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Brain Food for 2015

December 30, 2014

Happy New Year Everyone!

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Brain food!

Remember there’s 15% off all our products until January 7th, 2015.  Just use the coupon code HOLIDAY15 at checkout to apply our seasonal savings gift.

Why berries to protect our brains? Here is a great reason:

Berries are excellent foods for the brain.  Substances present in blueberries can both reduce oxidative stress and improve communication between brain cells.  

Blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries have all been shown to slow or reverse age-related cognitive decline in animal studies, and blueberries have now been tested for their effects on human memory (1). Older adults with mildly impaired memory were given wild blueberry juice as a supplement, and after as little as 12 weeks, measures of learning and memory had improved (2).  The antioxidants in cherries have also been shown to protect brain cells against oxidative stress, implying that eating cherries may help to prevent neurodegenerative diseases like dementia (3, 4).  In people with mild memory complaints, those who drank pomegranate juice daily performed better on memory task compared to placebo and displayed an increase in brain activation measured by functional MRI (5). (Fuhrman, 2014)

Reference:

1. Shukitt-Hale B:  Blueberries and neuronal aging. Gerontology 2012;58:518-523.

2. Krikorian R, Shidler MD, Nash TA, et al:  Blueberry supplementation improves memory in older adults. J. Agric Food Chem 2010;58:3996-4000.

3.Kim DO, Heo HJ, Kim YJ, et al:  Sweet and sour cherry phenolics and their protective effects on neuronal cells. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 2005;53:9921-9927.

4. Raustadottir T, Davies SS, Stock AA, et al:  Tart cherry juice decreases oxidative stress in healthy older men and women. J Nutr 2009;139:1896-1900.

5. Bokkheimer SY, Renner BA, Ekstrom A, et al:  Pomegranate juice augments memory and FMRI acitivity in middle-aged and older adults with mild memory complaints.  Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2013;2013:946-298.

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The key to supporting good health: eat a variety of berries throughout the day to bring in the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of these potent berries. Therapeutic Food supplements make this eloquently and powerfully possible. 

Clinical Notes:

Take the following daily for powerful brain protection and cognitive enhancement:

Blueberry Extract:  100% North American Blueberry flavonoid extract. Concentrated to supply the anti-inflammatory power of the blueberry’s broad spectrum of anthocyanins. Take one capsule daily in the morning around breakfast.

Phyto Power:  Wild-crafted Alaskan Blueberry (four species, whole fruit), wild-crafted Alaskan Rosehip (three species, whole fruit) and wild-crafted Alaskan Dandelion (four species, whole plant).  Take two capsules daily around lunch.

No. 7 Systemic Booster:  Contains organic pomegranate (whole fruit and extract), organic tart cherry (whole), organic cranberry (whole fruit and extract), organic pineapple (whole), organic soluble chicory fibers (inulin), 5 Bulgarian probiotic organisms, our famous supernatant, and a variety of supportive nutriceuticals.

Take one teaspoon daily around dinner time.

Blueberry Extract - Phyto Power - No 7 bottles

Part of the reason we suggest these around meal time is that the normal process of digestion creates free radicals itself, and when we have powerful fruit aboard, their damaging effects are minimized.

   

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Environmental Working Group (EWG)

Many organizations are making their final push to raise funds before the year is out and EWG is one we believe is worthy of your attention to contribute to a healthier planet.

A persuasive e-mail written by the world-renowned activist Erin Brokovich says it the best:

EWG isn’t afraid to take on industry and their millions of lobbying dollars. EWG doesn’t shy away from the fight for clean water and toxics reform and giving powerful information directly to consumers.

What EWG does is hard, and it sure isn’t cheap. But we need EWG to be an independent advocate for us, and EWG depends on people just like you for nearly half of its funding.

You can make a year-end donation to EWG here.

 

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Blueberry Extract is Back!!

December 1, 2014

Blueberry Extract Food SupplementOur blueberry extract is back and it is better than ever.

Our brain is central to who we are, the core of our very being, and with the frightening specter of the ever rising rate of Alzheimer’s Disease and age-related cognitive dysfunction in America, we at BioImmersion are focusing on creating products supported by research that tackles this issue head on.

The health promotion properties of Blueberry Extract’s phytochemicals are many. Research has demonstrated for years that Blueberry Extract is a powerful supportive super food when it comes to the protection from neuro-degenerative diseases, cancers, and diabetes, to even functioning as a prebiotic—supporting the growth of friendly bacteria in the gut.

The phenolic content/profile of the North American blueberries used in the production of our new blueberry extract is truly remarkable and the fact that our extract perfectly corresponds to the profile of the fresh blueberries is a testament to the richness and purity of the extract. This is the market’s only 100% North American blueberry extract.

We utilize leading technology[1] to assess polyphenolic levels of our North American blueberry cultivar. Our analyses demonstrate a phenolic profile and content that is among the richest of all fruit.

Two major researchers into the world of plant’s phytonutrients and into Blueberry and Blueberry Extract in particular are Dr. James Joseph and Dr. Mary Ann Lila.

The research of Dr. James Joseph was highly influential on blueberry extract as a protective and corrective food in regards to cognitive decline. As the past Director of Research at Tufts University’s USDA Anti-Aging Center, he was prolific in his research using blueberry extract to prevent and reversing senility in old age, and even in reversing Alzheimer’s syndrome specifically. (Joseph 2008; 2010).

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.

Krikorian R, Kalt W, Joseph J, et al, Blueberry Supplementation Improves Memory in Older Adults. J. Agric. Food Chem., 2010, 58(7), pp3996-3000.

Click on the Blueberry Extract Monograph within the BioImmersion website library for a description of Joseph’s exciting research, taken in part from his wonderful book, The Color Code: A Revolutionary Eating Plan for Optimum Health.   His book is very helpful for educating and motivating yourself and your patients into healthier and colorful eating patterns.

Dr. Mary Ann Lila is the director of the Plants for Human Health Institute at North Carolina State University. She has been a major researcher on blueberries for decades. Dr. Lila and her team have been focusing not only on blueberries ability to alleviate cognitive decline, in particular of late its ability to alleviate the neuro-degeneration of Parkinson’s disease, but also its anti-cancer and anti-diabetic properties. She states, “Now we have the sophisticated instrumentation where we are starting to zero in what these chemicals [polyphenols] are and we can start to pin point and utilize them for human health.”  Dr. Lila is an important food researcher to get to know.

Clinical Notes:

Robert Anderson MD, the eminent author and past president of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine , began purchasing our Blueberry Extract around 5 years ago. Noticing his consistent ordering pattern, I called Dr. Anderson, curious as to his experience of the blueberry. He graciously informed me that both his grandmother on his mother’s side and his mother died of Alzheimer’s and he wanted to do everything in his power to keep his mind sharp. He takes one capsule a day.

Dosage: Take one capsule daily.

Green Facts:

Here’s a list of our our blueberry extract’s 28 phenolic compounds:

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[1] HPLC-PDA-HR-MS: Thermo Accella UPLC along with leading edge analytical technology for measuring the total ORAC which quantifies Oxygen Radical Absorbent Capacity in terms of five ROS categories- superoxide (O2*), hydroxyl radical (OH*), peroxyl radical (RO2*), nitric oxide (*NO) and peroxynitrate (OHOO-).