Organic Food: 4 Overwhelming Health Benefits of White Cranberries

Many of you may not even know what white cranberry juice is, or how is it different from the traditional red cranberry juice; however, it’s all a matter of timing.

White cranberries are harvested a few weeks earlier, when most of the beneficial nutrients are already present in the berries, with the exception of the anthocyanids. These antioxidant flavonoids are responsible for changing the color of this organic food product from white to red. That’s the only real difference between the two.

White cranberries, however, are touted as being slightly less tart than their red counterparts, which makes them appealing to people who dislike cranberries for their flavor. The loss of anthocyanids, however, makes white cranberry juice slightly less potent as an antioxidant.

Despite that, many of the other health benefits white cranberries are known for remain the same. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the health benefits of cranberries’ lighter-colored cousins:

 

Helps Deal With Urinary Tract Infection

Cranberry juice (regardless of its color) is particularly well known for the innate ability to counteract and prevent urinary tract infections (UTI).

When E-coli settle on the walls of the urinary tract, it quickly becomes an uncomfortable and painful infection, something you may not be able to handle. This potent juice, though, has the power to prevent E-coli from attaching, making it an effective preventive measure.

 

Contains Low Sodium Levels

Research has proven that the proanthocyanids and flavonoids present in white cranberry juice are able to improve cholesterol levels, lowering LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) and boosting the HDL cholesterol (the good kind). This can then reduce your risk of atherosclerosis, heart attack, strokes and other cardiovascular complications.

Furthermore, the low sodium levels can also help improve blood pressure and regulate water balance within the body.

 

Helps Boost The Immune System

Being high in vitamin C means that white cranberry juice helps stimulate the development of white blood cells, which are on the front lines when it comes to the function of the immune system.

Ascorbic acid also functions as an antioxidant, seeking out free radicals and neutralizing them before they can do any harm to the body. In addition, cranberries are also known to counter H. pylori bacteria, which can attack the stomach and have unpleasant results.

 

Promotes Faster Healing

The amazing concentration of vitamin C in this juice also helps improve the body’s self-healing abilities. Vitamin C is a key component in collagen, which is in turn a key component of every tissue, cell, muscle and bone inside the body. Without vitamin C, the entire body slows down, from energy levels and healing rate to immune system response time.

There are a lot of organic vegetables out there that can offer the same benefits as white cranberries, but adding one more organic product to your diet will do even more wonders. Therefore, it’s best to carefully think of your diet plan, to be able to add the right amounts of healthy products you need.  

Organic Tea: 4 Amazing Health Benefits of Passionflower Tea

Passionflower tea boasts many different benefits, including the ability to lower anxiety levels and helping lower blood pressure. There are several notable side effects, too, examples of which include dizziness, drowsiness, hypotension, and even upset stomach.

However, these side effects are rare, and mainly affect people consume an excessive amount of this organic tea, or are allergic to members of the genus Passiflora. The species of plant primarily used to make it is Passiflora incarnata, which is generally recognized as safe in the United States.

More commonly known as maypop, the passion flower has been used to make tea in both North and South America for hundreds of years. It was eventually introduced to European markets, and is now sought after worldwide. Its flowers, leaves, and stems are all good for a wide array of medical uses; the tea is brewed using only the leaves.

Most of the health benefits of passionflower tea are the result of significant levels of harmine, flavonoids and organic acids such as linolenic, palmitic and myristic acid. It also contains different kinds of amino acids, coumarins, and antioxidants.

Here are some of the health benefits of the said tea:

Deals with Symptoms of Menopause

Menopause can be a challenging and stressful time in a woman’s life, bringing about mood swings, hormonal imbalances, anxiety, and sleeplessness.

The sedative and soothing effects of passionflower tea can help balance neurotransmitters, and also stimulate the release of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which is known to improve mood and regulate the hormones.

Helps Deal with Skin Problems

One of the traditional uses of passionflower tea includes its application for rashes, burns, irritation or inflammation on the skin. This can come in many different forms, from eczema to psoriasis, to acne, to burns, and even allergic reactions.

Topical application of this tea is not common; however, a potent brew can have notable effects in treating the mentioned conditions.

Reduces Inflammation

Reducing inflammation all over the body is what a ton of organic acids and antioxidants are really good at, and the compounds found in passionflower tea are no exception. This tea has long been recommended for joint disorders and arthritis as well as gout, hemorrhoids and inflammation of the gut.

The soothing active ingredients can help to relieve the symptoms of indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, bloating and cramping, as well as chronic inflammation caused by free radical activities.

Promotes Heart Health

The blood pressure-lowering qualities of passionflower tea are well-known, and are the byproduct of a certain antioxidant known as edulilic acid. By treating hypertension, this tea can help prevent atherosclerosis, heart attacks, stroke and even coronary heart disease. Generally, it reduces the strain on the cardiovascular system.

This effect can also help relieve people of their headaches and migraines by lowering the pressure and inflammation in capillaries near the temples.

There you have it; these are some of the benefits you can gain with just a single cup of passionflower tea. Of course, it would be a whole lot better to pair it with other organic food products for a stronger impact on your overall health.

 

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Organic 101: Is Organic Food A GMO?

In 2002, the Philippines was the first country in Asia to approve the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) corn for animal feeds. Around 70% of the country’s corn output is GM. Furthermore, for more than a decade now, it has allowed the importation of GM crops into the country.

You might be wondering, is organic food a GMO? A lot of people are not aware of what a GMO, or genetically modified organism is. Critics have raised that this kind of technology is dangerous, while advocates continues to stress that such ill effects are not yet scientifically proven.

But what exactly is GMO and how is it done?

How is a genetic modification in food done?

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) are made by altering the genes of said organisms. Scientist remove one or more genes in the DNA of one organism, then recombine them with the DNA of the organism they want to alter.

By doing so, it is expected that the genetically modified organism will exhibit the certain traits associated with the genes that were recombined.

But why produce GMO in the first place? It is believed that doing so will yield positive results such as better crop yield, bug- and pesticide-resistant plants, improved nutritional values, and improved flavors. Again, there are critics that say this technology is dangerous.

Why are GMOs not safe?

Genetic manipulation might lead to disruptions of the function of the genes, creating new substances that could be dangerous to people when ingested. This might create or else increase allergens, and even create new toxins.

Another reason is that this method is considered to be a radical technology.

Plant breeders are capable of cross-breeding plants, but they deal with the same species to create new varieties. However, with GMO technology, you can use the DNA of any living organism and transfer it to other organisms.

This is possible even if they’re not of the same species, and without having to consider the side-effects of such a process.

According to critics, this is not just dangerous to humans, but non-GMO plants as well, since they are then at risk of being contaminated.

In what way can GMO affect non-GMO?

When planting organic products, it is strictly prohibited to use any kind of synthetic chemicals. This includes fertilizers, pesticides, and insecticides. However, organic produce are still at risk of getting contaminated by GMO.

This contamination can happen in the following natural ways. First, through cross-pollination between a GMO and a non-GMO plant. This can be done through insects, especially if a nearby farm has GMO plants.

Second is from GMO seeds transferred via wind or birds, and then planted in soil near organic crops. Even conventional farms can be contaminated with GMO. They can come in a form of animal feeds and other ingredients.

Should we worry about GMO?

Despite different criticisms on GMO, advocates continue to have a positive outlook over GMO. According to them, negative claims against GMO are yet to be scientifically proven. Moreover, GMO are said to help in ensuring food security.

To answer the question, organic farming doesn’t produce GMO crops; instead, it’s contamination from GMO crops remains a threat. Nevertheless, with proper management, organic farmers can ensure that they are contamination-free. For more about organic products, visit Davao Organics.

The Benefits of Having Basil In Your Garden

 

Having an organic herb garden may come in handy especially if you love to cook, and you shouldn’t forget to include basil on the list of herbs. This herb is one of the more famous ones, used in cooking both fish and meat. Not to mention it’s one of the main ingredients of pesto.

But aside from adding flavor to your favorite dishes, organic plants like basil are also a source of numerous benefits. If basil is still not in your garden, it’s not too late to get it. Here’s a list of the benefits you can get from this herb.

What nutrients can I get from basil?

Basil is one of the healthiest herbs and commonly referred to as the “holy herb”. It has high level of vitamin K, which is essential for bone strengthening and mineralization. It’s also needed for the production of clotting factors in the blood.

Two tablespoons of basil will provide you with 29% of your daily recommended value.

It also contains essential oils such as eugenol, citronellol, linalool, citral, limonene and terpineol. These essential oils have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Also, they’re capable of decreasing the growth of harmful bacteria like E. coli, staphylococcus, and listeria, among others.

Basil also has antioxidant properties, having high levels of beta-carotene, vitamin A, cryptoxanthin, lutein and zeaxanthin. Vitamin A serves as protection from lung and oral cavity cancers, is essential for having good vision, and is important in maintaining healthy mucusa and skin.

Moreover, zeaxanthin found in basil helps in filtering harmful UV rays from reaching the retina. At the same time, it is an antioxidant that helps protect the elderly from age-related macular disease (AMRD).

Basil also contains large amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, iron and magnesium. Potassium helps control heart rate and blood pressure, and iron is an important component of hemoglobin in our blood.

What other benefits that I can get?

A study in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science proved that basil oil is effective in fighting bacteria that causes pimples. However, before trying this to remedy your acne breakout, discuss it with your doctor especially if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.

It also effective in insect stings and bites. Chewing up basil and applying it to the bite will help relieve the pain and draw out the venom. Moreover, for ladies, if it’s the time of the month, eating a little more basil will help replenish the iron that you lost during menstruation.

Furthermore, according to botanist James Duke, Ph.D, basil also has anti- anxiety effects. It is because of the phytochemicals that it contains; they lower cortisol, the hormone secreted when you feel tense.

Likewise, it can also help relieve your stress. Just add 2 cups of strong basil leaf tea to a warm bath and feel its relaxing effect into your body.

Indeed, this herb does a lot of wonders. Not only it makes your food delicious, it also provides you with alternative remedies to common health problems without worrying about harsh side-effects.

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The Benefits Of Going ‘Brown’

A typical Filipino meal will not be complete without rice; it’s usually only in the Philippines where restaurants offer unlimited rice to attract customers. A majority of Pinoys consume white rice on a daily basis. But there are those who prefer brown rice. So the question remains: which is better?

For those aiming for a healthier body, organic food like brown rice should be part of your menu. White rice are more refined compared to brown rice, stripping away iron, zinc, magnesium, and other nutrients in the process.

Brown rice, meanwhile, is milled only once, so it still has parts of the hull as well as bran, both of which provide the grain’s “natural wholeness”.

You get more selenium and manganese when you eat brown rice, too. The former helps lower risk of degenerative diseases like cancer. Manganese, on the other hand, benefits the nervous and reproductive system, and is responsible for synthesizing fats.

Moreover, there are studies that prove that replacing white rice with brown reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health say that two or more servings of brown rice have been associated with a lower risk for the disease. On the other hand, five or more servings of white rice per week lead to an increased risk.

This is because brown rice has low glycemic index (GI). This index classifies food according to how quickly and by how much they raise blood sugar levels. So how do you determine which is better? Essentially, the higher the GI, the faster the food is digested and the higher blood sugar levels go.

Between white and brown rice, the former has a higher GI compared to the latter.

Replacing white rice with brown is also better for weight loss. When you eat brown rice, you feel full even if you eat only a small portion of the meal. Moreover, the fiber content in brown rice is higher compared to white, leading to better digestion and helping to prevent colon cancer.

Aside from the health benefits, it is environmental and farmer friendly. Since brown rice has to be milled just once, it reduces the use of fuel. This means less pollution and carbon emissions, and also reduces production costs.

This is good for farmers because they won’t have to buy machineries used for white rice.

It will also help the country in general. Brown rice may increase the Philippines’ food supply and decrease the need to import rice.

According to a study conducted by the Philippine Research Institute, milling brown rice reduces food waste. It’s 10% milling recovery compared to white rice is equivalent to saving 1.2 million metric tons of rice.

At present, we are still the world’s biggest importer of rice. Ironic isn’t it? With an increased food supply due to brown rice, it would lessen the need for importation from other countries.

Going ‘brown’ would benefit not just us Filipinos, but also the country and environment. For more information about healthy food, organic farming and the like, visit Davao Organics.

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Organic Shampoo vs Chemical-Based Shampoo: Which is better to use?

Hazardous chemicals in cosmetics can eventually lead to serious health problems, experts say. If you’re aiming to live a green life, it should make sense to look for non-toxic products. Nowadays, going natural is the best way for you to keep your health in check.

If you want to know how to start living a healthy life, you may want to re-consider the shampoo you’re using right now – does it really keep your hair healthy? It may contain chemicals that are harmful to your body. So the best option is to replace your traditional shampoo with organic shampoo and conditioners instead.

Are you still skeptical, or think that you should keep using the same chemically-enriched shampoo and conditioners instead of the organic ones? Well, maybe these small facts about chemically-manufactured shampoo and conditioners may make you think twice.

  • Shampoo affects pH Balance

Both your hair and scalp contain a specific amount of acid, while dirt holds alkaline. A healthy pH balance is crucial for the health of your hair; however, shampoo and conditioner that’s chemically enhanced can distort the pH balance. This is especially true if you use too much of either one often.

  • Shampoo removes moisture

Chemically-enhanced shampoo and conditioners can be compared to atomic bombs that eliminate everything on your hair. It’s a blanket treatment that eliminates dirt and oil, but also the moisture your hair needs. Therefore, your hair ends up unfortunately unprotected from external factors.

Shampoo ingredients you need to stay away from

When buying shampoo and conditioners, it’s important for you to read the labels before buying. Here are some of the specific ingredients that you need to avoid in shampoo and conditioners:

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfates – These are known to cause cataracts in adults and improper eye development in children. Whatever the case may be, this ingredient can usually be found in every shampoo and conditioner available.
  • Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate – A surfactant that is associated with organ toxicity.
  • Derivatives of Lauryl Alcohol – Known to be harmful to the organ system and can cause irritation to both the skin and eyes.

Ingredients found in shampoos and conditioners manufactured organically

Shampoos and conditioners made from organic-based products usually contain much safer plant-based products.

One most common ingredient would be tea tree; this has been used to support scalp health and help regulate dandruff. In addition, tea tree also possesses an antiseptic element. This can help manage naturally-occurring microbial levels that can result in various forms of scalp irritation.

Another popular ingredient would be beta glucan, which has immune-enhancing properties both internally and topically. It aids in soothing the inflamed cells of the scalp – especially beneficial for people suffering from different skin conditions.

Again, organic shampoos make your healthy, but also free you from the effects harmful chemicals can have on your overall health.

We at Davao Organics, a dealer of organic food and other organic-based products, strongly suggest that you go organic when choosing your new shampoo and conditioner. Make a choice to live green today!