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Red Palm Fruit Oil vs. Palm Kernel Oil

Why You Should Give Red Palm Oil a Try

Added to Articles on Wed 01/02/2013

The health benefits of olive oil have been touted for many hundreds of years. More recently, coconut oil has become all the rage and hailed by many as the king of oils. But, whatever oil you choose – whether it’s olive, coconut, almond, canola, peanut, safflower, walnut, or even avocado oil – none compare to the powerful nutritional virtues of virgin organic red palm fruit oil.  

Bonus: The health benefits of red palm fruit oil can be achieved by incorporating only 1-2 tablespoons into your daily diet. 

Regarded as a sacred healing food by many civilizations, including the ancient Egyptians, crude or virgin red palm fruit oil should be regarded as one of the most nutritious edible oils in the world. It is not to be confused with palm kernel oil. It is derived from the fruit of the oil palm tree (Elaeis guineensis) and is referred to as “red palm oil” because of its rich dark red color in its unprocessed natural state. Palm kernel oil is derived from the seed or the kernel.

Palm fruit oil contains mainly palmitic and oleic acids and is about 50% saturated, while palm kernel oil contains mainly lauric acid and is more than 89% saturated. The general assumption that kernel oil and palm fruit oil are one in the same may have lead to one of the greatest oversights in modern nutrition. The stigma attached to the kernel has kept the fruit in the dark – at least until now. Virgin organic sustainable red palm fruit oil is otherwise a bona fide miracle food. 

Palm kernel oil does not convey the same health benefits that red palm fruit oil does. The health benefits are only achieved due to the red color of the palm fruit oil that is attributed to its high content of carotenes, which include beta-carotene and lycopene. These powerhouse antioxidant nutrients are the same ones that give tomatoes and carrots and other fruits and vegetables their rich red and orange colors. What may shock you is that red palm fruit oil contains more that tomatoes or carrots. Red palm fruit oil is also densely packed with numerous tocotrienols – a powerful form of vitamin E.

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Science Confirms Turmeric As Effective As 14 Drugs!

Science Finds Ancient Spice Turmeric As Effective As 14 Drugs

Turmeric is one the most thoroughly researched plants in existence today.  Its medicinal properties and components (primarily curcumin) have been the subject of over 5600 peer-reviewed and published biomedical studies.  In fact, our five-year long research project on this sacred plant has revealed over 600 potential preventive and therapeutic applications, as well as 175 distinct beneficial physiological effects. This entire database of 1,585 ncbi-hyperlinked turmeric abstracts can be downloaded as a PDF at our Downloadable Turmeric Document page, and acquired either as a retail item or with 200 GMI-tokens, for those of you who are already are members and receive them automatically each month.

Given the sheer density of research performed on this remarkable spice, it is no wonder that a growing number of studies have concluded that it compares favorably to a variety of conventional medications, including:

  • Lipitor/Atorvastatin(cholesterol medication): A 2008 study published in the journal Drugs in R & D found that a standardized preparation of curcuminoids from Turmeric compared favorably to the drug atorvastatin (trade name Lipitor) on endothelial dysfunction, the underlying pathology of the blood vessels that drives atherosclerosis, in association with reductions in inflammation and oxidative stress in type 2 diabetic patients. [i]  [For addition curcumin and ‘high cholesterol’ research – 8 abstracts]
  • Corticosteroids (steroid medications): A 1999 study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research found that the primary polyphenol in turmeric, the saffron colored pigment known as curcumin, compared favorably to steroids in the management of chronic anterior uveitis, an inflammatory eye disease.[ii]  A 2008 study published in Critical Care Medicine found that curcumin compared favorably to the corticosteroid drug dexamethasone in the animal model as an alternative therapy for protecting lung transplantation-associated injury by down-regulating inflammatory genes.[iii] An earlier 2003 study published in Cancer Letters found the same drug also compared favorably to dexamethasone in a lung ischaemia-repurfusion injury model.[iv]  [for additional curcumin and inflammation research – 52 abstracts]
  • Prozac/Fluoxetine & Imipramine  (antidepressants): A 2011 study published in the journalActa Poloniae Pharmaceutica found that curcumin compared favorably to both drugs in reducing depressive behavior in an animal model.[v] [for additional curcumin and depression research – 5 abstracts]
  • Aspirin (blood thinner): A 1986 in vitro and ex vivo study published in the journalArzneimittelforschung found that curcumin has anti-platelet and prostacyclin modulating effects compared to aspirin, indicating it may have value in patients prone to vascular thrombosis and requiring anti-arthritis therapy.[vi]  [for additional curcumin and anti-platelet research]
  • Anti-inflammatory Drugs: A 2004 study published in the journal Oncogene found that curcumin (as well as resveratrol) were effective alternatives to the drugs aspirin, ibuprofen, sulindac, phenylbutazone, naproxen, indomethacin, diclofenac, dexamethasone, celecoxib, and tamoxifen in exerting anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative activity against tumor cells.[vii][for additional curcumin and anti-proliferative research – 15 abstracts]
  • Oxaliplatin (chemotherapy drug): A 2007 study published in the International Journal of Cancer found that curcumin compares favorably with oxaliplatin as an antiproliferative agenet in colorectal cell lines.[viii] [for additional curcumin and colorectal cancer research – 52 abstracts]
  • Metformin (diabetes drug): A 2009 study published in the journal Biochemitry and Biophysical Research Community explored how curcumin might be valuable in treating diabetes, finding that it activates AMPK (which increases glucose uptake) and suppresses gluconeogenic gene expression  (which suppresses glucose production in the liver) in hepatoma cells. Interestingly, they found curcumin to be 500 times to 100,000 times (in the form known as tetrahydrocurcuminoids(THC)) more potent than metformin in activating AMPK and its downstream target acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC). [ix]

My Exciting New HoneyColony Article!

A Warm Good Morning Hello to my Veda Healthies!

I wanted to share an original article of mine with you today written exclusively for www.HoneyColony.com.

It’s called:

The Carrageenan Controversy 

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I’m so excited to contribute to the excellent Food Safety work that the HoneyColony team provides for a health conscious public!

Thank you HoneyColony for this rewarding opportunity. =)

Enjoy!

Namaste, 

Julie

Clean Green Living Class!

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Healthy living goes beyond just eating right. Household cleaning and personal care products also have a significant impact on our health and that of our families. Many products are loaded with chemicals and toxins that we breathe in or are readily absorbed through our skin. Come learn about clean, green living with holistic health coach, Julie Cerrato, to benefit yourself and the environment! In this class, you will discover incredible tips to go “green” for you and your family’s health and for reducing the environmental impact in your home. With in class demonstrations, you’ll learn what steps you can take on your path to “Clean Green Living” for a holistic household & personal care, how to choose safer products, and some easy, effective homemade DIY solutions. Join us and go clean, green today!Instructor: Julie Cerrato

Free Fall Offers: Intro Phone Consult & Fall Holistic Tips!

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September is here!

Vata season is upon us, but are you ready?

Currently, we are in Ritusandhi, the change of seasons where Summer is transitioning to Fall.

You might begin feeling a little dry, sluggish and cold.

Veda Heath can help keep you balanced and healthy for the upcoming season!

For a smooth transition to Fall, Veda Health is offering a

Free Intro Phone Consult and free Holistic Health tips!!!

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You’ll also be sent our Free Fall Vata Tips!

Take advantage of these Free Fall Offers and balance Yourself today. =)

I look forward to meeting you!

Namaste, 

Julie @ Veda Health

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10 TIPS FOR PRESERVING VITAMINS AND SHELF LIFE IN PRODUCE!

Good Morning Veda Healthies!

This is an excellent post of suggestions for quick food storage and Nutrition tips. Note though that Ayurveda does not recommend freezing your food. Although some scientific studies may show that water soluble nutrients like Vitamin C may be partially retained during freezing, Ayurveda focuses on the prana or energy of the food and its aliveness. Freezing halts this life force and is therefore less favorable if you can avoid it. The author of these tips also mentions oxidation and the loss of nutrients over time with freezing at the end of her section.  The rest of the tips are Golden!

Enjoy!

Namaste, 

Julie

WEDNESDAY JUL 24, 2013 | BY COLLEEN M. STORY |

Preserving Produce

Americans throw away thousands of dollars every year in spoiled produce.
Try these tips for making your goodies last longer.
 

We’re all trying to eat healthier by choosing more fresh fruits and vegetables. But just how many of those good nutrients are we actually getting by the time we eat these foods?

Today’s produce is not only shipped from the farm, but then shipped home to our houses and stored in the refrigerator for several days up to a few weeks.

The truth is that once picked, vegetables’ immediately start to lose their nutritional value. According to one study in 2010, fresh vegetables can lose up to 45 percent of their nutritional value between being picked and landing on a grocery store shelf. Add in the time it takes to get the vegetables home and actually on your plate, and you could be consuming less than a third of the nutrients you’d expect.

Following are some tips for getting the most bang for your buck when it comes to healthy produce.

1. Study Shows Light Better Than Dark

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service wanted to know if it’s better to buy the spinach in the front of the rack, where it’s exposed to more light, or in the back, where it’s darker. They grew two varieties for two months, harvested and stored them, then measured nutrient levels.

Results showed that with even as little as 24 hours of continuous exposure to grocery-store lighting, the bags of spinach in the front had higher nutrient levels than the very-same-age bags in the dark. Some key nutrients, like folate, were significantly higher in the lighted spinach—9 times higher, actually. Results also showed higher levels of lutein, beta-carotene, and vitamin K.

2. Buy Local

Most of us know this by now, but it’s a good reminder. Buying directly from a local farmer reduces the shipping and storage time, helping you to get more nutrients from your food. Bonus—recent studies have found that items at farmer’s markets are typically cheaper than they are at neighboring supermarkets.

3. If You Can’t Eat it Right Away, Buy Frozen

Studies comparing frozen with fresh vegetables have found that the frozen ones kept more of their nutrients than fresh—as long as they were frozen shortly after harvest. Researchers found that though most shoppers believe fresh veggies sold in supermarkets are less than four days old, they’re closer to nine days old or more when they arrive, then remain on the shelves for a further four. At home they’re stored again, which means they could be at least 16 days or a half-month-old by the time you eat them.

According to research from the Institute of Food Research—admittedly funded by Bird’s Eye foods—fresh beans lost up to 45 percent of nutrients, broccoli and cauliflower 25 percent, garden peas up to 15 percent, and carrots up to 10 percent. Meanwhile, frozen peas contained up to 30 percent more vitamin C than fresh, and green beans contained up to 45 percent more than fresh.

Other research, however, has confirmed these results. A 2007 study published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, “the loss of nutrients in fresh products during storage and cooking may be more substantial than commonly perceived.” They go on to state that, “Depending on the commodity, freezing and canning processes may preserve nutrient value.”

In an earlier study published in Food Chemistry, researchers measured vitamin C levels in fresh and frozen produce, and found that that nutrient content of frozen peas was superior to peas that had been stored in-home for several days. The nutrient status of frozen whole green beans and carrots was similar to the fresh vegetable at harvest. Frozen spinach was also superior to market produce.

Look at the packaging date, however, if you can. Though produce loses fewer nutrients upon being frozen then when heated for canning, they can gradually lose those nutrients over time while in the freezer due to oxidation.

4. Look to Buy Young

On the whole, younger produce is more nutritious than older. Go for the baby spinach rather than the mature spinach, for instance. Research found that the leaves of the younger types are more biologically active, and always have greater nutrient density than the older ones. The same held true for other vegetables, including mustard greens, collards, and kale.

5. Store Intact

Researchers have discovered that if you cut fruits and vegetables and then leave them out on the counter or store them, they will lose from 10-25 percent of antioxidants like vitamin C and carotenoids over a period of 5-6 days, because of the exposure to oxygen.

Similarly, avoid cutting up lettuce or other greens, as that cuts into the pores, releasing compounds that speed up ripening and spoilage. It may be convenient to cut up veggies and store them in bags in the fridge for snacking, but realize that you will be losing nutrient power and potentially speeding up the degradation of the food. It’s best to wait and cut them right before eating, instead.

6. Buy Mushrooms Exposed to Light

Ordinary mushrooms have little or no vitamin D, but those grown under UV light turn an interior plant sterol (ergosterol) into vitamin D. Many portabella mushrooms are now exposed to light, but you can also expose other types at home by leaving them out on the counter under the light. Some growers also note on their labels that their mushrooms are UV-enhanced.

7. Think Twice About Cooking

Cooking can destroy antioxidant carotenoids like beta-carotene, lycopene, and lutein. Boiling makes it easier for nutrients to leach into the water, and over-cooking via any method diminishes nutrients by breaking down the cells.

To preserve the most nutrients, steam, stir-fry, and sauté, and use a tight-fitting lid when possible. On the whole, more nutrients are preserved when there is less contact with water, shorter cooking times, and less exposure to heat. Cook fruits and vegetables with their skins on. Also, don’t rinse grains like rice unless the package advises it—washing can take away as much as 25 percent of vitamin B1.

8. Refrain from Washing

In most cases, washing both encourages spoilage and speeds up the formation of mold, so hold off on the washing until right before you’re ready to eat. Washing removes the outer layer, causing faster ripening, particularly on berries.

9. Pack Loosely

The closer your vegetables are to one another in the refrigerator, the faster they will rot. Fruits stored together can prematurely ripen and spoil surrounding vegetables, so spread all items out. (Apples, especially, can turn leafy greens and other veggies brown.)

Separate fruits from vegetables by storing in different drawers, and don’t over pack. Remove ties and rubber bands, and store loosely in perforated paper, plastic, or cloth wrapping, or in a glass container. (Note: tomatoes are best stored on their own. Tomatoes stored in plastic are likely to ripen more quickly.) Also, avoid storing in air-tight bags, as these will suffocate the food items and speed up decay.

Most veggies are best stored in the crisper, though tomatoes work better on the counter left upside down. Garlic, onions, potatoes, shallots, sweet potatoes, and winter squash live best in a cool, dark pantry.

10. Drink Juices Immediately

If you’re into juicing, you may be tempted to save time by making enough for two glasses, then saving that second glass for the next day. You’d be shortchanging yourself, however, as that second glass will not be as nutritious as the first. Your best bet for preserving nutrients is to drink fresh juice immediately after you make it.

Find more tips for preserving nutrients during storage and cooking for many individual fruits and vegetables at Farm Fresh to You.

Do you have other tips for preserving nutrients or shelf life of fresh foods? Please share them with us.

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Sources
Joshua Horrocks, “Institute of Food Research: 45 percent nutrient loss in grocer vegetables,” Examiner, March 5, 2010, http://www.examiner.com/article/institute-of-food-research-45-percent-nutrient-loss-grocer-vegetables.

“Veggie Smart: How to Preserve Vitamins,” Nutrition Action, October 2012.

“New Study Compares Prices at Farmers’ Markets and Supermarkets. The Results Might Surprise You,” Politics of the Plate, May 10, 2011, http://politicsoftheplate.com/?p=864.

Sean Poulter, “Why frozen vegetables are fresher than fresh,” Daily Mail, Marhc 5, 2010, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1255606/Why-frozen-vegetables-fresher-fresh.html.

Joy C. Rickman, et al., “Nutritional comparison of fresh, frozen, and canned fruits and vegetables. Part 1. Vitamins C and B and phenolic compounds,” Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 87: 930-944 (2007), http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/files/datastore/234-779.pdf.

María I. Gil, Encarna Aguayo, Adel A. Kader. “Quality Changes and Nutrient Retention in Fresh-Cut versus Whole Fruits during Storage.” J. Agric. Food Chem., 54 (12), 4284 -4296, 2006. 10.1021/jf060303y S0021-8561(06)00303-7.

United States Food and Drug Administration. “Raw Produce: Selecting and Serving it Safely.” Accessed February 10, 2012.http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm114299.htm.

“Preserving Nutrients in Food,” University of Kentucky, 1994, http://www.ca.uky.edu/hes/fcs/factshts/FN-SSB.006.PDF.

D.J. Favell, “A comparison of the vitamin C content of fresh and frozen vegetables,” Food Chemistry, 1988, 62(1): 59-64, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308814697001659.

Colleen M. Story

 
COLLEEN M. STORY

Colleen M. Story, a northwest-based writer, editor, and ghostwriter, has been creating non-fiction materials for individuals, corporations, and commercial magazines for over 15 years. Her specialty is in the health and wellness field, where she writes and ghostwrites books, e-books, blogs, magazine articles, web copy, newsletters, research-based projects and more.

Colleen is a self-described health nut, and understands from experience that “junk” foods and lack of sleep lead to fuzzy thinking, which isn’t helpful when facing project deadlines! She enjoys interviewing top scientific researchers, alternative medicine gurus, and cancer survivors from all over the nation who have overcome great challenges to find new purpose and vitality in life. In telling their stories and sharing their insights, she feels a sense of belonging in a wider community of individuals who seek to experience life in the most vibrant way possible.

Colleen’s fiction writing has won numerous awards, with her pieces appearing in Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mother’s Soul, the Arizona Literary Magazine, Country Extra, and more. She lives in Idaho where she enjoys teaching French horn students, taking walks with her German Shepherd, and watching for moose, wolves, and swans, all of which stop by now and then.www.colleenmstory.com