Research shows blueberries have a massive potential  for reducing hyperglycemia, Parkinson’s Disease, weight gain and cholesterol levels.

The blueberry’s ability to intervene in conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and obesity is of  critical importance.

The  results  of  a  recently  published  research  study  highlight  blueberries’  potential  to  play  a significant role in helping to manage weight and prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes.

More than 60% of New Zealand adults are overweight or obese, with obesity costing the country $849 million a year  in  healthcare and lost productivity.  It’s estimated that, by 2021,  diabetes will be costing the economy more than $1 billion a year.

In a recent study, published in Pharmacology Research, blueberry polyphenols were shown to reduce hyperglycemia, body weight gain and serum cholesterol.

“This reinforces growing evidence that indicates the polyphenols contained in blueberries possess many health-­promoting  and disease-?preventing  properties,” says the trial leader, Dr Mary Ann Lila.

“I  believe  that,  given  the  escalation  of  diabetes  and  obesity  in  New  Zealand  and  globally,  the blueberry’s ability to intervene in these conditions is of critical importance.”

The study also reports: “Blueberries have been used in traditional medicine, especially for the secondary complications of diabetes. Blueberries contain a wide array of polyphenol compounds including up to 27 different anthocyanin  pigments  as  well  as proanthocyanidins, quercetin,  and  quercetin glycosides  and chlorogenic acids which all contribute to the fruit’s high antioxidant activity.

Apart from antioxidant activity, research shows that blueberry polyphenols have anti-­diabetic and cardio-­protective properties.

Two recent clinical studies where participants consumed blueberries formulated into a beverage have demonstrated improved insulin sensitivity in insulin-­?resistant subjects, and decreased blood pressure and markers of lipid oxidation in metabolic syndrome patients compared to the control intervention.”

Source: New Zealand Blueberries.

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