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DEAL OF THE WEEK: NRx Graviola Extract – 500mg 60 Caps

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Graviola is indigenous to most of the warmest tropical areas in South and North America, including the Amazon. The fruit is sold in local markets in the tropics, where it is called guanábana or graviola. The fruit pulp is excellent for making drinks and sherbets and, though slightly sour-acid, can be eaten out of hand.

All parts of the graviola tree are used in natural medicine, including the bark, leaves, roots, fruit and seeds. Different uses are attributed to the different parts of the tree. The fruit and juice are taken for intestinal worms and parasites, to cool fevers, to increase mother’s milk after childbirth, for relief from diarrhea and dysentery. The seeds are crushed and then used to fight parasites, head lice, and worms. The bark, leaves, and roots are considered a sedative, antispasmodic, hypotensive, and nervine. Tea is made for various disorders using these parts of the tree.

Graviola has been used in herbal medicine for centuries. In the Peruvian Andes, a leaf tea is used for catarrh (inflammation of mucous membranes) and the crushed seed is used to kill parasites. In the Peruvian Amazon, the bark, roots, and leaves are used for diabetes and as a sedative and antispasmodic. Tribes in Guyana use a leaf and/or bark tea as a sedative and heart tonic. In the Brazilian Amazon a leaf tea is used for liver problems, and the oil of the leaves and unripe fruit is mixed with olive oil and used externally for neuralgia, rheumatism, and arthritis pain. In Jamaica, Haiti, and the West Indies the fruit and/or fruit juice is used for fevers, parasites and diarrhea; the bark or leaf is used as an antispasmodic, sedative, and nervine for heart conditions, coughs, flu, difficult childbirth, asthma, hypertension and parasites.

Common names used for Graviola are: Graviola, soursop, Brazilian paw paw, guanábana, guanábano, guanavana, guanaba, corossol épineux, huanaba, toge-banreisi, durian benggala, nangka blanda and cachiman épineux.

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Natural Food Recipe: Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients:
1 cup frozen or fresh Blueberries
3 tbsp Agave
2 tbsp Grape Seed Oil
2 tbsp Erythritol
1/3 cup Coconut, finely shredded
2 Eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Directions:

1. Mix above ingredients.

2. Fold in: 1 cup Gluten-Free Bake Mix

3. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes

*Makes 6 medium size muffins.

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DEAL OF THE WEEK: NRx PomMAX Pomegranate Extract – 400mg 60 Caps

NRx PomMAX Pomegranate Extract – 400mg 60 Caps

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Pomegranate tannins called punicalagins have free-radical scavenging properties in laboratory experiments. Punicalagins are absorbed into the human body and may have dietary value as antioxidants. Pomegranate is effective in reducing heart disease risk factors, including LDL oxidation, macrophage oxidative status, and foam cell formation; all of which are steps in atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. Pomegranate has also been shown to reduce systolic blood pressure, and can inhibit viral infections, it may also have antibacterial effects against dental plaque.

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10 Best Antioxidant-Rich Fruits

Antioxidants provide around-the-clock defenses against free-radical damage to your arteries. Researchers at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University measured various fruits for their ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity), which is just another way of saying their antioxidant power.

1. Prunes
2. Raisins
3. Blueberries
4. Blackberries
5. Strawberries
6. Raspberries
7. Plums
8. Oranges
9. Grapes
10. Cherries

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Tips for Selecting Ripe Summer Fruit

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Since it is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable month, you are probably choppin’ at the bit to get your taste buds on some fresh fruit.

So how can you tell which fruit is ripe for the pickin’?

Here are a few quick tips for some of the most popular summer fruits to make sure you select the tastiest fruit from the grocery or farmers’ market.

1. Watermelon: A ripe watermelon will make a hollow sound. For a more effective freshness test, choose a melon that is heavy for its size and has a mild yellow underside.

2. Peaches: A good peach will give with soft pressure and have a strong aroma and no dark or mushy spots. For a little further ripening, place peaches in a brown paper bag on a counter for a day or two to soften.

3. Cherries: Ripe cherries should have firm texture and be deep-red in color. They can be kept in the refrigerator for several days and in the freezer for up to one year.

Craving more fruit pickin’ tips?

Visit Fruit and Veggie Guru for tips on how to find the ripest fruit on a fruit-by-fruit basis.

And make sure to wash all of your fruit before slicing or eating. Any bacteria and germs that might have collected on the skin of the fruit will enter it when you plunge the knife in.

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Deal of the Day: Bilberry Extract Plus

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Deal of the Day: Bilberry Extract Plus from VirtuVites

Anthocyanidin (a flavonoid) is the primary compound in bilberry fruit and is the component that researchers think is responsible for the vision improvement. Studies have show that bilberry can improve night vision as well as improves nearsightedness during the day as well.

It has been shown to build strong capillaries and improving circulation throughout the entire body. Anthocyanidins may prevent blood platelets from clumping together, which minimizes the risk of blood clots (associated with heart attack and stroke).

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June is National Fruit and Vegetable Month

Summertime and the eating is easy when you can graze your way through the stacks of fresh produce now available in grocery stores and farmers’ markets. And to celebrate summer and healthy eating, June is designated National Fruit and Vegetable Month.

This month the VirtuVites Blog will be celebrating all things healthy this month with a series of posts on Fruits and Vegetables.

Produce for Better Health Foundation offers the Fruits & Veggies-More Matters health initiative. A health initiative that offers expert cooking advice, nutrition information and shopping tips. PBH is a non-profit consumer education foundation whose purpose is to motivate people to eat more fruits and vegetables to improve public health.

Here are the Top 10 Reasons to Eat MORE Fruits & Vegetables from the Produce for Better Health Foundation

10: Texture. Fruits and veggies add color, texture to your plate.
9: Convenience. Nutritious in any form – fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100% juice.
8: Fiber.
7: Low in Calories.
6: May Reduce Disease Risk.
5: Vitamins & Minerals.
4: Variety. There’s always something new to try!
3: Quick, Natural Snack.
2: Fun to Eat! Some crunch, some squirt, some you peel …
1: Taste Great!

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