Before America grew into the massive Superpower it is today, Native Americans enjoyed the natural land and worshipped it because it sustained them and gave them everything they needed to be able to live. The collected plants and berries to make medicines, remedies and potions to cure any illness to came their way. One of the main ingredients of their potions and medicines was the blueberry. It had many medicinal properties that the Natives noticed and tapped into. They recognised that the blueberry could be used to fight against disease, and that is now a fact that laboratory testing has proven.
Blueberries are packed full of nutrients and substances that can fight off a range of diseases and infections. They are renowned for helping to protect an individual against cancer and heart disease, amongst other things, and this is largely due to the antioxidants packed into each blueberry. Antioxidants serve to combat the free radicals that circulate the body looking for healthy cells to attack. As soon as once perfectly healthy cells are broken down, the free radicals move on to another target and leave those cells open to further degradation and disease.
Blueberries do not equip your body to fight disease, although they can help if you are suffering from cancer, heart disease and the like. Instead, they enable your body to cut disease off at the root. If certain elements are not in place then conditions are not favourable for disease to break out in the first place. Put simply, the antioxidants in blueberries erect an effective barrier against disease in order to prevent it.
There are several essential substances that prevent disease and can be found in blueberries. The first is ellagic acid. This substance is plentiful in blueberries and can block some of the metabolic pathways that course through the body and do tend to lead to cancer. Another is resveratrol, which again can protect against cancer. This is one of the main agents that recent research by the US Agricultural Research Service has discovered can indeed cut occurrences of cancer, especially in women, in half. This blueberry chemical actually significantly reduces the growth of breast and cervical cancer cells.
It has been suggested that blueberries can also prevent neurological degenerative diseases. The antioxidants that are found within the blueberry are actually being used to treat Alzheimer, Parkinsonâ€™s and dementia patients to try and delay the onset of its full symptoms. They can delay memory loss and confusion because they actually fight against the degeneration of the nerve cells. Of course the damage is done so they can only hold the effects off for so long, but if they can achieve this then there is a good chance that the blueberry can help to prevent neurological degenerative diseases as well.
Blueberries can definitely help prevent disease. That fact has been proved beyond doubt by various research studies conducted over the last few years. It is simply amazing when you look at the size of the blueberry in relation to what it could actually enable you to do. Blueberries are not only healthy, but can enable you to live a long and fruitful life. Donâ€™t underestimate their power!
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Sam Serio is a true blue devotee of the blueberry and a life long student of health and nutrition. Sam Serio is also the producer of the Annual Chincoteague Blueberry Festival which is held the third weekend of July on the beautiful island of Chincoteague in Virginia. This midsummer celebration of natureâ€™s tastiest and most healthy gift – the Blueberry is combined with a â€śChristmas in Julyâ€ť Craft Shopping Extravaganza the premier Fine Art and Craft event on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. For more information, please visit http://www.ChincoteagueBlueberryFestival.com and pick up your free e-book entitled â€śA Healthy Taste for Blueberriesâ€ť. This free special report reveals everything you ever wanted to know about blueberries, but were afraid to ask. Also includes recipes, beauty secrets, health benefits and much more. Get yours now at http://www.ChincoteagueBlueberryFestival.com.