Blueberries are indeed one of the “super foods” that have been placed on the earth by the Creator! They are a major source of flavonoids, in particular anthocyanins and flavanols.
Blueberries are a good source of vitamin C and they also contain vitamin A, iron, potassium and magnesium.
Blueberries are also thought to be helpful in improving memory function and healthy aging. In fact, they have been shown to cross the blood brain barrier after dietary intake; notwithstanding the precise mechanisms by which these plant-derived molecules affect the brain are unknown.
Even Blueberry leaves contain polyphenols that demonstrate alpha-amylase inhibitor activity and may represent an encouraging adjunctive treatment for type 2 diabetes.
Blueberries And Tumors
Notwithstanding all of the amazing benefits of the blueberry; we want to turn our attention to the promising effects this humble, but powerful, berry may have on tumors, and especially tumors in children.
Pointing to a recent study involving the blueberry; health researcher, John Barron, writes, “The latest news comes from a study out of Ohio State University finding that blueberries may shrink blood vessel tumors in babies while doubling survival rates. The research team fed blueberry extract to mice that had tumors. The mice receiving the extract lived twice as long as those mice that had blood vessel tumors but didn’t take the extract. Also, the tumors in the blueberry mice were 60 percent smaller than those in the control group.”
He points out the significance of this findings saying that, “First, blood vessel tumors are the most common tumors among young children, affecting up to 10 percent of all babies. The tumors pose a significant threat to kids: in about one out of 10 cases, the growths obstruct vital organs. The current treatments of choice include high doses of steroids, and if that doesn’t work, interferon — both disastrous for babies, destroying their immune systems, compromising their neurological development, and triggering other serious side effects such as ulcers, fractures, developmental delays, and severe infections….”
He also points out the potential risks of surgery.
The researchers in the Ohio State University study mentioned above also take the position that the study’s findings indicate that blueberries may also alleviate melanoma, as well as cancers of the breast, ovaries, and head and neck.
Loads Of Evidence
The Ohio State University finding though great is not really that unique with regard to blueberries. For example… the University of Illinois in a 2005 study found that wild blueberries inhibited the initiation and proliferation of bladder and liver cancer cells, chiefly due to the extremely powerful antioxidant in the blueberries that I mentioned earlier called anthocyanin!.
Finally a 2006 study discovered that, pterostilbene, a compound found in blueberries, and chemically related to resveratrol, cut the development of liver cancer lesions in half. This same substance in a 2007 study reduced pre-cancerous lesions of the colon by 57 percent, while several studies simultaneously found that blueberries help fight prostate cancer!
Moral…EAT YOUR BLUEBERRIES!
Keith M Henry is the Director of phase 3ministries, based in Orlando FL. He is medical missionary herbalist, and Naturopathic doctor candidate. Download your free copy of his report, Emergency Herbal Medicine, HERE. It may very well save your life.
These statements have not been approved by the Federal Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any disease. Always consult a competent health professional if you are having problems.Mail this post