In today’s world, disease surrounds us everywhere in one form or another.
For me, disease (cancer specifically) became a huge part of my life at a young age. I learned that a severe disease could touch a seemingly healthy person at any moment in his or her life. I also learned that a person could be living with such a condition for decades before there are any signs of a problem. It wasn’t until my early-adult life that I discovered the value of proper nutrition, and how the lack of it causes so much disease in the modern world. From this, I became familiar with the many “superfoods” that are frequently referred to today.
The wild Alaskan blueberry continues to emerge as a leading superfood, and this is not without good reason!
Study after study continues to show the many benefits of blueberries in general. The wild Alaskan blueberry, however, has ten times the antioxidant level of the common blueberry. They have become widely known for their ability to improve 5 specific areas, which I’ve listed below:
Cognitive function and senility
The research was first performed on humans at the University of Cincinnati in 2010. Aging adults with memory decline showed improvement in mood and memory function with diets supplemented by wild blueberries. This implies that consuming wild blueberries as part of a regular diet could slow the decline of cognitive function and possibly even lessen depression in adults.
Wild blueberries are known to be an excellent source of polyphenols, which research has shown reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases. In 2012, a study examined the correlation between strokes and antioxidant levels (measured by ORAC, or the oxygen radical absorbance capacity) in women. The study resolved “dietary TAC (Total Antioxidant Capacity) is inversely associated with total stroke among cardiovascular disease [CVD]-free women and hemorrhagic stroke among women with a CVD history.”
Blueberries are a big deal for diabetics, so much so that they’ve been referred to as a “diabetes superfood” by the American Diabetes Association. A study from the University of Michigan revealed that blueberries help us process glucose. The study involved lab rats that were given a diet consisting of crushed blueberry powder. The rats showed results of lower blood sugar as well as an increase in sensitivity to glucose. It was even noted that the genes in the rats changed as a result of their blueberry diet to allow their bodies to better process glucose. This is an absolute game changer for Type 2 diabetics who struggle with insulin resistance. I have now met numerous people who have either significantly reduced, or eliminated the need for insulin by incorporating a blueberry product into their daily diet.
It is the wild Alaskan blueberry’s polyphenols that give it anti-cancer capabilities. Studies are showing that regular consumption of blueberries helps kill oral, breast, and even prostate cancer cells. Researchers now believe that a compound present in the blueberry may even help prevent colon cancer.
Many people do not realize that inflammation is at the root of nearly all disease. Whether it is arthritis, cancer, allergies, diabetes, or even the common cold, you will find inflammation as the cause. The wild Alaskan blueberry is known to prevent both inflammation and oxidative stress. A study on athletes concluded that regular consumption of blueberries reduces inflammation and damage from free radicals.
It is for these reasons that I made the wild Alaskan blueberry a part of my daily morning diet over a year ago now, and have felt fantastic ever since! For me as a relatively young, healthy person, I realize that what I don’t feel in my body is just as important as what I do feel. This blueberry plays such a significant role in preventing so many of the devastating, life-changing diseases that we see every day, that it just doesn’t make sense not to have it in our diet.
If you would like to know more about how accessible and affordable it is to make the wild Alaskan blueberry part of your diet, please be sure to reach out to me on my Facebook page.
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