New studies: Blueberries could increase life span by 22 years
By Dena Schmidt
(NaturalHealth365) One of the foundational causes of disease, aging, low life span and death is faulty DNA repair in the cells. While our DNA is continually being damaged throughout our lives by both external and internal stressors, a healthy body actively and effectively works to repair this damage.
However, as we get older, this internal DNA repair process becomes less effective. Poor lifestyle choices can also make our bodies less effective at cellular repair, whereas more effective DNA repair means higher resistance to illness and the effects of aging.
How can we support DNA repair to age gracefully?
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Blueberry extracts have shown a tremendous capacity to assist with DNA repair at deep and robust levels. Our DNA repair capacity is essential to longevity, and a joint study by the United States Department of Agriculture with other organizations found that blueberry compounds are so effective at supporting this process that they may increase life span by an average of 28%, or around 22 years in humans.
While the brain-protecting and memory-enhancing benefits of blueberries have been known about for quite some time, more recent studies show that blueberries may actually help to delay the aging process and prevent low life span. They do so via various mechanisms such as supporting and enhancing DNA repair and modulating the genes associated with aging to express in more favorable ways.
Bottom line, making blueberries a part of a calorie-restricted diet is an even more enriching lifestyle choice, and adding pomegranate and green tea extracts can enhance the effects even further.
What exactly are the health benefits of blueberries?
Blueberries reduce oxidative stress on tissues, neutralize harmful free radicals, and boost genes that have cell-protecting mechanisms. Blueberry compounds also work directly on genes associated with aging itself, combating low life span and raising longevity.
How does this work? Plants are known for coping with challenges in their environments by producing potent stress-reducing nutrients. The ravages of temperature extremes, high humidity and lack of nutrients are all buffered by these nutrients. When humans consume these compounds, we get some of the same stress-resistance benefits at a deep, cellular level. Our bodies are assisted in fighting off its own challenges, including DNA damage from both internal and external threats.
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Never underestimate the power of nutrition. Blueberries grow in rough terrain like sandy soils, dry environments and high altitudes. It is believed that these harsh indigenous conditions are the main reason they produce the highest known concentrations of these reparative, bioactive compounds.
When consumed by humans, these molecules help to protect brain function and tissue from the aging process, repair DNA damage and increase life span. Blueberry extracts are also showing promise in mitigating and preventing cardiovascular disease, hypertension, lipid disturbances, obesity and cancer.
Consuming blueberry extracts daily can help to ward off the degenerative diseases that can lead to low life span — the same diseases that are currently treated with prescription drugs. While blueberry extract is potent and effective on its own, the benefits of blueberries seem to be even further enhanced by including them as part of a balanced, calorie-restricted diet.