Supplements & Superfoods
TRIBAL SUPERFOODS & SUPPLEMENTS…explore world of superfoods… be a part of raw/living/superfood culture.
Add one or more to your healthy drinks to get the essential proteins, minerals, antioxidants and fatty acid that have been depleted from your system by consumption of junk food.
Acai . Acidophilus . Bee Pollen . Brewer’s Yeast . Chlorella . Echinacea . Flax Seeds . Ginseng . Goji Berries . Hemp Seeds . Maca . Soy Protein . Spirulina . Wheat Germ
The benefits of superfoods go far beyond simple nutrition. These so-called superfoods provide not only the vital nutrients, vitamins and minerals that fill the gap in our unbalanced diet, but they are also known to prevent a number of diseases. Our Tribal Superfood selection features some of the most valuable herbal superfood & supergreens.
“Food of the Gods”
Bee pollen is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet! The vitamin B complex, along with vitamins A, C, D, E, selenium, lecithin and powerful phytochemicals (carotenoids and bioflavonoids) make bee pollen a potent source of antioxidants with their preventing/curing properties.
Bee pollen has an antimicrobial effect. It is useful for combating fatigue, depression, cancer and colon disorders. It is helpful for people with allergies because it strengthens the immune system. Increases calmness and relaxation. Retards normal aging effects, prolongs youthfulness. Promotes increased concentration/memory. Helps lower cholesterol levels. Helps reduce high blood pressure. Promotes increased strength, vigor and vitality. Provides increased stamina, endurance and energy-levels.
A dosage of from 15 to 20 grams (one-half ounce or 2 tablespoons) will usually meet the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for adults. Children from 3 to 5 years of age require 12 grams of pollen, while those from 6 to 12 years need 16 grams daily.
Do not begin using bee pollen with a dose larger than 1 tablespoonful, twice a day. After one week, gradually increase the dosage from 1 tablespoonful up to 4 tablespoonfuls.
Some people may be allergic to bee pollen. It is best to try taking a small amount at first and wait for a developing rash, wheezing, discomfort or any other signs of a reaction. If such symptoms occur, discontinue taking the pollen.
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“The Ancient Food of the Future.”
Chia seeds were a main component of the Aztec and Mayan diets and were the basic survival ration of Aztec warriors. “Chia” is the Mayan word for “strength”, and Chia seeds used to be referred to as “Indian Running Food” because they are so energizing.
Protein-packed Energy Source. Chia’s combination of easily digestible protein (2 times the protein of any other seed or grain), essential fatty acids, vitamins, soluble fiber, antioxidants and minerals all work together to supply the body with steady energy.
Omega-3 Oil for healthy heart and cholesterol health. Chia has nearly 9 times the amount of Omega-3 oil found in Salmon. Omega 3 oil is important in heart and cholesterol health.
Cut cravings for food and Lose Weight Without Starving. By providing the body with the essential vitamins (abundant calcium, magnesium, boron) and trace minerals it needs, chia, can curb cravings for processed food. Both the gelling action of the seed, and it’s combination of soluble and insoluble fiber combine to make you feel full, thus suppressing your appetite and that can result to weight-loss.
Help Balance Blood Sugar via the gelling action of the Chia seeds.
Help Prevent Intestinal Irregularity.
1-4 Tablespoons of the raw seeds may be used per day, mixing them into water, juice, or a smoothie.
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The flax seed carries one of the biggest nutrient payloads on the planet.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF FLAX SEEDS
Lowers Cholesterol (Heart Healthy): Both its soluble and insoluble forms of fiber have the effect of lowering cholesterol. Its omega-3-fatty-acids also have an anti-inflammatory effect that reduces the risk of high blood pressure.
Flax Fights Diabetes: Flaxseed decreases insulin resistance and may protect against diabetes
Helps Fight Cancer: Flax contains high levels of lignans (phytoestrogens) which have shown promise in the fight against breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer.
Promotes Regularity: It is rich in fiber, both soluble and insoluble fiber and work as a natural laxative. They are a great way to keep things regular.
Reduces Inflammation It is rich in omega-3-fatty-acids which help to reduce inflammation associated joint pain and arthritis.
Strengthens Immune System Flax seed is a good source of lignans and ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) which studies have shown to promote a strong immune system.
Promotes Brain Health Flax helps the body to produce DHA (docosahexaenoic) which promotes brain health and function. It has a positive effect on mood, fighting tiredness, and depression.
Contains Phytoestrogens Flax is the richest known plant source of phytoestrogens. Phytoestrogens play a key role in stabilizing hormone levels which helps to reduce irritability and moodiness.
SUGGESTED INTAKE: Moderation is key. Too many flaxseeds may cause negative effects. Just one tablespoon per day is enough in most cases. If you are unsure how much is right for you, ask your doctor how much he or she recommends.
Flaxseed is generally considered safe to eat. Nonetheless, a healthy care provider should be consulted before making any major dietary changes, especially if you are pregnant or lactating, have a chronic illness or are taking prescription medication. You should avoid flaxseed if you are taking prescription anti-coagulants, over the counter pain relievers like aspirin or Ibuprofen.
Allergies Other than the possibility of allergic reaction (difficulty breathing or swallowing, wheezing, swelling, itching, hives, or a rash)in susceptible individuals.
Since Flax seed increases stool bulk and frequency of defecation, it is not recommended for those with bowel obstruction, irritable bowel syndrome or diverticular disease.
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the “smart herb”
Ginkgo Biloba is one of the oldest living tree species and its leaves are among the most extensively studied botanicals in use today.
Gingko biloba may be of help in treating the symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease, Heart Disease & Dementia
Ginkgo biloba herbal remedy aids in the treatment of diseases such as high blood pressure, hearing loss or ringing in the ear, dizziness, impotence, tinnitus, respiratory problems and high cholesterol.
Dosages of 120 mg in healthy individuals.
Pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding should refrain from taking the supplement. Ginkgo has blood-thinning properties and, therefore, should not be used if you have blood circulation disorders, and are taking anticoagulant (blood-thinning) medications, like aspirin or warfarin.
If you’re taking prescription medication, never take ginkgo without first informing your doctor. Combining ginkgo biloba with prescription medication can lead to severe side effects, especially if you take a large dose of the herb.
Do not take drugs that interact with ginkgo biloba.
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Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/426399-is-a-high-dosage-of-ginkgo-biloba-safe/#ixzz1RUboU2zJ
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/426399-is-a-high-dosage-of-ginkgo-biloba-safe/#ixzz1RUbKmTKt
It is a nutritious herb that has been used for centuries as an energy tonic as well as to treat a variety of health problems.
BENEFITS OF GINSENG
- Increasing mental clarity and alertness; Reducing mental stress and anxiety
- Stimulating the immune and nervous system
- Increase testosterone levels and sperm production for men
- Reducing fatigue; Improving athletic endurance
- Help treat symptoms of diabetes
- Preventing the growth of certain types of cancer cells
- Lowering cholesterol levels
- Improving digestion
Taking 100-400mg of Ginseng each day for two to three weeks and then resuming its consumption after a one week gap is considered safe.
If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician prior to using Ginseng. If you are taking warfarin, heparin, aspirin, diuretics or are being treated for high blood pressure or any cardiovascular disease, do not take Ginseng. Do not combine Ginseng with any other herbs or nutrients that are known to increase alertness. Excessive and prolonged use of Ginseng can cause insomnia and hypertension.
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Guarana is an herb that grows within the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. It contains significant amounts of guaranine (the active chemical that’s virtually identical to caffeine) and has thus been used for centuries by indigenous tribes to help reduce hunger, relieve fatigue, and treat diarrhea.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF GUARANA
Guaraná is reputed to be a stimulant and increase mental alertness, fight fatigue, increase stamina and physical endurance, enhance libido (sex drive) in men and women and improve their sense of well-being.
In addition to its stimulant properties, guarana is also a popular ingredient in herbal weight loss pills. Some evidence indicates that guarana may suppress appetite and increase fat-burning.
The FDA recommends that adults consume no more than 300mg or less per day for adults. Of course, children and individuals sensitive to caffeine should consume much less
It is not advised to take guarana before bedtime. Overuse or abuse of guarana can cause jitteriness, irritability, insomnia, and can compete for nutrients entering the body (such as calcium and iron).
Guarana should be avoided by pregnant or lactating women, those who don’t tolerate stimulants well, and those with preexisting heart conditions or peptic ulcers.
Info Sources & Links on Guarana
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“The most nutritionally complete food source in the world.”
Hemp seeds have the most concentrated balance of easily digested proteins, essential fats (Omega 3 & 6), amino acids, fiber, iron, vitamins, calcium, phytonutrients and enzymes combined with a relative absence of sugar, starches and saturated fats. All amino acids essential to life and optimum health are found in Hemp Seeds, including the rarely found Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) necessary for growth, maintenance of cell membranes.\
Hemp Seed has shown benefits in the treatment of the following body conditions:
Food Cravings and Weight Gain.
High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol
Digestion and Constipation
Diabetes, Food Allergies or Intolerances
Hemp seeds are used by many for detox, immunity, increasing energy. Hemp is a beautifying food, nourishing skin and hair on a cellular level.
1-2 Tablespoon a day. Hemp seeds have a nutty flavor and can be eaten raw. You can add them to baked goods, oatmeal, salads, dips, and sauces. You can also combine with your favorite fruits and blend to make a refreshing smoothie.
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MACA ROOT POWDER
People of the Andes have discovered the use of maca as an aphrodisiac and as a powerful herb that can cure a lot of illnesses. Scientists and doctors are now finding maca to be one of the best natural ways to regulate and support the endocrine system which, in turn, regulates metabolism, energy levels, growth, sexual development and the sense of well being and attitude.
Key Nutrients support Hormonal Balance For Men
And Women of All Ages
Key Nutrients Support Sexual Functioning In Men
Improves Sense of Physical and Emotional Well
Increase Endurance, Physical Energy and
Increases Mental Clarity and Focus
Nutritional Support for minimal Menopause Symptoms
Nutritional Support for healthy Fertility For Men And Women
Improves the body’s immunity system. Has a beneficial action on the circulatory system. Speeds wound healing and reduces anemia. Gives skin a more youthful appearance. Good for healthy teeth and bones. Acts as an anticarcinogen and antioxidant. Is an alternative to anabolic steroids, helps to build muscle
MACA POWDER is a super-food and unlike many herbs it can be eaten in large amounts and can be used over a long period of time without harmful effects. 1 tablespoon of dried root powder per day is recommended for best results. You can increase the dosage considerably without any adverse side effects. We suggest mixing the maca powder in smoothies or fruit juices. Maca powder can also be sprinkled over salad and other food.
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Nature’s first Multi-vitamin Supplement
This tiny green plant has been a source of food for some cultures for centuries and is now considered by many as a food solution of the future. Spirulina is recognized by the United Nations and the World Health Organization as an excellent food source to combat malnutrition among children and adults worldwide.
BENEFITS OF SPIRULINA
Strengthening the immune system
Supporting cardiovascular health and lowering cholesterol
Spirulina builds healthy lactobacillus, improves gastrointestinal and digestive health
Spirulina is a very good source beta carotene (Vitamin A) which helps prevent blindness and eye disease
Anti-Aging; Anti-Cancer; Enhancing natural cleansing and detoxification.
GLA – rare essential fatty acid for women’s health
Iron for women
Elimination of environmental dioxins (linked to cancer & other diseases)
SUGGESTED SERVING: 1 TEASPOON OF POWDER (2-5GRAMS) for adults.
Because spirulina is a whole food, you can take it alone or with meals. Or mix spirulina powder in fruit or veggie smoothies, salads, dressings, sauces & dips.
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As with any dietary supplement consult your healthcare practitioner before using any of the Tribal Superfoods, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or under medical supervision. You should always consult a doctor to determine an appropriate dosage of the herbs to suit your needs. This information is for educational purposes only. You should not use this material to diagnose or treat a health condition or disease without consulting with your healthcare provider. References to information sources and links to other sites are provided for information only
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