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Choosing organically grown foods is not just a trend. More and more studies are finding that organic food is better for our health than foods grown using conventional farming methods (which typically include the heavy use of chemical-laden pesticides, herbicides and insecticides). If you haven’t yet made the switch, here are three good reasons to go organic.
- Boost Your Antioxidant Intake by up to 40%
Researchers from Newcastle University in the UK recently looked at more than 340 peer-reviewed studies on organic food and published their findings in the July issue of the British Journal of Nutrition. They determined that organic crops and crop-based foods were significantly higher (up to 69%) in key antioxidants such as phenolic acids, anthocyanins, flavanones and flavonols, and that choosing organic over conventionally grown foods could mean a 20–40% increase in antioxidant intake levels.i
- Drastically Reduce Pesticide Levels
The same analysis out of Newcastle University determined that conventional crops were significantly lower in residual pesticide levels and had lower levels of cadmium, a toxic heavy metal known to pose severe risks to human health.ii Cadmium levels were on average about 48% lower in organic crops, according to the study abstract. In line with these findings, a study conducted earlier this year at RMIT University in Australia found that going organic for just one week could reduce pesticide levels in the body by nearly 90%!
- Avoid Probiotic-killing Glyphosate
You may recall from a recent blog how researchers discovered that a chemical called glyphosate—widely used as an herbicide on conventionally grown crops—was shown to destroy the beneficial bacteria (probiotics) in the human gut that help protect us from illness and disease. Already linked to a broad range of disorders from birth defects to cell damage, scientists now believe glyphosate can cause a gut imbalance that can ultimately interfere with our healthy immune response—as well as impact healthy mood and behavior.
Worried about the expense of organic foods? There are ways around that—such as choosing in-season produce as well as locally farmed fruits and vegetables. This often cuts out travel and distribution costs and results in lower-priced organic selections.
Each year Vitamin Retailer magazine chooses a select list of natural supplements to receive a Vity Award for excellence based on a nationwide retailer survey, and here at ReNew Life we consider it the highest honor when one of our products is recognized. Products are judged based on ingredient quality, targeted health benefits and popularity with consumers, and this year our customers have made us doubly proud!
Because you continue to put our products at the top of your list of trusted supplements, ReNew Life brought home not one but TWO Vity Awards in 2014. Longtime consumer favorite CleanseSMART™ was rated the best Fiber/Internal Cleanse supplement, and our top-selling Ultimate Flora™ Senior Formula 30 Billion was voted #1 in the Probiotic/Enzyme category.
CleanseSMART is an advanced 30-day, 2-part, total-body internal cleanse formulated with more than 20 natural herbs and 9 deep-cleansing herbal extracts to help eliminate waste and toxins and restore digestive regularity.‡ It contains no fillers binders, or added artificial ingredients.
“We are so proud of this 10-time Vity Award winner. While many cleansing products focus primarily on the colon, CleanseSMART supports all 7 channels of elimination, including the colon—and the liver—the body’s most important detoxification organ,” said ReNew Life President and public television educator Brenda Watson.
Part of our Ultimate Flora line of high-potency, one-capsule-per-day probiotics, Ultimate Flora Senior Formula 30 Billion is a high-Bifido daily maintenance probiotic for adults over 50 formulated to address the natural decline in healthy Bifidobacteria that happens as we age.‡ It contains 30 billion live probiotics cultures per capsule from 10 beneficial probiotic strains to help relieve digestive discomfort and maintain digestive balance.‡
We thank Vitamin Retailer for making these very distinctive awards possible—and our loyal customers for continuing to choose ReNew Life when it comes to superior-quality natural supplements. A complete list of the 2014 Vity Award winners is featured in the Vitamin Retailer June issue. CleanseSMART and Ultimate Flora Senior Formula 30 billion are sold in natural health food stores and fine retailers everywhere.