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Blueberry Protocol

     

Don’t pass up this versatile health tool. I have at least a gram/day as part of my Vitamin C Complex Components.

     

Since Bilberries and Blueberries are very similar please also see Bilberry Protocol   Note bilberry is often much less expensive yet may supply many of these Blueberry benefits

There is absolutely no question that all of us who care for our brains and bodies should be supplementing with and eating fresh when possible, blueberries/bilberries, DO IT!

    

“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

“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

"Researchers studied the effect blueberries had when added to the diet of rats. After 90 days, rats that received a blueberry-enriched diet had less abdominal fat, lower triglycerides, lower cholesterol, and improved fasting glucose and insulin sensitivity." USDA Human Nutrition Center

"In a USDA Human Nutrition Research Center laboratory study, researchers fed blueberry extractions to lab mice. The extractions were the equivalent of a human eating one cup of blueberries per day. The mice were then run through a series of motor tests. The mice who were given the blueberry extractions performed better than the control group on motor functions and memory. They also showed an increase of exploratory behavior."  Blueberries and rat performance

"When researchers analyzed fruits and vegetables for their antioxidant capability, blueberries came out on top, rating highest in their capacity to destroy free radicals (Wu X et al 2004). In 2005, scientists discovered mechanisms to explain how blueberries can improve memory and restore healthy neuronal function to aged brains. The astounding conclusion of researchers was that the favorable effects of blueberries on brain function are analogous to those seen with long-term calorie restriction."  Joseph JA et al 1999; Lau FC et al 2005

"A Canadian study has found that enhanced blueberry juice helped manage, and even prevent, obesity and diabetes in mice - a finding researchers are hoping will lead to similar results in humans. Researchers at the University of Montreal said they've discovered that blueberry juice transformed by a bacteria found on the skin of the fruit halted the progression of the two conditions in mice."

“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 one study scientists found blueberry fed rats performed significantly better on tests of object recognition memory than a control group suggesting that supplementation with blueberries restored youthful levels of function in the aging brain."  Life Extension

"Subjects were assigned to receive a daily dose of blueberry juice equivalent to between six and nine ml per kilogram of body weight per day. Results showed significant improvements in improved learning and word list recall. There was also a trend toward reduced depressive symptoms and lower glucose levels.   Blueberries Help Improve Memory in Older Adults."   Blueberries help improve memory

"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

"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

Blueberries not only taste delicious, they are powerhouses of nutrition, ranking at the very top of the list of fresh fruits and vegetables. They are full of antioxidants which help your body neutralize free radicals, molecules that can harm brain cells and brain function. Blueberries, especially grown wild, can give an enormous boost to your health."   Doctor Joseph Mercola MD

"Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and vitamins. But new research shows that blueberry fiber is also important and can alleviate and protect against intestinal inflammations, such as ulcerative colitis. The protective effect is even better if the blueberries are eaten together with probiotics. Blueberries are rich in polyphenols, which have an antimicrobial and ant oxidative effect. The combination of blueberries and probiotics reduced inflammation-inducing bacteria in the intestine at the same time as the number of health-promoting lactobacilla increased.”   Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology 2009;44(10):1213-25

"Recent research shows blueberries can be a great ally in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Blueberries limit brain injury caused by ischemic stroke. Blueberries work by protecting the brain against oxidative damage and inflammation. The two main causes behind mental decline.”   Doctor Al Sears MD

"Researchers in New Zealand have discovered that antioxidant-rich extracts of blueberries may counter the detrimental effect of excessive exercise. Damage to muscle cells exposed to oxidative stress was significantly reduced when also exposed to doses of blueberry fruit extracts, according to findings published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research.”    Blueberries Good for Muscle Damage Caused by Exercise

"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

"Blueberries and raspberries rate very high in antioxidant capacity compared to other fruits and vegetables. They are also lower in sugar than many other fruits. As mentioned earlier, black currants are another potent source of antioxidants."   Doctor Joseph Mercola MD

“In experiments with cultured mouse cells we found that blueberry and strawberry extracts inhibited a protein that interferes with autophagy. The results strongly suggest that the benefits of both berries extend beyond the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects to cellular toxic clearance through induction of autophagy in brain,"   Doctor Shibu Poulose, PhD USDA, Note the autophagy process is very protective for the brain

"Now, an important human study has confirmed the connection between blueberries and brain health. This study showed that blueberries increase brain activity and improve working memory. It is the first to link these cognitive benefits to specific changes in brain function and improvements in brain blood flow. Brain blood flow is a vital component of brain function, memory, and cognition. Diminished brain blood flow is a cause of ischemic stroke, mild cognitive impairment, and neurodegenerative disorders. One of many ways that blueberries promote brain function is to improve cerebral circulation, which has strong implications in helping to combat neuro-degenerative disorders."    Blueberries Enhance Brain Blood Flow

"Another powerful and far-reaching cause of deteriorating cognition and memory in aging adults is excitotoxicity.17 This term describes the damage done to brain cells by persistent excitatory stimuli, which are those that trigger ever-increasing activity of brain cells. This activity generates massive oxidative stress, and over time it results in chronic, low-grade inflammation, which imposes even more oxidative stress in a vicious, age-promoting cycle. Lab studies show that blueberry polyphenols can fight the brain cell-destroying effects of excitotoxicity, the oxidative stress it induces, and the resulting inflammatory damage."   Blueberries Enhance Brain Blood Flow

"Blueberries have been shown in rats to protect against the toxicity caused by beta-amyloid proteins, which are implicated in Alzheimer’s disease.20 Beta-amyloid imposes massive oxidative stress and triggers inflammation in brain tissue—effects that blueberries combat with precision, in part by promoting natural defense systems in brain tissue, and in part by down regulating inflammatory responses. Research also shows that blueberry supplements can fight the accumulation of equally toxic tau proteins associated with both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease."   Blueberries Enhance Brain Blood Flow

 

     

One cup of blueberries per day helps relieve high blood pressure and hardened arteries

      

Blueberries A Super Food

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"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

"Blueberries contain the powerful polyphenol anthocyanin. Research has shown that your brain incorporates these molecules into the brain structures involved with memory. Neurons can communicate easier with these molecules. Also, neurons become more resistant to stress. Other studies on anthocyanins from grape juice have shown them to help memory. Anthocyanins have strong anti-inflammatory properties! I've repeatedly urged readers to eat more berries. I consider blueberries a "superfood", as I do blackberries and even strawberries. However, please be sure to eat only organic berries. Conventional strawberries have large of amounts of pesticides and herbicides in them.”   Doctor Robert Rowen MD

"Until recently, the majority of scientific research on blueberries has focused on the cognitive benefits of this fruit. Multiple studies have shown that blueberries slow age-related damage to brain cells and protect memory-associated brain regions from oxidant and inflammatory damage.1,2 The result is improvements in overall cognitive function.3,4 Researchers have uncovered new data showing that blueberries delay aging and promote longevity. In laboratory experiments, blueberries and their extracts have extended the life span in two different models of aging.5,6 Additionally, blueberries have been shown to fight DNA damage, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and even cancer. Rich in anthocyanins and pterostilbenes, blueberries are becoming a critical component of a science-based longevity program."   Blueberries Increase Life Span Across Species

"Blueberries are packed with polyphenols, especially flavonoids called anthocyanins that stimulate neurogenesis. More specifically, the anthocyanin dye, which causes the dark blue color, crosses the blood-brain-barrier to stimulate neurogenesis. Blueberries have been shown to reverse cognitive decline in both humans and animals. Mice bred to develop Alzheimer’s showed improvements in memory when fed blueberries."   The Neurogenesis Diet & Lifestyle Interview with author Brant Cortright, PhD

Blueberries with their flavonoids are packed with nutrients and are at the top (See ORAC Protocol) of the fruit kingdom for their antioxidant (See Antioxidant Protocol) capability. Blueberries neutralize free radical (See Free Radical Protocol) damage to the collagen (See Collagen Protocol) matrix of cells and tissues that can lead to cataracts, glaucoma, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, peptic ulcers, heart disease and cancer. Blueberries improve the integrity of support structures in the veins and entire vascular system by preventing free-radical damage to the collagen matrix. Blueberries are especially beneficial to your brain and heart.

    

Blueberry Benefits

"Standardized blueberry extracts provide the most reliable means of delivering the vital flavonoid components to your body."   Life Extension, Note I take some bilberry each day in my Vitamin C Complex Components supplements

"Blueberries show great promise in fighting our so-called diseases of civilization. In animal studies, the fruit has prevented tumor formation, slowed the growth of existing tumors, lowered blood pressure, reduced arterial plaque buildup, and soothed inflammation. It also prevented obesity and diabetes in rats fed a high-fat, high-calorie, and high-sugar lab chow—in other words, a replica of the typical American diet. Choose the freshest. Examine and reject those that contain soft, moldy, leaking, or shriveled fruit. If you don’t eat them right away, store in the crisper drawer and don’t rinse off the bloom [the natural waxy coating] until you eat. Frozen berries are almost as nutritious as fresh. The highest-quality are those that are flash frozen. Cooked berries, believe it or not, have greater antioxidant levels than fresh. Even canned are better for you than fresh-picked fruit, provided you consume the canning liquid along with the berries. Cooking and canning rearranges the structure of the the phytonutrients and makes them more bioavailable.  Dried berries are convenient, but 50 to 80% of antioxidant value is lost in the process…as polyphenol oxidases are breaking down their phytonutrients."   Eating On The Wild Side

"Our findings suggest that regular consumption of blueberries could potentially delay the progression of prehypertension to hypertension, therefore reducing cardiovascular disease risk," said Sarah A. Johnson, assistant director of the Center for Advancing Exercise and Nutrition Research on Aging. Published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the paper is called "Daily blueberry consumption improves blood pressure and arterial stiffness in postmenopausal women with pre- and stage 1-hypertension." Johnson says she was interested in examining how functional foods, like blueberries, prevent and reverse negative health outcomes, particularly in postmenopausal women."   Blueberries and Hypertension

"Blueberry extracts have demonstrated robust DNA repair properties. The memory-boosting and brain-protecting benefits of blueberries have long been a promising area of research. Newer studies are showing that blueberries delay the aging process through a variety of mechanisms, including repairing DNA damage and favorably modulating genes associated with aging.3-7 The ability to repair DNA is an essential longevity mechanism. A fascinating laboratory study found that the compounds in blueberries could increase mean life span by 28%. In humans, that is equal to over 22 years!3 Particularly impressive is a study indicating that when added to a calorie-restricted diet, the compounds found in blueberries significantly increased life span beyond that of calorie restriction alone."    Blueberries Boost Longevity Beyond Calorie Restriction

"Ultraviolet (UV) light produces DNA damage that plays an important role in causing a variety of diseases. When scientists exposed cells in culture first to UV light and then to blueberry extracts, they found both a reduction in reactive oxygen species and reduced DNA damage.42 Closer examination showed that cells were protected even after DNA damage had occurred, the mechanism being related to decreased genetic expression of stress-induced signaling proteins. This study showed that blueberry anthocyanins protect DNA from damage and protect cells from the consequences of DNA damage that did occur."    Blueberries Boost Longevity Beyond Calorie Restriction

"Light-induced damage can lead to debilitating ocular conditions such as age-related macular degeneration,19 a major cause of blindness in the elderly population.20 Part of what happens when there is excessive light damage is the oxidation of fatty acids that compromise health and threaten retinal cells. Researchers evaluated the impact that daily visible light exposure had on retinal fatty acids and then assessed the benefits of supplementation with blueberries and their impact on lipid peroxidation. In this study, blueberries were shown to reduce lipid peroxidation, confirming their protection to the retina."   Newly Discovered Benefits of Blueberries

"Blueberries have even more health benefits than previously believed, including the ability to improve mobility and reduce the risk of life-threatening falls in the elderly. New evidence shows that blueberries can help protect the retina, reduce risk factors involved in atherosclerosis, and protect against structural changes in the brain that lead to Alzheimer’s dementia. "   Newly Discovered Benefits of Blueberries

"A noteworthy result was that the mice who received the nutrient combination (blueberry, phosphatidylserine, and omega-3) showed an increased amount of acetylcholine,28 which is a neurotransmitter that facilitates the transmission of impulses between neurons. Acetylcholine deficiency has been linked in the development of Alzheimer’s.29,30 "   Newly Discovered Benefits of Blueberries

"New research has found that concentrated blueberry juice is linked to improvements in brain blood-flow and cognitive function in older people. Researchers believe the flavonoids and pterostilbene content of blueberries, which can be obtained more easily and in greater concentration in supplement form, is likely responsible for these beneficial effects."   Blueberries Improve Brain Function in Elderly

    

  • Increase Life Span 

  • Protects against Alzheimer's Disease

  • CVD benefits

  • Immune System benefits

  • Improves Brain Function

  • Eye Benefits

  • Lose Weight and Lower Obesity-Related Risk Factors

  • Avoid Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes

  • Blueberry extracts fight elevated blood sugar levels and reduce insulin resistance

  • Blueberry extracts lower blood pressure

  • Blueberry extracts reduce blood levels of total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol

  • Blueberries enhance exercise effects

  • Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

  • Protect Yourself Against Cancer

  • Blueberry extracts block DNA damage

  • Numerous cognitive benefits

     

Blueberries and Your Heart and Cardiovascular System

"Our study findings suggest a cardioprotective role of dietary achievable doses of blueberries in men and women with metabolic syndrome, which includes a significant decrease in systolic and diastolic blood pressures and plasma ox-LDL and lipid peroxidation," they write. "Our clinical data are supported by previously reported mechanistic studies and limited human intervention studies using single or mixed berries or anthocyanin extracts. However, our findings specifically show the cardioprotective effects of blueberries in improving features of metabolic syndrome."    Blueberries protect against cardiovascular disease risk factors in metabolic syndrome patients

"Cardiovascular diseases arise from many different factors; blueberry supplementation directly counteracts many of the most dangerous factors, including lipid disturbances, blood vessel stiffness, and vulnerability to infarction, thereby reducing the size and impact of tissue damage related to atherosclerosis. ... Successful longevity requires more than just DNA repair and slowing immunosenescence. Increasing cardiac health and reducing the risk of cancer and diabetes are also part of the equation. Blueberry compounds play an active role in reducing these risks as well. "    Blueberries Boost Longevity Beyond Calorie Restriction

"At the end of six weeks, total cholesterol in the mice that received the blueberry extract was approximately 29% lower. LDL (bad cholesterol) was approximately 34% lower in the mice given blueberry extract while HDL (good cholesterol) was close to 40% higher.18 Triglycerides are a type of fat that accumulates inside normal cells turning them into fat cells (adipocytes). Homocysteine is a deleterious amino acid that causes inflammation on artery walls. Remarkably, the study revealed that both triglycerides and homocysteine were reduced by almost 50% in the blueberry extract-supplemented group compared to controls."   Newly Discovered Benefits of Blueberries

 

Wild Blueberries (Vaccinium myrtillus) [Bilberries] Alleviate Inflammation and Hypertension Associated with Developing Obesity in Mice Fed with a High-Fat Diet

One cup of blueberries per day helps relieve high blood pressure and hardened arteries

Blueberries have been shown to possess several cardioprotective mechanisms, including anti-oxidative, antiinflammatory, antihypertensive, antidiabetic, anti-obesity and anti-hyperlipidemic effects.

     

Your Immune System and Blueberries 

Six weeks of consuming a glass of the blueberry drink were associated with significant increases in Bifidobacterium spp., while no changes were observed in other bacterial species, including Bacteroides and Clostridium coccoides. The wild blueberry drink may also be interesting as a basis for the formulation of a 'functional' drink that could combine the positive prebiotic activity observed of the wild blueberry components with the probiotic activity of live Bifidobacterium and/or Lactobacillus strains,"    Blueberry Drink May Help Boost Beneficial Gut Bacteria

“New data from a mouse study suggest that adding blueberries or broccoli to the diet may shift the balance of bacteria colonizing the gut and improve inflammation associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Lab animals fed a diet containing either broccoli or blueberries displayed a significant decrease in gut levels of E. coli and other bacterial strains associated with IBD, according to findings published in Nutrition.”   Blueberry and Broccoli May Boost Bowel Health

The Bifidobacterium and other bacteria are known to be important in developing a healthy gut flora and thus a healthy immune system.

      

Aging and Blueberries

"Frailty is the medical term used to describe weakness, immobility, and loss of coordination that afflicts the elderly. Frailty and osteoporosis are major causes of the falls and bone fractures that can terminate independent living for senior citizens. Blueberries have been found to improve mobility in the elderly, which can play a significant role in reducing the risk of life-threatening falls.9 Published research reveals that blueberries favorably impact cells throughout our bodies. Ingestion of blueberry polyphenols facilitates critical DNA repair needed to maintain youthful cell integrity. This Research Update describes recent studies that confirm broad-spectrum benefits associated with blueberry polyphenols. "   Newly Discovered Benefits of Blueberries

"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

“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

"Until recently, the majority of scientific research on blueberries has focused on the cognitive benefits of this fruit. Multiple studies have shown that blueberries slow age-related damage to brain cells and protect memory-associated brain regions from oxidant and inflammatory damage.1,2 The result is improvements in overall cognitive function.3,4 Researchers have uncovered new data showing that blueberries delay aging and promote longevity. In laboratory experiments, blueberries and their extracts have extended the life span in two different models of aging.5,6 Additionally, blueberries have been shown to fight DNA damage, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and even cancer. Rich in anthocyanins and pterostilbenes, blueberries are becoming a critical component of a science-based longevity program."   Blueberries Increase Life Span Across Species

In 2005, scientists discovered mechanisms to explain how blueberries can improve memory and restore healthy neuronal function to aged brains. The astounding conclusion of researchers was that the favorable effects of blueberries on brain function are analogous to those seen with long-term calorie restriction."  Joseph JA et al 1999; Lau FC et al 2005

Blueberries and Bilberries are a MUST for us elder citizens. I usually take a gram or two of supplements and eat the berries when fresh and eat frozen berries, quite nutritious, most days.

  

Blueberries Activate Three Key Longevity Pathways

"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

"Another way pterostilbene can extend lifespan and ameliorate age-related diseases is by preventing the buildup of age-related cellular waste products.37 These aggregates of damaged and cross-linked proteins, known as lipofuscin, are detrimental to normal cell functions. The rate of lipofuscin formation is closely related to the level of cellular oxidative stress. Studies suggest that lipofuscin may be involved in the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease by causing mitochondrial dysfunction and by activating an innate immune response that can damage neurons. The rate of lipofuscin formation is closely related to the level of cellular oxidative stress. Studies suggest that lipofuscin may be involved in the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease by causing mitochondrial dysfunction and by activating an innate immune response that can damage neurons."   Activate Three Key Longevity Pathways

"Pterostilbene’s established ability to work in concert with other CR mimetics provides an opportunity to take advantage of the compound’s synergistic lifespan-extending effects. Blueberries are the primary dietary source of pterostilbene. Study after study has shown that consuming blueberries can prevent and mitigate age-related cognitive disorders,50,51 and higher intakes of blueberries have been found to reduce the rate of cognitive decline."   Activate Three Key Longevity Pathways

 

Blueberries can activate three important anti-aging pathways. You can read the article to learn their importance.

1) mTOR

2) AMPK

3) Sirtuins

    

Blueberries WHF

    

Dark Berries

The dark blue, purple or black berries seem to be especially healthful. Cranberry is a close relative of the blueberry and may many of the same health benefits. Black raspberries contain many vitamins, minerals, phenols and phytosterols, which are known to individually prevent cancer in animals.

Buy these gems in season and freeze them for year around health.

Blueberry Nutritional Data

http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts-C00001-01c20Tr.html

More on Blueberry:

http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=8#healthbenefits

     

Blueberry/Bilberry Leaf Extract Protocol

“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

“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

"Blueberries, which grow in harsh, sandy soils, often in dry conditions and at high altitudes, contain the highest known concentrations of many such bioactive molecules. Research shows that, in addition to their ability to protect brain tissue and function from the ravages of aging, blueberries contribute to better health in most body systems. Blueberries and their extracts now show promise in preventing and mitigating human cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome (which includes obesity, lipid disturbances, and hypertension), and cancer. Daily supplementation with standardized blueberry extracts may help ward off life-shortening degenerative diseases currently treated with prescription drugs. The most exciting finding, however, is that blueberry-pomegranate-green tea extracts may enable you to live significantly longer—even if you are already practicing calorie restriction."   Blueberries Boost Longevity Beyond Calorie Restriction   Note this suggests these three supplements should be taken DAILY

Bilberry  

"Bilberry, a relative of the blueberry, promotes frontline prevention against cardiovascular disease by significantly inhibiting angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE), which contributes to hypertension by promoting narrowing of the arteries (vasoconstriction). Bilberries improve insulin sensitivity, which may help ward off diabetes. They also enhance short-term memory in animal models, suggesting the potential to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease."   Uncovering the Broad-Spectrum Protection of Anthocyanins

 

Blueberry/Bilberry Leaf Extract a flavonoid rich anti-oxidant has been shown to lower blood sugar and is helpful for treating and preventing Type 2 Diabetes. Blueberry Leaf Extract helps your insulin (See Insulin Protocol) get your blood glucose into your cells. You need about 400mg of Blueberry Leaf Extract standardized to 20% Chlorogenic acid per day taken in divided doses with meals. I take some bilberry, very close to blueberry each day in my Vitamin C Complex Components supplements

Eating lots of blueberries and any fruit which resembles a blueberry is going to help you also.

  

Also See Bilberry

Also See Berries

 

 

This site was last updated on 20 February 2018 09:21 AM

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