Category: Superfoods

Fake Olive Oil Is EVERYWHERE! Here Are 7 Popular Brands You Should Stop Buying NOW!

Fake Olive Oil Is EVERYWHERE! Here Are 7 Popular Brands You Should Stop Buying NOW!

Fake Olive Oil Is EVERYWHERE! Here Are 7 Popular Brands You Should Stop Buying NOW!

The olive oil in your kitchen is likely not what you think it is. Fake olive oil is literally everywhere on the market – up to 70% of all store-bought extra virgin olive oils in the US are fake. And by fake I mean cut with cheaper oils.

In 2008, more than 400 Italian police officers conducted an operation called “Operation Golden Oil,” which resulted in 23 arrests and confiscation of 85 farms. Companies were adding chlorophyll to sunflower and soybean oil and selling it as extra virgin olive oil. As a result of these raids, the Australian government decided to allow olive oil brands to submit their oils for lab tests, allowing them to certify companies as pure “extra-virgin olive oil.” Alas, every company failed to gain certification in 2012.

Prompted by all of these olive oil scams, researchers at the University of California decided to test 124 different samples from eight major brands of extra-virgin olive oil. Over 70% of the imported oils failed the test.

What does it mean when an oil fails an extra-virgin test? It essentially means that all of these oils claiming to be “extra-virgin” are actually cut with cheaper, lower-grade oils (like canola oil, sunflower oil or cola oil). The oil is then deodorized, coloured, and then flavoured and sold as “extra-virgin” oil to a producer. So it isn’t actually the company brand who is at fault here – it is the sneaky supplier at work.

The brands that failed to meet the extra virgin olive oil standards were:

– Bertolli
– Carapelli
– Colavita
– Star
– Pompeian
– Santa Sabina
– Primadonna
– Antica Badia
– Sasso
– Coricelli

Trader Joe’s, Safeway, Giant and Whole Foods also failed to meet the extra virgin requirements.

Filippo Berio, Mazola, Mezzetta, Newman’s Own, Safeway, and Whole Foods are also selling fake olive oil.

Brands that you can trust are:

– California Olive Ranch
– Cobram Estate
– Lucini
– Kirkland Organic
– Lucero (Ascolano)
– McEvoy Ranch Organic
– Bariani Olive Oil
– Corto Olive
– Ottavio
– Omaggio
– Olea Estates 100% extra virgin olive oil

1. Refrigerate the extra virgin olive oil. If it solidifies, it means that it contains mostly monounsaturated fat, which is good because extra virgin olive oil is mostly monounsaturated, and should grow more solid when cold. Putting your oil in the refrigerator will make it become thick and cloudy. If this doesn’t happen, it’s likely that your oil is not extra-virgin. This isn’t a fool-proof test, however, as the olive oils cut with lower grade oils also cloud over. If the oil you put in the fridge doesn’t thicken at all, though, then you know for sure that the oil is fake.

2. Extra virgin olive oil should be flammable enough to keep an oil lamp burning. However, this test isn’t that dependable, for the same reasons mentioned above. But if the oil doesn’t keep the wick of an oil lamp burning, you know that it contains mostly refined oils.

The best alternative is to buy from the above mentioned companies that you can trust, or, buy from local olive oil farmers. In the United States and Australia, there are certifications that you can look for on bottles. The seal denoting approval by the California Olive Oil Council is labelled as “COOC Certified Extra Virgin.” The Australian Olive Oil Association has a seal labelled as “Australian Extra Virgin Certified.” Other seals of approval are labelled from Italian Oliver Growers’ Association such as Extra Virgin Alliance (EVA) and UNAPROL.

California Olive Oil Council

Sources:
http://www.foodrenegade.com/your-extravirgin-olive-oil-fake/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/11988947/Italian-companies-investigated-for-passing-off-ordinary-olive-oil-as-extra-virgin.html

 

fake olive oil

The All Natural Heartburn Relief Recipe

Do you stash bottles of antacids in your car, office and home? Or do you experience less frequent but still very uncomfortable bouts of heartburn? Then your body is telling you something… and the message is NOT to take a swig of liquid antacid medication or pop some pills.

Both acid blockers and antacids, the common treatments for heartburn, actually perpetuate a vicious cycle of attack on your poor esophageal lining. That’s because heartburn results from too little stomach acid, not too much. Counterintuitive, right? But it’s biology, folks. 

Stress and poor diet reduce gastric juices instead of increasing gastric juice. That is one reason why we see skyrocketing numbers of heartburn sufferers in our stressed and unhealthy world. This low stomach acid not only leads to heartburn but also bloating, hormone problems, peeling nails, thinning hair, gas, constipation and more.

Acid reducers and acid blockers further lower our stomach acid. This reduces the sensation of heartburn by making the stomach contents more alkaline, but it doesn’t prevent the stomach contents from leaking into the esophagus. And the more alkaline the food in the stomach, the less it gets digested and the more problems it causes when it goes lower down into the digestive tract.

When our stomach is producing adequate acid, then the valve at the top of the stomach is signaled to close tightly, preventing the acidic contents from leaking into the esophagus. This heartburn remedy helps signal the stomach to close this valve.

This effective and natural heartburn remedy works the opposite way of Tums or Gaviscon or [insert heartburn medication of your choice here]. It makes the stomach more acid, not less acid. This signals the valve at the top of the stomach to close and the valve at the bottom of the stomach to open – so food goes down, not up!

2 tsp. raw apple cider vinegar, such as [eafl id=1293 name=”Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar – Article Link” text=”Bragg’s”] 
1/4 – 1/2 cup filtered water (I recommend [eafl id=1053 name=”Perfect Water Purifier – articleLink2″ text=”this Water Purifier”], which eliminates toxic fluoride and chlorine)

acv-heartburn-recipe

Mix together and drink at the first sign of heartburn. You can continue to take this every 5-10 minutes until you have relief, but one serving usually takes action within just three minutes. If it tastes too sour for you, add a teaspoon of RAW (also called unpasteurized) honey or reduce the vinegar to 1 tsp. Otherwise, just gulp it down.

For best results, take this with every meal and between every meal to help prevent heartburn.

braggs-acv-label

11 Superfoods Healthier Than Kale

11 Superfoods Healthier Than Kale


If you’ve ever been to Whole Foods with me, than you KNOW that I am obsessed with SUPERFOODS!

I’m the weird dude that smells like essential oils and has a cart full of foods that most people have never even heard of.

True story, last time I was in whole foods – the women in the superfood isle called 3 other people into the department to listen to what I had to say about changing your body’s electromagnetic field through high vibing food!

Why I love Superfoods

Currently, you and I are living in a toxic environment, my friend. Everywhere we go there are more and more toxins creeping up on us. Should you live in fear, build a giant bubble and only go outside in that plastic construct that protects you?

In studying about toxins and all the nasty things in our food and environment, it can be easy to get discouraged. Sometimes it can feel absolutely impossible to eat clean! Modern society had made cheap food convenient and healthy food something for the wealthy.

Should we be scared? Angry? Bitter? Sad? Hopeless? I don’t think so.

Mother Nature has not left us alone. She is still working hard to provide us with amazing, nutrient-dense, healing superfoods that can help protect and heal us from the toxins in our world.

I’m telling you, superfoods are some of the highest vibing food you will ever come across! If you are ready to raise your own vibes and start feeling amazing, you’ve come to the right place.

FitLife’s Top 11 Superfoods

#1 Chlorella
Chlorella

Chlorella is a single celled microalgae that is loaded with nutrients needed for many body functions. This is one of the very first super foods I ever purchased!

Daily consumption of chlorella has been linked to lowered risk of cardiovascular disease.

Some evidence shows that chlorella, which is rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals, may help to relieve symptoms of fibromyalgia and other similar disorders like hypertension and ulcerative colitis.

Because chlorella is high in chlorophyll, it also helps to control hunger cravings, body odor, relieve swelling and redness from infections, promote cleansing and healing in the body and even protect DNA against fried foods.

#2 Moringa Leaf
Moringa Leaf

In 2007, Moringa leaf was recognized by the National Institute of Health as the Botanical of the Year! It is said to have saved more lives in Third World countries than any other plant and has potential to treat over 300 diseases.

An animal study done at the University of Allahabad showed Moringa lowers blood sugar levels by up to 29%! This puts Moringa Leaf high on the list of foods that may help those suffering from diabetes.

This superfood may also prove to have potent anti-cancer properties. A study at the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute showed Moringa leaf can kill up to 93% of lung cancer cells!

Moringa leaf is also believed to boost the immune system, increase metabolism and help with weight loss, aid digestion, help with tumors and ulcers and to detoxify the kidneys and liver.

#3 Spirulina
Spirulina

Spirulina is a natural algae powder. May not look pretty but it is a nutritional monster! Spirulina is packed with chlorophyll, protein, iron, Vitamin C, D, A, E, B12, folic acid, potassium, calcium and ALL all essential amino acids!!

Studies have been done that show components in spirulina have neuroprotective benefits and may have potential as an alternative drug therapy in aging related disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Spirulina has been found to have incredibly high levels of antioxidants. It has 4 times the ORAC (or antioxidant value) of blueberries! It is a good source of gamma linoleic acid (GLA – an essential fatty acid) that is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is a major cause/contributor to a number of cardiovascular and other chronic diseases.

Because of its high chlorophyll content, spirulina is a natural detoxifier and cleanser that removes foreign material (heavy metals, toxins etc.) from the body.

#4 Mint
mint leaves

Here’s a superfood you’re probably familiar with. Mint has an impressive lineup of antimicrobial, antiviral anti-tumor, anti-allergenic and antioxidant properties.

Mint is most well known for its healing effects on the digestive system. It soothes the stomach and also triggers the production of more saliva and digestive enzymes in the mouth. This helps to start the breakdown of foods before they even hit the intestines, making for more comfortable digestion.

Peppermint may help to alleviate gas and other sources of abdominal pain due to its relaxing effect on the muscles of the intestines. Some studies have found peppermint oil to be as effective as Buscopan for treating colonic spasms.

Dr. Mercola quotes several studies saying that Peppermint oil capsules are “the drug of first choice” in patients suffering from IBS.

#5 Matcha Green Tea
Organic Green Matcha Tea

A Japanese priest named Esai said of green tea: “Tea is the ultimate mental and medical remedy and has the ability to make one’s life more full and complete.” Matcha has remained a staple in sacred Japanese ceremonies for centuries.

Green Tea is is packed with antioxidants and nutrients, which reduce stress, regulate hormones and promote relaxation and mental clarity. It has long been used for weight loss and boosting the metabolism.

This superfood has particularly beneficial properties for the liver. Our liver is incredibly important as it removes toxins from the blood, regulates the composition of blood, processes nutrients and metabolizes drugs and substances like alcohol.

Matcha protects the liver from harmful chemicals, helps slow dehydration, inhibits tumor growth in the liver, protects against damage that is caused by medication, etc. The caffeine in matcha appears to help strengthen serum and membrane density in the liver.

#6 Wheatgrass
wheatgrass

Some of the most powerful animals on the planet live off a diet of mainly grass. Turns out that consuming one ounce of wheatgrass is nutritionally equivalent to eating two pounds of greens…!

Wheatgrass is rich in chlorophyll; a green-pigment molecule that gives plants power to absorb energy from the sun. Studies have shown that chlorophyll may help to protect DNA from toxin damage, suppress appetite, sooth infections and has powerful cleansing properties.

The chlorophyll in wheatgrass may also help those with anemia or other blood-related disorders. Animal studies have shown that administration of wheatgrass returns red cell count back to normal in animals with anemia within 4-5 days!

#7 Ashwagandha
ashwagandha herb

Ashwagandha is one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic medicine and use of the root can be traced back over 3000 years. It has been called “King and Queen of Herbs” and is esteemed very highly for its medicinal properties.

The Ashwagandha plant is a tonic and an adaptogen, which means it restores the brain and body to homeostasis after physical and psychological stress. Ashwagandha helps our bodies maintain balance and improves our ability to cope with stress.

A study published in the Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine shows that Ashwagandha achieves a highly significant reduction in stress and anxiety, and serum cortisol levels. In fact it was able to reduce cortisol up to 27.9%!

One of my very favorite things about Ashwagandha (this blew my mind) is its ability to stimulate neurogenesis – the birth of new cells! Not very many plants out there can do this!

In human clinical trials, taking Ashwagandha by mouth for only five days suggested anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effects just as strong as when taking certain pharmaceutical drugs.

#8 Turmeric
turmeric root

Turmeric is a popular spice that is widely used in India. It’s easy to use and inexpensive and my cupboards are absolutely full of it! The main ingredient found in turmeric is curcumin and most of it’s medicinal properties come from this active ingredient.

Research has linked turmeric to lower incidence of certain cancers like breast, prostate, lung and colon. Turmeric combined with onions has been shown to prevent colon cancer. A study published in the journal of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology found that turmeric and quercetin (found in onions) help prevent and even reduce precancerous cells in the colon. Turmeric combined with cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower is helpful in the prevention of prostate cancer.

Turmeric is packed with anti-inflammatory properties that are useful for preventing and alleviating symptoms of arthritis, muscle soreness, and much more. In research studies, cucumin is comparable to anti-inflammatory prescription and over the counter drugs like hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone.

Curcumin contains potent antioxidant effects. Clinical studies conducted on curcumin have found that it is able to neutralize free radicals that in many instances cause cancer.

Besides the benefits of antioxidant properties that turmeric provides, turmeric also is great for liver detoxification and improves liver function, cardiovascular protection, reduction of cholesterol levels and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

Think we’re finished with this awesome superfood yet? Think again! Studies suggest turmeric is superior to Prozac in treating depression!

#9 Lemon
lemon slices

We’re big fans of lemons here at FitLife and use them on a daily basis for their nutritional, medicinal, healing and beautifying properties. There are SO MANY THINGS you can do with lemon juice and lemon peel that I could write a long book about them all!

Although lemon is an acidic fruit, it has an alkalizing effect on the body. Lemon balances the body’s pH, which in turn protects the body from illness and disease. You see, disease CANNOT thrive in an alkaline environment!

Lemons contain powerful antibacterial and anticancer properties and are rich in vitamin C. They also help to purify your blood and clean out the kidneys.

Drinking [eafl id=1053 name=”Perfect Water Purifier – articleLink2″ text=”clean filtered water”] with fresh squeezed lemon every morning is an excellent and easy habit that can make a big difference in your health!

#10 Beets
organic beets

Beets are packed with potassium, iron, vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, manganese, folic acid and zinc. Beet juice is high in antioxidants and known for its ability to cleanse the liver, which has many benefits to the health of your skin!

When the liver becomes overloaded with toxins, it often sends them to the skin for detoxification help. In trying to process these substances, the skin can become inflamed or irritated. So supporting the liver is vital to maintaining beautiful skin!

Beet juice has also been shown to boost stamina. A study showed athletes who drank beetroot juice could exercise 16% longer than those who didn’t. That’s pretty impressive.

Beet juice may also be a helpful tool in overcoming symptoms of leaky gut.

Don’t get stuck only using the roots – the beet greens actually contain more nutrients than the roots!

#11 Monk Fruit
Monkfruit

Did you know that monk fruit is 170% sweeter than regular sugar? Not only that but it is full of medicinal properties that have been recognized since the 13th century. It was known by Chinese monks as the longevity fruit and is believed to be a factor in their living to be over 100 years old.

Monk fruit is a powerful anti-allergenic because of its antihistamine-like effects. Histamine is also a problem in those with asthma, making this superfood beneficial on the respiratory system.

Monk fruit is also believed to sooth the digestive tract and boost the immune system.

If you are looking for that extra boost in life…

If you are wanting more energy…

If you are combating a challenging disease or illness…

I would HIGHLY recommend you turn to superfoods. They will give you the edge you need to jump to that next level of health and vitality.

If you’re busy and worried about having enough time and money to buy and make enough superfoods to keep you on top of your game, the FitLife team has created a green superfood powder with all the above listed superfoods just for you.

All you need to do is mix it with [eafl id=1053 name=”Perfect Water Purifier – articleLink2″ text=”filtered water”] and go!

This juice promotes neurogenesis. That’s the replication of brand new brain cells. What do you think juice like that could do for the rest of your body?

Join me for a glass of [eafl id=995 name=”Organifi Text – articleLink1″ text=”GREEN JUICE”] each day and together, we can raise the vibration of our world by doing whatever we can to be our best each day.

It starts with FOOD – it starts with YOU.

And I see you out there… and I want you to know that I am so proud of you for all the work you’re doing.

Keep it up!

Remember, we’re in this together.

8 of The most Nutrient Dense Foods That You Should be Eating

8 of The most Nutrient Dense Foods That You Should be Eating

You can only eat a certain amount of food every day.  You want to maximize your nutrients by spending your caloric budget as carefully as possible.  The best way to accomplish this is by eating foods that have the most nutrients.  Here are some of the most nutrient dense foods that you can eat:

  1. This fish contains the largest amount of Omega 3 fatty acids that are critical for optimal body function.  Omega 3 fatty acids are linked to lowering the risk of serious diseases and improved wellbeing.  A 100-gram chunk of wild salmon contains high-quality protein, vitamins, minerals and 2.8 grams of Omega-3s.  It also has magnesium, selenium, potassium, and B-vitamins. One should consume fatty fish one or two times a week so that your brain gets what it needs.  Those who regularly eat fatty fish lower their risk of heart disease, depression, and dementia.
  1. This vegetable is loaded with fiber, antioxidants, minerals along with a variety of bioactive compounds.  A 100-gram kale serving contains 300% of the RDA of Vitamin A, 200% of the RDA for vitamin C and 100% of the RDA of vitamin K1.  There are significant amounts of Vitamin B6, potassium, magnesium, manganese, and copper.  There are two grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein and just 50 calories.  Kale contains bioactive compounds that fight cancer.
  1. There are thousands of ocean plant species, and most of them are very nutritious.  In many cases, seaweed can be even more nutritious than vegetables that we grow on the land.  It is high in manganese, magnesium, iron and calcium. It contains a variety of bioactive compounds such as carotenoids and phycocyanins that are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant substances.  The iodine content is also very high and is used to produce thyroid hormones.  If you do not like sushi or seaweed, you can take kelp tablets.
  1. Clams contain vitamin B12, are loaded with vitamins and nutrients as well as selenium, iron, and potassium.  Oysters contain large amounts of zinc, copper, B12 and vitamin D.
  1. The liver is the most nutritious organ you can consume.  A 100 gram portion of beef liver has 201% of RDA for Vitamin B2, 1176% of RDA for vitamin B12, Vitamins B6, B5, Folate and Niacin, Copper, Iron, phosphorus, zinc and selenium.  There are 29 grams of animal protein.
  1. If you need to add flavor to your food, use garlic.  Garlic contains selenium, manganese, copper, potassium, calcium, vitamin C, B1 and B6 and calcium.  Garlic contains Allicin, which is its active ingredient.  This ingredient can lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol which can lead to a reduction in the risk of heart disease.  It also has cancer-fighting properties as people who eat plenty of garlic have a lower likelihood of colon and stomach cancers.
  1. These berries are not as high in vitamins as vegetables, but they are very high in antioxidants.  They contain anthocyanins and phytochemicals that can provide protection for the brain, improving memory in older adults.  The can also lower blood pressure and reduce the markers of oxidized LDL cholesterol.  Blueberries can also help to fight cancer.
  1. Egg Yolks. The yolks of eggs are loaded with minerals, vitamins, and potent nutrients.  They are also high in lutein and zeaxanthin that are powerful antioxidants that protect the eyes and lower the risk of eye disease including macular degeneration and cataracts.  They are loaded with choline that is an important brain nutrient.  Eggs contain high-quality protein and healthy fats and can help you to lose weight.  They are also very inexpensive and are easy to prepare.

When you take a look at your diet, how many of these superfoods do you include daily?  Add some of these foods in and get more of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that need to be included in your diet!

6 Superfoods You need to Consume

6 Superfoods You need to Consume

The thing about superfoods is that they do not possess just one nutrient that you need, they have many.  They offer so many benefits that you can eat less food while getting more nutrition.  Nutrient-rich foods also help to flush toxins from the body to make you healthier.  Superfoods also help to control weight and stop you from having to rely heavily on vitamin and mineral supplements.

Here are six superfoods that you should incorporate into your diet:

  1. Bee Pollen. Bee products are a natural and wholesome superfood.  Bee pollen has many benefits including that it is high in antioxidants that can help you to lead a longer and healthier life.  It can lower histamine production that is the main cause of allergies.  The high levels of vitamin B contained in bee pollen are excellent for your skin and prevent wrinkling and aging.  It helps to restore both mineral and metabolic deficiencies and helps to relieve constipation, anemia, and bronchitis.  Bee pollen contains fourteen fatty acids, 15% lecithin, and more protein than cheese, eggs or meat.
  1. Noni. This Polynesian fruit continues to be in the news because it has many amazing benefits.  It has a strong smell and taste and can take a while for people to learn to enjoy.  It is rich in antioxidants that fight free radicals to help keep you young and healthy.  Noni also contains selenium that helps to keep the skin healthy, fresh and glowing.  It contains xeronine that helps with cell regeneration and structure.  There are also glycosides that help to fight free radicals and scopoletin that is an anti-inflammatory.  Noni can be consumed as juice but you need to be careful about the amount of sugar that is contained in the juice as that can compromise its efficacy.
  1. Camu Camu berry. This berry is found in South American rainforests and contains the highest amount of Vitamin C from any botanical source.  It also contains phosphorus, iron, calcium and potassium.  Cam Camu contains serine, valine, and leucine as well as niacin and riboflavin.  These vitamins and minerals are a huge boost for the immune system and help to improve eyesight.
  1. Raw honey. This honey is not the kind of honey that you purchase at the grocery store.  This honey is raw, organic and unprocessed.  It can make you more mentally alert with live healing enzymes that sharpen your IQ.  It has medicinal benefits that can be used to heal wounds.  Raw organic honey can relieve infections, diarrhea, gastrointestinal issues and other ailments by alleviating the symptoms.  Honey is easy to digest and provides the body with a good energy boost.
  1. Royal Jelly. This thick, milky substance is secreted from the pharyngeal glands of nurse bees.  The bees that are selected to become a queen bee are fed royal jelly while the worker bees are fed on honey and pollen.  Royal jelly contains B5 and B vitamins, amino acids, calcium, zinc, magnesium, iron, potassium, and manganese.  Royal jelly also contains pantothenic acid, carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.  It can help to fight heart disease and atherosclerosis and research with cancer cells shows that royal jelly can reduce them.
  1. Propolis.  This resin is collected from tree bark by worker bees for use in their honeycomb for glue.  It fills cracks and creates doorways and is a nutrient-packed superfood with disease-fighting power.  Propolis is an antibacterial and antifungal as well as a natural antibiotic without nasty side effects.  It can help wounds to heal more quickly and fights bacteria.   Propolis can help with asthma, arthritis, and allergies and it is a good choice for ulcer control.
5 Benefits of Ginger

5 Benefits of Ginger

The medicinal uses of ginger have been known for thousands of years throughout countless cultures. It has a long history of relieving digestive issues, such as nausea, motion sickness and morning sickness, as well as alleviating pain and inflammation. The most well known and medicinally dense part of the plant is the root that grows underground, known as the rhizome, which can be consumed fresh, powdered, dried or as an oil. The rhizome contains a large quantity of antibacterial, antiviral, anti-parisitic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds, so it’s no wonder there are so many natural health benefits of consuming ginger. These 5 benefits of incorporating ginger into your diet are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to naming several of over 40 benefits.

Relieve Stomach Distress – Perhaps one of the best qualities about consuming ginger is it’s ability to alleviate nausea. While this applies to general stomach distress like motion sickness, it has also been known to calm the upset stomachs of surgery patients and cancer patients alike. In addition, studies have shown that anti-nausea compound in ginger to be most effective in pregnancy related queasiness. Although 1-1.5 grams of ginger per day is deemed safe when pregnant, always talk to your doctor before starting a new dietary regimen.

Inflammation – Ginger has been used for centuries as a natural anti-inflammatory. In fact, some even claim that it rivals over the counter medication, such as ibuprofen, in it’s ability to relieve pain associated with osteoarthritis and muscle soreness.

Weight Loss – Ginger is known for its ability to increase thermogenesis in the body, meaning that the body burns off up to 16% more fat stores than without consuming thermogenic ingredients. Consuming ginger also boosts your metabolism by up to 5%!

Fighting Chronic Disease – The bioactive compounds found in ginger have been shown to reduce the pain of chronic disease and prevent it in the first place. Antioxidants, along with the bioactive compounds, have also been shown to improve brain health and memory function by relieving inflammation in the brain, one of the key drivers for Alzheimers disease.

Lower Cholesterol – Studies have shown that eating 3 grams of ginger per day lowers cholesterol and triglycerides, even rivaling some cholesterol medications.

Ginger is a delicious way to spice up your favorite recipes, without the added sodium or calories. It’s health benefits alone are a great reason to incorporate this superfood into any meal. Do you use ginger? Have you noticed any changes in your health? Let us know in the comments below!