Nutritional qualities and Benefits

Of 18 Philippine fruits and vegetables-including bitter melon, squash and moringa-tested by the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), bignay and kalumpit were found to have the highest antioxidant content. Bignay or the Philippine currant was also shown to be exceptionally rich in a particular antioxidant-Co-enzyme Q10. CoQ10 is a compound that is made and used by our bodies for cell growth and protection against damage by free radicals. It is present in all body cells and absolutely necessary to produce cellular energy, to stabilize cell membranes, and to prevent the oxidation of LDL or bad cholesterol. It is essential for a healthy heart!

Older people and people with chronic diseases such as diabetes or cancer usually have lower levels of the compound. Some animal studies indicate that CoQ10 strengthens our immune system so that we can better ward off infections and some types of cancers. Other clinical trials have also shown that CoQ10 slows down the process of deterioration in patients with Parkinson's disease and protects our heart from the serious negative side effects of an anti-cancer drug. In one study, people who suffered a heart attack, and then received CoQ10 supplements within three days, lowered their risk of suffering another heart attack and dying of heart disease.

Berries are a major source of anthocyanins that are found in the fruit's deep and vivid red and blue pigments. Anthocyanins are also antioxidants and there are some indications that they help lower your risk of coronary heart disease, protect your vision and protect you against viruses. Vitamins are also found in abundance in berries and other fruits. The list of benefits from Vitamin C is long and growing-protection against deficiencies in our immune system, heart disease, eye diseases, and even wrinkles. It is not only effective; it is also safe since any excess is eliminated by the body.

There is growing evidence that we need more Vitamin C than the recommended daily intake (RDI). Less than 200 grams of morus alba will supply you with all the Vitamin C you need for the day.