Blueberry Benefits

Scientists around the world are investigating the disease-fighting potential of blueberries –
and the quantity of this research is growing by leaps and bounds. Studies of these
antioxidant-rich super berries and the bioactive phytonutrients that give them
their deep-blue color reveals a wide range of potential health benefits.

From brain health, gut and heart health to cancer prevention, improved urinary tract function and a reduction in diabetes risk, blueberry research is changing the way we all look at this tiny, potent berry! Blueberry keep you fresh, active, fit, sharp, close to nature and in a good mood, as they are very good antidepressants. You also need not spend a lot on medicines, neither are there any side effects. Remember, the deeper the color of the Blue Berries, the more they are rich in antioxidants and other medicinal values.

Diabetes

A number of researchers have reported on the anti-diabetic effects of blueberry-supplemented diets. A study led by Dr. April Stull and Dr. William Cefalu of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University found that daily consumption of whole blueberries helped people with a risk for Type 2 diabetes reduce that risk.

Metabolic Syndrome

Described as a combination of disorders that includes high blood pressure, high cholesterol, abdominal obesity and impaired glucose tolerance, metabolic syndrome is a risk factor for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In a study led by Mary Ann Lila, Ph.D., North Carolina State University, blueberry phytochemicals were shown to help alleviate hyperglycemia, a condition associated with metabolic syndrome.

Pigment Power

Deep-blue Wild Blueberries may be “one of the best age-proofing foods in your diet,” according to James A. Joseph, Ph.D., co-author of The Color Code. Dr. Joseph was lead researcher at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging until his death in 2010. He was a firm believer in the “Pigment Power” of colorful fruits and vegetables. Another believer is Martha Stewart, who recently demonstrated the health benefits of “eating by color” on the TODAY Show.

Brain Health

In 1999, James Joseph, Ph.D., and his team at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University first reported that a diet of blueberries may improve motor skills and reverse short-term memory loss. The research team continues to demonstrate protective effects against Alzheimer’s disease and memory decline. Recent studies led by Dr. Robert Krikorian at University of Cincinnati, suggest that regular consumption of Wild Blueberries may slow the loss of cognitive function and decrease depression in the elderly.

Heart Health

The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of Wild Blueberries may have heart protective benefits. Recent animal studies conducted by Dr. Xanli Wu and colleagues at the Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center in Little Rock focused on inflammation and atherosclerosis. Blueberries have also been shown to protect against cardiovascular disease, reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure, protect against stroke and reduce oxidative stress.

Cancer

A good deal of research is focused on the cancer prevention potential of Wild Blueberry compounds. Researchers investigating breast cancer include Lynn Adams, Ph.D. and her team at Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope, Duarte, CA, who have demonstrated the potential of blueberries to inhibit the growth of Triple Negative Breast Center (TNBC), a particularly aggressive and hard to treat form of breast cancer.

Research compliments of www.wildblueberries.com

How to Choose Blueberries?

Choose blueberries that are firm and have a lively, uniform hue colored with a whitish bloom. Shake the container, noticing whether the berries have the tendency to move freely; if they do not, this may indicate that they are soft and damaged or moldy. Avoid berries that appear dull in color or are soft and watery in texture. They should be free from moisture since the presence of water will cause the berries to decay. When purchasing frozen berries, shake the bag gently to ensure that the berries move freely and are not clumped together, which may suggest that they have been thawed and refrozen.