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Is Organic Worth It?
July 05, 2013
|J.R. and I hope you're well and adding natures super foods to your diet!
Today we'd like to share with you our opinions as to whether going organic is worth it or not?
Is Organic Worth It?
Have you eaten your 60 servings of spinach today?
You’d have to eat that much in order to get the same amount of iron you'd have gotten from one serving of spinach grown in 1948.
And you’d have to eat 25 cups just to get the pittance RDA of vitamin-E.
What’s up with this?
Today, I’ll explain exactly what’s wrong with commercial produce, and show you how to boost the nutritional content of your diet to better your general health and resistance to disease.
"Modern" agricultural techniques are the culprits.
The fact is, fruits and vegetables on today’s supermarket shelves come from nutrient-poor soil, grown on chemical fertilizers and sprayed with pesticides.
And for the moment, we won't get into genetically modified produce, which farmers aren’t required to label.
What’s more, in order to get these foods to the store before they start to rot, commercial growers harvest fruits and vegetables before they’ve had time to ripen. (Have you noticed how bananas in the produce aisle are green when you buy them.)
Before the onset of industrial agriculture, farmers relied on natural fertilizers to grow their produce.
In order to insure freshness, grocers bought foodstuffs from local farmers, so the fruits and vegetables available to North Americans decades ago had time to ripen in the sun, naturally, so back-in-the-day produce contained much higher levels of vitamins, minerals, and other natural compounds essential to our health.
So, what can you and I do about it?
One simple way to go is to buy local, organically grown fruits and vegetables whenever possible.
Not only will you avoid pesticides and other chemicals, you’ll get a lot more of Nature’s beneficial ingredients.
The science backs us up on this.
A recent study published in The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry found that organic tomatoes contain almost twice as much of an important type of compound, called “flavonoids”, as conventionally grown tomatoes.
Flavonoids are naturally occurring anti-oxidants found in a number of plants, including tomatoes, blueberries, grapes, and green tea.
The benefits of anti-oxidants cannot be overstated.
Here are just a few of the benefits linked to flavonoids:
Lower blood pressure
Reduced risk of rheumatoid arthritis
Increased bone strength
Reduced risk of heart disease
Stronger immune response
Faster recovery from sunburn
Reduced risk of many types of cancer, including lung, prostate, and skin cancer
Memory loss prevention
Higher metabolism and greater weight loss
So if you find both conventionally grown and organic tomatoes at your local grocer, the choice is simple to make (in our opinion), go organic.
Even better, find a local farmer or co-op to buy from.
The same rule of thumb applies to meat, eggs and milk, for the simple reason that they'll contain more of the ingredients your body needs for optimum health.
Taking supplements is another effective way to compensate for today’s nutrient-poor produce.
Vitamin-E, vitamin-C, selenium, CoQ10, and alpha lipoic acid are all powerful anti-oxidants that improve heart health, slow the aging process, prevent cancer, and even boost your brainpower.
Here are our recommended daily amounts for each of these nutrients.
They are the building blocks for an anti-oxidant powerhouse:
Vitamin-E – 400 IEU
Vitamin-C – 1,000 mg
Selenium – 55 micrograms
CoQ10 – 100 mg
Alpha lipoic acid – 100 mg
Unfortunately, that's all the time we have for today.
We truly hope this information helps in your decision making, and you found some value in this edition!
Until next time, we want you to,
have a great summer and live longer, live younger!
You can do it with
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