FAQs - Arctic Power Berries Powder
1. What would you choose berry powder instead of fresh berries?
In supermarkets, one could find a variety of blueberries. However, these commonly found berries are quite different from what makes Arctic Power Berries powder. What we could usually find in the supermarkets are cultivated blueberries, usually, the American blueberries, being large in size and sweet. In contrast, the berry powder is made of bilberries (European wild blueberries), naturally grown in Finnish wild forests, being small in size, sour and a bit bitter. Thanks to the long period of sunshine in summer, every 100g bilberries are generally one time richer in anthocyanins than the cultivated berries according to an article (in Chinese). Try to bite into ta a blueberry bought from the supermarket and see. Inside the berry it is transparent and colourless. If you try to bite into a wild blueberry in Finland, it is in dark-blue and your tooth and lip would probably be coloured by the anthocyanins.
For other berries, such as cranberries, lingonberries, blackcurrants and sea buckthorns, you could hardly find theses berries in supermarkets.
Arctic Power Berries powder enables you to enjoy the freshness and nutrients of the wild berries without being physically present in Finland.
Easy to store
The berry powder are easier to be stored and preserved than fresh berries. 70g powder in the small tube equals to 700g fresh berries. Taking a teaspoon of berry powder every day, you could consume the powder in one tube for 23 days.
The berry powder is kept in the tube clean and avoidance of pests.
Convenient to consume
The berry powder can be added to any dish of your choice. You could then make your own breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert with the natural colour. It is also ideal to make berries cakes, yogurt and tarts.
The berry powder adds colour to your breakfast. Adding it into cereal every day could stimulate a healthy eating habit.
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2. Why would you choose the berries powder instead of taking supplements? Isn't it more direct to take supplements of your choice (for example, anthocyanins, Omega fatty acids, and a variety of Vitamins) in order to intake the nutrients?
In September 2018, Consumer Council published its CHOICE Magazine concluding 76 vitamin supplements found in the market, of which 80% is not regulated by the Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance.
In addition, 9 selected vitamin supplements' recommendation dose exceeds the tolerable upper intake levels. It is suggested that prolonged intake of these supplements may bring adverse effects on health.
Nutritional supplements commonly found in the market are usually made artificially. The process of manufacturing might not guarantee the best preservation of natural ingredients. If it is not a cure advised by medical practitioners for a disease, we consider taking natural food in its original form would be the best way of having a healthy diet. One might miss the beauty and fun of various food from nature.
3. Are the benefits of every berry similar, including anti-oxidation, eye protection, preventing female urethritis?
Yes, the benefits of various berries are similar, especially the antioxidants and vitamin contained. However, differences are as follows:
Wild Blueberries wild cranberries and wild blackcurrants specialise in curing eye diseases, female urethritis and stomachache respectively, exceptionally suitable for ones who wish to relieve these problems.
Wild Lingonberries are relatively comprehensive, having mixed benefits of blueberries and cranberries, which are suitable for ones who aim to promote health in general.
For Sea buckthorn, also known as nature's super berry, containing 190 nutrients and 60 antioxidants, For those who are concerned about cholesterol and inflammation, this super berry powder is highly recommended.
4. Why does my cup of water become purple-blue after adding the blueberry powder?
The blueberry powder is made of wild dried-berries. Inside the wild blueberries, it is dark-blue in colour and thus the powder is in a similar colour too. Anthocyanin itself is a natural water-soluble plant pigment. It is completely natural for the water to turns purple-blue. It is recommended to clean the cup immediately after use to avoid the colouring of the cup.
5. Do I need to consume the berry powder every day？
There is never a fixed rule for enjoying natural food. But it is still recommended to consume the berry powder every day in order to achieve the benefits.
6. Could people suffering from diabetes enjoy the berry powder？
The berry powder is rich in natural nutrients. Some studies even suggest the benefit of these nutrients in lowering blood glucose. It is generally suitable but further advice from doctors or other professionals may be warranted.
7. Could kids take the berry powder？
It is recommended for children over 3 years old to consume. Blueberry powder and Blackcurrant powder are good for the eyes. Some studies even suggest the blueberry helps with the prevention of pseudo myopia and eye protection for children.
What is pseudo-myopia?
It is a vision deficiency caused by a focusing muscle spasm – generally from excessive close-up focus. The adjustment ability of children is stronger than that of adults, and the chance of pseudo-myopia is higher. " (Information reproduced from" University Eye ", www.eyedoctor.com.tw). Parents may agree that summer break may be a time for children to focus too much on the screen playing video games, surfing the net or watching TV. After the break, it is common for some children to find it more difficult to see the words on the blackboard. There may be symptoms of myopia or intensified myopia. Having observed the changes in their children, parents might choose to buy a pair of new glasses but that might be just short-term symptoms of pseudo-myopia.
Recommendations from professionals
Children should develop a better habit of using their eys, such as avoiding concentrating for too long, reading or looking at the screen when lying in bed or leaning, or using mobile phones or laptops in a contrasting environment where light is rapidly changing or twinkling.
Some experts also suggest that the right amount of bilberry can effectively relieve pseudo-myopia.