Roses are red, Violets and Viagra are blue…
February is the
month when love is in the air. Valentines Day is here along with roses,
chocolates, a romantic evening and… blueberries.
Recently, I was
at a horticultural seminar where the speaker, an aussie from down under,
stated that blueberries were a natural viagra. After the meeting, I
noticed some of the folks stopping by the local grocer on their way home.
This caused me to wonder why there wasn't any public awareness concerning
these fruits. In my research, I've found that these little gems are quite
a healthy bite and therefore I am whole heartedly, at least for
Valentine's Day, recommending the Blueberry bush as February's plant of
also known as Bilberries, (or in latin, Vaccinium myrtillus) are
from the family name Ericaceae and are cousins to the cranberry. According
to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Human Research Center on
Aging, blueberries are the tops of the food chain when it comes to their
antioxidant power. They are known to help prevent a leading cause of
blindness and can even improve night vision. In Japan, blueberries are
called the "Vision Fruit."
their antioxidants can help to protect your vision and arteries, keep your
skin younger and wrinkle-proof, and even strengthen your body's natural
defenses. They have been shown to improve short-term memory potential.
Currently, studies indicate they promote urinary tract health as well.
I've been unable to find anyone to verify that blueberries are the natural
viagra. I am skeptical as I have been unable to find proof, other than
that the actual viagra pill is blue, and a blueberry would be a natural
alternate to a blue pill placebo. So, until I find out
otherwise, I will continue to add these fruits to my pancakes, muffins,
yogurt and other breakfast foods… just for the health of it, of
time - Have a very berry February!
The Plant Man