Strengthen Your Immune System – Blueberries – The Powerful Food That Strengthens Your Immune System
from Ezine Articles by Celia Westberry
As you become more aware that you are aging the most powerful step you can take is to eat foods that strengthen your immune system. Blueberries totally protect you with its arsenal of disease fighting antioxidants in the form of flavonoids. This berry stands up to scientific scrutiny showing off its abilities to slow aging and even stop aches, pain and inflammation which accompanies the aging process.
Blueberries are known to boost the effectiveness of vitamin C a major strengthener of the immune system. With the help of blueberries your immune system will be able to reduce inflammation production and increase protective immune function. Free radicals from cellular stress create havoc on the immune system. Blueberries can help manage the stress on the immune system by being a free radical scavenger; leaving the immune system geared up to do it’s work of protecting you from the formation and growth of cancer cells.
Blueberries out performed strawberries and even spinach in its ability to protect the brain’s ability to keep its coordination, balance and – let’s keep our fingers crossed prevent the degenerative processes associated with dementia or Alzheimer. Is this good news or what?
Here is what can happen if you make a transformation in thought and action about bringing this berry into your meals. You will reap the benefits of brain supporting anthocyanins. This helps your brain cells to communicate better: that means no more senior moments. Fewer degenerating brain cells translate to youthful brain function, Yippee! This keeps you able to remember and learn new skills to weave this berry into your diet to protect your immune system.
Blue berries come packing another weapon in the form of ellagic acid. Ellagic acid fights for you by blocking and detoxifying the metabolic pathways that can support cancerous growth. Cancer is caused by a breakdown in immune system function. Scientific research demonstrated that people who regularly ate fresh fruit with ellagic acid were three time less likely to develop cancer. Blue berries have as much as 9 times the ellagic acid as found in other fresh food sources like walnuts, strawberries and pecans.
Yield not to the temptation to pig out on blueberry jam, tarts or over sweetened juice drinks. Sugar is bad news to the immune system.
To get started on your Berry Therapy here is my priceless, arsenal packed Blueberry Smoothie that will readily fight for you. Sweet!
You doctor wishes he could write this Beriscription.
Use orange juice fortified with vitamin D. It helps to enhance your immune system’s ability to control inflammation.
4ozs. Calcium fortified orange juice
4ozs. water or unsweetened berry herbal tea
2 handfuls frozen blueberries
1 half of a ripe frozen banana
¼ teaspoon pure almond extract
1 teaspoon almond butter
Put the liquid in a Vita Mix type heavy blender; add berries, banana and the rest of the ingredients. Blend. 10 – 15 seconds.
Note: You can add one teaspoon of honey to make this sweeter. If you are diabetic and adjusting to the taste of less sugar omit this. If you have arthritis the almond butter helps to relieve inflammation and pain. If not you can use any nut butter you favor.
Freeze fresh berries when they are in season June through September.
Select berries that are uniformly colored, plump, firm and mold free.
Slice bananas and freeze in flat plastic containers for ease of removal.
Celia Westberry M.S is the author of Eat Yourself Younger Effortlessly- The easy way to slow aging, feel great, and look good. She helps people to eat their best every day to be healthier, happier and more fulfilled.
Blueberry Nutrition: Superfood = Super Nutrients
Blueberry nutrition doesn’t just stop at the much lauded superstar antioxidants. Anthocyanin and resveratrol may get most of the attention, but the other “ordinary” nutrients in blueberries are just as impressive in their quiet way.
Vitamin C – an important antioxidant that boosts the immune system, prevents scurvy (should you be prone!) and is essential for healthy teeth, bones and gums. The vitamin C content in blueberry nutrition varies according to the variety of blueberry (wild berries will contain the most). Vitamin C supports the immune system and has the anti-cancer benefits of its antioxidant pals. A cup of blueberries will give you 30% of your RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of Vitamin C.
Vitamin E – an antioxidant which helps in cancer prevention and boosts the immune system. Our bodies can’t make it, so we must consume it though our diet. Essential for skin health and wound healing. One cup of blueberries will give you about 7% of your RDA of Vitamin E.
Vitamin A – a retinoid essential for healthy skin, eyes and bones, immune function and cell development. Vitamin A is a free radical scavenger and a defender against aging.
Niacin – helps convert food into energy and is important for skin, the nervous and digestive systems.
Betacarotene – an antioxidant that gathers in the fatty tissue under your skin, where it protects against UV damage.
Riboflavin – is a B Complex vitamin that helps your body release energy from carbohydrates and keeps your skin and eyes healthy.
Thiamin – aka Vitamin B. Necessary for metabolism (releasing energy from fat and carbs), a healthy heart, brain and nerve cells.
Iron – is a mineral essential for the formation of haemoglobin (hemoglobin) in the blood. Haemoglobin is the part of your blood that carries oxygen through the body. Not enough haemoglobin means too little oxygen circulating with the blood and a diagnosis of anemia.
Silicon – is a trace mineral (found predominantly in blueberry leaves, but also in the berry), which is believed to be able to rejuvenate the pancreas.
Potassium – a mineral essential for blood pressure, water balance, muscles, nerves, digestion, and maintaining the even beat of your heart.
Manganese – an essential trace mineral responsible for making enzymes that metabolise fat and proteins. Also important for bone formation, insulin balance, the health of connective tissues and the thyroid.
Fibre/Fiber – Fibre isn’t absorbed by the body like a regular nutrient. Fibre is made up of undigestible bits of plant that add roughage and bulk to food in the gut, aiding in efficient elimination and a healthy digestive system.
Flavonoids – are substances found in plants that have antioxidant effects. Anthocyanin is a flavonoid and the most famous of the bunch. But blueberries also contain catechin, myricetin, quercetin, ankaempferol, and epicatechin.