***you can find wild frozen blueberries in the frozen section of your grocery store. Opt from the blueberries from Maine if there is an option...
By Jena Covello and @simpleorganix
Much like its cousin the blueberry, wild blueberries also referred to as lowbush blueberries native to Maine, Massachusetts, Atlantic Canada and Quebec have been growing naturally for thousands of years. This abundant plant has the potential coverage of 150 million blossoms per acre and cultivated by wild bees for pollination. Often referred to as Brúlis (French word for burnt), blueberry growers burn their fields every few years to fertilize the soil. Because these plants are fire resistant and contain hundreds of resilient strains of genetic makeup, many state this techniques adds to their health benefits and adaptation to all climates, weather and forms of survival. Also loaded with Vitamin C, K, manganese, polyphenols, anthocyanins, anthocyanidins, zinc, flavonoids, resveratrol, and as of yet “unknown cofactor adaptogenic amino acids” according to Medical Medium. He also states this fruit should be labeled as the top and best Adaptogenic food available to man.
Some of the differences and benefits between blueberries and wild blueberries are:
Size: Wild Blueberries are naturally much smaller than regular blueberries but hold their shape better in baking applications. They have a smaller water content and yield more berries per pound.
Taste: Wild Blueberries have a sweeter and tart flavor with an intense blueberry scent. They maintain their flavor and quality for up to two years when frozen or dried.
Antioxidant: Wild Blueberries emerged as the leader in total antioxidant (protect your body from free radicals which contribute to aging and disease) capacity per serving using a laboratory research procedure called Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity and have 2 times the antioxidant power of regular berries. Because of the dozens of antioxidants they contain, it is also the only food that monitors your stress levels, toxicity levels and figures out the best way to heal you, according to the Medical Medium.
Photochemicals: Wild blueberries contain the highest total phenolic content per servings. Phenolics are phytochemical compounds in plants that protect the fruit, contribute to the color and possess high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Because of the high antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties, a research team from the University of Maine determined wild blueberries reduce chronic inflammation and improve the abnormal lipid profile andgene expression associated with obesity, hypertension, inflammation, dyslipidemia, glucose intolerance, insulin resistance, and endothelial dysfunction.
All of the healing properties of this brilliant berry has yet to be discovered, but some of the diseases and ailments that it may help that we are aware of are as follows:
- heavy metal detoxifier & chelator
- gut restoration, potent prebiotic
- liver restoration
- cancer fighter (all varieties) through Apoptosis
- heart health, reduction of plaque
- brain & cognitive function restoration, improve memory
- Alzheimer’s disease, reverse short term memory loss
- diabetes type 1 & 2, lowers blood sugar levels
- kidney and urinary tract health
- eye health restoration
- weight loss & reduction of fat in the body
- prevents grey hair, wrinkles & acne
- immune system booster
- reduction of blood pressure & cholesterol
- reduction of stress, anxiety & depression
- central nervous system restoration & protection from nerve degeneration
- improves navigational skills, motor skills, balance & coordination
- improves emotional symptoms connected to being criticized, depreciated, discredited, mistreated, or neglected, according to the Medical Medium
All of these amazing properties of Wild Blueberries have caught the attention of scientist all over the world, and vigorous studies have begun on the potential health benefits.
- 2008 study conducted by the University of Louisville states rats with estrogen-mediated mammary tumorigenesis had a tumor reduction of 40% using wild blueberry powder.
- Research Institute of City of Hope in CA, demonstrated the potential of Wild blueberries that inhibited the growth of Triple Negative Breast Cancer.
- Biomedical Research done at Louisiana State University found daily consumption of wild blueberries helped drastically reduce the risk of people susceptible to type 2 diabetes
- Chinese study published in 2014 showed Polyphenols from Wild blueberries reduced many markers of inflammation.
- A study published in 2013 in Italy showed wild blueberries seemed sufficient to improve cell antioxidant defense against DNA damage.
Many studies also found that Wild blueberries worked synergistically with the help of other foods in preventing and treating diseases such as:
Apples: protection from oxidative DNA damage.
Cranberries: kidney, gut & blood health
Banana & Red Dragonfruit: Liver repair
Grapes: cancer fighting & immune system booster
Strawberry & Spinach: cognitive & motor skills repair
Walnuts: Alzheimer’s & cognitive function repair
Black Currants & Raspberries: cholesterol reduction
Cilantro & Dulse: heavy metal removal
Oatmeal: heart health
Watermelon: detoxification, weight loss
Are wild blueberries the future of healing and disease? Many seem to think so and we happen to agree!
***THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN APPROVED OR REGULATED BY THE FDA. WE ARE NOT DOCTORS, THEREFORE ALWAYS CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR FIRST.