1-26-2016

1-26-2016

In the red

Who’d have thought that dark red sea algae would have ever been considered the superfood of the future? Rich in phytonutrients and high in plant-based protein, dulse (or palmaria palmata) makes such huge leaps in popularity, some believe it may soon surpass kale. The reasons why are nearly as plentiful as the many nutrients it contains: fiber, potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and a wealth of others. It’s thought to assist in digestion, helps cleanse the body, and even allows the liver to function better*. Once only known throughout countries like Japan, Korea and China, dulse is beginning to catch on in America. It’s not very hard to understand why.

Fast facts:

  • Dulse grows along both Atlantic and Pacific coasts in depths of up to 60 feet.
  • Regulations were enforced in the 13th century for the harvesting of dulse.
  • An 8-gram portion of dulse contains over 3000% of the reference nutrient intake.
One for the ages

Don’t call it a comeback. Although Eleuthero Root has only recently experienced an upward surge in popularity, it’s been widely recognized for its health benefits for centuries. Chinese medicine dates even further back than that—thousands of years. Recent studies have shown Eleuthero Root can be effective in sustaining energy over the long-term without the jitters or energy roller coasters of stimulants like caffeine *. It’s even considered an antioxidant and may assist in alleviating stress. It’s of little wonder the perennial plant is continuing to catch on so many years later—and fast.

Fast facts:

  • Eleuthero Root has become very popular in the last 50 years.
  • Eleuthero is classified as an adaptogenic herb.
  • “I would rather have a handful of eleuthero than a cartload of gold and jewels,” wrote the famous Chinese herbalist Li Shi -Chen.