Much of the developed world lives on a diet of processed foods high in fat and sugar. Today, most packaged foods – and practically all dietary supplements – contain synthetic nutrients. Even those who get adequate fruits and vegetables in their diet don’t receive all the needed nutrients: overuse of pesticides and fertilisers dramatically reduces nutrients content over time.
Synthetic Nutrients are significantly less bioavailable than whole food nutrients and are formulated with toxic chemicals like petroleum esters, formaldehyde and coal tar derivatives. Unlike synthetic products, our whole food powders are created from plants picked at the height of their nutritional values.
Zingology whole food and juice powders use a unique technology to evaporate water molecules without disturbing the enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins or minerals in the original whole foods. The low moisture of our powders retains freshness and delays spoilage for years, reducing waste and simplifying storage efforts. Our powders are created using gentle wavelengths of natural light – not heat – to target and evaporate water molecules, leaving all the nutrients intact.
In studies at Washington State University our strawberry powder was shown to retain the same vitamin c content as its original fruit.
What makes our powder better than freeze dry powder?
Most people know about freeze dried powders, however Zingology powders use a much gentler process. Freeze drying but the fruit and veg through a harsh treatment process meaning that the powders loose nutrients as well as flavour and colour.
Fresh Vs powders
While we always suggest eating fresh fruit and veg sometimes a powder is much more versatile and sometimes the nutritional content is better than the fresh produce bought in the supermarket.
Our fruit and veg are from organic sources, picked when they are ripe and at their best and processed within hours of picking. Most fresh fruit and veg are picked early and force ripened, then transported a great distance before they reach the stores.
Our powders are great when fruits and berries are out of season and having them in powder form can mean less spoilage. These powders have a long shelf life… infact the process was created for making foods for disaster relief like earthquakes and Tsunamis. They can last well over 2 years unopened without the need for preservatives. (just remember to keep the moisture out!)
Health benefits of beetroot
Beetroot is low in fat, full of vitamins and minerals and packed with powerful antioxidants – a health-food titan. Beetroots are an excellent source of folic acid and a very good source of fibre, manganese and potassium. Beetroots have long been used for medicinal purposes, primarily for disorders of the liver as they help to stimulate the liver’s detoxification processes.
The plant pigment that gives beetroot its rich, purple-crimson colour is betacyanin; a powerful agent, thought to suppress the development of some types of cancer.
Beetroot is rich in fibre, exerting favourable effects on bowel function, which may assist in preventing constipation and help to lower cholesterol levels too. Beets are also one of the richest sources of glutamine, an amino acid, essential to the health and maintenance of the intestinal tract.
Other studies have looked at the effect of beetroot juice on blood pressure. A reduction in blood pressure is beneficial for the avoidance of heart disease and stroke. Studies state that nitrate rich foods like beetroot may help in heart attack survival.
Beetroot juice has gained popularity since Paralympic gold medalist David Weir announced that a shot of the juice was his secret to success.
Health benefits of Carrots
Carrots contain vitamin A and a host of powerful health benefits including beautiful skin, cancer prevention, and anti-ageing. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the liver. Vitamin A is transformed in the retina, to rhodopsin, a purple pigment necessary for night vision. Beta-carotene has also been shown to protect against macular degeneration and senile cataracts. A study found that people who eat the most beta-carotene had 40 percent lower risk of macular degeneration than those who consumed little.
Studies have shown carrots reduce the risk of lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer. Researchers have just discovered falcarinol and falcarindiol which they feel cause the anticancer properties. The high level of beta-carotene acts as an antioxidant to cell damage done to the body through regular metabolism. It help slows down the ageing of cells.
Vitamin A and antioxidants protects the skin from sun damage. Deficiencies of vitamin A cause dryness to the skin, hair and nails. Vitamin A prevents premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, blemishes, and uneven skin tone.
From all the above benefits it is no surprise that in a Harvard University study, people who ate more than six carrots a week are less likely to suffer a stroke than those who ate only one carrot a month or less.
Health benefits of strawberries
Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamins C and K as well as providing a good dose of fibre, folic acid, manganese and potassium. They also contain significant amounts of phytonutrients and flavanoids which makes strawberries bright red. They have been used throughout history in a medicinal context to help with digestive ailments, teeth whitening and skin irritations. Their fibre and fructose content may help regulate blood sugar levels by slowing digestion and the fibre is thought to have a satiating effect.
One serving of strawberries contains 51.5 mg of vitamin C—about half of your daily requirement, double a serving to one cup and get 100 percent. Vitamin C is a well-known immunity booster, as well as a powerful, fast-working antioxidant. A 2010 UCLA study discovered that the antioxidant power in strawberries becomes “bioavailable” or “ready to work in the blood” after eating the fruit for just a few weeks.
Our eyes require vitamin C to protect them from exposure to free-radicals from the sun’s harsh UV rays, which can damage the protein in the lens. Vitamin C also plays an important role in strengthening the eye’s cornea and retina.
Vitamin C is one of the antioxidants that can help with cancer prevention, since a healthy immune system is the body’s best defense. A phytochemical called ellagic acid—also found in strawberries—is another. Ellagic acid has been shown to yield anti-cancer properties like suppressing cancer cell growth. It’s also the one fruit that still tastes good when someone is undergoing cancer treatment!
Vitamin C may also result in healthier, younger-looking skin. But vitamin C isn’t the only naturally-occuring wrinkle fighter found in strawberries. Researchers at Hallym University in the Republic of Korea concluded that ellagic acid visibly prevented collagen destruction and inflammatory response—two major factors in the development of wrinkles—in human skin cells, after continued exposure to skin-damaging UV-B rays.
The antioxidants and phytochemicals found in strawberries may also help to reduce inflammation of the joints, which may cause arthritis and can also lead to heart disease. A study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health shows that women who eat 16 or more strawberries per week are 14 percent less likely to have elevated levels of C-reactive protein (CRP)—an indication of inflammation in the body.
Health benefits of raspberries
Eating raspberries could provide a number of health benefits for both men and women, according to a nutritionist.
Raspberries are also a rich source of the flavonoids quercetin and gallic acid, which have been shown to play a role in heart health and the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, obesity and age-related decline. Research also suggests that eating red raspberries may prevent cancer by inhibiting the abnormal division of cells and promoting the normal death of healthy cells.
Raspberries contains a good amount of Vitamin C. Vitamin C increases immunity to fight cold, flu and infections.
Raspberry is rich in phytonutrient, antioxidants and tannins which proves effective to prevent inflammation of stomach, intestine and cardiovascular system.
Raspberries are rich in copper which increase the production of red blood cells and are also rich in potassium which helps to maintain the heart beat and blood pressure.
Raspberries are also said to be good for promoting women’s health. Eating raspberries have been said to decrease menstrual flow during the menstrual cycle, reduce pain during childbirth, relieve nausea and are good for lactating mothers.
Fertility expert Juliet Wilson told the Daily Mail that the fruits contain high levels of vitamin C, magnesium and folate, all of which may help couples trying to conceive.