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Natural remedy for inflammation, cough, and indigestion
Similar in flavor to fennel, although a bit stronger, both anise and fennel may be eaten, but different parts of each plant are edible. In the case of anise, only the small fruits and seeds may be eaten or dried and used as a spice, while many parts of the fennel plant are edible.
Medicinally, anise and fennel are used for different purposes. Anise seeds have been used for thousands of years as a remedy for persistent cough, excessive gas, and bad breath. Any edible part of the fennel plant can be used as an anti-inflammatory, to treat stomach discomfort, or as a diuretic.
Organic Black Pepper
Anti-Oxidant and anti-bacterial properties; improves digestion
One of the earliest spices known to man, black pepper is probably the most widely-used spice in the world today. When consumed, black pepper (piper nigrum) stimulates the taste buds to send an alert to the stomach to increase hydrochloric acid secretion, thereby improving digestion. Long recognized as a carminative (a substance that aids in preventing the formation of intestinal gas), a diaphoretic (which promotes sweating), and as a diuretic, black pepper also demonstrates impressive anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties.
Native to India, the leading producer and exporter of black pepper is now Vietnam. Black pepper owes its pleasant ‘heat’ to the naturally-occurring chemical piperine.
organic cacao nibs
Antioxidants, magnesium, fiber, and iron
Known as the “Food of the Gods” by ancient South American cultures, raw cacao is now prized as a healthy and delicious form of dark chocolate. Cacao nibs are made from whole, raw cacao beans that have been crumbled into small chunks. Raw cacao contains antioxidants, magnesium, fiber, and iron. When raw, chocolate is called cacao, when cooked it is referred to as cocoa.
Promotes circulatory and digestive health; fights infection
In most parts of the world, the medicinal benefits of cayenne are well known. In fact, according to Dr. Patrick Quillin, there are over three thousand studies on the health benefits of capsaicin (cayenne’s active ingredient) and cayenne pepper.
It is reported to regulate blood pressure, strengthen the pulse, feed the heart, lower cholesterol, thin the blood, clean the circulatory system, heal ulcers, slow hemorrhaging, speed healing of wounds, rebuild damaged tissue, ease congestion, aid digestion, regulate elimination, relieve arthritis and rheumatism, prevent the spread of infection, numb pain, aid the delivery of herbs and medicines, and much more.
It also adds a nice little ‘kick’ to food – from a little hot and spicy all the way up the Scoville scale to hot hot hot!
celery juice powder
Preservative through naturally-occurring nitrate
Celery powder is a dried, ground concentrate prepared from fresh celery that is used as a seasoning and as a food preservative in organic meat products. Celery powder contains a significant amount of naturally-occurring nitrate. Because the nitrate is naturally occurring, in the United States the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) allows celery juice powder to be used as a food preservative in organic meat products. Celery powder prepared from celery juice has been shown to have a nitrate content of approximately 2.75%.
organic chili powder
Anti-oxidant, anti-fungal and antibiotic
Salt-free, this smoky tasting chili powder contains dark roast paprika, cumin, oregano and garlic. The range of health properties in this combo include: warming, anti-oxidant, anti-fungal, antibiotic with iron and vitamins C and E.
Fights infections and aids digestion
A relative of caraway and parsley, cumin is a ‘warming’ spice – besides its delightful flavor it helps the body to stay warm on chilly days. Native to Egypt, cumin has been cultivated for millennia in the Middle East, India, China, and the Mediterranean countries. Cumin’s essential oils fight fungal and microbial infections and along with Vitamins C and E and iron, helps relieve colds, fevers, sore throats, aids digestion and may have anti-carcinogenic properties.
organic deglet noor dates
Natural sweetness, with fiber and potassium
The “Queen of all Dates” has a light color and a soft, honey-like taste. Firmer than the popular Medjool date, Deglet Noor is the leading export date from Algeria, Tunisia and Libya. Dates have been a staple food in the Middle East and South Asia for eons. There is archeological evidence that shows cultivation of the fruit as far back as around 4000 B.C. One hundred grams of this fruit will provide the following nutrients: 75 grams of carbohydrates, 8 grams of dietary fiber, and 656 milligrams of potassium.
organic dried tart cherries
Reduces inflammation; boosts muscle recovery
Both sweet and sour species of cherries originated in Europe and western Asia; they do not cross-pollinate. Cherries grow in most temperate climates. In many parts of North America they are one of the first fruits to ripen.
Montmorency cherries, which account for 95% of worldwide tart cherry production are linked to anti-inflammatory benefits, including reduced pain from gout and arthritis as well as an extensive list of heart health benefits. Elite athletes are turning to tart cherries to help speed the recovery process as studies suggest that Montmorency tart cherry juice has the ability to reduce muscle pain and weakness after bouts of intense strength training as well as after long-distance running.
The pain associated with exercise involves inflammation, muscle damage and oxidative stress. The high concentration of anthocyanins found in tart cherries is thought to help with all three types of damage.
Complete protein. Cage-free.
Unlike plant-based protein, egg white is a complete protein (contains all 10 essential amino acids required by the human body). Produced from cage –free hens in the United States, with no additives of any kind, the whites are dried and pasteurized under continuous supervision by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. Certified Kosher.
Anti-inflammatory for digestive health
Fennel is in the same botanical family as carrots, anise, licorice and celery. It has a pleasant, licorice-like flavor. Native to the Mediterranean, it is now found throughout the world. Fennel is anti-inflammatory and used for various digestive problems such as heartburn, intestinal gas, bloating and as a diuretic.
Honey is a natural, sweet food created by bees using nectar from flowers. The sweetness of honey is derived from fructose and glucose monosaccharides, and most people perceive it to be approximately as sweet as granulated sugar. A product bearing the label “Organic Honey” will have been tested to guarantee that it does not contain any residues of pesticides or environmental pollutants.
Pre-biotic; promotes nutrition absorption
Inulin is high in soluble fiber, which slows digestion, allowing the body to better absorb nutrients from food. Studies indicate that calcium absorption can increase by as much as 20 percent, and magnesium absorption by up to 12 percent. It is also a pre-biotic, which promotes the growth of good bacteria in the intestines.
While fiber has no caloric value, it is essential for good health and increases a sense of satiety. Inulin can aid digestion, support bone health, boost the immune system, reduce cholesterol and help control blood sugar. Common sources of inulin are chicory root, Jerusalem artichoke and the blue agave plant from Mexico.
organic moringa leaf
Reduces inflammation and toxins; increases energy
Moringa is a plant native to the sub-Himalayan areas of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, as well as some parts of the tropics. The moringa tree is referred to as the miracle tree because the entire tree can be used for medicine or food and it grows under adverse conditions. The bark is used to heal wounds, the roots are made into tea and the oil from the tree is used for cooking.
Moringa leaf contains 90 beneficial nutrients. Moringa leaf powder contains 46 antioxidants, 18 amino acids and is high in Vitamins A, B6, C and K. It is said to increase energy, reduce inflammation, regulate cholesterol, alleviate migraine headaches, have cleansing and detoxifying properties, aid digestion, and help to regulate blood sugar.
Rich in antioxidants, B vitamins, and minerals; Increases “good” cholesterol
Pecans are native to the Southeastern United States, with Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi as the major growers. A member of the walnut and hickory family, the pecan is rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids and has the highest fat content of any vegetable product. Pecans have a caloric value similar to butter.
An excellent source of anti-oxidants, regular consumption of pecans can help to decrease LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increase HDL or “good cholesterol.” Pecans contain vitamin E, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin as well as several important B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates. Pecans are also a rich source of minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium.
organic red pepper – crushed
Improves circulation and lowers cholesterol
Red pepper, capsicum and cayenne are some of the terms for a large variety of peppers that range in ‘heat’ on the Scoville scale from mild to extremely hot. Besides the culinary aspect of red pepper adding pleasant ‘heat’ to food due to its naturally occurring capsaicin, red pepper is even more well-known for its healing properties; there are countless natural remedies which contain red pepper.
Historically, red pepper has been used to: improve circulation, regulate blood pressure, lower cholesterol, thin the blood, heal ulcers, speed healing of wounds, ease congestion, aid digestion, relieve arthritis, numb pain, and much more.
organic sacha inchi
High in protein and Omega 3 fatty acids
A powerhouse of minerals, complete protein, and Omega 3’s, sacha inchi powder contains high-quality protein that has been shown to be low-irritant and one of the most highly-digestible proteins known, making it a good option for people who are sensitive to whey/dairy or soy proteins. Often referred to as a superfood, sacha inchi oil is 48% Omega 3 fatty acids, which makes it an excellent supplement for people who don’t eat fish. It is higher in Omega 3’s than fish oil. The powder also contains rich amounts of Vitamin A and calcium, which support healthy eyes, teeth, skin, and bones.
Also known as the Inca Peanut, Sacha Inchi is native to the Peruvian Amazon, where it has been eaten for centuries by indigenous peoples for better total health and increased endurance.
organic shredded coconut or coconut shreds
Increases energy and good cholesterol; fights infections
For thousands of years, coconut has been the primary source of food and medicine for Pacific Islanders, who are one of the healthiest, longest-lived people in the world. Those who have maintained their traditional diets are free of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other degenerative conditions common in the Western cultures.
Shredded, unsweetened, mature coconut is composed mostly of fat – 90% of which is saturated in the form of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which are associated with many health benefits. These include the increase of HDL (good cholesterol), rapid source of energy, and an increase in satiety and metabolic rate. The MCFAs in coconut are made up of lauric, caprylic, and capric acids, which are proven to be anti-microbial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal. As well as being a good source of iron and zinc, the phenolic compounds in coconut act as antioxidants. Because MCFAs are readily digested and absorbed, they are an important form of nutrition for people with serious digestive issues. MCFAs are thought to improve memory in Alzheimers patients and certain types of memory disorders.
organic sunflower seeds
Anti-carcinogen; promotes cardiovascular health
Native to North America, the sunflower grows in the temperate zones of many countries. The sunflower kernel is the edible heart of the sunflower seed and is considered to be a good source of phytochemicals that can protect against disease. Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of protein, dietary fiber, all B vitamins, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, iron, and zinc. Compared to other nuts and seeds, sunflower kernels contain high levels of compounds that have been shown to offer a variety of health benefits such as: vitamin E, betaine, phenolic acids, choline, arginine, and lignans.
“According to research completed in March 2001 by Dr. K. Phillips of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, [the] sunflower kernel is rich in a number of components that have been shown to protect against cardiovascular and other diseases and to act as antioxidants and anti-carcinogens; thus the kernel can be considered a functional food. ….[This] amazing kernel adds a nutritional wallop to a wide array of products such as breads, muffins, crackers, and snack foods.”
– National Sunflower Association
organic sweet potato
High-fiber, vitamin rich, and anti-inflammatory
Sweet Potatoes are an excellent source of Vitamin A, B5, B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, magnesium, Vitamin C, and carotenoids. Fat-free, they are low in sodium, high in fiber and are considered to be anti-inflammatory. As sweet as they are, they are low on the glycemic index and have fewer calories than white potatoes.
Thought to originate in South America, in Peru there are sweet potato remnants dating back 8000 years. Sweet potato flour or powder is naturally grain- and gluten-free, low-fat, low-sodium, helps to steady blood sugar, and is a good source of fiber.
organic virgin cold pressed coconut oil
Healthy fats for increased energy
Coconut oil is considered a “functional food” which means it possesses health benefits beyond its nutritional content. Coconut oil is unique – unlike most fats which are made up of LCFAs (Long Chain Fatty Acids), coconut oil is composed predominantly of MCFAs (Medium Chain Fatty Acids) which digest much more easily than LCFAs. Therefore, coconut oil provides a quick and easy source of nutrition without taxing the body. (Excerpted from Coconut Cures by Bruce Fife, N.D. – The Father of Coconut Oil.)
Antibiotic, antioxidant, and anti-fungal properties
Used as food and medicine by humans for over 7000 years, spicy and pungent garlic has antioxidant, anti-fungal and antibiotic properties and is thought to kill parasites and help lower cholesterol.
Promotes bone, brain, and digestive health
Ghee is made from butter with the milk solids and impurities removed, so most people who are lactose or casein intolerant don’t have digestive issues with ghee. Ghee has a high smoking point so it won’t oxidize into trans fats during the cooking and smoking process.
Used heavily in Indian cuisine, ghee is considered an extremely pure food in all of South Asia. Often used for religious purposes, it is thought to be a digestive and to help improve the absorption and assimilation of food. It is also considered by many to be good for improving memory, helping the body to be flexible, and as a catalytic agent that carries the medicinal properties of herbs deep into the tissues of the body.
Ghee is a source of healthy, fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K, which are important in helping to promote bone and brain health, and for boosting the immune system – making it an ideal choice for a good fat to include in a healthy diet.