Grapes And Berries Used in Juice Plus+® Vineyard Blend
Posted Feb 18 2010 12:00am
Ah, grapes and berries. What we do for a good wine. Grown to perfection...and well, you know the rest. A good wine comes from good grapes and berries. The French paradox - are they healthier because they drink more wine and therefore get more antioxidants? There would be two benefits from drinking a good wine then! Either way, you can find nutrients from nine different grapes and berries in the Juice Plus + Vineyard Blend, one that many people add in addition to the Juice Plus + Fruit and Vegetable Blends in order to get more antioxidants. Here's more on one particular berry and an in depth look at what makes it beneficial to our health --
Blueberries are one of the richest sources of antioxidants, the natural substances that fight damage caused by free radicals. In addition to helping prevent memory loss, these versatile and delicious berries have been shown to be effective in fighting chronic degenerative diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, muscular degeneration, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.
The flavonoids contained in blueberries are thought to be responsible for these effects. Although it is not clear as to how flavonoids affect the brain, it has been shown that they are absorbed in the blood stream, crossing the blood/brain barrier. This enables them to influence regions involving memory and motor function. The researchers explained that it is thought to enhance neural connections, thereby improving cellular communication and stimulating neural regeneration.
Blueberries have been shown to be instrumental in protecting the brain from free radicals, radiation, inflammation, and excitotoxicity. Additionally, blueberries may reverse decline in cognitive and motor function. In addition to its anti-aging properties, blueberries are also high in Vitamin C and Vitamin E. (read more...)
Final Note: You can try the Juice Plus + Vineyard Blend (aka Berry Blend) to get nutrients from concord grapes, blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, bilberries, raspberries, red currant, black currant, and elderberries. Most people don't get enough fruits and vegetables in their diet, and this may be the best way to help support your health.