Do you ever feel you have unacceptable brain fog or feel like you are aging faster than you should be? We certainly did when we had advanced Lymes and prions.
We looked for ways to preserve and enhance our cognitive powers.
One of the things we’ve done (to support other interventions) for the last 4-5 years is eat wild blueberries – lots of them. We buy quantities of them frozen in 1 pound bags at our Trader Joe’s (or search a store by state here).
Wild Blueberries Health Benefits are Well Studied:
Studies of wild blueberries keep coming in, and for good reason! Studies show they:
- Act as antioxidants that can prevent many degenerative diseases with daily consumption
- Protect the retina from the sun’s UV rays
- Kill viruses/inhibit triglycerides and are protective of the liver
- Contain brain-building anthocyanins with strong anti-inflammatory effects
- Promote recovery from exercise-induced muscle damage
- Prebiotic that modifies gut microbiota
- Are an anti-obesity food by down-regulating fat-accumulating genes
- Strongly reverse age-related cognitive deficits
- Contain polyphenols that improve cerebral blood flow and blood vessel function
- May lower the risk of type 2 diabetes
- Stimulate osteoblasts and strengthen bones
The Medical Medium claims: “One of the world’s most powerful foods is hiding on low, scrubby bushes in plain sight. I’m talking about the wild blueberry. There is not a cancer that wild blueberries cannot prevent, nor a disease known to humankind that they do not protect you from. Do not confuse wild blueberries with their larger, cultivated cousins, which, while great for your health, don’t offer even a fraction of wild blueberries’ power.”
Wild blueberry plants can be burned to the ground, and they will come back stronger than ever. Few other foods on the planet have the ability to thrive on such acidic, low-fertility soils through long and cold, harsh winters. And in their struggle to survive their environment, they develop special strength and attributes we can benefit from.
For more in depth, read: The Story of Wild Blueberries – Thousands of Years in the Making
Wild Blueberries Have Power in Their Pigment
Anthocyanins are the plant compounds found in the skin of the wild blueberry that give them their beautiful blue hue.
Extensive research shows anthocyanins have potential antitumor effects including:
- inhibiting proliferation
- stimulating apoptosis or autophagy of cancer cells
- reversing drug resistance of cancer cells
- increasing their sensitivity to chemotherapy
Wild blueberries have 2x the antioxidants of ordinary blueberries (which is saying a lot!)
Wild Blueberries have 33% more anthocyanins than ordinary blueberries -another huge boost when it comes to keeping your brain and body running strong.
Antioxidants get rid of the free radicals in the body, while fighting the inflammation that leads to long-term chronic disease and aging.
“Using ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) testing, USDA researcher Ronald Prior, Ph.D., found that a one-cup serving of Wild Blueberries has more total antioxidant capacity (TAC) than 20 other fruits and veggies, including cranberries, strawberries, plums, raspberries and even cultivated blueberries.” (source)
Mean Scores for Total ORAC µmol TE/100 g and TP mg GAE/100 g) http://www.orac-info-portal.de/download/ORAC_R2.pdf (pg. 20)
This new study demonstrates that wild blueberries can affect kids’ cognitive brain function and mental performance, not just adults. Adding these brightly colored fruits is a way to get beneficial flavonoids into children, and they taste so good!
Make sure you’re getting true Wild Blueberries:
- look for the words “Wild Blueberries” on the front of the package
- check the list of ingredients on the back of the package for the word “wild”
You can always feel the berries in the bag. If they are small and pea-sized, chances are you’ve got the wild ones!
“True healthcare reform starts in your own kitchen, not in Washington.” ~Anonymous
“Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.” ~3 John 1:2