Shakeology Ingredients – Super Fruit/Antioxidant Blend provides Antioxidant Support and Promotes a Healthy Heart, and Optimal Blood Pressure.

What are Antioxidants?

The production of harmful molecules called free radicals causes oxidative stress to occur on the body.   Free radicals are chemically active atoms or molecular fragments that have a positive or negative electrical charge due to an excess or deficient number of electrons.  Because they have one or more unpaired electrons, free radicals are highly unstable. They grab or donate electrons, to and from your body’s own molecules, thereby damaging cells, proteins, and DNA (genetic material). The same oxidative process also causes oils to become rancid, peeled apples to turn brown, and iron to rust.

Antioxidants as you may have guessed, are substances that are capable of preventing or even reversing the damaging, but normal, effects of the physiological process of oxidation in animal tissue. Antioxidants are nutrients and enzymes that are believed to play a role in preventing the development of such chronic diseases as cancer, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, and cataracts.

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Let’s take a look at these powerful ingredients:

Shakeology Ingredients – Blueberry

(Vaccinium sp.)

Super Fruit/Antioxidant

Blueberries provide an excellent source of vitamin A which helps prevent vision loss due to aging. The antioxidants in blueberries can prevent cell damage by neutralizing the radicals and helping ward off diseases. Blueberries also prevent inflammation that is a known cause of aging diseases, like Alzheimer’s disease and brain aging. According to a study conducted by Louisiana State University’s Pennigton Biomedical Research Center, published in the Journal of Nutrition, “We now know that compounds in blueberries may help obese, non-diabetic individuals maintain healthy blood glucose levels.”

Blueberries like those found in Shakeology Ingredients – Super Fruit/Antioxidant Blend contain a significant amount of the antioxidant anthocyanadins that possess great nutritional value.  In addition to anthocyanins, blueberries also contain other antioxidants like resveratrol, flavonols, proanthocyanidins, and tannins that help prevent growth of cancer cells.

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Shakeology Ingredients – Cacao

(Theobroma cacao)

The scientific name for the the Cacao tree literally translates to “Food of the Gods”. Cacao was used extensively in early central America by local tribes as food, in religious ceremonies, and even as currency.  It was found to be used in beverages as far back as 1900 B.C.  Today Cacao is the primary ingredient in chocolate.  Cacao contains over 300 compounds including: protein, carbohydrates, fat, fiber, iron, zinc, copper, calcium and magnesium. Magnesium helps to build strong bones and is a muscle relaxant associated with feelings of calmness.  In fact if you constantly crave chocolate, it is a  good indication

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that you are deficient in magnesium.  It also contains the “bliss chemicals” phenylethylamine (PEA) and anandamide. PEA is an adrenal-related chemical that we create naturally when we’re excited. It also plays a role in feeling focused and alert because it causes your pulse rate to quicken.  Anandamide causes changes in blood pressure and blood-sugar levels, leading to feelings of excitement and alertness.  Anandamide works like amphetamines to increase mood and decrease depression, but it is not addictive like caffeine or illegal with undesirable side-effects like amphetamines.

The ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) scale, developed by the United States Department of Agriculture, is used to measure the effectiveness of antioxidants to absorb free radicals that cause cell and tissue damage.  The higher the ORAC score, the higher the level of antioxidants present in the food.  Raw Cacao like that used in the Shakeology Ingredients – Super Fruit/Antioxidant Blend has an ORAC Score of 95,500 per 100 grams while Blueberries (above) have a score of 2400.  WOW!  Even Milk Chocolate has a score of 6740 (but it has all that sugar too).

Shakeology Ingredients – Camu-Camu

(Myrciaria dubia)

Super Fruit/Antioxidant Blend

Camu-Camu is native to the rain forests of the Amazon basin, It is a Vitamin C power house!  Camu-Camu has a whopping 50 times the Vitamin C of oranges!  50 Times!  Because of the high levels of Vitamin C it helps to prevent cataracts.  Not only does it contain powerful antioxidants, it also has anti inflammatory properties, and is found to inhibit aldose reductase, an enzyme often leads to complications in those with diabetes mellitus.  can help combat several diseases like Asthma, Gingivitis, Hepatitis, Colds, Migraine, Arthritis and Parkinson’s Disease.

It improves your body’s immunity in general because it’s a rich source of bioflavanoids, beta-carotene and minerals like potassium, phosphorus and niacin. It’s also known to increase fertility in men.

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Shakeology Ingredients – Açai (asa-ee)

(Euterpe oleracea)

Super Fruit/Antioxidant Blend

Another Amazon dweller, Açai berries are a product of the Açai palm.  The berries can account for as much as 42% of the total diet of some indigenous Brazilian Amazon natives.

Although there is a great deal of hype concerning this fruit, in the dried powdered form it was shown to still contain many antioxidants such as anthocyanins, proanthocyanadins, and other polyphenol compounds, and was also reported to contain twelve flavonoid-like compounds.

Shakeology Ingredients – Acerola Cherry

(Malpighia emarginata)

Acerola Cherry

Acerola Cherry is originally from the Yuctan, but is now found in subtropical and tropical climate area across the globe.  It’s main nutritive benfit is its high concentration of Vitamin C.  Although not as potent as that of Camu-Camu, it still packs quite a Vitamin C punch at 32 times the vitamin C found in oranges.   Acerola cherries also contain high levels of vitamin A, which is used in the treatment of eye and skin disorders, ulcers and sinus infections. The vitamin can also be used to raise sperm count and ease menstrual problems. In addition, acerola cherries contain significant levels of folate, used in making new cells, and potassium, used in blood pressure regulation.  In addition, acerola cherries contain vitamins A, B1, B2 and B3 as well as carotenoids and bioflavonoids.

Shakeology Ingredients – Bilberry

(Vaccinium sp.)

Bilberry is a northern European cousin to blueberry and cranberry, and as such is loaded with antioxidants due to the pigments containing chemicals known as anthocyanosides, and it’s vitamin C content.

Super Fruit/Antioxidant Blend

Bilberry has been used in European medicine for nearly a thousand years, primarily to treat diarrhea.  Bilberry extract is used to treat many ailments and conditions.  Some studies have shown an improvement of symptoms of a condition called chronic venous insufficiency.  This condition which occurs when valves in veins in the legs that carry blood to the heart are damaged.  Anthocyanosides may strengthen blood vessels, improve circulation, and prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol.  Bilberry as with all berries have been shown to help manage blood sugar by improving insulin sensitivity.

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Shakeology Ingredients – Goji Berry

(Lycium barbarum and L. chinense )

Super Fruit/Antioxidant Blend

Goji berries are also called wolf berries and are native to China.  They are another antioxidant-rich super fruit.  Goji berries also have compounds rich in vitamin A which maintain healthy vision, and has anti-aging properties.

Some research suggests that goji berry extracts may boost brain health and may protect against mind deteriorating diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Other studies using goji berry juice demonstrated benefits in mental well-being, and calmness, athletic performance, and quality of sleep.

Shakeology Ingredients – Grape Seed

(Vitis vinifera)

Grapes have been known for thousands of years for their nutritional and medicinal value.   Grapes contain oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes (OPCs), which have been touted as powerful antioxidants.  A study of healthy volunteers found that taking grape seed extract did substantially increase levels of antioxidants in their blood.  There is also good evidence that grape seed extract can help treat chronic venous insufficiency and edema.

Researchers from the Colorado Cancer Center reporting in the prestigious journal Carcinogenesis determined that supplementing mice with grape seed extract (GSE) reduced the growth of certain cancers by up to 67%, lowered the rate

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of progression of deadly tumors and DNA damage while inducing apoptosis (programmed cell death) of the cancer cells.  The team determined that grape seed extract both

damages cancer cells’ DNA, and stops the pathways that allow repair.

Grape seed has antioxidant, antiallergenic, antihistamine, anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties and it can be instrumental in helping the body fight viruses, allergens, and, as discussed above, carcinogens.  Further studies on humans will need to be conducted to confirm these findings, but it is potentially great news.

Shakeology Ingredients – Green Tea

(Camellia sinensis)

Super Fruit/Antioxidant Blend

Although not a Super-Fruit, Green Tea is a welcome member of the Shakeology Ingredients – Super Fruit/Antioxidant Blend.

Green tea has been considered a medicine and a healthful beverage since ancient times. The traditional Chinese medicine has recommended this plant for headaches, body aches and pains, digestion, depression, detoxification, as an energizer and, in general, to prolong life.

Consumption of green tea has been associated with decreased total serum cholesterol, increased HDL cholesterol, and decreased triglycerides. It is shown to have preventative effects against disorders of the liver. The polyphenols found in green tea have been shown to have preventative effects for many of the adverse effects of sunlight on human health.
 
The number one health ingredient in green tea is epigallocathechin gallate (ECGC). The cathechins and polyphenols found in green tea are very powerful antioxidants that reduce the oxidative stress to cells in the body caused by today’s highly processed foods. Green tea has also been linked to a reduced incidence of certain types of cancer. Other health effects of green tea include reduction in body weight, and it also increases glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity, thus aiding diabetics and those with metabolic syndrome.
 
Green tea has been shown to also have antibacterial and antiviral properties, promoting oral health as well as inhibiting the growth of Salmonella, Clostridium and Bacillus strains of bacteria, and Influenza and Herpes simplex virus.

 

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Shakeology Ingredients – Luo Han Guo

(Siraitia grosvenorii)

Luo Han Guo is primarily grown in the mountains of southern China, and is used as a non-caloric natural sweetener that is 300 times sweeter than sugar by weight.  The fruit (guo, meaning gourd-like fruits) is named after advanced Buddhist practitioners called the luohan .  The story has it that this fruit fruit first emerged from monks who came from India and were using it during the 13th Century.

Super Fruit/Antioxidant Blend

The skin, juicy part, and seeds all have a good sweet flavor. The fruit helps relieve sunstroke, moistens the lungs, eliminates phlegm, stops cough, and promotes bowel movements.

Its use in Shakeology to provide sweetness, without extra calories, and without increasing the glycemic index.

Shakeology Ingredients – Pomegranate

(Punica granatum)

Super Fruit/ Antioxidant Blend

Pomegranate is one of those fruits that has great historical significants.  Ancient Greeks used to break them open at weddings as a symbol of good tidings, the Persians believe it to be the fruit that Eve seduced Adam with, and the Chinese ate candied pomegranate for good luck.

They are loaded with antioxicdants, from their edible peeling to their juices and the seeds.  Pomegranantes are also packed with vitmina C and Potassium.  Pomegranates are shown to:

  • Lower Risk of Heart Disease
  • Lower Risk of Cancer, Especially Prostate and Breast
  • Lessen Symptoms of Diarrhea
  • Reduce Cholesterol
  • Control Your Weight
  • Fight Cell Damage

Shakeology Ingredients – Rose Hips

(Rosa sp.)

Super Fruit/Antioxidant Blend

Rose hips are the fruit of the rosebush. They develop after the petals have dropped off the flowers.  Rose hips have a very high vitamin C content, even more than citrus fruits. In Britain, during World War II, when access to citrus imports was limited, rose hips were used to make nutritious rose-hip syrup.

Rose hips also contain vitamins A, B-3, D and E as well as bioflavonoids, citric acid, flavonoids, malic acid, tannins and zinc.  Rose hip tea is considered good for treating diarrhea and infections, particularly bladder infections.

All of these Super Fruits in Shakeology Ingredients – Super Fruit/Antioxidant Blend combined with Shakeology’s other nutrional ingrediants help to make Shakeology a SUPER FOOD.

Shakeology has helped many reach their fitness goals and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  If you’re not a big veggie eater, then this is PERFECT for you.  I personally use it everyday, my favorite is the Chocolate.  It tastes like a thick dark chocolate smoothie.  The Shakeology Ingredients alone should be enough to get you to try it, but to make it easy on you, Beachbody has a 30 Day Bottom of the Bag Guarantee.  Try it for 30 days, and if you hate it, return just the empty bag for a refund.  I also recommend the Autoship Plan, or Home Direct (HD).  Shakeology HD will save you about $15 on shipping, since Beachbody waives the shipping on all HD orders.  With HD shipping you also get free workout videos and a free shaker cup on your second month’s order.  Even if you only get it for one month, I would still recommend getting HD.  If you don’t like Shakeology, all you have to do is email or call Beachbody, and cancel, but you have just saved some money.

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