Flavonoids. Are they science fiction creatures-like humanoids, only tastier?
Well, in their natural state, they do taste good. But, although the health benefits with which they have recently been credited certainly border on amazing, they are not the product of science fiction.
Flavonoids are among the phytonutrients-plant components-which don’t seem to be essential to the regular functions of our bodies. But boy, oh boy, do the ever make a difference in the way those same bodies are able to fight back against disease. “Fightonutrients” might be a more appropriate spelling. By any spelling, however, phytonutrients have come to the forefront of those natural substances which can strengthen our immune systems, directly combat viral and bacterial infestations, and reduce the inflammation which leads to arthritis and brain dysfunction. They can even assist in treating cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Even better, these little disease-busting bomblets are close as the produce department, or frozen fruit section, of the nearest grocery store, and if you want the best of the best, head straight for the blueberries. From the outside in, blueberries are loaded with enough phytonutrients to seriously challenge a number of invading illnesses.
It all begins with that skin of soothing blue-violet. Deceptively calming, the red pigment which gives blueberries their purplish cast comes from the phytonutrient “anthocyanin”. Anthocyanin has been shown, in research studies on mice genetically predisposed to develop the same brain plaque which afflicts Alzheimer’s disease victims, to boost the communication between failing brain neurons.
In other words, blueberries took tired old mice brain cells which had run out of things to talk about, and persuaded them to converse again. The results for the mice to which the brains belonged included improved memory and motor skill function they hadn’t seen for months-which, for mice, can be half a lifetime.
What does this mean for us? In humans, Alzheimer’s’ disease produces the amyloid-beta peptide, which is thought to cause plaque by binding to receptors in the brain and blocking the neuron signals required for memory and learning. These neurons are located in the hippocampus, and are what let us transform our short-term memories into permanent ones. When Alzheimer’s interferes with their communication, it interferes with our memory.
According to Professor James Joseph, who conducted the research on mice for the U. S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center at Boston’s Tufts University, “Blueberries have compounds that boost neuron signals and help turn back on systems in the brain that can lead to using other proteins to help with memory or other cognitive skills. "
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 nature's tastiest and most healthy gift - the Blueberry is combined with a “Christmas in July" 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 “A Healthy Taste for Blueberries". 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 .