Essential Living Foods Superberry Symphony Description
- Goji Berry, Goldenberry, Maqui Berry & Mulberry
- Raw Antioxidant Treat
- USDA Organic
- NON-GMO Project Verified
- Gluten Free
- Product of USA
100% Organic - with zeo additives or sweeteners - this succulent snack mix is naturally delicious: chewy, juicy, sweet and tart, with a satisfying little crunch. Each bite reveals succulent Mulberries, citrusy Golden berries, delicate Gojis, and crisp Maqui berries. Sprinkle into your morning oatmeal or your favroite dessert, or just bring the whole bag on your next hike or road trip.
Why is it so delicious? We continually seek out artisanal sources of the planet's purest, most nutritious ingredients, many of them RAW or carefully dried to retain their natural flavors and aromas.
Our goldenberries are organically grown by a cooperative of farmers with special profit-sharing incentives that ensure a higher-quality product while enriching the farmers and their local communities. Goldenberries are a highly sustainable, hardy pioneer plant that helps to stabilize and renew soils. These berries' purity and flavor is exceptional when compared with others on the market.
The purest, most flavorful and nutrient-rich gojis on Earth! Unlike many others on the market, our goji berries are actually USDA Certified Organic (as opposed to the Chinese "Green Seal" certification used by many other operations). Most goji suppliers buy from large aggregators with no traceable supply chain increasing the chances of contamination or poor quality. Only we provide direct, traceable sourcing from a single cooperative of small farmers, and we ensure purity and quality through personal meetings in China with farm managers and processors.
Maqui berries are wild-crafted in a remote region of Chile by a cooperative of indigenous farmers paid fair-trade rates for their work.
Fresh, ripe mulberries are hand-harvested and sun-dried for exquisite RAW flavor and nutrient profile.
Morus alba, Aristotelia chilensis
- Antioxidant-rich: Vitamin C, carotenoids, flavanoids, and resveratrol
- Balance of slow and fast carbs for energy, plus fiber for digestion
- Rich in vitamins & minerals: zinc, iron, copper, calcium, phosphorus & selenium, A, C and B Vitamins
Mulberries are a delicious, nutritious snack, providing carbs, protein, fiber, and an entire day's recommended intake of Vitamin C. They're also an easy way to get a variety of important minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants.
Balance of Carbs
Any time you need a mix of sustainable carbs and energy-boosting sugars, reach for these incredibly delicious berries for a quick pick-me-up. Just a one ounce serving provides a nicely-balanced mix of fast-acting fruit sugars (13g), slow-acting starches (5g), and digestion-friendly fiber (4g) to provide a buffer and slow the sugar absorption rate while also contributing to colon health.
Mulberries also provide 3 grams of protein, on-par with most fruits and berries.
Vitamins & Minerals
Mulberries really shine in this department. A one ounce serving provides 120% RDA of Vitamin C, along with 20% RDA for iron. You're also getting 8% RDA calcium, as well as useful quantities of Vitamin K, choline, B vitamins, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, copper, zinc, and selenium.
Mulberries contain the longevity antioxidant resveratrol, which is being investigated for a wide variety of potential health and life-extension benefits. Resveratrol came to prominence when it was theorized that its presence in red wine was responsible for the "French Paradox" of health and longevity (despite a diet high in saturated fats). Subsequent animal studies have suggested that resveratrol may interact with the metabolism to create benefits in longevity, blood sugar, and possibly cardiovascular health.
These chewy citrus berries are rich in vitamins & minerals: A, C, B1, B2, B6, B12, iron, and phosphorous. Like mulberry and goji, they provide a balance of slow and fast carbs for energy, plus fiber for digestion. They're also antioxidant-rich, providing carotenoids (Vitamin A) plus flavanoids (quercetin)
In China, the Goji Berry is known as a longevity food that replenishes vital essences and increases the “chi” or life energy in those that eat them. Goji Berries have been used in traditional Asian medicine for millennia, with mentions of this extraordinary berry in medical texts as old as 5,000 years.
Ancient Chinese medical texts praised Goji Berries as tonic support for the eyes, liver, and kidneys. More than anything, they are believe to increase the “chi” or life energy in those that eat them. An early medical work, Shen Nung Ben Tsao (475-221 B.C.), observed Goji Berry benefits ranging from replenishing vital essences to strengthening and restoring major organs. The physician’s handbook, Ben Cao Gang Mu, recorded during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 A.D.) writes, “taking in Chinese Wolfberry/Goji Berry regularly may regulate the flow of vital energy and strengthen the physique, which can lead to longevity.”
Modern science has verified this ancient wisdom, revealing a diversity of powerful phytochemicals and essential nutrients, many of which are still being investigated for a wide range of potential health benefits.
Goji berries are loaded with 18 amino acids, including all 8 essential aminos (such as isoleucine and tryptophan). Plus, Goji berries contain over 20 trace minerals — the most important being zinc, iron, copper, calcium, phosphorus, and selenium. Selenium is under investigation for its potent protective effects, and it is estimated that much of the US food supply is deficient in selenium.
Goji berries are one of the richest source of carotenoids — with twice as much beta carotene as carrots. Gojis also provide at least as much vitamin C, by weight, as oranges, and also provide impressive amounts of vitamins B1, B2, and B6.
In 100 grams — a hearty serving — gojis provide a wide variety of important vitamins and minerals
Goji berries, with their deep rich, red color, are a potent source of carotenoids, the antioxidants we associate most with carrots. The old folk wisdom about eyesight and carrots is well-founded, as carotenoids have been demonstrated to assist in protecting the retina from the oxidative damage of ultra violet light and aging.
Goji berries contain a variety of carotenoids, including Beta-carotene, Zeaxanthin, Lutein, Lycopene, and Crytoxanthin. Just 28 grams of goji berries provides 140% RDA of Vitamin A, and as much as 77% of that can be zeaxanthin, a particularly important carotenoid for eyesight health and longevity.Increasing zeaxanthin and lutein may help to decrease the risk of age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness after 65.
Goji berries also provide Beta Sitosterol, a plant sterol which can help to lower cholesterol levels by blocking the absorption of cholesterol during digestion. Beta Sitosterol is also being investigated as a potentially anti-inflammatory nutrient important for supporting men's health.
Polusaccharides and Carbohydates
Polysaccharides are another term for carbohydrates. Polysaccharides encompass everything from fast-digesting sugars and slow-digesting starches to indigestible fiber. We are all aware of the health benefits of fiber for digestive balance as well as cardiovascular health and potential anticancer effects. Gojis provide a balance of all three, fast-acting and sustainable carbs for energy, as well as fiber for healthy digestion.
Anthocyanins & Anthocyanidins
Maqui's primary antioxidant (and the source of its deep purple color) is cianidin-3-b-glucosa, or C3G, a type of anthocyanidin. Anthocyaninins and anthocyanidins are a type of complex flavonoid that produce blue, purple or red colors, and are under investigation for a wide variety of potential health benefits.
Studies suggest that anthocyaninins may have anti-inflammatory properties and support formation of healthy connective tissue and collagen, while promoting blood flow and protecting capillaries from oxidative damage. Animal studies have suggested other effects ranging from cholesterol reduction to promotion of colon health.
The results of several epidemiologic studies indicate that regular consumption of foods rich in polyphenolic compounds is associated with reduced risk of developing cardiovascular disease and certain cancers. Recent experimental studies in both animals and humans have shown that increasing polyphenol intake can protect LDL cholesterol from becoming oxidized (a key step in developing atherosclerosis), lower blood pressure in hypertensive subjects, reduce the tendency of the blood to clot and elevate total antioxidant capacity of the blood. After they are swallowed, anthocianins are easily detected in the blood. This was explained by Passamonti & col. (2003) who demonstrated that the stomach participates actively in the absorption of these compounds.
Body Weight & Blood Sugar
In a pre-clinical study, Tsuda & col. (2003) studied the effects of maqui on obesity and diabetes, comparing two sample groups. They consumed a diet rich in fats during 12 weeks, but one of the groups also received maqui pigments. Compared with the control group, the group consuming anthocyaninins didn’t gain any weight, nor suffered hypertrophy in the adiposites of the fat tissues, didn’t show hyperglycemia, hyperinsulinemia, hyperleptinemia, or increase in levels of the genetic codes that produce the factor or tumoral necrosis or the enzymes related to the synthesis of fatty acids and trilglicerol. In comparison, the group that didn’t receive the extract and ate only a fat-rich diet, showed an increase of more than 100% in all those parameters. Thus, there are promising nutritional and biochemical indications that the anthocyanins present in maqui could play a role in supporting healthy blood sugar and body weight.
There has also been quite a lot of promising research into the benefits of anthocyanins, specifically derived from maqui, on supressing colon tumor development in lab rats. Although this is far from conclusive about human health, it definitely suggests that this is a valuable substance worth further exploration and experimentation. (For references, look up "Effects of commercial anthocyanin-rich extracts on colonic cancer and non-tumorigenic colonic cell growth" and "Anthocyanin-rich extracts inhibit multiple biomarkers of colon cancer in rats.")
A Note on Sulfites
Our organic certified, direct-from-the-source gojis are continually lab tested for purity, and consistently test at less than 15ppm for sulfites. Although this miniscule amount of naturally occurring sulfites does not generally pose a problem for people, we believe in transparency and allowing our customers to make informed decisions about their health.
Many foods have naturally-occurring sulfites which do not disqualify the final product from organic certification. Sulfite-sensitive individuals often need to eliminate sources of sulfites from their diets in order to improve their symptoms or even to determine how sensitive they actually are. This can be hard without clear information, since there are many dietary sources of sulfites that go unlabeled.
By law, sulfites can not be added to organic certified products. (This is why red wines often say "Made with Organic Grapes" instead of "Organic Wine," since most winemakers choose to add sulfites to the wine even if they don't apply it in their fields. Any sulfites over 10ppm require the label "Contains Sulfites.")
Use 1-2 tsp to add performance-enhancing zing to smoothies, superfood recipes, cereal, desserts, and more.
Enjoy by the handful! Perfect for hiking fuel, lunch boxes, morning oatmeal, or your favorite dessert recipes.
Mulberries*, Goldenberries*, Goji Berries*, Maqui Berries*.
*Organic & RAW
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