we ensure the berries are always dried below 40 degrees so the high nutritional values are preserved
Wild arctic blueberries (known as bilberries) are naturally rich in antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients while being full of dietary fibre and very low in fat. They also are deeper in colour and smaller in size, compared to cultivated blueberries.
- A good source of protective antioxidants and flavonoids, particularly anthocyanin, that boosts the immune system and prevents infections. Anthocyanin is the pigment responsible for the blue colour of the berries. The deeper the colour, the richer the berries are in anthocyanin and other antioxidants.
- Blueberries (bilberries) contain vitamins A, C, E and K and are also a beneficial source of zinc, copper, potassium, magnesium, iron and manganese (what is it?).
- Blueberries likely improve brain health and memory (see an article). Anthocyanin, together with selenium, vitamins and micronutrients in blueberries can prevent degeneration of brain cells and neuron tissue, as well as heal already damaged cells for sharper memory (a study).
- The anti-aging properties are known to have a direct effect on skin. That is why blueberries are recommended for people who want to prevent wrinkles and pre-mature aging, or acne. The antioxidants, together with other nutrients, neutralise free radicals which cause aging and skin cell damage. A high concentration of pectin (a type of fibre found in blueberries) is seen to clear intestinal toxins that may contribute to acne.
- Blueberries help to prevent bruising and other visible skin damage: Vitamin C helps in strengthening blood vessel walls and the capillaries just below the skin and therefore can prevent tiny red lines (sometimes called spider veins), bruises, varicose veins and blotches from appearing on the skin. Improved circulation can also assist in reducing cellulite.
- Blueberries are very low in calories and fat. Antioxidants provide a detoxing effect by cleansing toxins and waste products from the body. Recent study showed that the polyphenols found in blueberries aid in weight loss (a collection of studies) and are particularly useful in breaking down belly fat (research review). The high content of fibre found in blueberries in turn assists in digestion and works to prevent constipation.
- High concentrate of anthocyanin in blueberries, in addition to flavonoids, vitamins C, E and A as well as selenium and carotenoids have been documented as being beneficial for vision and eye health. Particularly, improvements were seen in the eye's night time visual activity and ability to adjust to darkness. That is why the Japanese often call blueberries as “the vision fruit”.
- Besides all other benefits mentioned, anthocyanin in blueberries, together with other antioxidants, copper and vitamin C, can have an effect in fighting prostate (a study), colon and liver cancer (an article).
- Blueberries can also been seen as an ideal dietary supplement for those fighting hearth disease: The antioxidants promote the overall health of the vascular system by strengthening the blood vessel walls and cardiac muscles for example. (An article). Anthocyanins also cause blood capillaries to dilate which leads to improved circulation.
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There is a wide range of nutritional health benefits provided by cranberries (research review) The juicy, bright red berries grow wild on the ground in the swamps and the berries need to be hand-picked one by one.
- Rich in fibre, vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin K.
- The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory components of cranberries have been proven to develop the immune system so the body is well prepared to fight against infections and seasonal illnesses.
- Cranberries have been proven to help in preventing kidney and bladder problems such as kidney stones, because of the citric acid they contain. Cranberry is great in preventing urinary tract infections. Proanthocyanidis, a unique compound found in cranberries, reduces the amount of harmful bacteria building up on the urinary tract walls and therefore prevents infections (study). That same proanthocyanidis is seen to benefit oral health too by reducing bacteria attaching to teeth.
- Antioxidants also have anti-aging properties on them and can help in relieving skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis or dermatitis.
- Great for detoxing, weight loss and very low in calories: 50g of berries only contain 25 calories. Antioxidants improve metabolism and digestive system that in turn helps to loose weight quicker.
- Other health benefits include reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases, lowering of bad cholesterol and decrease in blood pressure because the polyphenols and the antioxidant components in cranberries can stop platelets building up on the arterial walls and that prevents the arteries from thickening and hardening.
- Recent studies have shown that cranberries can prevent cancer cells from multiplying. In particular, with colon, prostate and lung cancers.
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Sea buckthorn berry contains over 190 different nutrients, omega fatty acids, more than 60 antioxidants and an extremely high content of vitamin C! The health benefits have been documented in over 200 clinical studies all over the world. The orange berries grow in a spiky tree and are challenging to pick from between the sharp spikes.
- Rich in essential vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D, E, K which assist in the functioning of the brain and nervous system, enhance eye health for better vision and most importantly, benefit general wellbeing.
- The vitamin C content of the berry is seen to be extremely high (from 400mg up to 2500mg/100g depending of the origin and harvesting time) which can be up to 100 times more than other common fruits and vegetables. For example, the vitamin C content is seen to be over 10 times higher than in oranges. The content of vitamin E also is higher compared to any other berry.
- Because of the anti-aging properties, sea buckthorn is widely used in various products in skincare. For direct healing it can be used on wounds, burns, cuts or any kind of skin damage to support and cool down the skin from external harm.
- Medicine uses sea buckthorn because of the powerful, multi-purpose nutritional content of the berry.
- Sea buckthorn is beneficial for vegetarians because of the vitamin B12 that normally appears only in meat. Aging can also increases the need of vitamin B12 as the natural absorption of it decreases by 30% in aging.
- Sea buckthorn contains omega 3,6,9 (and the rare omega 7) fatty acids that support healthy cardiovascular function and digestive system, have a positive effect on skin and hair and are seen to promote brain and nervous system functioning.
- Antioxidants, flavonoids, minerals and carotenoids in the berries prevent aging by supporting cell reproduction and maintain a good immune system. Anti-inflammatory components support good cardiovascular health by reducing the blood pressure and preventing atherosclerosis, meaning blood vessel thickening and blocking.
- Anti-inflammatory components improve the body’s natural healing process and are seen to relieve pain on sore joints. Sea buckthorn also contains necessary micronutrients such as zinc, potassium, magnesium, sodium and calcium.
WHAT DOES IT TASTE LIKE? AS A FRESH BERRY SEA BUCKTHORN IS QUITE SHARP IN TASTE. HENCE THE POWDERED FORM IS IDEAL FOR THIS BERRY AS IT TONES DOWN THE BITTERNESS. SEA BUCKTHORN IS DEFINITELY NOT SWEET.
ANNA'S FAVOURITE IS TO COMBINE SEA BUCKTHORN POWDER WITH NATURAL YOGURT AND HONEY TO INCLUDE THE HIGH ANTIOXIDANT, RICH VITAMIN C CONTENT AND THE RANGE OF OMEGA FATTY ACIDS IN HER DIET.
AS BEING VEGETARIAN, EVE ENJOYS SEA BUCKTHORN TO INCLUDE VITAMIN B12 IN HER DIET, SINCE THAT VITAMIN IS ESSENTIAL AND NORMALLY ONLY APPEARS IN MEAT.