In general dietary recommendations, vegetables, fruit, and berries create the foundation for your diet. These options are low in calories and energy but high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and many different bioactive ingredients.
The nutrition density of berries is many times much better than imported fruits. Berries have a lower natural sugar content and higher fiber and Vitamin C and E content than farmed fruits. Berries also contain polyphenols- micronutrients that studies have shown protect us from chronic illnesses.
2. Why berries are beneficial for your diet?
First, when used frequently, berries have been shown to lower the risk of #hearth and #cardiovacular diseases and #type2diabetes. The claims have been proven in largescale epidemiological studies in the U.S. as well as studies in Finland which also show a lower risk for #metabolicsyndromes.
Regular use of berries can help these diseases because the compounds in berries help lower #bloodpressure and #cholesterol. Berries also alleviate #lowgradeinfections related to chronic illnesses and balance blood sugar spikes after meals.
Berries also have preventive effect on #bacterialinfections. The latest studies also show hope for people suffering from #arthritis. The preliminary results show that daily doses of berries alleviate the pain and stiffness of joints by lowering the infection levels and improving mobility of the joint.
3. Do berries have health benefits especially to support brain health?
Yes! Regular use of berries has been found by several studies to prevent memory related illnesses such as #Alzheimers by supporting brain health. The effects of berries on the human brain have been studied far less than other areas of the body but the initial results are promising.
Regular use of berries has been linked to improved cognitive performance in studies: a large scale study showed slowing down of cognitive aging by a few years just by eating berries at least 1-2 times a week.
Most studies done on the effects of berries on the brain have been done with blueberries. The improvements are linked to the anthocyanins in the berry. Finnish bilberry has over triple the nutrients and anthocyanin levels compared to blueberries! The latest studies show that Finnish bilberry is extremely beneficial in preventing Alzheimer's disease. Similar studies on other berries is not yet available.
4. How often should you eat berries to experience the health benefits?
It's good to eat berries regularly. Nutrition recommendations suggest that you should eat 1/2kg or just over 1 lb. of veggies, berries, and fruit a day. Half of the recommended amount should consists of fruit and berries which means only 1- 1 1/2 tbsp. of any NordicNordic berry powder a day.
In berries, as in many things, variety is key. We recommend switching between our four berries from day to day to experience all the different health benefits!
5. #NordicNordic -berry powders - bilberry, lingonberry, blackcurrant and sea buckthorn. What are the most important health benefits of each?
Bilberry is known as the super berry because of the anthocyanin called polyphenols in it. Anthocyanins have many health benefits including managing low level infections in the body related to many of the most common illnesses. The anthocyanins are great for supporting cardiovascular and brain health and can decrease the risk of hearth disease, type 2 diabetes, and memory loss.
The myth that bilberry is great for your eyes is also receiving more scientific proof. There ongoing to show how bilberry can help with near sightedness, dry eye, and pressure in the eyes. Bilberry also helps with tired and strained eyes from working with monitors.
Lingonberry helps prevent urinary track infections just like cranberries. In studies, lingonberry has improved #circulation and lowered blood pressure. Lingonberry is amazing in weight management. It has been shown to prevent weight gain from high fatty diets, growth of fatty tissue around internal organs, and low level infections. Lingonberry can also help with keeping blood sugar, insulin, and cholesterol balanced.
"The Antioxidant Superberry that Combats Inflammation" - Dr.Axe
Because of its overall nutritional value, blackcurrant also deserves the designation as a "super berry" . It contains more vitamin C, E, and fiber than most berries. Blackcurrants are high in anthocyanin, but not as high as bilberry. Many of the health benefits of blackcurrants are related to improving circulation and blood vessel health. Studies done on athletes show that the anthocyanins in the berry helped improve circulation and in turn performance as well as increase fat burn and slowing down muscle fatigue.
Like with bilberry, the anthocyanins in blackcurrant seem to aid in eye health. Studies show the benefits for people working on computer screens. There was less eye fatigue and shoulder tenseness because of the increase in circulation. Blackcurrant also helps balance spikes in blood sugar.
Sea buckthorn berries contain superoxide dismutase (SOD), an important enzyme that helps prevent free radical damage. As we age, levels of SOD decrease and this makes us susceptible to effects of aging. The berries - shell, flesh, seeds, and even leaves and the bark and the roots of the bush contain oils. Just the fleshy part of the berry is 8% oil with seeds having even a higher concentration. Plus, sea buckthorn is the only plant source that contains valuable omega 3, 6, 9, and 7 fatty acids.
In terms of alpha-linolenic acid content, sea buckthorn is equivalent to olive oil. The oil content is highest is fully ripe berries that also contain the highest levels of fat soluble carotene and vitamin E which are both skin protectants. Sea buckthorn oil may benefit heart health in several different ways. For starters, its antioxidants may help reduce risk factors of heart disease, including blood clots, blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels. The oil has also been used to alleviate burns and cutaneous tuberculosis.
As nutrition, the oils keep your mucus membranes moist and soft. In holistic healing, sea buckthorn is also used to alleviate stomach pains, burning eyes, and depressed moods. Sea buckthorn is great for alleviating tobacco and sweet cravings as well!
“This is one of those natural remedies that has profound effect"
Research studies support our views and experiences with Finnish berries and berry powders - they really support your health Add our powders to your day-to-day diet in different ways and you will notice the huge difference in your wellbeing. #eatsupercolors