Essentials for Life has the freshest ingredients to ensure the greatest health potential. With over 90 total ingredients, over 70 vine ripened, natural, organic, raw fruits and vegetables, micronutrients, phytonutrients, probiotics and digestive enzymes offer your body optimal nutritional equivalent to 12 daily servings of fruits and vegetables.
What is Essentials for Life?
- over 70 vine ripened fruits and vegetables
- probiotics, micronutritients and digestive enzymes
- safe and effective for men, women & children
- formulated by doctors
What does essential for life do?
the following are a few of the many benefits that our customers experienced after taking Essentials for Life. We believe that once you try our product, that you will see positive changes in you life as well.
- help improve immunity
- increase energy
- help improve focus
- better weight management
- less dependent on prescription drugs
- helps promote restful
- helps promote healthy digestion
- helps promote normalized blood sugar
Parsley is an excellent herbal source of trace minerals, especially the electrolyte minerals including sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. It is also an excellent herbal source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and chlorophylins, all natural detoxifiers. Parsley has been used to treat urinary tract infections, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, dyspepsia, bronchitis, allergies, arthritis, asthma, flatulence, dysuria and nephritis.
Parsley has been shown to have anticancer properties due to its high concentrations of antioxidants, such as monoterpenes, phthalides, polyacetylenes. Parsley may help to detoxify carcinogens and neutralize carcinogens in in the body because of those antioxidants. Parsley has been shown to have diuretic activity, and may reduce accumulation of plaque in arteries and prevent unhealthy blood clotting.
Throughout history the health benefits of cabbage have been explored. It has been used as home remedies for many different ailments; include frequent use as a treatment for constipation, stomach ulcers, headaches, obesity, skin disorders, eczema, jaundice, scurvy, rheumatism, arthritis, gout, eye disorders, heart disease and aging.
Cabbage is rich is sulfur. Sulfur is a very useful nutrient because it fights infections. A deficiency of sulfur can result in microbial infections and a greatly reduced rate in the healing of wounds. Cabbage is known to accumulate a build-up of cadmium-binding complexes in its leaves, and one of the main components of that is glutamine. Glutamine is a strong anti-inflammatory agent, so consuming cabbage can reduce the effects of many type of inflammation, irritation, allergies, joint pain, fever, and various skin disorders.
Cabbage is a rich source of beta-carotene which has the ability to help prevent macular degeneration and generally promote good eye health and the delay of cataract formation. Cabbage is brain food. It is full of vitamin K and anthocyanins that help with mental function and concentration. Vitamin K is essential in the production of sphingolipids, the myelin sheath around around nerves. This wrapping is what protects nerves from damage and decay. Therefore, consuming vitamin K can improve your defense against neural degeneration.
Traditional medicine from around the world has used lemongrass to treat diarrhea and relieve fevers. The main chemical component found in lemongrass is citral, an aromatic compound, also known as lemonal. Citral is used in perfumes because of its lemon odor. It is the presence of citral which accounts for lemongrass’ lemon scent. Lemon grass may have antimicrobial properties.
Lemongrass has been used as a pain reliever. It may help to alleviate muscle spasms by relaxing the muscles thereby leading to the reduction of pain-related symptoms. It is thus useful been associated with different types of pain: abdominal pain, headaches, joint pains, muscle pains, digestive tract spasms, muscle cramps and stomach aches. Some sources suggest that lemongrass has antidepressant properties and is therefore beneficial for nervous and stress-related conditions. It is said to be helpful in alleviating anxiety and depressive symptoms.
Dandelion are commonly thought of as a pesky weed; however they have tremendous health benefits. They acts as a mild laxative that promotes digestion, stimulates appetite, and balances the natural and beneficial bacteria in the intestines. As a diuretic dandelion increases urination which then may help to lower blood pressure. The fiber and potassium in dandelion also regulate blood pressure. Dandelion increases bile production and reduces inflammation to help with gallbladder problems and blockages. Dandelion contains essential fatty acids and phytonutrients that may reduce inflammation throughout the body, relieve pain and swelling.
These greens are excellent for the kidneys, helping them filter toxins before they can get backed up in the bloodstream. Dandelion greens are highly effective for maintaining overall liver health and function, preventing hemorrhaging. This highly alkaline leafy green causes the liver to produce more bile and enhances the purity of the blood. Dandelion greens even stimulate the pores to open wider which can help more toxins can be released.
Zeaxanthin and lutein are present in the leaves of this plant; both have been shown to improve eye health and slow macular degeneration. Its leaves are packed with numerous health benefiting flavonoids such as carotene-β, carotene-α, lutein, crypto-xanthin and zea-xanthn. The herb is good source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids, which helps regulate heart rate and blood pressure. Iron is essential for red blood cell production. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.
Ginkgo extract has proven benefits to elderly persons. This ancient herb acts to enhance oxygen utilization and thus improves memory, concentration, and other mental faculties. The herbal extract has also been shown to significantly improve long-distance vision and may reverse damage to the retina of the eye. Studies have also confirmed its value in the treatment of depression in elderly persons. The ginkgo extract may provide relief for persons with headache, sinusitis, and vertigo. It may also help relieve chronic ringing in the ears known as tinnitus.
Ginkgo biloba has been reported as demonstrating antioxidant abilities with improvements of the platelet and nerve cell functions and blood flow to the nervous system and brain. Ginkgo may have a detoxifying property by chelating your blood due to studies that suggest it may reduce blood viscosity. It's ability to increase vascular dilation, may help reduce retinal damage due to macular degradation and may reverse deafness caused by reduced blood flow.
The herb not only tastes good in culinary dishes, but it is also a good source of iron, calcium, and vitamin B6. The herb has been hailed since ancient times for its medicinal properties. Rosemary was traditionally used to help alleviate muscle pain, improve memory, boost the immune and circulatory system, and promote hair growth.
Rosemary has a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds which are associated in helping boost the immune system and improve blood circulation. Laboratory studies have shown rosemary to be rich in antioxidants, which play an important role in neutralizing harmful particles called free radicals.
Rosemary has shown an enhancing memory and concentration. According to research in Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology, published by SAGE, blood levels of a rosemary oil component correlate with improved cognitive performance. Scientists have found that rosemary is also good for your brain. Rosemary contains an ingredient, carnosic acid, that is able to fight off free radical damage in the brain.
A study published in the Journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, led by Stuart A. Lipton, M.D., Ph.D. and colleagues at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, revealed that a major component of rosemary, carnosic acid, can significantly promote eye health.
The tomato has been referred to as a "functional food," a food that goes beyond providing just basic nutrition, additionally preventing chronic disease and delivering other health benefits, due to beneficial phytochemicals such as lycopene. Tomatoes are a rich source of vitamins A and C and folic acid. Tomatoes contain a wide array of beneficial nutrients and antioxidants, including alpha-lipoic acid, lycopene, choline, folic acid, beta-carotene and lutein. Alpha-lipoic acid helps the body to convert glucose into energy.
Some evidence suggests that alpha-lipoic acid can aid in blood glucose control, improve vasodilatio, protect against retinopathy in diabetic patients and may even help preserve brain and nerve tissue. Lycopene is the antioxidant that gives tomatoes their rich red color. Choline is an important nutrient found in tomatoes that helps with sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory. Choline also helps to maintain the structure of cellular membranes, aids in the transmission of nerve impulses, assists in the absorption of fat and reduces chronic inflammation.
From the green leafy portion to the delicious sweet red pulp, the beet is a cornucopia of nutritious health benefits. One of the first known uses of beets was by the ancient Romans, who used them medicinally as an aphrodisiac. Beets are high in natural nitrates, which are converted to nitric oxide in the body. Beets also contain high amounts of boron, which is directly related to the production of human sex hormones. Nitric oxide is known to expand the walls of blood vessels so you can enjoy more oxygen, more nutrients, and more energy. Studies have shown nitric oxide to increase the efficiency of the mitochondria, your energy powerhouses.
Antioxidants help to reverse the daily accumulated wear and tear on the body, known as aging. Beets are a very good source of commonly known antioxidants like vitamin C and manganese, but it is their lesser-known antioxidants which give them their true value. The blood-red color of beets comes from a powerful group of antioxidants called betalains. There are hundreds of studies on the positive health benefits of betalains which show that they may help in the areas ofheart disease, diabetes, and inflammation. The antioxidants in beets have been shown to support what is called phase 2 cleansing. In phase 2 cleansing, unwanted toxic substances are chemically combined with a small nutrient group. This combination neutralizes the toxin and makes them sufficiently water-soluble so they can be excreted through the urine. The betalains in beets have been studied in their effect on depression. It also contains tryptophan, which relaxes the mind and creates a sense of well-being.
Carrots are one of the most widely used and enjoyed vegetables in the world. The many medicinal and health benefits of carrots are what makes this such an important vegetable. Carrots are rich sources of potassium, which is a vasodilator and can relax the tension in your blood vessels and arteries, thereby help to increase blood flow and circulation, boost organ function throughout the body, and reduc the stress on the cardiovascular system. Carrots are good for blood sugar regulation due to the presence of carotenoids in this delicious vegetable. Carotenoids inversely affect insulin resistance and help to regulate normal blood sugar levels, help to regulate the amount of insulin and glucose that is being metabolized, and help to provide a more even and healthy fluctuation for diabetic patients.
Carrots contain a number of antiseptic and antibacterial abilities that make it ideal for boosting the immune system. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene. Research has found that people who ate the most amount of beta-carotene had a forty percent lower risk of macular degeneration compared with those who consumed the least. Beta-carotene can also split itself via an enzymatic reaction to form provitamin A, which is often associated with antioxidant capacity in relation to vision. Therefore, carrots are an all-around vision booster.
This popular vegetable has a wide variety of nutritional and medicinal benefits, including its ability to may help to prevent many types of cancer, improve our digestive system, lower cholesterol, detoxify the body, maximize vitamin and mineral uptake, prevent allergic reactions, boost the immune system, protect the skin, prevent birth defects, lower blood pressure, eliminate inflammation, and improve vision and ocular health.
The health benefits of broccoli are derived from the unique mixture of nutrients, organic compounds, minerals, and vitamins that are found in broccoli. These include significant amounts of vitamin C, vitamin K, dietary fiber, folate, potassium, selenium, vitamin A, manganese, tryptophan, vitamin B6, and phosphorus. In terms of unique organic compounds, broccoli is a rich source of phytonutrient glucosinolates, flavonoids, and various other antioxidant compounds that boost our health. Broccoli is full of strong anti-carcinogenic compounds like glucoraphanin, diindolylmethane, beta-carotene, selenium and other nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin E, zinc, potassium and certain amino acids, which are also good anti-cancer agents.
The herb plantain is not to be confused with the fruit plantain that looks similar to a banana. This herb is highly anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-viral. Plantains have been shown to speed up wound healing, stops bleeding, itching, direct leaf contact immediately improves physical injuries, insect bites, poison ivy. Plantain has a variety of beneficial vitamins and nutrients, such as: Vitamins A, C, K. Plantains are rich in calcium. They contains aucubin, a powerful anti-toxin according to the Journal Of Toxicology, as well as allantion which helps to aid in cell regeneration and the healing of wounds. Plantains also contain natural sorbitol, tannin, baicalein, oleanolic acid, linoleic acid, and apigenin. The combination of these compounds produce natural anti-inflammatory properties.
Kale is a leafy green full of essential vitamins A, C and K as well as minerals like copper, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus. Kale's oxalate content is very low which means that the calcium and iron in kale are highly absorbable in the human digestive system. Kale contains an antioxidant known as alpha-lipoic acid, which has been shown to lower glucose levels, increase insulin sensitivity and prevent oxidative stress-induced changes in patients with diabetes. Studies on alpha-lipoic acid have also shown decreases in peripheral neuropathy and/or autonomic neuropathy in diabetics.
The potassium, vitamin C and B6 content in kale all support heart health. High potassium intakes are also associated with a reduced risk of stroke, protection against loss of muscle mass, preservation of bone mineral density and reduction in the formation of kidney stones. For blood pressure, increasing potassium intake may be just as important as decreasing sodium intake for lowering blood pressure because of potassium's vasodilation effects.
Kale is high in vitamin A, a nutrient required for sebum production to keep hair moisturized. Vitamin A is also necessary for the growth of all bodily tissues, including skin and hair. Adequate intake of vitamin C, which kale can provide, is needed for the building and maintenance of collagen, which provides structure to skin and hair. Iron-deficiency is a common cause of hair loss, which can be prevented by an adequate intake of iron-rich foods, like kale.
The omega-3 fatty acids in kale help fight and alleviate arthritis, autoimmune disorders and asthma. The vitamin C content helps relieve stiff joints. Kale’s Vitamin A content helps keep the eyes from optical disorders that come with age. It also helps store vitamins in the retina. The calcium and vitamin K keep your bones strong.
Spinach is high in niacin and zinc, as well as protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese. Abundant flavonoids in spinach act as antioxidants to keep cholesterol from oxidizing and protect your body from free radicals, particularly in the colon. The folate in spinach is good for your healthy cardiovascular system, and magnesium helps lower high blood pressure. Studies also have shown that spinach helps maintain your vigorous brain function, memory and mental clarity. Two of the carotenoids that are especially plentiful in spinach — lutein and zeaxanthin — are primary antioxidants in several regions of the eye, including the retina and the macula.
Even though virtually all vegetables contain a wide variety of phytonutrients—including flavonoids and carotenoids; spinach can claim a special place among vegetables in terms of its phytonutrient content. Most of the flavonoid and carotenoid nutrients found in spinach that provide anti-inflammatory benefits provide antioxidant benefits as well. Our blood vessels, for example, are especially susceptible to damage from oxidative stress, and intake of spinach has been associated with decreased risk of several blood vessel-related problems, including atherosclerosis and high blood pressure.
Cilantro Leaf possess good amounts of antioxidants, essential oils, vitamins, and dietary fiber. Studies have shown thrse compounds have been effective to help reduce LDL or "bad cholesterol" while rising HDL or "good cholesterol" levels. Cilantro contains many essential volatile oils such as borneol, linalool, cineole, cymene, terpineol, dipentene, phellandrene, pinene, and terpinolene. The leaves and stem tips are also rich in numerous anti-oxidant polyphenolic flavonoids such as quercetin, kaempferol, rhamnetin, and epigenin.
The herb is a good source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Iron is essential for red blood cell production. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. It is also rich in many vital vitamins, including folic-acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin-A, beta carotene, vitamin-C, which are essential for optimum health. Vitamin-C is a powerful natural antioxidant. 100 g of cilantro leaves provide 30% of daily recommended levels of vitamin-C.
The leaves of collards are an excellent source of folates. Folates are important in DNA synthesis and can prevent neural tube defects in the baby. Collards is great for bone health, repair and development. The high content of chlorophyll in collards helps to improve the hemoglobin level in one’s body. The chlorophyll molecules are closest to human’s hemoglobin molecules, making collards very beneficial for people who are anemic. They are blood building and encourages smooth blood circulation, preventing blood stagnancy and inflammation.
The vitamin C that is present in collards is great for strengthening immune system. With sufficient vitamin C, your body will be able to fight different kinds of disease. Collards are excellent source of calcium, vitamins A, C, K and phytonutrients, all representing requisite nutrients for good skin health. They are also one of the richest sources of lutein, and contains beta-carotene, both improve our skin’s elasticity, firmness and keep it healthy. Collard greens contain a high concentration amount of carotenoids (zeaxathin and lutein). Both these ingredients are necessary for protecting our eyes against ultraviolet lights. Due to the high levels of these anti-oxidants, they are helpful in defending the retina against free radicals.
Collards are rich in invaluable sources of phytonutrients with potent anti-cancer properties, such as di-indolyl-methane (DIM) and sulforaphane that have proven benefits against prostate, breast, cervical, colon, ovarian cancers by virtue of their cancer-cell growth inhibition and cytotoxic effects on cancer cells. Di-indolyl-methane has also found to be effective immune modulator, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties by potentiating Interferon-gamma receptors.
Maqui is touted as a natural remedy for several health conditions, including arthritisand high cholesterol. In addition, maqui is purported to protect against some forms of cancer (such as colon cancer) and a number of inflammation-related diseases (including diabetes and heart disease). Some proponents also suggest that maqui can help support weight-loss efforts, slow the aging process, promote detox and stimulate the immune system.
Studies show that maqui contains anthocyanins, a type of potent antioxidant. Research suggests that consumption of anthocyanins may boost your defense against high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Preliminary studies indicate that anthocyanins may possess anti-cancer properties, fight obesity and enhance heart health.
Although anthocyanins may offer a range of health benefits, there is currently a lack of research on the specific health effects of maqui. One of the few available studies includes a 2002 report in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. In tests on human cells, scientists looked at whether maqui extract helped decrease levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol. Results revealed that maqui extract did help reduce LDL cholesterol levels, as well as fight and aid in prevention of atherosclerosis.
Acai berries are extraordinarily rich in antioxidants and have a very high ORAC score (Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity) that is far superior to any other form of fruit that has been officially tested and categorized. It is also rich in key B vitamins, electrolytes and trace minerals that are necessary for reducing inflammation and improving energy levels. Acai berry has very good levels of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins that have health benefiting and disease preventing properties.
Acai berry contains many polyphenolic anthocyanin compounds like resveratrol, cyanidin-3-galactoside, ferulic acid, delphinidin, petunidin as well as astringent pro-anthocyanidin tannins like epicatechin, protocatechuic acid and ellagic acid. Scientific studies suggest that these compounds have been claimed to act as anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer functions by virtue of their free radical fighting actions. In addition, tannins are known to have anti-infective, anti-inflammatory and anti-hemorrhagic properties.
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.
Currant Berry & Seed
Currants are one of the very popular summer season berries, and they are incredibly rich in several valuable health benefiting phytonutrients, and anti-oxidants that are vital for our health. Currants carry significantly high amounts of phenolic flavonoid phytochemicals called anthocyanins. Scientific studies suggest that consumption of blackcurrants can have potential health effects against cancer, aging, inflammation, and neurological diseases. They are an excellent source of the antioxidant vitamin C. Research studies have shown that consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps the human body develop immunity against infectious agents and also help scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals from the body. Currants carry small but significant amount of vitamin A, and flavonoid anti-oxidants such as beta-carotene, zea-xanthin and cryptoxanthin levels. Vitamin A is also required for maintaining integrity of mucus membranes and skin, and essential for healthy vision.
Currants are rich in many essential vitamins such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and thiamin (vitamin B-1). These vitamins are essential in the sense that human body requires them from external sources to replenish and required for metabolism. They also carry good amounts of mineral iron. Iron is an important co-factor for cytochrome oxidase guided cellular metabolism. The currant berries are also a very good source of other important minerals like copper, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, and potassium, which are very essential for body metabolism.
Bilberries (also known as Vaccinium myrtillus, wild blueberries, and blue whortleberries) have been shown to have the highest Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) rating of more than 20 fresh fruits and berries. ORAC is a measure that USDA researchers use to determine the antioxidant capacity of different foods. The antioxidant properties of bilberries were shown to be even stronger than those of cranberries, raspberries, strawberries, plums, or cultivated blueberries. The antioxidant powers and health benefits of bilberries can be attributed to a number of remarkable compounds contained in them, including anthocyanins, vitamin C, resveratrol (the nutrient responsible for the purported health benefits of red wine), vitamin E, and ellagic acid.
Aronia berries are small dark berries that are packed with nutrients and antioxidants, and offer wonderful health benefits for those who want to improve their health through better nutrition. Aronia berry has an antioxidant concentration three times greater than that of the blueberry, acai berry, and blackberry, and 1.5 times greater than that of the blackcurrant and cranberry. The oxygen radical absorbency capacity or ORAC, which is a measurement of antioxidant strength of food items, demonstrated in aronia berry, chokeberry, has one of the highest values yet recorded among berries. The anthocyanins in chokeberries have identified the following individual chemicals: cyanidin-3-galactoside, quercetin, peonidin, delphinidin, petunidin, epicatechin, caffeic acid, pelargonidinand malvidin. These flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants have proven health benefits through scavenging dangerous oxygen-free radicals from the body. Researchers from the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Maryland analyzed anthocyanin-rich extracts made from grapes, bilberries (wild bluberries), and black chokeberries (aronia berries) for their chemopreventive activity against colon cancer. All three extracts inhibited the growth of cancer cells, but the chokeberry extract was the most potent inhibitor.
Aronia berries have traditionally been used by Potawatomi indians to aid in the recovery of colds. Recent research confirms the antiviral properties and high vitamin C content of this extraordinary superfood. A group of Bulgarian scientists found aronia berries to have in-vitro anti-viral activity against type A influenza virus as well as bacteriostatic activity against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. they are an also good source of many antioxidant vitamins like vitamin-C, vitamin A, vitamin E, beta-carotene and folate and minerals like potassium, iron and manganese. They are also rich in flavonoid anti-oxidants such as carotenes, luteins and zeaxanthins. Zea-xanthinhas photo-filtering effects on UV rays and thus protects eyes from age-related macular disease in the elderly.