Know Your Healthy Berries

Berry Boosters

Berry Boosters

Acai, Maqui And Many Other Popular Berries That Will Change Your Life And Health. Berries have been demonstrated to be some of the healthiest foods on the planet. Each month or so it seems fresh research is being brought out and new berries are being exposed and analyzed for their health giving attributes.

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While some of these berries are delicious and safe to eat. either fresh or cooked, others are strictly for medicinal use only and should always be taken under the supervision of a professional herbalist. Compounds in bilberries called anthocyanosides have potent antioxidant properties, which contribute to the herb's many benefits, particularly for vision and eye health. Rich in antioxidants, including vitamin C, cranberries are an important remedy for preventing and treating cystitis. These berries are prescribed for a wide range of symptoms and conditions, including asthma, cough, insomnia and liver disorders. Often taken in combination with other diuretic herbs, an infusion of berries is a traditional remedy for arthritis, gout and rheumatism.

Who Needs a Nutritional Supplement

Beyond achieving RDA AI levels for essential nutrients, many people seek out supplements containing nutrition factors that are purported to optimize the fight against current conditions such as osteoarthritis and diabetes and to help prevent diseases that develop over years or decades such as osteoporosis, heart disease, and cancer. In doing so, essential nutrient levels well above the RDA AI or other nutrients are sought out in supplementation. Often it is the case that even a well balanced diet would not provide the higher level or the unique nutrients, either at all or in adequate amounts. In this case, the diet would have to be supplemented. Excellent examples of nutrients sought out for supplementation include phytosterols and psyllium fiber for cholesterol reduction, glucosamine for joint health, lutein and zeaxanthin for eye health, and lycopene and blueberries for prostate health. Another example might be supplementation of creatine to achieve a daily level that would support...

Chapter Ten things to do for better health

Eat lots of dark and brightly colored fruits and vegetables. The darker brighter colored fruits and vegetables are loaded with anti-oxidants and other phytonutrients. They also tend to have good levels of fiber. Good choices include avocado, artichoke, blueberries, spinach, broccoli, guava, and the other bright, dark colored fruits and vegetables. An example of a poor choice would be iceberg lettuce. It has very little in the way of the good nutrients.

Are there treatments to prevent attacks and lessen risk of disability

In October 1997, I was feeling great. My MS was seemingly nonexistent. I was in New Jersey enjoying the fall leaves, biking, and picking raspberries I even thought about trying to teach in the spring term. I did not realize that I was pregnant and soon to miscarry. After the miscarriage, we called Dr. Sheremata, who asked when I was next going to be in Miami. I told him in a week, for my father's 65 th birthday. He warned us that it was likely that I would have a flare-up. As I enjoyed a long weekend in Florida, I felt a bit smug and a lot relieved that I had not had a flare-up and almost canceled my appointment with Dr. Sheremata for that Tuesday. Monday night I was tired but still okay. By Tuesday morning I could not see out of my right eye, and neither of my legs worked very well. My father and I went to see Dr. Sheremata we discussed ACTH, and Dr.

What You Can Do to Plug the Leaks

Quercetin (found in onions, tea, cranberries, and apples) is a powerful histamine inhibitor, not only making it a great supplement for hayfever and sinusitis, but also for leaky gut. Mast cells in the gut, which secrete histamine, promote the development of the leaky gut syndrome.

On The Miseries Of Gout And The Virtues Of Colchicine

Those she had favored an appropriate affliction in order to produce a mixture of good and evil. Gout was the disease of kings, emperors, admirals, and philosophers. Despite Sydenham's belief that gout reflected divine justice, the alleged relationship between gout and wealth and wisdom is simply an artifact of historical interest in the medical problems of the rich and famous and general indifference to the anonymous victims of disease who suffered the torments of gout without benefit of medical or biographical attention. Still, the list of distinguished victims of gout is so impressive that the British psychologist Henry Havelock Ellis (1859-1939) thought the disease was associated with genius. The victims of gout included Erasmus, Francis Bacon, William Harvey, Benjamin Franklin, Joseph Banks, Tobias Smollett, Edward Gibbon, Benjamin Disraeli, and Joseph Conrad. Lord Chesterfield said that ''gout is the distemper of a gentleman, rheumatism of a hackney coachman.'' Franklin, who...

Functional properties

With the hydroxyl radical were isolated from methanol extracts of allspice. These compounds were identified as pimentol and had a strong antioxidant activity as hydroxyl radical scavengers at 2.0 pm (Oya et al., 1997). A phenylpropanoid, isolated from berries of P. dioica inhibited autoxidation of linoleic acid in a water-alcohol system (Kikuzaki et al., 1999).

Flavonoids and Neurological Diseases

Other antioxidant flavonoid supplements include Ginkgo biloba, extracts of grape seeds, bilberries, cranberries, green tea, pomegranate, and many other natural plant products. Consumers use these products in the belief they will reduce the risk of heart disease, prevent breast, prostate, and other types of cancer, lessen the chance of age-related vision problems (such as cataracts or macular degeneration), minimize the symptoms of hay fever and asthma, and fight viral infections. In most cases the science to back manufacturers' advertisements claiming of efficacy is derived from very small and very short-term corporate funded studies. While the public awaits research results supported by the NIH offices, ODS, and NCCAM, they should proceed carefully and consult the ODS Web site for recommendations.

Nutrition Malnutrition Health And Disease

Many people living in climates more inhospitable than Europe avoided scurvy through the ingenious use of plant and animal resources. For example, American Indians made teas and tonics from the needles, sap, or bark of appropriate trees, and the indigenous people of Australia used a green plum for medicinal purposes. Cereals, peas, and beans lack antiscorbutic properties in their dry, dormant state, but during their sprouting stage they are good sources of vitamin C. The nutritional value of bean sprouts has long been appreciated in Asia. Although some groups of Eskimos were able to gather berries and others ate the vegetable material found in the rumen of caribou, for the most part, the Eskimo menu was limited to meat and fish. Since vitamin C is present at low levels in animal tissues, it is possible to avoid scurvy by consuming fresh meat and whole fish without the niceties of cleaning and cooking.

Family Onagraceae Al de Jussieu 1798 nom conserv the Evening Primrose Family

Physical description The family Onagraceae consists of 17 genera and 675 species of tanniferous herbs abounding with ellagic and gallic acid. The leaves are simple, opposite or alternate and without stipules. The flowers are hermaphrodite, actinomorphic, and often solitary. The calyx is adnate to the ovary, and 4-5-lobed and valvate.The corolla consists of 2-5, free petals which are contorted or imbricate. The andrecium comprises of as many stamens as, or twice as many as, the calyx lobes, and the anthers are 2-locular, and open lengthwise. The gynecium is inferior and 2-6 locular and contains 1 to several ovules attached to axile placentas. The fruits are capsules, berries or nuts containing numerous seeds.

Allergies Food What Are Food Allergies

There are several leading causes of food allergies, and they may intertwine. Physicians have traditionally recognized only acute allergic reactions, such as when a person develops a rash after eating shellfish or strawberries. However, most cases of food allergies may be more subtle and difficult to diagnose.


Or BILBERRY, as it is often called (Vaccinium myrtillus) is associated in Ireland with the Lughnasa festival of 1 August, particularly with the picking of whortleberries. In fact, Blaeberry Sunday is the name given to the first Sunday in August, and it is known as that, or something like it, in most parts of Ireland. As well as Blaeberry Sunday, there are Heatherberry, Bilberry, Fraughan, Whort or Hurt Sunday. The fruits are called Mulberries in some parts of County Donegal, so the Sunday festival is known as Mulberry Sunday in those parts ( Mac Neill). Even if all aspects of the festival have disappeared, there still remain outings to pick bilberries on the mountains. The custom on Carn Trenna was for the boys to make bilberry bracelets for the girls. They were worn on the hilltop, but were carefully left there when it was time to go home (Mac Neill). If they said that, they would find a lot of berries (Crossing). A syrup called Rob was made at one time from bilberries - the juyce of...


The family Myrsinaceae consists of 30 genera and about a 1000 species of tropical plants that have attracted a great deal of interest for their quinones and saponins, which have exhibited a large spectrum of pharmacological activities. About 40 species of plants classified within the family Myrsinaceae are medicinal in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly for the treatment of inflammatory conditions. One of these medicinal herbs is Ardisia villosa Roxb. Ardisia villosa Roxb., or xue xia hong (Chinese), is a shrub that grows up to 3 m tall in the wild in China, Taiwan, Thailand, and Malaysia. The stems are stoloniferous, blackish, rusty villous, or hirsute almost throughout. The leaves are simple, spiral, and exstipulate. The blade is selliptic-lanceolate, somehow fleshy, light green, and marked with numerous blackih dots. The flowers are lavender or pink. The fruits are dark red or blackish with globose berries (Fig. 16). The plant is used in China to treat contusions and rheumatic...

The beauty of herbs

Take the elder, for example. A deciduous shrub or tree that grows to about 20 ft. (6 m), in summer it produces clusters of tiny, creamy white scented flowers that attract bees, followed by blue-black berries in autumn. Elders make a great hedge, and you can use the flowers and berries to make cordials, wines, jams and jellies. The leaves repel flies and mosquitoes while the flowers are used medicinally to treat coughs, colds, allergies and arthritis, and cosmetically as a skin toner. Note, however In some locations it is a weed.

Eskimos of Alaska

The typical diet of the Eskimos was mostly fish and wild animals salmon (fresh and dried) and salmon eggs, seal and seal oil, dried fish eggs, caribou organs and meat, whale blubber raw (high in Vit C), wild plants, certain berries when available, kelp, ground nuts and blossoms of flowers. So the Eskimos, despite the fact that they lived in Winter conditions for 9-10 months of the year without access to plant or diary foods, still managed to get all the nutrients they needed from seafood, stored berries and sea plants.


(Phytolacca decandra) is a common American plant of waste places and roadsides. Children make a red ink from the purple berries, a time-honoured use in the United States, for the Indians used it to give a red stain with which to colour their ornaments (Sanford), and it has also been used (in Portugal) to deepen the colour of port (Whittle & Cook). The berries will also give, with alum as the mordant, red or tan colours, depending on the length of time of immersion, and the state of the dyebath. In the autumn, the root was dug up for use in many home remedies, despite the knowledge of its toxic nature an overdose leads to paralysis of the respiratory systen, and subsequent death (Emboden. 1979). In Alabama they used to say that pokeberry-root tea was good for tuberculosis, and taking a poke-root bath was helpful for the itch (R B Browne). They even used the root for thrush by, of all things, putting it in whisky and giving it to the child to drink The berries mixed with whisky form a...

Disease Prevention

Ellagitannins are dietary polyphenols containing ellagic acid (1.96) subunits that are thought to act as cancer chemo-preventive agents. Thus, they may have properties that contribute to health benefits in humans. Little is known, however, of their metabolic fate. Cerda et al. (2005) investigated the metabolism of different dietary ellagitannin derivatives in humans. Healthy volunteers in four groups consumed, in a single dose, a different ellagitannin-containing food. The reported consumption was strawberries (250 g), red raspberries (225 g), walnuts (35 g), and oak-aged red wine (300 ml). Urine fractions were collected at 8, 16, 32, 40, and 56 hours after consumption. Neither ellagitannins nor ellagic acid were detected in the urine samples by liquid chromatography-MS MS analysis. However, a microbial metabolite (urolithin B 7.22) conjugated with glucuronic acid was detected in all study participants independent of the consumed food.