When I do seminars or counsel one-on-one, sometimes I can feel in the air a resistance to the idea of healthy eating because people are so influenced by “junk food advertisements” that sublimely imply that “eating healthy” is boring and joyless. In this practical post, I share one of my favorite healthy foods that actually “jazz up my daily diet”. They are a delicious treat and packed with “good nutrition”. I’m pretty certain you can’t overdose on these because I eat LOTS.
This treat is freeze-dried black raspberry powder. I actually learned about this food product from one of my readers whose wife beat ovarian/uterine cancer and who “gets it” regarding “interactive miracle healing”.
The photo to the left is the brand my friend recommended to me and I actually communicated with the company and found them very dedicated to the quality and purity of their product. I have no business connection and do not benefit financially from sharing this information. It is whole berry powder, non-GMO and gluten free. I don’t have personal experience with other brands but I’m sure there are some.
Of course “Big Brother” limits what we can share regarding how absolutely “anti-cancer” and “anti-disease” the innate ingredients in this food can be; however, you can read more about the potent anthocyanidins in such berries in my book, Slam the Door on Cancer and Lock It Out of Your Life, as well as some of the resources I cite in the appendices of the book (and on the resource page of this blog).
[Note: “Anthocyanidins are a class of polyphenols responsible for almost all of the vivid colors–pink, mauve, orange, and blue–found in many fruits and vegetables. These pigments are particularly abundant in berries, and especially in raspberries and blueberries, which can contain up to 500 mg per 100 grams of fruit.” (p 122 Foods to Fight Cancer by R Beliveau, PhD and D Gingras, PhD)]
What a gift from God to make attractive, delicious food contain such health giving molecules! I love to sprinkle this powder on toast made from Ezekiel 4:9 “low GI” bread and spread with Barleans Organic coconut oil. It is great sprinkled into yogurt, cereal, or even salads or you can simply mixed with purified water for a delicious and nutritious juice drink. The package says to mix one serving of 2 rounded teaspoons (equal to 1/2 cup fresh berries( in a full glass of water. We can be creative as we take in this tremendous food!
I order this product through www.amazon.com and the BerriProducts contact information is 1-888-761-8407, www.berrihealth.com and email is firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a family company (Sturm’s Berry Farms in Oregon) and has been practicing ecological farming in the foothills of Mount Hood for 70 years. The powder has fiber, potassium, vitamin C, Iron, Calcium, etc on its package label; however, standard package labeling does not facilitate including the listing of powerful anthocyanidins–molecules shown in laboratory testing to be capable of forcing cancer cells to commit suicide (apoptosis). In his book, Anticancer, Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD,and long time brain tumor survivor, says “. . . these molecules act on several cancer lines and are particularly effective against colon cancer.” (p 118)
He also says that research done on “rats who consumed black raspberries from Canada experienced an inhibiting effect on cancers of the esophagus, mouth, and colon.” Dr. Servan-Schreiber goes so far as to say, “” . . rats in the group that consumed the berries developed 50% fewer tumors than the control group. This magical little fruit has already proven its effects in small group of patients who genetically suffer from a particular kind of polyp that is known to aggravate the risk of breast cancer. Patients who took black raspberry extract had up to 59% fewer of these dangerous polyps than the throat who were given a placebo.” (ibid. p 119)
Per several sources including Servan-Schreiber, we also recall that raspberries (among other berries) contain ellagic acid and many polyphenols that stimulate the mechanisms of elimination of carcinogenic substances and inhibit angiogenesis. And, again, anthocyanidins and proanthocyanidins also promote apoptosis in cancer cells. And “freezing does not damage the anticancer molecules in these berries, so in winter, frozen berries can replace fresh ones.” (ibid p 139). Thus we can conclude that the freeze-dried whole berries are not lacking in these important nutrients. Servan-Schreiber documents the research sources for his statements.
The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, 3rd edition (p 912) shares this information: “Blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, black-currants, cranberries, ace berries, and strawberries as well as other fruits rich in similar flavonoids such as pomegranates, cherries, and plums, appear to be extremely helpful in preventing prostate cancer, as test tube studies have shown impressive anticancer action. . . . Regular consumption of these foods and supplementation with concentrated source of procyanidolic oligomers are recommended.”
By the way, these nutrient molecules in berries also “reduce capillary fragility, increase the integrity of the venous wall, improve the muscular tone of the vein” and thus very helpful to people with blood vein issues like varicose veins. (Ibid. p 994)
Visit my other blog: www.slamthedooroncancer.com for a very encouraging post about dealing with the root of ill health.