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    Marbro
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    ScienceDaily (Feb. 8, 2010) — It is already known that blueberries are rich in antioxidants and vitamins. New research from the Lund University Faculty of Engineering in Sweden shows that blueberry fibre are important and can alleviate and protect against intestinal inflammations, such as ulcerative colitis. The protective effect is even better if the blueberries are eaten together with probiotics.

    The project originated as an attempt to see whether various types of dietary fibre and health-promoting bacteria, so-called probiotic bacteria such as lactobacillus and bifidobacteria, can help alleviate and prevent the risk of ulcerative colitis and colorectal cancer.

    “But new knowledge of this field is also of interest to those who don’t believe they run the risk of developing any intestinal diseases. In recent years the research world has been realizing that our health is governed to a great extent by what happens in our large intestine,” explain Camilla Bränning, a PhD in Applied Nutrition and Åsa Håkansson, a doctoral candidate in Food Hygiene at the Division of Applied Nutrition and Food Chemistry.

    The researchers tested various types of diets of blueberry husks, rye bran and oat bran with or without a mixture of probiotic bacteria. The results showed that the protective effect of blueberries was reinforced if they were eaten together with probiotics.

    “The probiotics proved to have a protective effect on the liver, an organ that is often negatively impacted by intestinal inflammations,” explains Åsa Håkansson.

    Blueberries are rich in polyphenols, which have an antimicrobial and antioxidative effect. The combination of blueberries and probiotics reduced inflammation-inducing bacteria in the intestine at the same time as the number of health-promoting lactobacilla increased.

    Åsa Håkansson and Camilla Bränning also noted that if blueberries are eaten together with probiotics, the content of butyric acid and propionic acid increased in the blood, two substances that are formed when fibre are broken down and that have previously been known to be important energy sources for intestinal cells. In recent years they have also been shown to favourably impact the immune defence. It seems as if the absorption of these components is facilitated by the presence of probiotics.

    “What surprised us was that such a large share of the butyric acid not only was taken up by the intestinal cells but was also transported onward to the blood. Previously it was thought that the intestinal cells used all of the butyric acid, but this is not at all the case,” says Camilla Bränning, who recently defended her dissertation on the subject.

    “A further explanation for the extremely positive effect of blueberries may be that the blueberry fibre are not degraded to such a high degree in the large intestine. This means that inflammation-inducing substances do not come into contact with the mucous lining of the intestine but are embedded in the fibre instead. Then these substances are transported out of body together with the faeces,” explains Camilla Bränning.

    The researchers also found that rye bran was broken down in the large intestine, in the same place that ulcerative colitis and large-intestine cancer often occur, and that the rye bran provided a rich supply of butyric acid and propionic acid. On the other hand, the fibre in oat bran were degraded earlier in the large intestine. The most striking result, however, was that blueberries themselves had such a favourable effect compared with both rye bran and oat bran.

    Some 15-20 percent of all Swedes suffer from stomach pains, diarrhoea, or constipation, complaints resulting from intestinal disorders and more undefined intestinal problems. The disease ulcerative colitis is one of the inflammatory intestinal diseases included under the general name IBD, inflammatory bowel diseases. It can lead to colorectal cancer and afflicts about 1,000 Swedes per year.
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100208145055.htm

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    blakek89
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    Great post Marbro, I used to eat yoghurt and blueberries all the time and I am going to get some Greek Goat yoghurt this weekend and start eating it again.

    #77805

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    I’ve been eating greek yogurt and blueberries throughout my treatment and found it to be quite effective. I only eat about 15 per day and thats about 8g of sugar.

    -raster

    #77856

    Marbro
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    During my hiking trips into the Olympic mountains last year I usaually did not have any major symptoms that I had here at home. I would be ok about the second day of the hike and a few days after. But One of the things I love when hiking is blueberries. I can walk through meadows and travers down inclines eating blueberries the whole way. I love them!

    I always had thought that the reason I lost my nausa was because of how hard I pushed my self. And I pushed myself further than one should safely on almost all my trips. Aslo, being a believer in light packing, I never brought any junk food. just fresh fruit, meat, cheese and bread. I figured I pushed my self so much that my body had something bigger to deal with. Except outside of muscle pains, I always felt great spiritually and physically compared to the city. I plan on spending a lot more time out there this year.

    I would make blueberry tea as well on cold nights. Soooo good after a long hike.

    I wonder if it was not the blueberries that made me feel better those times.

    #78648

    princeofsin
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    But shouldn’t sugars even from fruit be avoided during the cleanse?

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    raster
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    Fruit should be avoided on the cleanse. I am on the diet and haven’t ever done the cleanse, been on the diet for 11 months.

    -raster

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    sby
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    I love blueberries.

    But I’m curious about Raster’s two entries…in one he wrote that he eats greek yogurt and blueberries regularly, but in the other he wrote that fruit isn’t part of the diet…I’m wondering if he might clarify his meanings…

    Thanks.

    #79009

    Marbro
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    I thnk raster was referring the cleanse. stage 0 for forum protocol or stage 1 for website.

    blueberries have more sugar than whats typically allowed from veggies on the allowed food list. However they do offer a lot of benifits. So after finishing your cleanse if you decide to it and then about 2-3 weeks into your diet of stage 1 when you start eating yogurt you might want to try adding blueverries then. You have to keep in mind that you are adding more sugar than what is reccomended and it may not help you with your quest in destroying candida. I and I guess raster have already made up our minds that blueberries are worth the risk for the reward.

    #79067

    kitty
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    Great article Marbro – thanks for sharing it.

    I’m starting the detox tomorrow, but can’t wait to have blueberries in plain yogurt agian (how I usually eat yogurt).

    For me, one of the nice things about this diet is that I dream about when I can add additional vegetables and some fruits, not when I can have junk again. I’m looking to permanently change my way of eating and lifestyle through it.

    Thanks for the blueberry tea idea – sounds amazing!

    Also blueberries freeze really well.

    #79096

    raster
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    Hello sby,

    I decided to eat some foods that I deemed beneficial to my personal protocol. These include pumpkin (for the pumpkin bread) and blueberries. I also decided that if I am going to eat salads, then I will have to have salad dressing. I was allergic to salad dressing when starting my own protocol but am no longer allergic to it anymore. If salad dressing is the only thing getting in my way to eat salads, I’ve decided to have it because the benefits of the salad outweight he consequences of 4g of sugar plus some vinegar (ACV or regular).

    I also smoke cigs and decided that I am going to continue while on the diet because it is something I don’t want to give up (getting married in a few months and been smoker for 12 years). I plan on quitting this year after I get married.

    After 11 months on the diet my leaky gut has healed to the point where I no longer have allergies to just about anything and am symptom free most of the time. I can handle eating fruit now and potatoes occasionally.

    -raster

    #79333

    Chris24
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    So, what is it about the blueberries? The polyphenols or the fibre?

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    kerra89
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    “Blueberries are rich in polyphenols, which have an antimicrobial and antioxidative effect. The combination of blueberries and probiotics reduced inflammation-inducing bacteria in the intestine at the same time as the number of health-promoting lactobacilla increased.”

    This coincides with another informative read:

    Top Ten Anti-Inflammatory Foods:
    http://theconsciouslife.com/top-10-anti-inflammatory-foods.htm

    Top Ten Inflammatory Foods:
    http://theconsciouslife.com/top-10-inflammatory-foods-to-avoid.htm

    I recommend anyone having gas/bloating pains during this diet (I get them from taking too much CO or probiotics) look at this. Back when I was in the worst of it, I discovered that having ginger tea after my meals, plus plenty of water, could seriously diminish the pains. It also explains makes sense why kefir/yogurt should be increased gradually, and possibly eaten in combination with an anti-inflammatory food like blueberries (later in the diet if you’re strict) to balance the effect.

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