Blueberries–also known as “brain berries” and “youth berries”

It’s blueberry season, so stock up!  One study in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who ate 1 cup of blueberries a day had increased blood levels of antioxidants that may play an important role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, senility, cancer, cataracts, and macular degeneration.  Other studies have shown that high blood levels of antioxidants have played a role in the prevention of breast cancer.  (Check out 7 Proven Reasons to Eat more Blueberries.)

Historically, blueberries were pounded into dried meat to reduce its rate of spoilage.  The berries and leaves were also used to make tea as a remedy for diarrhea.

Blueberries are rich in tannins that can help reduce inflammation in the digestive tract, and they also contain pectin, a soluble fiber that helps to relieve both constipation and diarrhea.

Like cranberries, blueberries are beneficial for the urinary tract by reducing the ability of E. coli bacteria to adhere to the lining of the urethra and bladder.

Anthocyanins give blueberries their deep blue color and contain powerful antioxidants that help protect cells from damage that can lead to degenerative diseases.  They also contain the flavonoid quercetin, which has significant anti-inflammatory abilities.

Research done on rats by the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, at Tufts University, directed by Dr. James Joseph, showed better brain performance and improvement in coordination and balance in the rats that were fed the human equivalent of 1 cup of blueberries a day.  The study also showed that their brains seemed to communicate better, had less damage, and they even developed new brain cells!

Blueberries seem to have a positive effect on the areas of the brain that control movement and have shown positive effects on those with multiple sclerosis.  Some early studies on people who consumed a cup of blueberries a day showed improved performance on tests of motor skills.

Blueberries contain ellagic acid, an antioxidant that has been shown in studies to reduce cancer rates in people who consumed the most dietary ellagic acid.  They were 3 times less likely to develop cancer.

Other fruits with similar health properties:  raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, cherries, purple grapes, cranberries, and boysenberries.

Eat a variety for all of their various health benefits.  Keep fresh, frozen, and dried fruits on hand.  Buy them unsweetened and without added preservatives or flavorings.  Remove any moldy berries before storing in the refrigerator.

Check the EWG’s 2016 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce to see which ones are on the Clean 15 and Dirty 12 Lists.  The good news is that blueberries are not on the Dirty 12, but strawberries are number 1 this year for being highly contaminated with pesticides.  Grapes come in at number 6 and cherries at number 7.  I recommend that you buy these two fruits organic.

Red and blue berries are perfect for adding a patriotic touch to your fourth of July celebration!

Happy Independence Day!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist, CNHP

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Have a cup of tea for your health!

After water, tea is the world’s most popular drink!  The following list of impressive information makes me want to have a cup of tea!

Tea contains flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants that help protect the cells in our bodies against damage.  Laboratory research shows that these flavonoids are more potent than vitamins C and E!  Tea contains five times as many flavonoids as red onions!  One cup of brewed black tea contains about 268 milligrams of flavonoids, and a cup of brewed green tea has about 316 milligrams.  Decaffeinated tea contains only about half those amounts.

Tips:

After steeping three to five minutes, squeeze the tea bag to release more of the flavonoids.  Add fresh lemon juice for additional antioxidants.

Drink some tea before you exercise in the morning.  The flavonoids will enter your bloodstream within about 30 minutes and help protect you against free radicals produced during exercise.

Research:

Laboratory studies consistently show that tea inhibits the formation and growth of tumors.

People with the highest intake of flavonoids seem to have the lowest risk for developing dementia.

Tea consumption is associated with a lower risk of heart disease and stroke.  One study found that deaths from coronary artery disease were reduced by 40% among males who drank one or more cups of tea daily.  A Harvard study showed a 44% lower risk of heart attack in people who drank at least one cup of tea a day.

Tea may help increase your metabolism.

One study found that tea may reduce cavity formation by up to 75%, due to its natural fluoride content (not the toxic kind).  Tea also inhibits bacteria from adhering to tooth surfaces.

The Nurses’ Health Study found that the risk of developing kidney stones decreased by 8% for every cup of tea consumed.

Studies have found that habitual tea consumption improved bone mineral density.  This seems to be due to the phytoestrogenic activity of the flavonoids.

Tea has anti-allergenic properties.

Tips:

Drink tea earlier in the day to make sure that the caffeine doesn’t interfere with your sleep.

Green tea has less caffeine than black tea, and both have less caffeine than coffee.

If you are sensitive to caffeine, reduce the brewing time to only one minute, and do not squeeze the tea bag.

Buy organic teas so you won’t consume pesticides.

Instant tea has less health benefits than brewed tea.

Drink warm or iced tea soon after brewing, before its flavonoids begin to deteriorate.

Avoid drinking tea that is too hot, as there is some evidence that throat cancer may be linked to consuming extremely hot beverages and foods.

Avoid using refined sugars and artificial sweeteners to sweeten tea.  These contribute to inflammation and work against its health benefits.

When I worked at a health food store several years ago, I learned this recipe from a customer.  Many whom I’ve recommended it to have had good results.

Green Tea Sinus Remedy:

To make one cup:  Pour boiling water over one organic green tea bag (or 1 teaspoon of loose-leaf dried green tea) and 1 teaspoon of raw local honey; steep 3 to 5 minutes; squeeze tea bag with back of spoon to release more flavonoids; stir in a dash or two of cayenne pepper. Drink warm.

Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Natural Health Consultant

1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

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Research shows that eating these fall foods can help fight cancer!

Since most cancers are due to an unhealthy lifestyle, diet is a major key in prevention.  Eating a variety of these seasonal foods may offer extra protection against cancer.

Cranberries contain elegiac acid which, in laboratory tests, has been shown to help prevent mutations in DNA, disarm cancer-causing agents, and help prevent the growth of tumors!  Buy them without added sugar.

Oranges, lemons, and limes contain limonene, found in laboratory studies to help block lung and breast cancers and to get cancer cells to self-destruct!

Tangerines (also known as mandarin oranges) contain tangeretin and nobilitin, which research has shown to be extremely potent against certain types of breast cancer.  Japanese researchers found that tangeretin could also inhibit the growth of leukemia cells!

Pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and winter squashes contain beta-carotene, which gives them their orange color and helps protect them from diseases.  Research has shown that a diet rich in beta-carotene can help protect against a variety of cancers, including stomach, esophagus, lungs, and colon.  Pumpkin also contains phenolic acids, chemicals that bind to potential carcinogens and help prevent them from being absorbed!

Stock up on these anti-cancer foods, and eat a variety of them often.  Buy them organic when possible to help reduce cancer-causing toxins.

1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Natural Health Care Coach

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This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat disease.  It does not take the place of any medical care that you may need.