Blackberry Ginger Dark Balsamic Vinegar
This blend is a wonderful combination of ripe, sweet blackberries and the exotic spicy flavor of ginger. Try it on roasted chicken, honey ham, crème brulée. Mix with soda water for a refreshing spritzer, or add a splash into your favorite specialty cocktail! If your nutrition regimen includes a lot of different fresh greens and salads, this unique combination will level up your taste experience with a dash of micronutrients!
Let your inner chef out to play!
Accent the ripe tangy sweet blackberry and combine with Laconiko Lime Infused Olive Oil for a fruity indulgence or dramatize the spice by pairing with Citrus Habanero or Chipotle Infused Olive Oils for a hot, sweet and tangy medley of flavors to make your most basic favorite recipes something entirely new and inspired!
Trace elements are the tiny cogs in the working wheels of an efficient immune system. Vitamins are necessary for energy production, immune function, blood clotting and other functions, while minerals play an important role in growth, bone health, fluid balance and several other processes. Small but mighty, these trace vitamins, minerals and polyphenols are only needed in minute amounts to support health and growth, but are often missing from our meals. Getting them from multiple sources ensures that your daily meals are truly health supporting.
Blackberry: One of the Berry “Superfoods” that includes blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. Being one of the darkest berries means that blackberries are rich in anthocyanins, a flavonoid, which give pigment to red, purple and blue fruits resulting in one of the highest levels of antioxidants of any fruit. Anthocyanidins are a type of flavonoid in the polyphenol family. They are known to cross the blood-brain barrier and locate in learning and memory centers in the brain. Anthocyanins hold many anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. They may also be anti-diabetic and anticancer. Blackberries are an excellent source of beta carotene (vitamin A), ascorbic acid (vitamin C), vitamin E, vitamin K, manganese and calcium.
Berries are super power antioxidants, rich in a range of vitamins, minerals and phenolic compounds, which help to protect against gastrointestinal, breast, and possibly even liver, prostate, pancreatic, and lung cancers. Phenolic compounds like anthocyanins and flavonoids are anti-inflammatory and protect cells from DNA damage that leads to cancer and stop the spread of malignant cells. Antioxidants are known to protect cells from high blood sugar levels, help increase insulin sensitivity, and reduce blood sugar and insulin response to high-carb meals. Antioxidants, anthocyanins, ellagic acid, and resveratrol are anti-inflammatory and, in addition to protecting your cells, these plant compounds are known to reduce disease risk and regulate oxidative stress.
Berries have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory protecting against some types of bacteria that cause oral disease. Antioxidants in berries fight free radicals and alter how brain neurons communicate, potentially reducing brain inflammation, which can lead to cognitive and motor issues common with aging.
Rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals, berries have a vital impact on maintaining health, for example, ascorbic acid (vitamin C) for collagen formation in bone, connective tissue and blood vessels. Vitamin K is essential for blood clotting and bone density. Manganese is vital to healthy bone development and a robust immune system. It also helps your body metabolize carbs, amino acids, and cholesterol. Copper increases iron absorption and together with iron contributes to red blood cell formation, maintains healthy bones, blood vessels, nerves, and immune function. Folate (vitamin B9) helps form DNA and RNA and is involved in protein metabolism.
Ginger is considered one of the healthiest and most delicious spices in the world. Belonging to the Zingiberaceae family, it is closely related to turmeric, cardamon, and galangal (a root plant used in Asian and Thai cuisine). It is the gnarled root or rhizome part of the plant that is commonly used as a spice. Gingerol is a natural component of ginger with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is also known to aid digestion and reduce nausea due to morning sickness or chemotherapy. Ginger speeds digestion and emptying the stomach, which can aid indigestion and related stomach discomfort. Ginger can be effective in reducing symptoms of osteoarthritis. It is antidiabetic and has been shown to lower blood sugar levels and heart disease risk factors with Type 2 diabetes. Ginger is often taken for pain relief, including menstrual pain in place of a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NASID). Some studies show that ginger may reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol, total cholesterol and blood triglyceride levels. Ginger has been studied for its anticancer properties. Studies suggest that ginger can protect against age related brain damage.
Dark Balsamic Vinegar Traditional Modena dark balsamic vinegar is made from reduced grape juice and has all of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in the grape, one of the healthiest and most nutritious fruits. The antioxidants in this vinegar have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer Traditionally aged balsamic vinegars have many health benefits. Acetic acid is its main constituent. It is antimicrobial and antioxidant and is known to regulate blood sugar with its anti-glycemic or antidiabetic effect. Acetic acid in balsamic vinegar has strains of probiotics that promote digestion and gut health, supporting the microbiome and the overall immune system. Balsamic vinegar can lower cholesterol, regulate blood pressure and aid in weight loss. Inhalation of steamed vapor can clear congestion. Polyphenols from the grapes may promote blood circulation. Some use balsamic vinegar to treat acid reflux and heartburn. Acetic acid also aids in belly fat loss, and the probiotic chemicals found in it help to promote a sense of fullness, which helps to reduce overeating. In addition, balsamic vinegar is fat-free and has an anti-obesity effect.