Blueberries are a powerful and versatile fruit. They can be added to breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner and dessert! Blueberries can be juiced or added to smoothies, eaten fresh and raw, dried, frozen, and even cooked. Add blueberries to yogurt, granola, or cereal.
The scientist who discovered the secret power of blueberries, Ronald Prior, PhD, also the head of the USDA Phytochemical Laboratory at Tufts, recommends adding one-half cup of blueberries to your diet every day! Lower on the glycemic index than other fruits, blueberries offer Vitamin C, fiber, folic acid and a powerful antioxidant. Eat them frozen, fresh, or dried. Fresh Blueberries should be kept in the refrigerator.
Blueberries contain the powerful antioxidant and flavanoid Anthocyanins. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals and help prevent diseases and ill-effects of aging, cancer and heart disease. The most powerful antioxidants are phytochemicals. Anthocyanins are the phytochemical that gives Blueberries their distinctive rich color. Anthocyanins are powerful antioxidants!
Just one-half cup of blueberries offer as much antioxidant value as FIVE servings of Peas, Carrots, Apples, Squash, or Broccoli.
- May slow down and reverse some effects of aging.
- May help protect against cancer.
- Contain Ellagic acid which can inhibit the growth of tumors
(as studied in laboratory mice.)
- Are a good source of Vitamin C and fiber.
- Help prevent urinary tract infections (they stop bacteria
from attaching to the bladder, like cranberries.)
- May protect against brain damage from strokes.
- Are key to healthy vision.
- Studies are showing that
blueberries can reduce eyestrain and improve night vision.
- Wild Blueberries contain even more of the antioxidant properties.
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