Hey there, 2019!

Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

Time flies (yet again!). Things have gotten crazy at BGO Ecoshop and in some ways, good. I have been trying to grow BGO and started listing items on Redmart marketplace in Aug 2018. Since Redmart’s entry into Singapore, this online grocery company has disrupted local grocery shopping scene. Consumers can shop for a wide variety of groceries online and have them shipped to their homes at a really low shipping rate. Since Redmart, there have been quite a few online marketplaces in a small Singapore market.

I was glad that BGO Ecoshop was invited to join Redmart at its start and it has really helped BGO gained a lot more customers. There are orders to be fulfilled every day and this has kept us busy (happily). The downside of it is orders from our own website has been dwindling and this caused me to focus more on developing our marketplace site and products on Redmart and neglected BGO’s own website. And this is truly unacceptable.

WELL, the new year has begun and I want to make a change. Products should be updated more regularly and blog posts should be kept up too. Upon reflection, I have built meaningful relationships with BGO customers over the years, though many I have never met. Such relationships established through blogging takes many years to build up and I certainly would not want to waste previous efforts.

I am excited to blog about ideas to make Singapore greener, and how we can make ourselves stronger and healthier. I am eager to introduce new BGO products to you. Personally, I have many projects in mind to be done.

I wish 2019 be an even more fruitful year for BGO Ecoshop and also an exciting and joyful year for all of you who read this. To all BGO supporters all these years, I THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.

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Thank you for coming to EarthFest 2015!

Bright sunny day at the Marina Barrage on 26 Sept 2015

Me at our stall with our friendly neighbour, Herbert from The Hunters’ Kitchenette

The sky was pretty clear last Saturday, 26 Sept (bye bye, haze!) at the Marina Barrage and we connected with so many like-minded souls who came to support Singapore’s inaugural EarthFest. We would like to thank many of you who dropped by our booth to talk to us and sampled our products. We have been to quite a few fairs and bazaars and I must say, this is probably the most organised one we have attended (kudos to Michael Broadhead and his team of volunteers!). It took months (almost a year, I heard) of preparation and coordination and we really hope the takeaway was good for everyone who came. We need events like these to remind us and people around us the pressing need to pay attention to environment protection.

Right, back to our sales that day. One of the the most popular items were without a doubt the Rawmio chocolate barks and Rawmio spreads. All samplers went “hhhmm…!!” after tasting our Rawmio Sour Cherry & Almonds Chocolate BarksRawmio Chocolate Coconut butter and Rawmio Almond Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. These are almost sold out so if you would like to grab these healthy snacks, shop online now!

Our new Japanese are also very well-received. The Seaweed Snacks Teriyaki were sold out that day (still have just a few boxes left on our online store). Tasters like the fact that these seaweed snacks do not taste too salty. The Genmai brown rice crackers were well-liked too. Children couldn’t help taking more than a few samples! 🙂 What better way to make children take healthy snacks?

Sweng‘s drawing on the Buddha Board

We were really delighted that there were quite many visitors who were intrigued by the Buddha Board. People like the quality of the product and the smoothness the brush felt across the board. This is the corner where children lingers the most, unleashing their creative minds!

We didn’t have much time to explore other part of the event (I was at the stall 100% of the time), so it was great that people came forward to make connections with us. One was Way Ling at Muddy Hands. Check out their FB to know more about their Eat Real community and watch the fun video showing juicing on a bike at the EarthFest.

Also, Marc Dass from intheLoop – an online magazine on yoga, healthy and mindful living, Adrian from Paper Carpenter who makes amazing stuff from cardboards and Shalu from Little Green Kitchen.

We look forward to the next time when we participate in a green event like the EarthFest and we certainly look forward to make new friends and connections!

Maca Smuggling Problem in Peru Leads to Price Hike in Maca

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One of our popular superfood red maca powder has been out of stock for quite some time. The reason we have not brought them back in stock is because their prices (as well as cream maca powder) has soared many folds since last year.

Maca prices have gone up significantly (at least 4 and 5 times the prices before) for some time. This is due to unprecedented demand from Asian, in particular, Chinese buyers. It has been said that there were Chinese businessmen coming to Peru as tourists and offered maca farmers suitcases full of cash for their maca crop and at 4-8 times the market rate for their maca product. The maca farmers have been accepting such high price, even at the expense of breaking the contract of their long-time supporting Peruvian national producers. Maca is a product considered native to Peru and since 2003 a regulation bans maca to be exported as unprocessed raw form but now it has been smuggled in great volume out of the country. Fox news reported in August 2014 that “2,000 tons of this year’s 4,500-ton maca harvest” have been smuggled out of Peru.

It may be quite some time before we see maca prices normalising (if that’s ever possible). However, fret not. There are quite a few adaptogens like maca that works wonderfully just as well.

Nutritional Powerhouse – Pine Pollen (Cell Wall Broken)

First, there is the much cheaper nutritional powerhouse that is gaining recognition (thanks for Tim Ferriss’ introduction in hi book 4-Hour Chef), Pine pollen. This superfood can help combat all those phyto and xeno-estrogens that our environment is full of these days, from drinking water, pesticides, plastics and more.

Pine pollen is a complete protein source (about 30% protein) as it contains seven of the essential amino acids. It has over 200 bioactive vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and other super nutrients in every single serving. It is a wild-harvested super food with no added chemicals or preservatives. Besides increasing libido, it is also anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory, supports hormonal support and strengthens the immune system. According to Chinese medicine, pine pollen enters through the five major meridians including the lungs, kidneys, spleen, heart and liver. The testosterone boosting qualities of Pine pollen works well for women as well. Women need testosterone too for good body function, just not as much as men. Pine pollen also has been used as beauty tonic for women for thousand of years.

#1 Rated Herb in Ayuvedic Medicine – Shilajit

Then there is powerful ayurveda herb Shilajit, which is still relatively lesser known in the West. It is a powerful adaptogen and Jing substance. Shilajit is a phytocomplex that contains over 85 minerals in their ionic form and triterpenes, selenium, phospholipids, humic acid and fulvic acid. These compounds have strong antioxidant properties (anti-aging), while the minerals help give Shilajit an energy-enhancing effect.

Fulvic acid is one of the main constituents of shilajit that has some amazing benefits.

  • Helps move minerals and other nutrients into the tissues that need them
  • Free radical scavenger
  • Supports the immune system
  • Most powerful natural electrolyte known, balancing our cells
  • Makes Minerals Bioavailable

Shilajit also contains humid acid that are known to give us:

  • Increased Energy
  • Decreased Appetite
  • Better Sleep
  • Less Pain
  • Stress Reduction

Shilajit works well with many other herbs and often improves their potency.

Natural Aromatase Inhibitor – Nettle Root

Increasing testosterone will be quite futile if aromatization happens. Aromatization is the conversion of testosterone into estrogen. This not only means you won’t get the benefits of the testosterone, but it can actually be turned into something that works against you.

Nettle root is a natural aromatase inhibitor which has the reported ability to bind with the protein SHBG or the sex hormone binding globulin, due to its beta-sitosterol content. This promotes the circulation of free testosterone in the body so it can be utilized as an androgenic molecule rather than as an estrogen.

More researched than any other effect is what nettle root can do for prostate health. Nettle root is very helpful for men with all sort of prostate problems not just BPH. Some studies have looked at its anti-prostate cancer effects.

Nettle root also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It has also been shown to have some positive cardiovascular effects. Some people have even reported nettle root helping with baldness.

The Mushroom of Immortality – Reishi

Another antioxidant, anti-inflammatory that has the highest ratings among Chinese herbs is Reishi, also known as Ling Zhi and Ganoderma Lucidum. According to Chinese medicine, reishi is a premiere Qi and Shen Tonic Herb.

The reishi we sell  isn’t just one reishi, but includes four different varieties all mixed together in one blend:

  • Red Reishi
  • Purple Reishi
  • Black Reishi
  • White Reishi

Each of these mushrooms is likely to have slightly different benefits, thus giving you a broader range of effects.

Powerful Rejuvenator and Cleanser – Triphala

Triphala is one of the most often used herbal combos in ayurveda. Triphala means “three fruits” – Amalaki, Haritaki and Bhibitaki. Each one is great in its own right, but combined they become Triphala, one of the most important herbs in Ayurveda for balancing the five elements. It is a powerful rejuvenative to all constitutions, a rasayana suitable to all three doshas.

It is popular mainly for its colon cleansing actions. In Ayurveda, the colon is the seat of good health. Regular consumption of Triphala gently and slowly purifies the entire digestive system, rejuvenating down to the cellular level. This actual helps more food absorption to take place leading to healthy weight-loss (more energy from food means fewer calories to eat) and boosting one’s quality of life. Triphala is commonly mixed with Shilajit.

Indian Ginseng – Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing and has been used since ancient times for a wide variety of conditions. It is most well-known for its restorative benefits. In Sanskrit, Ashwagandha means “the smell of a horse,” indicating that the herb imparts the vigor and strength of a stallion, and has traditionally been prescribed to help people strengthen their immune system after an illness.

Ashwagandha is frequently referred to as “Indian ginseng” because of its rejuvenating properties, even though botanically, ginseng and Ashwagandha are unrelated.

The Benefits of Ashwagandha

  • Used to Treat Auto-Immune Disorders
  • May Inhibit Tumor Growth
  • Has a Calming Effect and May Help Reduce the Effects of Too Much Stress
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Works on the HPA Axis and Neuroendocrine System
  • Effective for Anxiety and Cloudy Thinking
  • Helps Lower Blood Pressure
  • Stabilizes Blood Sugar and Lowers Cholesterol
  • Immune System Support
  • Increases Production of Bone Marrow and Sperm
  • Diuretic
  • Increases Blood Cell Count and Hair Melanin
  • Increase Libido and Sexual Function

For people who suffer from insomnia and anxiety, having a cup of hot milk that contains a teaspoon of powdered Ashwagandha before bedtime is beneficial.

Vegan House Sprouted Organic Nuts

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A good healthy diet can’t be without nuts. But all nuts are not equal.

Sprouted nuts release more nutritional energy – get more with less!

Vegan House’s sprouted nuts are germinated to release more nutritional value. These nuts are soaked for 24 hours in osmosis filtered water, then dehydrated slowly at low temperature and humidity. This slow process destroys the enzymes inhibitors in the nuts and allows the body’s enzymes to digest the nuts better. 

While sprouting nuts are time-consuming, it makes the nuts more nutritious, crunchier and much easier to digest!

(Read more about sprouted nuts here.)

Better than roasted!

The high temperatures used to roast the nuts actually damage the fats, and form free radicals.

These dangerous substances will not be produced when soaking, sprouting or dehydrating raw almonds at the usual low temperatures.

Get Vegan House Sprouted Organic Nuts (Almonds, Hazelnuts, Pumpkin Seeds) at BGO Ecoshop now

Get the Sprouted Nuts Trio pack (8oz./227g each) with great savings!

1 Sprouted Almonds + 1 Sprouted Hazelnuts + 1 Spouted Pumpkin Seeds

= $46 (more than 10% discount)

Sunbiotics Just 4 Kids Probiotic Powders

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  • Kid Friendly Flavor!
  • Contains Genuine Yacon!
  • 5 Billion Cells Per Serving!
  • Now available at www.bgoecoshop.com

Sunbiotics Just 4 Kids is honored to introduce 2 potent probiotic powders enhanced with organic apple and organic banana with yacon – renowned for it’s prebiotic properties that you and your kids will love. Yacon contains naturally occurring nutrients known as fructooligosaccharides that stimulate the growth and activity of probiotics (beneficial bacteria). In addition to potent superfoods, each serving of Sunbiotics boats 5 billion CFUs of 5 well researched stable probiotic strains. Sunbiotics may help restore a proper balance of flora in the digestive system depleted by stress, antibiotics, and gastrointestinal disturbances.

Sunbiotics is the maker of the worlds most pure, completely vegetarian, certified organic probiotic supplement on the market and they’ve just come out with a probiotic powder specific to children. Sunbiotics Just4Kids is a blend of 5 highly potent non-dairy probiotic strains in a ratio specifically suited for the GI tracts of children.

The following probiotic strains are included:

Lactobacillus Acidophilus – breaks down nutrients for the body to use and creates by products such as lactic acid and hydrogen peroxide that create a hostile environment to the organisms that are unhealthy for you.

Bifidobacterium Bifidum – aids in the synthesis of B-complex vitamins and vitamin K in the intestines. It also promotes bacterial balance and optimal digestion.

Bifidobacterium Lactis – helps fight off some of the damage caused by bad bacteria found in the body and also aids in digestion.

Bifidobacterium Longum – maintains a normal digestive tract, inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria, and also boost the immune system.

Lactobasillus Plantum – creates a healthy barrier in your colon to keep dangerous bacteria from penetrating the lining of your intestines and entering your blood stream.

In addition to the actual strains of probiotics, the only other ingredients you’ll find are organic, low temperature dehydrated heirloom fruit powder, andorganic yacon root. Nothing else is added, pure and simple. The product currently comes in two versions that any child will love: Apple and Banana. Both flavors are sweet and delicious and blend easily into juices and smoothies, can be incorporated into raw energy bars, bliss balls or no bake cookies, and can even be sprinkled over cereal,  oatmeal, yogurt, and chopped fruit.

The product is also enhanced by the addition of a prebiotic. Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients that help support healthy probiotic activity, and are often times a missing link in todays probiotic market. The development team at Sunbiotics was sure to address the issue in the most organic and natural way possible by utilizing yacon root. Yacon is a South American superfood root vegetable that contains a form of sugar called oligosaccharide. This sugar isn’t utilized by our bodies for energy,
however the beneficial bacteria in our GI system love it and thrive on it. The inclusion of this ingredient serves to increase the potency and efficacy of the product.

Allergy Info: Produced in a facility that also processes tree nuts & seeds but no grains, peanuts, soy or dairy.

Net Wt: 2.1 oz