Health Benefits of the Blueberry Superfood
Blueberry Juice can Reverse Brain Decline
Blueberries contain polyphenolic compounds (bioactive substances), mostly anthocyanins. Due to this bioactivity, they are full of antioxidants and are also anti-inflammatory. In addition to their cancer-fighting, free-radical scavenging abilities, they are also found to be associated with improved neuronal response in the memory areas of the brain. Improved memory function was seen in a study that supplemented older adults (with early memory decline) for just 12 weeks with wild blueberry juice. Not only did they find improved brain function, they surprisingly found depression symptoms and fasting glucose levels were also reduced. (Keep in mind the study was funded by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America.) (1)
Blueberry Juice can Prevent Brain Decline
A study completed with the help of rodents showed protective brain benefits from blueberry juice when supplemented daily. Rodents given blueberry juice early on in their life cycle had no problems going through a maze later in life, versus the latter. This study shared this exciting news: “…it may be possible to overcome genetic predispositions to Alzheimer disease through diet.” (4)
What Makes the Blueberry a Superfood?
It’s still unknown as to how blueberries aid in reversing and preventing brain function decline. However, this incredible, eye-opening review (click here to read), proposed it has something to do with iron. Professor Douglas Kell has found that poorly bound iron in the body causes hydroxyl radicals that are responsible for many debilitating diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, Stroke, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Friedreich’s Ataxia, Multiple Sclerosis, Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, age-related macular degeneration and many bacterial and viral-caused illnesses.
Components in blueberries are natural chelators, meaning they bind to free iron in the body that can damage tissues and organs. So in addition to binding to those dangling bonds of free radicals it also binds to free iron and limits damage. (2) Excess iron is detrimental, as there is not an active mechanism to excrete it from the body. Therefore, the decision to take an iron supplement should not be taken lightly, especially when giving to infants or children. Read more on supplementing babies here.
Drink Yourself Healthy
Consuming a few blueberries here and there will not even come close to what our bodies need in this highly polluted world we live in. So, what to do? First, eat a variety of highly nutritious, antioxidant containing foods on a daily basis. Second, eat a ton of them. Combining high antioxidant foods “…may increase “health span” and enhance cognitive and motor function in aging”. (3)
A large daily dose of blueberries does a body more than good. Try this yummy superfood blueberry juice recipe made with our star anti-oxidant, the blueberry, paired with 3 other superfoods: spinach, cocoa and chia seeds. I try to drink a superfood juice daily, either with breakfast or mid-afternoon. This one will give those free-radicals and free iron a kick in the pants. The recipe below is fully appropriate for everyone in the family.
And be sure to try the juice perfect for Mondays after a long food-filled weekend: Green Citrus Ginger Juice.
And if you’re looking to add a bit more to this already nutrient-laden juice, add a scoop of Superfood by Boku. It’s the only “additive” I buy, and not because I’m an affiliate. But because it’s made of all organic fruits, vegetables, herbs, probiotics, algaes and enzymes with NO added synthetic vitamins and minerals. Everything in the powder is real food, naturally grown. It’s awesome. If you’re shopping for a superfood, look no further. Here’s their webpage: Boku Superfood.
Invest in a High-Speed Blender/Nutrient Extractor
If you plan on juicing often (or at all) you need a high-speed blender. Not only is it convenient, it works 1,000 times better than your typical blender. Try making a juice in your grandma’s blender and you’ll end up needing to add triple the amount of liquid to blend it together! Most importantly, typical blenders don’t emulsify the juice components so you end up with a broken juice. (It’s nasty, don’t even try!) If you’re serious about juicing and drinking yourself healthier, there is just no substitute for today’s new-age blender system. Plus, being able to make a single serving with minimal mess is priceless.
There are a ton of options to choose from and everyone has their opinion on which one is better. Personally, I have been completely satisfied with the Magic Bullet NutriBullet 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System.
- 1/2 cup Frozen blueberries
- 1/4 cup Spinach
- 1 teaspoon Cocoa
- 1 teaspoon Chia seeds
- 2 teaspoons Agave syrup (optional)
- 6 fluid ounces Water
- Toss all ingredients into your nutrient extractor blender and blend for 5-10 seconds.
- Typical blenders will not produce the results a high-speed mixer system will.
- Kcal 110 | Fat 2g | Sat Fat 0g | Chol 0mg | Sodium 8mg | Carb 25g | Fiber 4g | Sugar 19g | Pro 2g
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Yum! This sounds so great! And super healthy. I love blueberries in a smoothie, and I love that they are so good for you!
We have SO many blueberries in our freezer— and I usually buy a few pints each week for our little snacking toddler. This juice recipe sounds so refreshing and healthy! A must-try!
YUM’d and Stumbled! This looks delicious. A definite must try! Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We’d love to have you for a visit. The Door is OPEN. http://lifewithlorelai.com/2015/07/02/home-matters-linky-party-44/ 🙂
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This sounds really delicious and something new to try. Thank you for sharing this.