Monday, March 7

What is Mangosteen and what does it do?

This Southeast Asian fruit often called “The Queen of Fruits” contains powerful antioxidant phytonutrients including xanthones (mangostin) and Polyphenols. These xanthones are a recently discovered class of polyphenolic compounds that are biologically active and structurally similar to bioflavanoids. These compounds occur only rarely in nature, with the majority being found in only two families of plants. Two hundred naturally occurring xanthones have so far been identified. Around forty of them have been discovered in the mangosteen fruit alone. Xanthones and their derivatives have been shown to have several benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties, anti-allergic, and anti-convulsant abilities.

Mangosteens antioxidants have been regarded as a cure all for whatever health ills you may have. It is important to know that one of the benefits of the mangosteen is that it has anti viral properties. When a virus is contracted, such as a common cold, one of the treatments is to simply wait for the virus to run its course until your body can finally get rid of it. Most people tend to treat the symptoms and not the underlying virus itself. Mangosteens also seem to slow down the ageing process of cells and can add more energy to your body.

Monday, February 7

The 3-D Technology

3-D Technology and CIP function for Hot and Cold Fill Lightweight PET and Aluminum Cans

Woburn, MA – August 2009 - Vacuum Barrier’s new 3-D technology, directional dose dispersion and CIP function are available as options on all NITRODOSE® liquid nitrogen dosing units, individually or combined.

The 3-D technology provides an ideal pattern of dose delivery for gently resting liquid nitrogen on both hot and cold fill lightweight PET and aluminum can beverage surfaces. The precise dose control for all package size openings provides uniform pressure in both processes and the easily adjusted dosing head allows liquid nitrogen to gently rest on top of the product to eliminate product piercing or splashing, which can occur with traditional liquid nitrogen dosing.

The enhancement of the 3-D technology to Vacuum Barrier’s extremely precise liquid nitrogen injection systems allow hot fill manufacturers to enjoy the benefits of liquid nitrogen dosing while eliminating costly vacuum panels and allowing for smooth labeling. Cold fill manufacturers can further reduce the amount of plastic needed, but have the ability to maintain the needed package strength. Vacuum Barrier’s advanced technology easily handles all line speeds in discrete dosing mode without sacrificing results. Encoder coupled dosing controls enable perfect dose timing even during extreme acceleration and deceleration conditions – target pressures of +/- 1 PSI easy to achieve.

Vacuum Barrier’s CIP function prevents any moisture from entering the dosing head during high pressure water or chemical clean up with complete hands free operation. The device ensures that anytime liquid nitrogen dosing has stopped, the automatic shutter closes. This hands free CIP function addresses both the potential of recontamination after clean up and the vulnerability of the cold surfaces around the nozzle to become frozen.

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Wednesday, January 19

Diabetes & Acai Berry

Acai is said to regulate blood sugar levels along with a lot of other things, so a diet steeped in acai juice could help with diabetes. Although many people diagnosed with diabetes initially worry about the future, there is no grounds why with a properly governed diet, they cannot enjoy a good healthy life. As with many things that are good for you in life, there is a payback and diabetes is no different, and it will be necessary to alter the foods you may be used too. Sorting out a diabetic diet program is much simpler with diabetic recipes and is one of the most important things you need to do if you suffer from diabetes.

Firstly, one of the main goals for a diabetic diet is to lower your weight and maintain it. Consuming food from the four main food groups and sticking to your diabetic diet will help you with your diabetes. Acai, raw acai berries, and acai juice could help with this diet. For patients, having a healthy diabetic diet program means eating in a way that reduces the risk of complications that are commonly linked with their condition, including heart illness and stroke. A diabetic diet using specially devised diabetic recipes which are essentially a healthy, low-fat, balanced eating program that helps the patient feel better and more energetic, and accomplish some control over the symptoms like fatigue, thirst, unclear vision.

Eating healthy involves eating a wide variety of nutrients that address the whole diet spectrum with the help of the diabetic menu containing the food pyramid of vegetables, whole grains, fruits, non-fat dairy products, beans, lean meats, poultry, and fish. In diabetic, low-carb diets, the nutrients that are approved are meats, fish, poultry, eggs and cheese and certain vegetables like kidney beans, carrots, avocados. Diabetic recipes should include nutrients that are reduced in saturated fats and cholesterol, such as skinless domestic fowl, fresh fruit, and vegetables as previously mentioned.

A diabetic is not just about eating the right foodstuffs, as it is also serious that the amount consumed is correct to ensure the calorific intake is not too high, so weighing the food will become second nature. When buying the food that are needed for a diabetic recipes, it is particularly serious to read the labels since most food tags show daily values based on a two thousand calorie diet. For Instance, your breakfast on 2,000 calorie diabetic diet plan might consist of something like this, a cup of skimmed milk or sugar free yoghurt, a couple of slices of bread, rice cakes or pasta if you prefer, an egg prepared your favorite way and a serving of fruit. In a 1,800 calorie diabetic diet plan, diabetic recipes might suggest that the breakfast should ideally comprise of two slices of bread, a cup of skimmed milk, one serving of a fruit like a medium-sized banana, apple or an orange, and a tablespoon of cheese.

In the mid afternoon a snack might comprise of a half cup of tea or coffee with synthetic sweeteners a couple of crackers and some more fruit. Instead, to vary your diabetic diet you could always have a cup of skimmed milk or yoghurt to substitute the tea or coffee. There is no grounds for you to believe that you can no longer relish your food if you're limited to a diabetic diet, because diabetic recipes are designed to have plenty of variety.

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Wednesday, December 22

King Durian and Antioxidants

In Asia, the Durian is fruit royalty. Dubbed as the King of fruits, this spiky and strong smelled fruit, holds a creamy white or yellow, buttery soft fruit inside its hard shell. The seeds of the fruit are normally not eaten raw and the fruit is deemed worthy to be eaten when it falls off its tree. This is an indicator that it is ripe. Durians are not plucked from its tree.

It has been found out that durians carry a special kind of antioxidant called xanthones. This antioxidant is essential in curbing the risk of cancer cells to grow in your body. Durians carry anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties that can keep you healthy by providing food cholesterol and fats as well as nutrients like Vitamin B-Complex, C and A. It also has tryptophan, an essential amino acid known to be a sleep inducer. The durian also has a reputation of being an aphrodisiac.

Durian can be made into many types of desserts. From ice creams to shakes, you can’t go wrong with it. Do you have any durian recipe to share with us? Don’t be shy and leave a comment. You can also join us on Facebook.

Tuesday, December 14

Health Benefits of Durian

Southeast Asian cultivators and connoisseurs will swear that the durian is a fruit without compare. Durian is called King of Fruits in Southeast Asian countries where it is widely abundant. People who have just seen and smell it are immediately turned off by its strong, pungent odor, while for the brave, who manage to taste the fruit itself, the offensiveness of the smell quickly wanes. Some people describe the odor of durian as strong and pervasive that the best hotels refuse to allow their guests to bring durians into their room. But the proof is in the eating, and most people who have tasted it become lifelong addicts.

Durians are not plucked but allowed to fall, which is when they are best for eating. In rural areas, villagers clear the ground beneath the durian tree. They build grass huts nearby at harvest time and camp there for 6 or 8 weeks in order to be ready to collect each fruit as soon as it falls. Caution is necessary when approaching a durian tree during the ripening season, for the falling fruits can cause serious injury. Durians are highly perishable. They are fully ripe 2 to 4 days after falling and lose eating quality in 5 or 6 days.

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Thursday, December 9

Mangosteen and the Migraine

Mangosteen has been identified as one of the top super-foods in the world. The Mangosteen tree is a native of Southeast Asia. It is the fruit born by this tree that is creating all of the excitement. It has been used for centuries by the traditional healers of the area to treat a number of illnesses and diseases, and as an anti-inflammatory pain killer. The soft white interior of the fruit is rich in nutrients, but it is the exterior rind, known as the “pericarp” that gives the fruit its unique characteristics. The pericarp is super rich in antioxidants know as xanthones. In fact Mangosteen contains for more xanthones than any other food known to man and it is these xanthones than act as a super anti-inflammatory pain reliever.

This is precisely the characteristic that benefits the migraine sufferer and helps to relieve the chronic pain.

But Mangosteen also has other health benefits. In addition Mangosteen can reportedly inhibit the spread of different types of cancer including liver, breast and blood cancer.

Pills, capsules and juice

Mangosteen has been sold mostly in juice form in the US, but that is now becoming the subject of deep controversy. One of the problems that has come to light is that a few “rogue” companies are selling product that has such low levels of Mangosteen in it that any possible benefit is lost.

Also if the juice has been “hot” bottled, the pasteurizing process it undergoes kills off much of Mangosteen’s active ingredients. This hot bottling process can also include the addition of benzoate as a preservative. Benzoate is now known to be a carcinogenic. Finally, all fruit juices that are imported into the US have to undergo an irradiation treatment.

The Mangosteen fruit used to make the juice has an unpleasant taste and is extremely bitter and needs the use of other juices to make it palatable. In addition it also requires additives for a longer shelf life.

But new pills and capsules are now on sale following the introduction of a new technology that has enabled Mangosteen to be freeze-dried and powdered locally, immediately following harvesting. This preserves the potency of the active ingredients during shipping to the processing plants in the US. When it arrives in the US, it is virtually as fresh and potent as it was when it was harvested, and the powder, when in pill form, or encapsulated, has no taste.

Mangosteen Pills and capsules are now much preferred over the juice option, not only because they retain the fruit’s 100% natural organic status, but they are also easier to carry around.

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About the Antioxidants

Antioxidants are phytochemicals, vitamins and other nutrients that protect our cells from damage caused by free radicals. In vitro en in vivo studies have shown that antioxidants help prevent the free radical damage that is associated with cancer and heart disease. Antioxidants can be found in most fruits and vegetables but also culinary herbs and medicinal herbs can contain high levels of antioxidants. Dragland S and colleagues showed in their study entitled "Several Culinary and Medicinal Herbs are Important Sources of Dietary Antioxidants", and published in the Journal of Nutrition (2003 May) that the antioxidant level of herbs can be as high as 465 mmol per 100 g.
A study in 2006 by Thompson HJ showed that a botanical diversity of fruits and vegetables plays a role in the biological effect of antioxidant phytochemicals. The consumption of smaller quantities of many phytochemicals may result in more health benefits than the consumption of larger quantities of fewer phytochemicals.
What are free radicals?
Free radicals are formed as part of our natural metabolism but also by environmental factors, including smoking, pesticides, pollution and radiation. Free radicals are unstable molecules which react easily with essential molecules of our body, including DNA, fat and proteins. All organic and inorganic materials consist of atoms, which can be bound together to form molecules. Each atom has a specific number of protons (positively charged) and electrons (negatively charged). Most single atoms are not stable because they have to few or to may electrons. Atoms try to reach a state of maximum stability by giving away or receiving electrons from other atoms, thereby forming molecules. Free radicals are molecules which have one electron too much or too less in order to be stable. Free radicals try to steal or give electrons to other molecules, thereby changing their chemical structure.

When a free radical attacks a molecule, it will then become a free radical itself, causing a chain reaction which can result in the destruction of a cell. Antioxidants have the property to neutralize free radicals without becoming a free radicals themselves. When antioxidants neutralize free radicals by receiving or donating an electron they do not become antioxidants themselves because they are stable in both forms. In other words, antioxidants are chemicals that offer up their own electrons to the free radicals, thus preventing cellular damage. However, when the antioxidant neutralizes a free radical it becomes inactive. Therefore we need to continuously supply our body with antioxidants. The action of free radicals could increase the risk of diseases such as cancer and hearth problems and could accelerate ageing. Antioxidants have the property to neutralize the free radicals and prevent damage. Well known examples of antioxidants are the vitamin C, E and beta-carotene. These three vitamins are often added to the so called ACE drinks. But there are numerous other rather unknown antioxidants

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