Fruit Bars

Tree Planting

Organic Yogurt coated Mulberry & Pomegranate

Tree Planting

Organic Yogurt coated Mulberry Pomegranate & Organic Lemon Oil

Tree Planting

Organic Yogurt coated Mulberry Pomegranate & Organic Orange Oil

Health Benefits

The pomegranate powder has been commented on by Dr Michael Grossmann of the Hormel Institute of Cancer Research at the University of Minnesota where Dr Michael Grossmann stated "these fruit bars may prevent breast cancer (see ...)".

Abstract of Dr M Grossman Research paper

Punicic acid is an omega-5 fatty acid capable of inhibiting breast cancer proliferation Grossmann ME, Mizuno NK, Schuster T, Cleary MP. Source University of Minnesota, Hormel Institute, Austin, MN 55912-3679, USA. Abstract Pomegranate extracts have been used as anticancer agents and they contain a large number of potentially bioactive substances. Punicic acid is an omega-5 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acid found in Punica granatum (pomegranate) seed oil. A number of long chain fatty acids have been reported to have cancer preventive actions. Here we investigated the potential ability of punicic acid to affect growth of both an estrogen insensitive breast cancer cell line (MDA-MB-231) and an estrogen sensitive cell line developed from the MDA-MB-231 cells (MDA-ERalpha7). Proliferation was inhibited 92 and 96% for MDA-MB-231 and MDA-ERalpha7 cells, respectively compared to untreated cells by 40 microM punicic acid. Furthermore, punicic acid induced apoptosis in the MDA-MB-231 and MDA-ERalpha7 cells by 86 and 91%, respectively compared to untreated control cells and disrupted cellular mitochondrial membrane potential. We also investigated whether lipid oxidation was required for the function of punicic acid by adding 20 microM of the antioxidant tocotrienol to the assays. This resulted in reversal of the effects of punicic acid on proliferation inhibition, apoptosis and disruption of the mitochondrial membrane potential. Finally, we evaluated the role of PKC signaling in the anti-cancer effects of punicic acid by performing proliferation assays in the presence of the PKC inhibitor bisindolymaleimide I. Proliferation inhibition by punicic acid was partially blocked in both the MDA-MB-231 and MDA-ERalpha7 cells. These results suggest that punicic acid has breast cancer inhibitor properties that are dependent on lipid peroxidation and the PKC pathway.

Health Benefits of Mulberry

Low in calories (just 43 calories per 100 g) containing health promoting phyto-nutrient compounds such as polyphenol pigment antioxidants, minerals and vitamins.

Significantly high amounts of phenolic flavonoid phytochemicals called anthocyanins with scientific studies showing potential health effects against cancer, aging and neurological diseases, inflammation, diabetes, and bacterial infections.

Contain resveratrol, a polyphenol flavonoid antioxidant that protects against the risk of stroke.

Excellent source of vitamin-C (36.4 mg per 100mg, about 61% of RDI), which is also a powerful natural antioxidant and small amounts of vitamin A and vitamin E

Contain flavonoid polyphenolic antioxidants lutein, zea-xanthin, ß-carotene and α-carotene collectively playing a role in anti-aging and various disease processes.

Zea-xanthin, an important dietary carotenoid that selectively concentrates into the retinal macula lutea, protecting the retina from harmful ultraviolet rays.

Excellent source of iron, very rare feature among berries, 1.85 mg/100 g of fruits (about 23% of RDI).

Good source of minerals including potassium (helps control heart rate and blood pressure) manganese (used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase) and magnesium.

Rich in B-complex group of vitamins and vitamin K including vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin and folic acid helping the body to metabolise carbohydrates, proteins and fats.