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Top health benefits of cocoa


Cocoa products are very popular throughout the world. Whether it is eating a high-quality chocolate for a decadent snack or chocolate sauce added to the dessert of the evening, cocoa often tops the list of favorite foods for people across the globe. Many people do not realize that cocoa offers significant health benefits that can help them rationalize those times when they indulge in their favorite food, even if they are not supposed to do so.

Another amazing reason to drink green tea


Many of us know that green tea has many amazing, scientifically backed health benefits (especially in regard to cancer prevention). Add another benefit to the list! A new study out of the University of Basel which was published in the journal Psychopharmacology demonstrated the first known example of how green tea extract can affect cognitive functions such as the working memory! These are exciting and promising results, because they could have implications regarding the treatment of dementia and other neuropsychiatric disorders!

Taking artificial vitamin supplements? Think again. Their antioxidant component scientifically proven to cause cancer


It is deeply rooted in our psyche that antioxidants help prevent cancer, and the multi-billion-dollar food supplement industry has exploited this belief for years. One reason why antioxidants are touted to be beneficial is because they scavenge upon free radicals. The fact is, these free radicals are indeed harmful, damage cells and DNA, and cause early aging and cancer. The larger question here is what type of antioxidants are proven to be bad?

Strawberries can help cure gastritis


Gastritis, a condition in which the stomach lining becomes inflamed, can be caused by a number of factors. Too much alcohol consumption, viral and bacterial infections, taking aspirin or ibuprofen, having an autoimmune disorder and even stress are common culprits behind this digestive problem. That's the bad news.

Study reveals new insight on the most important antioxidant we need: glutathione


Glutathione is called the master antioxidant because it can regenerate itself in the liver after each fill-up of free radicals and go back to work. Free radicals are often the byproduct of normal cellular metabolic oxidation and toxic overload, leading to autoimmune diseases, several cancers or heart attacks.

Studies show that acai berries can fight cancer, boost immunity and more


Acai berries are the fruits of the acai palm, a species of palm tree native to Central and South America. These berries, which are characterized by their grape-like appearance and bitter taste, have been cherished by the Amazonian natives for centuries due to their incredible medicinal properties. These properties, which are slowly being validated by ongoing studies, are the reason why acai berries - along with other Amazonian foods such as cacao, maca and camu camu - have become synonymous with the "superfood" label.

The process used to make black and oolong tea destroys many of the antioxidants found in green and white tea


Although green and white tea leaves are harvested at different times, they share an important characteristic: they are pan- or oven-dried immediately after harvesting.

Cheap, synthetic astaxanthin derived from petrochemicals flooding the natural products market beginning this month


Astaxanthin is one of the most potent algae-based superfood supplements known to the natural products industry. Derived from algae, it is known as "King of the carotenoids" and it demonstrates many supportive health effects in the human body.*

White is the new green - Discover the exceptional health advantages of white tea for cancer, inflammation and more


Green tea has received plenty of positive press over the years - and rightly so. Yet, its younger cousin is garnering significant attention as a superior brew in scientific circles. With the highest antioxidant rating of any tea - and the lowest level of fluoride - white tea offers noteworthy protection against cancer, inflammation, high cholesterol and dental plaque. It's also antifungal, antibacterial and fortifies against the ravages of aging.

Aronia berries: North American fruits bursting with antioxidants


Aronia is a North American shrub that bears fruits which resemble dark purple-colored cranberries. Despite their ordinary appearance, however, these fruits - which are commonly called aronia berries or chokeberries - boast an unusually impressive nutritional profile. Indeed, a couple of years ago, many mainstream newspapers - notably the United Kingdom's Daily Mail - ran stories claiming that aronia berries were the healthiest fruits in the world. While these claims are debatable, research has shown that the regular consumption of aronia berries in preserved, dried or juiced form provides us with numerous health benefits.