Health Benefits of Haskap Berries

Health Benefits of Haskap Berries by Deana SteeleHaskap Berries

Haskap berries, or Lonicera caerulea, are native to Russia and Japan. They are also referred to as blue honeysuckle, or haskap. Haskap berries are relatively new to the Pacific Northwest. They grow on a bush similar to blueberries and are very tolerant to the extreme cold. Haskap bushes bloom in early spring (May/June) and produce small, football shaped fruit.

The general nutritional information for haskap berries (based on a 100 gram serving) is as follows: 190 mg potassium, 38 mg calcium, 25 mg phosphorus, 0.6 mg iron, 130 ug vitamin A, 44 mg vitamin C, 1.1 mg vitamin E, and 53 kcal of energy.

Haskap Berries Can Tame Inflammation

Haskap berries are known for their protection against chronic diseases. Inflammation is the underlying cause for many chronic diseases. Recent research has shown that haskap berry polyphenols have the ability to act as an effective inflammation inhibitor. Pro-inflammatory cells wreck havoc on the body by irritating and causing swelling to major organs and tissues. Inflammation also prevents enzymes from carrying out their message-delivering responsibilities. This may eventually cause the organ or tissue to stop functioning altogether.

A Superfood Bursting with Antioxidants

Haskap berries have as much as three times the amount of antioxidants as a blueberry, making it a nutrient-packed superfood. Antioxidants combat free radicals (bad cells), in our body by binding to them and removing their hydrogen bond. Once this hydrogen bond is removed, these bad cells have the potential to become free radicals themselves, which creates an alkaline or balanced environment in which chronic diseases cannot thrive in.

Improve Hydration & Many Serious Health Conditions

They are believed to be beneficial in treating chronic conditions such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, and cataracts. Antioxidants are also crucial to digestive health as they promote a healthy immune system as well as the growth of good bacteria. 

Haskap berries are also high in potassium, which is needed to build protein and muscle, metabolize carbohydrates, and maintain normal body growth. Potassium, along with the help of sodium, helps to balance fluid and electrolyte levels in the body, which is important for hydration.

Furthermore, haskap berries have one of the highest levels of anthocyanin of all fruit. Anthocyanin is the pigment usually found in the skin of fruits or vegetables that give it color. It belongs to the phytochemical family and is high in antioxidants. Studies have shown that anthocyanin has been able to reduce cancer cells from spreading as well as inhibiting the formation of tumors. 

 

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Deana Steele, RHN  Digestion Specialist

Deana Steele is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Digestion Specialist trained by the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. She believes that optimum health begins with a properly functioning digestive system. Her philosophy is to empower her clients with the knowledge to improve their overall health through optimum digestive function, lifestyle and superior nutrition. Find more great digestive support at www.deanasteele.com


This information is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult with your trusted healthcare practitioner prior to making any changes.
References:
Lila, M. (2004). Anthocyanins and Human Health: An In Vitro Investigative Approach. Hindawi Publishing Corporation.
Rupasinghe, H., Boehm, M., Sekhon-Loodu, S., Parmar, I., Bors, B., & Jamieson, A. (2015). Anti-Inflammatory Activity of Haskap Cultivars is Polyphenols-Dependent. Biomolecules, 1079-1098.