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“Berries and other richly colored plants possess supercharged antioxidant power, allowing you to dramatically boost your levels of antioxidant protection. By stoking up your bodies defenses against damaging free radicals, berries and other richly colored foods provide unprecedented protective effects.”    Life Extension

“Powerful antioxidants flavonoids are linked with health benefits that include protection from cancer, cardiovascular disease, dementia, diabetes and stroke.”   Cao et al, American J of clinical Nutrition 1998 Nov

“Studies suggest a high blueberry diet helps protect one of the body’s most important blood vessels the aorta. Blueberry is known for its ability to protect against age-related deterioration of memory and brain function.”     Life Extension

“Old lab rats fed a diet supplemented with a compound from berries and grapes called pterostilbene performed better in mental challenges than their un-supplemented counterparts, The results indicated that in aging rats, pterostilbene was effective in reversing the decline in cognitive function that occurs naturally with age, and that precedes diseases such as Alzheimer's. The results also showed an improvement in the working memory of the animals.    Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 56(3):636-641, 2008

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"Research shows that ellagic acid a compound found in berries, nuts and other fruits might help prevent wrinkles and repair skin damage caused by the sun." Ellagic acid shown sun damage protective

“This is where strawberries have a one-two punch. They reduce LDL and reduce its oxidation. Berries in general are just jam-packed with God-made phytochemicals that protect your body. This is not limited to strawberries, but most all berries. I grow raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries. If you can't grow them, Costco has come to the rescue. It now carries frozen organic blueberries. Organic strawberries may be next, especially if you ask. Please add lots and lots of berries to your diet. Your eyes, heart, blood vessels — and taste buds will be most grateful.” Doctor Robert Rowen MD

"In Dr. Joseph's studies, oxidative stress markers were only modestly reduced by these antioxidant rich foods. The polyphenols in berry fruit like strawberries may be responsible for other mechanisms including enhanced neuronal communication and reduced stress signals due to enhanced neuroprotective stress shock proteins. According to Dr. Joseph, you can protect yourself against the two major villains of aging, oxidation and inflammation, by including the following foods in your diet regularly:  Strawberries, Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, Walnuts.  Fish , Turmeric.”   Polyphenols slow aging

"Overwhelming evidence suggests that edible small and soft-fleshed berry fruits may have beneficial effects against several types of human cancers. The anticancer potential of berries has been related, at least in part, to a multitude of bioactive phytochemicals that these colorful fruits contain, including polyphenols (flavonoids, proanthocyanidins, ellagitannins, gallotannins, phenolic acids), stilbenoids, lignans, and triterpenoids."    Life Extension

"Aronia melanocarpa fruit juice (AMFJ) is rich in phenolic antioxidants, especially flavonoids from the anthocyanin subclass. AMFJ significantly decreased the streptozotocin-induced abnormalities in blood glucose and TG in diabetic rats and might be useful in prevention and control of diabetes mellitus and diabetes-associated complications."     Life Extension

"Nutritional interventions, in this case, increasing dietary intake of fruits and vegetables, can retard and even reverse age-related declines in brain function and in cognitive and motor performance in rats. Our lab has shown that as Fischer 344 rats age their brains are increasingly vulnerable to oxidative stress. Dietary supplementation with fruit or vegetable extracts high in antioxidants (e.g., blueberry, BB, spinach, respectively) can decrease this vulnerability to oxidative stress."   Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2002 Apr;959:128-32

"Previously, we showed that blueberry (BB) supplementation reversed the deleterious effects of aging on motor behavior and neuronal signaling in senescent rodents. We now report that BB-fed (from 4 months of age) APP + PS1 transgenic mice showed no deficits in Y-maze performance (at 12 months of age) with no alterations in amyloid beta burden. It appeared that the protective mechanisms are derived from BB-induced enhancement of memory-associated neuronal signaling (e.g. extracellular signal-regulated kinase) and alterations in neutral sphingomyelin-specific phospholipase C activity. Thus, our data indicate for the first time that it may be possible to overcome genetic predispositions to Alzheimer disease through diet."   Nutr Neurosci. 2003 Jun;6(3):153-62, Note in extension this study has PROFOUND implications for blueberries and ALL supplementation. It is becoming more and more clear what we do can be far more important in many aspects than what we were born with

"Reactive oxygen species (ROS) play a critical role in the impairment of nitric oxide-mediated vascular functions and overall pathogenesis associated with cardiovascular disease. Plant pigment anthocyanins are exceptionally potent oxygen radical scavengers that produce beneficial effects in diseases outside the cardiovascular system."   J Applied Physiol. 2006 Apr;100(4):1164-70, Note the deep blue-black colored berries are rich in anthocyanins

"Consumption of pomegranate juice which is rich in tannins, possess anti-atherosclerotic properties which could be related to its potent anti-oxidative characteristics. As some antioxidants were recently shown to reduce blood pressure, we studied the effect of pomegranate juice consumption (50 ml, 1.5mmol of total polyphenols per day, for 2 weeks) by hypertensive patients on their blood pressure and on serum angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) activity. A 36% decrement in serum ACE activity and a 5% reduction in systolic blood pressure were noted. Similar dose-dependent inhibitory effect (31%) of pomegranate juice on serum ACE activity was observed also in vitro. As reduction in serum ACE activity, even with no decrement in blood pressure, was previously shown to attenuate atherosclerosis, pomegranate juice can offer a wide protection against cardiovascular diseases which could be related to its inhibitory effect on oxidative stress and on serum ACE activity."   Atherosclerosis. 2001 Sep;158(1):195-8

"The objective of the present study was to explore the bone protective role of blueberry in an ovariectomized rat model. Thirty 6-month-old female Sprague-Dawley rats were either sham-operated (Sham) or ovariectomized (Ovx) and divided into three groups. In summary, our findings indicate that blueberry can prevent bone loss as seen by the increases in BMD and favorable changes in biomarkers of bone metabolism."   J Nutr Biochem. 2008 Mar 5

"Aronia; his colorful fruit native to North America is found in red, black, and purple varieties. Studies of the antioxidant capacity of aronia berries have yielded some of the highest ORAC values ever recorded. Aronia extracts have been shown to have a protective effect on the coronary arteries of pigs, to reduce experimentally induced inflammation of the eye, and inhibit biological markers of colon cancer in rats. Aronia juice has been shown to protect the liver20 and defend against the development of gastric ulcers in rats. It can also help return blood levels of glucose and cholesterol to normal levels in rats suffering from diabetes."   Life Extension

"It's common knowledge that certain berries are nutritional powerhouses, but when it comes to fighting a vast array of diseases and health problems few berries stack up to the strawberry in terms of sheer health potency. From combating inflammation and controlling diabetes to protecting cognitive function and improving heart health strawberries can bolster your body's health in countless ways."   Life Extension, Note we must balance this with the fact that strawberries are one of the most heavily pesticide drenched fruit. Try to buy organic or Homegrown. Wild black berries are IMO the best.

"What makes berries so special is a compound called ellagic acid which is believed to help prevent changes that can lead to cancer. Berries are also very high in vitamin C."   Prevention, Note vitamin C itself has anti-cancer properties as do all anti-oxidants

"A growing body of scientific evidence shows the berry polyphenols' antioxidant capacity powerfully targets numerous degenerative diseases, form cancer and CVD to impaired glucose control and blood lipid abnormalities."   Life Extension

"The class of polyphenols known as anthocyanins composed of deep red, blue and purple pigments possess powerful antioxidant properties. Fruits and vegetables of these colors blueberries, cranberries, pomegranates, black currents beets and acai are especially rich in anthocyanins. They are highly bioavailable and can significantly increase levels of other beneficial polyphenols in the blood."  Life Extension

California is about to sign off on an insane plan that would allow farmers to use one of the world's most dangerous chemicals as a pesticide on strawberry plants. It's called methyl iodide, and even some chemists won't go near it. It's such a powerful and reliable carcinogen that researchers use it to induce cancer in lab animals. But go ahead, take a bite. California says it's OK -- and never mind the five Nobel-winning chemists and dozens of other experts who've written a letter begging the EPA to keep this poison out of strawberry fields, forever.”   Doctor William Douglass MD, Note strawberries are on of the most pesticide laden crops. IMO try to buy local.

"Berries aren’t just sweet treats; they’re also loaded with pain-relieving and healing power. Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and cherries are nature’s richest sources of anthocyanins, a group of antioxidant flavonoids with exceptional anti-inflammatory properties. A mere half-cup of berries has more antioxidant activity than five servings of broccoli, a powerful arthritis healer in its own right. Anthocyanins also support the production of healthy collagen, the infrastructure of all connective tissue, especially in your joints.”   Doctor Steven Sinatra MD

“Extracts of the summer fruit kill stomach and colon cancer cells. In a preliminary study, 90 per cent of these cells were destroyed when exposed to an extract of red Meeker raspberries, a popular variety in the U.S.. Antioxidants in the fruit were also shown to kill breast cancer cells. “    Berries and Cancer

“Almost all wild fruits are nitrilosidic."    Doctor Ernst Krebs on Cancer, Note nitrilosidic is Vitamin B17 the anti-cancer vitamin, bearing

"Also known as chokeberries, aronia berries have been found to yield very high ORAC values. Aronia has been shown to decrease lipid peroxidation, as well as oxidative stress. In vitro research found an anti-clotting effect. Drinking aronia berry juice reduced exercise-induced oxidative damage to red blood cells."   Uncovering the Broad-Spectrum Protection of Anthocyanins

"A diet high in strawberries was found effective in protecting animals from age-related deficits in learning and memory. Researchers confirmed in 2012 that, although eating more berries may reduce cognitive decline in elderly humans, “flavonoid-rich blueberries and strawberries offer [the] most benefit.”   Uncovering the Broad-Spectrum Protection of Anthocyanins

 "Studies demonstrate that blackcurrants relax the aorta by enhancing the synthesis of nitric oxide, improving the functioning of blood vessels, and reducing susceptibility of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) to oxidative stress, resulting in cardioprotective benefits. Blackcurrant anthocyanins improve blood flow in the human forearm and have been shown to reduce muscle fatigue and stiffness."   Uncovering the Broad-Spectrum Protection of Anthocyanins    

"Researchers continue to discover a wide variety of health benefits provided by berries. Berries contain bioactive natural pigments called anthocyanins. Used for thousands of years in traditional medicine,1 these water-soluble plant pigments are what give plants their wide range of colors, from blue and purple, to red and orange. Anthocyanins have a broad spectrum of biological effects, exerting antimicrobial, cell-protective, antitumor, lipid-lowering, and neuroprotective properties—all of which have implications for disease prevention and promotion of good health.1,3,4 Despite these impressive benefits, the therapeutic opportunities for using anthocyanins have been largely overlooked. Three new studies provide further insight on the potential of anthocyanins to help reduce risks of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and neurodegeneration."   Berries Reduce Disease Risk

"A large proportion of deaths in the modern world are caused by type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and neurodegenerative disorders (such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s). Studies have linked the rising incidence of these conditions in large part to our access to excess calories, which disrupts natural protective processes and causes us to gain weight, increases chronic levels of inflammation, and contributes to cellular aging.5-10 Three new studies on anthocyanins are of particular interest to those afflicted by these degenerative illnesses."   Berries Reduce Disease Risk

"The researchers believe that the ability of anthocyanins to reduce cardiovascular risk might arise from the combination of reduced blood pressure, improved endothelial (blood vessel lining) function, and increased insulin sensitivity."   Berries Reduce Disease Risk

"Recent studies demonstrate that high consumption of anthocyanins is associated with reduced risks of type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease. A new animal study shows that anthocyanin supplementation can protect against brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases."    Berries Reduce Disease Risk

     

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Berries a Powerhouse of Goodness

"A wealth of scientific studies have demonstrated that the natural pigments that give fruits and vegetables their vibrant hues offer remarkable health benefits. A major class of compounds in this category is the flavonoids. Powerful antioxidants, flavonoids are linked with health benefits that include protection from cancer, cardiovascular disease, dementia, diabetes, and stroke, to name just a few."   Life Extension

"I strongly suggest a diet rich in any and all edible berries for cancer. A German colleague of mine revealed the likely secret behind berries' cancer fighting ability. For the normal cells, these chemicals are powerful antioxidants, protecting them from everyday damage. But cancer cells are highly reduced. To them, these chemicals are actually oxidants. Moving the oxidation/reduction potential of a cancer cell toward normal is a great way to induce it to commit apoptosis (cell suicide). If you have cancer, or are at risk, this is important information. I don't think that you can overdose on berries. Eat as many as you can.”   Doctor Robert Rowen MD

“Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cranberries... unless you overeat them, it is hard to go wrong with berries, as they contain powerful phytochemicals such as ellagic acid that provide antioxidant protection, as well as directly inhibit the DNA binding of certain carcinogens. Berries are also excellent sources of vitamin C, carotenes, carotenoids, zinc, potassium, iron, calcium and magnesium; they're high in fiber and low in sugar.”   Reduce Your Heart Attack Risk by Eating Berries

“One of the greatest strategies to prevent against colorectal cancer is to consume a variety of colorful berries. More than 20 types of berries have shown incredible chemoprevention abilities in defending against colorectal cancer. You may have known berries are a rich source of antioxidants, but did you also know that the antioxidant concentration of berries is not easily disturbed by the digestive process and is highly available to the intestines, A plethora of bioavailable compounds are concentrated in berries including flavonoids, phenolic acids, tannins, vitamins, stilbenes, and other nutrient-dense compounds.”    Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: 5 Prevention Tips   Note WOW this is EXACTLY what you want for ANY GI problem

     

We are lucky to be surrounded by berries of all types. Berries are some of the best fruits you can eat; their seeds chock full of the anti-cancer vitamin B17, flavonoids and polyphenols charge your body with antioxidants and more.

It requires about ten daily servings of fruits and vegetables to obtain the level of antioxidant protection recommended by USDA. Berries and other richly colored plants allow you to boost your levels of antioxidant and other protection provided by the berries rich flavonoids,  polyphenols, anthocyanins and other constituents of their colorful high ORAC pigments. The more deeply pigmented a fruit or vegetable is, the more nutritional value it has as a rule.

      

Apoptosis and Berries

"I strongly suggest a diet rich in any and all edible berries for cancer. A German colleague of mine revealed the likely secret behind berries' cancer fighting ability. For the normal cells, these chemicals are powerful antioxidants, protecting them from everyday damage. But cancer cells are highly reduced. To them, these chemicals are actually oxidants. Moving the oxidation/reduction potential of a cancer cell toward normal is a great way to induce it to commit apoptosis (cell suicide). If you have cancer, or are at risk, this is important information. I don't think that you can overdose on berries. Eat as many as you can.”   Doctor Robert Rowen MD, Note we see also these berries have a large proportion of their weight as small thin seeds which contain vitamin B17. Unlike most other fruit we eat these seeds and digest them. Bingo! EAT seeds especially wild seeds

“Cranberries are packed with compounds called proanthocyanidins (PACs). These incredible plant polyphenols promote apoptosis in human ovarian cancer cells, prostate cancer cells, and neuroblastoma cells. They directly reduce cancer-cell division and have cell-killing effects on certain cancer cells.”    Doctor Robert Rowen MD

"Pterostilbene is a compound found primarily in blueberries. It has been the focus of intense longevity research due to its ability to activate three key molecular pathways involved in aging. What makes pterostilbene unique is how it exhibits its life-extending modes of action. For example, pterostilbene induces apoptosis (programmed death) in malignant cells.1 Yet it exerts the opposite effect in the cardiovascular system, where it decreases the risk of atherosclerosis by protecting endothelial cells. This multipurpose compound also helps prevent the dangerous buildup of cellular waste products that interfere with biological activity throughout the body. Pterostilbene, a calorie restriction mimetic, is proving itself to be an important workhorse in the fight against aging."   Activate Three Key Longevity Pathways   Note just another powerful benefit from this wonderful fruit

This Apoptosis benefit of the DELICIOUS Berry Class of food is just one more reason to eat Berries every chance you get. Freeze them for year around benefits.

    

Eat as close to WILD as Possible

"Today only wild fruit contain the Vitamin B17, in the process of hybridization it has been removed. The fruit that we eat today is the product of years of manipulation and cultivation for lushness and abundance and so forth, so the meat to that fruit is free of Vitamin B17. To meet our indwelling needs of Vitamin B17 we must either eat the fruit seed in reasonable quantity or begin supplementing our diet with Vitamin B17 tablets. We can't of course, do that at present, but we hope to see before very long Vitamin B17 available so that we can prevent cancer in the same way we prevent scurvy."    Doctor Ernst Krebs on Cancer

"Hunter-gatherers valued wild berries above all other fruits because they were abundant, naturally sweet, and easy to dry for later use. Although few of our cultivated berries measure up to native berries, most are nutritional superstars nonetheless. As a rough estimate, berries have four times more antioxidant activity than most vegetables, and 40 times more than some cereals."   Eating On The Wild Side

IMO wild food is the most nutritious food available. Often while in the woods you will run across some wild fruit including berries. Please take the opportunity to load up on the goodness these plants offer. Often the wild fruit is NOT as sweet as it's cultivated brethren. This is GOOD; often sugar is bred in as the polyphenols and the goodies are bred out.

Many wild or close to wild berries are resistant to disease and pests and require little care. They require little care because they can take care of themselves. Their powerful antioxidants and other protective substances DEFEAT the bugs and other pests. These same substances will fight the bad guys inside your body.

Buy or transplant inexpensive plants such as aronia, blackberry, crabapple and elderberry in your yard or close to your house. They are nice friends to have around.

     

Maximize Your Berry intake by Home Freezing

Be sure to maximize your year around intake of berries. I pick/buy them in season and freeze them by the gallons to feast on year around. I don't process the fruit in any way other than making sure it is dirt free. Home freezing when you do not destroy the enzymes as is done in commercial freezing with a heating process, retains over 90% of the berries non-light nutrition. Of course eating berries off the vine CANNOT be beat for FULL nutrition.

   

Vitamin B17, Amygdalin in Berries

Amygdalin, often referred to as vitamin B17, is found in usually small amounts in over 1000 foods including cherry pits  as well as apricot, peach, plum and prune pits and apple seeds. Wild berries also provide a good source of amygdalin. As you will see vitamin B17 is one vitamin you do not want to be without if you wish to avoid cancer.

     

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