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  • Maca Root Benefits

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    Maca Root, a native plant to Peru, was traditionally used for enhancing fertility and sexual desire. This cruciferous vegetable looks similar to radishes and is usually available in powder form. It is considered an adaptogen, which means that it naturally helps the body to adapt to stress. Research on Maca Root suggests that it has many potential benefits, ranging from enhancing mood to helping balance estrogen levels.
    Below are 3 well researched benefits of Maca Root.

    Fight Free Radical Damage
    A study conducted in 2014, showed that the polysaccharides extracted from Maca Root had high antioxidant activity and were shown to be effective in fighting free radical damage. The study suggested the antioxidant properties may prove to be beneficial for preventing heart and diabetic conditions as well.

    May Increase Fertility
    Reduced sexual desire and vitality is commonly experienced by adults. A study involving nine men over the course of four month oral treatment showed Maca Root increased seminal volume and sperm count. Because this study was limited to small group of males, another recent study summarized Maca Root was shown to increase male fertility, in both infertile and fertile men. Additional studies evaluated the effects of Maca Root on semen and hormone levels and the results revealed that Maca Root possessed fertility enhancing properties.

    May Improve Memory
    There have been studies that strongly suggest a correlation between dietary intake of certain vegetables and overall improvement in cognitive function, especially in elderly adults. Animal studies have shown that Maca Root may improve learning and memory in rodents that have been induced with mechanisms that impair normal cognitive abilities. Another study suggests Maca Root may decrease mitochondrial function and decline in autophagy signalling, both known to hinder the process of age -related cognitive decline.

    Sources:
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25037390
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11753476/
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26421049/
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27648102
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27621241
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3096456/

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  • Vanilla French Toasts with Berries

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    Ingredients:

    1 egg
    1/4 cup milk
    4 slices of Brioche bread
    1 1/2 tbsp sugar
    1 tbsp Rawleigh Double Strength Vanilla
    1 tbsp butter
    ½ cup crushed dark chocolate (optional)
    ½ cup fresh raspberries and blueberries (optional)
    ½ tsp powdered sugar (optional)

    Procedure:

    1. Whisk egg, milk and sugar, and Rawleigh Double Strength Vanilla in a bowl.
    2. Heat pan on medium and spread butter to coat bottom. Dip the bread in the egg mix and place in pan. Pour a little bit of the mix on top of the bread.
    3. Cook until brown and then flip over to brown the other side.
    4. Serve with crushed dark chocolate, raspberries, blueberries, and powdered sugar.

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  • Raspberry Flavored Yogurt Smoothie

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    Ingredients:

    3 Ripe Bananas Chopped
    2 cups Plain Yogurt
    2 tsps Rawleigh Raspberry Flavoring
    3 tbsp Honey
    1 tbsp Heavy Cream
    1 cup Ice
    ½ cup Fresh or Frozen Raspberries
    ½ tsp Chia Seeds (optional)

    Procedure:

    1. Mix chopped bananas, yogurt, ice and honey in a blender and pulse for 20 seconds.
    2. Add the heavy cream and Rawleigh Raspberry Flavoring and pulse for another 15-20 seconds.
    3. Pour into 2 glasses and top with Raspberries and Chia Seeds.

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  • Green Tea and its Benefits

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    Green Tea

    Hailed as the healthiest drink by many, research has shown Green Tea has wide and varied benefits. Green Tea contains high levels of catechins, which are antioxidants that fight cell damage caused by free radicals, thereby, improving your overall health. Green Tea is also rich in polyophenols which helps to reduce inflammation.
    Research has shown Green Tea to be beneficial in a wide range of health concerns. Two major areas of health where Green Tea has been found to be especially beneficial are the heart and brain.


    Cardiovascular Health:

    Green Tea has shown to improve some of the main risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease and stroke. It helps by lowering LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. It has shown to dramatically increase the antioxidant capacity of the blood, which helps protect LDL particles from further oxidation. Plus, it has shown to improve blood flow and lower cholesterol, thereby preventing many heart diseases such as congestive heart failure or strokes. Research has shown regular Green Tea drinkers are at 31% lower risk of cardiovascular diseases*
    Indicated by elevated blood sugar levels in terms of insulin resistance, and the inability to produce insulin, Type 2 Diabetes has afflicted approximately 400 million people worldwide. Green tea has shown to have a positive effect on type 2 diabetes by improving insulin sensitivity and reducing blood sugar levels. According to a Japanese study, Green Tea drinkers are at an 18% lower risk of becoming diabetic*


    Brain Health:

    Caffeine, an active ingredient of Green Tea is known as a stimulant. Caffeine blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter called adenosine. It also increases the firing of neurons and certain concentration of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and norepineophrine. This causes the brain to be much more active and alert. Caffeine has shown to improve brain function, mood, vigilance, and memory.
    Green Tea also contains amino acid L-theanine, which increases the activity of inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA and increases dopamine production of alpha waves. The increase in the activity of GABA has shown to produce anti-anxiety effects.

    Sources:

    Mukhtar, H. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, June 2000.
    American Heart Association: "Green Tea, Coffee, May Help Lower Stroke Risk."
    Christopher N. Ochner, PhD, nutrition scientist; director of research training and development, Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, Icahn
    Beth Reardon, RD, LDN, integrative nutritionist in private practice, Boston; former head of nutrition, Duke Integrative Medicine, Duke University, Durham, NC.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0021915099002397
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23780706
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23803878
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16618952
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27640739

    Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

  • DIY Recipe Black Walnut Flavored Frosting

    Black Walnut Flavored Frosting
    for Cupcakes and Banana Bread

    Ingredients:

    • 16 oz. confectioners’ sugar
    • 8 oz.cream cheese
    • 1 and 1/2 tsp. Rawleigh Black Walnut Flavoring
    • 1/4 cup Unsalted Butter melted
    • 1/4 cup skimmed milk
    • 3/4 cup walnuts finely chopped (optional)
    • Dark chocolate sprinkles (optional)

    Procedure:

    1. Add sugar, cream cheese, milk and unsalted butter in a large bowl and beat in a blender until mixed finely.

    2. Slowly add Rawleigh Black Walnut Flavoring and beat until smooth.

    3. Spread the frosting on cupcakes or banana bread, and top with chopped walnuts and dark chocolate sprinkles.

  • Vitamin A

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    Vitamin A

    Vitamin A, an essential fat soluble vitamin, is vital for maintaining vision, reproductive health and strengthening immune function. For children, it is essential for body growth. Consuming adequate amounts of vitamin A from diet should enable one to prevent the symptoms of deficiency, such as hair loss, skin problems, dry eyes, night blindness and increased susceptibility to infections. Deficiency also includes itchy or inflammation of the eyes, hair problems and changes with body tissues.*

    4 Key Benefits of Vitamin A

    Improved Vision
    Vitamin A has shown to improve vision and keep eyes healthy and strong. It helps prevent conditions like dry eyes and night blindness. Vitamin A has shown to reduce the risk of cataract and macular degeneration, eye conditions associated with aging. Glaucoma, or the increase in fluid pressure in the eye, which could lead to blindness can be helped by vitamin A.*

    Stronger Immunity
    Vitamin A increases the lymphocytic response against disease-causing antigens.. It enhances the activity of white blood cells and prevents infectious germs from entering the body.*

    Skin Care
    Vitamin A plays a key role in keeping skin healthy and supple. A powerful antioxidant, vitamin A helps fight free radicals and toxins, thereby preventing skin damage. It ensures moisture retention and prevents keratinisation and skin conditions like psoriasis. It also helps reduce excess sebum production, reducing risk of acne, and helps maintain skin tissues and mucous membranes.*

    Promotes Muscle Growth
    Vitamin A helps keep bones healthy and retains their shape and plays an especially important role in muscle growth in children and teens. It prevents the likelihood of developing muscular dystrophy.*

    Sources:
    https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods-high-in-vitamin-a
    https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vitamins/health-benefits-of-vitamin-a-or-retinol.html
    http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/health-disease/skin-health/vitamin-A#photoaging
    https://www.bones.nih.gov/health-info/bone/bone-health/nutrition/vitamin-and-bone-health#a
    https://academic.oup.com/jn/article/134/1/257S/4688304
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC528639/

    Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

  • DIY Recipe Healthy Fruit Salad with Vitamin A and C

    Ingredients:

    1 cup strawberries
    2 medium oranges
    1 cantaloupe
    1 cup pineapple
    1 cup raspberries
    1 grapefruit
    3apricots
    2 peaches
    1 mango (optional)
    1 ½ tsp Rawleigh White Vanilla Flavor
    ½ cup heavy cream
    1 tsp powdered Sugar

    Procedure:

    1. Cut fruit into bite size chunks and mix in a large bowl. Set aside.

    2. Pour heavy cream into a large bowl and whip until peaks are about to form.

    3. Beat in Rawleigh White Vanilla and powdered sugar to form peaks. Make sure you don't overbeat.

    4. Scoop fruit salad into bowls, add a dollop of whipped cream on top. Serve cold.

  • Stress and Mental Health

    Stress often termed as something bad, is essential. It is the body’s natural way of responding to a threat or impending danger. It helps your body understand and protect you from perceived harm. In an emergency the body’s defenses help you stay focused and alert, boosting energy for a fight or flight response. The body releases stress hormones, adrenaline, and cortisol among others, and raises heartbeats and blood pressure.
    The body doesn’t distinguish between emotional and physical threats and reacts similarly to both. In a demanding and complex world, we are under stress frequently leading to chronic stress. Chronic stress suppresses your immunity and impairs your digestive and reproductive systems. It also increases your risk of heart attack and stroke and affects your emotional and mental wellbeing.
    Mental health is often an expression of how well we manage stress. Depression, a mental disorder that affects more than 300 million people worldwide, has become a serious health condition. A study revealed life stress is inversely related to physical and mental health. On the contrary, mindfulness was positively related to mental health. Mindfulness, or the mental state in which we focus our awareness and thoughts on the present moment instead of past, has shown to positively impact overall mental health. According to the study, individuals with higher levels of mindfulness were less likely to feel stress.
    According to an article by The Mayo Clinic, Vitamin B-12 plays a key role in producing brain chemicals that affect mood and brain disorders. Although there hasn’t been a direct study of Vitamin B-12 supplementation and depression, studies concluded low levels of B-12 may be linked to depression.

    References:
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4299552/
    Lim SY, et al. Nutritional factors affecting mental health. Clinical Nutrition Research. 2016;5:143.
    https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/expert-answers/vitamin-b12-and-depression/faq-20058077

  • St. Patricks Day Special - DIY Recipe Chocolate & Peppermint

    Ingredients:

    • 3 cups milk
    • Pinch of sea salt
    • 1 cup heavy cream
    • ½ cup of crushed dark chocolate
    • 1 tsp Rawleigh Peppermint Extract


    Instructions:

    • First, combine the cream, milk, and sea salt in a medium saucepan and whisk on medium heat. Be careful to not let the milk scorch the bottom of the pan. Simmer until bubbles form.

    • Add the crushed chocolate. Continuously whisk until the chocolate melts.

    • Add 1 tsp Rawleigh Peppermint Extract while whisking the milk. If you prefer, add more peppermint extract for stronger flavor.

  • Biotin and its Benefits

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    Biotin

    What is Biotin?
    Biotin is a vitamin (vitamin H) and is part of the group B vitamins. It is a critical nutrient for producing fuel for cells and supporting cell growth. It aids the body in breaking down carbohydrates, fats and proteins and uses it to convert certain nutrients into energy. It’s found in small amounts in many foods such as eggs, milk, bananas, salmon, avocado cheese and pork. It is suggested to take supplements if your diet normally lacks biotin.*

    Here are 4 benefits of biotin:

    Energy Production:
    B Vitamins are essential for converting macronutrients to power all the cells in your body. Without a steady supply of biotin, people often feel overly tired throughout the day. They play a crucial role in producing energy, and help the different metabolic processes.
    Diabetes
    Some studies have pointed that people with Diabetes type 2 may benefit from taking biotin supplements to help regulate blood glucose levels. Some research also suggests that biotin may help with kidney damage in people with insulin-dependent type 1 diabetes.

    Hair and Nail Health:
    Biotin supplements could help in the growth and overall development of hair, and minimizing hair loss. It could also help prevent nail from becoming brittle and breakage. It has shown to be effective especially, if you’re deficient in the vitamin.

    Foetal Development:
    Pregnant women, although not commonly, may become biotin deficient. Studies show that biotin is critical for foetal growth and development, and to help promote baby health, it is often advised to take prenatal vitamins that contain biotin and folic acid. However, higher doses of biotin could affect and cause danger to the baby’s health.

    References:

    https://journals.lww.com/nutritiontodayonline/Abstract/2012/03000/Biotin___Critical_for_Fetal_Growth_and_Development.10.aspx
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1319562X15000613
    Dakshinamurti K. (2015). Vitamins and their derivatives in the prevention and treatment of metabolic syndrome diseases (diabetes). DOI:
    10.1139/cjpp-2014-0479
    https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/british-journal-of-nutrition/article/anti-diabetic-activity-of-chromium-picolinate-and-biotin-in-rats-with-type-2-diabetes-induced-by-high-fat-diet-and-streptozotocin/7AB5308EABE89D233EB46A63DDD9226D
    https://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-313-biotin.aspx?activeingredientid=313&

    Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

    *The claims and statements made in this blog posting have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products or ingredients or diets or lifestyles are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. It is recommended that a physician be consulted before taking any supplements/ingredients/products. Results not typical and may vary.

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