Natural Sweetener: NOW Foods Better Stevia

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BetterStevia Organic, Better Stevia Zero Calorie Sweetener, 75 Packets, NOW Foods

Better Stevia Original, BetterStevia Sugar-Free Sweetener, 45 Packets, NOW Foods

Better Stevia Liquid – Coconut, 2 oz, NOW Foods

Better Stevia Liquid – Cinnamon Vanilla, 2 oz, NOW Foods

Better Stevia Extract Powder, Organic, 4 oz, NOW Foods

Stevia’s recent history

NOW’s founder, Elwood Richard, has believed in the herb Stevia and  its health benefits since the ’70s, when he incorporated Stevia into the  company’s growing line of affordable natural products. Back then he  knew what we all know now – refined sugar isn’t good for the human  body. He added Stevia as a natural alternative to sugar, hoped more  people would use it, and watched sales slowly grow over the years as the  negative aspects of refined sugar continued to come to light. NOW’s  Stevia sales grew steadily until the early ’90s, when an isolated study  (later proven to be severely flawed) showed that Stevia might not be safe  as a food additive. This led to an FDA ban of Stevia in the United States  that was overturned a few years later with the passage of DSHEA, or the  Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act. However, even with the  ban lifted, provisions were kept in place that prohibited the herb from  being sold as a natural sweetener, food or food additive in the U.S.

From 1994 to 2008, Stevia could only be labeled and sold as a dietary  supplement. During this time advances in science and technology  allowed researchers to present more clinically-valid evidence of the  health benefits and safety of Stevia, as well as more thoroughly isolate the  various components responsible for its unique and dynamic sweetening  capabilities. One of these components, Rebaudioside A (or Reb A) from  the Stevia rebaudiana plant, has been standardized and purified over  the years to a point that it was deemed worthy of GRAS (Generally  Regarded As Safe) status as a food additive from the FDA. Researchers  received GRAS status for Reb A in 2008, and since then the race has  been on to develop products utilizing Stevia as a natural sweetener, and  to educate the public about this amazing healthy alternative to refined  sugar and synthetic sweeteners.

Origins of Stevia

While Stevia’s recent history is interesting, the origins of its discovery  and its rise to commercial use are worthy of mention as well. Comprised  of around 240 species of herbs in the sunflower family (Asteraceae),  Stevia can be found growing wild in South America and southwestern  regions of North America. It was first discovered by Spanish scientist  Petrus Jacobus Stevus (Pedro Jaime Esteve), whose surname was used as  the basis for the Latin Stevia. In the late 1800s, Swiss botanist Moisés  Santiago Bertoni, who had immigrated to Paraguay, first documented  Stevia’s use by indigenous tribes of the country, who called it kaa-he-he.  They used it as a flavor enhancer in  their drinks and foods, and would  also chew the dried leaves for their  refreshing taste and sweetness. Bertoni  continued to study the herb until  finally publishing his findings in  1899 and naming the plant Stevia  rebaudiana bertoni. In 1921, American  Trade Commissioner George Brady  presented information on Stevia to  the USDA, calling it “a new plant  with great possibility” for commercial  cultivation, but the idea never gained  enough interest to merit further  experimentation.

Not much was heard of Stevia until  ten years later, when two French  scientists successfully isolated the active  components that give Stevia its sweet  taste: two glycosides named stevioside  and rebaudioside. These isolated  glycosides were not only 300 times  as sweet as sugar, but they were heat-  and pH-stable, and non-fermentable  as well. Just a few years later, during  World War II, Great Britain was  faced with an imminent blockade  of the British Isles by Germany and  began exploring alternative natural  foods they could cultivate to sustain  the population. Stevia was one of the  plants they experimented with, but  the region wasn’t warm or humid  enough to allow for its successful  mass cultivation, and so the British  ultimately abandoned their efforts.

Modern Rediscovery in Janpan

In the early ’70s Stevia saw its first  commercial success in Japan, when  a government ban on carcinogenic  chemical food additives forced  manufacturers to explore natural  alternatives. Southern Japan is warm  and humid enough for Stevia to be  successfully cultivated on an enormous  commercial level, and use of Stevia  as a natural sweetener in food and  beverages exploded. NOW’s founder,  Elwood Richard, heard about Stevia  around this time and was encouraged by its safety and success. By the  1990s, Japan accounted for over 40% of the world’s Stevia consumption.

Today, the advances in our understanding of Stevia have finally  culminated in its approval for use as a commercial natural sweetener in  the U.S. These same advances have helped our in-house research team  in the development of a new proprietary, full-spectrum, enzymaticallytreated Stevia we call Better Stevia™.

 

References
NOW Foods. (n.d.). Better Stevia. Retrieved from http://www.nowfoods.com/idc/groups/public/documents/digital_asset/better_stevia_health_prof.pdf

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Healty Recipe: Fruit and Nut Balls

This easy candy recipe is adaptable enough to accommodate other add-ins of your choice, such as cornflakes, rice cereal, or other chopped, dried fruit (e.g. dates) or nuts (e.g. pecans) of your choice.

Makes 18 balls

Ingredients
1/2 cup NOW Real Food® Organic Dried Apricots
1/2 cup NOW Real Food® Almonds
1/3 cup raisins
5 ounces white chocolate
1/3 cup NOW Real Food® Organic Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

  1. Chop apricots, almonds and raisins very fine or use a food processor.
  2. Put white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat 15 seconds on medium power; stir. Repeat until almost melted. Remove and stir until last morsels melt. Cool slightly.
  3. Stir in chopped fruit, almonds and coconut into white chocolate.
  4. Form into small balls.
  5. Put the balls on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet; let set 1 to 2 hours. If mixture seems runny at first, chocolate may have been overheated. Wait for mixture to cool and it will hold together more easily to be rolled into balls.
  6. Drizzle balls with additional melted white chocolate.

Nutrition Information per piece:
68 calories
3g fat (2g sat. fat)
2mg cholesterol
10g carbohydrates
1g protein
14mg sodium
1g fiber

References

NOW Foods (n.d.). Fruit and Nut Balls. Retrieved from http://www.nowfoods.com/Foods/Real-Food/Recipes/Fruits-and-Vegetables/079680.htm

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What’s New? NutraLuxe

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Nutra Luxe MD Anti Aging Skin Care was co-founded by Dr. A Hawrych, a famous certified facial plastic surgeon in Naples, Florida. Dr. A Hawrych is dedicated to providing his clients/consumers the latest in state of the art skin care products at affordable prices.

All Nutra-Luxe products contain a combination of the latest scientifically advanced ingredients from Europe, like BIO-Peptides, Liposomes, Antioxidants, specific Anti- Aging Vitamins, Minerals as well as Essential Natural Oils.

 

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What's New? Lily Of The Desert

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Lily of the Desert is one of the largest U.S. growers, processors and manufacturers of chemical-free, certified organic aloe vera in the natural products industry. Being vertically integrated allows us to maintain the highest standards of quality control and eliminate third-party pricing. This is unique among aloe vera product companies in the natural products industry. Controlling quality every step of the way allows Lily of the Desert to dictate the industry-leading standards of quality and maintain product integrity from the farm to the bottle.

All Lily of the Desert products originate from mature, organically-grown aloe vera plants, which are grown free of chemicals in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and the desert of Mexico. Once harvested, the aloe leaves are placed in refrigerated trailers to ensure no beneficial components are lost, and are then shipped to our state-of-the-art processing facility for precise inspection. Each outgoing batch is scientifically tested to validate quality and product efficacy. Quality is maintained and monitored every step of the way to ensure customers receive the best benefits naturally derived from aloe vera.

See more at: http://www.vitasprings.com/lily-of-the-desert.html

References
 Lily Of The Desert (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.planetaryherbals.com/articles/5769/

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Seasonal Recipes of NOW Foods Essential Oils

 

NOW Foods Essential Oils

View All NOW Foods Essential Oils

Choose a recipe below, and add the NOW essential oils to a diffuser and enjoy!

Autumn Air

8 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil

6 drops Lime Essential Oil

6 drops Sage Essential Oil

Buttery Pumpkin Spice

1 drop of Cardamom

1 drop of NOW Cinnamon

1 drop of NOW Nutmeg

3 drops of NOW Vanilla

Holiday Cheer

4 drops of NOW Cedarwood Virginian

4 drops of NOW Cypress

6 drops of NOW Rosewood

1 drops of NOW Pine

2 drops of NOW Balsam

1 drops of NOW Orange

Holiday Eggnog

10 drops of NOW Vanilla

1 drops of NOW Cinnamon

2 drops of NOW Nutmeg

Holiday Wreath & Flowers

4 drops of NOW Cedarwood Virginian

4 drops of NOW Cypress

1 drops of NOW Rosewood

6 drops of NOW Pine Needle

2 drops of NOW Balsam

1 drops of NOW Lavender

Holly Jolly Holidays

2 drops of NOW Cinnamon Bark

2 drops of NOW Ginger

1 drops of NOW Clove Bud

2 drops of NOW 2 drops of NOW Nutmeg

4 drops of NOW Lemon

Meet Me Under The Mistletoe

2 drops of NOW Atlas Cedar

5 drops of NOW Balsam Fir Needle

1 drops of NOW Juniperberry

Santa’s Sugar Cookies

2 drops of NOW Tangerine

24 drops of NOW Vanilla

2 drops of NOW Cinnamon Bark

1 drops of NOW Ginger

Stroll thru the Orchard

10 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil

4 drops Ginger Essential Oil

6 drops Patchouli Essential Oil

Wintermint Icicles

3 drops of NOW Peppermint

3 drops of NOW Pennyroyal

1 drops of NOW Eucalyptus

1 drops of NOW Tea Tree

2 drops of NOW Rosemary

Gingerbread Aroma

3 drops of NOW Cinnamon

1 drops of NOW Clove

2 drops of NOW Ginger

1 drops of NOW Nutmeg

2 drops of NOW Vanilla

Cinnamon and Spice

1 drops of NOW Orange

1 drops of NOW Cinnamon Bark

1 drops of NOW Clove

5 drops of NOW Vanilla

1 drops of NOW Nutmeg

It’s the Holly-Days Again

8 drops of NOW Atlas Cedar

3 drops of NOW Cypress

30 drops of NOW Pine

1 drop of NOW Orange

Cinnamon & Spice & Everything Nice

5 drops of NOW Orange

24 drops of NOW Cinnamon

4 drops of NOW Nutmeg

10 drops of NOW Ginger

Melt My Heart Mistletoe

2 drops of NOW Atlas Cedar

3 drops of NOW Pine

1 drop of NOW Juniperberry

2 drops of NOW Rosemary

1 drop of NOW Eucalyptus

1 drops of NOW Ylang Ylang

Fresh Fallen Snow

1 drop of NOW Wintergreen

20 drops of NOW Pine

60 drops of NOW Grapefruit

Warm Fall Bouquet

12 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil

3 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil

3 drops Clove Bud Essential Oil

2 drops Nutmeg Essential Oil

References
NOW Foods. (n.d.). Seasonal Recipes. Retrieved from http://www.nowfoods.com/Personal-Care/Ingredients-Guide/Recipes/Seasonal-Recipes.htm

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Ginseng Energizers in Winter

Herbal tonics have a long history of traditional use for supporting normal energy levels, preserving vitality, and enhancing physical performance. Ginseng, one of the most highly regarded energy tonics of Chinese herbalism, is an herbal adaptogen, which helps the body adapt to a variety of stresses. It is a key ingredient in the following ginseng energizers offered by Planetary Herbals.

Full Spectrum™ Ginseng
Full Spectrum™ Ginseng Extract combines a standardized extract of Korean ginseng root, concentrated to 20% ginsenosides, with whole Korean ginseng root. Combining the extract with pure root ensures all the important compounds of ginseng are captured, for a broad range of ginseng activity.

Ginseng Classic™
This formula, formerly known as Four Noble Gentlemen, is one of the classic ginseng energizing formulas of Chinese herbalism (Si Junzi Tang). It was first written about in 1078 A.D., and has remained one of China’s most valued tonic formulas for almost 1,000 years. This dynamic combination reflects the tradition and power of Chinese classic formulas. It combines red Kirin ginseng root with atractylodes root, Poria cocos sclerotium, and licorice root.

Ginseng Elixir™
This classic Chinese formula was described more than 700 years ago (Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang). Its combination of energizing and tonifying botanicals has been one of China’s most frequently used compounds for seven centuries. Included are astragalus root, licorice root, molasses, atractylodes root, bupleurum root, cimicifuga rhizome, jujube fruit, dong quai root extract, dong quai root, and ginger root.

Ginseng Revitalizer™
Ginseng Revitalizer™ is based on a classic formula that has been used since 1078 A.D. to support energy levels without the use of stimulants. This dynamic formula combines extracts and whole roots from several varieties of ginseng (Panax, American, and Tienchi) with Eleutherococcus senticosus and a blend of energizing and tonifying botanicals.

References
 Planetary Herbals (n.d.). Ginseng Energizers. Retrieved from http://www.planetaryherbals.com/articles/5769/

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Introducing to Popular Yacon Syrup!

We’re glad that the Most Popular Yacon Syrup is Now In Stock!

Probiotic Sweetener with Low Glycemic Index!

Yacon is a distant relative of the sunflower with edible tubers and leaves. The syrup from this sweet root is raising eyebrows in the medical community and natural product world for its medicinal qualities. It contains fructooligosaccharides (FOS), which pass through the digestive track unmetabolized, providing few calories. The sugars, however, are metabolized by the bifidobacteria in the large intestine and contribute to improved digestions and absorption of vitamins, such as B-complex. The undigested portion of yacon serves as prebiotic-food for ‘friendly’ bacteria. Other benefits of FOS supplementation include increased production of beneficial short-chain fatty acids, such as butyrate, increased absorption of calcium and magnesium and improved elimination of toxic compounds. Preclinical studies indicate an increase in bone density after consumption of FOS. It may help diabetics regulate and normalize glucose levels in the blood due to its FOS content. It is considered hypoglycemic and holds promise as a sweetener for diabetics and others who choose not to consume sugar.

Traditional Ethnobotanical Information

This delicious root crop has been grown in the Andes by the Inca and their descendants. Related to sunflowers, Yacon has large succulent roots that have a juicy, watermelon flavor. From this we produce an exceptionally sweet syrup which can be used like honey or maple syrup.

You hold in your hands the finest traditional botanical available on earth. This botanical is a long standing favorite in South America where it has been empirically selected for its effectiveness over many generations. Only organically cultivated or sustainably wild harvested plants are collected and shipped to our laboratories.

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Lowering Cholesterol the Natural Way

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Cholesterol Pro, 60 Tablets, NOW Foods

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While most people resort to taking dietary supplements to lower high cholesterol, natural methods are being pushed and highly recommended by doctors and nutritionists to maintain and improve one’s well-being.

Granted that these supplements and medications work well with your body, doing it the natural way has a lot of other benefits other than cutting off fat deposits running (and blocking) through your veins. As the old Appeal to Nature argument goes, “A thing is good because it’s natural.”

Interested in starting to go all natural? Here are some tips:

Know your food

Take the good ol’ doctor’s advice, “watch what you eat” in order to significantly drop your cholesterol rate. But this does not suggest you to stop enjoying food. Remember, eating right is very different from eating less, that’s why upsetting your appetite for you to eat less or worse, not eating at all won’t do any good. The key here is balanced diet and knowing the nutrition facts of your food (e.g. saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, sugar, protein, carbohydrates, etc.)

Separate the Good from the Bad

Eating wisely is just like choosing what is right from wrong. Consuming food with high fatty content reduces High Density Lipoproteins (HDL) AKA good cholesterol in your body, so it’s better to go for white or lean over red and bloody. You may also consider eating fish as substitute for meat. As for cooking, use olive oil or sunflower oil instead of regular palm and coconut oil, as the latter two contains higher saturated fat. It is better to go for baked, steamed, stewed or poached food instead of fried. Eat more fibrous grub such as fruits, veggies, oats, and nuts, while cut down a couple of notches on food with high calories and carbs.

Rock Your Body

Car is to fuel as body is to food. Thus, the logical thing to do is to use that fuel, or as the analogy goes, burn it. And by burning it, not just by simply go through with your day. Watching TV or sitting on the same office chair for 8 straight hours won’t do the job. Do more dynamic physical activities, such as brisk walking, jogging, sports or aerobics to release that pent-up energy. A good 45-minute cardio a day is ideal for lowering bad cholesterol in your body.

A Little Booze Is Not That Bad

As long as you don’t abuse alcohol by going on a binge drinking spree, then you’re fine. Drinking 2 to 3 glasses of red wine daily reduces the risks of heart-related diseases. Resveratol, polyphenol and flavanoids are anti-oxidants found in wine grapes raises the levels of HDL in your body, while protecting the lining of your heart’s blood vessels to prevent blood clotting. Same goes beer drinkers. Beer, particularly dark beer, has antioxidants that relatively provide the same benefits as that of wine.

Kick your Smoking Habit

Cigarette and other tobacco products contain free-radicals that cause the constriction of blood vessels and damage to the arteries’ lining. These effects inevitably lead to build-up of HDL and other fatty substances on the artery walls. Kicking the habit improves blood circulation as the carbon monoxide level in your body drops significantly, while long term benefits include avoiding risks of acquiring heart diseases.

Dodge Stress

As the song goes, “Relax!” Stress comes in many forms, and it’s going to get you whether you like it or not. Stress imposes the increase of cholesterol level in your body by triggering chemical imbalance and the release of fatty substance. For most people, breathing exercises and yoga are the best counteractions for stress. Although, techniques to alleviate stress may still vary, depending on the person’s character and preferences in handling stress.

Natural Supplements

Aside from taking prescribed supplements, natural supplements such as garlic cloves, barley, green tea, oats and artichoke are still considered far more effective and safer. Most of these traditional supplements have the same benefits for lowering your cholesterol level.

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NOW Foods Bone Calcium

Bone meal is a natural source of Calcium Phosphate, a composition of Calcium and Phosphorus known as hydroxyapatite. Hydroxyapatite, found in teeth and bones, confers rigidity to these structures and is well absorbed from the digestive tract. Phosphorus is necessary for the production of bone tissue and plays an integral role in the maintenance of the body’s acid-base balance. NOW® Bone Calcium has been enhanced with Vitamin D, as well as complementary minerals, such as Magnesium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, and Boron, that work with Calcium to support healthy bone metabolism.* NOW® Bone Calcium is naturally derived from cattle raised in Australia. It is sterilized and tested for heavy metals such as lead and aluminum to assure the lowest levels possible.

See more at: http://www.vitasprings.com/bone-calcium-240-tablets-now.html

References
NOW Foods Bone Calcium (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.nowfoods.com/Bone-Calcium-240-Tablets.htm

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Holiday Survival Guide: 8 Strategies to Avoid Overeating

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With the holiday season upon us, food is everywhere. From festive holiday parties to dinners with friends and family, let’s face it, this time of year tends to center around food. And, it is perfectly OK to indulge on occasion, sans the guilt, without gaining weight. The trick is to enjoy what you are eating, and to eat mindfully while avoiding overindulging and gaining weight in the process.

For the good news, according to research published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Americans, on average, gain just about one pound during the holiday season, with overweight individuals gaining a bit more. This is really not too bad, as long as we keep it to just one pound and get back on track come the New Year.

To help avoid gaining weight this holiday season while also enjoying your favorite foods, here are some strategies that I have used successfully with clients that I counsel in my nutrition practice.

1. Eat healthy MOST of the time.

Make healthy low-calorie choices when you can and do not waste calories nibbling at home while watching TV. Celebrate only at a holiday dinner party or during a holiday event. Plan your day and even plan for your occasional splurge.

2. Eat what you LOVE.

Do not waste calories overeating on cookies and junk food that you do not like just because they are sitting there or because someone else is eating them. Save your extra calories for special foods you enjoy during this time of year.

3. Mind your PORTIONS.

What I love about portion control is that you can still indulge in your favorite foods instead of banning them completely. And you do not have to eat tiny portions. The trick is to eat larger portions of healthy foods balanced with smaller portions of more indulgent and high-calorie choices.

4. Try eating off of RED plates.

Red is a festive color and red plates certainly go with the season. New research published in the journal Appetite found that we eat less when eating food on a red plate. Subjects who were given pretzels on a red plate ate significantly less than those given pretzels on a blue or white plate. Who knew? Certainly worth a try. The authors suggest that the color red may work as a subtle stop signal (like a red traffic light) which may guide us to reduce our intake.

5. Eat MORE fruits and veggies.

High in fiber, rich in nutrients, and low in calories, enjoying colorful fruits and vegetables is a win-win. Try filling half of your plate with fruits or vegetables at each meal.

6. Limit LIQUID calories.

When we drink our calories instead of eat them, we do not tend to register fullness and we often end up consuming extra unnecessary calories. For example, we often eat a bag of chips with the soda we are guzzling down. And liquid calories such as soda are pure empty calories. Many alcoholic drinks also tend to be high in calories and drinking tends to decrease our resistance to temptations. It is OK to enjoy an occasional glass of red wine, or white wine spritzer, but best to have the drink with dinner and not on an empty stomach. And, fill up on water or seltzer, both calorie free, before your meal.

7. Keep up your EXERCISE routine.

Choose an exercise routine you enjoy and pick a time that works for you so that you will stick to it.

8. DROP the guilt.

If you overate, do not feel guilty. And now there is now research to prove it.

New research found that people who feel guilty after eating large amounts of snack foods tend to gain more weight than those who don’t feel the guilt.

This year, enjoy the holiday season sans guilt!

References
Dr. Lisa Young (December 17, 2013). Holiday Survival Guide: 8 Strategies to Avoid Overeating. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-lisa-young/holiday-health_b_4441757.html?utm_hp_ref=healthy-living


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