The natural health news lines have been buzzing for months about the possible discovery of a component of blueberries as a “cure” for Type 2 diabetes. Actually, the stories aren’t about anything in the blueberries themselves, but rather they are about a bacterium that lives on the husks of organic, low-land, bush blueberries, especially in the wild, known as Serratia vaccinii.
This bacterium seems to be able to get inside the colon and then interact with the immune system. It “trains” it so that it can attack disease-causing microorganisms without destroying healthy human tissues with various kinds of inflammation.
This function is very important for Type 2 diabetics and also pre-diabetics, since inflammatory processes pack on the pounds or kilograms, and interfere with appetite control processes, leading to more weight gain. Inflammation interferes with circulation inside the naturally occurring, small amount of needed belly fat so that it does not interact with insulin. Blood sugar levels go up, insulin sensitivity goes down, and a cascade of events leads to Type 2 diabetes. But stopping inflammation may be able to stop or reverse this whole process.
“The Organic Blueberry Cure”: It’s entirely premature to label Serratia vaccinii as a cure for Type 2 diabetes. For one thing, it’s not even available as a probiotic. A company in Canada is developing a fermented drink, but that’s not available on the market yet, either. If you want to get Serratia vaccinii, your best bets right now are to eat organic blueberries raw (cooking them kills the helpful microorganisms), or to drink a little bit of blueberry wine on a regular basis. Oddly enough, there have been anecdotal reports for decades that both activities seem to help blood sugar control. No Type 2 diabetic has been cured by eating blueberries or by drinking blueberry wine, but you can get the benefits of these tasty natural foods right now.
Eating Blueberries: According to a new study published in the October 2010 issue of The Journal of Nutrition, eating blueberries daily aids in insulin sensitivity and at the same time helps to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes in both women and men. This particular study is reported to be the first study on humans that ascertained how the daily dietary supplementation of blueberries affected the whole-body insulin insensitivity in obese, non-diabetic and insulin-resistant women and men