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  • 1. Blueberry Health Report By Traverse Bay Farms http://www.traversebayfarms.com Toll Free: 1-877-746-7477
  • 2. Blueberries: Enjoy a Healthy and More Active Lifestyle Table of Contents Introduction: The Blueberry!............................................................................... ........4 What is an Antioxidant?.................................................................................. .........5 What are Anthocyanins?................................................................................. .........5 Blueberry Nutritional Information:...........................................................................6 Seven Simple Ways to Get Blueberries into Your Daily Diet........................................9 Blueberry Supplements and Blueberry Products.......................................................10 Sources for Blueberry Products and Blueberry Information:.....................................11 Feel free to share the blueberry report with your friends, family and co-workers. Blueberries – Helps Maintain Healthy Brain Function* Page 2
  • 3. Blueberries: Enjoy a Healthy and More Active Lifestyle Disclaimer: The disclosure of the information in this special blueberry report is protected under the 1st Amendment of the United States. This information is provided for informational and educational purposes only. It is not meant to be a substitute for medical or other advice provided by your medical professional. This special report is not intended to be used as a medical source. The information in this report is not intended to be used for diagnosing or treating any health or medical problem or disease. The information and/or statements made in this report have not been evaluated by any professional medical body or association and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you believe or suspect you may have a health condition, problem please consult your professional healthcare provider immediately. You do not have permission to copy, change, delete or add information to this special book. *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat cure or prevent any disease. - The sources used for this book are from various public information sources readily available on the Internet. It is believe that the information in this book is readily and generally known and available in the public domain. Blueberries – Helps Maintain Healthy Brain Function* Page 3
  • 4. Blueberries: Enjoy a Healthy and More Active Lifestyle Introduction: The Blueberry! For decades, folklore and families stories about the natural health benefits of blueberries have been passed from generation to generation. It has been a common believe that certain foods provide natural health benefits and food can offer much more than just dietary value. Thanks to modern food research technology and the dedicated efforts of countless food researchers, we are learning more about the natural health benefits of food, including blueberries. This special report will introduce you to the antioxidant properties and health benefits of the little blue fruit called the blueberry. Ongoing research from medical universities and clinical research shows that blueberry may benefit the human body by: • Helping to maintain healthy eyes* • Helping to maintain healthy brain function* • Helping to maintain a healthy urinary tract infection* • Providing the body with free radical fighting ORAC units Blueberry, like many other foods are a natural source of vitamins, antioxidants and other vital phytochemicals. One area that has attracted attention from many individuals and research professionals are the occurring Anthocyanins. However, before we go any further, let’s take a closer look that definition of: antioxidants and Anthocyanins. Blueberries – Helps Maintain Healthy Brain Function* Page 4
  • 5. Blueberries: Enjoy a Healthy and More Active Lifestyle What is an Antioxidant? An antioxidant may be defined as “any of various substances (as beta-carotene, vitamin C, and alpha-tocopherol) that inhibit oxidation or reactions promoted by oxygen and peroxides and include many held to protect the living body from the deleterious effects of free radicals.” So it appears that antioxidants help to protect the body from the ravishing affects of free radicals. So what are free radicals? Free radicals are unstable molecules that have lost an oxygen molecule. These unstable molecules steal oxygen molecules from healthy cells to replace their lost oxygen molecules. A good excellent of the affects of free radicals on healthy cells is the browning of a freshly cut apple or potato. You have probably noticed how a freshly cut apple or a potato begins to brown within 20 minutes or so after you cut the fruit or vegetable. If so, you have witnessed the affects of free radicals. The browning of the exposed fruit is what is called “cellular rust.” Antioxidants help the body to fight free radicals and help to slow the aging process*. What are Anthocyanins? Anthocyanins are responsible for giving Mother Nature her countless vibrant colors. Anthocyanins are present in every fruit and vegetable that has color. The overwhelming presence of this pigment is especially present and easily seen when you visit the produce section of your local farm market or grocery store. Anthocyanins are present in cherries, blueberries, apples, strawberries and red raspberries to name a few fruits. Anthocyanins are also the phytochemicals responsible for changing the colors of the leaves from green to fiery red, yellow, orange, purple and blue during the cooler fall months. The phytoprotective capabilities found in Anthocyanins have long been the study of botanists. To date, over 300 distinct types of Anthocyanins have been identified. Based upon research, Blueberries – Helps Maintain Healthy Brain Function* Page 5
  • 6. Blueberries: Enjoy a Healthy and More Active Lifestyle Anthocyanins belong to one class of flavonoids. This class of flavonoids include a number of different classes including flavonones, flavones, flavonols and flavon-3-ols to name a few. According to research, different classes of flavonoids offer different oxidations rates. Thus, from a pure oxidative standpoint, different fruits and vegetables offer different oxidative degrees. Fortunately, blueberries rank among the top fruits according to the USDA. Blueberry Nutritional Information: Below is the nutrition information for several different types of blueberry products from the USDA: A daily serving (1/4 cup – 100g) of fresh blueberries provides the following: • 84 Calories • 1.10 g protein • 21.45 g Carbohydrates • .49g Fat A daily serving (1 oz. – 100g) of frozen blueberry • 28 Calories • .65 g protein • 18.86 g Carbohydrates • .99 g Fat Blueberries – Helps Maintain Healthy Brain Function* Page 6
  • 7. Blueberries: Enjoy a Healthy and More Active Lifestyle What How Does the Blueberry Help Maintain Healthy Eyes?* As stated in a prior paragraph, this little blue fruit has high amounts of a naturally occurring compound called Anthocyanins. The Anthocyanins is what gives this fruit its blue hue. Anthocyanins have an amazing effect on the human body in helping to maintain healthy eyes*. Ongoing research indicates Anthocyanins can help the capillaries in the eyes and help maintain healthy peripheral circulation*. This basically means that currently available research published on several health related websites, blueberries may help to maintain healthy blood flow in and around the eyes*. Thus, this improved blood flow may be responsible for the numerous claims of healthy vision and helping to fight eye related irritations. One interesting study during World War II was conducted on British Air Force pilots who ate blueberry jam on their bread. These British pilots were found to be more accurate in their bombing missions than other pilots. The European study was conducted on the bilberry, which is the European cousin of the blueberry. Other documented evidence between bilberries and eyesight has been published from countries across the globe. According to research results published on the Wild Blueberries Association’s website, Japanese research touts the ability for blueberries help fight eye fatigue. Blueberries are Good Brain Food Numerous studies conducted on blueberries point to interesting results. A study from a 1999 USDA research showed a diet rich in blueberry extract helped to the brain to maintain healthy brain function and healthy short-term memory in aged rats. In addition, a 2004 USDA published reports that indicated Wild Blueberries ranked #1 in antioxidant capacity when compared to 20 other fruits. As stated previously, antioxidants assist the body to fight free radicals. A free radical is an unstable oxygen molecule that has lost one or more of its electrons. These unbalanced molecules are extremely reactive with other molecules. To offset this imbalance, free radicals attempt to steel needed electrons from other molecules. Blueberries – Helps Maintain Healthy Brain Function* Page 7
  • 8. Blueberries: Enjoy a Healthy and More Active Lifestyle So fighting free radicals in the brain is vital, since is the brain accounts for about 2% of total body weight, yet it represents approximately 20% of oxygen consumption of the body. The consumption of blueberries can help the brain maintain healthy brain function.* Blueberries are a major source of flavonoids that have diverse biochemical and antioxidant benefits. Research has shown that these flavonoids have the ability to cross the barrier between the brain and blood flow. Short-term and long-term memory is controlled by tiny brain cells called neurons. Researchers believe the unique flavonoids in blueberries may help maintain healthy memory* and healthy learning* by maintaining a healthy connection* between these tiny neurons. By maintaining healthy connections these neurons are able to maintain healthy communication*. In addition, food scientists have been able to successfully identify the specific areas of the brain responsible for memory-control and learning. This unique area of the brain is the hippocampus. Thus, increased flavonoid consumption can have a positive effect on the brain and the hippocampus area. The USDA Human Nutrition and Research Center fed mice blueberry extractions (ie blueberry powder) the equivalent of the person eating one cup of blueberries in an attempt to test motor skills tests. The researchers found that the mice fed to blueberry powder maintained healthy motor learning* and maintain healthy memory* then the non-blueberry fed test groups. After the researchers examined the brains of the control mice, the researchers found a marked decrease in the oxidative stress of two regions of the brain of the blueberry powder fed mice when compared to the non-blueberry fed group of mice. According to the published research results, the compound that is given credit for maintaining healthy brain function* and healthy neuron function* appears to be Anthocyanins. In addition, researchers from leading Universities and research organizations also have on-going studies with humans focus groups and blueberry powder. Preliminary results from these studies show that human test subjects that ate one cup of blueberries per day perform 5-6% better on motor skills tests than the non-blueberry fed control group used in the research Blueberries – Helps Maintain Healthy Brain Function* Page 8
  • 9. Blueberries: Enjoy a Healthy and More Active Lifestyle Seven Simple Ways to Get Blueberries into Your Daily Diet Blueberries make a excellent addition to your daily diet, but due to hectic and active daily schedules eating blueberries daily may seem difficult. Here are a ten simple ideas to enjoy this little blueberry fruit everyday: 1. Straight from the Bag – Check your local grocery store for dried blueberries in single serve 8 oz. bags. They are easy to eating and a good snack to keep in your purse or in your drawer at work. 2. Blueberries on the Run – Add an ounce of blueberry juice concentrate to your water bottle and shake. This will make a 100% pure blueberry drink. 3. A Fruity Parfait – Mix together granola, yogurt, and banana with frozen blueberries for a tasty snack. 4. Blend It – Mix some ice, wheat germ, a banana, blueberry juice concentrate and a dash of low-fat milk and start the day off right with a tasty and cool smoothie. 5. Breakfast Additions – Drop in a handful of dried blueberries to your favorite cereal or oatmeal. 6. Blueberry capsules- Blueberry capsules are a great way to get to the anti-oxidant benefits of this superfruit. They are convenient, easy-to-travel and they don’t need refrigeration. 7. Make any Dessert a Blueberry Dessert – Add some tasty dried blueberries to your favorite dessert including muffins, cake and more. Blueberries – Helps Maintain Healthy Brain Function* Page 9
  • 10. Blueberries: Enjoy a Healthy and More Active Lifestyle Blueberry Supplements and Blueberry Products The blueberry offers a number of ways to enjoy the natural health benefits of this blue fruit. These include dried blueberries, blueberry juice concentrate, blueberry powder, blueberry capsules and more. Below are some of the ways and sources to incorporate blueberry into your daily diet. • Fresh Blueberries: Fresh blueberries are simply the best way to get the antioxidant benefits into your diet. However, they may be difficult to find when they are out of season. When in season, you can get fresh blueberries from your farm market or the produce section of your local grocery store. Unfortunately, fresh blueberries are only in season a few short weeks during the summer harvest, so finding them after the harvest, may be difficult. • Frozen Blueberries: Enjoy a few thawed blueberries in your pancakes, cereal or muffins. To get your hands on frozen blueberries visit the refrigeration section of your local grocery store. • Dried Blueberries: A handful of dried blueberries make a great healthy snack or an excellent addition to your morning cereal. They also make a good alternative to sugar-rich candy. Dried blueberries make a great choice since they are available year round. You can find dried blueberries from Traverse Bay Farms www.traversebayfarms.com The company will ship dried blueberries directly to your home or office. • Blueberry Juice Concentrate: Blueberry juice concentrate is a concentrated way to get the natural health benefits of the blueberry. One source for blueberry juice concentrate is Traverse Bay Farms www.traversebayfarms.com • Blueberry Extract / Blueberry Powder: Blueberry powder is a convenient way to get the natural health benefits of the blueberry. The entire blueberry is used to produce the blueberry powder, including the skin and the flesh of the fruit. A good source for blueberry powder / extract is Fruit Advantage www.traversebayfarms.com • Blueberry Capsules (Super Fruit Supplements): Blueberry capsules are both convenient and cost effective way to get the natural health benefits of the blueberry. In fact, it is the blueberry Blueberries – Helps Maintain Healthy Brain Function* Page 10
  • 11. Blueberries: Enjoy a Healthy and More Active Lifestyle powder that is used to make the blueberry capsules. The blueberry capsules available from Fruit Advantage are kosher, gluten-free and are encapsulated in an easy-to-swallow vegetarian capsule. In addition, the whole blueberry is used to produce the blueberry capsules, including the skin and the flesh of the fruit. To learn more about the Fruit Advantage Wild Blueberry Brain Support visit www.traversebayfarms.com Sources for Blueberry Products and Blueberry Information: Blueberry Juice Concentrate: Traverse Bay Farms www.traversebayfarms.com Blueberry Capsules (blueberry powder): Fruit Advantage www.fruitadvantage.com Dried Blueberries: Traverse Bay Farms www.traversebayfarms.com Blueberry Health Information: Orchard of Health www.orchardofhealth.com Blueberries – Helps Maintain Healthy Brain Function* Page 11