Blueberries are recommended for their high content of anti-oxidants (such as anthocyanins), phytoflavinoids, vitamin C, vitamin fiber and manganese and other antioxidants. They are low in calories. Nutritionists and doctors say blueberries can reduce risk of cancer and heart disease. Many other superfoods are also berries, such as acai and wolfberries.
The anti-inflammatory effects of eating blueberries or taking supplements are well established. “Inflammation is a key driver of all chronic diseases…” says Ann Kulze, MD, of Charleston, S.C., author of Dr. Ann’s 10 Step Diet: A Simple Plan for Permanent Weight Loss and Lifelong Vitality. “…so blueberries have a host of benefits.” That’s why these berries are the superfood most often recommended by nutritionists. A half-bowl a day of fresh fruit, or a daily supplement of extract, should have all-around beneficial effects of the health of most people.
Blueberries and Cancer
Though it has not been clearly proven that blueberries can help protect against cancer, laboratory studies on cells and animals have established that blueberry extracts like anthocyanins decrease the damage from free radicals that can cause cancer.
In 2012, a study 93,000 women who consumed at least three portions of blueberries and strawberries weekly experienced a 32% lower risk of heart attack than who ate them once a month or less.
Wild Alaskan Blueberries
The wild variety of this berry contains 20 times the anti-oxidants as the cultivated kind. Eaten by the Tlingit Indians in Alaska for countless years, the wild berry is called kyani, which means “strong medicine.”
These berries are the foundation of Kyani Sunrise, a nutritional beverage that also contains extracts of acai, pomegranate seeds and seven other superfoods. Find out more about Kyani Sunrise with the link below: