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Are Watermelons the new, natural Viagra?

Big, juicy slices of watermelon are a delightful treat in the summer and at only 84 calories per wedge, there is absolutely no reason to not eat this fruit to your heart’s desire! Watermelons are one of the most refreshing, thirst quenching fruit available all year round. Watermelon is not only delicious, but also very nutritious. Studies have shown that deep red varieties of watermelon have displaced tomatoes as the lycopene king. Watermelons are very beneficial to our health and could even be a natural Viagra! Read on:

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1. It soothes sore muscles:

According to a new study in the Journal of Agricultural Food and Chemistry, drinking watermelon juice before a hard workout helped reduce athletes’ heart rate and next-day muscle soreness. That’s because watermelon is rich in an amino acid called L-citrulline, which the body converts to L-arginine, an essential amino acid that helps relax blood vessels and improve circulation.

2. It helps heart health:

Postmenopausal women experienced improved cardiovascular health after six weeks of taking commercially available watermelon extract supplements containing citrulline and arginine, according to a study published earlier this year by Florida State University physiologist Arturo Figueroa. And in a 2012 study, also led by Figueroa, such supplements helped alleviate high blood pressure in obese, middle-aged adults.

3. It could be a natural Viagra:

Improved circulation can benefit more than just the heart, as at least one watermelon researcher has pointed out. But you’d probably have to eat an awful lot to achieve the desired effect–and eating too much could cause unfortunate side effects, since watermelon has long had a reputation as a natural diuretic. Watermelon has an ingredient (arginine) that delivers a Viagra-like effect. Arginine boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, the same basic effect that Viagra has, to treat erectile dysfunction and maybe even prevent it. Extra nitric oxide can also help treat angina, high blood pressure and other cardiovascular problems.

4. It’s rich in vitamins and minerals, but low in calories:

Given its name, you might assume the fruit has little nutritional value—and it is more than 90 percent water. But a 10-ounce (300-mL) wedge of watermelon packs in about one-third of the recommended daily value of vitamins A and C, as well as a modest amount of potassium (9 percent of the daily value).

5. It could even combat cancer:

Watermelon is among the best dietary sources of lycopene, an antioxidant linked to both the prevention and treatment of prostate cancer, although scientists are still investigating the details of that connection.

6. Younger looking skin:

Achieve that younger looking skin with just 2-cups of watermelon daily. Research showed that watermelon cuts the risk of sun related skin damage by 40%. That’s because watermelon is nature’s richest source of lycopene, an antioxidant that scavenges the UV-induced free radicals that cause sunburn and wrinkling.

7. Improves sleep:

Watermelons can help improve sleep. By eating a few slices of this fruit after dinner, you can extend the deep stages of sleep by 27%. The reason is watermelon’s polysaccharide carbohydrates rev the body’s output of serotonin. When levels of serotonin increase at night, the brain is less sensitive to disruptive stimuli (like noise) during sleep.

8. Boosts energy:

A daily serving of watermelon has been shown to boost energy levels by up to 23%. This is because watermelon contains vitamin B6, which the body uses to synthesize feel good dopamine. It also contains magnesium which assists in the body’s formation of adenosine triphosphate. Like a rechargeable battery, this nucleotide fuels cellular function for all-day energy.

9. Heal wounds faster:

Watermelons can help in healing of wounds and other skin problems faster. The fruit is packed with the amino acid citrulline, which the body converts to arginine. Arginine speeds the delivery of white blood cells to injury sites, plus spurs the growth of new skin tissue. Study show that these processes can help skin heal 3 times faster.

Fun fact for juicier watermelon slices –  Long-term refrigeration can sap nutrients and flavor from the fruit. But to guarantee the tastiest fruit, place watermelon in the fridge for 30 minutes before slicing it. A quick chill causes the fruit’s cells to constrict. This means the juice stays in the slices instead of running out onto the cutting board.

 

 

 

 


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The Health Benefits of Spirulina – One of the World’s Most Nutritious Foods

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All of us are convinced about the undoubted advantages of natural & organic foods. We know that the total absence of artificial soil nutrition and pesticides makes for naturally nutritious and tasty foods that lead to holistic health.

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In context of the increased awareness of healthy foods leading to a healthy mind, and in celebration of World Food Day this week, which falls on June 5, 2013, we bring to you some insights into an almost magical wonder food – Spirulina!

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What is Spirulina?

Spirulina is one of a family of nutritional algaes. They are usually found in warm and alkaline waters all over the world, mostly in South America, Africa, and Mexico. The name spirulina is derived from the Latin word for helix or spiral; reflecting the physical configuration of the organism as it forms swirling, microscopic strands.

It is one of the best sources of gamma linolenic acid (GLA) which is usually only found in mother’s milk. GLA is an omega-6 fatty acid that’s important for growth and development as well as having many other healthy properties. No other food offers anywhere near the health benefits of spirulina (except for its close relative, chlorella). Spirulina is an incredibly dense green superfood, rather than a nutritional supplement.

In fact, believe it or not, just one teaspoon of spirulina has the nutritional value of several servings of common vegetables!

Spirulina is widely used as an ingredient in most green superfood powders and is beneficial as an aid in weight-loss programs as well.

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Nutritional Content of Spirulina

Spirulina contains about 70% protein, vitamin E, vitamin C, beta carotene, B vitamins and chlorophyll. is the world’s most digestible natural source of high quality protein. Its predigested protein, containing all eight essential amino acids, is absorbed almost immediately, and its simple carbohydrates yield immediate yet sustained energy. Many world-class athletes recognize the incredible benefits of Spirulina for performing at their peak physical ability on a daily basis.

It also has abundant essential fatty acids, B vitamins, antioxidants and minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium and zinc.

Especially important for vegetarians, one tablespoon of Spirulina provides about 300% of your RDA for vitamin B-12.

Benefits of Spirulina

It has significant positive effects on people suffering from type 2 diabetes. Studies show that it has the ability to reduce fasting blood sugar levels in the body after 6 to 8 weeks of intake.

Spirulina contains the essential fatty acid gamma-linoleic acid, which can help prevent conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and even cancer. It helps support a healthy pH balance in your body. A diet heavy on acidic foods such as animal proteins and grains can be effectively balanced by the alkaline properties of Spirulina.

The other benefits of Spirulina:

  • Inhibits the power of many viruses
  • Helps diminish allergies such as hay fever
  • Helps protect the liver from toxins
  • Helps reduce blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Helps control symptoms of ulcerative colitis
  • Exerts strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects
  • Helps boost the immune system
  • Cleanses & detoxifies the system
  • Protectes against environmental toxins, air and water pollution, and other contaminants that you’re being exposed to every day.

Choosing and Using Spirulina Products

Spirulina is one of the most important foods in any diet. It makes an admirable substitute for dark green leafy vegetables.

A fun way to get Spirulina into your diet is to blend it into a green smoothie. Smoothies  are easily the best way to get more antioxidants and all their benefits into your diet. A basic smoothie recipe uses coconut milk, a banana, two raw organic eggs or protein powder, and a spoonful of Spirulina and chlorella combined in a blender. Bananas blend well with Spirulina, and mask the bitterness very well — just make sure you use very ripe ones.

Spirulina can turn your ordinary smoothie into a nutrient-dense meal with the antioxidant benefits of 6 or more servings of fruits and vegetables — your entire minimum daily requirement! Just try it once, you will get all pumped up!!

You can check out our Spirulina products here! http://bit.ly/ZGt7vk

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