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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Amazing Super Food Ingredients in Shakeology

Shakeology Ingredient Hunter Darin Olien shares in this video where he gets the ingredients from and the benefits of each!

A total Skeptic of this product only a year ago, I have now grown to love Shakeology and all it's amazing health benefits.  Every now and again I will scan the back of the bag and discover yet another amazing super food ingredient in this dense dose of nutrition called shakeology.  Today when I went to make my shake I noticed the photo of Reshi on the back of my bag and decided to do a quick google search to explore all the benefits of this ingredient found in my shake. 

Reshi Mushrooms are mainly used for purely medicinal purposes and have a number of health benefits. In fact, it is known among practitioners of Chinese medicine as the “king of herbs.”

Here is a list of the benefits that reishi mushrooms have as a daily dietary supplement or in helping to treat certain medical conditions:

  • These mushrooms are very strong antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from the negative effects of free radicals that are formed inside the body by daily exposure to the sun, chemicals, and pollutants. Reishis are proven to boost the immune system, especially when taken with other antioxidant supplements.
  • It is believed that reishi mushrooms can suppress the growth of tumors in people with cancer. It can reinforce the membranes in cancerous cells to keep the tumor from spreading. For this reason, they are often used in efforts to prevent cancers.
  • Reishis are also beneficial for people suffering from asthma and other respiratory conditions because it seems to have a healing effect on the lungs. They are good for building respiratory strength and curbing a cough.
  • Reishi mushrooms have anti-inflammatory properties and are therefore used sometimes for patients who have Alzheimer’s and heart disease. This is based on the idea that inflammation plays a part in each of these conditions. The pain that accompanies other inflammatory conditions like neuralgia and arthritis may also be lessened by reishi mushroom supplements.
  • As far as benefits for the heart, reishi mushrooms can improve the flow of blood to the heart and reduce the amount of oxygen the heart consumes. It can help to lower cholesterol and some of the ingredients may help combat high blood pressure.

Here are some of the other amazing super food ingredients you will find in Shakeology too. 

Acai Berries: These little berries are loaded with Fiber, which aids in digestion and helps to keep your insides moving.  Chock-full of amino acids and overflowing with antioxidants which help your body battle free radicals, which destroy healthy cells. These feisty fruits have between 12-30 times more antioxidants than grapes and are swimming with omega-3 fatty acids - the healthy fat known to make your insides healthy. Plus they are packed with plan sterols this naturally occurring substance helps to promote circulation and oxygenation of the blood. 
Cinnamon is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, calcium, vitamin A, niacin, pantothenic acid, and pyridoxine. It’s believed to help increase energy, vitality, and circulation in the body and has been known to help promote optimal blood sugar levels. Cinnamon's rich smell may help boost cognitive brain function and memory. 

Pomegranates are packed with more antioxidants than ANY other fruit. Antioxidants fight those snickering little devils known as free radicals that destroy healthy cells. They are an Excellent Source of vitamin C. This vital vitamin promotes a healthy immune system, aids in healing wounds, enhances iron absorption, promotes healthy gums, as well as helps produce collagen and elastin, which are key in helping skin maintain its elasticity.

Pomegranates are also filled with fiberNot only does fiber make our bellies feel full longer, as fiber passes though the stomach and intestines, it absorbs water, which promotes regularity.

Packed with potassium. Potassium is an electrolyte that helps neutralize acid while restoring alkaline salts into the bloodstream. It also helps prevent muscle cramps, aids in stabilizing blood sugar, and promotes bone and brain health.

Great source of beta-carotene. Once inside the body, beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A—and this powerful antioxidant is critical for good eyesight, and it also helps promote a healthy immune system.

Rich in tons of other vitamins. Pomegranates also contain a myriad of other powerful vitamins, such as thiamin, riboflavin, folate, folic acid, and vitamin E—which all play an important role in cell metabolism, enzyme function, and general health.

They also contain amino acids including serine, valine, and leucine; and significant levels of beta carotene, calcium, iron, niacin, phosphorus, riboflavin, and thiamin.

Camu-Camu: A bush, native to the South American rainforest, which grows in the black water rivers of the Amazon. Its small, purplish red fruits are a rich source of antioxidants and powerful phytochemicals that support and enhance health. Camu-Camu fruits contain more vitamin C than any other plant in the world from 30 to 60 times more than an orange.

The phytochemicals in Camu-Camu are highly effective in curbing the effects of the herpes virus; in fact, on a list of plants with anti-herpetic compounds, Camu-Camu takes the highest honors as most potent.

It is effective against depression, and has even been used to wean users off dangerous anti-depressive medications (under medical supervision, of course.)  Alternative medical practitioners have also been using it to combat attention deficit disorder. 

Camu-Camu also provides immune system support, helps maintain good eyesight, reduces inflammation, supports collagen, tendons, and ligaments. It also helps fend off viral infection, improves respiratory health and maintain clarity of mind during stress.

Sacha Inchi: It’ touted by many as one of the best new superfoods. One of the richest sources in the world of omega fatty acids and has been part of the Inca diet for more than 3000 years.

Sacha inchi is said to help promote weight loss. Some proponents also suggest that consuming sacha inchi can help reduce excess abdominal fat
In addition, sacha inchi is purported to fight depression, reduce cholesterol levels, prevent heart disease, and aid in diabetes management.

Sacha Inchi’s has been widely known in the medical community as the best snack for weight loss. Sancha Inchi’s have a high concentration of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which reduces the risk of heart disease.

Because the Sacha Inchi nut is packed with antioxidants like vitamin E and A, it has also been noted to battle the free radical damage that can lead to premature aging.

With adequate levels of omega-3 the Sacha Inchi nut can reduce the risk of Cancer.

Flax Seeds turn out to be significantly higher in polyphenol antioxidants than fruits like blueberries or vegetables like olives. The antioxidant benefits of flaxseeds have long been associated with prevention of cardiovascular diseases and have recently also been tied to decreased insulin resistance.

The first unique feature of flax is its high omega-3 fatty acid content. Among all 127 World’s Healthiest Foods, flaxseeds comes out number one as a source of omega-3s!

Protection of our blood vessels from inflammatory damage is also provided by the lignans in flaxseeds.

The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of flaxseeds also make them a logical candidate for cancer prevention. 

The strong fiber content of flaxseeds—including their mucilaginous fiber—help to delay gastric emptying and can improve intestinal absorption of nutrients.

Acerola Cherries contain 65 times more vitamin C than an orange and about twice the potassium, magnesium, and vitamin B5. The acerola cherry is the second richest fruit source of vitamin C in the world. Only camu-camu (which is also in Shakeology) has more. The vitamin C in acerola cherries have higher absorbency rates into the body than other natural sources. Plus, acerola cherries also contain other key minerals our bodies need, such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin.

Acerola Cherries contain anthocyanins. This element is a plant compound and pigment responsible for the dark purple, red, and blue colors of many fruits that also acts as a powerful antioxidant in the human body. They promote heart health, support memory function, and promote healthy blood sugar levels.

Quinoa is amazing! The protein content of quinoa ranges from 10% to 18%, making it a world-class source of vegetarian protein. Plus it’s a COMPLETE protein source, which means it contains ALL 9 essential amino acids—something exceptionally rare among plant-based foods. The World Health Organization has even rated the quality of protein in quinoa to be equivalent, or superior, to the protein found in milk products.

Quinoa contains the amino acid—lysine—which is vital for bone development because it helps the body absorb calcium. Lysine balances nitrogen in the body and is necessary to produce antibodies, enzymes, hormones, and collagen. It also helps lower cholesterol as well as helps the body repair tissue damage.

Quinoa is an excellent source of phosphorous, iron, and the B vitamins—including niacin, thiamin, and B6. It contains high levels of potassium and riboflavin and is also a good source of zinc, copper, manganese, and magnesium. And if that weren’t enough, quinoa also contains folic acid and vitamin E.

Bilberries: While both Blueberries & Bilberries are loaded with antioxidants and anthocyanins, bilberries typically contain up to four times more of those goodies than blueberries. Plus, bilberries are extremely rich in vitamin C. And for the last 500 years, these little “blue” berries have been used all across Europe for medicinal purposes. Laboratory studies in rats have provided preliminary evidence that bilberry consumption may inhibit or reverse eye disorders such as macular degeneration.

Chlorella: Chlorella is a single celled, micro-algae that offers a complete protein, meaning that it contains all the essential amino acids a person needs to survive in the correct proportions for cellular use. Chlorella also yields oils high in polyunsaturated fats, which are the healthy variety of lipids (also known as ‘good fats’) and can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and lower blood cholesterol. Additionally, Chlorella is one of the most powerful detoxification tools to eliminate accumulated toxins, including mercury, in your body.

Moringa: Moringa trees are often referred to as the tree of life because of their medicinal uses over the span of many centuries. A study published in the March 2008 edition of the “Journal of Ethnopharmacology” has revealed that the leaf extracts of Moringa olifera lower blood cholesterol levels and prevent the formation of plaques in the blood vessels, thereby reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Moringa is high in antioxidants and an additional health benefit is that it increases your energy.

Amaranth: A cup of amaranth has 18 grams of fiber, which helps with digestion and cholesterol regulation. Amaranth is highly vitamin-rich and is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin K, vitamin C, folate and riboflavin and contains numerous minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron, copper, magnesium, phosphorus and especially manganese. Amaranth contains large amounts of protein, up to 30% more than wheat flour, rice and oats. The protein contained in amaranth is also unusually complete when compared to other plant sources, containing a complete set of amino acids. Therefore, different sources to obtain the daily recommended dose of protein is not needed. Also, amaranth lacks gluten, which is a problematic protein contained in many true grains.

Rose hips are loaded with vitamin C—which is known to help boost the immune system. Plus, they also contain vitamins A, E, and B-complex, as well as calcium, iron, selenium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sulfur, silicon, and zinc.

Yacon Root is known to contribute to better digestion, colon health, and healthy immune function. It’s a powerful antioxidant, and studies show that yacon may help support ideal blood sugar levels and healthy cardiovascular function. An Argentine study following daily intake of yacon syrup by women with high blood cholesterol levels over a 120 day period showed a significant decrease in body weight, waist circumference, and body mass index among those tested. The consumption of yacon syrup was shown to increase frequency of elimination and satiety sensation.

Goji Berries are credited with helping to promote muscle strength as well as support cardiovascular health. They’re believed to help reduce various signs of aging while promoting a luminescent glow to the skin.* Not only are goji berries rich in vitamins and minerals, they’re also a great source of natural proteins. They’re packed with 18 of the 22 amino acids, 21 dietary minerals, more beta-carotene than carrots, more vitamin C than oranges, and plenty of linoleic acid—which may help keep your hair thick and your skin looking young.
Blueberries contain more antioxidants than any fresh fruit on earth, and are packed with incredible amounts of phytonutrients, fiber, and vitamin C.

Chia seeds are an excellent source of Omega-3, antioxidants, protein and fiber. And what do those things do for your health? They can help you feel full for longer, they can support healthy blood sugar levels, they are rich in Omega 3 which is important to heart and cholesterol health, and they help to support healthy, sustained energy levels.

Maca Root is widely known to promote endurance, strength, stamina, and potency. It contains high amounts of protein and has been known to energize the central nervous system. For centuries, maca root has been used to combat stress and fatigue, increase stamina, and yes, even boost libido! Maca is a nutrient-dense whole food packed with vitamins, plant sterols, dietary fiber, essential fatty acids, minerals (including calcium, magnesium, and iron), as well as 19 of the 22 essential amino acids. since it’s an adaptogen herb, it also may help support a healthy immune system. Additionally, the root is sometimes referred to as “Nature’s Viagra.”

Himalayan salt contains pure crystal salt that is minimally processed and contains up to 84 natural minerals and elements. These elements promote stable pH, aid with the absorption of food particles through the digestive tract, regulate water content through the body, prevent muscle cramps, and help support cellular function.

Astragalus Root: Astragalus Root is an ancient Chinese herb that’s been used for thousands of years for natural therapeutic healing. It contains high amounts of antioxidants, which protect cells against free radical damage, plus it’s packed with tons of nutrients that promote a healthy immune and respiratory system.Astragalus Root has been known to help maintain normal blood sugar levels as well as help protect the body against physical, mental, and emotional stress.

WOW there you have it, just a few of the 70 amazing superfoods contained in Shakeology. Now you know why I love it so much.  I literally wont go a day without my shake because it makes me feel more energized each day!  You know what it's also my most brainless meal of the day.  It's an easy go to when I just don't have time to make a healthy breakfast or lunch.  

I'm a busy mom on the go most days and Shakeology is a great option for me when I'm in a hurry but need something to eat!  Skipping meals is so easy to do but it's the worst thing you can do for your body and your metabolism.  

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