Haskap berries: a traditional superberry

November 4, 2022
Hosted by Susan Downs, MD

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Haskap berries, known as honey berries in the USA, are berries that were used in traditional medicine by the Ainu people, that are high in nutrition. They were known as the “elixir of life”; botany-edible blue honeysuckle, or double berry. They contain three times the antioxidants and four times the anthocyanins of blueberries. They are high in Vitamin C and have great taste. Anthocyanins are associated with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, cardioprotective, neuroprotective and antidiabetic properties Results showed improvements in cognition -word recall and recognition i.e. episodic memory effects- and diastolic blood pressure, with higher doses appearing more effective.) Other studies in athletes showed improved exercise endurance, and improvement in running times. Proposed mechanisms include decreasing exercise-induced inflammation and oxidative stress or improving vascular function and oxygen utilization or a combination of the three. To learn more about haskap berries and where you can buy them, go to www.haskapa.com https://en-gb.facebook.com/haskapa/ https://twitter.com/haskapa https://www.instagram.com/haskapa/

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Susan Downs, MD

Dr. Susan is boarded in Integrative Medicine and in Psychiatry, is a certified IFM practitioner and certified in the American Academy of Antiaging Medicine. She works at the University of California, San Francisco and is on the Psychiatry Consultant Registry (UK). She has Masters Degrees in engineering from MIT and Stanford and a Masters in Public Health from Loma Linda Medical Center.

Based between San Francisco and Bloomsbury (London), she is the president of the cutting edge, Silicon Valley Health Institute (SVHI), has worked in ten countries and studied many healing modalities. Previously, she worked for the NHS in the UK, was an assistant professor at INSEAD (European School for Business Administration), and was a foreign service officer managing alternative energy projects in Asia. She is also a film-maker with two multi award winning films on health. Her interests include medicine, economics, spirituality and making the world a better place.

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