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Blue Foods, Anti Aging

Blue Foods, Anti Aging

Experts believe free radicals that bombard and oxidize our cells and tissues are responsible for approximately 40 or more age-related causes of death and disease. Free radical damage is caused by smoking, alcohol, recreational and legal drugs, pollution, sun, chemicals, poor sleep quality and stress. Even oxygen that we breathe damages the cells.

The body produces antioxidants to overcome this problem by defusing toxic free radicals, offering them an electron and quieting their zinging against cell membranes.

Today, however, because of the American diet where two thirds or more of people do not even receive two servings a day of fruits and veggies, we do very little to supplement antioxidants through the food we consume. In fact, data from the Department of Nutrition, Arizona State University, Tempe, indicate citrus or berry consumption amounts to less than one serving daily.

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As an anti-aging physician and researcher studying the nutritional and genetic characteristics of the world’s most long-lived peoples, I believe everybody should put more berries into their lives. Berries are rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals such as anthocyanidins, proanthocyanidins and ellagic acid that scavenge free radicals and protect our bodies from premature aging. Berries are included in the diets of almost all long-lived persons.

Blueberry, blackberry, red raspberry, black raspberry, camu camu berry and acerola are some of my favorites. Eat them fresh whenever possible and take a quality dietary supplemen

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A study conducted by James Joseph, PhD, chief of the neuroscience laboratory at the Jean Mayer US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Human Nutrition Center on Aging at Tufts University, demonstrated that a diet rich in blueberry extract, also known as bilberry, reversed loss of balance and coordination and improved short-term memory in aging rats. Published in the Journal of Neuroscience, this particular USDA study was the first to actually demonstrate a reversal in dysfunctions of behavior, going farther than earlier studies that linked high-antioxidant fruits and vegetables to prevention of function loss only.

“From what I’ve seen from our research, the anthocyanins which give blueberries their color may be very powerful and very influential in giving blueberries their health punch,” says Dr Joseph. “While we’ve long known that eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is good for us, we’re just now beginning to understand the reasons why. What we’ve found is that color may be a strong part of the story, and blue is emerging as one of the most interesting colors of all.”

Studies by Ronald L. Prior, PhD, also conducted at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Center on Aging, ranked blueberries number one in antioxidant activity when compared with 40 other commercially available fruits and vegetables.

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Raspberries, another anti-ager, provide rheosmin, a ketone that blocks the fat-digesting enzyme lipase, meaning with an adequate amount the body digests and absorbs less fat. However, be aware that while I encourage people to consume as many berries as possible, nonetheless, only a dietary supplement supplies ketones in amounts necessary to lose weight. Tiliroside, a flavonoid family member, stimulates the fat-based hormone adiponectin, which regulates blood sugar and blood fats. Raspberry extracts also stop alphaglucosidase, an enzyme that increases breakdown of starches into sugar, aiding type 2 diabetics. The ellagitannins in raspberry induce cancer cells to self-destruct in a process called apoptosis.

Camu camu (Myrciaria dubia), a small Amazon bush tree with reddish purple cherry type fruit, is vitamin C packed at 2-3% fresh weight; when its extract is used to supplement the diet, the additional antioxidant flavonoids, anthocyanins and catechins firm capillaries, preventing breakage and feeding tissues and organs such as the eyes and skin.

Acerola (Malpighia emarginata), native to South America, Southern Mexico and Central America, almost as rich in vitamin C as camu camu, also contains carotenes and B vitamins.

To get your daily dose of color, just drop a handful of berries into your morning cup of orange juice or make a smoothie with one-half cup of berries.

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“One-half cup of blueberries delivers as much antioxidant power as five servings of other fruits and vegetables—such as peas, carrots, apples, squash and broccoli,” says Dr Prior. “While variety is still the key to a healthy diet, I’m eating blueberries regularly.”

However, for the treatment or prevention of cataracts, macular degeneration or diabetic-related eye disease, be sure to also use a quality supplement that contains cold-pressed extracts with wild, raw, remotely sourced berries.

Berries are naturally a cold weather fruit. Look for a product derived all of its berries from above the 55th parallel because it is thought the harsh cold climate, where berries originated, produces the most nutrient-dense sources. Look for the use of cold pressing, avoiding heating the berries. Cold pressing ensures another key attribute, which is the preservation of phytochemicals. Some commercial extracts are heated during processing, which destroys phytochemicals; cold pressed retains the quercetin, ellagic acid, caffeic acid, benzoic acid, resveratrol, cyanidin-3- glucoside and cyanidin-3-rutinoside.

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L. Stephen Coles is co-founder and executive director of the Gerontology Research Group, visiting lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles, and assistant researcher in the Department of Surgery at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine.

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