Saturday, February 27, 2010

Be A Blue Blood...

Here’s some sweet news: Blueberries may help lower blood-sugar levels and insulin resistance, researchers in Canada found. In a small study, overweight men at risk for heart disease and diabetes and diabetes drank 1 cup of wild blueberry juice every day for 3 weeks. Their blood sugar dropped by roughly 10 percent, and their insulin resistance also fell compared with that of control-group participants who drank a placebo. Study coauthor Marva Sweeney, PhD., says the benefits may come from the effect of the pancreas of the fruit’s high levels of anthocyanins. (The pancreas regulates blood sugar by producing insulin.) Frozen wild blueberries offer the same benefits as juice. Farmed blueberries also contain anthocyanins, but in lower amounts.

~ Men's Health (Nov. 2009)
We're lucky enough to access to tons of wild blueberries in the summer. We usually pick enough to last the rest of the year.

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