The World’s Most Potent Berry Complex
AuroraBlue® is a proprietary complex of Alaska Vaccinium berry species hand-picked from Alaska rainforests and tundra. The berries are gently dried with Refractance Window® drying technology, which preserves their bioactive constituents. Kosher-certified by the Orthodox Union or Star-K, AuroraBlue® is available as USDA organic-certified, making it appropriate for use in Kosher and organic products.
Which Alaska Vaccinium species are in AuroraBlue®?
Berries and stems from Alaska Vaccinium species including:
- 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 power of blueberries, x10
Due to the harsh growing conditions of the Alaska wilderness, AuroraBlue® has the richest natural profile of nutrients derived from the genus Vaccinium of any berry complex on the market. In fact, it contains up to 10 times the bioactive compounds (including highly prized anthocyanins) and antioxidant capacity measured in products made with wild blueberries and cultivated varieties from lower latitudes. AuroraBlue® is a nutritional powerhouse, providing:
- Anthocyanins at levels that far exceed those documented in any blueberry or whole fruit product (4-5% of dry weight)
- Proanthocyanidins, including A-type proanthocyanidin trimers, equivalent to amounts found in cranberry and cocoa (3.5-4% of dry weight)
- Flavonols, such as the well-studied quercetin and myricetin, but also fisetin and catechins
- Stilbenes, such as pterostilbene and other stilbenoids
- Vitamins, particularly vitamin C and vitamin K
- Minerals and trace elements, such as manganese
- Pectin and fiber
Importantly, AuroraBlue® is a whole, dried berry concentrate — not an extract. That means all the active ingredients remain intact in their proper ratios.
Blueberries are one of the most studied fruits on the planet and have shown promise in promoting:
- Brain and mood [tooltip tip=”Krikorian R, et al. “Blueberry supplementation improves memory in older adults.” J Agric Food Chem 2010 Apr 14; 58(7):3996-4000.”]1[/tooltip], [tooltip tip=”Rendeiro C, et al. “Flavonoids as modulators of memory and learning: molecular interactions resulting in behavioural effects.” Proc Nutr Sci 2012 May; 71(2):246-62.”]2[/tooltip]
- Cardiovascular health [tooltip tip=”Basu A, et al. “Blueberries decrease cardiovascular risk factors in obese men and women with metabolic syndrome.” J Nutr 2010 Sep; 140(9):1582-7.”]3[/tooltip], [tooltip tip=”Kalt W, et al. “Effect of blueberry feeding on plasma lipids in pigs.” Br J Nutr 2008 Jul; 100(1): 70-8.”]4[/tooltip], [tooltip tip=”Kalea AZ, et al. “Wild blueberry (Vaccinium angustfolium) consumption affects the composition and structure of glycosaminoglycans in Sprague-Dawley rat aorta.” J Nutr Biochem 2006 Feb: 17(2):109-16.”]5[/tooltip], [tooltip tip=”Sweeney MI, et al. “Feeding rats diets enriched in lowbush blueberries for six weeks decreases ischemia-induced brain damage.” Nutr Neurosci 2002 Dec; 5(6):427-31.”]6[/tooltip]
- Blood sugar maintenance [tooltip tip=”Nemes-Nagy E et al. “Effect of a dietary supplement containing blueberry and sea buckthorn concentrate on antioxidant capacity in type 1 diabetic children.” Acta Physiol Hung 2008 Dec; (95(4):383-93.”]7[/tooltip], [tooltip tip=”Stull AJ et al. “Bioactives in blueberries improve insulin sensitivity in obese, insulin-resistant men and women.” J Nutr 2010 Oct; 140(10): 1764-8.”]8[/tooltip], [tooltip tip=”Abidov M et al. “Effect of Blueberrin on fasting glucose, C-reactive protein and plasma aminotransferases, in female volunteers with diabetes type 2: double-blind, placebo controlled clinical study. Georgian Med News 2006 Dec; (141):66-72.”]9[/tooltip]
- Optimal weight [tooltip tip=”Prior RL, et al. “Whole berries versus berry anthocyanins: interactions with dietary fat levels in the C57BL/6J mouse model of obesity.” J Agric Food Chem. 2008 Feb 13;56(3):647-53.”]10[/tooltip], [tooltip tip=”Prior RL, et al. “Purified berry anthocyanins but not whole berries normalize lipid parameters in mice fed an obesogenic high fat diet.” Mol Nutr Food Res. 2009 Nov;53(11):1406-18.”]11[/tooltip], [tooltip tip=”Prior RL, et al. “Purified blueberry anthocyanins and blueberry juice alter development of obesity in mice fed an obesogenic high-fat diet.” J Agric Food Chem. 2010 Apr 14;58(7):3970-6.”]12[/tooltip]
- Healthy aging
Further, Alaska Vaccinium berry species have specifically been observed to:
- Blunt oxidative stress and support a healthy response to inflammation in the central nervous system in vitro [tooltip tip=”Gustafson SJ, et al. “A non-polar blueberry fraction blunts NADPH oxidase activation in neuronal cells exposed to tumor necrosis factor-α.” Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2012;2012:768101.”]13[/tooltip], [tooltip tip=”Gustafson, SJ, et al. “Wild Alaskan blueberry extracts inhibit a magnesium-dependent neutral sphingomyelinase activity in neurons exposed to TNFα.” Current Topics in Nutraceutical Research. 2007;5(4):183-188.”]14[/tooltip] (bog blueberry)
- Reduce lipid accumulation in fat cells in vitro [tooltip tip=”Kellogg J, et al. “Alaskan wild berry resources and human health under the cloud of climate change.” J Agric Food Chem. 2010 Apr 14;58(7):3884-900.”]15[/tooltip] (bog blueberry, oval-leaf blueberry)
- Maintain blood sugar levels already within a healthy range in vivo [tooltip tip=”Kellogg J, et al. 2010.”]16[/tooltip] (bog blueberry)
AuroraBlue® has a recognizable, but intense wild blueberry flavor and aroma. Its deep purple-blue color comes from the natural stores of flavonoids, particularly anthocyanins, present in unmatched levels in Alaska berries.