Consuming Blueberries Can Prevent Cancer and Diabetes

Sri Sahara By Sri Sahara, 9th Jan 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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A cup of blueberry juice can save you from the threat of cancer and diabetes.


Blueberries are flowering plants in the genus Vaccinium, section Cyanococcus. This species grows in North America. This plant is classified as a shrub that size from 10 cm to 4 m. The smallest species known as "low bush blueberries" and the largest species is the "high bush blueberry". The leaves are evergreen, ovate to lanceolate and started 1-8 cm long and 0.5-3.5 cm wide. The flowers are bell-shaped, white, red or pale pink, sometimes greenish.

Blueberries have long been known to contain a powerful antioxidant called resveratrol. These antioxidants are not only good for your health but can also help prevent cancer. In addition to resveratrol, blueberries also contain other substances which can help reduce the amount of fat and reduce the risk of diabetes. Substance is called pterostilbene. This substance is one of the types of chemicals such as resveratrol are also found in other fruits such as cranberries and grapes. However, pterostilbene apparently still has not been studied.

Role of pterostilbene in Blueberry

Research on blueberries is done by Carlos III, from the Institute of Health and found that pterostilbene has a very small size and can penetrate the membrane of cancer cells and can kill cancer cells. Pterostilbene known also can make the cancer cells became weaker with how to prevent it to generate energy.

A recent study also showed that pterostilbene also can prevent diabetes and obesity, as well as protect the heart. The researchers found that pterostilbene can increase fat oxidation in the liver and also reduce fat synthesis in tissues. This process will lead to a reduction in body fat.

Meanwhile, another study published in the Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition found that pterostilbene can help protect beta cells in the pancreas. Beta cells can control insulin and keeping it stable. That in turn will prevent insulin resistance that is trigger type 2 diabetes.

Pterostilbene is also known to prevent hardening of the arteries that can trigger a heart attack. In addition, these substances can also help improve the effectiveness of HIV drugs. However, until now it seems still rarely studied pterostilbene and need more experiments to determine other benefits to health.

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Blueberries, Cancer, Diabetes, Prevent, Pterostilbene, Resveratrol

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author avatar GenkiWorld
9th Jan 2015 (#)

fruits are always good for our health, blueberries specially, people should consume them more frequently.

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author avatar Sri Sahara
10th Jan 2015 (#)

Yes, you are right, I agree with you.

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author avatar C.S. McClellan
9th Jan 2015 (#)

Blueberries can be part of a healthy diet, but *no* food can prevent diseases like cancer or diabetes. And by the way, referring to your earlier article, nothing you eat will prevent you from getting the flu. Maybe you need to stop relying on news reports and quack medical sites for your information.

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author avatar Sri Sahara
10th Jan 2015 (#)

Thank you for your comment.

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