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Organic safflower oil for weight loss

Safflower is a plant belonging to the sun flower family with yellow, red or orange flowers. The plant is 30 cm to 150 cm of height and can resist both very dry climates or intense colds. Traditionally used to produce dyes, the safflower plant produces seeds used to make oil.

Animal fats and vegetable fats

There is a distinction between animal fats and vegetable fats. Animal fats are rich in saturated fats and are therefore to be eaten in moderation. They are often the cause of increase in weight, bad cholesterol and cardio-vascular diseases. As for vegetable fats, they can result in the same complications if they are chemically treated and heated because they also contain saturated fats. On the other hand, an oil that is virgin, cold-pressed and from vegetable origin is rich in polyunsaturated and mono-unsaturated fats and will not induce the same problems since those fats are actually indispensable for proper function, nourishment and protection of the human body. A cold-pressed oil extraction is done without pre-heating of the source it is extracted from (seeds, grains, fruits).

Health benefits of organic safflower oil

There are many sources of good fats but cold-pressed organic safflower oil is extremely interesting for its therapeutic use because of its chemical composition; it is indeed very rich in polyunsaturated and mono-unsaturated fats and particularly in Omega 6 and Vitamin E. Among all the vegetable oils, safflower oil is the richest in linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid that should be included in human diet on a daily basis for good health since it is one main constituent of human cell membranes and it is valuable to strengthen the immune system. A lack of linoleic acid can result in skin disorders such as dermatitis, inflammation, acne, dry skin, dry hair and even hair loss.

Safflower oil can be used internally as part of the diet and is particularly recommended for weight loss. It is also recommended to people suffering from type 2 diabetes not only to lose weight but also to reduce blood sugar and safflower is being studied to produce insulin. It can help as well to regularize menstrual cycles and has natural anti-inflammatory properties. However, because safflower oil is very rich in linoleic acid but contains less mono-unsaturated fats, it should be taken in alternation with other oils or food sources rich in mono-unsaturated fats to benefit from a balanced diet and give the body all the nutrients needed.

Topically, safflower oil used in massages can help reduce muscular tensions and muscular pains, rheumatism conditions and intestinal disorders. As mentioned above, it is also an excellent oil against skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, inflammation, acne, dry skin and even dry hair. It can be added in the bath to really penetrate the skin and the hair and leave it soft and nourished. Safflower oil is odorless and can be mixed with few drops of favorite organic essential oils to make a relaxing and therapeutic bath.

Organic safflower oil can found at any local health store or online Naissance Safflower Oil 250ml Certified Organic 100% Pure like any other organic products.

Organic rye flour

Organic rye flour comes from rye, a cereal grain that, when growing, looks like a grass. Rye is also known as Secale cereale and belongs to the Poaceae just like barley and wheat. Rye flour is used to make pumpernickelpumpernickel bread and is a great alternative to white bread. Rye flour is milled from the whole rye berries and grains and because the germ and the bran are not separated during the milling of the flour, it is way richer in nutrients that processed white flour. Rye flour can be of very dark color or lighter color, depending on how much bran has been removed.

ryeOrganic rye flour comes from rye that has not been sprayed with chemicals and is therefore better than other rye flours. Organic rye flour is ideal to bake although it is very low in gluten, preventing bread or cakes to rise properly. You can always mix rye flour with an organic white flour to ensure that the cake won’t be a disaster and you can add other organic products to the cake such as blueberries or organic goji berries.

Rye flour nutritional benefits

Rye flour is very rich in fibers (especially soluble), proteins, vitamin B, vitamin E, iron, calcium and zinc. Therefore, it is used as a prebiotic to stimulate the growth of good bacteria and hence the digestive system. The fibers slow down the absorption of sugars and it is a good way to lower blood sugar in type 2 diabetes. Rye flour is also very low in gluten so it is ideal for people who don’t agree with gluten. It is also advised to prevent cardio-vascular conditions and to boost the immune system.

Organic dark chocolate truffles with goji berry

We have found an amazing gourmet product that not only tastes good but that also makes up for a little healthy snack: dark chocolate truffles with goji berry. The truffles are made from organic cacao powder and organic cacao butter and also contain goji berries, well-known for their health properties as well as cherries. They are sweetened with fruit extracts (dates and agaves) and do not contain any chemicals or added sugar. The truffles are made by hand and have each a delicious flavor and texture that will make you want to eat the whole box at once. dark chocolate truffles with goji berriesThe organic dark chocolate truffles with goji berries can be part of your “sweet” cabinet but they also make for an excellent gift for chocolate connoisseurs. Plus, they come in a very cute little container. The dark chocolate truffles, can purchased online here. They are shipped internationally and will be home withing 6 to 10 days depending on where you live. Eating chocolate can be healthy if the chocolate is dark and unprocessed and does contain any additional sugars or fats.

cacao-treeDark chocolate is derived from cacao seeds. The cacao tree, also known as Theobroma cacao which means the “food of Gods” in Greek and is native from South America although it is also grown in Africa and more particularly in Ivory Coast, the largest world exporter of cacao. The cacao tree is an evergreen tree belonging to the Sterculiaceae family that needs a humid climate and an irrigated soil to grow properly and is often found at altitudes ranging from 600m to 1000m. It produces poisonous leaves, flowers that grow in clusters on the tonk of the tree and fruits or cacao pods that resemble of a yellow melon and become orange/light brown when ripen. cacao-podsThe cacao pods measure from 10cm to 40 cm and contains 30 to 60 seeds or cacao beans that are enclaved in a whitish and dry pulp. cacao-beansThe cacao beans, once extracted, are fermented between 2 to 8 days in order to release their aroma or chocolate flavor and then dried. Later on, the beans will be roasted at the factory to start the process of making chocolate, first producing a thick chocolate liquor that is cacao contained in cacao butter. Cacao liquor is then separated from the cacao butter that contains 40% to 50% of fats and turned into cacao powder. chocolate liquorDark chocolate is typically made from chocolate liquor and milk chocolate with chocolate liquor, sugars and milk. Chocolate can also be made from cacao powder extracted from beans that have not been fermented or roasted and therefore are packed with much higher percentage of antioxidants. Unfermented beans deliver a stronger and bitterer-tasty chocolate.

Organic dark chocolate health benefits

Cacao is packed with antioxidants called polyphenols that protect the cells from oxidation much like berries or beans and that result in good health, helping boost the immune system, prevent cardio-vascular complications and even cancer, reduce bad cholesterol levels and can even lower the blood pressure. Cacao is also packed with minerals that are essential for health such as copper, calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium. Cacao also helps make us feel good and are a sort of anti-depressant because it contains phenylethylamine, a substance that helps produce natural chemicals in our brain, also known as endorphins. It contains mild stimulants like theobromine that is also helpful in reducing coughing and caffeine in small dosage to give us a little boost.

Organic dark chocolate

Let’s not forget that cacao is derived from a tree, hence its beneficial properties and we are not talking here about sweet and unhealthy chocolate bars but the cacao itself or pure chocolate. The healthiest chocolate will be a very dark and organic chocolate and even a fair trade organic chocolate although it is important not to rely only on the packaging to chose your chocolate but like with all organic products, to also check the list of ingredients to ensure this is a truly organic chocolate. Organic chocolate is made from organic beans that have not been spread with pesticides and that have not been fermented or roasted, keeping intact its health properties. Also, dark and organic chocolate is unsweetened or less sweetened, contains less fat and has not been mixed with other ingredients that give the bad reputation to eating chocolate. Dark chocolate can be incorporated in the diet if it is not eaten abusively.

Zoom on the superfruits: organic goji berry

The organic goji berry is also known under the name wolfberry and belongs to the Lycium genus and Solanaceae family, just like tomato, pepper, eggplant and patato. Goji berry comes from south-east Europe and Asia and the plant grows goji berry flowers of lavender or light purple color that goji berry flowerbloom from June to September while the seeds produce bright orange/red fruits that ripen from July to October. The fruits are sometimes referred to as red diamonds.

Goji berries have drawn attention the past few years and are now marketed as superfruits for their nutritional values and are often referred as Novel Foods. However, goji berries are not new and have been eaten for more than 600 years especially in China and the plant was introduced in the UK in 1730. Being forgotten by the general public, it was put back on the market in the years 2000 and onwards.

Goji berry health benefits

Goji berries are known for their high content of antioxidants and this is why they have been marketed as superfruits. As such, they can help boost the immune system. They are also used in Traditional Chinese medicine to protect the liver, to improve blood circulation, to enhance sexual functions, to protect the eye sight and to reduce cardio-vascular risks. They can help reduce high blood pressure, eliminate bad cholesterol, increase energy levels, improve skin complexion and even as anti-aging. They are a great fruit to include in the diet as they are rich in Vitamin C (more than oranges), Vitamin B2 (for the metabolism), antioxidants (phenols), zinc, selenium, iron, potassium, calcium, beta-carotene, amino acids (to build blocks of proteins), monosaccharides and polysaccharides (carbohydrates), unsaturated fats (linoleic acid or omega 6 and alpha-linolenic acid or omega 3) and fibers.

Organic goji berries

Goji berries are known to be spread with a lot of pesticides, fungicides and insecticides especially when coming from Asia. Some goji berries batches were even refused from entering the USA because of the level of chemicals that they contained. Therefore, you should favor organic goji berries as most organic products are grown naturally but again, always check the origin and the packaging to ensure they are truly organic goji berries. dry goji berriesGoji berries are often sold in the form of dried goji berries that are chewy in texture and sweet and sour in taste because fresh goji berries are not easy to find. They are also sometimes found in tisanes in the organic teas section but the most common form is goji berry juice. However, pure goji berry juice is also hard to find and you will notice that the goji juice is in most cases mixed with other berries juice and sugar. Again, an organic goji berry juice will contain higher percentages of organic goji berries and no added sugar. You can at last find delicatessen food such as dark chocolate truffles with goji berry. If the chocolate is dark and the product does not contain added sugar, it can make up for a pleasant and healthy snack.

Fancy an organic cup of tea?

All types of teas are made from the plant Camellia sinensis that belongs to the Theaceae family. In Latin, sinensis means Chinese and this is no wonder since the plant originated in Mainland China and South East Asia but is now also cultivated in tropical and sub-tropical regions and a cultivated version also exists in order to grow it commercially from anywhere. Camellia sinensis is a small tree usually kept trimmed to reach a height of 2m, it has white yellow flowers, leaves of 4 to 15cm long and it grows naturally in high altitude from 1000m to 2500m. The seeds of camellia sinensis are used to produce tea oil (not to confuse with tea tree oil), which is an oil used for culinary purposes much like olive oil and that has naturally occurring vitamin E, unsaturated fats and antioxidants. The tea oil is also used in the manufacturing of cosmetics (soaps, hair products).
organic black teaThe dried leaves of camellia sinensis are used to make tea and depending on the age of the leaves, the quality of the tea varies as their chemical composition changes. The altitude at which the plant grows plays also a big role and tea leaves grown at higher altitudes give the tea a much better flavor. Soils and harvesting and processes are as much as important since these factors will contribute to producing the various types of teas we know such as black tea, green tea, white tea, pu-erh tea or oolong tea, all having a different oxidation.

Organic black tea: Black tea is darker in color because it is more oxidized due to the fact that the leaves are dried longer, withered, fully fermented, and fired. The used leaves are usually more mature leaves. The best quality black teas are rarely exported unless fair trade deals have been made with the growers so always read the label and favor fair trade products.
Organic oolong tea: Oolong tea is also made with mature leaves that are withered, semi-fermented, panfired and dried. The cooking of the leaves is typically made over charcoal, giving the tea its characteristic taste.
Organic pu-erh tea: Pu-erh tea is made with matures leaves that are withered and go through a special fermentation process that darken the leaves and change their flavor over time, just like a good wine.
Organic green tea: Green tea uses mature leaves that are withered, steamed or panfired and dried.
Organic white tea: White tea uses young leaves that are only steamed and dried.

These types of teas are divided in sub-categories resulting in a variety of more than 2000 teas. Then, we can also find beverages made from botanicals or herbs and these are often wrongly referred to as “herbal teas”; wrongly because all teas come from the Camellia sinesis plant so that a beverage made of chamomile flowers is not a tea but a tisane or an herbal infusion.

Organic tea health benefits

People have been drinking tea for more than 5000 years and for a reason. Tea is rich in phytochemicals that are chemicals naturally present in plants, some of which are beneficial for health. Tea contains antioxidants (flavanoids and polyphenol types) that may reduce the risk of cardio-vascular disease and cancers. Tea can also help fight bad cholesterol and boost the immune system and it contains fluoride that is beneficial to the teeth and bad breath. Tea is however rich in caffeine and green teas, white teas and all teas contain more or less the same amount of it. The caffeine content is found in the fresh tea leaves (4% of caffeine) so the way the tea is processed does not drastically influence the amount of caffeine although black tea is the most caffeinated of all teas. Black tea contains 4g of caffeine per serving, oolong tea 30g, green tea 20g and white tea 15g. Black tea is also more oxidized and because of the way it is processed (fully fermented, fired and dried), it looses some of the effect of the polyphenol content while green tea is only withered, steamed and dried, and white tea only steamed and dried, keeping fully their health properties.

However, it is important when you chose a tea to chose it right. Indeed, the tea plant is today commercially grown and therefore is sprayed with chemicals that inevitably end up in your cup of tea. Also, what is better, a tea bag or loose tea leaves? The loose tea leaves are derived from the full tea leaves or broken leaves but from the best part of the leave. Meanwhile, tea bags usually contain the fannings or the dust of the leaves, basically the worse part. Tea bags are convenient but they are not as high quality as full tea leaves. The same applies for herbal infusions.

Regardless of the type of tea you prefer, chose an organic loose leaves tea that has been grown in non-contaminated soils and that has not gone through a chemical treatment such as pesticides or herbicides spray. As always, read the label when you buy organic products because of the marketing scams. Don’t forget that where you prepare your tea is also important not to boil the leaves. Bring the water to boiling and once off the cooker, throw 2 to 4 grams of leaves and let it infuse for a few minutes. If in a hurry and you want to pour the boiling water on the leaves, you should first dip them in cold water so that the tea will keep all its good properties.

Enjoy 🙂

Organic maitake mushrooms

Maitake is a Japanese mushroom also known as the “Dancing mushroom” belonging to the Meripilaceae family and the G. frondosa species. The maitake mushroom grows in Japan and in North-America and has been praised for its healing properties, restoring unbalanced body systems. Maitake mushrooms are recognizable as they look like a cluster made of of multiple grayish-brown caps that are curled or spoon-shaped. It can be as big as 60 cm large and it grows at the same place for few years in a row. The maitake mushroom can weigh up to 20 kg and is dubbed as the King of the Mushrooms in Japan where it widely used for cooking purposes just like the Shiitake mushroom.

Maitake mushroom health properties

Besides being used for culinary purposes, the maitake mushroom also have amazing health properties and can be found in various forms: fresh mushroom, dry mushroom, powder, capsules, liquid or tea. In Asia, it has traditionally been used for its ability to boost the immune system thanks to its active constituent, Beta-glucan and is a good supplement/food to intake before the winter to fight colds and flu. It is also known to lower blood pressure, to lower bad cholesterol levels as well as to lower sugar levels in diabetic patients thanks to its hypoglycemic properties (naturally occurring alpha glucosidase inhibitor). It can also help manage weight loss. Maitake is rich in minerals, vitamins (B especially), fibers, amino-acids (proteins) and antioxidants and can help release inflammations.

Many studies have been conducted on the maitake mushroom and in 2009, a human trial was performed at the Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center in New-York on breast cancer patients demonstrating that the maitake mushroom could stimulate the production of immune system cells. Other studies were performed to research on prostate cancer, bladder cancer and various types of cancer cells and revealed that a portion of the mushroom called D-fraction was responsible for the anti-cancer activity. Further studies are being performed on the maitake mushroom that could become a life saver in the future.

How to take maitake?

First of all, depending where you live, it might be hard to find fresh maitake since it does not grow everywhere. However, dry maitake is commonly found in natural health stores or online and organic maitake is recommended to ensure it has grown on untreated soils. Dry organic maitake mushrooms can be soaked in warm water until it becomes soft (1 hour usually). It can then be cooked with other organic products such as olive oil and added in meat, pasta, organic quinoa or with other vegetables. The taste is quite pleasant although it is very different from the mushrooms we are typically used to eat; however, knowing what good it does to us, the taste can easily be put aside. maitake ampulesYou can also find maitake in the form of liquid in maitake ampules. You can use these ampules to do a cure of 21 days during the fall and during the spring, basically at the times when the immune system is at its lowest and needs a boost. You can also use 2 to 4 grams of maitake mushrooms to make a maitake tea. Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 to 4 hours, pass it and drink a cup in the morning and the evening. You can also easily find maitake supplements to take with a glass of water, but be always careful with the origin of the product to ensure it has not been mixed with other powders, as the effects will be lowered.

Brain wave therapy audio tracks to heal body and mind

What is brain wave therapy?

Have you ever heard of brain wave therapy? Brain wave therapy consists of brain waves frequency available in audio tracks that have healing properties and can help induce sleep, weight loss, relax, meditate, have more creativity, expand your relationships, quit smoking and much more. Brain wave therapy helps you modify patterns in order to bring positive change in your life, regardless of the area concerned. It re balances the brain, thus enhances your ability to think, learn and create, concentrate, fight stress, fear and even addictions and get rid of everything that was preventing you from living at your full potential.

How does brain wave therapy work?

Brain wave therapy comes in the form of audio programs that contain pure and precise tuned sound frequencies that drive the brain activity into high level states of mind. Brain waves include alpha waves that stimulate creativity and deep relaxation, beta waves that help focus and concentrate, theta waves that are used for deep meditation, insight and memory, delta waves that induce deep sleep and healing and gamma waves that increase cognition and improve IQ.

Brain wave therapy was first brought forth by biophysicist Gerald Oster in 1973 at the Mont Sinai Hospital in New-York who discovered that when sound frequencies are delivered to the brain separately through each ear via stereo headphones, a third beating sound is perceived by the brain, as if the two tones mixed naturally. This signal is called a binaural beat, and for this third signal to be heard, the frequency difference between the two original sounds must be minimal (typically below 30 Hz). The perception of the sound that arises in the brain has a huge, yet subtle influence on the brain, creates a stimuli called frequency following response that activates different parts of the brain and has specific therapeutic properties. The binaural beat corresponds to different beat frequencies under 30 Hz such as alpha, beta, delta, theta, and gamma brain waves that lead to asymmetric hemispheric balancing or balancing of the brain. brain wavesDepending on the beat frequency used, the stimuli produces an effect that can range from relaxation, focus, alertness, memory, concentration, sleep and more. Brain wave therapy has raised the interest of neurologists for its therapeutic properties and is used in hospitals or by physicians and therapists all over the world to help patients.

In the 80’s, a legendary woman, Kelly Howell, who was victim of a car accident started developing meditation tapes with positive reinforcing messages in order to overcome her accident. Surprised by the fast results she encountered, she developed self-help audio programs with the collaboration of biofeedback therapists and neuroscientists in San Francisco that led to the creation of Brain Sync, a complete series of brain wave therapy audio programs to be used both by medical professionals and people at home to treat various conditions.

Brain Sync audio programs are available in so many forms ranging from Brain Power (to boost your creativity or memory), Brain Health (to overcome issues such as depression, quit smoking, insomnia), Health and Fitness (to loose weight or help your body self-heal if you are sick), Stress Management (to help you relax and channel your energies), Prosperity and Success (to think positive and stop self-sabotaging your success) and Personal Growth (to help you with your meditation routine).The programs are downloadable and can be used in the car, in mp3 players, before you sleep, during meditation, at work, when you have a headache, in a spa to help clients relax and much more.

The Brain Sync audio programs may sound weird at first because they are basically wave frequencies combined with subliminal messages in order to help you achieve your goal depending on what you are looking to treat or overcome but once you have tried it, you will quickly notice the changes. You have to try the brain sync audio programs in an open state of mind (no judgment) and be persistent (do it for a few days at first and then on a regular basis). The programs are short (30 minutes to an hour) and can be done everywhere, anytime. You can listen to some sample audio programs such as the Increase Creativity program.

Enjoy and give me some feedback on your brain wave therapy experience!

Cinnamon to boost your immune system for the winter

With the winter months coming up, it is time to boost our immune system and organic cinnamon might be one of the spice to incorporate in our daily diet.

Where is cinnamon coming from

Cinnamon, also known as Cinnamomum zeylanicum, Ceylon cinnamon or “true cinnamon” comes from a small evergreen tree of 10 to 15 meter-high belonging to the Lauraceae family and to the genus Cinnamomum. cinnamon treeCinnamon is native to South East Asia and more particularly to Sri-Lanka that supplies 90% of the cinnamon in the whole world. Cinnamon comes from the Greek kinnámomon and means sweet wood. Cinnamon was not available in Europe before the 16th century but it was already a highly praised spice in the Ancient World (Greece, Egypt, Phoenicia) where it was offered to Gods or to Kings.

The cinnamon is extracted from the roots of the trees that are grown for 2 years and then coppiced (cut down), allowing new branches or shoots to regenerate. Only the inner barks from these shoots are extracted (0.5 mm of inner bark is used) in long rolls of cinnamon strips that curl into rolls upon drying and that are then cut into smaller rolls for trade.

The strong smell of cinnamon is due to its content of essential oil (cinnamon essential oil) and more particularly its chemical content cinnamaldehyde that amounts for 60% of the cinnamon essential oil.

Real cinnamon versus cassia

Real cinnamon is often confused with cassia that looks a bit similar but that is in fact really different. Cassia is known under the latin name Cinnamomum aromaticum and also belongs to the Lauraceae family but to the genus Cassia. Cassia, especially in powder form is often sold and substituted for cinnamon while it is not and when we think we are eating cinnamon, more often we are actually eating cassia. In the past few years, this has alarmed the health authorities in Europe that are sending warnings against consuming large amounts of cassia because cassia can actually be dangerous for our health unlike cinnamon. Indeed, cassia is rich in an ingredient called coumarin. Coumarin can be toxic and create liver and kidney damages when taken constantly.

How to tell the difference between real cinnamon and cassia?

Real cinnamon stickWhen using cinnamon and cassia in the form of sticks, it is actually very easy to tell the difference. Cinnamon is made of very thin and many cinnamon bark layers like on the picture above and the stick looks much like a cigar. cassiaCassia on the other hand is a more solid, uniform and hollow stick with a darker brown color.

In the form of powder, it is more complicated to determine if you are eating cinnamon or cassia but real cinnamon has a sweet aroma while cassia has a harsher smell. Also, the origin of the product can give a clue as to whether it is cinnamon or cassia. Cinnamon is called Ceylon cinnamon and comes typically from Sri Lanka while cassia will often say Chinese cinnamon or Saigon cinnamon. In the USA, most grounded cinnamon sold is actually cassia.

The health benefits of cinnamon

If you want to take advantage of the health properties of cinnamon, ensure that you are actually getting real cinnamon, otherwise, it will not work. Cinnamon is known to boost the immune system and will help ward off colds and flu thanks to its anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties and antioxidant activities. A teaspoon of cinnamon contains as much antioxidants as a pomegranate juice glass. It may help the digestive system and bowel movement disorders. A recent study published in the Diabetic Medicine: A Journal of the British Diabetic Association October 2010 showed that taking 2g of cinnamon a day can help lower blood sugar in Type 2 diabetes as well as lower blood pressure. Cinnamon can also help with blood circulation and as a sexual stimulant. It can be used in case of tooth ache and bad breath. It is great to repel insects.

Of course, cinnamon is mainly used in cooking and incorporating cinnamon in your meals, desserts, beverages will have the positive effects listed above. You can for example incorporate cinnamon in your breakfast by blending 2 fresh oranges with a tea spoon of cinnamon and drink as a morning boost.

If you want to refresh your home and take advantage of the anti-bacterial properties of cinnamon, you can also get cinnamon essential oil and pour a few drops in the filter of your vacuum cleaner. It will leave your house free of bacteria while smelling really good. However, be careful when using cinnamon essential oil as this oil is very strong and can be irritating to the nose or to the skin if improperly used.

Blueberry benefits

Blueberry is a plant that belongs to the Ericaceae family and the Vaccinium genus. Blueberries come originally from North America and have been praised since centuries for their blueberry benefits. They are also found in Canada, Europe and Southern Hemisphere and the fruits reach maturity from May to August or September. Blueberry is one of the rare food of indigo color that is induced by the content of anthocyanin, a pigmentation present in some plants that protects from UV light (acting as a sunscreen) and that is also a powerful antioxidant. Blueberry High BushBlueberry plants grow typically in acidic soils but nowadays, blueberries are mostly mass-produced (high bush blueberries) to meet the demand although low-bush (wild) blueberries are still available. For example, Maine in the USA, produces 25% of the blueberries and is the biggest producer in the world. Organically-grown blueberries is easily achieved because they are typically less attacked by pests than any other fruits.

Blueberry benefits

Blueberries can be eaten row, but they are also sold as frozen blueberries, as blueberry jams, dry blueberries, blueberry juices or blueberry smoothies. They became part of the superfruits family much like goji berries, acai berry or tart cherry, as studies have shown the great health properties of blueberries, including their:

– high antioxidant properties (one of the highest thanks to the content of anthocyanin mentioned earlier)
anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties.

As a matter of fact, in a USDA Human Nutrition Research Center laboratory, scientists found our that eating fresh blueberries on a daily basis could slow down the aging process as well as the loss of mental capacity and memory loss by regenerating brain cells.

Blueberries are also rich in Vitamin B, C, E, and:

– help promote a good vision as well as
boost the immune system.

They are also:

– beneficial to the urinary tract against infections as they block the growth of bacteria much like a natural anti-biotic and a natural anti-bacterial.

They promote a:

– healthy heart by getting rid of the bad cholesterol

They are a:

– mood-enhancer and a natural anti-depressant

Organic blueberries or organic blueberry juice can become part of the daily diet for a maximized healthy lifestyle.
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Blueberry stains on clothes so if it ever happens to you, soak your garment in 1 liter of warm water mixed with 1 spoon of vinegar 🙂