Many studies demonstrate the use of Blueberries for Alzheimer’s Disease, and they are exciting. We have worked with these studies for many years but the research now is absolutely convicting—we must use blueberries to protect our brains. But there is more.
The research today is in fact the reason we have added the PhytoPower into the line. You have loved the Wild Blueberries Extract for years, indeed, the product is a power house for brain health. We will embark on a useful scientific journey to understand the medicinal nature of foods and how to use them therapeutically. Foods are the foundation for treating disease, that is what science demonstrates, and of course, what we have known for centuries.
Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is the most common age-related dementia, with a current prevalence in excess of five million individuals in the United States. And, like obesity, its numbers are rising, predicted to reach 13 million forty years from now, with a healthcare cost of $1 trillion. Prevention makes sense. And we should start as early as possible.
Blueberry has been referred to as brainberry for no small reason. In cross cultural studies it is consistently mentioned as food for the functioning of a healthy brain. The work of the late James Joseph, the past Director of Research at Tufts University’s USDA Anti-Aging Center brings it home scientifically. His research on senile aged rats and also on Alzheimer’s diseased rats, and their subsequent recovery of cognitive function, through the use of blueberry extract, is legendary.
It was this particular research, centerpieced in his book- The Color Code, and a few conversations with him, that ultimately motivated us to create our Wild Blueberry Extract as a treatment (preventative and healing) against Alzheimer’s Disease and the senility that accompanies the aging process, too often in our world today.
Shukitt-Hale B, Joseph JA et al, Blueberry polyphenols attenuate kainic acid-induced decrements in cognition and alter inflammatory gene expression in rat hippocampus. Nutr Neurosci. 2008 Aug;11(4):172-82.
In fact, it was Joseph’s body of research along with others, that in large part spawned the creation of the USDA’s 5-A-Day Program which encourages all Americans to eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetable daily. Joseph, however, actually promoted eating closer to 10 fruits and veggies daily—consuming in small portions a veritable rainbow of colorful fruits and vegetable daily as a way to prevent and even reverse chronic degenerative diseases such as Alzheimers, cancer, diabetes, CVD, etc. It is exactly the reason we use the Therapeutic Foods to help our bodies. Who eats 10 fruits and veggies a day??
In Clinical Notes we’ll look at how one can easily and powerfully incorporate the current research understanding into real Therapeutic Foods remedies.
Wild Blueberry Extract: Take one capsule daily. It literally take us one and one-quarter cups of blueberries to procure enough purple pigment to fill one 500mg capsule. The polyphenols are found in the pigment, and it is within the anthocyanins that we find the phytochemicals theorized as responsible for reducing oxidation and inflammation in the brain. We have selected the Nova Scotia low bush blueberry because of its unusually wide diversity of anthocyanins.
Phyto Power: Take one to two capsules daily. Contains 4 species of wildcrafted Alaska blueberry (the whole berry), 3 species of wildcrafted Alaska cranberry (the seeds and all), and 4 species of wildcrafted Alaska dandelion (leaves, roots, and flowers). Click on any of the links to get a fulls description of these products.
High ORAC Synbiotic Formula: 25 Billion counts of L. acidophilus and B. longum plus wild blueberry extract, grape and grape seed extract, raspberry and raspberry seen extract, tart cherry, cranberry, prune and bilberry extract. Take one capsule a day.
Just imagine the power of taking one capsule of each of these individually powerful formulas daily.
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