Ugly Fruit – Short on Looks, But Big on Taste and Nutrients

apples-blemishedThe next time you are at the grocery store, you may want to think twice before you pass on blemished or misshapen fruits and vegetables. Not only does cosmetic imperfection cause tons of food waste, but it is now believed that “ugly” fruits and vegetables may be more nutritious for you. Many people even say that they taste better, too. Researchers believe that blemishes could actually cause the produce to have higher antioxidant levels. Stress such as weather and pests cause fruits and vegetables to ramp up their defenses, resulting in higher health-promoting nutrients.

Here is what the studies show about ugly fruits and vegetables: Continue reading “Ugly Fruit – Short on Looks, But Big on Taste and Nutrients”

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Resveratrol May Help Colitis

A recent study out of Spain has found that mice with colitis that were given the equivalent of 30 mg of resveratrol experienced a reduction of inflammation and even reduced mortality by 40%, when compared with a control group that had colitis and did not receive resveratrol.

Resveratrol, a natural polyphenol, is found in a large number of fruits and vegetables and is abundant in grapes and red wines.

Recent studies looking at the benefits of resveratrol have reported anti-cancer effects, anti-inflammatory effects, cardiovascular benefits, anti-diabetes potential, energy endurance enhancement, and protection against Alzheimer’s.

The also found that all of the resveratrol-fed animals survived and finished the treatment while animals fed with a standard diet showed a mortality of 40%.  Although the mechanism behind the reduction of mortality wasn’t clear, they believed that resveratrol’s antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-infectious properties may have played a role.

For more information on resveratrol, contact Village Green Apothecary at 1-800-869-9159.

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Need Resveratrol? Have a Glass of Wine!

Resveratrol is a supplement that I get asked a lot about. What is it? Resveratrol is a polyphenol naturally found in the skin of red grapes, certain berries, and other plants. The potential benefits of this antioxidant are astounding. Scientific studies have shown that resveratrol supports healthy cardiovascular function through various mechanisms. Resveratrol, especially when combined with other polyphenols, is known for its anti-aging effects, as well as for its ability to support a healthy inflammatory response. Continue reading “Need Resveratrol? Have a Glass of Wine!”

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