What’s all the fuss about blueberries? Blueberries really are an over achiever, and frankly, I’m OK with that! These berries are one of nature’s most powerful sources of antioxidants. The cancer fighting phytochemicals found specifically in blueberries include anthocyanins (one of the most potent antioxidants) and resveratrol (also found in the skin of red grapes).
Animal studies done through the AICR
(American Institute for Cancer Research) on the effect of blueberries on estrogen-positive breast tumors have shown good potential. This study on rats fed a six-month diet of blueberries showed a reduction in tumor volume by 60 percent.
Additional cell cultures done by AICR grantee Harini Aiyer, PhD
, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Lombardi Cancer Center, Georgetown University School of Medicine, found that adding ellagic acid (also found in strawberries, raspberries and blackberries) to estrogen-positive cells treated with tamoxifen, made them less likely to become resistant to the drug.
"If estrogen acts as fuel for some breast cancers, we may be able to use ellagic acid, which acts like an anti-estrogen, to cut off the fuel supply," says Dr. Aiyer.
Let’s starve those cancer cells!
Here we go with the over achiever thing again…blueberries have been shown to benefit so many aspects of our health. From offering cardiovascular benefits, lowering cholesterol, eye health, increasing memory and agility and anti-aging, which by now you all know I’m a big fan of that ;)
Blueberries (like most berries) are low in terms of their glycemic index, so they won’t cause a spike in your blood sugar. It’s always a good thing to keep your blood sugar levels stable.
There is rarely a day that goes by I don’t eat blueberries! Why would I want to miss out on all they can do?! They couldn’t be easier to add to your diet. They’re pretty low maintenance, no peeling or chopping needed just a rinse and they’re ready to go. If you can’t find fresh, frozen is the next best thing. You can pop them on your oatmeal, use in a smoothie, add to a salad or enjoy them on their ownsome!
The Benjamin Button Smoothie
This smoothie is packed with antioxidants from the witty Andrew at One Ingredient Chef www.oneingredientchef.com
Blueberry Avocado and Toasted Pecans Quinoa Salad
This yummy and favorite salad is from Olena at I Food Real www.ifoodreal.com
. Here, blueberries team up with some of my other favorite foods! Love the healthy fat from the avocado and the protein from the quinoa (a GF grain to boot).
Do you go blueberry picking? Share how you use your bounty.