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Newsletter March 18, 2020

More On Selenium

Dear brothers and sisters,

Dr.Mercola in his comprehensive What Are Selenium’s Benefits and Uses? answers the following:-

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Selenium

Q: What is selenium good for?
A: Selenium has been linked to health benefits such as:
• Serving as an essential component of the glutathione peroxidase enzyme
• Having antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to boost immune function
• Helping combat infectious diseases and viral infections
• Assisting with maintaining proper thyroid function
• Assisting pregnant women
• Addressing fertility concerns among men
• Aiding people with chronic asthma
• Helping mitigate cancer risk

Q: Which foods contain high amounts of selenium?
A: There are food sources of selenium that you can benefit from. These include Brazil nuts, sunflower and chia seeds, garlic, pastured organic eggs, pasture-raised organic chicken and turkey, grass fed liver (from beef or lamb), fish like wild-caught Alaskan salmon and herring, and mushrooms.

Q: How much selenium should you take per day?
A: I highly advise taking a 200 mcg daily dose of selenium. Avoid going over this amount, because this can raise your risk for selenium toxicity or poisoning. When buying selenium supplements, purchase the high-selenium yeast form, which is scientifically tested and is the most recommended. Talk to a doctor as well to know how much of this mineral your body will need.

May we wish you and family good health, prosperity and success in these trying times,

Jesse Schwartz PhD
Living Tree Community Foods

Video: Calorie Restriction VS Intermittent Fasting – Which One Is Better for Longevity by Siim Land

Recipe: Vegan Avocado Cashew Cream Cheese

by Healthy Slow Cooking

Finally something worthy of your bagel! It will dress up a veggie sandwich too. The variations are endless. Leave out the herbs and garlic, try minced carrots and celery, minced olives, or even throw in some walnut and agave.


1/2 cup raw cashews
1 cup water
1 medium avocado
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic or 1 minced clove
salt to taste


Soak the cashew in the water overnight or at least 2 hours.
Drain off any left over water that was not absorbed by the cashews. Add the drained cashews, avocado, lemon juice, Italian seasonings and garlic into a blender.

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Alive, Organic Bonus Program – Organic Nuts and Free Shipping

New! Items For March

Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds – Organic

Imagine! Organic California almonds, grown by family farmers, covered with Fair Trade, organic Dark Chocolate. Just the thing for hiking the John Muir Trail or as a snack after gymnastics.

Nutritional Yeast (Large Flake) – Organic

These flakes are a favorite for adding savory flavor to soups, sauces, gravies, and prepared foods where umami flavor is needed.

Yeast has been an ingredient for baking and fermentation for more than 3000 years.

Nutritional yeast is made from a single-celled organism of fungi called Saccharomyces Cerevisiae. In a controlled environment it is cultured, left to grow, then deactivated, harvested, washed and dried. The deactivation process prevents the yeast from being used as a leavening agent.

Nutritional yeast is a flavor enhancer that offers naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, and micro-nutrients. These large flakes are a bit spicier and have more yeast flavor than other nutritional yeast.

California Date Value Pack

Retail Cost: $39.96 – Yours for: $34.99

Contains the following treasures:-

Medjool Dates – 1lb
Halawi Dates – 1lb
Black Abbada Dates – 1lb
Khadrawy Dates – 1lb

Black Abbada Dates – Organic

An elegant black date with a luxurious appearance. Your family and friends will be impressed with your sophistication.A triumph of California agronomy.

Khadrawy Dates – Organic

Delightfully rich and melodiously soft.

A marvel of California agriculture. Try this winter drear buster!

Green Split Pea – Organic

Green peas are believed to be a distant relative of the field pea that was native to the Middle East and Central Asia. Since prehistoric times, dried peas have been consumed and were prized by the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, China and Rome.

Green split peas are not only tasty and simple to cook, but are also a good source of protein, iron and dietary fiber.

Vanilla Powder – Organic

We have brought Organic Vanilla Powder back, despite its high price, as we have gotten so many inquiries. It is considered by some to be a culinary indispensable. It is made by pulverizing the whole dried beans to a fine powder. It is well suited to incorporation into liquid-sensitive mixtures, such as some icings and melted chocolate, where even a small amount of liquid could create a problem. In addition, the flavor of vanilla powder is more intense than that of most extracts and does not dissipate even with prolonged cooking. Vanilla powder will keep well, stored in an opaque, airtight container in a cool, dry place.

Macadamia Nut Butter – Alive & Organic

Made from Hawaiian Macadamia nuts that have just arrived. We invite you to taste their aliveness in this outstanding nut butter.

Macadamia Nuts Whole (Hawaiian) – Alive & Organic

We are delighted to say that our Hawaiian macadamia nuts are back. They are crisp, fresh and alive! Quality and flavor are superb. Macadamia nuts contain a significant level of protein, comprising essential and non-essential amino acids.

March Victory Garden Sale

10%-30% off this month’s featured items (Remember, if you buy 3 or more of any Living Tree manufactured product, you get an additional 10% off!)

California Heritage Olive Oil 250ml (Extra Virgin) – High Polyphenol, Alive, Organic & Dry Farmed

This olive oil is very fresh and rich in antioxidants. It has a high available biophenol content : 605 ppm (parts per million) compared with 222 ppm for most extra virgin olive oils. In other words its biophenol content is 2.7 times the average. Very high phenolic content and excellent stability should provide long shelf life of over a year as well as beneficial health value. This olive oil has, along with its bitterness and pungency, mineral and green vegetable organoleptic characteristics.

Vanilla Innovation Chocolate – Organic

Our Vanilla Innovation is handcrafted in Berkeley, California, a wellspring of the human spirit. In Berkeley the portals of cognition reveal continents of insight each day. Twenty-five Nobel Prize winners have taught here. PerhapsVanilla Innovation will inspire and empower you to restore and heal the nation.

Dark Chocolate Bar – Alive & Organic 81% Cacao

We produced this bar for those connoisseurs who crave the clean, pure taste of alive, dark chocolate, undiluted with fillers or overwhelmed by sweeteners. 81% cacao made from cacao beans of exceptional quality from Bali. This alive chocolate is brimming with anti-oxidants and nutrients. Handcrafted with you in mind. Made in Berkeley, California. John Muir, Martin Luther King and Steve Wozniak walked the streets; 22 Noble Prize winners have taught here.

Which Countries Have The Most Colorectal Cancer And What Do They Eat? by Brian Clement

Almond Butter Cake Contest

Dear brothers and sisters,

It seems to us that even in these times we have to go forward with vivacity. That’s why we’re inviting you to submit a recipe for an alive, organic almond butter cake. We ask that you prepare this in the form of a video. That’s right! Demonstrate, step-by-step, how you go about your creation. Maybe include Mozart in the background!

We will award a gift certificate for $300 for the most alive, organic video.

Please send your submissions to

Contest ends April 15th.

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