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The IFT (Institute of Food Technologists) states: â€¦consumers have learned that food has a greater impact on health than previously known. Functional foods fit into a continuum that ranges from health maintenance/promotion to disease treatment. There is a role for all aspects of this paradigm in our health care system. Functional foods should be integral components of established public health programs to reduce the risk of specific diseases.
Super-Fortified Foods: Foods that are fortified with more than 100 percent of the Daily Recommended Intake or with other supplements or botanicals are considered super-fortified, according to “Nutrition Science News.”
Plant Stanols and Sterols: Another group of functional foods includes plant stanols and sterols. These are found naturally in fruits, vegetables and their oils, nuts, soybeans and grains. These plant compounds are similar to cholesterol found in animal products. According to the “Canadian Medical Association Journal,” consuming plant stanols and sterols can help lower cholesterol, because they compete with it for absorption in the intestine.
Prebiotics and Probiotics: Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that live in the gut. Prebiotics are a food source for probiotics. Certain foods, such as some brands of yogurt, are supplemented with probiotics or prebiotics. According to the “Canadian Medical Association Journal,” consuming both of these in your diet can help to alter the composition of your intestinal flora. This may be beneficial to your immune system and can help ensure digestive regularity.
Cranberry oil also has Omega 3 & 6 to moisturize and help keep skin and lips supple and smooth. This balanced ratio is a target for many food formulators as both of these fatty acids must be present at the same time in the digestive tract to be properly utilized in the body.
Cranberry seed oil has a long shelf life due to the high concentration of antioxidants found within. Unlike many fish and flax seed oils that may have “grassy” or ˜fishy” tastes, cranberry seed oil has a “neutral” flavor with no undesirable aftertaste, making it an ideal ingredient for functional omega-3 food products.
Cranberry oil is also a strong source for astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is one of the most powerful antioxidants available. As an antioxidant, astaxanthin is up to 500 times more powerful than Vitamin E and more than 10 times as potent as beta-carotene. Benefits of Astaxanthin:
Benefits of Balanced Absorption: Nutrativa Global’s exceptional quality cranberry oil contains a balanced ratio of Alpha-Linolenic Acid (omega-3) to Linoleic Acid (omega-6) essential fatty acids. Food formulators seek a balanced ratio of these healthy fatty acids for optimal absorption into the body.
Current medical studies prove the importance of balanced omega-3 & 6 during ingestion. Many products provide high levels of omega 3 to offset the average person™s high intake of omega 6. Nutrativa Global™s cranberry seed oil provides the perfect balance of omega 3 and omega 6 to optimize the beneficial absorption of these healthy fatty acids. No need for additives. The natural antioxidants and sterols in cold-pressed cranberry seed oil provides for high stability of the fatty acids. The presence of antioxidants and fatty acids, when ingested simultaneously, creates a beneficial synergy for improved health.
Cranberry seed oil may be ingested in capsules, as an ingredient in functional foods or nutraceuticals. Cranberry oil is also found in high quality skin care and pharmaceutical products.
Glossary of Terms:
Cosmeceuticals are cosmetic products that have pharmaceutical properties. These cosmetics, such as lotions, creams, balms, shampoos, conditioners, soaps and more contain biologically active ingredients that may have health and medical benefits.
A combination of “nutrition” and “pharmaceutical”, nutraceuticals are food products that may provide health and medical benefits. The idea of nutraceuticals is not a new concept. In fact the ancient Indians, Egyptians, Chinese, and Sumerians used foods as medicine to treat and prevent disease.
What is a functional beverage? Beyond basic nutrition, a functional beverage often includes herbs, vitamins, minerals, amino acids or additional raw fruit or vegetable ingredients and is developed to provide specific health benefits.
All foods are functional at some level, but the American Dietetic Association (ADA) asserts that functional foods must include whole, fortified, enriched, or enhanced foods and have a potentially beneficial effect on health.