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ACAI 

Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, C, E. Minerals: potassium, phosphorus, calcium, iron, copper, cobalt, chromium and manganese. Compounds: polyphenol antioxidant pigments like anthocyanins (thirty times the amount in red wine) and proanthocyanidins, and resveratrol. Also contains: Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids in a ratio that resembles olive oil, oleic acid, palmitic acid, and phytosterols like beta-sitosterol. Properties: anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, anticancer, and antibacterial. Because of its resveratrol and unique spectrum of EFA’s and antioxidant phytonutrients, Acai is considered one of the best foods for weightloss and rejuvenation.

ALMONDS

Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, E, choline, betaine. Minerals: iron, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, manganese, copper, sodium, selenium, zinc. Compounds: the amino acids alanine, arginine, asparagine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid, glycine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, proline, serine, tryptophan, tyrosine, threonine, and valine; Also Contains: Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids, as well as oleic and palmitoleic acids. Properties: antioxidant. Abundant in monounsaturated fats, almonds, like other raw nuts, have the ability to reduce LDL levels while boosting HDL levels in the bloodstream when consumed on a daily basis, lowering the risk of heart disease and atherosclerosis. Almonds are also rich in vitamin E, which provides the largest organ in the body -- your skin -- a defense against free radicals; as well as magnesium, which helps regulate blood flow through the body.

APHANIZOMENON FLOS-AQUAE “E3LIVE” & “CRYSTAL MANNA” ALGAE

Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12, C, E, H, choline. Minerals: boron, calcium, chloride, chromium, cobalt, copper, fluoride, germanium, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, sodium, tin, titanium, vanadium, zinc. Compounds: phenylethylamine (PEA), polyphenol antioxidant pigments aphanin, alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, chlorophyll, cryptoxanthin, lycopene, lutein, and phycocyanin; the amino acids alanine, arginine, asparagine, aspartic acid, glutamine, glutamic acid, glycine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methio- nine, phenylalanine, proline, sarcosine, serine, tryptophan, tyrosine, and threonine, valine; and some unique immune stimulating polysaccharides. Also Contains: Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids. Properties: Nearly every ailment know to humankind sees some benefit from the inclusion of this incredible algae, as it supports the nervous, digestive, cardivascular, and endocrine systems, promotes intestinal health, and balances blood sugar. AFA is a considered a prokaryote because is lacks a membrane-bound nucleus. Harvested from the organic, nutrient dense and sunlight fed waters of Klamath Lake, AFA is considered a “super” blue green algae, due to having more bioavailable chlorophyll than any other known food. Given that algae is basically the “mother” of all life on earth, it’s not surprising that its spiral appearance resembles the double helix of DNA, or that 97% of the nutrition in AFA is easily and almost immediately absorbed upon consumption. AFA has the unique property of enchancing the release of stem cells from bone marror and promoting their migration into tissues to faciliate healing and repair. Loaded with the “love chemical” PEA, AFA alleviates mood swings and boosts neurological functions as well -- making it effective as an overall mood and health enhancing, adaptogenic supplement. Despite some claims of toxicity, Drapeau reports in his book Primordial Food, “In Klamath Lake, nearly ten years of intense testing has failed to reveal the presence of any neurotoxins in its AFA. In 1998 the opinion among scientists was that AFA did not contain neurotoxins and that the original samples that had been identified as AFA were likely another species.”

APPLE

Vitamins: A, B3, B5, B6, B9, C, E, K, P, choline, and betaine. Minerals: magnesium, iron, calcium, sodium, phosphorus, potassium, and fluoride. Compounds: the polyphenol antioxidants like phloridzin and the flavinoid quercetin; the amino acids alanine, arginine, asparagine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid, glycine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phe- nylalanine, proline, serine, tryptophan, tyrosine, threonine, and valine; as well as acetic acid, malic acid, propionic acid, and lactic acid. Also Contains: Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids, phytosterols, and pectin. Properties: antioxidant, mild anti-inflammatory. The antioxidants and organic compounds in apples not only inhibit glycation (a major contributor to cellular aging), burn belly fat, boost energy and endurance, stabilize blood glucose, and lower fat overall in the bloodstream; but they also inhibit the formation of dental and arterial plaque.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR (RAW)

Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B6, C, E, and P. Minerals: magnesium, iron, calcium, sodium, sulfur, copper, phosphorus, silicon, chlorine, fluorine and potassium. Compounds: acetic acid, malic acid, propionic acid, lactic acid. Also Contains: amino acids and roughage in the form of potash and apple pectin. Properties: antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral. Apple cider vinegar assists in metabolizing fats, flushing out toxins, and generally detoxifying the liver. You’ll know your vinegar is alive if it contains long cultured, strands floating in it.

ARAME

Vitamin: A, B2. Minerals: iodine, calcium, iron, potassium, zinc and many other trace minerals. Compounds: mannitol (non-caloric sugar alcohol), polysaccharide laminarin and the tripeptide eisenin. Also Contains: alginate. Properties: anti-carcinogenic. A species of kelp, arame counteracts high blood pressure, promotes soft, wrinkle free skin, enhances hair sheen, prevents hair loss, AND has traditionally been used as a cure-all for the female reproduc- tive organs. Remember, all your cells need the iodine found in sea veggies to stay healthy and function properly, and low iodine levels have been linked to breast cancer, thyroid issues, and a number of other ailments. Sea veggies interfere with estrogen synthesis in fat cells the same way chemotherapy does, which makes them a great addition to your dinner plate for both preventing and combating cancer!

AVOCADO

Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, C, E, K, choline, betaine. Minerals: calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, copper, manganese, zinc, fluoride. Compounds: antioxidant cartenoids such as beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, lutein, neochrome, neoxanthin, chrysanthemaxanthin, beta-cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin, and violaxanthin; as well as the amino acids alanine, arginine, asparagine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid, glycine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, proline, serine, tryptophan, tyrosine, threonine, and valine. Also Contains: Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids, oleic acid, and powerful phy- tosterols which help lower blood cholesterol. Properties: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory. The fatty medium of an avocado increases the absorbtion of fat soluble antioxidants carotenoids by 200-400%, so the rich, healthy fats of avocado are nothing to fear. Fresh avocado is also naturally resplendent in lipase, the enzyme that break down fats.


BEE POLLEN

Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, C, D, E, P. Minerals: calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, iron, silica, sodium, sulfur, potassium, chlorine, aluminum, copper, as well as just about everything else. Compounds: flavinoid glycosides like rutin and cartenoids such as xanthophylls, the amino acids arginine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, methionine, phe- nylaline, tryptophan, valine, threonine, glutamic acid which act as precursors to HGH (human growth hormone), and nicotinic acid. Also Contains: gonadotropic and estrogenic hormones, pro- tein, lipids, and beneficial co-enzymes. Properties: antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-cancer. Bee pollen is effective for combating anemia, asthma, ulcers, prostrate disease, obesity, kidney disorders, infertility, symptoms of menopause, fatigue, depression, cancer, colon disorders, and seasonal allergies. WOW! Soak your pollen overnight to increase its absorption factor. WARNING: if you have a history of anaphylactic reactions, proceed with caution, bee pollen can produce allergic reactions in some individuals.

BLUEBERRIES

Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, B12, C, E, K. Minerals: calcium, copper, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, zinc. Compounds: anthocyanin, phenolic, pterostilbene and resveratrol. Also Contains: protein, fiber, lipids. Properties: anti- oxidant, rich in disease-fighting phytochemicals that prevent and even reverse serious diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stomach ulcer. In addition, blueberries also help lower cholesterol levels and increase motor cognitive functions by up to 5% in controlled studies!

BURDOCK ROOT

Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, C, E. Minerals: silicon, calcium, iron, mag- nesium, manganese, copper, phosphorus, selenium, zinc and potassium. Compounds: polyacetylenes, chlorogenic acid, resin and taraxosterol. Also Contains: trace EFAs, inulin, tannin, lactone, arcigen, mucilage. Properties: antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory. Burdock root assists with filtering uric acid from the blood, and has traditionally been used to treat skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, and rashes of all kinds.


CACAO (RAW)

Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B5, C, E. Minerals: magnesium, calcium, iron, copper, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, selenium and zinc. Compounds: the flavinoids catechin, epicat- echin, and polyphenol antioxidants such as procyandin; the alkaloid theobromine. Also Contains: the neurotransmitters serotonin, phenylethylamine, and anandamide. Properties: antioxidant, antidepressant. Raw cacao contains the highest ORAC antioxidant value of any known food, weighing in at 96,000 units. In addition to containing a number of mood enhancing compounds, cacao also contains the enzyme inhibitors that slow the breakdown of anandamide in the brain, which makes the good feelings it fosters last longer! Cacao also promotes relaxation and appears to lower blood pressure while inhibiting the blood’s ability to clot, thus reducing the risk of stroke and heart attacks. If that weren’t enough, cacao also increases the body’s ability to metabolise sugars! Now how’s that for a sinless confection?!?!?

CELERY

Vitamins: A, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, C, E, K, choline, betaine. Minerals: calcium, iron, mag- nesium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, selenium, manganese, zinc, flouride, molybdenum, silica. Compounds: favinoids and other phenolic antioxidant nutrients like dihydrostilbenoids lunula- rin; furanocoumarins like bergapten and psoralen; caffeic acid, and the amino acids tryptophan, threonine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, cystine, phenylalanine, tyrosine, valine, arginine, histidine, alanine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid, glycine, proline, and serine. Also Contains: Omega 6 essential fatty acids and phytosterols. Properties: antioxidant, anti-inflam- matory, anticancer. Celery juice has been consumed as a treatment for rashes and skin disorders for centuries, and was recently shown to be protective against colon and rectal cancers.

CHARD

Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, C, E, K, choline, betaine. Minerals: calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, manganese, iron, copper, zinc, selenium. Compounds: anthocyanin and carotenoid antioxidants, and the amino acids arginine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, valine, and tryptophan. Also Contains: Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids, phytosterols. Properties: anti-inflammatory. Chard is one of the most nutrient and mineral rich foods on earth. It nourishes the brain, heart, lungs, kidneys, skin and colon. Consuming 2.8 servings of a vitamin E rich green leafy vegetables a day has been shown to lower the risk of cognitive decline by 40%.

CHIA

Vitamins: B3 Minerals: calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, manganese, copper, zinc, iron, molybdenum. Compounds: the antioxidant flavinoid quercetin, kaempferol, myricetin, chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, and the amino acids tryptophan, threonine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methio- nine, cystine, phenylalanine, tyrosine, valine, arginine, histidine, alanine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid, glycine, proline, and serine. Also Contains: Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids. Properties: anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticancer, antidiabetic. Not only have the antioxidants in chia been shown to be protective against various cancers, but the humble chia seed is also beneficial for individuals with diabetes. Chia slows the rate at which carbohydrates are metabolised into sugars, providing blood glucose stabilizing effects. Chia also helps control blood pressure, provide long lasting hydration for athletes when mixed with water, and their consumption helps create a low calorie “feeling of fullness” that can be an effective aid for hungry dieters.

CILANTRO

Vitamins: A, B9, C, E, K. Minerals: manganese, magnesium, iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, copper, zinc and selenium. Compounds: dodecenol, choline, caffeic and chloro- genic acid; the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-cryptoxanthin; the flavinoids quercetin, kaempferol, rhamnetin, and epigenin; and other phytonutrients like carvone, geraniol, limonene, borneol, camphor, elemol, and linalool. Also Contains: phytosterols, Omega 6 essential fatty acids, Properties: antifungal, antibacterial, antidiabetic. Also know as CORIANDER, cilantro has been found to chelate (remove) heavy metals like mercury, aluminum, and lead from the body. In fact, it is believed to cross the blood-brain barrier and actually remove said metals from the brain.

COCONUT (MEAT)

Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, C, K, choline. Minerals: iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, sodium, manganese, copper, selenium. Compounds: medium chain fatty acids such as caprylic acid, capric acid, lauric acid, myristic acid, and the amino acids alanine, aginine, aspartic acid, cystine, glutamic acid, histidine, leucine, lysine, proline, phenylalanine, serine, tyrosine, tryptophan, threonine, isoleucine, methionine, valine, and glycine. Also Contains: Omega 6 essential fatty acids, phytosterols, and naturally saturated medium chain fatty acids. Properties: antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, antioxidant and somewhat anti-inflammatory. It has been said that young coconut meat can restore both oxida- tive tissue damage and male sexual fluids.

COCONUT (OIL)

Vitamins: E, K, choline. Minerals: trace iron. Also Contains: Omega 6 fatty acids, phytosterols, and naturally saturated medium chain fatty acids such as caprylic acid, capric acid, lauric acid and myristic acid. Properties: anticancer, antioxidant, anti-genotoxic, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and strong anti-inflammatory. The MCFA’s in coconut oil resemble the lipid membranes of bacteria, yeast, fungi, and viruses. In the presence of MCFA’s, microbes and viruses become confused as to the location of their cellular boundaries and inad- vertently spill their genetic contents, making them vulnerable to white blood cells. Curiously, coconut oil reduces our need for both vitamin E and Omega 3 essential fatty acids, and lowers overall body fat accumulation while improving HDL to LDL ratios.

COCONUT (WATER)

Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, C, choline. Minerals: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, sodium, manganese, copper, selenium, iron. Compounds: the amino acids alanine, aginine, aspartic acid, cystine, glutamic acid, histidine, leucine, lysine, pro- line, phenylalanine, serine, tyrosine. Also Contains: Omega 6 essential fatty acids and medium chain fatty acids such as caprylic acid, capric acid, lauric acid and myristic acid. Properties: antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, mildly anti-inflammatory, antioxidant. One of the high- est sources of electrolytes in nature, young coconut water is nearly identical to human blood plasma, and is still used for blood transfusions in India today. Human blood is 55% plasma, and 45% hemoglobin.

CRANBERRIES

Vitamins: A, B3, B5, B6, B9, C, D, E, K, choline, betaine. Minerals: calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, manganese, iron, copper, zinc, selenium. Compounds: carotenoid and anthocyanin antioxidants, as well as the amino acids alanine, aginine, aspartic acid, cystine, glutamic acid, histidine, leucine, lysine, proline, phenylalanine, serine, tyro- sine, tryptophan, threonine, isoleucine, methionine, valine, and glycine. Also Contains: Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids. Properties: anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antibacterial. The proanthocyanidins (PACs) found in cranberries act as a protective barrier in both the urinary tract and the stomach lining, preventing the attachment of bacteria that can cause infections and ulcers. Cranberries have also been shown to induce apoptosis in cancer cells, making them effective against breast, colon, lung, and prostate cancers.

CUCUMBERS

Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, C, K, choline, betaine. Minerals: potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, silica, calcium, selenium, iron, manganese, molybdenum, copper, zinc, and flouride. Compounds: ascorbic acid, caffeic acid, and the amino acids tryptophan, threo-nine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, cystine, phenylalanine, tyrosine, valine, arginine, histidine, alanine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid, glycine, proline, and serine. Also Contains: Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids, phytosterols, and the enzyme erepsin. Properties: diruetic, antiparasitic. Aside from containing copious quantities of bioavailable silica, the mineral essential to the growth and repair of connective tissues, cucumbers also contain erep- sin, the enzyme which digests proteins and kills parasites -- like tapeworms!


FLAXSEEDS (OIL)

Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, E, choline. Compounds: phytoestrogens like lignans. Minerals: manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium. Also Contains: Omega 3, 6, and 9 essential fatty acids. Properties: strong anti-inflammatory. Essential fatty acids are involved in respiratory process of all cells, and are crucial to oxy- gen transport. EFA’s affect the health of the hair, skin and nails, plus slow the oxidation of cholesterol in the bloodstream. EFA’s are not dangerous fats at all. Rather they are ESSENTIAL to health and must be consumed from external sources because our bodies don’t produce them. Flaxseed oil and ground flax both supply the body with essential fatty acids that lubricate the skin, joints, and eyes, while offering protection against heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes, constipation and arthritis.


GARLIC

Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, E, K, choline. Minerals: calcium, iron, selenium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, sulphur, copper, manganese, and zinc. Compounds: the carot- enoids lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene; the amino acids tryptophan, threonine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, cystine, phenylalanine, tyrosine, valine, arginine, histidine, alanine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid, glycine, proline, and serine; and such sulphur compounds as thiosulfinates, sulfoxides, and dithiins. Also Contains: Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids. Properties: antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anticancer, antioxidant, and super-duper strong anti-inflammatory powers. Mankind’s cure-all for thousands of years, garlic possesses pharmacological benefits such as blood sugar regulation and general prevention against heart disease (it inhibits the formation of arterial plaque). Due to its high sulphur content, garlic has been shown to be the most profound anticancer food around and can slow the growth of tumors! EAT IT ON EVERYTHING!!!

GINGER

Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, C, E. Minerals: calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium. Compounds: gingerols, and the amino acids threo- nine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, phenylalanine, valine, arginine, histidine, alanine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid, glycine, proline, and serine. Also Contains: Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids. Properties: antispasmodic, anti-nausea, anti-emitic, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, anti- oxidant. Mankind’s other historic cure-all, ginger not only boosts the entire immune system, but studies have shown that it effectively treats arthritis, nausea, colorectal cancer, and even induces death in ovarian cancer cells. EAT IT ON EVERYTHING!!!

GOJI “WOLF” BERRIES

Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, C, E, betaine. Minerals: calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, chromium, zinc, magnesium, copper, sodium, selenium, germanium. Compounds: carotenoids lutein, lycopene, cryptoxanthin, xanthophyll, zeaxanthin, beta-carotene; sesquiterpenoids, tetraterpenoids; and high doses of the amino acids tryptophan, threonine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, cystine, phenylalanine, tyrosine, valine, arginine, his- tidine, alanine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid, glycine, proline, and serine. Also contains: Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids, monosaccharides and polysaccharides, and phytosterols like beta- sisterol. Properties: anticancer, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory. When consumed on a regular basis, theses berries have been historically found to increase longevity and promote excellent health. They balance blood sugar levels and increase the production of red cells, white cells, platelets, and lymphocyte activity. A study in Japan found the consumption of goji berries to inhibit tumor growth by 58%. One polysaccharide found in goji berries has proved to stimulate the pituitary secretion of human growth hormone.


HONEY (RAW)

Vitamins: B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12, C, K, choline, betaine. Minerals: calcium, phosphorus, iron, copper, potassium, magnesium, manganese, silicoa, sulphur, sodium, titanium, zinc, iodine, chlorine, boron, molybdenum. Compounds: the phytonutrients caffeic acid, methyl caffeate, phenylethyl caffeate, and phenylethyl dimethylcaffeate -- which have been shown to prevent colon cancer in animals; and the amino acids tryptophan, leucine, lysine, isoleucine, methionine, cystiene, thresonine, arginine, phenylalanine, histidine, valine, glutamic acid, tyrosine, glycine, serine, proline, alanine, aspartic acid, hydroxyproline, and butyric acid. Also Contains: 2% protein, probiotics lactobacilli and bifidobacteria, and lots of neat enzymes, including glucose oxidase which produces hydrogen peroxide when combined with water. Properties: antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antioxidant and all around anti-carcinogenic. Honey contains a 1:1 ratio of fructose to glucose, making it a perfect sugar for your liver to metabolize into glycogen. Gylcogen feeds the brain during sleep and exercise, and when glycogen levels drop, the brain triggers the release of stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. While honey may be high on the glycemic index, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing -- its sugars are processed efficiently and honey has been shown to assist in the regulation of blood sugar and the inhibition of candida and yeast infections. Honey also out-performs over the counter cough suppressants and is fantastic as an antiseptic healing agent when applied topically.


INCA ”GOLDEN” BERRIES

Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C. Minerals: phosphorus. Compounds: flavinoids and carotenoids. Also Contains: 16% protein, pectin, and secretory IgA, a plant anti- body which strengthens the immune system. Properties: mild laxative, anti-sclerotic, antiviral, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, and antioxidant. Notorious for it’s ability to regulate the rate at which food moves through the 30 foot tube (thus preventing surges in blood glucose levels), the pectin found in Inca berries also works wonders when it comes to lowering LDL cholesterol. Because of the effects the berry’s flavinoids produce in preventing the accumulation of arterial plaque, Inca berries are an excellent blood toner for anyone challenged with high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease.


KALE

Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, C, K. Minerals: sodium, calcium, iron, manganese, potas- sium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, magnesium, selenium. Compounds: the 9 essential amino acids histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, phenylalanine, tryptophan, valine, as well as phytonutrient glucosinolates and methyl cysteine sulfoxides. Also Contains: Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids. Properties: anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antidiabetic, antimicrobial and antioxidant. When RAW leaves of kale are chopped or chewed, a compound called sulforaphane is formed. This compound has been shown to inhibit the growth of chemically induced breast cancers, and can even cause colon cancer cells to commit suicide. Sulforaphane induces the liver to produce phase 2 enzymes, which have a profound ability to detoxify cancer causing chemicals.


MACA ROOT (POWDER)

Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, E. Minerals: calcium, potassium, copper, zinc, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iodine, sodium, zinc. Compounds: gluco- sinolates, 4 novel alkaloids: macaina 1, 2, 3, and 4 (which are responsible for activating hormone regulators located in the brain); saponins, tannins, p-methoxybenzyl isothiocyanate (a known aphrodesiac), beta-ecdysone; and the amino acids alanine, arginine, serine, histidine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid, glycine, valine, phenylalanine, tyrosine, leucine, serine, HO-proline, iso- leucine, lysine, methionine, proline, sarcosine, tryptophan, and threonine. Also Contains: Omega 6 and 9 essential fatty acids, sitosterols, stigmasterol, and palmitic acid. Properties: hormone balancing, mood stabilizing. Maca is a cruciferous root vegetable indigenous to South America that balances your endocrine system by stimulating and nourishing the pituitary and hypo- thalamus -- the master glands. In turn, these glands regulate the rest of the endocrine system, including the thyroid, adrenal glands, pancreas, and sexual organs. In addition, maca also sup- ports the manufacture of neurotransmitters like dopamine and noradrenaline, two substances that play a major role in mental function, sexual function, stamina and arousal. Maca is often used as a coffee subsititute for the “enegery boost” it provides, and is traditionally made into sweet drinks and puddings.

MACADAMIA NUTS

Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, C, E. Minerals: potassium, phosphorus, magne- sium, calcium, manganese, copper, sodium, selenium, zinc. Compounds: phenolic compounds such as flavonoids, phytoestrogens, phytic acid, tannins, saponins, and lignans. Also Contains: richest food source of Omega 9 essential fatty acid, palmitic & oleic acids. Properties: antioxidant. Rich in monounsaturated fats, macadamia nuts have the ability to reduce LDL levels while boosting HDL levels in the bloodstream when eaten daily. 80% oil, macadamias have long held beautifying and healing properties for the skin.

MESQUITE

Vitamins: C. Minerals: barium, boron, calcium, chromium, cobalt, copper, iron, magne- sium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, sulfur, zinc. Compounds: lysine. Also Contains: 16% protein, fiber. Properties: antidiabetic. A traditional Native American staple made by grinding seed pods from the mesquite tree into a fine meal, mesquite contains a range of minerals and trace minerals. Mesquite requires no insulin to digest, and therefore helps to maintain constant blood sugar levels.

MINERAL MANNA

Minerals: silicon, barium, nickel, aluminum, fluorine, neodymium, iron, copper, praseodymium, magnesium, vanadium, gallium, potassium, zirconium, cadmium, calcium, manganese, lithium, sulphur, zinc, molybdenum, sodium, cerium, boron, titanium, rubidium, scandium, phosphorus, and many, many other trace minerals. Coumpounds: Many of the afforementioned minerals come in the form of compounds like “aluminosillicate,” which are totally harmless. Also contains: electrolytes, beneficial microbes, angstrom “ormus” elements, humic/fulvic substances. Properties: heavy metal chelative, detoxifying, immune boosting, mood stabilizing, radioactivity protective, promotes physical stamina. “Mineral Manna” is a blend of pyrophillite clay, humic/ fulvic substances, magnesium dense ancient plant minerals, Himalayan salt, and “ormalite” -- which is a clay comprised of single atom state elements (smaller than ionic or colloidal) capable of providing acute mineral nutrition to your brain and nervous system. The high silicon content of the clays in Mineral Manna have an affinity for bonding with heavy metals (even in the human body) to create non-toxic compounds. Mineral Manna is a product of Vitality Herbs & Clay.


OLIVES

Vitamins: A, B3, B5, B6, C, E, K. Minerals: calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, zinc. Compounds: essential amino acids histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, phenylalanine, valine; tyrosine, aspartic acid, and glutaminic acid, polyphenols, anthocyanins, monounsaturated fats, and squalene. Also Contains: Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids, Properties: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory. Olives contain a profound amount of bioavailable vitamin E, which acts as a powerful anticancer agent in several different arenas of the body, ranging from the heart to the colon. An unsaturated oxygen carrier, squalene is popular in many skin products for its ability to smooth the skin. In its underived form, squalene stimulates the immune system.


RADISHES

Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B4, B6, B8, B9, C, K. Minerals: copper, manganese, potas- sium calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, zinc, selenium, flouride, sulphur, silicon, sodium. Compounds: raphanin, phytosterols, and the 9 essential amino acids histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, phenylalanine, tryptophan, and valine. Also Contains: protein, and Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids. Properties: diruetic. Throughout his- tory radishes have been effective when used as a medicinal food for liver and kidney disorders. They contain a variety of sulfur-based phytochemicals that stimulate the liver to increase the flow of bile. Radishes also work to dissolve kidney stones and alleviate the pain associated with them. Moreover, raphanin in radishes balances thyroid hormones, which help maintain an ideal body weight.


SPIRULINA

Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B8, B9, B12, E. Minerals: iron, calcium, zinc, potas- sium, magnesium, manganese, selenium, phosphorus. Compounds: the carotenoids alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, xanthophylis, cryptoxanthin, echinenone, zeaxanthin, lutein; the amino acids alanine, arginine, serine, histidine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid, glycine, valine, phenylalanine, tyrosine, leucine, serine, isoleucine, lysine, methionine, proline, sarcosine, tryptophan, and threonine; and antioxidant pigments phycocyanin, porphyrin, phycoerythrin, tetrapyrrole, and phytonadione, as well as chlorophyll. Also Contains: Omega 6 (including the super-good-for-you-gamma-linolenic or GLA) and 9 essential fatty acids, nucleic acids RNA and DNA. Properties: Antioxidant, anticancer, immune boosting. Spirulina is a blue green microalgae, and one of the oldest living life forms on earth. It’s believed that blue-green algae (like spirulina) is res- ponisble in part for producing the world’s oxygen supply, which set the stage for the evolution of other life forms by both creating the worlds habitat, and forming the base of the food chain. Spirulina is a low calorie, high protein, vita-mineral rich food that packs a helluva lot of bang for its buck. It is also one of the richest sources of chlorophyll in nature. Blue green algae has been a staple in the diets of many, many, many creatures large and small (including humans) since life on earth began billions of years ago.


WATERCRESS

Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12, C, E, K. Minerals: iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, sodium, copper, iodine, selenium, fluoride, phosphorus, zinc. Compounds: the amino acids proline, tryptophan, threonine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenyl- alanine, cystine, valine, arginine, histidine, tyrosine, alanine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid, glycine and serine; chlorophyll. Properties: anticancer, diuretic, antioxidant, expectorant. The compounds found in watercress are known chemopreventive agents for many forms of breast cancer!!!! Watercress is in the Brassicaceae family of vegetables, along with cabbage, collard, and broccoli -- all of which have profound anticancer properties. Watercress can be harvested wild, and is one of the oldest known leafy greens consumed by humans. Eat it up!!