Introduction to Superfoods: Part I

August 28th, 2017 Posted by Blog No Comment yet

By: Juliette – Intern at Siam Organic

In addition to Siam Organic’s main focus on helping farmers, the company also works to promote healthy living for our customers. Taking care of your body is a big part of living healthy, and this includes eating nutritious food. Jasberry products are full of nutrients, making them smart choices as part of a healthy diet. For example, Jasberry rice is very high in antioxidants, and Jasberry pasta contains multiple superfoods. Both products are also gluten-free.

Since I moved into my own apartment almost a year ago, I’ve developed a strong interest in cooking and eating healthy. In the supermarket, I always look and compare products and brands, picking the ones with the best nutritional values to maximize good nutrients and minimize the bad ones. While I had started to pay attention to nutritional labels, I didn’t really know much about “superfoods” until I started working for Siam Organic.

Superfoods are nutrient-rich foods that are exceptionally beneficial for your health and well-being. However, with so many different types of superfoods out there, it’s hard to keep track of the benefits each one provides. To give you a better understanding of the benefits of Jasberry rice and Jasberry superfood pasta, this blog post will introduce you to the superfoods used in our products.

Jasberry Rice

Jasberry rice is a great source of antioxidants. Antioxidants are substances that reduce or delay oxidative stress on your body’s cells that are induced by free radicals. Free radicals have been linked to many diseases, including cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and heart disease, so antioxidants help protect you from a wide variety of illnesses.

Additionally, antioxidants are also important for a healthy heart and metabolism. Examples of antioxidants are: vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and carotenoids, such as beta-carotene, lycopene and lutein.

Jasberry rice is packed with antioxidants. We measure this by using ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) units. Using ORAC, we can express the antioxidant content of any type of food. Jasberry Rice has an ORAC value of 13,370 µmol per 100g. This antioxidant content is 2.8 times higher than blueberries, and blueberries are considered one of the most powerful antioxidants among commonly found foods. With this in mind, Jasberry rice is a nutrient-rich superfood that we like to call the world’s healthiest rice!

Goji Berry

Bright red goji berries, also called wolfberries, are a key ingredient in Jasberry’s Goji Berry & Turmeric Superfood Pasta. These beautiful berries have been used in Chinese medicine for over 2,000 years. They are said to prevent premature aging while boosting the immune system. Goji berries also help regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels, which is beneficial for diabetes while also protecting against heart disease and cancer. This superfood contains a high level of antioxidants, with an ORAC of 3,290 µmol per 100g.

Turmeric

This bright yellow powder has been used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine for thousands of years, and modern studies back up its medicinal properties. The yellow color of turmeric is due to the presence of curcumin, a compound with a high concentration of antioxidants and powerful anti-inflammatory effects. The curcumin in turmeric has even been proven to be as effective as some anti-inflammatory drugs. Controlling inflammation is important for recovering from injuries, and low-level inflammation is the cause of many diseases, so turmeric is a great thing to have in your diet.

Like most of the superfoods in Jasberry products, turmeric contains a massive amount of antioxidants with an ORAC value of 127,068 µmol per 100g.

Turmeric has also been shown to increase levels of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor, a growth hormone in the brain. Deficiencies in BDNF have been linked to brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and depression. Studies also indicate that turmeric may even improve memory and attention span in older adults.

Acai Berry

Acai has long been an important source of food for people from the Amazon region. The fruit grows on acai palm trees in wetland areas of Brazil, Trinidad, and northern South America.

Acai Berries are very high in, you can probably guess already, antioxidants. They therefore have the same benefits that come with these antioxidants, as previously mentioned for our other superfoods. Acai Berries have an ORAC of 15,405, more than three times the amount found in blueberries.

Furthermore, multiple animal studies and one human study have shown that acai berries can improve cholesterol levels, and may have anti-cancer effects on some forms of cancer, like bladder cancer. Several animal studies have also shown that the antioxidants of acai berries can prevent inflammation and oxidation of brain cells, improving memory and learning.

Spirulina

Spirulina is blue-green algae that grows in fresh and salt water. Spirulina used to be consumed by the Aztecs, and its popularity has grown tremendously in recent years as scientists and consumers learn more about its benefits. The nutrient-dense food is low in calories with comparatively high levels of protein, thiamine, riboflavin, and iron. Spirulina is also high in antioxidants, is an anti-inflammatory, and has been linked with beneficial blood sugar and cholesterol regulation.

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