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5 Reasons Why You Should Freeze Your Blueberries

Freezing fruits can make them even healthier

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5 Reasons Why You Should Freeze Your Blueberries

Blueberries rank second to strawberries in popularity of berries regarding U.S fruit consumption. Not only are they popular, but blueberries are continuously ranked in the U.S diet as having the highest antioxidant capacities among other fruits, veggies, seasonings, and spices.

Blueberries are native to North America; hence they have been enjoyed by Native Americans for many years. They have been quite popular in Mediterranean and Asian cuisine, too.

Recent studies emphasize the fact that we can freeze blueberries without doing any damage to their antioxidant content. These antioxidants include many types of anthocyanins, pigments that give berries their shades of purple, blue, and red. After freezing blueberries at low temperatures for periods between three to six months, researchers have found no lowering of their antioxidant capacity.

As a matter of fact, mounting evidence suggests that freezing fruits can make them even healthier! This applies to organic blueberries specifically, where the anthocyanin content it far more powerful after a stay in the freeze. Note that the already discussed anthocyanins contain various anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties which might revolutionize the medical industry.

What does freezing do?

When you freeze the blueberries for either short or longer period of time, the low temperatures penetrate the fruit and affect the tissue structure, making the antioxidant content much more available. As mentioned in the very beginning, the berries actually have their color because of the anthocyanin content in the tissue.  Organic blueberries are better option as they have higher nutritional profile.  However, freezing can notably increase the following benefits:

  1. Improving Heart Health

Eating frozen blueberries on a regular basis is associated with lower risk of heart disease, since the nutrients relax the arteries in the vascular wall, which in turn keeps them from getting damaged.  As a result, this improves blood circulation as well, giving you a healthy blood pressure levels in the process.

  1. Reduced Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Forms of Dementia

The antioxidant content in blueberries can improve many memory functions as well as protect the brain from any cell damage.  This protection makes the retrieval processes more fluid, which in turn makes recalling much easier.  Blueberries also make communication between cell processes easier, improve nerve cell growth, and delay nerve cell aging.

  1. Improved Nervous System Health

Again, the same antioxidant content protects the nerve cells, and thus protects the brain from damage caused by toxins that it is exposed to on a daily basis. The antioxidants create a safeguard around the nervous system, which in turn keeps it strong and healthy for longer.

  1. Improved Motor Function

Individuals above the age of 70 years typically suffer from impaired movements. The good news is that one study found that eating frozen blueberries improved their cognitive ability, which shows improved motor ability compared to other subjects in the same age group.

  1. Improved Digestion

Ultimately, the antioxidants in blueberries protect the digestive tract from damage from outside sources. Most of the people who lack antioxidants in their diets eventually develop cancer due to their poor gastrointestinal health. Those who are at higher risk of developing colon cancer should eat more frozen blueberries.

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Man Dies Just 48 Hours After Contracting Flesh-Eating Bacteria In Florida – Now His Daughter Wants To Warn Others

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Man Dies Just 48 Hours After Contracting Flesh-Eating Bacteria In Florida – Now His Daughter Wants To Warn Others

Dave Bennett from Tennessee has died 48 hours after contracting a flesh-eating bacteria while on a trip to Florida to visit his daughter.

Taking to Facebook to share the story, Cheryl Bennett Wiygul, explained how her dad, Dave Bennett, contracted Vibrio vulnificus which later killed him and issued a warning that she believes people should heed. In the post she wrote,

“Flesh eating bacteria sounds like an urban legend. Let me assure you that it is not. It took my Dad’s life. This is so raw and personal to me that I did not want to post about it, but if I can help one person, then it is worth it.”

Cheryl revealed that her dad had cancer and as a result, his immune system was compromised. Cheryl’s dad along with the rest of Cheryl’s family had fun and enjoyed family time out in the water near Crab Island during their visit to Florida. They had no idea of what was about to happen.

Before her family’s visit, Cheryl had heard of a 12-year-old girl who had contracted bacteria through an open wound that began to eat her flesh but didn’t think much of it.  In her post she writes.

“My parents were coming down to stay with me in Florida about a week after the post about a 12 year old girl contracting bacteria that turned into necrotizing fasciitis (flesh eating bacteria) in Destin started circling around. I didn’t want to believe that.

“My family loves being in the water. Our county, Okaloosa County, posted an article titled “Rumor Control” in response to the post which seemed to diffuse everyone’s fears. The girl had a cut on her leg so I felt like it reinforced to me not to go in with a cut. I researched a little. When my parents got in town I was fanatical about Neosporin and liquid band-aid.

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“My Dad didn’t have any open wounds. He had a couple places that were practicality healed small scratches on his arms and legs that I made sure were super sealed up. My mom religiously sun-blocked him. We were taking precautions and we were good, so I thought.”

However, Dave Bennett had unfortunately contracted a potentially deadly bacteria. Early the next morning, on a Saturday, Dave awoke with fever, chills and cramping. Soon afterwards, he developed pain in his legs and a badly swollen black spot on his back.

Dave was rushed to the hospital and put on IV antibiotics. Several spots started to appear on his skin. The next day, on a Sunday, he passed away.

“There were no bacteria warnings at any beach or park we went to,” Cheryl wrote. “They do post advisories for high bacteria but there were none. I would never have taken my Dad in the water if there was a bacteria advisory but it would have been because I didn’t want him to get a stomach virus not because I thought it would kill him.”

Vibrio bacteria live in certain coastal waters and are found in higher concentrations between May and October and is the cause of as many as 100 deaths in the U.S. each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Cheryl and her family. May God’s love and grace comfort them.

Please remember to share Cheryl’s warning about this potentially deadly bacteria, You may just save a life.

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A plant that can cause LIFETIME blindness & burns is spreading across the US

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A plant that can cause LIFETIME blindness & burns is spreading across the US

Heracleum mantegazzianum or ‘the giant hogweed’ has been described by many as a ‘horror’ plant. Hogweed has been constantly spreading and growing across the US states of Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.

Hogweed is a beautiful plant but touching it can cause lifelong consequences such as permanent scars and burns or possibly blindness if it comes in contact with your eyes.

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It grows between 8-14 feet and has lobed, dark green leaves that can hit 5 feet in diameter.

There are a number of life-threatening plants out there that irritate our skin when touched or poison us if consumed. But giant Hogweed is one of the deadliest.

The plant is known by many names such as cow parsnip, giant cow parsley, cartwheel-flower, or hogsbane.

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What makes Hogweed Dangerous?

Hogweed has a special sap that contains a chemical called Photosynthesizing furanocoumarins.

The chemical makes the plant extremely sensitive to light for growth and better health.

When you touch Hogweed, it will immediately make the area of contact extremely prone to sunburns which may lead to skin problems.

“Once you get it on you, it makes your skin unable to protect itself from the sun.”

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If by any chance the sap comes in contact with your eyes, the extreme sensitivity to light can possibly cause blindness.

What to do if the sap gets on your skin

To lessen the damage, wash the affected area with soap and water and contact your physician immediately. A doctor may prescribe medicine that will help it heal faster. Cover your skin to protect it from sunlight for the next few days.

If you spot giant hogweed in your backyard, do not try to get rid of it by yourself. Instead, contact a pro plant control specialist as soon as possible.

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7-Year-Old’s Bruises Get Worse Daily, By The Time They Realize It’s Meningitis It’s Too Late To Save Her Legs

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7-Year-Old’s Bruises Get Worse Daily, By The Time They Realize It’s Meningitis It’s Too Late To Save Her Legs

Everything was going great for Aimee and her new husband, Craig. They were loving every moment of their honeymoon which had just started, but quickly their fairy tale turned into a nightmare.

It all started when their daughter, Brogan, began to develop black and blue marks all over her body. Just 14 days after she stood beside her mom at the altar, little Brogan was left fighting for her life in a hospital bed.

Initially, everyone assumed that Brogan’s bruises were simply a consequence of a child being a child. Even the physicians at a local hospital simply brushed it off for a minor skin issue.

Just 14 days after she stood beside her mom at the altar, little Brogan was left fighting for her life in a hospital bed.

Just 14 days after she stood beside her mom at the altar, little Brogan was left fighting for her life in a hospital bed.

However, when Aimee realized that the spots had spread to the other parts of Brogan’s body, she knew it was something gravely serious.

She immediately rushed to the doctors who realized the cause rapidly this time.

The 7-year-old showed clear indications of meningitis. She was then rushed to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.

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Meningococcal meningitis is a possible life-threatening illness and seeing as Brogan’s treatment started so late, there wasn’t much that doctors could do. They were forced to amputate Brogan’s left leg in order to save her life.

“It looked nothing like a rash, it looked more like bruising – at the time I never thought it was meningitis and that’s the problem. When people are aware of what symptoms to look out for with meningitis, they say look for a rash but that’s not what it looked like to me.” Aimee explained.

After the amputation, Brogan was fitted with a prosthetic leg to help her walk.

Brogan with her parents, Craig and Aimee in the hospital

Brogan with her parents, Craig and Aimee in the hospital

Soon after, the doctors discovered that Brogan’s other leg was also badly affected and was a threat to her life. Last year, the family and the doctors agreed to have it amputated as well.

Thank God Brogan had a strong support system in her family. “Nothing can prepare you for what meningitis does to a body, let alone a little seven-year-old girl,” Lisa Reece, Brogan’s mom’s cousin said.

Blessed with a strong and fighting spirit, she has been able to overcome all challenges life threw her way.

Brogan’s mom, Aimee, says she wants to remind other parents to be on the lookout for odd changes in their children’s bodies so that they can recognize the symptoms in time and don’t have to go through what Brogan has.

Common symptoms of meningitis:

  • Sudden high fever
  • Severe headache that seems different than normal
  • Stiff neck
  • Seizures
  • Headache with nausea or vomiting
  • Confusion or difficulty concentrating
  • Sleepiness or difficulty waking
  • No appetite or thirst
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Skin rash (sometimes, such as in meningococcal meningitis)

PS: In newborns, they often show symptoms such as: High fever, Excessive sleepiness or irritability, Poor feeding, Constant crying, Inactivity or sluggishness, Stiffness in a baby’s body and neck and a bulge in the soft spot on top of a baby’s head (fontanel)

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