Wild Alaskan Blueberries – What is AuroraBlue®

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Origin of Blueberries

AuroraBlue® is a proprietary blend of the Vaccinium berry species hand-picked from the rainforests and tundra in Alaska. Due to the harsh growing conditions in the Alaskan region, AuroraBlue® has the richest natural profile of nutrients derived from the genus Vaccinium of any berry complex on the market. To preserve their bioactive constituents, the berries are carefully dried with Refractance Window® drying technology which dries and evaporates juices and purees into flakes. This gentle, yet complete process ensures and sustains the flavor, aroma, color, vitamins, minerals and active phytonutrient ingredients in their proper ratios while simultaneously eliminating spores and microbes derived from the soil.

AuroraBlue® Wild Alaskan Blueberries – 10x the Antioxidant Capacity Over Standard Blueberries

AuroraBlue® wild Alaskan blueberries have an exceptionally high oxygen radical absorption capacity (ORAC) due to the harsh environment they are grown in. This results in 10x the bioactive compounds and antioxidant capacity of wild blueberries grown at lower altitudes.

AuroraBlue® is made by carefully drying the berries in their whole form, preserving the correct amount of active ingredients. This USDA-Organic and Certified-Kosher complex is made up of the following five Alaskan Vaccinium species:

  • Vaccinium alaskaense How. (Alaska Blueberry)
  • Vaccinium ovaliforium Sm (Oval-leaf Blueberry)
  • Vaccinium membranaceum L. (Thinleaf Blueberry)
  • Vaccinium uliginosum L. (Bog Blueberry)
  • Vaccinium cespitosum Mich X. (Dwarf Bilberry)

The combination of these super-berries provides high levels of:

  • Anthocyanins
    • Support overall health due to their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and pro-cardiovascular properties
  • Proanthocyanidins (including A-type Proanthocyanidin Trimers)
    • Powerful antioxidants that can bind with collagen to support skin and cell health, elasticity and flexibility of muscles
    • Support flexibility in the joints, arteries and body tissues.
  • Flavonols (such as the well-studied Quercetin and Myricetin, but also Fisetin and Catechins)
    • Bioactive compounds associated with the inhibition of low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and cholesterol oxidation
    • Quercetin can inhibit the inflammatory response and also support mental and physical performance
  • Stilbenes (such as Pterostilbene and other Stilbenoids)
    • Antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory properties with beneficial effects on cardiovascular health
  • Vitamin C
    • An antioxidant that is also a key factor in the immune system, iron absorption, platelet aggregation, thrombus formation, and collagen and hormone synthesis
  • Vitamin K
    • Essential for blood coagulation and the binding of calcium making it important for bone development and health
  • Minerals and Trace Elements (such as Manganese)
    • Support healthy bones, the regulation of blood sugar level and the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates
  • Pectin and Fiber
    • Naturally lower cholesterol and support weight loss and digestion

The deep purple-blue color of AuroraBlue® is a result of the rich stores of flavonoids, particularly the anthocyanins, and offers an intense wild blueberry flavor. AuroraBlue® has the most nutrients derived from the Vaccinium genus on the market and is sustainably hand-picked from the Alaskan rainforests and tundra, supporting the local Alaskan people and economy.

Antioxidants –Supporting Overall Health and Fitness

Antioxidants, which are naturally found in AuroraBlue®, play an essential role in overall health and fitness. Regular exercise is a key component to a healthy lifestyle—supporting wellbeing, assisting in the development of muscles, bones and joints and supporting weight management, amongst many others. However, during and after exercise, free radicals are naturally generated which may cause a negative impact on health.

Free radicals are atoms that contain one or more unpaired electrons and have the potential to cause damage to cellular structures and biomolecules. They are associated with a number of health issues and also negatively impact the process of ageing. Specific to athletes and fitness enthusiasts, free radical damage has been linked to a decrease in athletic performance and overall recovery from exercise. By supplementing regularly with antioxidants, research has shown free radical damage can be avoided.

Highlights of AuroraBlue® Wild Alaskan Blueberries

  • 10x the Antioxidant Capacity Over Standard Blueberries
  • Handpicked and Harvested by Native Alaskans
  • USDA Organic-Certified
  • Kosher Certified
  • Protect Against Free Radical Damage†
  • Support Overall Health and Fitness†

Sport Oxylent® contains 50mg of the AuroraBlue® Blueberry Complex per serving to offer a powerful antioxidant supplement to combat free radicals commonly seen in many athletes. As a 3-in-1 effervescent performance drink, Sport Oxylent® combines a natural blend of vitamins, minerals, electrolytes and antioxidants to be taken either before, during or after your workout. As with all Vitalah® products, Sport Oxylent® contains no gluten, dairy, soy, caffeine, GMOs or sugar!

 

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