Amazing Power of Astaxanthin

Carotenoids are colors that occur in nature. For example, the carotenoid Astaxanthin is red, and is responsible for the color of salmon, lobster, shrimp and crab. Astaxanthin is 40 times stronger than beta-carotene, 100 times more powerful than vitamin E and 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C, making it the “king of the carotenoids.”*

If you want to source the highest astaxanthin content, seek out wild pacific salmon. Studies show that astaxanthin supplements pack the same anti-inflammatory benefits as fish, so you could also take 6-8mg of the supplement daily.
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*http://www.huffingtonpost.com/suzy-cohen-rph/astaxanthin_b_2750910.html
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Cantaloupes Can Help

Cantaloupes are excellent sources of antioxidants, and they also provide your body with magnesium, copper, fiber, and potassium. They have 3,000 micrograms of beta-carotene per 100 grams. That’s 30 times more than fresh oranges! Research has proven the benefits of cantaloupe. Women who eat 12 ounces of the fresh fruit a day have a lower risk of metabolic syndrome.*

Hold off on cutting into your cantaloupe until you are ready to eat it. When you do slice it, be sure to keep the seeds on the remaining cantaloupe sections, as they help to keep the fruit juicy and fresh.

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*http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/health-benefits-cantaloupe-4119.html
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Health Benefits of Basil

More than just a flavorful herb, basil is packed with iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium and Vitamin C. The antioxidants in basil help to protect your cells from free radical damage. This protection of your cell’s lining will help keep cholesterol in your blood from oxidizing, reducing your risk of heart attack or stroke.*

Although parsley and cilantro do well in the refrigerator, basil does best when stored at room temperature. To keep your basil fresh, trim the stems and place them in a glass of water, just as you would care for fresh flowers.

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Improve Your Skin’s Appearance

One way to improve the appearance of your skin is to eat a diet that is rich in antioxidants and essential vitamins. Vitamin C, for example, decreases bruising and encourages collagen production, and Vitamin E provides the essential oils that can moisturize you skin and give it a smooth and supple look.*

To improve the appearance of your skin, up your antioxidant intake with beans and dark berries. For natural sources of Vitamin C, incorporate papaya, bell peppers and broccoli into your diet. Sunflower seeds, spinach, and almonds will give you a boost of Vitamin E.

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* http://www.ehow.com/about_5282865_foods-high-vitamin-e.html
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How to Get High Energy

“Think high-quality calories in versus high-quality energy out.”
-Daniel Amen, MD

When you don’t provide your body with quality calories, you’re not able to reap the benefits of quality energy. Ensure lasting, all-day energy by consuming high-quality calories such as organic vegetables, fruits and free range meat.

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Reach for Acai Berries

Acai berries are low in sugar and provide excellent amounts of calcium, fiber, iron, vitamin A and B12. As acai berries fight against free radicals, they can prevent health problems such as arthritis, inflammation and allergies. They are also a source of dietary fiber and essential fatty acids, such as oleic acid (commonly found in olive oil).*

If you’re living in the U.S., you’re in luck. Acai berries are popular and readily available. Just be mindful of the other ingredients in acai products; many juices have added sugar, so do your best to seek our pure acai for the best results.

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*http://www.doctoroz.com/blog/lindsey-duncan-nd-cn/so-whats-so-good-about-acai-whole-lot
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Radishes Radiate Good Health

Providing you with 25% of the daily-recommended dosage of vitamin C, fiber, potassium, copper and folate, radishes help you maintain strong bones and teeth. Radishes also can improve your respiratory health, rebuild tissues, and regulate your blood pressure. With antifungal and detoxifying properties, the compounds in radishes can also soothe irritated skin.*

With a peppery bite and nice crunch, radishes are a good compliment to a chopped salad or can be served as a snack in place of chips and with different dips. Making the effort to incorporate different veggies into your diet will ensure that your body is getting a variety of nutrients and staying healthy.

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*http://www.med-health.net/Health-Benefits-Of-Radishes.html
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Give Ezekiel Bread a Try

Unlike typical bread that you find at the grocery store, Ezekiel bread contains more vitamin C and B and amino acids, and is known for its healthy combination of grains and legumes. This flourless bread does not include any refined sugars, which makes it easy to digest. Plus it’s a great source of protein, comparable to the amount you get from milk and eggs.*

Ezekiel bread contains 6 grains: wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet and spelt. Try it as a healthy alternative to typical bread. Ezekiel bread comes in cereal, pasta and tortilla varieties too.

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*http://authoritynutrition.com/ezekiel-bread/
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Wonderful Watercress

Watercress is a green leafy herb that contains more than 15 essential vitamins and minerals. On top of being low-calorie, watercress is packed with iron, calcium, vitamin C, and contains disease preventing phytonutrients. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study concluded that people who consumed 85 grams of raw watercress a day had reduced levels of DNA damage, which could potentially lower their risk for cancer.*

Watercress is similar to spinach and kale, however, it’s known to have a spicier, more peppery taste. Enjoy watercress in pureed soups or mix it into green salads. It also goes well with nuts, fruits, potatoes, leeks and corn.

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*http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/watercress-vs-spinach-kale-3545.html
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Antacids Can Cause a Vitamin B12 Deficiency

1013According to a recent study, people who use antacids like Zantac, Nexium and Prilosec over a long period of time can experience a vitamin B12 deficiency. Your body needs vitamin B12, and without this essential vitamin you may experience mental fogginess, lack of motivation, mood changes, muscle weakness and fatigue. If you’re prone to acid reflux, the key is to find a balance between treating symptoms and regulating your B12 levels.*

Try to fight your acid reflux by ensuring that you have enough probiotics (beneficial bacteria) in your system. If you are still reaching for antacids, consider taking a B12 supplement or eat more B12 rich foods like shellfish, red meat, eggs and low-fat dairy.

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*http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/12/10/249975706/popular-antacids-increase-the-risk-of-b-12-deficiency
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