We hear about antioxidants all the time… and we know they are good for us. But why are they good and how do they work? Relative to antioxidants, we hear a lot about free radicals. Here’s why:
Antioxidants are natural substances that may slow or even prevent damage to the body’s cells. Our bodies contain natural antioxidants in the form of vitamins, minerals and hormones. Our immune system uses these natural antioxidants to fight “threats” such as pollutants, toxins, radiation and UV light. Importantly, antioxidants fight and work to reverse the damage caused by free radicals that wreak havoc in our bodies and are the leading cause of premature aging.1
Free radicals are bad cells that are unstable and reactive. They enter our bodies as we breathe in polluted air and cigarette smoke; they creep in from unclean water; they’re generated when we’re under prolonged stress or suffering from illness; they even come in the form of unhealthy diets. Every metabolic reaction that involves oxygen has the potential to generate free radicals and if nothing is done, inflammation and arterial wall damage are the end results.2
Even though our bodies contain natural antioxidants, we obviously need more support to maintain Active Wellness in our increasingly polluted world. That’s where the elderberry can play a starring role.
The elderberry is generally traced back to Hippocrates, the Greek known as the “father of medicine.” He described it as his “medicine chest” for its wide variety of health benefits. Over the centuries, elderberry has been used to help treat colds, flu, fever, burns, cuts and more than 70 other conditions.3
In 2007, the US Department of Agriculture looked at the oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) or overall antioxidant capability of various berries. That is, which berries were the most effective at attacking damaging free radicals? Elderberry had higher ORAC values than blackberry, blueberry, cranberry, raspberry and strawberry, which also are relatively high in antioxidants.4
With such a high ORAC, it’s no wonder that elderberries are known as excellent immune system boosters. Your local pharmacy or health shop is likely to have an array of elderberry supplements. Numerous studies have demonstrated that elderberry extract is highly effective in mitigating flu-like symptoms and shortening the duration of colds.5
Research published in the Journal of Nutrition show that elderberry extract helps expedite the process of clearing excess sugar from the bloodstream and into muscles and the liver, thereby helping to maintain normal levels of blood sugar.6 Studies also show that Sambucus (the scientific name for elderberry) has natural diuretic and laxative effects, which helps the body decrease fluid retention and constipation.7
KENZEN Super Ciaga® contains a mighty medley of berries. In scientific testing the Maqui Berry, from the forests of Patagonia, are shown to have some of the highest ORAC (antioxidant) value of any fruits and exceptionally high levels of anthocyanins. Elderberry, which is an excellent source of vitamins A, B and C, provides substantial support with an ORAC value of 14,500 per 100g serving of fresh fruit. Blueberry, blackberry and raspberry add to the overall ORAC value as well as enhancing flavour with their natural sweetness. Kenzen Super Ciaga® is a delicious way to ingest some powerful antioxidants!
Here is what you can look forward to with new KENZEN Super Ciaga®:
- High ORAC hydro (antioxidant) values – 3,500+ units per 30 ml
- 100% fruit content
- Organic fruit juices from concentrates including: Organic Elderberry, Organic Blueberry, Organic Blackberry, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Maqui Berry and Organic Raspberry
- Certified Kosher by Earth Kosher
- USDA certified organic
- No pesticides, herbicides, artificial fertilizers or genetically modified organisms are used in growing or processing
- No preservatives, 12-month shelf life
- Flash sterilizing and aseptic bottling allow Super Ciaga® to be prepared without prolonged pasteurization, to help preserve the natural nutrients
- An excellent flavour enhancer when diluted and mixed in with other beverages or water
- Super Ciaga® bottles are made of an environmentally-friendly polymer that contains no bisphenol-A (BPA) or other potentially harmful chemicals, are easily recycled and compared to glass, require fewer resources to store and transport.
KENZEN Super Ciaga®
Product Code:#17001 – Pack of 2 x 946 ml bottles
Available on Autoship.
For more information, contact an Independent Nikken Consultant.
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