The Power in Phyto Powerbio1
February 22nd, 2012
Our newest product, Phyto Power, offers up a powerful serving of the flavonoids (Red, Green, and Blue). We were, for that matter, thinking of incorporating in its name something with “flavo” because of the abundance of its flavonoids. However, it contains other phenols as well, in fact, it contain powerful amounts of nutrients across the full spectrum of phytochemicals—hence Phyto Power.
The red in Phyto Power is multiple species of rose hips; the green offers multiple species of dandelions; and the blue embodies multiple species of blueberries. Let’s take a closer look at why Phyto Power is, well, very powerful.
As so many of you know, we are activists for organic, globally-local (to be explained momentarily), high active foods. High-actives are possible when these multiple factors are met: the environment the plant is grown in has to be specific for the plant, and the variety of plant selected needs to be a high yield variety, the quality of the soil (fertile), the intensity of the sun, the timing of the harvest, the drying and bottling technologies employed, and the means of delivery to us—the consumer. All these factors are taken into account as we select and produce products for our Therapeutic Foods.
Organic, of course, means growing fruits and vegetables without pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers. Monocultural farming (synonomous with industrial agricultural farming), emblematic of the disasterous Green Revolution, doesn’t work without these toxic adjuvants. Organic farming, on the other hand, uses more horticultural techniques which encourages a diversity of plants grown together which naturally controls pests without pesticides and herbicides. Biodynamic farming, the One-Straw Revolution, and Permaculture represent the ultimate in organic farming methods. They are our salvation. This bring us to the ingredients we have secured for Phyto Power—the Rosehip, the Dandelion, and the Blueberry. They are sustainable wildcrafted which means they come straight from Mother Nature—hand picked in the wilderness. It takes us back to a time when organic was the way the world was. More on this in a moment.
Globally-local may seem like an oxymoron, but it’s not. It bring us to a very important truth about our world today. We are all in a global community—Africa’s pathogens are our pathogens, India’s pollution is our pollution, Japan’s radiation is our radiation, and of course, our fast food franchises are the world’s fast food franchising health problem. We are more globally connected today. Our immune systems are more globally adapted.
While it is critical for people to have abundant access to their own locally produced organic foods, it is also important for us to be able to benefit from organic produce from all over the world. It can support not only our health, but also supports the livelyhood of peoples in far off places. Eating healthy foods from places around the world boost our immune system, allow us to fight the pathogens from global places. In other words, our bodies are not local anymore but are global in nature.
The ingredients for our newest product, Phyto Power, come from Alaska. It’s not exactly China (in terms of distances) but if you live in Florida it is a long ways away. But thanks to technology, people all over the world can receive the health benefits of this product. Alaska is a vast land. It is wilderness. Its fruits, berries and vegetables, like our rosehip, dandelion and blueberry grow wild all over the State.
These factors are all brought to bear with our newest offering- Phyto Power. The rose hips, dandelions and blueberries are all wild crafted, globally-local, sustainable, and economically enhancing to the local culture. The high-actives of this product, because of the environmental conditions it grows under, are literally ”off-the-chart”.
Alaska is a vast area, larger than most people realize. It is as wide as the lower 48 States (stretching from Jacksonville to San Diego) and larger than Texas, California and Montana combined. It wasn’t incorporated as a State within the United States until 1959. Alaska’s growing season is unique, and the plants have adapted to an unusual life cycle. Summer, the growing season, runs from May through August, when there is almost 24 hours each day of total sunlight. The local flora are bombarded with this sunlight and in response to protect themselves from this ultraviolet light produce prodigious amounts of phytochemicals—polyphenols, flavonoids, anthocyanins, OPCs, terpenes, etc. High bush blueberries are six to eight feet tall and cover much of the State. There are estimates that there are at least five billion pounds that grow in Alaska every year with no cultivation what so ever.
The sun is not the only reason for the abundance of phytochemicals. Another trigger for flavonoid biosynthesis is cold shock. The plants grow in cold soil. Even in the hot summer one can’t take off their shoes and walk around because the soil is still that cold. This temperature gradient makes all plants go wild in putting out the bioflaonoids to protect themselves. Hence this makes for berries and plants in general that are, as we say, very powerful.
The native peoples of Alaska, the many Indian and Eskimo tribes, lived a paleolithic life style up until the 60s, and epidemeological studies show that there was very little chronic degenerative diseases amongst their populations. Of course, as we brought in the modern conveniences of sugar, pop, alcohol, etc. We all know too well the disaster this brings to the health of a people, their health deteriorated. In the old traditions amongst the native Alaskans blueberry, dandelions and rosehips were amongst the most cherished of berries for their medicinal properties.
BioImmersion in collaboration with its Alaskan corporate partners source and manufacture the dried blueberries, rosehips and dandelions from Alaska. They are totally and sustainably wildcrafted by the native peoples. These berries provide a precious health resource for peoples ailing bodies and a sustainable economy for the native peoples. More on Phyto Power‘s health benefits next week.
Phyto Power: the ingredients and the benefits
The ingredients: As you can see from the label there are three species of rose hips, four species of dandelions and 4 species of blueberry. More specifically regarding the rose hips they are Rosa acicularis, Rosa nutkana and Rosa woodsii. This includes the fruit pulp and the seeds. With the dandelion the species are Taraxacum offincinale, Taraxacum ceratophorum, Taraxacum lyratum and Taraxacum phymatocarpum. This includes 90% aerial parts, 10% roots and the flower. And, with the blueberry Vaccinium ovalifolium, Vaccinium alaskensis, Vaccinium uliginosum alpinum and Vaccinium uliginosum mycrophyllum. This includes > 95% fruit w/w and < 5% leaves and stems w/w.
The benefits: Phyto Power is loaded with phytochemicals. From the bioflavonoids alone there is so much to say. In the preceeding six newsletters, since January 11th’s, we have focused on the features and benefits of the flavonoids. Robust consumption of the flavonoids reduces the risks of CVD, arthritis, diabetes and cancer. They are antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. They work epigenetically. They protect cognitive functioning, protecting us against dementia and Alzheimeres. They protect against the diseases of aging. Cultures that consume robust amounts of flavonoids and phytochemicals in the diet are cultures with robust longevity for its citizens as witnessed in the Blue Zones. Next week we will dig deeper into the features and benefits of Phyto Power.
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