Cacao is filled with dietary fiber, iron, calcium, chromium, zinc, manganese, copper, and potassium. It's one of the highest food sources of magnesium and antioxidants, and also contains significant amounts of vitamin C, PEAs (the chemical our bodies create when we fall in love), and tryptophan (the "feel good" nutrient). Cacao helps support a healthy cardiovascular system and is a great defender against oxidative stress and age-related issues.
Goji berries are simply one of the most nutrient dense fruits on earth. They are great for strength, stamina, and longevity - and they actually stimulate the body's natural HGH production. Goji berries are the highest rated antioxidant (ORAC) food in the world based on the ORAC Chart of Fruits, Vegetables and Essential Oils. These antioxidants (like vitamin C) help combat premature aging, and they actually contain 500 times more vitamin C per ounce than oranges! Goji berries are also a good source of vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, and E, and even have natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds. Plus, they contain all 18 of the essential amino acids (the building blocks of protein) that the human body cannot create itself and have one of the highest protein concentration of any fruit.
Dates are great providers of quick and instant energy and are digested very easily by the body. They are rich in dietary fiber and flavonoid polyphenolic antioxidants called tannins which protect against inflammation and oxidative stress. Dates have moderate amounts of vitamin A, B-vitamins, vitamin K, flavonoids like beta-carotene, lutein, and zea-xanthin, iron, potassium, calcium, manganese, copper, and magnesium.
Sunflower seeds are rich in poly-unsaturated fatty acid linoleic acid and mono-unsaturated fatty acid oleic acid, both of which help reduce "bad" LDL cholesterol and boost "good" HDL cholesterol. They're a good source of protein and amino acids, poly-phenol antioxidant compounds, vitamin E, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and copper.
Raisins are rich and concentrated natural sources of energy, antioxidants, vitamins, electrolytes, and minerals - including resveratrol, dietary fiber, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium copper, fluoride, and zinc. They are one of the top sources of boron in the U.S. diet (which provides protection against osteoporosis) and are believed to help promote healthy blood pressure levels and protect against hypertension with its high levels of potassium and dietary fiber. The selenium and phosphorus in raisins also help with the proper absorption of other nutrients and proteins in the body from all the foods you consume.
Apricots are a very good source of fiber as well as vitamins A & C, carbohydrates, calcium, iron and potassium. They're very high in beta-carotene, helping to protect the heart and eyes. Apricots also contain phytochemicals called carotenoids like lycopene and zea-xanthin which provide valuable protection against free radicals.
Sesame seeds are rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acid oleic acid which helps to lower "bad" LDL cholesterol and increase "good" HDH cholesterol. They're also a good source of protein and amino acids, omega-6 fatty acids, phenolic antioxidants, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and copper.
Coconut helps to improve heart and brain health with its short chain and medium chain fatty acids (which have no negative effect on cholesterol ratios unlike long-chain fatty acids which make up nearly 98% of all fatty acids consumed). Coconut is good at reducing sweet cravings and made up of an impressive 61% dietary fiber. More impressive is the fact that it's all insoluble fiber, meaning that the body cannot digest it, no calories are derived from it, and it has no effect of blood sugar. In addition, coconut helps to improve digestion by supporting the proper absorption of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. It also helps prevent obesity by speeding up metabolism while providing an immediate source of energy with less calories than other fats.