The Mediterranean-style diet has been attributed with providing elements that reduce the risk of developing one of the all too prevelent chronic degenerative diseases today—i.e. cardiovascular diseases, cancer and neurodegenerative disorders. (Ames et al. 1993; Lampe, 1999).
The colorful fruits and vegetables in such a diet are attributed with providing the bulk of the preventative elements. Besides the antioxidant vitamins (such as Vit. C and E), the pigments responsible for the vivid colors have been shown to be the most powerful of antioxidants, providing protection from pro-oxidant damage to DNA, enzymes, cells and tissues of the body .
Betalains are a more recently discovered pigment antioxidant. They are unique to red beet root and cactus-pear fruit. As anthocyanidins are to blueberries and blackberries, betalains are to beets and cactus fruit—critically important flavonoid antioxidants for our health. Over the next couple of newsletters we will explore the efficacy of Betalains and their ability to induce Phase II enzyme transcription in human liver cells and their overall antioxidant potential. That is to say, betalains in beets support the ability of the liver to detox and help protect the body against free radicals. Stay tuned.
Ames et al. (1993) Oxidants, antioxidants and the degenerative disease of aging. Proc Nat. Acad. Sci., 90:7915-7922.
Lampe et al. (1999) Health effects of vegetables and fruits: assessing mechanism of action in human experimental studies. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 70:475-490.
Our Beta Glucan Synbiotic Formula not only contains organic red beet root betalains as an important antioxidant, it also contains the soluble and insoluble fibers of beet root, oat bran (with a concentration of the very important soluble beta glucan fibers), and inulin from chicory root— all health giving items right out of the Mediterranean diet. These are also organic prebiotic fibers, excellent fibers for the good bacteira of the gut. To this mix we have added 5 pedigreed lactic acid probiotics (good bugs). This makes for a very effective synbiotic (good bugs and fiber) formula; a fiber rich food; a detox agent; and cholestrol lowering product (beta glucan, approved by the American Heart Association).
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The suggested dosage is one tsp to one tbl daily.
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Can food be good medicine? “Up to 2.7 million lives could be saved annually with sufficient fruit and vegetable consumption. Low fruit and vegetable intake is among the top 10 selected risk factors for global mortality.” See the Fruit and Vegetable Promotion Initiative put on by none other than the World Health Organization.©2005 – 2012 BioImmersion Inc. All Rights Reserved