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Nova Scotia's Wild Blueberry

Wild Blueberries may be small, but medical research shows they pack a big whallup healthwise. Read on to find out just a few of the health giving benefits of Nova Scotia's 'vision fruit'.




According to researchers, the blueberry has emerged as a very powerful food in the aging battle. Given the possibility that blueberries may reverse short-term memory loss and forestall other effects of aging, their potential may be very great.

Cancer Prevention

Flavanoids, the natural substances responsible for giving blueberries their deep-blue color also inhibit an enzyme that is involved in promoting cancer. Of the fruits tested, Wild Blueberries showed the greatest anti-cancer activity.

Journal of Food Science, Vol. 65, No. 2, 2000.

Old Time Recipe for
Blueberry Grunt

1 quart of blueberries
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of water

Put berries, sugar and water in a pot and boil gently until there is plenty of juice.

2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon shortning
1/4 to 1/2 cup of milk

Sift flour, salt, sugar and baking powder into a bowl. Cut in the butter and shortning and add enough milk to make a soft biscuit dough. Drop by spoonfuls on the simmering blueberries. Cover with a tight fitting lid and don't peak for 15 minutes. Serve hot. Mmmm.....

Urinary Tract Health
Blueberries (and cranberries) prevent infection help promote urinary tract health according to findings by researchers. Rutgers scientist Amy Howell, Ph.D, says that blueberries & cranberries, contain compounds that prevent the bacteria responsible for urinary tract infections from attaching to the bladder wall.

New England Journal of Medicine , October 8, 1998; Volume 339, Number 15; "Inhibition of the Adherence of P-Fimbriated Escherichia coli to Uroepithelial-Cell Surfaces by Proanthocyanidin Extracts from Cranberries

Vision Health
In Japan, where sales of berries and Wild Blueberry nutraceutical products have gone wild, our humble wild blueberry is known as the "Vision Fruit"

Blueberries may help prevent a leading cause of blindness. Wild Blueberries have very high concentrations of anthocyanin, a natural compound linked with many health benefits including reducing eyestrain and improving night vision.

USDA studies have ranked blueberries #1 in antioxidant activity and research is underway on the ability of blueberries to prevent macular degeneration, a disease of the retina and the leading cause of blindness in people over age 65.

Besides all that, blueberries taste great! Time worn favorites like Blueberry pie, muffins or pancakes, blueberry wine and our 'not so famous' Blueberry Grunt are delicious and good for what ails you. The big bonus, if you're along the Eastern Shore, is that blueberries are free for the picking!

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