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Berry Antioxidants and Exotic Xanthones in Smoothies

Apr 24, 2008
The smoothies are undergoing a recipe revolution. Normal fruits such as bananas, strawberries, and peaches are no longer the only ingredients used in these energy surprises. More and more health aficionados are transitioning to exotic or at least versatile fruits to make their smoothie concoctions.

One of the fruits often used is the Mangosteen. This sweet crown is not marketed for sale in the United States. This is because of the tremendous risk of the Mediterranean fruit fly infestation upon its importing. However, fruit enthusiasts are able to purchase the byproduct of this fruit in juice or capsule form. Mangosteen is an exotic fruit from Indonesia. It's about the size of a small apple and contains a sweet white interior that breaks off in wedges similar to a mandarin.

Professionals found it has energy, anti-swelling, mood enhancing, and free radical eliminating uses. Garcinia Mangostana research moving forward and there is evidence that this exotic surprise is full of many properties that improve wellness to say the least.

One research review indicates positive reduction in 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)

Another exotic fruit applied used in smoothies is the Noni. This tropical grows best in Southeast Asia as well. Found in India and the Tahitian Islands, the fruit of the Noni tree has powerful antioxidant properties, anti-depressant capacities, and immune system enhancing properties. This fruit has shown promise as a free-radicals eliminator as well.

"In laboratory research, Noni has shown antioxidant, immune-stimulating, and tumor-fighting properties. The National Cancer Institute is funding preliminary research on Noni for breast cancer prevention and treatment." (NCCAM Publication No. D398, 2007)

Acai Berry, a juicy delight is grape-sized and a dark deep purple color. The Acai Berry contains fiber and is believed to have the capability to free the body of toxins. Clinical studies into this berry's uses show it is also applicable for enhancing circulation, promoting vitality and minimizing inflammations. The fruity surprise from western tropical areas, the Acai berry, conquering the world from Central and South American tropical regions is another antioxidant mix of vitamin.

Blueberries aid in the fight against the damaging effects of chronic diseases that come from the aging process. Rich with Vitamin C and E, Blueberries are another good choice to mix in. They also contain anthocyanins and phenolics, which contain inhibiting cancer-cell properties. The above three tropical's are possible add-ins one can consume to come up with their own individually preferred creation. These are exotics that one can add-in in combination with blueberries.

With all the options available today from health food stores offline and online, the ingredients can be had, even if not in whole fruit form. Blueberries can be found more easily, exotics are not so easy to obtain. Therefore, a fruit smoothie using combinations of these fruits is a great suggestion to enrich a wellness. Some of the fruits can be found in processed juice or powder form, which can be added into one's smoothie beverage.

The enhanced power resulting from vita-fruit mixes full with free radical eliminators are motivation enough for trying them. Exotic energizing fruits can enhance system wellness that enables them to be more productive throughout the day. 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. People that feel better about themselves are able to develop more positive thinking and action. Ultimately result they improve their performance and gain enhanced social skills.

When it comes to smoothies, foods with a high ORAC value are the best ones to include in its recipes. Fruits that have a high ORAC rating (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) are the ones that have the most antioxidant power. These ingredients all contain antioxidant properties, which are healthy and tasty.
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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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