magnesium to do so.
Chlorophyll is effective against anemia and stimulates the production of red blood cells in the body. It also helps carry oxygen around the body and to the brain. This is why chlorella is often called a 'Brain Food'.
Several researchers have suggested the use of chlorophyll as a medical therapy for anemia.
Chlorella Will Improve Your Digestive System
Since chlorella has such a high chlorophyll content, people find chronic bad breath is often eliminated in just a few days on chlorella. Foul smelling stools are also greatly improved and chlorophyll has been attributed to relieving constipation.
Chlorella Shown To Be Helpful in Fighting Cancer
Interferon is one of our body's greatest natural defenses against cancer. One of the ways we fight cancer is to use agents to stimulate macrophage production and activity. Interferon is a natural secretion of the body which is thought to be a stimulator of macrophages and tumor necrosis factor.
Chlorella stimulates the activity of macrophages and T-cells by increasing interferon levels thus enhancing the immune system's ability to combat foreign invaders whether they are viruses, bacteria, chemicals or foreign proteins.
Chlorella Contains Natural Digestive and other Enzymes
Chlorella contains enzymes such as chlorophyllase and pepsin, which are two digestive enzymes. Enzymes perform a number of important functions in the body. Chlorella has many different types of enzymes that our bodies need.
It is essential that any chlorella you take is NOT freeze dried or pasteurized. If it is, then you have lost the crucial benefit of enzymes such as these.
Chlorella is Alkaline and Helps Balance Your Body's pH
It's important that we maintain a balance body pH of ideally about 7.2-7.4, which is about neutral. However, because of our poor diet of junk food, overcooked, processed foods, fast food, which include soft drinks which have a pH of 2.7, most of us are not balanced.
This is important because most diseases start, live and thrive in an acidic environment and do not live well in an alkaline environment. Cancer rates have risen steadily so that now fully 1/3 of all people in the U. S. will get cancer in their lifetime.
The rise of fast, junk and processed foods match those of rising cancer rates. 30 years ago, cancer in children was almost unheard of. Now they have entire hospital wards given over to children with cancer. Including whole foods like chlorella in your diet is one step you can take toward reducing your risks for cancer.
Chlorella Normalizes Blood Sugar and Blood Pressure
Studies have shown that chlorella tends to normalize blood sugar in cases of hypoglycemia. In hypoglycemia, blood sugar is too low. Proper levels of blood sugar are necessary for normal brain function, heart function and energy metabolism, all of which are crucial in sustaining good health and preventing disease.
High blood pressure is one of the major risk factors in heart attack and stroke, which account for more fatalities in the United States than any other disease. Laboratory experiments have shown that regular use of chlorella reduces high blood pressure and prevents strokes in rats.
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The pillars of a good mercury detoxification program are chlorella, N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC), MSM and the herb cilantro, which is discussed here. My favorite source for organic cilantro in 1 pound bags is here. Garlic is also a good mercury chelator. (back to top)
Bluegreen Algae (AFA)
The discovery of this ancient strain of blue-green micro-algae Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA) has led to a new super food that contains more protein and chlorophyll than any other food source. Primitive as algae may appear, most are highly efficient photo synthesizers, even more so than plants. Algae utilize light energy from the sun, carbon dioxide from the air, and hydrogen from the water to synthesize proteins, carbohydrates and lipids. AFA grows only in the wild and is far superior to any other algae on the planet. It is nature's perfect food. AFA is unique among all food grade algaes in that it also metabolizes molecular nitrogen from the air to produce its proteins and other nitrogen containing bio-molecules. The AFA cell is truly awe-inspiring. Although hundreds of times smaller than the cells of the plant or animal kingdoms, its wide range of sixty-four micro-nutrients is remarkable and unsurpassed by any known food. It should be no surprise that the nucleic acids of AFA also bio-stimulate the immune system.
Is all AFA algae the same?
The benefits of Aphanizomenon flos-aquae are directly proportional to the quality and exact source of the algae. Unless you know the source of the algae, there is no guarantee of quality. AFA is usually harvested from the purest and healthiest algae from the deepest waters of Upper Klamath Lake in Oregon.
About the brain
The brain is the most undernourished organ in the body. Although it comprises only 2% of the total body weight, it uses 20% of the body's available energy resources. Each of its estimated 10 billion neurons has an insatiable appetite, which must be satisfied every minute of every day of our lives. AFA metabolizes molecular nitrogen directly from the air. This growth pattern allows for the biosynthesis of Low Molecular Weight Peptide Groups. These low molecular weight peptides are the precursors of neurotransmitters, which are used by various regions of the brain and body to initiate the secretion of other substances (such as hormones) that influence metabolic functions. Neurotransmitters can be seen as the chemical link whereby neurons communicate with one another. The ability of the brain neurons to manufacture and utilize neurotransmitters is dependent upon the concentration of amino acids in the bloodstream. This largely depends upon the food consumption of the previous meal.
The importance of protein and amino acids
All of the body's basic biochemical processes require energy to occur. It is from the ingestion of various food substances that the required amount of energy is obtained. The central part of the body's energy package that provides for the replication and repair of cells, organs and organ systems is protein. Next to water, protein is the most abundant substance in a healthy human body. It comprises a major portion of the blood and lymph and creates a natural immunity by giving the body a means of recognizing invading foreign cells and viruses. Proteins are made up of amino acids, which are the building blocks of the body. Proteins comprise 90% of the hemoglobin and form the backbone of the body's immune system. AFA contains more protein than any other organism (plant or animal). There are 22 amino acids, 8 of which are essential and must be obtained from our foods. Without proper quantities of all the amino acids, health cannot be maintained. When improper amounts of amino acids are consumed, the less important body tissues are "cannibalized" causing premature aging and possible severe deficiencies, such as lack of motivation, loss of memory, low mental alertness, poor intellectual performance and depression. What is truly unique about the algae is that its amino acid profile is almost identical to that found in our body, making AFA one of nature's perfect foods.
Research has shown it's not only what you eat, but also what your body absorbs and assimilates that is important. Micro-algae, existing at the beginning of the food chain, provide nutrition in its simplest form balanced whole food nutrition that is easily digested and absorbed. AFA has a soft cell wall that is easily digested by the body. This allows rapid absorption of vital nutrients and easy assimilation. This algae, harvested from the wild in its 100% organic natural state, comes to you directly from southern Oregon's extraordinary Upper Klamath Lake. The lake is far away from any large cities that might pollute the air and water, and it is also entirely surrounded by the Cascade Mountains. This unique ecosystem of mineral-rich water, clean air and high intensity sunlight makes Upper Klamath Lake the perfect growth medium for this nutrient-dense whole food. Aphanizomenon flos-aquae from Klamath Lake is the very best that algae can be. It is the most fundamental food on the planet. There is simply nothing else like it. Algae has been harvested and eaten for centuries and yet, until recently, its immense nutritional value has mostly gone unrecognized. Now, science has begun to focus their attention on the nutritional potential of algae because of global hunger, shrinking resources, depleted lands, etc. The results of this research and testing have been impressive enough for UC Irvine scientists to call it a "Super Food, capable of contributing to the achievement and maintenance of wellness."
The importance of chlorophyll
Chlorophyll is a very important part of the algae. Its molecular structure is almost the same as that of the hemoglobin, which is responsible for carrying throughout the body. Oxygen is the prime nutrient, and chlorophyll is the central molecule for increasing the oxygen availability to your system. Chlorophyll is vital for the body's rapid assimilation of amino acids. Algae is the highest know source of chlorophyll.
CHLOROPHYLL CONTENT (per 10 grams)
- AFA Algae 300 mg
- Spirulina 115 mg
- Chlorella 280 mg
- Barley Grass 149 mg
- Wheat Grass 55mg
The importance of vitamins
Vitamins are essential to human life. They are organic compounds necessary in small amounts to promote growth and maintenance of life. They do not provide energy, nor do they construct or build any part of the body. They are needed to transform food into energy for the body. AFA contains a complete balance of vitamins except for vitamins "D" and "E". Spending time outdoors in the sun provides a source for vitamin "D", where it is formed in the skin by ultra violet rays. Eating high chlorophyll foods helps produce vitamin "E" in the body.
The importance of organic minerals
Minerals are important to the overall functioning of the mind and body. They have two general body functions - building and regulating. Without minerals, vitamins have no function. Minerals help build the skeleton and all soft tissues, and regulate heartbeat, blood clotting, internal pressure of body fluids, nerve response and oxygen transport from the lungs to the tissues. AFA contains almost every organic mineral in trace amounts, which is what the body must have to function well. Minerals can literally mean the difference between good health and serious disease. While the minerals only represent about one percent or less of our daily food intake, without them we cannot utilize our food, and we would quickly perish.
The importance of beta carotene
The body uses beta-carotene to produce its own Vitamin A. Because the body converts beta-carotene into Vitamin A only as needed, there is no threat of toxic build up. The beta-carotene in AFA is probably one of the most powerful natural antioxidants known today. It may well be the single most important factor towards enhancing the immune system (by protecting the thymus gland) and thus increasing our life span. However, the potential healing properties of beta-carotene are maximized ONLY when other precious carotenoids are also present. AFA contains dozens of carotenoids, all able to neutralize the deleterious effects of dangerous free radicals. In the past 25 years, twenty-four worldwide studies have looked at beta-carotene. All findings are consistent. Leading degenerative disease research authorities have shown that people who consume higher-than-average amounts of foods rich in beta-carotene have lower incidence of degenerative disease.
The importance of pure water
We can go without food for weeks but without water we die of dehydration in a few days. Over two thirds of our body is water, yet most of us don't clearly understand the importance of drinking pure water (no chlorine, no chemicals, no bacteria or carcinogens). Water is the most abundant compound in the human body and is necessary for: Digestion of food; Regulation of body temperature; Transport of food to the tissues; Elimination of toxins and body wastes; Circulation of body fluids (like blood and lymph); Lubricant in the joints and internal organs - keeping them moist; Permitting the passage of substances between the cells and blood vessels. Water is part of the blood system holding dissolved minerals, like calcium and magnesium, in solution and making them available to body tissues where they are required for proper health. When water consumption is limited, the body robs some areas to protect different tissues and organs, which results in pain, tissue damage, and a variety of common health problems. All too frequently we tend to confuse thirst with hunger and instead of drinking water, we eat, leading to weight gain. Your body needs a minimum of 1/2 ounce of pure water, per pound of body weight, per day.
America's food supply is highly refined, processed, genetically altered and nutrient deficient. All of these factors negatively affect our bodies over time. It is very difficult to eat and stay healthy on the typical American diet. Over production of our farmlands have depleted the soils, causing our foods to be nutrient deficient. Most of the major degenerative diseases are largely caused by poor diet and unhealthy foods. Dr. Stanley S. Bass, N.D., D.C., Ph.C. says, "The closer the food comes to the natural state in which it occurs, or the closer we come to its raw, unfired form, the higher its quality is." In this condition, all the enzymes are found intact. The amino acids are in their finest form. The minerals, vitamins, trace elements, carbohydrates and life force are present. This life force is, in turn, capable of reproducing tissue, which is full of life and longer lasting in structure. Eating organically grown unprocessed foods, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds provides your body nutrients that are free of herbicides, pesticides and preservatives. Aphanizomenon flos-aquae is nature's most basic food. It exists at the beginning of the food chain, provides perfect nutrition and contains more protein than other whole foods. This super nutrition provides rich naturally occurring Chlorophyll. Chlorophyll has been shown to enhance your entire health and boosts the immune system. This amazing food can also help to purify the blood, promote intestinal regularity and naturally help heal the body. Good nutrition is the first step toward a long and happy life! (back to top)
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