- Fights free radicals
- May lower cholesterol
NEW!! As early as the 16th century, the well-known herbal pharmacologist Li Shi Zhen recommended Yumberry for medicinal purposes for many ailments. Yumberry has been grown mainly in China for at least 2000 years and probably also in Japan and Southeast Asia as well during this time. Today, the medical literature is populated with studies of phytochemicals from the bark, leaves and fruit of the Yumberry plant. Significant progress has been reported on its polyphenols, particularly ellagic acid, tannins and anthocyanins, and the antioxidant activity, anti-cancer and anti-viral properties of this unique superfood (see references below).
Yumberry (Myrica rubra and also called Yangmei in China) looks a little bit like a raspberry with a sweet-sour flavor similar to cranberry and pomegranate. Its texture is unique -- slightly stringy like the flesh of citrus fruit -- with a pit in the center. Further, because the trees have a high tolerance to pests and diseases, they are often grown organically with no pesticides applied to them. Yumberry is harvested from one hundred-year-old trees for only three weeks each year (from June to July) and is very perishable (like raspberries). The Yumberry is so popular in China that, according to David Karp in a December 12, 2007 New York Times article entitled "From China, Only in a Bottle, a Berry With an Alluring Name", twice as many acres are devoted to growing the Yumberry in China as the number devoted to apple orchards in the United States.
Yumberries are rich in oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs), which give the fruit their color and are the most powerful class of free-radical-scavenging antioxidants believed to support every metabolic system in the body. These powerful compounds may:
* Fight free radicals. OPC is said to fight oxidation 50 times better than vitamin E and 20 times better than vitamin C.
* Improve cardiovascular health by reducing your blood pressure and protecting your heart health.
* Lower bad (LDL) cholesterol.
* Protect your eyesight and reduce your risk of cataracts.
* Strengthen your cell membranes.
* Fight inflammation and associated diseases such as arthritis.
OPCs are reported to protect the body against internal and environmental stresses and are said to help defend against cardiovascular and other degenerative diseases and premature aging. Yumberry OPCs have also been shown to boost the immune system, lower blood pressure, help lower LDL cholesterol levels and increase strength and elasticity of blood vessels while slowing down the collapse of collagen, can help keeping skin firm, smooth and wrinkle free. In Chinese medicine, Yumberry is said to aid digestion and improve the eyesight and the complexion.
Using Our Premium Yumberry Powder
Our Premium Yumberry powder, which is delightfully sour-sweet, blends well with cereals, ice creams, juices, milks, yogurts, pies, cakes, smoothies, cookie fillings and desserts and can be added to a variety of recipes. 2-3 tsps per day is the suggested use of the powder for this purpose. It also can be made into a nutritious and flavorful juice by using 3-4 tablespoons per 8oz of water. Increase or decrease to get the strength you want.
Health Aspects of Yumberry
Yumberry is reported to possess many medicinal uses, acting as an astringent, cardiac tonic, carminative and stomach tonic. This fruit also has general strengthening and healing effects on the respiratory system and additionally can be used as a vulnerary for wound healing (Kariyone; Stuart). The stem bark is used in decoctions for treating skin diseases, wounds and ulcers (Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S. 1985). Remarkably, the seed from Yumberry has beneficial effects for problems with excessively sweating feet. The whole plant (stems, leaves, and bark) is used in the treatment of cholera, heart ailments and stomach diseases. Apart from being a super fruit in terms of external physical healing, Yumberry also has the ability to heal from within. It is full of nutrient rich phytocompounds and antioxidants, and when ingested can play a role in anti-aging as well as cardiovasular health. One of these powerful phytocompounds is called myricetin, named after the genus of Yumberry, Myrica, from which it is found abundantly. Myricetin is similar to the well-known flavonoid quercetin which has unique bioactive effects to help prevent sugar damage of biological tissues (known as glycation). Myricetin is also one of the most potent compounds to prevent glycation of blood vessels and to combat LDL cholesterol formation and, in the process, helping to prevent cardiovascular disease (Urios; Ghaffari).
Yumberry has tannins, polyphenols, anthocyanins, gallic acid, quercetin hexoside, quercetin deoxyhexoside, quercetin, protocatechuic acid, cyanidin, myricetin, and ellagic acid. Myricanone, myricanol and its glycosides were isolated from the stem bark of Myrica rubra.
Cyanidin-3-glucoside, a bright red-colored anthocyanin compound in Yumberry, accounts for at least 82% of the fruits antioxidant capacity. There is much excitement about the ability of this compound to influence the hormones that cause obesity and increased appetite. By suppressing the hormones adiponectin and leptin with cyanidin-3-glucoside, one can increase fat metabolism and reduce appetite, both effects conducive to weight loss. This truly incredible fruit also has significant amounts of gallic acid. This compound has research supporting an antibacterial, anticavity, and astringent effect for gingival tissue and teeth. Ellagic acid and quercetin are also found in Yumberry. Ellagic acid is a potent anti-oxidant shown to have potent DNA protective effects and skin elastin protective effects aiding in younger and healthier looking skin. Quercetin has numerous beneficial effects on heart health, cancer prevention, and has antihistamine and anti-inflammatory effects.
Stuart. Rev. G. A. Chinese Materia Medica. Taipei. Southern Materials Centre. A translation of an ancient Chinese herbal text.
Kariyone. T. Atlas of Medicinal Plants
Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S. Medicinal Plants of China. Reference Publications, Inc. 1985 ISBN 0-917256-20-4
Urios P, Grigorova-Borsos AM, Sternberg M. Flavonoids inhibit the formation of the cross-linking AGE pentosidine in collagen incubated with glucose, according to their structure. Eur J Nutr. 2007 Apr;46(3):139-46. Epub 2007 Mar 13