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Beat Flu with Berries (Part 2)

Continuing our look at some of the most potent superfood berries for winter health. Next up, its’s the mulberry.

Mulberries

Eat mulberries just as they come to enjoy their naturally sweet taste and fight dangerous free radicals in your body. You might not think of plants as being fast movers, but the white mulberry bush releases its spores at a speed equal to Mach 0.5 – half the speed of sound. Remembering the doctrine of signatures, that tells us that mulberries are the equivalent of a guided missile when it comes to taking on flu!

In fact, it’s amazing how many nutrients can be packed into just one small berry: carotenes, thiamine, riboflavin, Vitamin C, tannin and the essential fatty acid known as stearic acid. And that’s not all – in fact, we’re only just beginning to list the “ingredients” of mulberry.

These superfood berries are also rich in iron, calcium and dietary fibre. Then there are the flavonoids, anthocyanins, alkaloids and polyphenols (antioxidants which prevent degenerative diseases).

Mulberries can assist with the following health issues:

  • Aging – mulberries are high in resveratrol which slows the aging process and boosts your heart health.
  • Macular degeneration – strengthen your eyesight and counteract the effects of too much screen time.
  • Constipation – mulberries promote gastric juice secretion and improve the digestion and assimilation of nutrients.
  • Blood sugar imbalances – mulberries help balance your blood sugar, which makes them an ideal superfood snack for diabetics.
  • Slow metabolism – burn off abdominal fat with the linoleic acid found in mulberries.

For a warming winter drink, dry our Mulberry Milk recipe: blend Soaring Free Superfoods dried mulberries (and raw honey for sweetness, if desired) into a cup of your favourite nut or seed milk. Warm it up to drink, being careful to keep the temperature below 47°C so that you preserve all the natural goodness.

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Beat Flu with Berries (Part 1)

At Soaring Free Superfoods, we believe that the answers to all our nutritional and medicinal needs can be found in Nature, and that specific plants offer particular benefits. Many raw food experts believe that the shape, colour, texture, taste and even smell of a particular food can give us important clues as to its positive effects on our health.

According to this ancient “doctrine of signatures”, berries are particularly potent: their intense colours and flavours signal to humans (and bears, and birds) that they not only taste good, but can really boost our health.

Berries are especially good at supporting our immune systems, which is great news as flu and colds try to find weaknesses in our armour during winter. Here we take a look at some of the most important superfood berries – fantastic fruits that can have a positive influence on our chances of catching influenza, and which combine being nutrient-dense with their medicinal properties.

Camu Camu Berry

Camu camu berry has more Vitamin C than any other botanical – up to fifty times as much as an orange! Camu camu originates in the Amazon rainforest, which many experts regard as an incredible arboreal apothecary that could contain the plant cures to many diseases and conditions, up to and including cancer.

Rainforests are the lungs of the world – without them, we would all suffocate. Deep within them grow plants that hold the key to human health, and Camu camu is the perfect example. They are also aligned with the doctrine of signatures: each individual Camu camu berry looks a lot like a human cell, and research has shown that they can have positive effect on our health at a cellular level.

Camu camu also contains antioxidants and is rich in health-boosting phytochemicals. The intense Vitamin C content can increase your levels of serotonin – a feel-good hormone that can counteract the effects of depression and lift your mood on cold, dark winter mornings.

Other health benefits of Camu camu include:

  • Boosting collagen production for tendon and ligament health (when used with MSM).
  • Lowering your LDL (bad cholesterol) levels.
  • Combating candida and other fungal infections.
  • Gum, skin and eye health – clearer skin and more intense colour perception.

To enjoy the health benefits of Camu camu this winter, try our Flu Beater Shot – a silver bullet against influenza. Simply juice one carrot and one third of a pineapple and shake together with a slice of ginger, a slice of fresh turmeric, and one heaped teaspoon of Soaring Free Superfoods Organic Camu camu berry powder

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