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Free the Radicals with Antioxidants

Apr 23, 2008
Traditional fruits such as peaches, bananas, and strawberries are no longer the only add-ins used in these healthy drinks. More and more nutrition aficionados are moving to exotic or at least new fruits to make their smoothie concoctions. Nowadays, shakes are in major competition.

Mangosteen is a tropical fruit from Southeast Asia. It's about the size of a small apple and contains a sweet white interior that breaks off in wedges similar to a mandarin. A favorite choice of fruits often used is the Mangosteen. This sweet crown is not legal for sale in the United States. Nevertheless, fruit enthusiasts are able to obtain the byproduct of this fruit in juice or capsule form. This is because of the increased problems associated with the Mediterranean fruit fly infestation upon its importing.

Clinical Investigators believe it has energy, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, and free radical eliminating uses. The Indonesian fruit research continues and there is proof that this tropical wonder is full of many properties that are health promoting.

One research study 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)

Additionally, a fruit also in mix- used in smoothies is the Noni. This all-year-round grows best in Southeast Asia as well. Found in India and the Tahitian Islands, the fruit of the Noni tree has powerful antioxidant content, mood-enhancing promises, and immune system enhancing properties. Scientists suggest it is a free-radicals eliminator 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.

The Acai Berry has high fiber content and is believed to have the capability that frees the body of toxins. Research into this berry's content show it is also best for improving circulation, aiding in physical wellbeing and minimizing inflammations. The Acai berry, original from Central and South American tropical regions is another fruity smoothie vitamin blended mix. This fruit is grape-sized and a dark deep purple color.

The above botanical vita-mixes are additional suggestions one can consume to invent their own individually preferred creation. These are juicy enhancers that one can use in combination with blueberries. Blueberries contain Vitamin C and Vitamin E. They also contain anthocyanins and phenolics, which contain inhibiting cancer-cell properties. Blueberries also have properties to inhibit chronic diseases.

Therefore, a tropical fruit blend using combinations of these fruits is a great way to enrich a healthy lifestyle. Any ingredients you want to include in your vita mix, be it tropical or exotic, wild or tame, you can get it anywhere. While blueberries can be found more easily, the other fruits and berries might need some brainstorming to locate. Some of the fruits can be found in processed juice or powder form, which can be added into one's smoothie beverage.

Increased energy levels aid greatly in giving people a sense of vitality that enable them to be more productive throughout the day. The enhanced body-lift arising from vita-fruit mixes enriched with free radical eliminators are reason enough for trying them. Men and Women that feel better about themselves are able to develop more positive thinking and action. Ultimately consequence they improve their work performance and gain enhanced social skills. Energized own the world they walk in; they feel their self-esteem. This leads to a better mental attitude, which can halt depression in its tracks.

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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