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What can Blue do for you?

December 8, 2007

With the heavy interest in nutrient content for many natural resources such a fruits as expanded over the past years, circling around hot topics such as organic, antioxidants, “super foods,” carbohydrates, fat and sugar content and so forth, the blueberry has been praised, not only for being a natural healthy source for nutritional value but for its ability to protect and heal.

Blueberries, as an edible fruit, are low in sodium, contain no cholesterol, and are an excellent source of fiber (one cup contains about 16% of daily value), folate, manganese, potassium, vitamin A, C and K. Additionally, blueberries only 40 calories per ½ cup serving. Headlining the antioxidant benefits is none other than the blueberry. Researchers have found blueberries to be the higher in anti-oxidants than any other fruit or vegetable. Antioxidants help to treat various forms of brain injury. Additionally, people who eat fruits and vegetables rich in anthocyanins (a type of antioxidant found in blueberries) have a lower risk of cancer, heart disease and some neurological diseases. At a 2007 symposium on berry health benefits were reports showing consumption of blueberries may alleviate the cognitive decline occurring in Alzheimer’s Disease and other conditions of aging.

Reactions to feeding blueberries to animals include lowered stroke damage, prevention of urinary tract infections, lowered blood cholesterol and lipid levels (affecting symptoms of heart disease), as well as potential control of blood pressure.

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