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Acai berry or Euterpe oleracea


Acai berry or Euterpe oleracea is a species of palm tree in the genus Euterpe cultivated for its fruit and hearts of palm. Its name comes from the Brazilian Portuguese adaptation of the Tupian word ïwaca’i, ‘[fruit that] cries or expels water’. Açaí palms are tall, slender palms growing to more than 25 m (82 ft) tall, with pinnate leaves up to 3 m (9.8 ft) long.

Nutritional Value:  A powdered preparation of freeze-dried açaí fruit pulp and skin was reported to contain (per 100 g of dry powder) 533.9 calories, 52.2 g carbohydrates, 8.1 g protein, and 32.5 g total fat. The carbohydrate portion included 44.2 g of dietary fiber and low sugar value (pulp is not sweet).The powder was also shown to contain (per 100 g): negligible vitamin C, 260 mg calcium, 4.4 mg iron, and 1002 U vitamin A, as well as aspartic acid and glutamic acid; the amino acid content was 7.59% of total dry weight (versus 8.1% protein).The fat content of açaí consists of oleic acid (56.2% of total fats), palmitic acid (24.1%), and linoleic acid (12.5%).[19] Açaí also contains beta-sitosterol (78–91% of total sterols).

Health Benefits:

  1. Acai berry has very good levels of anti-oxidants, minerals, and vitamins that have health benefiting and disease preventing properties. Acai has high caloric values and fats. Fresh acai berry has been the staple nutritious diet of native Amazonian for centuries.
  2. Acai berry contains many polyphenolic anthocyanin compounds which scientific studies suggest that these compounds have been claimed to act as anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer functions by virtue of their anti-free radical fighting actions. In addition, tannins found to have anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, and anti-hemorrhagic properties.
  3. Primary research studies suggest that ellagic acid in acai has anti-proliferative properties by virtue of its ability to directly inhibit DNA binding of certain carcinogens (nitrosamine toxins) in the food.
  4. Acai berry is also rich in medium chain fatty acids like oleic acid (omega-9) and linoleic acid (omega-6). These compounds help reduce LDL-cholesterol level and raise good HDL-cholesterol levels in the body and thus help cut down heart disease risk. Additionally, the essential fats in acai help prevent skin dryness by maintaining adequate moisture in the skin.

 Dosage: Due to the high concentration of nutrients in each of our powders, we suggest starting your product intake with just one teaspoon a day in protein shakes or fruit smoothies.


Cat’s claw or Uncaria tomentosa


Cat’s claw or Uncaria tomentosa is a woody vine found in the tropical jungles of South and Central America.It can grow up to 30 m (100 ft) tall, climbing by means of these thorns. The leaves are elliptic with a smooth edge, and grow in opposite whorls of two. Cat’s claw is indigenous to the Amazon rainforest, with its habitat being restricted primarily to the tropical areas of South and Central America.

Nutritional Value: Per 100g

Energy KJ – 1061kj

Energy Kcal – 256Kcal

Protein – 3.63g

Total Carbohydrate – 30.98g

Of which sugars – 2.46g

Dietary Fibre – 53.34g

Total Fats – 1.23g

Of which saturates – 0.60g

Sodium – 0.017g

Health Benefits: (1) reduce pain and inflammation of rheumatism, arthritis and other types of inflammatory problems.(2) have anti-tumor and anti-cancer properties that inhibits cancerous cell formation.(3) promote the healing of wounds.(4) be useful for treatment of gastric ulcers and intestinal complaints (5) help to relieve chronic pain. (6) enhance immunity by stimulating the immune system.(6) help people experiencing stomach and bowel disorders, including colitis, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, leaky bowel syndrome, gastritis and duodenal ulcers, intestinal inflammation.(7) help fight both viral and fungal infections such as Herpes and Candida.

Dosage: Cat’s claw is well tolerated and considered nontoxic. This plant is best prepared as a decoction. Use one teaspoon of powder for each cup of water. Bring to a boil and gently boil in a covered pot for 20 minutes. Allow to cool and settle for 10 minutes and strain warm liquid into a cup (leaving the settled powder in the bottom of the pan). It is traditionally taken in 1 cup dosages, 2-3 times daily.


Horny goat weed


Horny goat weed are from the species (Epimedium). Epimedium is a genus of 63 species of flowering plants in the family Berberidaceae. Epimedium, also known as barrenwort, bishop’s hat, fairy wings, horny goat weed, rowdy lamb herb, randy beef grass or yin yang huo.

Nutritional Value: One of the principal active ingredients in Horny Goats weed is “icariin”. The concentration may determine much of the potency of each particular species of Epimedium.

Health Benefits:

Horny Goat Weed is often used to treat osteoporosis and various sexual dysfunctions. However, other uses of the plant include the treatment of hypertension, bronchitis, coronary heart disease, polio and more. This makes sense because the active ingredient works on smooth muscle tissue. This is the tissues that surround the heart. When the heart muscles are under strain, it is easy to visualize how this can cause other problems in the surrounding affected systems.

Secondary benefits can also occur when the smooth muscle tissues relax. The health benefits could extend to relieving fatigue in both the mind and the body, as this herb is employed for this purpose in TCM. It has been used to treat joint pain, numbness, memory problems, painful or cold low back and/or knees, as well as irregular menstrual cycles, spermatorrhea, and impotence. It has been cited as producing an anti-aging effect and can improve the immune system as well as the endocrine system.

Dosage: The individual dose will be partly determined by height, weight and other medical conditions. As always, it is highly recommended for anyone with a medical condition to speak with their appropriate health care professionals about the use of this herb in treating their condition.


Maqui berry or Aristotelia chilensis (Chilean wineberry)


Maqui berry or Aristotelia chilensis (Chilean wineberry) is a species of the Elaeocarpaceae family native to the Valdivian temperate rainforests of Chile and adjacent regions of southern Argentina. Maqui is sparsely cultivated. Maqui berries are used for food and dietary supplements, mainly due to interest for color and anthocyanin content.

Nutritional Value: The purple Chilean maqui berry is one of the most antioxidant-rich foods. It is known to contain vitamin C, calcium, iron and potassium, and is an abundant source of polyphenols including anti-aging anthocyanins, and anti-inflammatory compounds.

Health Benefits:

  1. Full of Antioxidants.
  2. Cancer Prevention
  3. Anti-Inflammatory and lowering the Risk of Inflammatory Diseases.
  4. Antibacterial.
  5. Preventing Cardiovascular Disease
  6. A Boost to the Immune System
  7. Increase metabolism
  8. Revoke aging factors
  9. Detoxification and cleansing
  10. Inhibit cancer

Aside from fast advantages Maqui Berry can result in lots of long-term benefits.  Consistent use of this super berry might help enhance the complexion and also nails will receive a younger glow. There’ll be a large increase in the defense mechanisms. Additionally you will feel vitalized and much less exhausted by constant usage of Maqui Berry. This particular super berry is additionally an excellent source of vitamin C as well as potassium. Additionally, it adds its bit to assist the heart.

In addition, The ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) worth of Maqui Berry can be found to be higher in comparison to the ORAC values in various other tremendous berries.

Dosage: Maqui berry makes a delicious raw vegan smoothies, desserts and etc. Just infuse 1/2T of powder into the food.


Mesquite also known as algorroba


Mesquite also known as algorroba, is a leguminous plant found in arid parts of South America and the southwestern United States. Mesquite pods have long been used by Native Americans, who ground them into a powder for use as a flour or sweetener.

Nutritional Value: Mesquite is high in protein, low on the glycemic index, and a good source of soluble fiber, meaning it digests relatively slowly and does not cause spikes in blood sugar.

This gluten-free powder is also a good source of calcium, iron, lysine, manganese, zinc, and potassium.

Health Benefits:

  1. May be an effective blood sugar stabilizer.
  2. It can help satisfy hunger.
  3. Offers bio-available protein. This means that the proteins are already partially broken down

    and ready to use on a cellular level. This helps with faster cell growth and regeneration,

    which is essential in maintaining long-lasting health and wellness.

  1. Contains a powerful blend of vitamins and minerals. It provides cells with a much-needed

    necessary blend of vitamins and minerals which help sustain healthy cells and tissues.

  1. It may be helpful in boosting your immune system.
  2. It may help cleanse the digestive system.
  3. Low in fat and calories.
  4. May have antifungal properties.
  5. May prevent and fight headaches and migraines.

Mesquite Powder is an all-natural superfood which is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and other antioxidants which help cleanse the body of impurities and lend a lot of healthy properties. Derived from the crushed pods of the Mesquite plant, this fine powder makes a wonderful addition to a variety of foods for an extra boost of antioxidants.

Dosage: Mesquite powder (or mesquite meal) is an excellent addition to smoothies, used in cooked or raw desserts, or stirred into food or drinks for extra flavor and nutrition. Just a spoonful of this superfood powder adds a sweet, rich flavor to smoothies and shakes.


Muira puama or Ptychopetalum olacoides


Muira puama or Ptychopetalum olacoides is known in some circles as “the Viagra of the Amazon” and in fact, many people now consider it the new Yohimbe but with considerably less side effects. It sometimes referred to as “potency wood” but better known as muira puama, is a small tree native to the Amazon. Although the tree produces small, white flowers with a fragrance similar to jasmine, it is the root and bark that hold the most benefit.

Nutritional Value:  P. olacoides root bark produces a volatile oil containing alpha-pinene, alpha-humulene, beta-pinene, beta-caryophyllene, camphene, and camphor. Uncosanoic, tricosanoic, and pentacosanoic acids make up 20% of the constituents of muira puama.7 Other compounds detected in muira puama are coumarin, fatty acid esters of sterols, free fatty acids, and free sterols. Muira puama also contains a small amount of beta-sitosterol in both free and bound forms. Alkaloids have been detected but not fully characterized.A lipophilic constituent has also been found in the bark and was identified as lupeol. Lupeol content is much higher in the bark of Ptychopetalum olacoides than in Ptychopetalum uncinatum.

Health Benefits: (1) muira puama may provide one of the most effective natural therapeutic approaches for supporting healthy erectile response and restoring libido.(2) Additionally, muira puama is believed to block enzymes that dilate blood vessels, which may increase genital blood flow even more. (3) it has also been used for stress management, nervous system stimulation and for general overall health.(4) It has been used to tonify the nervous system and to treat cases of mild exhaustion.(5) It can also help with gastrointestinal and reproductive disorders, while its anti-rheumatic properties have been used for treating stress and trauma.(6) it works on enhancing both psychological and physical aspects of sexual function.

Dosage: a daily dose of 1 to 1.5 grams of the extract


Rose hip


Rose hip or also known as rose haw or rose hep, is the fruit of the rose plant, that typically is red-to-orange, but ranges from dark purple to black in some species. Rose hips begin to form after successful pollination of flowers in spring or early summer, and ripen in late summer through autumn. Rose hip is a term used to refer to the extracts of rose plant fruit (of the Rosagenus), but it almost always refers specifically to Rosa canina, commonly known as the dog rose.

Nutritional Value: Rose hips are particularly high in vitamin C, one of the richest plant sources available. However, RP-HPLC assays of fresh rose hips and several commercially available products revealed a wide range of L-ascorbic acid content, ranging from 0.03 to 1.3%. Rose hips of some species, especially Rosa canina (dog rose) and R. majalis, have been used as a source of vitamin C.  Rose hips contain the carotenoids beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin and lycopene, which are under basic research for a variety of potential biological roles, such as inhibiting oxidation of low density lipoprotein. A meta-analysis of human studies examining the potential for rose hip extracts to reduce arthritis pain concluded there was a small effect requiring further analysis of safety and efficacy in clinical trials. It is not considered an appropriate treatment for knee osteoarthritis.

Health Benefits: (1) It is supplemented to treat rheumatic diseases like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It improves joint health by reducing pain and stiffness. (2) Preliminary evidence also suggests rose hip may provide benefits to people with diabetes, as well as high blood pressure and cholesterol.(3) Rose hip alleviates joint pain through its immunosuppressive effects. (4) Rose hip is also able to reduce chemotaxis, which is the transportation of immune cells into tissue. This serves as both an anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive mechanism.

Dosage: The standard dose for rose hip is 5-10g a day, divided into two doses.Rose hip should be taken with meals. Doses as high as 40g have been used in studies. Aside from some intestinal distress, taking this much rose hip is not harmful.




Suma or hebanthe eriantha (suma or Brazilian ginseng) is a species of plant in the Amaranthaceae familyThe root of this rambling ground vine found in South America is used traditionally as a medicine and tonic. Nicknamed “para tudo” which means “for all,” suma is a traditional herbal medicine.

Nutritional Value:suma root contains 19 different amino acids, a large number of electrolytes,trace minerals, iron, magnesium, zinc, vitamins A, B1, B2, E, K, and pantothenic acid. Its high germanium content probably accounts for its properties as an oxygenator at the cellular level; its high iron content may account for its traditional use for anemia. The root also contains novel phytochemicals including saponins (pfaffosides), pfaffic acid, beta-ecdysterone, glycosides, and nortriterpenes.

Health Benefits:

(1) Suma contains germanium, which boosts the immune system. Perhaps most interesting is that suma root contains two anabolic agents, allantoin and ecdysterone, that have been linked to muscle growth support and enhanced endurance.

(2) Suma root contains ecdysterone which helps to support healthy hormone levels in men.

(3) Help in significant improvements in sexual performance.

(4) As adaptogen to increase general resisttance power of the body against diseases and stress.

(5) Help in stimulating the immune system.

(6) Help in skin treatment, anti-cancer and against diabetes.

Dosage: less in 4grams per day in divided doses.