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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Blueberry - The Super Fruit

My daughter routinely will sit on the floor of our kitchen and eat an entire carton of blueberries. (Thank goodness I can get them at Aldi's for $0.99/carton!) Because of her high ingestion of the amazing fruit I am hoping she won't turn out like Violet in Charlie and the Chocolate factory :)

No, but seriously, did you ever realize how good blueberries are for you? I mean yeah they're a fruit and everything and obviously all things that God makes are good, but let's look at why THIS fruit is called the super fruit.

Blueberries have the highest antioxidant capacity per serving than over 20 fruits! Antioxidants help our bodies protect against disease and age-related health risks. Every day, our cells wage a battle against free radicals - unstable oxygen molecules associated with cancer, heart disease and the effects of aging. Dietary antioxidants come to the rescue. These phytonutrients, natural substances found in fruits and vegetables, neutralize free radicals and help prevent cell damage. Antioxidants also protect against inflammation, thought to be a leading factor in brain aging, Alzheimer’s disease and other diseases of aging.

Look at these other amazing benefits:

1. Brain Health: Ongoing brain research shows that blueberries may improve motor skills and actually reverse the short-term memory loss that comes with aging, making blueberries a natural “brain food.”

2. Cancer Prevention: Research shows that blueberry compounds may inhibit all stages of cancer.

3. Heart Health: Research indicates that blueberries may protect against heart disease and damage from stroke.

4. Urinary Tract Health: Like cranberries, blueberries may help prevent urinary tract infections.

5. Vision Health: Research around the world has indicated that blueberries may improve night vision and prevent tired eyes.

What more reasons do you need to eat this delectable fruit?

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