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12 Surprising Reasons to Eat More Blueberries

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12 Surprising Reasons to Eat More Blueberries

1.  Catechins found in blueberries activate fat-burning genes in abdominal fat cells to assist with weight loss, and belly fat loss in particular.  According to research at Tufts University, regularly ingesting catechins increases abdominal fat loss by 77 percent and double total weight loss.

2.  They contain a group of natural phytonutrients (plant nutrient) called proanthocyanidins which have a unique ability to protect both the watery and fatty parts of the brain against damage from some environmental toxins.

3.  Blueberries are one of the richest sources of proanthocyanidins.  These phytonutrients decrease free radicals levels that are linked to aging (yes wrinkling!) and disease.

Related:  5 Food Habits that Age You

4.  In animal studies, those given an extract of blueberries had less motor skill decline and performed better on memory tests than animals not given the blueberries.  Researchers conclude that compounds in blueberries may reverse some age-related memory loss and motor skill decline.

5.  Blueberries are packed with vitamins C, E, riboflavin, niacin, and folate.

6.  They are a rich source of the phytonutrients ellagic acid.  Ellagic acid has proven anticancer and genetic-material-protection capabilities.  It also encourages a healthy rate of apoptosis—how the body seeks out and destroys harmful or damaged cells, like cancer cells.

Related:  8 Ways to Enjoy Blueberries

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10:19PM PDT on Sep 12, 2014

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1:34AM PDT on Sep 1, 2014

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2:50AM PDT on Aug 31, 2014

good to know, thanks

9:32AM PDT on Aug 18, 2014

Got it!

4:58PM PDT on Jul 18, 2014

Dried fruit is not quite as nutritious, but it's certainly better than no fruit at all. Be careful, because the sugars in dried fruits have been concentrated, so a little goes a long way from a glucose / calorie standpoint.

6:22AM PDT on Jun 11, 2014

Thank you for sharing

4:53AM PDT on May 1, 2014

The information in this blog is extremely useful for the people.
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6:31PM PST on Nov 25, 2012

Blueberries are definitely a SUPER FOOD. Organic is a must.

2:45PM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

Thank you!

2:44PM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

Thank you!

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