There’s new hope today for one of the most debilitating gut disorders.
This condition strikes some three million Americans, many of whom are in misery nearly every single day because of it.
Inflammatory bowel disorders (IBD) often mean:
- ALWAYS needing a bathroom nearby
- CONSTANT cramping and pain
- LIFE-SAPPING fatigue
- FRUSTRATING “brain fog”
- DRAINING nutritional deficiencies
And the meds used to treat IBD can sometimes be as bad as the disease, if not worse.
Since the inflammation is caused by a hyped-up immune system, the drugs work by turning it down. That can help the IBD at times. But it also leaves your immune system less able to respond to other threats. And that leaves you far more prone to infections and other health problems.
But new research offers hope. It has revealed a solution that could offer your immune system a gentler touch while still turning down the inflammation behind IBD.
And it’s found in the humblest of places: blueberries.
The blueberry solution for IBD
All you want is a shot at a normal life. Heck, you’d give your left arm for just a normal DAY, for crying out loud. But IBD robs you of that.
Even a trip to the store can require careful planning, including knowing where all the restrooms are along the way. And going to movies… concerts… ballgames… are fraught with anxiety (at least, back when those things were still an option).
But the latest research offers new hope for victims of IBD in the form of a potent treatment with the potential to restore the quality of life you deserve. But without completely disarming your immune system at the same time.
It’s a compound found in blueberries called pterostilbene. And the new study finds it can give that OTHER famous berry compound… resveratrol… a run for its money.
Perostilbene is a natural immunosuppressant. Experiments show that it’s especially effective at helping to regulate T cells and dendritic cells. That’s important because those are the types of immune cells that go haywire in cases of IBD.
But that’s a “lab dish” discovery. Next, the researchers tested pterostilbene in mice with IBD to see if what happens in test tubes and lab dishes can actually lead to changes inside the body.
They found two critical factors.
- The pterostilbene was easily absorbed by the body.
- It went to work, improving the symptoms of IBD.
Putting blueberries to work for YOU
We need more research to know how well this novel new IBD solution works in those of us on two legs. But there’s no harm in speaking with your doctor about if it might be a good fit for you.
Many IBD patients avoid berries, as they can irritate the intestinal lining. But the problem ISN’T the berries themselves. It’s the tiny seeds in specific berries such as raspberries and blackberries.
Blueberries don’t have that issue. So even if they don’t help fight the IBD, it’s typically a safe snack option packed with essential nutrients.
Pterostilbene is also readily available in blueberry supplements.