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Archive for October, 2016

Why You Need Wheat Germ

 Why Is Wheat Germ So Good for You?

Because it is meant to feed the new plant, wheat germ is packed with good nutrients. Two tablespoons of raw wheat germ have about 1.5 grams of unsaturated fat, 9 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of protein, 2 grams dietary fiber, 2 grams of sugars, no cholesterol and about 60 calories. This is plenty of protein and fiber.  Plus, it has a number of other healthy nutrients for your body:

B vitamins

Wheat germ is packed with important B vitamins, such as folate, vitamin B1 (thiamin) and vitamin B6. B vitamins are important for the heart, to make proper mood chemicals for our brain, and are critical for cardiovascular health.

Fiber

Wheat germ contains lots of fiber, which is necessary for good blood sugar balance, cholesterol control, intestinal health and detoxification.

Phytosterols

Wheat germ has phytosterols, which are actually steroid compounds similar to cholesterol. These phytosterols can lower unhealthy cholesterol and promote a healthy heart. One French study from 1992 found that eating 30 grams, or about a quarter of a cup, of raw wheat germ a day for 14 weeks lowered total cholesterol by 7.2%. It also lowered LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, by 15.4%, and triglycerides, a fat and sugar molecule in your blood, by 11.3%. Another study from the 2003 American Journal of Clinical Nutritionshowed that if you removed the phytosterols from the wheat germ, you would not get the same cholesterol-lowering effect. This shows us that the phytosterols are the compound needed to lower cholesterol. In this study, wheat germ with the original phytosterols reduced cholesterol absorption from the intestines by an impressive 42.8%.

Other studies suggest that reducing bad cholesterol by just 7% can lead to a 15% lower risk of heart disease. Since wheat germ is one of the most robust sources of phytosterols, wheat germ may indeed be a superfood to lower bad LDL cholesterol.

Healthy Fatty Acids

Wheat germ is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids can help lower cholesterol, lower inflammation, and support a healthy nervous system, which can lower anxiety levels and improve mood.

Minerals

Wheat germ also contains tons of minerals, including iron, zinc, magnesium, calcium, selenium and manganese. Our body needs minerals to repair itself and run the chemical reactions that keep us healthy.

Vitamin E

Wheat germ contains plenty of vitamin E. This vitamin serves as a powerful antioxidant that protects the wheat germ oil from becoming rancid too quickly. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that can protect cell membranes, brain cells, and cholesterol molecules from free radical damage. Free radical damage greatly contributes to plaque build-up in the arteries, called atherosclerosis. Vitamin E can help stop that process. Vitamin E is also important for good liver detoxification, immune function, and blood glucose control in both healthy and diabetic individuals.

By Pina LoGiudice ND, LAc and Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc Directors of Inner Source Health

Your Juice of the day:

Handful Swiss Chard and Spinach mix
1 tablespoon Chia seeds
1 tablespoon Goji berries
1 tablespoon wheat germ
1 tablespoon wheat bran
1/2 gala apple
1 tomato
1 carrot
1/2 cup berry blend (blueberry, blackberry,raspberry)
1 cup green grapes
1/2 banana
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 kiwi
water

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Amazing benefits of Celery

Celery is from the same family with parsley and fennel.   It can grow to the height of up to 16 inches. The white celery is grown shaded from direct sunlight, thus has less chlorophyll, compared to its greener counterparts.  The ribs of celery are crunchy and are often used to make soup or salad. It has a salty taste, so celery juice is a good mix with the sweeter fruit juices. Depending on variety, some may taste very salty.

Celery has always been associated with lowering of blood pressure. When combined with other juices, it provides different formula that help other conditions.  Recent studies have shown that celery might also be effective in combating cancer.

Juice of the Day:

Handful of Spinach

1 Beet

2 Celery Stalk

1 Orange

1 apple

1 inch size Ginger

1 Banana

1 scoop Maca Powder

1 Tbsp Goji berries

1 Tbsp Chia seeds

Water

Some of the health benefits of celery juice: 

Acidity:  The important minerals in this magical juice effectively balance the body’s blood pH, neutralizing acidity.

Athletes:  Celery juice acts as the perfect post-workout tonic as it replaces lost electrolytes and rehydrates the body with its rich minerals.

Cancer:  Celery is known to contain at least eight families of anti-cancer compounds. Among them are the acetylenics that have been shown to stop the growth of tumor cells. Phenolic acids which block the action of prostaglandins that encourage the growth of tumor cells. And coumarins which help prevent free radicals from damaging cells.

Cholesterol:  This humble pale juice has been shown to effectively and significantly lower total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol.

Colon and stomach cancer:  The phytochemical coumarins prevent the formation and development of the colon and stomach cancers.

Constipation:  The natural laxative effect of celery helps to relieve constipation. It also helps relax nerves that have been overworked by man-made laxatives.

Cooling:  During dry and hot weather, drink a glass of celery juice two or three times a day, between meals. It wonderfully helps to normalize body temperature.

Diuretic:  The potassium and sodium in celery juice helps to regulate body fluid and stimulate urine production, making it an important help to rid the body of excess fluid.

Inflammation:  The polyacetylene in celery is an amazing relief for all inflammation like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, asthma and bronchitis.

Kidney function:  Celery promotes healthy and normal kidney function by aiding elimination of toxins from the body. While eliminating toxins, it also prevents formation of kidney stones.

Lower blood pressure:  Drinking celery juice every day for a week significantly helps lower blood pressure. A compound called phtalides help relax the muscle around arteries, dilating the vessels and allowing blood to flow normally. To be effective, drink the juice for one week, stop for three weeks, and start over.

Nervous system:  The organic alkaline minerals in celery juice has a calming effect on the nervous system, making it a wonderful drink for insomniacs.

Weight loss:  Drink celery juice frequently throughout the day. It helps curb your cravings for sweets and rich food.

Urinary stones, breaking of:  The diuretic effect of celery juice also aids the breaking and elimination of urinary and gall bladder stones.

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source:   Juice for health

Juice of the Day

Handful of Beet Greens

1 cup Red Cabbage

1/2 apple

3 Strawberries

Juice from one Lemon

1/2 cup Parsley

1 Celery Stalk

5 Almonds

1 Tbsp Goji Berries

1 Tbsp Hemp seeds

1 Tbsp Flaxseed

1 Tsp Turmeric

1 Garlic clove

1 thumb size Ginger

Water

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Reasons to use Hemp Seeds in your juice

Technically, hemp “seeds” are really not seeds at all, they are actually a fruit. Tiny and round, sort of like itty bitty sunflower seeds, they have a pleasing, mild and slightly nutty flavor. Unlike sunflower seeds they are not crunchy but instead are a bit more like sesame seeds, but even softer in texture. Hemp seeds sort of taste like pine nuts, but have an even mellower, milder flavor.

Hemp seeds are an incredible vegan source of biologically available and easily digested protein. For those who are allergic to soy, hemp seeds are a great vegan alternative. Hemp seeds contain all 10 essential Amino acids.

Juice of the Day:

4 Kale leaves

1/2 cup parsley

1/2 cup Broccoli

1 Tomato

1 Banana

2 Pineapple cubes

1 Tbsp Flaxseed

1 Tbsp Hemp seed

1 Tbsp Goji Berries

Water

Hemp

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