Good things come in small packages! Blueberries pack a load of antioxidants.

Posted on May 05, 2014 by Shani Schumacher | 0 Comments

With their tiny size, delicious flavor, and major antioxidant properties, blueberries are like little gems! From heart disease to memory loss, blueberries help fight off illness, while adding color to your life!

Whole Body Support: Blueberries are a very good source of vitamin K, vitamin C, and manganese. They are a good source of fiber and copper and contain the highest amount of antioxidants than any other fruit, which work to neutralize free radicals.

Here is a list of proven benefits that a daily intake of blueberries can provide:

Cardiovascular Benefits: Daily blueberry intake has been shown to regulate cholesterol levels and, in individuals with high blood pressure, blueberry intake has significantly reduced both systolic and diastolic blood pressures making vessels more elastic.
Cognitive Benefits: Blueberries reverse age-related memory loss.
Lowers Blood Sugar: Blueberries have a very low glycemic index and can regulate blood sugar levels.
Eye Health: The anthocyanins in blueberries protect the retina from unwanted oxygen damage reducing the potential for macular diseases and will help with dryness and infections.
Anti-cancer Benefits: Blueberries combat free radicals and block tumor cells from forming.
Bladder Aid: Like cranberries, blueberries contain compounds that prevent bacteria from adhering to bladder walls, which helps ward off urinary-tract infections.
Vitamin C: The best-known antioxidant, vitamin C offers a wide-variety of health benefits, protecting your body by keeping capillary walls and blood vessels firm; and helping in the absorption of iron and folate . One serving of blueberries gives you 25 % of your daily value.

Blueberries for Baby: Blueberries are not a common allergen and can be safely introduced around 6-8 months. Puree with breast milk and feed immediately or freeze for later use or make into baby pops for teething baby! You may also choose from a variety of blueberry snacks for baby that are so convenient for busy moms! Also try children multivitamins to receive additional antioxidants.

Prenatal and Lactating Women: Blueberries are low in fat, 80 calories per cup and loaded with fiber to keep you fuller longer. Blueberries make for smart snacking. Puree with spinach for an energizing breakfast smoothie. You will also receive your daily recommended amount of antioxidants from prenatal multivitamins.

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Parabens 101

Posted on May 01, 2014 by Shani Schumacher | 0 Comments

 


What are Parabens?

Parabens are a chemical compound of para-hydroxybenzoic acid and are commonly used as a preservative to fight bacteria and fungus. Nearly all parabens used are man-made and not naturally occurring. Parabens can be found in shampoos, commercial moisturizers, deodorants, shaving gels, tanning lotions, sunscreen, cleansing gels, personal lubricants, topical pharmaceuticals and toothpaste, while they are also used as food additives in salad dressings, mayonnaise and processed meats such as sausage.

 

Why are they so harmful?
In 2004 British researcher Dr Philippa Darbre and colleagues at the University of Reading carried out tests on samples of 20 different human breast tumors and found traces of parabens in 18 samples. This research has fueled a popular belief that the parabens in underarm deodorants and other cosmetics can migrate into breast tissue and contribute to the development of tumors. It is also said that they may have hormone-disrupting qualities which mimic estrogen and interfere with the body’s endocrine system.

Methylparaben: is one of the most common parabens used in cosmetics. It has been linked with low sperm count, ocular/eye damage, skin damage and breast cancer.
Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and Ethyl Parebens: found in up to 90% of cosmetic products have many potentially harmful side effects, including cancer.

 

As well as checking that the products which you use are paraben free there are also other ingredients to watch out for which may also be harmful. These include:

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS):
is an additive that allows cleansing products to foam that has been linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, skin irritation and endocrine disruption.
Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES): is a widely used detergent present in many shampoos and personal care items. This compound produces 1,4 dioxane contamination causing headache, vertigo and irritation to the eyes, nose, throat and lungs.
Triethanolamine (TEA): is another detergent, surfactant and foam-boosting chemical producing carcinogenic chemical byproducts called nitrosamines. Determined dangerous by the FDA as early as 1977, nitrosamines penetrate skin and cause damage to skin cells.
Phthalates (DEP, DBP): used in nail polishes, perfumes, hair products and deodorants. They are suspected to cause reproductive issues in both men and women. Phthalates may also damage the kidneys, lungs and liver.

 

For Baby: Always choose bath and skin products that are free of these ingredients. Because of baby’s weight and size; they are more susceptible to the dangerous effects of parabens. This is why Puremade Baby strives to supply parents and babies with the finest and safest products available. We carry a wide variety of bath, skincare, healing ointments, diapering creams and outdoor products tailor made for your little one's safety in mind.

For Prenatal and Lactating Women: Our skin is the body's largest organ, and approximately 60% of substances applied to our skin are absorbed in to it. It takes just five seconds for these chemicals to be absorbed through the skin, and into our bloodstream, completely bypassing the liver and causing numerous harmful effects on our bodies. Anything absorbed through the skin, may be as much as ten times the concentration of an equivalent oral dose. Use an all natural stretch mark oil and paraben free products for bath and skin during pregnancy and breast feeding. Parabens will also transfers through your breast milk.

Infographic via Pangea Organics, produced by Elizabeth Nolen Brown.

 

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