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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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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!

6:01PM PST on Jan 30, 2012

Went to Trader Joe's today and they have a huge supply of frozen and dried (AND freeze dried berries) Tough choice . I chose a mix of blueberries,cherries and strawberries ..dried .I wanted to get some blueberries in the mix because supposedly they are good for eyesight . In WWII , the pilots of missions used to eat blueberries before the mission.

9:49AM PST on Jan 29, 2012

Fresh blueberries are not easily available locally. Are dried blueberries just as beneficial?

9:29AM PST on Jan 29, 2012

I love blueberries, so I'd devour them even if they weren't so nutritious - but it's nice to know that something good is so good for you too!

7:13AM PST on Jan 29, 2012

A Blue natural wonder!
Thanks for the to-the-point solid info!

1:54AM PDT on Nov 3, 2011

Thanks!

10:49AM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

i love blueberries,i love all fruit

11:10AM PDT on Sep 30, 2011

luv blueberries thnxs :)

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