One thing I like about food as medicine, and therefore the Therapeutic Foods line is that it’s very simple and straightforward. For example, the Triple Berry Probiotic Formula has five ingredients: blueberries, raspberries, sweat cherries, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium longum—good bugs and good berries. The beauty of good food is that it provides exactly what the body needs for nutritional support, repair, and healing dis-ease. Food is simple and straightforward but it is also complex and powerful.
Let me continue with our example of the Triple Berry Probiotic Formula. We selected berries with high actives from regions of the country that favors their growth—raspberries from Washington State, cherries from Michigan, wild blueberries from the barrens of northern Maine and Nova Scotia. We selected two bacteria that are ubiquitous in nature, being found on most plants including berries, and therefore are closely associated with human beings because they are present on fresh produce.
The two bacterial strains we included in the formula are supported by sound medical research. Our intention was to pick two good fermenting bugs that are needed for optimal function of the small and large bowel. The two representative genuses —Lactobacillus being primarily a small intestinal microbe and the Bifidobacterium being a large intestinal anaerobe.
When it comes to drying a fruit or a bacterial culture, the best method that preserves most of the actives over any other method is freeze drying. In freeze drying blueberries, 100% of the anthocyanins are preserved! Drum drying is next best with sparing 70% of the polyphenols from damage, while spray drying destroys 70% and maintains only 30% of the heat sensitive protein actives. The type of technology is very important when we create the Therapeutic Foods formulas: maintaining the actives and the wholeness of the foods is key for efficacy.
Of course, all this comes with a cost. Spray drying is a much cheaper technology,and the use of magnesium stearate (a flowing agent) greatly increases the rate at which a manufacturer can run a machine. Thus more capsule produced per hour enable one to drive down the cost of the product. But, the consequences are that one must eat mag. stearate with every capsule! Not a natural and healthy dosage of healing foods. Many manufacturers also add mag. stearate to a powder such as the Triple Berry because it minimize the atmospheric purple haze in the bottling environment. We eliminated all that because to us food does not need to be adulterated with flowing agents and fast, hot machines. The Triple Berry Probiotic Formula is simply food and probiotic, healthy and powerful.
It all comes down to what one is compelled to produce. It our case it is a magnificent and pure Therapeutic Food. Plants as a food provide carbohydrates, the life sustaining sugars and fibers, we looked at in the last two newsletters—necessary molecules of life that our bodies can’t produce on their own. Next week we will expand on this discussion of carbohydrates as we bring in the topic of the eight essential sugars. But what about other phytonutrients, beyond the carbohydrate category, that are inherent within the Triple Berry Probiotic Formula?
Blueberries do not contain scurvy-banishing amounts of vitamin C or heroic quantities of vitamin A, but they are the undisputed antioxidant champions among fresh fruits and vegetables. In the ORAC tests at Tufts, blueberries beat out about 50 other fresh fruits and vegetables—in other words, every fresh food that the Tufts team tested.
Raspberries are one of the top antioxidant foods. They contain large amounts of ellagic acid. They also contain large amounts of fiber. That is because each raspberry is actually a small cluster of 75 to 125 fiber-rich seeds. Rapsberries boast hefty portions of vitamin C and folate.
In folk medicine fresh cherry juice has a rich history of anecdotal evidence for providing pain relief, particularly with arthritic pain.
In today’s Clinical Notes video blog we are highlighting the Triple Berry Probiotic Formula. Our gastrointestinal mucous membrane is our largest surface area of exposure to the outside world. This membrane needs powerful protection. The Triple Berry Probiotic Formula not only bring into the gut health enhancing lactic acid bacteria but also three potent berries that provide powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial support.
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This amazing creature is a Wombat. Wombats are marsupial mammals, like kangeroos and koalas. They are nocturnal , emerging from their burrows to feed at night on grasses, roots and bark. Their habit is the open grasslands and eucalyptus forests. I’d like to see and smell a eucalyptus forest, wouldn’t you? Wombats are strong, sturdy and built close to the ground, and can mover most things in their way (like farmers fences), hence their nick name of the Bull Dozers of the Bush. Here is a clip for you of a real live wombat up close.