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Tocos | Zebra Organics Superfood

A Powerful Lesser-known Superfood

If you’ve never heard of Tocos, we’re about to open your eyes to this lesser-known superfood. Move over maca and anandamide (and any other powders and elixirs you may have in your cupboards); it’s time to make way for this nutrient powerhouse of rice bran.

The scoop on Tocos

Tocos, also referred to as tocotrienols, contains protein, minerals, vitamins and healthy fatty acids. It is derived from organically grown brown rice. (A grain of rice consists of three parts; the endosperm and the rice germ and rice bran).

Fun fact: Commercial white rice lacks the germ and the brain. They are removed from white rice to prolong shelf life.  

Rice bran is the nutritional powerhouse of the rice grain. Its nutritional density is quite remarkable. It is a super rich source of natural Vitamin E. Research suggests that Vitamin E has an array of health benefits. First and foremost, it is an antioxidant that helps to maintain healthy skin. It also helps protect against cancer and other chronic diseases (2010 study). Studies suggest that higher consumption of Vitamin E decreases the chance of developing heart disease.

More research is required to determine the complete role of Tocos.

Why you should try it

Tocos adds a creaminess and frothiness to drinks. It has a delicious vanilla flavour, similar to vanilla ice-cream. It’s like eating some kind of rich, natural protein mix.

How to use it

We recommend adding 1-2 tbsp to the potion of your choice. Our favourite way to use Tocos is to blend it into smoothies. It can be sprinkled on desserts, lattes, yogurt and cereal, and added to nut butters. It can also be used to make face masks with shea butter and raw honey. Try combining it with spirulina, acai berries and chia seeds for a great assortment of nutrients to support your health.

Remember to use a high-quality, raw form such as Rice Bran Solubles Tocotrienols.

Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds Revealed

Although
hemp seeds have a long history as a health food, they are increasingly
drawing more attention from health food advocates and researchers. In addition
to its use as a source of fiber for textiles, hemp seeds are perhaps one of the
most potent foods available, supporting optimal health and wellbeing on many
levels.
Although
its link to the cannabis plant remains an obstacle, scientists are continuing
to learn new benefits of the seed. Studies by The American
Chemical Society
revealed “just
how many healthful compounds hempseed oil contains.
Hemp seeds can easily be incorporated into your diet. Zebra Organics is a big advocate of hemp seed and offers Fresh Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Canadian Hemp Oil. Light green in colour and lighter in flavour, it is an excellent garnish for salads or soups and has a delicious nutty flavour.
Here are some health benefits of hempseed:
1. Used as
food and medicine for 3000 years
The Ancient Chinese adopted hemp seed and hempseed oil as
a both a food and medicine. Technically a nut, hempseed has been used in
traditional medicine to treat various disorders dating back thousands of years.

2. Rich in
fiber, vitamins and minerals
Hempseed contains high levels of fiber and vitamins A, C
and E. While its levels of iron and zinc are modest, it is rich in phosphorus,
potassium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium minerals.
3. Rich in
antioxidants
Hempseed contains high levels of vitamin E, which is
one of the most crucial antioxidants. In addition it contains tocopherol, which is known to assist with treating Alzheimer’s and atherosclerosis,
and phytol, which has both anticancer and antioxidant properties.
4. Fights bad
cholesterol
According a study published in the
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry,
hempseed and hempseed oil can assist in the breakdown of cholesterol and
help prevent problems derived from high cholesterol, including blood clotting.
5. Improves skin
conditions
Containing a balance of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids,
hempseed oil is believed to be useful in treating symptoms of atopic
dermatitis, a type of eczema. In a study that compared the effects of olive oil
and hempseed oil on treating the skin, hempseed oil was revealed to significantly
improve skin conditions, due to its balanced and plentiful supply of fatty
acids.
6. Contains perfect
balance of fatty acids
With a 3:1 Ratio of two essential fatty acids; Omega 3 and Omega
6, hempseed oil is the only nut or vegetable oil that contains this balance.
This ratio is recommended by the World Health Organization. Western diets are
often deficient in Omega 3 fatty acids and contain excessive amounts of Omega 6
fatty acids.
7. Prevents heart
disease
Research
has shown that hempseed can prevent blood clotting, which in turn can help with
the prevention of clot-induced strokes. In addition, according to the American
Chemical Society, high levels of Omega 3 in hempseed may have “beneficial
physiological effects on the prevention of coronary heart disease and cancer.”
8. Reduces
inflammation
Hempseed comprises of a range of plant sterols and alcohols that
are recognized to decrease inflammation.