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High Quality Super foods Without Compromise Dr Nance MacLeod-Lutchin believes in the importance of whole food nutrition and the purity and nutritional vitality of organically grown and wild crafted foods. Our unique super foods are rich sources of essential nutrients and protective plant compounds. The statements below have not been evaluated by the Health Products and Food Branch (HPFB) of Health Canada and are not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or symptom thereof. This information is for general educational purposes only. Individuals are advised to consult with a qualified health care professional before using any products. Amla Powder Amla is one of the essential ingredients of Triphala. It is known as a rasayana, having restorative and balancing effects on the three constitutional elements that govern human life: Vat, Pit and Kaph. Amla is a potent rejuvenating herb that nourishes the tissues and gently removes toxins. It possesses sour, sweet and astringent tastes, predominantly sour. Amla is highly nutritious and is an important dietary source of vitamin C, minerals and amino acids. It is often used as a laxative to relieve constipation, maintain regularity and assist in natural internal cleansing. Ashwagandha Powder  Ashwagandha is sometimes called the Indian ginseng because its actions and uses are in many ways similar to those of Chinese ginseng, although it costs much less. Currently used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat hypertension and stress related ailments, Ashwagandha helps the body adapt to stress, while rebuilding the nervous system without stimulating it. By calming and rebuilding the nervous system, it is perfect for helping individuals under stress by improving general health and well being. However, Ashwagandha should not be consumed for prolonged periods of time and should only be used in “times of need”. Bhringaraj Powder Bhringaraj is an Ayurvedic herb/superfood found throughout India and the southwestern U.S. Its name in India means “ruler of the hair”. Bhringaraj powder is an ancient remedy for hair loss, premature graying and skin allergies. It is also said to help make hair dark, dense and lustrous. Bhringaraj powder can be mixed in water with herbs like Henna, Amla, Shikakai, Tulsi and applied on hair in paste form. These herbs can also be incorporated into a coconut oil infusion and used as a conditioning oil treatment. It shines and beautifies hair while helping to rid numerous hair ailments. Black Sesame Seeds Black sesame seeds are naturally sweet and have a delicious nutty flavor. They are very high in calcium, and contain high amounts of protein, phosphorous, iron, magnesium and B- vitamins. This delectable seed is low-carb, low-sodium and gluten-free. According to folklore, black sesame seeds can maintain hair colour as you age. Their rich, nutty flavour is further enhanced when toasted. Sprinkle them on cereal, yogurt, soups, salads or mix together with almond/peanut butter, smoothies, drinks and various bakery products. Cacao Nibs Cacao beans were so revered by the Mayans and Aztecs that they were used as money! Cacao beans contain 12-50% fat depending on the variety and growing conditions, and no sugar. Our cacao beans have about 40% fat content, low compared to other nuts. There is no known evidence linking cacao bean consumption with obesity. Cacao is an incredibly rich source of magnesium, with more antioxidant flavonoids than red wine or green tea, and phytochemicals like theobromine and anandamine that boost your mood and energy. Goji Berries   Goji berries, also called Wolfberries, are perhaps the most antioxidant and nutritionally-rich fruit on the planet. Traditionally, Goji Berries have been regarded as a longevity, strength- building, and vitality enhancing food. On a nutritional level, Goji Berries are unmatched by any other food. They are loaded with 18 kinds of amino acids, contain all 8 essential amino acids, 21 trace minerals and contain 500 times the vitamin C of oranges by weight. Goji berries are also the richest source of carotenoids of all known foods or plants on earth. Plus Goji berries contain vitamins B1, B2, B6 and vitamin E. Gokshura Powder Gokshura is an important and highly effective Ayurvedic herb for the kidneys and reproductive health and helps in maintaining effective urinary functions. It is beneficial in the treatment of stress due to its calming effect in the nervous system. Gokshura is a prostate herb, which reduces many urinary discomforts and prostate problems by cleansing and strengthening the lower abdominal organs (urinary bladder, prostate etc). Gokshura improves the flow of urine by cooling and soothing the membrane of the urinary tract and helping to remove stones. Golden Inca Berries Better then popping a multi-vitamin, loaded with all your B vitamins, Vitamins A and C, Protein, Calcium, Phosphorous and Fiber. Inca berries are high in bioflavonoids + Vitamin P which has amazing anti-viral properties. Has an extremely High ORAC score in antioxidants that have a natural slimming agent and supports the cardiovascular system. Golden berries promote digestion, Golden-berries help control diabetes, cleans the blood and aids in the treatment of the prostate gland. Gotu Kola Powder Gotu Kola has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine to improve memory and maintain healthy central nervous systems, as well as helping the body overcome stress and fatigue. Recent clinical studies support this tradition. Gotu Kola contains many nutrients that support the body’s vitality by feeding, cleansing and strengthening the central nervous system, including vitamin A, B complex, E & K and magnesium. Gotu Kola is able to renew one’s energy without caffeine or other stimulants. Maca X-6 Powder  ~ Maca X-6 is a 6:1 concentration of yellow Maca root. Maca (Lepidium Meyenii Walp) is not a medicine, nor a supplement, it is just a food loaded with vital nutrients in their natural form. Maca is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, iron and other essential minerals, and contains 19 amino acids. Maca has a reputation as a powerful strength and stamina enhancer, as well as a libido-enhancing food-herb that stretches back into prehistory. Like goji berries and ginseng, maca is a powerful adaptogen. Saw Palmetto Proven effective to strengthen mens reproductive organs. Very beneficial for the enlarged prostate and known to protect against prostate cancer, also reputed to have aphrodisiac effects to improve sexual desire and performance. In a long term study of 150 men clinically diagnosed with prostate disorders including beginning stages of prostate cancer saw palmetto demonstrated the long-term efficacy and tolerability. Shatavari Powder  ~ Shatavari is a highly regarded herb for women’s health and is the most important herb in Ayurvedic medicine for problems connected to women’s fertility. Traditionally used to stimulate the production of female hormones, Shatavari may be translated as “100 spouses”, implying its ability to increase fertility and vitality. Shatavari is a rejuvenating herb that cools the body and strengthens and nourishes the tissues. It may be taken by women and men to remove excess Vata and Pitta from the system and to support proper functioning of the reproductive organs. Slippery Elm Bark Powder Slippery Elm inner bark is very rich in mucilage, a complex mixture of polysaccharides that form a soothing gelatinous fiber when water is added. Slippery Elm Bark is recommended to sooth gastric diseases and has several beneficial effects on digestion. It reduces bowel transit time, absorbs toxins, increases fecal bulk and dilutes stool materials thereby reducing stool contact with the intestinal mucosa, and enhances beneficial bacteria. The bark has noted anti-inflammatory activity. As the mucilage resists digestion by stomach acids and enzymes, it maintains its soothing action throughout the entire digestive system. Stevia Stevia is the sweetener of the future. Stevia leaves are one of the sweetest substances known in nature, which have a delicious and refreshing taste with a sweetness rating of up to 30 times the sweetening power of common table sugar. Stevia is the most promising sugar alternative available for those who want to ingest more natural ingredients with no known side effects, no calories, no carbs, no fat and no affect on blood glucose levels. Stevia can be used as a healthy substitute in most sugar applications, since it is heat stable. Triphala Powder Triphala means “three fruits” and is a blend of three herbs: haritaki, amla and bibhitaki. Together, these herbs stimulate digestion, improve circulation and aid elimination. Used over time, Triphala promotes regularity and is used to maintain hormone balance in a wide variety of conditions. Unlike other herbal laxatives, Triphala is considered a gentle detoxifier; it nourishes and cleanses as it removes toxins from the body. It is said to balance the three constitutional elements of human life: the nervous system, metabolic processes, and the body’s structural integrity. Yacon syrup Yacon Syrup is a sugar substitute native to the Andean region of South America. It is glucose-free, and does not increase blood sugar levels. Because of this, yacon syrup is often recommended as a sweetener to those suffering from diabetes or at risk for becoming diabetic. Natural treatment for Diabetes and Liver Problems as well to reduce high blood pressure. The Yacon roots its an excellent natural product actually used for the Diabetes and Liver treatment. Yacon Leaves are actually used for Hypertension natural treatment as well as a powerful antioxidant natural source learn more green tea. Whole Frankincense Resin - Boswellia sacra, Boswellia carteri, Olibanu Frankincense resin is thought to have a bounty of health properties - it was an ingredient in a rejuvenate face mask in ancient Egypt (it was also charred and used as the classic heavy eyeliner seen in much ancient Egyptian art), and at one time was "used to treat every conceivable ill to man". In ayurvedic medicine it is known as salai guggul, used for centuries to treat many conditions, including arthritis. Modern science has isolated the active compounds found to have anti-arthritic properties. Called boswellic acids, these components inhibit the inflammatory process, improve blood supply and prevent further cartilage reduction. Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent (shrinks or constrict body tissues), carminative (prevents or relieves flatulence gas in the gastrointestinal tract), cicatrizant   (promotes healing through the formation of scar tissue), cytophylactic (protection of cells  against lytic agents), digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue  (stimulate blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus; some), expectorant (helps bring up mucus and other material), sedative, tonic, uterine (healing and support of the uterus) Holy Basil/ TULSI  TEA Tulsi tea, which originated in India thousands of years ago, is known for its rich antioxidant and adaptogenic properties that are known to promote wellness by building the body’s immune system, reducing stress and promoting mental clarity. It is recognized as one of India's most sacred herbs because of its health benefits and healing properties. Tulsi Tea's antioxidants protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals that facilitate the cause and progression of various types of diseases. Also referred to as holy basil tea, this herbal brew’s adaptogens serve as powerful anti-stress agents that protect your body from a wide range of health concerns. The adaptogens guard against and deal with physical, chemical, environmental, and emotional factors that produce high levels of stress that compromise physical and mental health. Health Benefits: Strengthens the immune system, promotes longevity and enhances well-being. Promotes heart health by lowering cholesterol and high blood pressure. Reduces the negative physical and psychological effects of stress. Increases the body’s efficiency in using oxygen, which improves stamina, strength and endurance. Promotes respiratory health. Helps with digestion and gastrointestinal problems. Neutralizes dangerous biochemicals that contribute to cancer, degenerative diseases and premature aging. Facilitates healthy liver function. Reduces cell and tissue damage from sun rays, radiation therapy and other radiation sources. Relieves inflammation from arthritis and other diseases & Helps fight infections. Whole Vanilla Bean Powder Though one of the most famous and favorited flavoring agents in the world, real vanilla bean brings forth many health benefits as well. Natural vanilla is a good source of antioxidants and phytonutrients, and because it is in a whole food form, Whole Vanilla Bean Powder also provides dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals. The fragrant spice is also used in aromatherapy as one of the most calming and uplifting scents available. Health Benefits: Anti Oxidant:  Oxidizers or free-radicals cause oxidation of the living cells and tissues and burn them to death. Gradually, this result in weakening of the immunity, loss of memory, organic and nervous malfunctioning, gradual loss of vision & hearing, mental instability, macular degeneration etc. and the body become prone to diseases. The anti oxidant property of Vanilla neutralizes these free radicals and protects the body from wears and tears, infections and even some forms of cancer, such as those of prostrate, colon etc. It also repairs the damages already done to the body. Aphrodisiac: A systematic administration of Vanilla to the patients of impotency, erectile dysfunction, frigidity, loss of libido etc. can relieve them of their problems. Vanilla stimulates secretion of certain hormones like testosterone, estrogen etc., which help, bring about normal sexual behavior and promotes arousal. Anti Carcinogenic: The anti carcinogenic property of Vanilla comes from its anti oxidant properties. The free radicals or oxidants do not only damage tissues, but can also cause certain type of cancers, such as those in prostrate, colon etc. Certain components of Vanilla checks growth of cancerous cells, thereby helping cure cancer. Febrifuge: The vanilla can effectively reduce fever by fighting infections due to presence of components like Eugenol and Vanillin Hydroxybenzaldehyde in it. Being a sedative, it also reduces inflammation due to fever (Anti Phlogistic would be the right word for it) and this contributes to reducing fever. Anti Depressant:  This is one of the biggest advantages of vanilla aroma (better if it is real vanilla, but synthetic Vanilla or artificially synthesized Vanillin Hydroxybenzaldehyde works good too) that it makes you happy. The flavor alone is so pleasingly sweet and soothing that everybody, ranging from toddlers to centurions, likes it. Vanillin Hydroxybenzaldehyde, a component of Vanilla, is an effective anti depressant and mood up-lifter. Sedative:  It soothes all types of inflammations and hyperactivity in all the systems functioning in our body, namely, the respiratory system, circulatory system, digestive system, nervous system and the excretory system. It sedates inflammation due to fever, convulsions, anxiety, stress, hypersensitivity of allergy etc. Tranquilizing: This is due to the sedative and relaxing properties of vanilla. It lowers blood pressure and has a sort of tranquilizing effect on the brain too, and you cannot keep you eyelids open anymore. All you see then is your bed and pillows. Relaxing: Vanilla has a relaxing and calming effect on the brain and the nerves and gives relief from anxiety, anger, restlessness etc. Other Benefits: It helps regularize menstruations by activating certain hormones like estrogen. Silicea Gel or Capsule Silica is an important component of collagen and connective tissue. Hubner Original Silicea is a mineral supplement derived form quartz crystals and provides 2.8 g of Silicic Acid Anhydride per 100 ml. Suspended in a colloidal preparation; Silica is absorbed quickly and easily. Used commonly throughout Germany for maintenance of youthful, healthy skin, hair and nails. Silicea Gel can be used externally for wrinkles, acne and blemishes or internally helping to replenish collagen supply and encourage skin elasticity. An excellent choice for those who are concerned with brittle nails, thin hair and prematurely aging skin. Silicea encourages elasticity & flexibility in the skin and bone matrix, Ideal for hair, skin and nail health, Can be used topically to help diminish fine lines and blemishes, Pleasant tasting liquid, easily digested & absorbed. Triphala Guggul - Ayurvedic Weight Loss Detoxification & support for metabolic function Maintains healthy cholesterol levels Supports proper weight management Maintains healthy digestion and absorption Removes deep-seated toxins from the tissues Herbal Actions: alterative, antibilious, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, decongestant, demulcent, depurative, digestant, diuretic, expectorant, laxative, purgative, rejuvenative, stimulant, stomachic, tonic Traditional Uses: arthritis, allergies, ama, boils, brittle nails, constipation, ear wax, fatigue,  gallstones,  general debility, hemorrhoids, high cholesterol, hyperglycemia, indigestion, low metabolism, malabsorption, obesity, overweight, rheumatism, sinus congestion, toxemia E3Live Algae (Blue/Green Algae) Frozen or freeze dried Physiologically, E3Live® helps restore overall body/mind balance in numerous ways. Its field of action simultaneously includes the immune, endocrine, nervous, gastro-intestinal and cardio-vascular systems. Nutritionally, E3Live® provides 64 easily absorbed vitamins, minerals and enzymes and has more biologically active chlorophyll than any known food. It is the most nutrient dense food known to mankind. E3Live® is a gift of nature, a miracle food. We warmly invite you and your loved ones to experience certified organic E3Live® for yourself. Increase endurance and stamina Lift and balance mood to reduce stress Increase mental focus and concentration Balance blood-sugar levels Speed up recovery time Restore overall biochemical balance Enjoy long-lasting energy boost Grow healthier skin, nails and hair Truly enhance overall well-being E3Live BrainON® ~ All the benefits of E3Live, plus: Increase focus and clarity Lift and brighten mood with the PEA, the "love molecule" Lower stress and enhance well-being Function at a higher level Shown to increase concentration E3AFA™ — is the world's most nutritional, highest quality crystal-flake form of AFA (Aphanizomenon Flos-Aquae, Latin for "invisible flower of the water) a wild, freshwater blue- green, organic aqua-botanical considered by world-renown health authorities to be nature's most versatile superfood. E3AFA™ is great for traveling and camping when refrigeration for E3Live® is unavailable, yet many AFA-lovers enjoy both dry E3AFA™ and liquid E3Live® on a daily basis. For your convenience, E3AFA™ is available in both vegetarian capsules (no gelatin, purely vegan) and crystal flake powder.. Similar to liquid E3Live®, E3AFA™ also provides a full spectrum of 64 pre-digested, 97% absorbable vitamins, minerals and enzymes. E3AFA™ has more biologically active chlorophyll than any known food and is a reliable vegetarian source of human-active Vitamin B-12. E3AFA™ is an "adaptogen", restoring overall body/mind balance in numerous ways, its fields of action including the immune, endocrine, nervous, gastro-intestinal and cardio- vascular systems. KAPPIKACCHU seed powder (Mucuna Pruriens)  Kappikacchu seed contains L-Dopa, (L-Dopa is not available for sale as a supplement, which research reveals to provide the GREATEST ANTI-PARKINSON's benefit with the fewest side effects) Properties/Actions Documented by Research: anabolic, androgenic, analgesic (pain-reliever), anti-inflammatory, anti-Parkinson's, antispasmodic, antivenin, aphrodisiac, febrifuge (reduces fever), hormonal, lowers cholesterol, hypoglycemic, immune modulator, nervine (balances/calms nerves), neurasthenic (reduces nerve pain) L-dopa is the precursor for the neurotransmitter dopamine which is responsible for motivation, concentration and clear thinking! L-dopa is a growth hormone releaser Improved sleep (promotes deep sleep)  Reduced body fat & decreased cellulite Decreased wrinkles Decrease hypertension Improved skin texture & appearance Increased bone density and reversal of osteoporosis Increased lean muscle mass Improved mood and sense of well-being Enhanced libido & sexual performance Increased energy levels Improved cholesterol profile & regeneration of organs (heart, kidney, liver, lungs) Dramatically strengthens immune system Lowers blood sugar Each gram = 40mg of L-Dopp Therefore 1 tsp = 200mg of L-Dopa Arjuna Powder Terminalia arjuna Considered by the Ayurvedic physicians as a cardiac tonic Arjuna is credited with several therapeutic properties, both in Ayurvedic (Indian) and Unani (Greek) Systems. It is considered to be tonic, astringent, cooling and is used in heart diseases, contusions, fractures, ulcers. It is also acrid and credited with styptic (anti- hemorrhagic; stops bleeding), febrifugal (reduces fever) and anti-dysenteric (anti- inflammatory especially of the intestine) properties. Recent studies have shown a dose-dependent regulation of blood pressure and heart rate. There was also a slight increase in the HDL-to-total cholesterol ratio and an overall improvement in the cardiovascular profile. The bark of Arjuna inhibits the oxidation of LDL and accelerates the turnover of LDL-cholesterol in liver. This enhances the elimination of cholesterol from the body. The suppression of hepatic cholesterol biosynthesis by Terminalia arjuna is the mechanism responsible for a significant lowering of beta-lipoprotein lipids and the recovery of HDL components in hyper-lipidemia. In a study on the efficacy of the bark powder in treating congestive cardiac failure (CCF), over 40% of the cases showed marked improvement. CCF due to congenital anomaly of heart and valve disease was also brought under control. 4 out of 9 cases of CCF due to chronic bronchitis were also relieved by the treatment. Arjuna is also known to relieve symptomatic complaints of essential hypertension, giddiness, insomnia, lassitude, headache and the inability to concentrate. In summary, the traditional uses for Arjuna have been: Reduces the effects of stress and nervousness on the heart Possesses diuretic and a general tonic effect in cases of liver cirrhosis Has prostaglandin enhancing and coronary risk modulating properties Enhances the elimination of cholesterol by accelerating the turnover of LDL- cholesterol in the liver Lowers beta-lipoprotein lipids and the recovery of HDL components in hyperlipidemia (Hyperlipidemia is an elevation of lipids (fats) in the bloodstream.) Promotes effective cardiac functioning by regulating blood pressure and cholesterol Relieves hypertension Anti-inflammatory Chywanaprash "The elixir of life" Chyawanaprash, is an ancient Ayurvedic herbal preparation, widely used in India, as a rejuvenate, energizer and immunity booster. It is often called "the elixir of life" due to its nutritional properties. Chyawanprash has been stated to be a treatment for kasa (cough), svasa (dyspnea), kshaya (consumption), svarabheda (voice problems) and hrdroga (heart problems).  Studies show the following Medicinal benefits Chyawanprash strengthens the digestive system and aids in the absorption and assimilation of food. It helps to combat the problem of constipation that is troubling many people. It has a high content of Amla, which is the best source of Vitamin C. It augments the ability of the body to fight infections then be it viral or bacterial. It sharpens the memory and thus is considered a great memory booster. It is also quite valuable for heart, as it ensures cardiac fitness. Being an antioxidant, it slows the rate at which aging takes place. One of the chief advantages of eating Chyavanprasha is that it purifies the blood and paves way for elimination of toxins. It is also quite effective for the liver. It is of great value for the skin, as it effectively fights the skin infection caused by bacteria and also helps to improve the complexion. It ensures easy absorption of calcium, thereby leading to healthy strong bones and teeth. It tones the muscles by improving the synthesis of proteins in the body. For cold and cough problems, Chyavanprash serves as the best remedy. Chyavanprash is highly useful. for females suffering from menstrual problems, It helps reduce the chance of cataracts It lowers blood cholesterol It has anti-oxidant properties Typical dosage ranges between 1-2 tsp, or 12-24 g, twice daily with a little milk or water on the side. Turmeric The medicinal properties of this spice have been slowly revealing themselves over the centuries. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, recent research has revealed that turmeric is a natural wonder, proving beneficial in the treatment of many different health conditions from cancer to Alzheimer's disease. Here are 20 reasons to add turmeric to your diet: 1. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns. 2. When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer. 3. Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice. 4. May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide. 5. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia. 6. Is a natural liver detoxifier. 7. May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain. 8. May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer. 9. It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects. 10. Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice. 11. Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor. 12. May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management. 13. Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression. 14. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. 15. Boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects. 16. Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer. 17. Studies are ongoing in the positive effects of turmeric on multiple myeloma. 18. Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors. 19. Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin. 20. May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions. Turmeric can be taken in powder or pill form. It is available in pill form in most health food stores, usually in 250-500mg capsules. Once you start using turmeric on a regular basis, it's fun to find new ways to use it in recipes. My favourite way to use it is to add a pinch of it to egg salad. It adds a nice flavour and gives the egg salad a rich yellow hue. Contraindications: Turmeric should not be used by people with gallstones or bile obstruction. Though turmeric is often used by pregnant women, it is important to consult with a doctor before doing so as turmeric can be a uterine stimulant.