I am loving blueberry right now

  • Timbales

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    Dec 02, 2008 3:29 PM GMT
    It's borderline obsessive. I got some blueberry green tea that is so tasty, and some no sugar added organic blueberry jam to mix into my morning oatmeal. I like it so much I had oatmeal as part of my first two meals today.
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    Dec 02, 2008 5:59 PM GMT
    Blueberries...green tea...oatmeal...Keep it up and you'll outlive all of us!
  • Timbales

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    Dec 02, 2008 6:04 PM GMT
    I'm afraid I'll turn into Violet Beauregarde.
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    Dec 02, 2008 6:06 PM GMT
    I thought you meant Blackberry.
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    Dec 02, 2008 6:06 PM GMT
    I'm really into Yogi Teas right now. They are mildly flavored and you really don't need ANY sugar! Try the Egyptian Licorice, Mexican Sweet Chili, Green Tea Lemon Ginger and the Bedtime variety. Yummm! Both Safeway and Whole Foods here in SF carry them.
  • Timbales

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    Dec 02, 2008 6:11 PM GMT
    I really like the Tazo Green Ginger. I don't add any sweeteners to anything anymore. The Celestial Green Tea with Blueberry is yummy yummy.
  • Thirdbeach

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    Dec 02, 2008 6:19 PM GMT
    Tim: don't use your Blueberry while driving.
    I see so many drivers checking their emails instead of watching the road. They are gonna kill somebody by doing that.

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    Dec 02, 2008 6:22 PM GMT
    Blueberries are literally bursting with nutrients and flavor, yet very low in calories. Recently, researchers at Tufts University analyzed 60 fruits and vegetables for their antioxidant capability. Blueberries came out on top, rating highest in their capacity to destroy free radicals.

    An Antioxidant Powerhouse

    Packed with antioxidant phytonutrients called anthocyanidins, blueberries neutralize free radical damage to the collagen matrix of cells and tissues that can lead to cataracts, glaucoma, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, peptic ulcers, heart disease and cancer. Anthocyanins, the blue-red pigments found in blueberries, improve the integrity of support structures in the veins and entire vascular system. Anthocyanins have been shown to enhance the effects of vitamin C, improve capillary integrity, and stabilize the collagen matrix (the ground substance of all body tissues). They work their protective magic by preventing free-radical damage, inhibiting enzymes from cleaving the collagen matrix, and directly cross-linking with collagen fibers to form a more stable collagen matrix.

    Cardioprotective Action

    While wine, particularly red wine, is touted as cardioprotective since it is a good source of antioxidant anthocyanins, a recent study found that blueberries deliver 38% more of these free radical fighters. In this study, published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, researchers found that a moderate drink (about 4 ounces) of white wine contained .47 mmol of free radical absorbing antioxidants, red wine provided 2.04 mmol, and a wine made from highbush blueberries delivered 2.42 mmol of these protective plant compounds.
    A Visionary Fruit

    Extracts of bilberry (a cousin of blueberry) have been shown in numerous studies to improve nighttime visual acuity and promote quicker adjustment to darkness and faster restoration of visual acuity after exposure to glare. This research was conducted to evaluate claims of bilberry's beneficial effects on night vision made by British Air Force pilots during World War II who regularly consumed bilberry preserves before their night missions.

    Protection against Macular Degeneration

    Your mother may have told you carrots would keep your eyes bright as a child, but as an adult, it looks like fruit is even more important for keeping your sight. Data reported in a study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology indicates that eating 3 or more servings of fruit per day may lower your risk of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), the primary cause of vision loss in older adults, by 36%, compared to persons who consume less than 1.5 servings of fruit daily.

    In this study, which involved over 110,000 women and men, researchers evaluated the effect of study participants' consumption of fruits; vegetables; the antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E; and carotenoids on the development of early ARMD or neovascular ARMD, a more severe form of the illness associated with vision loss. Food intake information was collected periodically for up to 18 years for women and 12 years for men.

    While, surprisingly, intakes of vegetables, antioxidant vitamins and carotenoids were not strongly related to incidence of either form of ARMD, fruit intake was definitely protective against the severe form of this vision-destroying disease. Three servings of fruit may sound like a lot to eat each day, but by simply topping off a cup of yogurt or green salad with a half cup of blueberries, tossing a banana into your morning smoothie or slicing it over your cereal, and snacking on an apple, plum, nectarine or pear, you've reached this goal.

    A Better Brain with Blueberries

    In laboratory animal studies, researchers have found that blueberries help protect the brain from oxidative stress and may reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Researchers found that diets rich in blueberries significantly improved both the learning capacity and motor skills of aging animals, making them mentally equivalent to much younger ones.

    Promotion of Gastrointestinal Health

    In addition to their powerful anthocyanins, blueberries contain another antioxidant compound called ellagic acid, which blocks metabolic pathways that can lead to cancer. In a study of over 1,200 elderly people, those who ate the most strawberries (another berry that contains ellagic acid) were three times less likely to develop cancer than those who ate few or no strawberries. In addition to containing ellagic acid, blueberries are high in the soluble fiber pectin, which has been shown to lower cholesterol and to prevent bile acid from being transformed into a potentially cancer-causing form.

    Protection against Colon Cancer

    Laboratory studies published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry show that phenolic compounds in blueberries can inhibit colon cancer cell proliferation and induce apoptosis (programmed cell death).

    Extracts were made of the blueberry phenols, which were freeze-dried and further separated into phenolic acids, tannins, flavonols, and anthocyanins. Then the dried extracts and fractions were added to cell cultures containing two colon cancer cell lines, HT-29 and Caco-2.

    In concentrations normally found in laboratory animal plasma after eating blueberries, anthyocyanin fractions increased DNA fragmentation (a sign that apoptosis or cell death had been triggered) by 2-7 times. Flavonol and tannin fractions cut cell proliferation in half at concentrations of 70-100 and 50-100 microg/mL, while the phenolic fraction was also effective, but less potent, reducing proliferation by half at concentrations of 1000 microg/mL. Bottomline: eating blueberries may reduce colon cancer risk.

    Protection against Ovarian Cancer

    Among their rich supply of phytonutrients, blueberries include a flavonoid called kaempferol. Research calculating flavonoid intake in 66,940 women enrolled in the Nurses Health Study between 1984 and 2002 revealed that women whose diets provided the most kaempferol had a 40% reduction in risk of ovarian cancer, compared to women eating the least kaempferol-rich foods. In addition to blueberries, foods richest in kaempferol include tea (nonherbal), onions, curly kale, leeks, spinach, and broccoli.

    A significant 34% reduction in ovarian cancer risk was also seen in women with the highest intake of the flavone luteolin (found in citrus). Int J Cancer. 2007 Apr 30; Am J Clin Nutr. 2004 May;79(5):727-47.

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    Healthier Elimination

    Blueberries can help relieve both diarrhea and constipation. In addition to soluble and insoluble fiber, blueberries also contain tannins, which act as astringents in the digestive system to reduce inflammation. Blueberries also promote urinary tract health. Blueberries contain the same compounds found in cranberries that help prevent or eliminate urinary tract infections. In order for bacteria to infect, they must first adhere to the mucosal lining of the urethra and bladder. Components found in cranberry and blueberry juice reduce the ability of E. coli, the bacteria that is the most common cause of urinary tract infections, to adhere.

  • Timbales

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    Dec 02, 2008 6:26 PM GMT
    Thank you, Caslon.

    I have also read, and tested, that eating 1/4 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries daily will make your semen taste sweet.
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    Dec 02, 2008 6:54 PM GMT
    there are much worse substances you could be addicted to than blueberries... LOL
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    Dec 02, 2008 6:57 PM GMT

    OMG they made tea out of Yogi? Poor Boo Boo, what's he gonna do without his BF?

  • EricLA

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    Dec 02, 2008 11:00 PM GMT
    And a new report was just issued in the last few days -- that blueberries improve memory!

    I saw it on news sites, but looking for it brought me directly to the Blueberry's official website. I wonder if the California Raisins know about this:

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    Dec 02, 2008 11:12 PM GMT
    Get packs of dried blueberries for salads and cereal. They're actually pretty expensive, but there are decent deals at Trader Joe's, if there's one near you.

    Tell us about your home studies on the "taste test". I've heard the same thing about pineapple, but I think it was debunked.
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    Dec 03, 2008 12:10 AM GMT
    I love blueberries too. I can never pass up a blueberry muffin or bagel if one's around. I'd like to get my hands on some of that jam.