PICKS FOR TODAY:
#1 – The Mind-Body Training Company is offering a free report titled “The Unexplored Parallel: One Simple Trick To Supercharge Your Results With The Law Of Attraction, Releasing & Any Self-Growth Technique!” Phew! That’s a long title, but the explanation of what you need to do is “short and sweet.” I just finished reading the report myself and I thought it was really insightful, straight-forward and gives you an easy way to get improved results from meditation and other practices. I recommend you check this out here.
#2 – I’m always looking for healthier alternatives to refined sugar and had always considered using maple syrup as one option, along with stevia, agave, xylitol and brown rice syrup, but, wow, I didn’t realize it had as many benefits as it does until reading this article from Natural News by Carolanne Wright. Now I see why it’s used as a major component in the famous Master Cleanse recipe…
(NaturalNews) A recent study found over 20 compounds in pure maple syrup that support health, 13 of which are first-time discoveries. Several of these new compounds exhibit anti-cancer, anti-bacterial, and anti-diabetic properties. Maple syrup also has a powerful vitamin and mineral profile which furthers its health promoting capacity.
According to an article in the Science Daily, the study took place at the University of Rhode Island with Navindra Seeram who specializes in medicinal plant research. His aim is to educate the public about the benefits of diverse plant and berry foods along with natural products.
Seeram explains the research on plant antioxidant compounds:
We know that plants must have strong antioxidant mechanisms because they are in the sun throughout their lives. We already know that berries, because of their bright colors, are high in antioxidants.
Now we are looking at maple syrup, which comes from the sap located just inside the bark, which is constantly exposed to the sun. We speculated that the sugar maple is wounded when it is tapped for its sap, and that it secretes phenolics (a type of beneficial antioxidant also found in berries) as a defense mechanism.
As seen in the Journal of Medicinal Food, maple syrup has been shown to prevent diabetes and is a potent ally in slowing cancerous cell growth. Maple syrup has high levels of phytohormone and abscisic acid. These compounds encourage the release of insulin and improve the insulin sensitivity of fat cells which helps to combat metabolic disorders such as diabetes. A study at the Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi revealed that maple syrup may be more effective against brain, prostate, and lung cancer than broccoli, blueberries, carrots, and tomatoes. Laboratory research shows that, due to its concentrated form, maple syrup is more potent than maple sap with pure dark syrup noted as best.
Providing even more health benefits, maple syrup is nutrient rich in thiamine, manganese, and zinc. Adequate thiamine (B1) is essential for proper cardiac function, prevention of cataracts, and Alzheimer’s disease. Thiamine also reduces the effects of aging and encourages proper digestion. Manganese is linked to energy production, proper thyroid function, sex hormones, balancing blood sugar levels, and the absorption of calcium. Manganese is also a strong antioxidant, protecting against free radicals in the body. One ounce of pure maple syrup provides 46 percent of the daily value of this essential mineral. Zinc helps protect the heart, controls diabetes, aids in wound healing, and helps to alleviate the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. Both manganese and zinc are powerful immune response boosters.
With a multitude of beneficial qualities, pure maple syrup excels a sweet choice for supporting abundant good health.
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