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HASKAP BERRY
Articles by a Naturopathic Doctor (N.D.)
Last Updated: September 18th, 2015

HASKAP BERRIES – A POWER-PACKED MEDICINAL SUPER BERRY!

Haskap

Haskap Berries resemble oblong blueberries

With a long standing tradition of medicinal use in Japan, Haskap berries have strong medicinal properties and are grown wild and cultivated right here in Canada.

Haskap is a deciduous shrub reaching 1 – 2 m tall, which produces dark blue to almost purple oblong berries approximately 1 cm in length.

Unlike blueberries, Haskap berries' flesh is also purple, making it 5 times more potent in polyphenols than blueberries.

And they taste great! With a fruity tangy zing, they taste like a cross between a raspberry, blueberry and black currant.

What are Haskap Berries?

Haskap is the Japanese name for the plant Lonicera caerulea, also known as Edible Blue Honeysuckle. Haskap has been known as a longevity fruit in Japan for thousands of years. It's native to the northern boreal forests of Asia, North America and Europe. It's generally found in low lying wet areas or high in mountains. Farmers have been cultivating Haskap berries in Canada since the 50's and it's been found in the wild all across Canada, except for BC.

What are Haskap Berries used for?

One of the most exciting findings about Haskap berries is it has the highest Anthocyanin content of any fruit. Laboratory analysis also shows it's high in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, fiber and potassium.

ORAC value is a testable measurement of antioxidant quality of a product. Haskap tests very high in ORAC value. ORAC measurement specifically assesses Haskap to have:
• Overall Total ORAC Value - 13400 mmoles TE/100gms
• Specific Total Phenolics – 1014mg/100gms
• Specific Total Anthocyanins – 949mg/100gms
• Specific Total Bioflavonoid – 887mg/100mg

Haskap also contains the minerals: Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Iron, Zinc and Copper.

Because of its high concentration of antioxidants, Haskap can be used for many conditions and prevention of disease.

It's most commonly used for cardiovascular disease and prevention, lowering blood pressure, relieving gastrointestinal disturbances, cancer prevention, anti-aging and vision.

How do Haskap Berries work?

How Haskap berries work is via its strong antioxidant content. Antioxidants are compounds which neutralize free-radicals which come from toxins, food, air pollution, chemicals, medications and from your body's production of waste. There are many types of antioxidants in nature, three of which are Phenolics (or polyphenols), Bioflavonoid and Anthocyanins.

In a comparative chart below we see that Haskap has the highest content of total antioxidants than any common berry. The next highest is Black Currant.

By neutralizing free radicals in your body you are preventing oxidative damage to your arteries, eyes, skin, liver and brain. This prevents the build up of arterial plaque in your arteries, prevents cataracts and retinal damage to your eyes, and the development of plaque in your brain. It also keeps your skin looking younger longer. It is thought that antioxidants can help prevent the development of certain chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and cataracts.

Preventing oxidative and free radical damage also helps keep your cells healthy because it prevents unhealthy cellular changes which can lead to cancer.

How do you use it?

Haskap berries can be found fresh or frozen, in jams, wine and in powdered form. You can eat them fresh or frozen daily on hot cereal, in health shakes or added to food.

HASKAP BERRY QUICK FACTS

SOURCES

Haskap berry plant

APPLICATIONS

Cardiovascular health and prevention, Atherosclerosis, Cataracts, Poor vision, Retinal Damage, Wrinkles and skin health, Anti-aging

DOSAGE

Eat Haskap berries daily for ongoing antioxidant health benefits.

WORKS WELL WITH

Other antioxidants like Alpha Lipoic Acid, COQ10, Vitamin C and Lysine for cardiovascular health

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

There is no supporting evidence to suggest it is or is not safe for use in pregnancy and lactation.

For informational purposes only.  Please consult your health care practitioner before taking natural health care products. Click here for full disclaimer.

All articles copyright National Nutrition 2001 - 2015.  For educational purposes only.  Please note that while National Nutrition supports your right to use natural health care products for any therapeutic purpose that you see fit, that the information on this website should not be considered as a claim or as a substitute for medical advice.

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