are red, Violets and Viagra are blue…
is the month when love is in the air. Valentines Day is here along with
roses, chocolates, a romantic evening and… blueberries.
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 the month.
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
and 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 course.
next time - Have a very berry February!