Akea Essentials: where ancient wisdom and cutting-edge nutrition meet to bring you great health

What happens when the power of nature and the latest in nutrition science get together? You get Akea Essentials. If you care about your health, it’s important that you know why Essentials is so greatly superior to most vitamin and mineral supplements – if not all of them. Ordinary vitamin and mineral supplements – just… [Continue Reading]

Inside Essentials: Okra

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Okra, also known as ladyfinger, bhindi, or gumbo, is a vegetable which is used across the world in a variety of cuisines and also has a reputation for being a health product. Its origin is unknown, but okra was popular in Ancient Egypt and Queen Cleopatra’s beauty is partly attributed to it.   One of… [Continue Reading]

Inside Essentials: Turmeric

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Turmeric, the orange-coloured spice which sometimes leaves a bright yellow stain on your clothes when you’ve had a curry, was first put under the microscope when curry-eating Asians were found to have remarkably low levels of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline. No wonder it is known in India as ‘the spice of life.’  It is… [Continue Reading]

Inside Essentials: Tomatoes

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Tomatoes are reputed to be at the center of the famed good health of Mediterranean populations, including those in the Longevity Hot Spots, Symi, Sardinia and Campodimele. You are never far away from tomatoes in the Mediterranean – whether they are growing on the vine, freshly-sliced into a Greek salad with olive oil, added to… [Continue Reading]

Inside Essentials: Sweet potatoes

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The rich orange-coloured sweet potato (also known, incorrectly, as the ‘yam’), is in season at Thanksgiving time, but if you can find sweet potatoes at other times during the year, they make a great addition to a regular diet. They are a staple in the Hot Spots, Bama and Okinawa, and are fed to the… [Continue Reading]

Inside Essentials: Spirulina

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Did you know that spirulina can protect against radiation sickness and help prevent cancer?  And that’s not all. Spirulina is a form of blue-green algae which is densely-packed with nutrients and well deserves its reputation as a powerful superfood and top detoxifier. It contains around a hundred nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, trace elements, essential fatty… [Continue Reading]

Inside Essentials: Resveratrol

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If you have heard that red wine is good for you, the main reason is probably its content of a very powerful antioxidant called resveratrol. Resveratrol is found in the skin of grapes, especially red grapes, and in the red wine popular in the Mediterranean Hot Spots (Campodimele, Sardinia and Symi), and in Hunza. Resveratrol… [Continue Reading]

Inside Essentials: Reishi Mycelia

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Reishi mushrooms are a Chinese variety of mushroom known in China as ‘the plant of immortality‘ and the ‘Elixir of Life‘. The Vietnamese word for them is linh chi, meaning, literally, ‘supernatural mushroom‘. Like two other Asian mushrooms, the maitake and the shiitake, reishi mushrooms are reputed to boost immunity and protect heart health, and… [Continue Reading]

Inside Essentials: Quinoa

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Quinoa, pronounced ‘keen-wa’, originates from the Andes where it was known by the Incas as chisaya mama – ‘the mother of all grains’ – and was thought to cause long life, which it probably did.  The Inca emperors would sow the first seeds of the season with golden implements, and quinoa was also used in… [Continue Reading]

Inside Essentials: Pomegranate

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Of all the fruits in the world, it is perhaps the pomegranate which is most closely associated with vibrant health and eternal youth. The Ancient Egyptians buried their dead with pomegranates in the belief that they gave them eternal life; for the Persians, pomegranates were a symbol of fertility, and in Ancient Greece the fruit… [Continue Reading]