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  • The most important thing to have in any diet is a balance. Saturated fat is bad not because it is itself unhealthy (even some highly nutritious foods contain saturated fat) but because we get too much of it (1).

    (1) Mark Bittman and David Katz, ‘The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right’, 2018, http://www.grubstreet.com/2018/03/ultimate-conversation-on-healthy-eating-and-nutrition.html

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  • Anthocyanin is a type of antioxidant found in the fruits and vegetables characterised by deep purple, dark red and blue hues. Although research is still in its early stages, Anthocyanin has been linked to health claims including increased longevity (1), cardiovascular health (2), cancer prevention (3) and dementia (4).  By adding cherries, aubergine, blueberries, red cabbage and aronia to your diet you can ensure you’ll get a good portion of anthocyanin. Aronia packs a higher dosage of this powerful antioxidant and can be found in our Organic Aronia Energy BitesOrganic Aronia and Sea Buckthorn Shots and Organic Aronia Dried Berries. 

     

     

    (1) Eugenio Butelli, et al, ‘Enrichment of tomato fruit with health-promoting anthocyanins by expression of select transcription factors’, Nature Biotechnology, 2008. https://www.nature.com/articles/nbt.1506

    (2) Amy Jennings, et al, ‘Higher anthocyanin intake is associated with lower arterial stiffness and central blood pressure in women’, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2012. https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/96/4/781/4576861

    (3) Li-Shu Wang and Gary D. Stoner, ‘Anthocyanins and their role in cancer prevention’, US National Library of Medicine , 2008. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2582525/

    (4) Kent K, et al, ‘Consumption of anthocyanin-rich cherry juice for 12 weeks improves memory and cognition in older adults with mild-to-moderate dementia’, US National Library of Medicine, 2008. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26482148

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  • Omega-3 fatty acids can positively affect many factors associated with heart disease (1). They may lower high triglycerides (2) (the fats into which excess calories are converted), regulate cholesterol (3), lower high blood pressure (4), prevent plaque build-up (5), reduce metabolic syndrome symptom (6), inflammation (7), blood clots (8), PMS cramps (9), improve retina function (10) and sleep (11). Omega-3 may also help to fight depression, anxiety, ADHD, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, and Alzheimer’s. Omega-3 has been linked to preventing and managing autoimmune diseases. In addition to all of this, it has also been linked to lower cancer risks (12).

    (1) Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acids, American Heart Association, 2016, http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/HealthyDietGoals/Fish-and-Omega-3-Fatty-Acids_UCM_303248_Article.jsp#.WuBvQtPwaRt.

    (2) Oliveira JM, Rondó PH, 2011 ‘Omega-3 fatty acids and hypertriglyceridemia in HIV-infected subjects on antiretroviral therapy: systematic review and meta-analysis’ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22180524

    (3) Bernstein AM, et al, A meta-analysis shows that docosahexaenoic acid from algal oil reduces serum triglycerides and increases HDL-cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol in persons without coronary heart disease, 2012, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22113870

    (4) Ramel A, et al, ‘Moderate consumption of fatty fish reduces diastolic blood pressure in overweight and obese European young adults during energy restriction’, US National Library of Medicine, 2010. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19487105

    (5) Wang Q, et al, ‘Effect of omega-3 fatty acids supplementation on endothelial function: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials”, 2012, US National Library of Medicine, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22317966

    (6) Ebrahimi M, et al, ‘Omega-3 fatty acid supplements improve the cardiovascular risk profile of subjects with metabolic syndrome, including markers of inflammation and auto-immunity’, 2009, National Institutes of Health. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19593941.

    (7) Rizza S, et al, ‘Fish oil supplementation improves endothelial function in normoglycemic offspring of patients with type 2 diabetes’, 2009, US National Library of Medicine. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19394939

    (8) Marchioli R, et al, ‘Early protection against sudden death by n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids after myocardial infarction: time-course analysis of the results of the Gruppo Italiano per lo Studio della Sopravvivenza nell’Infarto Miocardico (GISSI)-Prevenzione’, 2002, US National Library of Medicine. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11997274

    (9) Harel Z, et al, ‘Supplementation with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in the management of dysmenorrhea in adolescents’, 1996, US National Library of Medicine. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8623866.

    (10) Anderson GJ, et al, ‘Docosahexaenoic acid is the preferred dietary n-3 fatty acid for the development of the brain and retina’, 1990, US National Library of Medicine. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2136947.

    (11) Montgomery P, et al, ‘Fatty acids and sleep in UK children: subjective and pilot objective sleep results from the DOLAB study–a randomized controlled trial’, 2014, US National Library of Medicine. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24605819

    (12) Dr Axe – Food Is Medicine, Omega-3 Benefits, Including for Heart and Mental Health, https://draxe.com/omega-3-benefits-plus-top-10-omega-3-foods-list/

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  • Omega-6 fatty acids are vitally important to the brain and strengthen its function through allowing healthy growth and development. Omega-6 can reduce nerve pain, fight inflammation and Rheumatoid Arthritis, reduce symptoms of ADHD as well as high blood pressure, support bone health and lower the risk of heart disease (1).

    (1) Veves, A. In: A. Veves, ed., Clinical Management of Diabetic Neuropathy, 2nd ed. p.156, (1998).

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  • Inulin is a soluble plant fiber that can improve gut, heart, and metabolic health (1). It stores energy in the roots of roughly 36,000 different types of plants and helps to regulate their internal temperature. This is important as temperature changes throughout the day.

    (1) Dr. Axe, 6 Inulin Fiber Benefits, Uses and Surprising Facts, https://draxe.com/inulin/.

     

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  • Omega-3 fatty acids are found in walnuts, oily fish, algae, and certain seeds, such as chia and hemp. EPA and DHA (two types of Omega-3’s) have been shown to reduce inflammation and may help prevent chronic diseases, such as heart disease (1) and arthritis (2). They may also be important for brain health, as well as normal growth and development (3).

    (1) Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acids, American Heart Association, 2016, http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/HealthyDietGoals/Fish-and-Omega-3-Fatty-Acids_UCM_303248_Article.jsp#.WuBvQtPwaRt

    (2) Danao-Camara TC, Shintani TT, ‘The dietary treatment of inflammatory arthritis: case reports and review of the literature’, 1999, US National Library of Medicinehttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10377605

    (3) Dr. Axe – Food Is Medicine, Omega-3 Benefits, Including for Heart and Mental Health, https://draxe.com/omega-3-benefits-plus-top-10-omega-3-foods-list/

     

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  • Omega-6 fatty acids are essential fatty acids that can only be obtained through food or supplements. They are a polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) which help to regulate, strengthen and promote many essential bodily systems (1).

    (1) Dr. Axe, Benefits vs. Risks of Omega-6 Fatty Acids, https://draxe.com/omega-6/.

     

     

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  • Omega-7 is a type of unsaturated fatty acid found in certain fish, like anchovy and salmon, and plants, such as sea buckthorn and macadamia. Omega-7 offers some unique health benefits. Like Omega-3, this fatty acid addresses many of the underlying factors involved in metabolic syndrome (1). It may help reduce the build-up of plaque as well as lower the risk of stroke and heart disease.

     

    (1) Morse, Nancy , ‘Are some health benefits of palmitoleic acidsupplementation due to its effects on 5′ adenosinemonophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK)?’, December 2015,

    DOI 10.1002/lite.201500061

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  • Sea buckthorn is a deep orange berry that grows in regions such as Northern and Eastern Europe. It is naturally tart and rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene and omega-7 fatty acids, among other phytonutrients. At Erbology, we offer sea buckthorn oil, juice, powder and dried berries.

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  • Silymarin is a natural remedy that relieves the symptoms of liver failure (1).

    Silymarin is used as a supplementary therapy of inflammatory chronic diseases of the liver, cirrhosis, liver toxicity and liver damage (2).

    Silymarin is available from milk thistle seeds.

    (1) & (2) Saller R, et al, ‘The use of silymarin in the treatment of liver diseases’, 2001. US National Library of Medicine. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11735632

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  • Between 10 and 12 percent of the natural oil of your skin is made of squalene. It is a colourless, oily liquid found naturally in many animals and plants and is produced by your body to lubricate and protect your skin. Squalene is used in skin-care products as an emollient and natural antioxidant. Olive oil is a rich source of squalene (1).

    According to the Oxford Dictionary of Food and Nutrition, Squalene inhibits the rate-limiting enzyme of cholesterol synthesis, and so has a cholesterol-lowering action (2). 

    (1) & (2) A Dictionary of Food and Nutrition (4 ed.), 2014.

    http://www.oxfordreference.com.libproxy.ucl.ac.uk/view/10.1093/acref/9780191752391.001.0001/acref-9780191752391-e-8935.

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  • Unlike its oil form, our milk thistle powder contains a high dosage of Silymarin (4.74g per 100g). Milk thistle oil contains only traces of silymarin. However, the oil boasts a blend of vitamin E, omega-6, and phytonutrients which boost immune function and help to protect our body cells from the harmful effects of free radicals.

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  • Sunroot, sunchoke and Jerusalem artichoke are different names for the same plant – which coincidentally isn’t part of the same family as an artichoke but instead closely related to sunflowers. The inclusion of ‘Jerusalem’ in the name apparently comes from confusion with the Italian word ‘girasola’ meaning sunflower.

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  • Foods rich in inulin include leeks, onions, asparagus, bananas, plantains, garlic, artichoke, fresh herbs, ground chicory root, dandelion root, sprouted wheat, yams, burdock root, coneflower, camas root, jicama, and yacon root (1).

     

    (1) Dr. Axe, 6 Inulin Fiber Benefits, Uses and Surprising Facts,  https://draxe.com/inulin/

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  • Green leafy vegetables, flax seeds, chia seeds, oily fish, algae, and krill are sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

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  • Omega-7 fatty acids are found in certain fish – salmon, anchovy, and oils such as olive oil, macadamia oil, and sea buckthorn oil (1).

    (1) Yang B, Kallio HP. Fatty acid composition of lipids in sea buckthorn (Hippophaë  rhamnoides L.) berries of different origins. J Agric Food Chem. 2001 Apr;49(4):1939-47.

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  • Inulin naturally ferments and feeds good bacterial organisms that populate the gut (1). It holds water, reducing constipation and retains cholesterol which helps prevent metabolic syndrome (2). Boosted heart health and increased calcium absorption are results of including inulin in your diet and it can play a central role in weight loss as it has the ability to make you feel full up (3). And if you’re looking for a sugar or flower replacement while cooking, inulin can be a substitute.

    (1), (2), (3) Dr. Axe, 6 Inulin Fiber Benefits, Uses and Surprising Facts, https://draxe.com/inulin/.

     

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