Sunday, October 10, 2010

SuperFood: Blueberries


Anthocyanins are the blue-red pigments found in blueberries. These anthocyanins protect the entire vascular system by strengthening the veins. It boosts the power of Vitamin C to make the nerves very strong, and also to promote very healthy skin structure. 
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Blueberries protect your heart:

The anthocynanins in blueberries are more cardioprotective due to its antioxidant nature in comparison to any other wines out there. Eating blueberries regularly is extremely protective measure you can take to ensure heart health.

Blueberries make your brain smarter

The antioxidants in blueberries reduce oxidative stress and help prevent Alzheimer's disease and Demetia. More research has shown that the brains of old rats mimicked those of younger rats after being fed a blueberry diet. Learning capacity of the brain seems to have improved a lot due to regular intake of blueberries.

Blueberries help fight cancer

Elderly people who eat ellagic acid rich fruits like strawberries and blueberries are protecting themselves from cancer than those who do not consume these fruits. Blueberries also have pectin which potentially saves the bile from turning into cancer causing form. The flavonoid Kaempferol found abundantly in blueberries reduces the risk of ovarian cancer in women.

Blueberries are good for your Guts


Blueberries contain tanins which act as an astringent and prevent harmful bacteria from lining the intestines. Blueberries are also rich in soluble and insoluble fiber which makes the elimination process easy. Blueberries also prevent Urinary Tract Infection as they behave like cranberries in this aspect.

Blueberries have oxalate, so if you have kidney problems, then watch out. Consult your doctor before consuming blueberries to make sure you will be fine.

Eating organic blueberries is best for you as conventional blueberries absorb a lot of pesticides sprayed on them. These pesticides create a havoc in your body and you will be harming yourself.

Always select fresh blueberries that easily move around, be it frozen or fresh.

Frozen blueberries are picked during its peak and flash frozen. They are great for your health.

Sources: WHFoods

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