In Nature, purple and blue are dynamic health supporters. Their phytonutrients include an antioxidant called anthocyanins believed to delay cellular aging and help the heart by blocking the formation of blood clots. Blue and purple foods also contain lycopene, flavonoids and vitamins D & K. They help promote bone health, lower the risk of certain cancers, improve memory and increase urinary-tract health. Blueberries are high in fiber, vitamins E & C, and antioxidants and phytoflavinoids. Combining the two takes the nutritive power of this dynamic duo to a whole new level.
One of the most important health benefits of elderberries is the plant’s ability to support our immune system function. That helps the body’s fight against bacterial and viral infection.
And, because of it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, to also helps to clear up any sinus infections and alleviates allergenic reactions.
The plant’s anthocyanidins have a broad spectrum of therapeutic value ranging from an effective treatment for both cold and flu symptoms to pharmacologic and anti-carcinogenic properties which may help prevent some cancers.
Elderberries helps to reduce blood pressure and supports the management of diabetes. It’s a natural diuretic and helps with weight loss. If that isn’t enough, the plant’s high levels of Vitamin A, bioflavonoids and antioxidants make it a natural for skin health. What more can you ask for? Blueberries.
Besides their great taste, these little berries are packed with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids. They’re also high in potassium and vitamin C. Vitamin C has the ability to protect cells DNA by trapping free radicals and inhibiting the formation of carcinogens. Studies show that consuming blueberry extract can lead to a 25% reduction in cancer cells.
Consuming blueberries daily also helps lower blood pressure and their polyphenols help boost bone growth and prevent osteoporosis by delaying the osteoclast action which is breaks down bone minerals. And they’re an anti-inflammatory.
Known as a superfood, blueberries have many specific antioxidants including anthocyanins, phenols, and flavonoids. They boost the immune system with antioxidant properties to protect the human body from those damaging, daily stressors in our environments.
Oxidation is a chemical reaction that produces free radicals. Free radicals lead to damaged cells and variety of diseases. The antioxidants in both blueberries and elderberries are molecules that inhibit the oxidation of other molecules thereby protecting the body from chronic disease and slowing the natural aging process. Packed with vitamin E, the nutrients in blueberries help protect eyes from damage from free radicals and plays an important role in the reduction of cataract formation and age-related macular degeneration. When compared to other berries, like blackberries, blueberries had the highest total antioxidant capacity.
Why We Blend Blueberries and Elderberries
In Nature, purple and blue are dynamic health supporters. Their phytonutrients include an antioxidant called anthocyanins believed to delay cellular aging and help the heart by blocking the formation of blood clots. Blue and purple foods also contain lycopene, flavonoids and vitamins D & K. They help promote bone health, lower the risk of certain cancers, improve memory and increase urinary-tract health. Blueberries are high in fiber, vitamins E & C, and antioxidants and phytoflavinoids. Combining the two takes the power of purple and blue to a whole new level.
“What our study has shown is that the common elderberry has a potent direct antiviral effect against the flu virus,” said Dr Golnoosh Torabian. “It inhibits the early stages of an infection by blocking key viral proteins responsible for both the viral attachment and entry into the host cells.”
Randomized study of the efficacy and safety of oral elderberry extract in the treatment of influenza A and B virus infections
As we age, enzymatic capacity to produce our master anti-oxidant (glutathione) is markedly decreased.
Free Radicals, Antioxidants in Disease and Health
Survey of antioxidant capacity and phenolic composition of blueberry, blackberry, and strawberry in Nanjing
The effect of wild blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium) consumption on postprandial serum antioxidant status in human subjects
Polyphenols from blueberries modulate inflammation cytokines in LPS-induced RAW264.7 macrophages
All this functional nutrition is why we combine elderberries and blueberries. Then we make it easy and convenient to take so you can get on with your day.