Saturday, October 18, 2014

Organic Blueberries . Blueberry Extract .

Other than organic apples and organic kiwis (awesome for vit. C), we also get organic frozen blueberries. Blueberries are mega high in anti-oxidants which are awesome for living beings. Btw, blueberries should preferably be frozen for a reason (more on it below). Mom has been freezing all our blueberries years ago even before reading those recent articles published on the benefits of freezing blueberries. Because if you do not freeze them, they'd turn all soft and alcoholic-like. Mom thinks its just common sense to freeze them. Or maybe some ppl don't like it frozen. Some brands have it stated on their packaging that they are to be kept frozen.

Mom also ordered blueberry extract on 07 Oct 2014. They're about USD16.88 each before discount. If you've come across bilberries, it's just another name for it... difference being bilberries are wild. Both are fine.

Mom blends our fruits too with our organic veg 6 days a week (we fast every Monday). Now its just either one organic kiwi per day or about 8 to 10 organic blueberries. If she uses the raw berries then blueberry extract would not be given vice-versa.

We get either one-quarter (or sometimes half) capsule each per day. No fixed rule... its up to you. Mom simply caps the capsule back and refrigerate it. Only the contents of the capsules are fed to us. So technically, Mom is super-pro in opening capsules LOL. 

14 Aug 2013

Can Dogs Eat Berries?


Most dog guardians today want to feed their dog a healthy diet, but  aren’t always sure exactly what foods are healthy.  Take berries, for example.  If you check the Internet, you will find lots of different information about berries.  People seem confused about whether or not berries are good for dogs, or even safe to feed dogs.  You can rest assured that there are many kinds of berries that are perfectly safe and healthy for your dog to eat.

Dogs Love Berries

Dogs love many of the same kinds of berries that you probably like yourself:  blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries.  All of these berries are healthy and safe for your dog to eat.

Some Poisonous Berries

When people refer to berries that dogs should avoid, those berries include fruit that contains pits, such as cherries.  It is possible for a dog to choke on these large pits or “stones.”  Additionally, some of these pits contain chemicals which can be harmful to your dog if eaten.  Dogs should also avoid eating holly berries, juniper berries, baneberries, poke berries, and mistletoe berries.

Health Benefits of Berries

Just as there are health benefits for you when you eat blueberries and other berries, there are also lots of health benefits for your dog.  Berries are known for their antioxidant properties, which means that they can protect your cells against the effects of “free radicals.”  Free radicals are normally produced when your body goes through the process of breaking down food, or whenever it’s exposed to many everyday assaults from things like tobacco smoke or ordinary radiation in the atmosphere.  Free radicals can cause damage to our cells.  It is believed that these harmful molecules can affect us in ways that cause cancer, heart disease, and other health problems.  So, antioxidants which come from berries, can help protect us, and our dogs, from the harm caused by free radicals.  Giving your dog berries may help prevent cancer, heart disease, and other health issues.

Studies have also suggested that blueberries are beneficial to older dogs and help them keep their cognitive functions.  This is especially important for dogs that might be experiencing canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome.

Cranberries offer dogs the same benefits that they offer humans and can improve urinary tract health.  They are especially beneficial to dogs experiencing any kidney issues.  Cranberries are particularly high in vitamin C.  Cranberry juice is acidic and when you give it to your dog it helps to lower the pH of your dog’s urine.  This makes the urinary tract inhospitable for bacteria.

Trying Berries

Many dogs enjoy eating berries right from your hand, or you can put some berries in their dish with their dog food.  In other cases, as with cranberries, you can give them some cranberry juice to add berries to their diet.  Berries can be fed in berry form, pureed, or you can add them to a favorite dog cookie recipe.  Berries also make excellent treats for your dog.

If you haven’t offered your dog berries yet, purchase a couple of different kinds and see how your dog likes them.  Chances are that your dog will quickly become a big fan of berries.  And you’ll be a big fan of their health benefits to your dog.

I think we’re all already aware that organic berries are very good for our overall health. The vitamins that they contain spread a number of benefits throughout our body, but is it possible to make them even more healthy?

Apparently, yes. Yes we can.

More and more research is pointing in the direction that freezing fruits can actually make them even healthier. This appears to be the case with organic blueberries, where anthocyanin concentration is actually more potent after a short stay in the freezer. In case you don’t know, anthocyanins contain a number of anti-inflammatory qualities, and are known to benefit your overall brain health.

Some research even suggests that anthocyanin may possess anti-carcinogenic properties that could completely revolutionize the medical industry.

What does freezing do?
When you freeze blueberries (for short OR long periods of time), the low temperatures penetrate deep within the fruit and disrupt the tissue structure – this makes the anthocyanins more available and absorbable.
The berries actually have their sharp, blue color because of the anthocyanin in the tissue. Organic berries already have higher nutritional content than alternatives, but freezing them can actually improve on these 5 benefits:

1.      Improving Heart Health

Eating frozen blueberries can significantly lower your risk of heart disease. This is because the nutrients regulate and relax the elasticity of your arteries in the vascular wall, keeping them from getting damaged. Consequently, this also improves your blood flow, giving you a healthy blood pressure in the process.

2.      Reduced Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Forms of Dementia
The anthocyanin in the berries can actually improve your memory functions, and protect your brain against cell damage and loss. The protection makes your encoding and retrieval processes more fluid, making it easier to recall information.The berries can also improve your nerve cell growth, and make communication easier between nerve cell processes. This actually slows down the rate that they age, and ultimately, die.

3.      Improved Nervous System Health
The antioxidants in blueberries  provide your nerve cells with protection, as mentioned previously. They also keep your brain healthy from various forms of toxin pollution that it is exposed to every day. They effectively create a safeguard around your nervous system to keep it healthy and strong for a longer period of time.

4.      Improved Motor Function
Older adults, who suffer from impaired movements above the age of 70+ years, generally perform and behave more functionally after consuming frozen blueberries. They have heightened cognitive ability, which shows improved motor ability in comparison to other men and women in the same age group.

5.      Improved Digestion
The antioxidants in blueberries protect your digestive tract from any damage from outside sources. The scary thing is, many of the people who lack antioxidants in their diets consequently develop cancer as a result of poor gastrointestinal health. People at risk of developing colon cancer should definitely bring more frozen blueberries into their diets.

Blueberries are already so healthy, but freezing them allows for you to get the benefits in such a higher concentration than refrigerated ones. They will taste just as good, but will be so much healthier without even showing it.

Try them out next time you pick up a batch. Grab a few extra ones to pack into the freezer for a few weeks, and make them a regular start to your mornings.


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