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Unexpected Health Benefits of Blueberries

Health benefits of blueberries:

- Eye health: Anthocyanin (one of the phytochemicals in blueberries) has been shown to protect the retina from damage.

- Cardiovascular health: Blueberries have been shown to improve blood fat balance (including reducing total overall cholesterol while raising HDL cholesterol (the good kind), and lowering triglycerides. In addition, they protect the blood vessels and certain blood components from oxygen damage.

Blood Sugar Balance: Blueberries (along with many other berries) have been shown to have a favorable impact on blood sugar regulation.

Cognitive Benefits: Studies have demonstrated (especially in elderly patients) that regular consumption of blueberries can improve cognitive function including memory, as well as potentially postponing other cognitive problems often associated with aging.

Anti-Cancer Properties: Studies are beginning to suggest that blueberries may have many anti-cancer benefits, particularly breast cancer, colon cancer, esophageal cancer and cancer of the small intestine.

Full body antioxidant protection and support: Blueberries not only benefit your eyes, cardiovascular system and cognitive abilities, they’re pretty much good for every system in the body! Every system that they have studied thus far in relation to blueberry consumption has benefited. This includes reducing damage to muscles after exercise, protection of the entire nervous system from oxygen damage, reducing the risk of neurodegenerative diseases and protecting the digestive tract from oxygen damage.

And that’s just some of what we’ve learned so far.

So along with all the other wonderful and delicious plant nutrients you enjoy on a daily basis, pick up some blueberries too!

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

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4:56AM PDT on May 1, 2014

The information in this blog is extremely useful for the people.
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12:29AM PDT on Aug 10, 2013

Blueberries come up with lots of amazing health benefits and they are my favorites. It reduces cancer risk, improves cardiovascular health, boost memory power and lots more

1:44PM PDT on Jun 19, 2013

I knew it Anyway thanks for sharing.

5:20PM PDT on Jun 13, 2013

I love blueberries

8:29PM PDT on Jun 11, 2013

thank you

7:52PM PDT on Jun 11, 2013

I knew most of this but it is good to have a reminder once in a while!

Thanks for sharing!

10:32AM PDT on Jun 11, 2013

There are so many wonderful super foods out there. I do want to mention thatBlueberries should be organic since they do use a lot of pesticides on them. On the shoppers guide to pesticides in produce they are #13 on the list. For more info you can go to www.ewg.org/foodnews/list.php.
Thank you for the article on Blueberries they are a great food :)

3:56AM PDT on Jun 11, 2013

For some reason, I am a big vegetable eater, but not fruits. I buy for my wife, and clean them for her, but some reason will not do that for myself.

11:45PM PDT on Jun 10, 2013

I know Mother nature rocks

4:07AM PDT on Jun 9, 2013

Thank you Alisa, for Sharing this!

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