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Beetroot can help reduce recovery time post-workout




Beetroot (Beta vulgaris) has had many uses over the centuries – as a food, a colouring agent and even as a medicine. Originally used as a general tonic in the Middle Ages, beetroot still maintains its reputation today as a nutrient-dense superfood.

 

Health Benefits of Beetroot

The vibrant red beet is full of vitamins and minerals. However, it is also known to be a good source of betalains, a unique group of powerful antioxidants that are beneficial for supporting our body’s detoxification pathways. They are also a rich source of naturally occurring nitrates which have been shown to benefit cardiovascular health as well as sports performance (read more on this topic).

 

Beetroot & Exercise Recovery

Recent studies have found a correlation between recovery time after a hard workout, and consuming beetroot.

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Maple water - nature's Necta


 

Move over coconut water, there’s a new plant-based drink in town!

Coconut water has long been the heathy drink of choice for many of us. But now there’s an even more delicious alternative – maple water.

Maple water is the clear, nutrient-rich sap which is sustainably harvested each spring by tapping into the maple tree, a technique passed onto early Canadian settlers by indigenous American Indians. This subtly sweet sap is quickly becoming the popular drink for people on the go due to its high levels of electrolytes, low calories and contains over 46 bioactive nutrients, including antioxidants and minerals.

 

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6 reasons why you need Instant Quinoa Powder in your life!



 

Quinoa (keen-wah) is one of the world’s most popular health foods. It’s gluten-free, high in protein and one of the few plant foods that contain all nine essential amino acids. These are considered “essential” as our bodies do not make them and therefore need to be obtained from our diet.

Referred to as the “mother of all grains”, quinoa was believed to be sacred by the ancient Incans. In recent years, it has become a widely known superfood and has even been attributed to helping eradicate world hunger. The United Nations named the year 2013 “The International Year of Quinoa” due to the grain’s high nutritional value, and the ease and low expense required to cultivate.

We love our Instant Quinoa Powder for a multitude of reasons – and we think you will too! It is organic, gluten & dairy free, suitable for vegans and can be eaten raw. Let’s get into some of the fantastic reasons that you should try our Instant Quinoa Powder today!

 

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6 Natural Sugar Substitutes


 

Refined sugars, such as sucrose and high fructose corn syrups, are known to be bad for you as they contain a high level of calories with no essential nutrients (hence being known as 'empty calories'). Ingesting high levels of refined sugar results in a spike in your blood-glucose levels. Having too much glucose in your bloodstream is highly toxic and can lead to a barrage of disorders such as insulin resistance, type II diabetes, weight gain and heart disease.

We know it's hard to go cold-turkey in getting a sweet fix, so we put together a list of six sugar substitutes and natural sweeteners which are lower in calories than regular sugar and won't spike your blood-glucose levels, meaning they are a better option for the whole family!

 

1. Monk Fruit

 

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Xanthones from Mangosteen: a potential treatment for tuberculosis


 

Published in the European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (2016), researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have discovered that unique antioxidants known as ‘xanthones’ found in the pericarp (peel) of mangosteens, could be beneficial in the fight against tuberculosis.

 

The researchers at NUS discovered that the xanthones in mangosteen were very effective at inhibiting and killing the bacterium responsible for causing tuberculosis, known as Mycobacterium tuberculosis. They also found that xanthones are unlikely to develop drug resistance, a common problem with current TB drugs. NUS researcher’s reasoning for conducting this research was due to the interesting results of previous studies using mangosteen. Key compounds found in the fruit, mangostins and xanthones, have been linked to a multitude of potential health benefits and more specifically, that xanthones were effective against Staphylococcus (another type of disease causing bacteria).

 

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