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Very Berry Smoothies Vary in Application as Depression Treatment

Apr 17, 2008
In modern times drink mixes are under redesign. Customary fruits such as strawberries, bananas, and peaches are no longer the only ingredients used in these vita mixes. More and more nature aficionados are moving to off-island grown or at least different fruits to shake their smoothie concoctions.

A favorite choice of fruits often used is the Mangosteen. This queen of fruits is not available for sale in the United States. This is because of the added risk of the Mediterranean fruit fly infestation upon its importing. However, fruit enthusiasts are able to obtain the byproduct of this fruit in juice or capsule form. Mangosteen is a tropical fruit from Indonesia. It's about the size of a small apple and contains a delicious white core that breaks off in wedges similar to an orange.

Mangosteen clinical reviews go on and there is recommendation that this fruit is full of many ingredients that are health promoting. Food Scientists believe it has anti-fatigue, anti-swelling, mood enhancing, and cancer-fighting uses.

One research review suggests positive fight against leukemia:

"We examined the effects of six xanthones from the pericarps of mangosteen, Garcinia mangostana, on the cell growth inhibition of human leukemia cell line HL60. All xanthones displayed growth inhibitory effects. Among them, alpha-mangosteen showed complete inhibition at 10 microM through the induction of apoptosis."(Matsumoto K, Akao Y, Kobayashi E, Ohguchi K, Ito T, Tanaka T, Iinuma M, Nozawa Y: Gifu International Institute of Biotechnology, 1-1 Naka-Fudogaoka, Kakamigahara, August 2003)

Found in India and the Tahitian Islands, the fruit of the Noni tree has powerful antioxidant properties, mood-enhancing uses, and immune system enhancing properties. Something else exciting applied used in smoothies is the Noni. Scientists suggest it is a cancer-fighting agent as well. This tropical comes from Southeast Asia as well. Scientists suggest it is a cancer-fighting agent as well.

In the NCCAM Publication D298 of 2007, scientists have published a clinical study wherein Noni (Morinda Citrufolia) has demonstrated high antioxidant levels, as a result immune system enhancement, and evidence that it may battle cancerous sells. Tumors in rats have dramatically decreased in size when exposed to Noni.

Acai Berry, a juicy delight is the size of a grape and a dark reddish-blue color. It contains fiber and is believed to have the properties to free the body of toxins. Clinical studies into this berry's uses show it is also best for improving the circulatory system, promoting physical wellbeing and minimizing inflammations. The Acai berry, conquering the world from Central and South American tropical regions is another fruit smoothie drinkers' blend.

Blueberries also have properties to inhibit chronic diseases. Rich with Vitamin C and E, Blueberries are another good choice to mix in. They also contain anthocyanins and phenolics, which are great antioxidants. The above fruity riches are alternatives one can use to come up with their own individually preferred creation. These are medicinal that one can use in combination with blueberries.

A vital mix of tropical goodness enchanted with far-east-Asian or South American exotics, can improve a new lifestyle with health and wellness. Any ingredients you desire today, be it tropical or exotic, wild or tame, you can get it online or off-line. Blueberries are easily attainable, the other fruits and berries are not so easy to obtain. Some of the fruits can be found in processed juice or powder form, which can be added into one's smoothie beverage.

The enhanced body-lift coming from vita-fruit mixes rich with free radical eliminators are reason enough for trying them. Exotic energizing fruits aid greatly in giving people a sense of vitality that enable them to be more productive throughout the day. When a person feels energized, they feel they can take on the world. This leads to a better mental attitude, which can halt depression in its tracks. A vibrant positive personality learns to reject negative and destructive thought, or at least minimize its effects. This results in better performance in all aspects of ones life.

Ultimately, foods with Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) rating are best to add-in with your smoothies. ORAC will help you build up your immune system and through antioxidants in these foods, berries, vegetables, or fruits; it will help you feel well. These mixes of ORAC-rich ingredients are also pretty tasty.
About the Author
T. Fox researches workplace-environmental productivity and efficiency. Some of the contributors are healthy ingredients with increased nutrient levels. People perform better when they are healthy, especially when they can manage depression with food and lifestyle choices.
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