Ten tips to get your 3 fruits a day

First: How much? You need around 3 servings of fruit daily. One serving is equal to one piece of a larger fruit, such as an apple or banana, or roughly a handful of smaller fruit such as grapes, berries, or apricots. Use fruit in your morning smoothie. We recommend making vegetable smoothies, too, so you… [Continue Reading]

How to save money on fruit

Don’t you wish we could all pick fruit off of our own trees? Unfortunately, for those of us who don’t live in the Hot Spots, fruit can be expensive. So here are some tips on how to save money on fresh fruit: Buy fruit loose, rather than pre-packed. The price will probably be a lot… [Continue Reading]

Top 10 Reasons to Eat Fruit


Eating fruit regularly is associated with a stunning array of benefits: a lower risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, cataracts, and functional decline associated with aging. That’s one reason there are so many fruits are included in Akea Essentials. Fruit tastes great. Know why plants developed that sweet, juicy fruit around their seeds?… [Continue Reading]

What about coconut oil?


Coconut oil contains mostly saturated fat as well as 3 percent monounsaturated and 3 percent polyunsaturated fats. But, despite the high saturated fat content, raw coconut oil does not seem to increase cholesterol. In fact, it’s been found to decrease cholesterol levels in some studies. Coconut oil is safe for cooking. It also contains artery-protective… [Continue Reading]

How to Avoid the Worst Fats


We’ve talked about health-boosting fats like extra virgin olive oil, avocado, fish and nuts. Now let’s look at the less desirable fats and ones you want to avoid altogether. Saturated fats from meat and dairy products are pro-inflammatory and should be used in moderation. Coconut oil is one exception. So, what are saturated fats? Let’s… [Continue Reading]

Using olive oil in cooking – tips from Hot Spots


First, let’s cover some basic principles… Choose extra virgin olive oil. It tastes better and is higher in beneficial nutrients including vitamin E. Use regularly to make salad dressings and in cooking. Always cook olive oil on a low heat in a heavy-based pan. Very high heat can damage it somewhat, creating trans-fats. Cooking tomatoes… [Continue Reading]

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: Tomatoes


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: Resveratrol


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


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]