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Why Organic Wild Blueberries?

The wild blueberry skin contains the deep blue pigment of the most potent of the immune boosting antioxidants. Unlike cultivated high bush blueberries, wild blueberries contain more of the powerful antioxidant anthocyanin. Research indicates that compounds in wild blueberries may inhibit the initiation and promotion stages of (skin) cancer, according to researcher Mary Ann Lila Ph.D. Dept. of natural resources and environmental sciences, University of Illinois. Also, USDA researcher Ronald Prior, Ph.D. shows that wild blueberries have greater antioxidant value when compared with more than 20 other fruits and have a much greater ORAC value (a measure of antioxidant potency) than even cultivated blueberries. Antioxidants help protect and repair skin cell damage that comes from many factors such as sun exposure, smoke, stress, toxins in our environment, plus much more. (See risk factors for skin cancer and skin aging)

History of the wild blueberry

Made With Organic Wild Blueberries & Chaga
Made With Organic Wild Blueberries & Chaga

Wild blueberries are native to Maine and Canada and grow naturally in the glacial soil of our colder climate. Unlike cultivated high bush blueberries, wild blueberries are low bush and are spread primarily by the rhizomes or underground runners which give rise to new shoots and stems. The wild blueberry fields or barrens contain many different varieties of blueberries. These wild blueberries have grown for thousands of years and many are still harvested with hand held blueberry rakes.

What are Antioxidants?

In simple terms, antioxidants are nutrients found in plant based foods such as fruits, vegetables, and grains that help protect the body’s cells from damage. These nutrients also help prevent and repair skin damage and help to reduce skin aging.

In more scientific terms, these antioxidants help protect and repair cells from oxidative damage. As your body uses oxygen, it produces byproducts called free radicals that cause oxidative damage to cells. Antioxidants help neutralize these free radicals.

Risk factors for premature skin aging:

  • Lack of hydration-not drinking enough water
  • Not using a moisturizer
  • Stress
  • Smoking or exposure to second hand smoke
  • Sun exposure/sunburns, past or present
  • Toxins from the environment: such as harmful chemicals that may be found in cleaning products, insect repellents, detergents, fabric softeners, and chemical laden skin and body products
  • Pollution
  • Insufficient sleep

Skin Cancer is Widespread

Say NO to colds and flu With Organic Wild Blueberries & Chaga Powder
Say NO to colds and flu With Organic Wild Blueberries & Chaga Powder

The Skin Cancer Foundation estimates that over 2 million people are diagnosed EACH YEAR with basil and squamous cell cancers. This is a conservative estimate as reporting of these two types of cancers is not required. Skin cancer is now described as an epidemic with all types (including melanoma) of skin cancers growing at a rate of 4-5% yearly. 

Risk factors for Skin Cancer:

  • Prior basal cell skin cancers
  • Smoking (risk factor specifically for squamous skin cancer)
  • History of eczema
  • Past and present sun exposure from the sun and tanning beds
  • History of a sun burns
  • Second hand smoke
  • Light skin
  • Blue or green eyes
  • Blonde or red hair
  • Large number of moles (greater than 50)
  • Family history
  • Residing in a high intensity sun area
  • Burn scar from oil, fire, or grease
  • Exposure to insect repellent with DEET
  • Residing in a high air pollution area
  • Exposure to harmful chemical ingredients in cleaning products, detergents, body and skin care products, etc.
  • Radiation exposure (through radiation treatments)
  • Pesticide exposure through work or gardening
  • Diagnosis of actinic keratosis (pre skin cancer)
  • Exposure to arsenic in well water