Special blueberries have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
(NaturalHealth365) Blueberries have been on the “superfoods” list for some time. However, recent research out of the Université Laval of Canada has found that blueberries – the highbush variety in particular – have potent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
For the study, proanthocyanidins were isolated from highbush blueberries. The effects of this compound were assessed for their effects on Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans bacteria, a key factor in periodontitis, or gum disease.
How proanthocyanidins in blueberries protect our cells and overall quality of life
The proanthocyanidins were also studied for their integrity related to inflammatory response and a few other markers. Results showed that the blueberry compound decreased bacteria growth considerably and minimized damage. The cells were also protected from negative effects as well as harmful inflammation.
These exciting findings confirm what many health-conscious individuals already know about the blueberry: they support health by minimizing cellular damage, protecting from infection and reducing inflammation in the body.
While this is already beneficial knowledge for health and longevity, the researchers are hopeful that therapeutic remedies could be created from these life-sustaining compounds inside a blueberry. The Canadian study results were published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
The history of the highbush blueberry…
Blueberries originate from the Vaccinium family and are found growing worldwide. Highbush and wild blueberries are the most common strains. They have been a staple in American life for generations including in Native American food preparation.
The Highbush variety are farmed in North America and our continent produces over a billion pounds of the nutritionally potent berries every year! In fact, there are 32 states in the U.S. that grow blueberries. (just be sure to choose organic varieties – to avoid unwanted chemicals.)
Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial properties in blueberries strengthen the heart and brain
In addition to being delicious in breakfast foods, desserts, snacks and sauces, blueberries offer a range of health benefits. Their antioxidant and fiber content helps to regulate cholesterol, strengthen heart functioning and reduce blood sugar levels.
In addition, by eating blueberries, you help to protect the arteries and avoid diabetes.
Want to improve brain function and prevent nervous system disorders? You guessed it – eat a blueberry. Their key compounds and vitamins help to heal damaged brain cells and neuronal tissues – lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and keeping memory sharp.
Eating this wonderful fruit also has a protective effect on the skin, creating an anti-aging effect by minimizing cell damage and building up collagen. They also protect us from environmental issues like air pollution and the UV rays of the sun.
Blueberries are loaded with key compounds that benefit the immune system
With such potent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities, it’s not too surprising that blueberries help to protect the body against developing cancer.
Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients and flavonoids which catalyze free radical scavenging in the cells. This cleans up toxins, protects the cells and DNA from damage, and dramatically reduces cancer risk.
Their vitamin C content also helps to boost the immune system and keep the body’s protective mechanisms strong.
And, let’s not forget that the fiber content, which helps with digestion, urinary tract health and promotes a feeling of satiety that aids in appetite control. By eating this delicious fruit, you’ll also promote restoration of the muscles and detoxification.
Finally, as if all the other benefits weren’t enough, you’ll probably notice a more positive mood and better eye health. In short, eat more blueberries and enjoy the good life!
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