Why Blueberries Are The Ultimate Super Fruit

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Blueberries have been touted as a super fruit for years thanks to their antioxidant powers. Plenty of studies have cemented their position as the top fruit with research revealing that blueberries can help combat oxidative stress, which is known to exacerbate the natural ageing process and increase the risk of age-related diseases.

Recently, the University of East Anglia discovered that eating a cup of blueberries, or 150g, every day can reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease by up to 15% in people who are already of high risk. It’s thought that blueberries are particularly good at reducing the risk of heart disease because they are rich in anthocyanins, which are flavonoids responsible for the red and blue colour in fruits. Anthocyanins are known to help fight free radical damage, ease inflammation and lower cholesterol.

An older study by the American Chemical Society in 2016 concluded that blueberries could help slow down the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. The small study took almost 50 adults aged 68 and older, who were at risk for Alzheimer’s and gave them either freeze-dried blueberry powder (the equivalent of a cup of fresh berries) or a placebo powder every day for 16 weeks.

“There was improvement in cognitive performance and brain function in those who had the blueberry powder compared with those who took the placebo,” said lead researcher Robert Krikorian, Ph.D. “The blueberry group demonstrated improved memory and improved access to words and concepts.”

That’s not the only study to reveal the brain-boosting powers of blueberries. Just one year later the University of Exeter found that drinking concentrated blueberry juice can improve your cognitive functions. Researchers focused on healthy people aged between 65 and 77 years and found that their memory improved.

“In this study we have shown that with just 12 weeks of consuming 30ml of concentrated blueberry juice every day, brain blood flow, brain activation and some aspects of working memory were improved in this group of healthy older adults,” said Dr Joanna Bowtell, head of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter.

It’s thought that up-and-coming clinical trials will highlight that blueberries can help improve your arterial blood flow too. “We know that blueberries are mini nutritional powerhouses providing vitamin C, calcium, potassium, magnesium, folate and manganese, as well as anthocyanins and a diverse range of polyphenolic compounds such as quercetin, so it makes good sense to eat them regularly as we age, “ says Dr Emma Derbyshire, Public Health Nutritionist. With British blueberry season in full swing there is no better time than now to fill your boots.

When September comes and blueberries go out of season there is New Nordic Blueberry Tablets, which offers a high content of bio-activeanthocyanins. If you want to protect from inflammation all year round, Shabir regularly recommends incorporating 15ml of Fulvic Acid Elixir by Ful.Vic.Health into your daily routine. Fulvic acid is another incredibly powerful antioxidant that not only nourishes your body, but also improves its ability to absorb nutrients. For more information, read Shabir’s paper: Fulvic Acid: The Elixir Of Life

Protect Your Heart With D-Ribose Powder

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Our body requires a compound called Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) in order to fuel itself and carry out each and every process including digestion, respiration, excretion and regeneration of tissues. ATP is found in every single cell of the body and if you want to boost your energy levels then you need to get your ATP levels up. The problem is that getting ATP levels up is not an easy task and several key nutrients play a role in the manufacture of ATP and various factors reduce ATP including the ageing process and stress.

One of the key building blocks to ATP is a rare sugar molecule called D-Ribose. Every cell in the body makes D-Ribose, but only slowly and in varying amounts depending upon the tissue concerned. The liver and the adrenals under normal circumstances produce sufficient D-Ribose to carry out their function of making compounds required for hormone production. Most other tissues, including the heart, do not produce sufficient D-Ribose and require it from food sources such as red meat, which contains the greatest amount of D-Ribose, although not significant enough to make a difference to those who suffer from chronic fatigue, stressed individuals or those with cardiovascular concerns. Read More…

Supplements at 50

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Supplements at 50

  • I’ve never been big on supplements, but I hit 50 this year and worry that I’m not helping myself at all. What should I be taking?Well… if your family history reveals you could be in line for something or your doc has suggested you “keep an eye on” a future problem, expert pharmacist Shabir Daya says it might be worth thinking about…
    Super Strength Olive Leaf Extract

    BLOOD PRESSURE “If you have a history of blood pressure in your family or are simply worried about it I would recommend taking olive leaf extract,” says Shabir. “Studies indicate that taking olive leaf can reduce blood pressure reading by an average of 5%.” + His Pick? Super Strength Olive Leaf Extract by Swanson, £25 for 60 capsules.


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    Power of Krill

    HEART HEALTH Studies indicate that omega 3 essential fatty acids protect the heart in a number of ways. “Firstly, they prevent blood from coagulation and hence may prevent stokes. Secondly, they reduce triglycerides and hence cholesterol which plays a big part in heart disease. They’re also anti-inflammatory and inflammation in the body leads to heart disease.” + His Pick? Power of Krill by Life-Flo, £24.95 for 60 soft gels.


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    Bone Restore With Vitamin K2

    OSTEOPOROSIS Calcium is the first supplement that comes to mind but… “Most calcium supplements are ill-absorbed and can result in gastrointestinal problems,” says Shabir. He suggests we take a supplement that is highly absorbable. + His Pick? Bone Restore by Life Extension, £22.50 for 120 caps.


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    CholestSafe

    CHOLESTEROL If your level is rising, try red yeast rice which has been found to reduce cholesterol by an average of 30%. “Red yeast rice helps balance the good and bad cholesterol,” says Shabir. + His Pick? CholestSafe by Food Science of Vermont, £23 for 90 caps.


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    GlucoActive Cinnamon Extract

    DIABETES Bet your doc is monitoring your blood glucose and good thing too as high levels are linked to failing eyesight, ageing and cholesterol. “Cinnamon is a great spice for the prevention of blood sugar problems,” suggests Shabir. + His Pick? GlucoActive Cinnamon Extract by Futurebiotics, £24 for 60 caps.


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The Health Benefits of Black Garlic

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Garlic has been used as a medicinal herb since medieval times right up to the modern era where its benefits have been observed and scientifically proven. Historical records indicate that garlic had been used as medicine as a diuretic, digestive aid, antibiotic, anti-parasitic, for colds, infections and a wide variety of other ailments.

If garlic did not work well for so many ailments, it would have fallen out of historical records but because of its multi-faceted health benefits, garlic has been extensively researched over the last two decades and is now truly cemented in medical and human history. Read More…