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5 Things to Know About Blueberries

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5 Things to Know About Blueberries

1. Blueberries’ Antioxidant Force
The first thing to point out is that, although blueberries are loaded with taste and antioxidants, they are also low in calories and high in fiber. This makes them the perfect food for dieters and anyone looking for a nutritious snack. One cup of blueberries provides you with the equivalent antioxidant content of five servings of carrots, broccoli, squash, and apples. What this means for your health is a lower risk of heart disease; vibrant, firm skin; and a boost in brain power.

The primary force behind blueberries’ super power is the phytonutrient anthocyanin, a particular type of flavonoid—the one that gives blueberries that deep blue pigment. These antioxidant benefits of anthocyanin are thought to protect your body against the damaging effects of free radicals and the chronic diseases associated with the aging process. Based on data from the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, blueberries are among the fruits with the highest antioxidant activity. Using a test called ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity), researchers have shown that a serving of fresh blueberries provides more antioxidant activity than many other fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Delia Quigley is the Director of StillPoint Schoolhouse, where she teaches a holistic lifestyle based on her 30 years of study, experience and practice. She is the creator of the Body Rejuvenation Cleanse, Cooking the Basics, and Broken Bodies Yoga. Delia's credentials include author, artist, natural foods chef, yoga instructor, energy therapist and public speaker. Follow Delia's blogs: brcleanse.blogspot.com and. To view her website go to www.deliaquigley.com

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8:18PM PDT on Jun 25, 2013

Blueberries are Fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

6:17AM PDT on Sep 2, 2011

thanks- taste good and healthy too!

5:04PM PDT on Jul 14, 2011

I never eat processed foods. I like putting together blueberries; blackberries and raspberries into a large container of plain Balkan yogurt with a good helping of top grade buckwheat honey. I like to eat that at least twice a week.

6:02PM PDT on Jul 8, 2011

Beware of the processed foods using blueberries in their name or displayed on the packaging. Read the ingredients. There are so many ways to imitate a blueberry.

12:50AM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

thanks

8:09PM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

oh, reading about blueberries really make me want to eat some right now... especially the last page.

9:56PM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

thanks for sharing.

3:51PM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

blackberries are just delicious besides nutritious. Thanks for this informative article dear.

5:55AM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

thankssss

6:21AM PDT on Jun 27, 2011

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