Blueberries Are Nutritional Weapons Against Disease

Blueberries-For-Breast-CancerBy: Ellen Kamhi PhD RN, The Natural Nurse®.

In today’s world, blueberries are being heralded as a delicious weapon in the “anti-aging”, or as I prefer to call it, the ‘graceful aging’ arsenal. In a study funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the U. S. Department of Agriculture, which appeared in the September 15, 1999, issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, rats were fed a blueberry extract diet, rich in naturally derived antioxidants. The rats showed fewer age-related motor changes and out-performed their study counterparts on memory tests. Although strawberry and spinach extracts also improved short term memory, only blueberries supported progress in navigation capabilities and overall co-ordination. This is important because aging often causes challenges with co-ordination and balance. I addition, rats in all the supplement groups had sufficient Vitamin E in the cell membranes of their brains, which increases cellular flexibility and repair. Holly McCord, RD, author of “The Miracle Berry” and Prevention’s Nutrition Editor says, “If you add one food to your diet this year, make it blueberries.” According to McCord, blueberries are the “… single most ferocious food in the supermarket at halting the forces that age you.”

Professor David Morgan at the Alzheimer’s Research Lab at the University of South Florida is also excited about the possibilities of blueberries. Morgan has worked with Tuft’s University on a transgenic model of Alzheimer’s disease and says he hopes the research he’s involved in proves that blueberries are the nutritional answer to disease and aging that they seem to be. With a scientist’s skepticism, he adds, “I doubt that our studies will show blueberries to be the miracle cure some people claim – but I hope they do. Blueberries are an affordable, healthy and delicious remedy.”

To get an even better effect, choose “organic” blueberries whenever possible, to avoid the negative effects associated with pesticides. A good plan of action is to ‘stock up’ on organic blueberries when they are in season, and simple put containers in the freezer to be used at a later date. They can be eaten ‘as is’, or added to healthy breakfast cereals, oatmeal or yogurt for a nutritious start to the day. Another great way to save blueberries for a ‘rainy day’ is to purchase a dehydrator and dry the fresh berries for later use- this is a good way to save many kinds of healthy fruits and vegetables for times when they are not in season.

Try This Blueberry Smoothie:


  • 8-12 ounces of Unsweetened Soy Milk or Organic Skim Milk
  • One Scoop of Organic Spirulina or Barley Grass Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon or Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil
  • ½ cup Organic Fresh or Frozen Blueberries
  • 2 –3 ice cubes


Place all together in a blender, and Blend for One Minute
Enjoy a Healthy, High Protein, Nutritious , Low Calorie Meal!

Photo Source: Top Health Remedies

Ellen KamhiEllen Kamhi PhD RN, The Natural Nurse®, can be heard on radio daily. She is the author of several books, including WEIGHT LOSS, the Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide. Dr. Kamhi has been involved in natural health care for over 4 decades. She answers consumer questions at, and has a private practice on Long Island. 800-829-0918

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