Anti inflammatory, antioxidant, detoxifier, promotes heart health.
Beetroot contains a special source of phytonutrients called betalains that gives the root vegetable its rich deep purple colour. Betalains have been shown to provide significant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions and support the liver in phase II detoxification. This is the second step in our cellular detoxification process whereby toxins are neutralised and made water-soluble so they can be excreted in urine.
The unique combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory molecules in beetroot is protective of chronic inflammatory conditions such as heart disease. It has led to numerous laboratory studies on human tumour cells and there is much promising investigation into the natural pigments potential in inhibiting growth in a variety of cancers. 1, 2 Root and leaves are also an excellent source of folate and a very good source of manganese, potassium, and copper. Beets are also rich in dietary fibre, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin C, iron and vitamin B6.
Beetroot greens are fabulous source of lutein and zeaxanthin phytonutrients especially valuable for eye health.KALE
has beautiful dark green leaves with an exceptional nutrient profile. Full of anti-inflammatory, bone strengthening vitamin K, this super food is jam packed with potent antioxidants: vitamin C, lutein, beta carotene and flavonoids. The essential trace minerals manganese and copper provide a key role in activating the antioxidant processes; keeping free radicals in check and helping to reduce cell damage. Kale also contains glucosinolates, sulphur-containing chemicals that activate both phase I & II liver detoxification. These glucosinolates are being studied for their possible role in cancer prevention.COURGETTES
have a high water content and low calorie count, so are a super healthy addition to a juice. Considerable amounts of pectin a soluble fibre in the flesh helps regulate blood sugar levels and act as an internal cleanser of the colon. Together these actions make courgette a useful choice for weight loss and detoxing. The humble courgette also contains significant amounts of other valuable antioxidants including vitamin C, carotenoids, manganese and copper. Moderate amounts of B vitamins: folate, B1, B2, B3 and B6 optimise metabolism and energy production.CUCUMBER
is naturally high in water and alkaline forming mineral electrolytes making it a truly hydrating and replenishing fruit. Silica and sulphur encourage strong, healthy nails and hair while its diuretic properties flush excess water and toxins from the body clearing the skin. Anti-inflammatory phytonutrients work to continually repair damage to the body and maintain vitality.CELERY
is a natural diuretic due to its unique combination of electrolyte minerals. Potassium, sodium, calcium, manganese and magnesium work synergistically to alkalise the blood and help the kidneys release toxins. Potassium regulates the heart rate and can promote the lowering of high blood pressure. Celery is rich in vitamin K essential for healthy blood clotting and maintaining healthy bone density.
SPINACH is extremely nutrient dense and its raw juice is an excellent source of chlorophyll, iron, vitamin K and folate needed for regenerating red blood cells and optimising cardiovascular health. Spinach contains large amounts of vitamin A and C, alongside flavonoid antioxidants such as lutein, zea-xanthin and beta-carotene. Together these compounds act as protective scavengers against damaging free radicals.CHARD
anti inflammatory, anti oxidant, bone strengthening
Chard is loaded with nutrients our bodies crave. Huge amounts of anti-inflammatory vitamin K partnered with magnesium and calcium locked inside the leaves and stems make chard fabulous for maintaining strong bones. Antioxidants vitamin C, E, A (in the form of beta-carotene), manganese and zinc bring excellent health benefits. These core antioxidant are just the beginning however as there have been huge variety of phytonutrients identified within the brightly coloured leaves, stems and veins, all of which we juice. Chard is a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains that have potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification properties.5LETTUCE BATAVIA/ROMAINE
Heart healthy, immune protecting nutrients, anti – inflammatory, vitamin and mineral rich
Lettuce varieties we use at Roots include both Batavia and Romaine depending on the season. The leaves have a high water content that is great for detoxification. Romaine lettuce is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals with just two cups providing over 100% of your recommended daily intake (RDI) of anti-inflammatory, bone strengthening vitamin K and a third of folic acid requirements. The same amount of lettuce provides almost 50% of vitamin A in the form of carotenoids that our bodies use for fighting infections, maintaining clear vision and strengthening mucous membranes. The minerals manganese, potassium, copper and iron are also found in healthy amounts.BOK CHOI
is a great source of folate, B6, vitamin K, manganese and potassium. Packed full of core antioxidants such as vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), vitamin C and zinc that our body needs to scavenge free radicals, bok choi also contains a large range of additional unique phytonutrient antioxidants making it especially useful to the body. A fantastic plant source of calcium and vitamin K for healthy bones, this cruciferous vegetable is a great addition to any raw juice.
GREEN PEPPERS are a fantastic source of immune boosting vitamin C and A (in the form of carotenoids). These antioxidants combat tissue damage, optimise collagen production and mop up free radicals making them top nutrients for clear skin and eyes. Containing significant amounts of a range of B vitamins, vitamin K, potassium and other essential trace minerals green peppers are great for supporting energy production, healthy blood cells and brain health.CARROTS
Immune boosters, antioxidant for eye, skin, respiratory health.
Carrots are an excellent source of carotenoids: alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and lutein. Beta-carotene is a pre-cursor to vitamin A, and offers a wide range of anti-oxidant qualities benefiting immune function, reproduction, skin health, respiratory health and the cellular aging process. These carotenoids and other powerful phytonutrients protect our arteries from inflammation and damage and can lower our risk of cardiovascular disease.1 The anti-cancer benefits of carrots have been best researched in the area of colon cancer. Laboratory studies have shown the ability of carrot extracts to inhibit the grown of colon cancer cells.FENNEL
Anti- inflammatory, antioxidant, immune strengthening vitamin C, Cardiovascular health.
Fennel is a beautiful vegetable with a distinctive taste and aroma. The most precious nutrient in fennel may well be anethole a chief constituent contained in the vegetables volatile oil. Animal experiments show anethole is able to prevent the activation of NF-kappaB (omit?) a gene altering and inflammation triggering molecule. 1 Anthethole, together with significant amounts of antioxidant vitamin C gives fennel the potential to be a powerful anti cancer vegetable. Decent amounts of potassium in fennel can reduce high blood pressure and folate works to convert the potentially dangerous molecules homocysteine into a safe form improving the risk of stroke or heart attack. Flavonoid antioxidants rutin, quercitin, and kaempferoll in fennel counter free radical damage and reduce premature aging.
adds a deliciously sweet note to even the earthiest green juice. Loaded with vitamin C our body’s primary water-soluble antioxidant and the mineral manganese, it helps fight free radical damage and is highly immune strengthening. Bromelain, a mixture of enzymes found in high concentration in the usually hard to access hard core is released during juicing. Bromelain works as a digestive enzyme to breakdown protein and is indicated for indigestion and gut health. Bromelain is also an effective anti-inflammatory and is used therapeutically for a range of inflammatory conditions.PINK GRAPEFRUIT
Immune boosting, cholesterol lowering, detoxifying, anti-cancer, heart healthy, anti-inflammatory.
The most plentiful nutrient in grapefruit is vitamin C that we love for its immune boosting, free radical zapping actions. Vitamin C helps keep infections at bay and inflammation in check. Copper, pantothenic acid, fibre and potassium are also present in useful quantities. In addition to these nutrients grapefruit is also rich in phytochemicals such as limonoids and lycopene that are continually being researched for their potent anti-carcinogenic actions. Limonoids also promote the formation of a detoxifying enzyme that enables the liver to eliminate toxins safely. Other powerful phytochemicals in grapefruit include the flavonoid naringenin that has been shown to stimulate DNA repair in prostate cancer cells. 1 Other benefits found from regular consumption of fresh red grapefruit is a positive influence on serum fats such as cholesterol. 2RASPBERRIES
Anti oxidant, anti –inflammatory, fibrous
Raspberries are jam packed/ brimming/overflowing with antioxidants and are an excellent source of vitamin C, manganese and fibre. Copper and vitamin K are available too in healthy quantities as are pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin E, magnesium, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, and potassium. These nutrients work in concert to support healthy cardiovascular and immune systems. Vitamin K and C together with these additional phytonutrients help to scavenge free radical molecules and regulate the activity of enzymes that can trigger unwanted inflammation throughout the body. The fibre and digestive benefits from just a small handful of these delicious deep pink berries is all retained when we eat them whole or blend them in our delicious smoothies.ORANGE
Antioxidant, anti inflammatory, immune boosting, energising
Oranges are loaded with flavour and phytonutrients called citrus flavones. Of these flavones hesperidin is proving to be the most important in research for its ability to lower high blood pressure and cholesterol. 1,2 Oranges are also flooded with the antioxidant vitamin C that works hard to prevent damage to DNA inside our cells. Vitamin C also minimises the free radical damage that can trigger the inflammatory cascade and so vitamin C rich oranges are a great choice to manage inflammatory conditions such as asthma and arthritis. Vitamin B1 is especially plentiful in oranges and is needed for energy production. Fibre, folate, copper, potassium, pantothenic acid and calcium are also present in useful amounts.AVOCADO
is a perfectly balanced fruit and a wonderful addition to a juice or salad. The creamy flesh is packed full of health promoting monounsaturated fatty acids that cleverly enhance the absorption of other nutrients. Avocados contain a wide variety of anti-inflammatory phytonutrients and are a good source of pantothenic acid, vitamin K, copper and potassium. Potent antioxidants vitamin E and C are a winning combination for clear, youthful skin and together with significant amounts of B6 and folate they play a protective role in cardiovascular health.BANANA
Heart and gut healthy, low GI, full of fibre and B6.
Bananas are deliciously sweet and make just about any smoothie combination taste great! The fibre in a banana contributes to its low glyceamic index (GI) that is important for balancing blood sugar levels. Rich in sterols that help keep cholesterol levels in check and potassium that maintains our blood pressure in healthy range and protects against atherosclerosis. One banana contains approximately a quarter of your requirements for vitamin B6, required for proper production of neurotransmitters in our brain and healthy nervous system function. B6 is also needed for metabolism of carbohydrates and protein and providing energy. Lastly bananas contain special fibres that have a prebiotic action on the gut. Prebiotics are a source of food for “friendly” bacteria to grow, multiply and survive. The result is healthy happy gut flora and efficient elimination.APPLE
Blood sugar regulating, heart healthy, antioxidant, anti inflammatory.
The humble apple is rich in polyphenols and soluble fibre that can improve your carbohydrate digestion and help balance blood sugar levels.1,2 The more stable our blood sugar the less we crave snacks and sweet foods and this in turn can reduce the risk of gaining weight and developing diabetes. Regular apple eating also has fabulous cardiovascular benefits such as the lowering of both total and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.3 Antioxidants in apples also protect against oxidative damage to the fat in our cell membranes that can lead to atherosclerosis and other chronic heart conditions. 3 The bioflavonoid quercetin found in good amounts in apples is one such powerful antioxidant with anti inflammatory, anti histamine actions too. Epidemiological studies strongly suggest potential protective effects of consuming apples on lung cancer and asthma management.5,6 The saying ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor at bay’ is certainly true!
LEMON juice stimulates our digestive enzymes making the fruit a powerful internal cleanser. Despite the sour taste, lemons are alkalinizing inside the body so are effective in the treatment of inflammatory disorders like rheumatism and arthritis. The fruit contains a wide variety of phytonutrients and anti-oxidants that are effective at scavenging damaging free radicals and defending the body from infectious viruses and bacteria. Lemons high vitamin C content also enhances the absorption of other vitamins and minerals within foods.PEAR
Cholesterol lowering , Anti- cancer, Antioxidant rich
Pears contain valuable amounts of healthy soluble fibre that is retained during the juicing process. Research has shown that soluble fibre can bind to bile acids in the intestine and reduce the synthesis of cholesterol in the body and limits cholesterol build up.1 The fibre, binding action of bile acids and phytonutrients in pears have also been found to reduce the risk of bladder, stomach and esophageal cancer. 2, 3 Rich in phytonutrients and good amounts of vitamin C and K pears have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant action in the body too.STRAWBERRIES
Antioxidant rich vitamins and minerals (vit C and Manganese), anti inflammatory.
Strawberries contain an array of phytonutrients including anthocyanins and resveratrol. Compact sources of antioxidants, one cup of strawberries contains over 100% of your RDI of immune boosting, regenerative vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential for collagen formation in the skin. Strawberries are also one of the best fruit sources of manganese a key antioxidant mineral. Tiny seeds all over the fruit provide essential fibre to help digestion optimum. Strawberries also contain iodine needed for thyroid function and folate for tissue growth and cell function, prevention of birth defects in pregnancy and anaemia. Fabulous for cardiovascular health, strawberries have been found to help counteract everyday oxidative damage and inflammation of our heart and blood vessels. 1, 2 BLUEBERRIES
antioxidant and anti inflammatory
Blueberries are the original super food and are low in sugar and high in fibre. The berries distinctive shot of blue colour comes from the large amounts of anthocyanadin antioxidant compounds and they also contain the unique antioxidants pterostilbene, quercetin and resveratrol. Blueberries are a very good source of vitamin K that is essential for healthy blood clotting and maintaining bone density. Coupled with significant amounts of vitamin C these little nuggets of gold work hard to help fight free radical damage and excessive inflammation throughout the body making them useful in cardiovascular and cognitive health prevention. 1, 2 In one study following older adults, 12 weeks of drinking 1 – 2.5 cups of blueberry juice notably improved scores on two different tests of cognitive function tests including memory. 3 Regular blueberry consumption can also keep cholesterol and blood sugar levels healthy, lower high blood pressure and protect the blood from oxygen damage. 4,5,6 Blueberries are also good source of fibre, manganese and copper. Always choose organic blueberries as they have significantly higher concentrations of antioxidants than conventionally grown blueberries. 7MEDJOOL DATES
Mineral and fibre rich. Sweet energy source.
Dates are the deliciously sweet fruit of the palm tree. We like to add them to our nut milks for a natural burst of sweetness and energy. Dates are a rich source of the antioxidant minerals selenium and zinc important for thyroid function and immunity. The mineral iron found in good amounts in dates improves oxygen transportation around the body and therefore gives us energy. Potassium helps control our heart rate and blood pressure and there are numerous amino acids and B vitamins packed in to help fight fatigue. Dates are loaded with fibre that aids digestion and helps balance blood sugar levels.
MINT Digestive soother, refreshing, god source of minerals manganese and copper.
Mint is a wonderfully refreshing herb that has been used therapeutically for years as a carminative to reduce gas and relax muscles in the digestive tract. Research for its potential to treat IBS is ongoing and it’s soothing actions have been used to reduce bloating, discomfort and nausea for many years across many different cultures. Mint leaves are a good source of the mineral copper that helps make fats needed for nerve function and regulating brain cell communication. Manganese important for bone strength and making proteins for wound healing is also present in good amounts.
BASIL has an incredible taste and smell that derive from its unique volatile oils. The green leaves are rich in antioxidant flavonoids that protect cell structures from damage. The herb is an excellent source of vitamin K, copper and manganese essential for maintaining bone density. The synergistic partnership of vitamin K, beta-carotene, copper, iron, folate and magnesium maintain healthy blood vessels and heart function.
PARSLEY Immune strengthening, anti –inflammatory, antioxidant, vitamin C, K and A.
Parsley is a powerhouse of nutrients vitamin K, A and C. Vitamin K and C have strong anti-inflammatory actions in the body so are great for conditions such as arthritis, heart disease and asthma.1 Vitamin C is also a fantastic antioxidant that neutralizes the free radicals that can contribute to diseases such as diabetes, cancer and atherosclerosis. Parsley provides a good source of vitamin A in the form of carotenoids and the flavonoid luteolin has antioxidant properties and contributes to a robust immune system. Lastly parsley is rich in folate a critical nutrient for cell division during pregnancy and also in cancer prevention. Iron is found in healthy quantities too making parsley great for pregnant or anaemic women.
CORIANDER is a delicious detoxifying herb that has the ability to remove heavy metals from the blood such as mercury, aluminium and lead.
The herbs broad spectrum of anti-oxidants including beta carotene, vitamin C and E, quercetin, ferulic, caffeic acid and kaempferol act to lower the oxidative stress in our cells which can cause cancer and boost our immunity against infections.
CINAMMON Blood sugar and cholesterol regulator, good source of calcium and fibre.
Cinnamon is an excellent source of fibre and the trace mineral manganese while also a very good source of calcium. Calcium and fibre cleverly work together to bind to bile salts resulting in a reduction in colon cancer risk and a lowering of cholesterol levels. Cinnamon may also significantly help people with type 2 diabetes improve their insulin sensitively. 1, 2 In a human trial on people with type 2 diabetes, researchers found consuming only 1 gram of cinnamon per day reduced blood sugar, triglycerides, LDL (bad) cholesterol and total cholesterol.3 Furthermore another constituent (take out? called cinnaldehyde)in cinnamon can help prevent unwanted clumping of blood platelets thereby reducing risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
TURMERIC Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, cancer preventative, detoxifier.
The yellow or orange pigment of the rhizome turmeric called curcumin is the constituent that attracts the widest attention from researchers. Curcumin's anti-inflammatory effects have been shown to be comparable to the potent drugs such as hydrocortisone. Potent antioxidant effects of curcumin help protect cells from free radical damage and mutations. Epidemiological studies have linked the regular consumption of turmeric to lower rates of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer. Laboratory experiments have shown curcumin can prevent certain cancerous tumors from forming, suppress cancer cell proliferation and can induce cancer cell death.1, 2, 3 Curcumin also helps the body to destroy mutated cancer cells so they cannot spread by boosting liver function and enhancing detoxification systems. Furthermore research on healthy volunteers consuming 500 mg of curcumin found significant improvement in cholesterol parameters after only one week of treatment.4 Elderly Indian populations who frequently consume turmeric in their diets have very low levels of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
GINGER Antioxidant, anti – inflammatory, carminative & digestive aid.
Ginger is aromatic and warming internally and encourages healthy sweating and detoxification. Used for centuries by naturopaths as a carminative to reduce intestinal gas and bloating it is soothing to the digestive system and a proven remedy for nausea.1
Containing potent anti oxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols ginger is also well documented in studies to help reduce joint swelling and pain in patients with arthritis.2, 3 In other experiments gingerols have also shown potential for having an anti-tumour effects on cells. Preliminary laboratory research demonstrated the gingerol compound can destroy ovarian cancer cells by inducing cell death and self – digestion.4
BAOBAB Highly nutritive tonic to nervous and cardiovascular systems. Immune strengthening bursting with vitamin C and antioxidants.
Baobab is an ancient variety of tree found in Africa. The fleshy fruit of the tree is dried and powdered to make a seriously nutritious fine zingy powder. Bursting with calcium and potassium that are essential for our nervous systems, Baobab also has a prebiotic action within our bodies keeping our intestinal flora healthy to ensure optimum nutrient absorption. The potassium and magnesium present are fantastic nutrients for keeping blood pressure in check and maintaining healthy heart muscle. There are exceptionally large amounts of vitamin C found in the Baobab fruit. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant with immune strengthening antiviral properties. It is also important for collagen production that produces radiant skin, shiny hair, strong teeth and bones.
BLACKSTRAP MOLASSES Nutrient dense natural sweetener. Good source of iron, magnesium and B6.
Blackstrap molasses is the brown syrupy liquid after sugar cane has been boiled repeatedly to extract the majority of sugar crystals. Many sweeteners are high on the glycaemic index, which can cause a sharp rise in blood sugar and therefore insulin. However blackstrap molasses blackstrap molasses is metabolized more slowly and does not cause as sharp a rise in blood sugar so it’s a healthier choice. Even in small quantities it is a good source of iron for those who struggle to maintain good iron of this mineral. Iron is important for red blood cell formation and oxygen transport so low amounts contribute to fatigue. Vitamin B6, magnesium and calcium are also nutrients found in substantial amounts in this natural sweetener/ food. We only use the highest quality organic, unsulphured molasses in our smoothies.
LACUMA Natural sweetener. Source of potassium, iron, zinc
Lacuma is a native Peruvian fruit with a low glycaemic index and a fruity caramel flavour that has been used a sweetener by the Incas for centuries. Lacuma is loaded with the mineral potassium that helps nerves and muscles communicate while keeping blood pressure in check. Potassium also helps to move nutrients in and waste products out of cells. Frequently deficient in diets, the mineral iron is found in healthy amounts in Lacuma. Iron is as an essential part of haemoglobin that helps transport oxygen around the body in red blood cells. Low iron stores can result in brain fog, fatigue and diminished immunity. Good amounts of the mineral zinc are also found inside the fleshy fruit. Zinc is important for fertility, healthy growth and cell division, immunity and skin, hair and nail renewal.
NUTS / SEEDS
(seed of almond tree not a nut) Cardio protective, rich protein source, source of healthy PUFA’s
Almonds are naturally low in saturated fatty acids and rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids. These health-promoting fats are well regarded as playing a role in prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. High in fibre and phytosterols they are cholesterol lowering. 1 Other cardio protective nutrients unique to almonds include vitamin E, arginine, magnesium, calcium and potassium. One study found regular consumption of raw nuts such as almonds has additionally been found to be to be associated with a reduced risk of weight gain, (of 5kg or more). 2 Manganese and copper present in significant amounts have important roles to play in energy production and in disarming damaging free radicals. CASHEWS
Heart healthy, energy supportive/ anti- fatigue, healthy bone and muscles
Cashews are lower in overall fat content than most other nuts and much of its fat profile is made up of the heart healthy monounsaturated fats. Magnesium needed by the body for healthy bones and blood pressure is found in good amounts in cashews. Magnesium deficiency can contribute to many conditions including asthma, angina, migraines, PMT, insomnia and fatigue. Just a handful of cashews will provide you with almost 100% of your RDI for the mineral copper. Copper is an essential component of an enzyme involved in energy production and is an antioxidant with free radical fighting power. It is also involved in iron utilisation plus development and flexibility of bone and connective tissue. Cashews are also a healthy source of phosphorus, manganese and zinc.CHIA SEEDS
Colon cleansing, antioxidant
Chia translates as ‘strength’ in Mayan language where the seeds were a staple in the diets of the Aztecs and Mayan cultures for thousands of years. The tiny black and white seeds are brimming with nutrients that promote energy and stamina. Two tablespoons of Chia seeds provides 30% of your RDI for magnesium and manganese, 27% of potassium and 18% of calcium requirements. (USDA database) The hydrophilic action of the seeds creates a gel in the body that is fantastic for aiding digestion and promoting regular bowel movements. A good source of polyunsaturated fatty acids, antioxidants and fibre the seeds are also rich in the B vitamin niacin.
SPIRULINA Detoxifying, blood building, antioxidant, alkalizing, good plant protein
Spirulina is single-cell green alga that was used by the Aztecs as an important food staple due to its high protein content. Its comprehensive nutritional profile includes calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, vitamin E, iron and significant amounts of B12 important for the formation of red blood cells and a healthy nervous system. Deep green in colour it is jam packed with the antioxidant compound chlorophyll and is highly alkalizing. Spirulina contains metallothionein compounds that detoxify the body by binding with heavy metals and toxins.
MACA Stamina boosting, nutritional super food
Maca is a nutritionally diverse plant native to the Andean Mountains of Peru. Prized for centuries for its stamina boosting qualities, ground Maca root can be a fantastic addition to a smoothie to help pep you up. Maca has historically been valued for its adatogen qualities that help our bodies deal with stress. An adaptogen is essentially something that can raise the body’s physical state of resistance to disease and act as a tonic to our adrenal glands. Packed full of B vitamins, magnesium, easily absorbable calcium, vitamin C and iron, Maca root also contains many other vitamins and minerals our bodies need in order to perform optimally. Fibre rich it is also a good plant source of protein to help sustain you through the day.
BEE POLLEN Energy rich, nutrient dense, good source of protein and wide array of vitamins.
Bee pollen is essentially the food of the young bee is a highly nutritious energy dense food. It is considered one of nature's most nourishing foods, containing nearly all nutrients required by humans. 18 vitamins including all the B complex vitamins needed for energy production, all the essential amino acids, fatty acids and enzymes are packed in. Bee pollen is used by athletes world wide to improve their stamina and performance. At least 25% of the pollen is protein in the form of free amino acids that are ready to be assimilated by the body. It is a regenerative food that stimulates growth and repair and keeps skin cells youthful. Bee pollen is particulary rich in rutin the bioflavonoid that strengthens our capillaries and blood vessels with potential to prevent spider veins, varicose veins and haemorrhoids.
CACAO antioxidant, stimulating, energy and nutrient rich
Cacao is a top source of antioxidants and has been touted as a super food by many because of this. Containing more antioxidants than red wine, acai, pomegranate or blueberries it is a fabulous protector of free radical damage to our DNA. To get the most of cacao health benefits it is best used in the raw form as powder, nibs or butter. The super food contains an abundance of magnesium for optimum energy production, healthy nerves and relaxed muscles. Cacao is also rich in iron, manganese and copper needed for healthy oxygenated blood. Raw cacao contains phenylethylamine (PEA) a chemical that makes us feel alert, excited and focused. Theobromine acts as a natural ‘pick me up’, stimulating our central nervous system, dilating blood vessels and increasing our energy levels. Tryptophan contained within is a powerful amino acid and precursor to serotonin which literally makes us feel happy!
COCONUT MILK Immune boosting, hydrating, supports healthy cardiovascular system
Coconut milk is the liquid that is formed from grating the flesh/meat of a mature brown coconut. It is a great source of fibre that keeps our bowels clear and our blood sugar levels steady. The fat from coconut is mostly in the form of medium chain saturated fatty acids (MCFA’s). These fats are taken straight to the liver to be metabolised/made into energy and as such are less likely to be stored in the body as fat. One of these fats called lauric acid is also abundant in breast milk and has antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties. Aside from its immune boosting actions lauric acid has also been shown to promote healthy cholesterol levels and keep arteries clear and clean. 1 Coconuts also contain significant amounts of potassium the mineral essential for healthy heart and muscle contraction, nerve transmission and healthy blood pressure. Other nutrients in coconut milk include iron, magnesium, phosphorous and chloride all of which play a part in building healthy bones and teeth and supporting healthy cardiovascular function.
COCONUT WATER Hydrating, rich in electrolytes, internal cleanser
Coconut water is the clear fluid that is tapped from the centre of young green coconuts. While coconut water does not contain the beneficial fibre or fats that coconut milk does, it is rich in water, vitamins, minerals and electrolytes such as potassium and magnesium. Potassium increases the body’s ability to hydrate and reduces water retention. A natural internal cleanser, coconut water helps keeps bowels clear and functioning properly. Deliciously sweet and refreshingly hydrating coconut water is an easily digested form of energy and fluids to pep you up and keep you alert.
Sourced from deep inside the Himalayan Mountains and formed over 250 million years ago, Himalayan salt is considered the purest salt on the planet. The salt is hand washed and unadulterated with the additives found in table salt such as anti-caking compounds, moisture absorbents, fluoride and iodine. Composed of 85% sodium chloride our body needs to maintain life, the remainder is made up of 84 trace elements and other essential minerals. Salt regulates blood pressure and blood sugar, prevents muscle cramps and modulates our digestive, adrenal and nervous systems.
MAPLE SYRUP Rich in vitamins and minerals.
This delicious sweet amber liquid is made from the sap of the sugar maple tree and has been consumed by Native Americans for many centuries. After tapping the tree, the fluid extracted is then boiled to evaporate the water and produce syrup with its characteristic flavour and colour.
Nutritionally maple syrup contains a higher concentration of a variety of vitamins and minerals than honey, brown sugar or agave syrup. Just 60ml of maple syrup provides 100% of the RDI for manganese and good amounts of zinc another antioxidant mineral can quench free radicals and support a robust immune system. Riboflavin (vitamin B2) essential in the metabolic process is found in significant amounts in this natural sweetener. Potassium, calcium and magnesium are also found in useful amounts. These nutrients all contribute to a healthy cardiovascular system and strong teeth and bones.