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More antioxidants than strawberries, kiwis and tomatoes

Concentration of the the Day: We knew that strawberries, kiwis and tomatoes were very good sources of antioxidants.. but move over guys, there’s a new sheriff in town… Raspberries! More than 50% more antioxidant activity than strawberries, 3x more than kiwis and yes… 10x more than tomatoes!

* Red Raspberries almost have exclusive rights to ellagitannins (anti-oxidants) which are very good for combating free radicals.
* If you go to the health food store and purchase ellagic acid (a dietary supplement) then you are buying what comes from red raspberries.

* The anthocyanins give some antimicrobial properties to the red raspberry. This includes the ability to prevent certain bacteria and fungi IN the body– the ones that can cause vaginal infections and irritable bowel syndrome.

* The Juicing factor of red raspberries is around a 9.  NOTE: Watermelon is a 10 on the juicing scale because of the amount of juice you can get from it. A banana would be a 1 because you would not want to juice it.

* Research suggests (conducted on animals) that raspberries may have cancer protective properties. The raspberries work to inhibit tumor formation in various parts of the body, including the colon.

* Raspberries contain manganese, vitamin C, riboflavin, folate, niacin and potassium. They have good fiber.

* If you’re a diabetic or hypoglycemic raspberries could help because they have minimal impact on blood sugars!

* Frozen raspberries have from a limited to no reduction in antioxidant activity. However, the vitamin C effect may be reduced by half.

* There is a 36% reduction in risk of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) by eating at least three or more servings of fruit per day. This is the primary cause of vision loss in older adults. This according to information contained in the  Archives of Ophthalmology.

Enjoy this delicious delicate fruit.  How easy is it to add a few to your salad, cereal, yogurt? How about just eat them by themselves?

Apricots-taste like a cross between a plum and a peach

Apricots-taste like a cross between a plum and a peach

Concentration of the Day: Apricots- These smooth, round fruits have a taste in between a plum and a peach. Good for the eyes because they’re loaded with Vitamin A. They do have beta-carotene, vitamin C and tryptophan.

*On a scale of 1-10 they juice around a 7. Watermelon would be a juice factor of 10.

*Eat them dried if you can. But remember… dried apricots contain sulfites. This extends the shelf life. If you suffer from asthma then USE CAUTION… AND FIND… Organic. FDA regulations prohibit the use of preservatives in organically grown or produced food.

*Apricots contain phytochemicals called carotenoids. One of the carotenoids is lycopene which is a major antioxidant. Antioxidants, as you may recall, help minimize free radical damage. Free radical damage is what causes some cancers.

*Apricots also have potassium, magnesium, calcium and a little iron.

*The beta-carotene in apricots makes them an important food for the heart. Beta-carotene helps limit LDL cholesterol from oxidation, which may help prevent heart disease.

Kumquats-Eat them skin and all!

Fun to eat! Good for you. Loaded with nutrition.

This little oval fruit that looks like a mini orange should be eaten rind and all. It has limonene which is an Anti-cancer phytonutrient. This in the lab has been shown to prevent the spread of cancer….But wait there’s more..

They aid in digestion by “stimulating” digestive enzymes. Try eating a couple right before a big dinner.

Kumquats are helpful in lowering levels of harmful LDL cholesterol.
They contain vitamins A and C, iron, calcium and fiber.
Try them in your salads, include them in your afternoon snack. Make sure your kids have them in their lunches. They’re unique and “fun” to eat!

If we didn’t worry what other people thought, what could we do?…

Would you ask out that cute girl at the bank that gives you a sexy smile?  Would we ask our boss for a 15% raise when you just got one six months ago? Would you start up a business, an online dating site, or go back to school with people half your age?

How about engage in an aggressive dialogue at your bible study? Would you attend Toastmasters and speak in front of audiences?…

Dance on the dance floor with your husband or wife? Take dance lessons at the very least?

What would you do if what other people thought about what you did or said didn’t matter? What could you do—what would you do?

Plums are very good for us

Try this healthy fruit in the juicer

Believe it or not plums are good for the eyes..because they can prevent macular degeneration and some infections of the eye. Eating plums will assist you in retaining sharp-eye sight. And…..

are rich in antioxidants. They provide protection from superoxide anion radical (yes, these are bad),

Plum juice is effective in preventing and reducing human influenza A.

Plums have cleansing agents that keep the blood pure this in turn may protect the heart.
plums assist in the absorption of iron.
They taste sooo good too.. How can we get more?
Add them as a juicing ingredient, chopped up in your morning cereal, lunch salad or yogurt snack. Some have suggested adding them to your brown rice? hmmm…
The phytonutrients in the plum are called neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acid. They are also in the prune (a dryed out plum). Phenols, and their function as antioxidants has been abundantly researched and documented.
They also have vitamins C, A (in the form of beta-carotene), vitamin B2, dietary fiber and potassium.