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Natural Traditions Roasted Baru Seeds 5.3 oz 150 g
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Natural Traditions Roasted Baru Seeds 5.3 oz 150 g
- Vitamin E
Roasted Baru Seeds. *Produced in a facility that processes tree nuts. May contain Tree Nuts.
Produced in a facility that processes tree nuts. May contain Tree Nuts.
- Easily Digestible
- Healthy Peanut Substitute
- School Safe
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If there's a fountain of youth out there, antioxidants are it!
Antioxidants found in many superfruits, fight free radical damage that we encounter through smoke, processed foods, UV Rays and more...
What are they?
Antioxidants are a large class of substances that can prevent or slow cell damage. They assist in neutralizing free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules with an unpaired electron that are extremely reactive, and damage surrounding cell membranes, fats, and fat-soluble vitamins and nutrients. We encounter free radicals through environmental exposures, such as cigarette smoke, air pollution, processed foods, and ultraviolet radiation from the sun (UV rays).
What are the effects of free radicals?
Because of the highly reactive nature of free radicals, they can cause damage to any aspect of our cells and tissues. When the damage is to cell membranes and nutrients, an inflammatory response results, which can cause a wide variety of different diseases. Eventually, with prolonged free radical attack, the body begins to break down and this results in the physical signs of aging. However, our bodies naturally produce some free radicals. Meaning that not all free radicals are bad for you. One of the reason our bodies create free radicals is to fight off diseases. It becomes a problem when our bodies can not handle the amount of free radicals ultimately leading to other complications.
What do they do?
Antioxidants play a huge role in our everyday cellular processes. Because of their far-reaching effects, it is difficult to study the effects of supplementation directly. Instead, research has focused on what occurs when antioxidant levels are low and oxidative stress becomes high in the body. This condition has been associated with stroke, cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative disease, cancer, arthritis, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, diabetes, and the physical signs of aging. Because of their ability to neutralize free radicals, antioxidants act as guardians in our bodies by protecting our cells, DNA, and nutrients from attack. Thus, antioxidants almost act as a "fountain of youth" by protecting us from the physical causes of aging and many diseases.
Some examples of the better sources of antioxidants are listed below. Please note that fruits and vegetables naturally contain varying combinations and concentrations of many of the vitamins and nutrients listed here:
This vitamin is required for the creation of the molecules in the back of our eyes responsible for vision. It also plays a role in blood cell development, immunity, and skin health. For more information in vitamin A, please click here.
This vitamin speeds tissue growth and repair, supports hormone production, increases immune system functioning, protects the body from toxins and prevents cancer. It also regulates cholesterol, blood pressure and blood clotting. For more information on vitamin C, please click here.
Is a class of molecules that act as powerful antioxidants that can prevent, and treat, many conditions associated with aging such as: cardiovascular disease, cataracts, Alzheimer's, and even cancer. For more information on vitamin E, please click here.
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Alpha lipoic acid is a potent dual solubility antioxidant and mitochondrial coenzyme that aids in the burning of glucose to form energy (as ATP). It is soluble in both fats and water, and aids in blood sugar control, and liver detoxification. It also helps to regenerate other antioxidants so they can continue to function even after they have been used once. For more information on alpha lipoic acid, please click here.
This class of molecules is responsible for much of our vision, and greatly benefits eye health. Some examples of common carotenoids are: astaxanthin, zeaxanthin, lutein, lycopene and beta-carotene. For more information on carotenoids, please click here.
CoEnzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
CoQ10 plays a role in the prevention of a number of cardiovascular diseases such as: heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. For more information on CoQ10, please click here.
Super Oxide Dysmutase (SOD)
This enzyme is present in each of our cells and is responsible for converting the free radical superoxide into hydrogen peroxide and oxygen. It plays a huge role as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory molecule. For more information on SOD, please click here.
Like super-concentrated green tea, matcha helps to provide a massive dose of antioxidants that is the equivalent to drinking 10 cups of regular green tea! For more information on matcha, please click here.
These fruits contain such high levels of antioxidants by weight that they have earned the title "superfruit". Some examples of superfruits are: açaí berry, goji berry, noni fruit, and sea-buckthorn. For more information on superfruits, please click here.
ORAC is a measure of antioxidant capability
Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) is a laboratory test that is used as the industry standard for measuring antioxidant capacity in foods. Although ORAC is not a universal standard, it is a commonly acceptable way of comparing water-soluble antioxidants like anthocyanins to each other. Different extracts and brands of each substance tested rate differently on the ORAC scale. It has been recommended that the average person get at least 1670 ORAC per day with additional health benefits occurring around 2,000 – 3,000 ORAC per day or more.