Wild Blueberries: the Miracle Fruit?

by uninvitedwriter

Wild blueberries are being touted as a miracle fruit by some. Supposedly, they can help avoid cancer and are good at lowering cholesterol.

Are wild blueberries the next miracle fruit?

Dr. Oz seems to think so. The Dr. Oz show is dedicated to teaching us about natural healing and about natural medicines.

Too many doctors today just write a prescription and don’t bother to look into the natural alternatives. Dr. Oz does not agree with this practice and he brings in experts who discuss those natural alternatives.

While all blueberries are good for you, wild blueberries seem to offer the most benefits.

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According to Dr. Mary Ann Lila, eating wild blueberries can lessen your chance of developing cancer.  She believes that the phytochemicals that protect the wild blueberry from insects and other predators are also beneficial to humans. She goes on to say that these phytochemicals “naturally moderate the body’s reaction to disease, stress, and allergens.”

The site Wildberries.com goes further. They have links to studies that show that wild blueberries are also useful in the following ways

  • Guarantee healthy aging

  • Act as an anti-inflammatory

  • Guarantee a healthy urinary tract

  • Protect against stroke

  • Promote heart health

  • Promote vision health

Wild blueberries are available to most people in their frozen form; it is rare to have the opportunity to pick them in the wild.

The wild blueberry is not a new phenomenon. The properties of this fruit have been known since the time of the ancient Greeks. It has also been recognized by the animal kingdom. According to Wildberries.net, wild bears will eat nothing but wild blueberries when they are in season. They have been known to travel large distance to find them.

Luckily, wild blueberries are an incredibly tasty fruit so adding them to your diet is not difficult at all.

Wild blueberries can be added to any dish, here are a few recipes that can improve any meal.

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Recipes

Wild Blueberry Salsa

(Recipe from Dr. Oz.com)

  • 2 cups of wild blueberries – fresh or frozen

  • ½ medium onion- diced

  • 1 jalapeno pepper – seeded and minced

  • 1 medium red bell pepper – diced

  • 3 tablespoons of chopped parsley or cilantro

  • ¼ cup lime or lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon of salt

  • Pinch of cinnamon 

Mix all of the ingredients together, adding the blueberries last. Refrigerator for 1 hour or more.  Can be served with chips or on an entree.

The 3 recipes below are from wildblueberries.com

Wild Blueberry Mustard

  • 2 tablespoons of fig or orange mustard

  • 1/3 cup of blueberries – fresh or frozen

Mix both ingredients together. Serve on ham, turkey or chicken sandwiches.

Wild Blueberry Wasabi Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon of honey

  • 2-3 teaspoons of wasabi mustard

  • 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar

  • ¼ teaspoon of sugar

Mix all the ingredients together. Serve on tuna steak or whatever you wish.

Wild Blueberry Cinnamon Sauce

  • 2 cups of blueberries

  • ½ cup of water

  • ¼ cup of sugar

  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoons of cornstarch

  • ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon

Combine 1 cup of blueberries, ¼ cup of water and the sugar together in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Mix the cornstarch with ¼ cup of water to create a paste. Add this to the blueberry mixture and stir until it gets thick. Add the rest of the blueberries and cook on low for 3 minutes. Add the cinnamon and serve over brownies, ice cream, yogurt or cake.

Updated: 09/14/2012, uninvitedwriter
 
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