These phyto nutrients, also called phyto chemicals, are true all-rounders for our health. They are just as important for us humans as the well-known vitamins. They not only give our fruits and vegetables their special taste but also their color and even protect them against predators, sun rays and parasites. Just as lycopene protects the tomato from UV burns, it also protects us – if we eat enough of it and the tomato was really ripe. There are many other groups of secondary plant compounds that protect and nourish our health, our body and its cells.
The shiitake mushroom is one of the most consumed edible mushrooms worldwide. Shiitake is a traditional and most valued culinary vegetable. It is rich in precious vitamins, vitally important phyto nutrients, minerals, trace elements and essential amino acids. Most interesting is a group of ingredients called polysaccharides. They are held responsible for the numerous positive and health effects. A diet with shiitake supports the human organism in every aspect of health.
The small, woody herbs are rich in essential oil. Coriander herbs have a wonderful digestive, flatulence-reducing effect. They are even slightly hypoglycemic, promote bile function and the secretion of important digestive enzymes from the pancreas. Furthermore, coriander has a wonderful supportive effect on nerves, ensuring a balanced psyche and it even have a strong toxin-binding properties.
Vitamin D has a key function for health. It is involved in thousands of regulatory processes in human body cells. Consequently, a Vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of illness quite considerably – especially in winter, when the sun is far too low in the northern regions of the earth to provide the necessary UV radiation.
Until a few years ago one was still of the opinion that the active form of the Vitamin D is formed with the help of sunlight exclusively with the participation of the liver, the kidneys and the skin. Thanks to the American researcher Prof. Holick the discoverer of the active form of vitamin D, we now know that apparently every single cell in the body has the ability to produce active vitamin D.
A latent lack of folic acid is widespread – not least because the loss of folic acid can be up to 100 percent due to the industrial processing of food and up to 75 percent due to cooking. “Latent” means that there are often no clear signs of deficiency, at least not for the person affected. After all, who can associate mood swings, paleness, loss of appetite and forgetfulness with a particular vitamin – especially since all these phenomena could have just as many other causes. However, while the symptoms mentioned still sound quite harmless, the same cannot be said of a stroke. But a stroke can also be the result of a folic acid deficiency.
Vitamin C is an important antioxidant. It catches and neutralizes free radicals in the blood, brain, body cells and directly in the cell’s nucleus. Vitamin C is prevention towards a number of diseases connected to arteriosclerosis because it normalizes the blood flow. Beyond that it keeps the interior walls of the arteries smooth, so that e.g. Cholesterin cannot attach. Vitamin C strengthens the connective tissue and is also important for wound healing. It activates the liver enzymes that are responsible for the breakdown of toxins. In addition, vitamin C stimulates the burning of fat in the muscles, increases the readiness to react, concentration and relaxation.
Piperine, an active ingredient in black pepper, uses a special mechanism to increase the absorption of curcumin (the main active ingredient in curcuma) from the intestine. In addition, piperine stimulates the blood circulation in the intestinal mucosa and thereby improves the absorption and removal of numerous other micronutrients.
Ginger is related to curcuma. Here, the rootstock is also used, whose pungent lemon smell is unmistakable. This spice also has anti-inflammatory, tumor-inhibiting, digestive and anti-rheumatic properties. Furthermore, it can lower blood lipid levels, has a defensive, antibacterial and antiviral effect.
Reishi is another Asian mushroom that has similar characteristics to shiitake. It is also a traditional food in the asian cuisine since many centuries. Shiitake mushrooms in addition, it have numerous positive effects on sleep, nerve health, even the menopause, joints and even the skin and lungs.
#Grape Seed Extract (OPC)
Grape seed extracts are among the most powerful antioxidants known to man. They support healthy skin, allergies, wrinkles, blood vessel problems, eyes, PMS and chronic inflammation. There is OPC in grape seed extract, and with it, tremendous health potential. OPC is an antioxidant plant substance and at the same time a specialist for very specific areas of the body. OPC has a particular effect on the skin, the eyes, the immune system and even on hormone balance.