Blueberries are plentiful this month, and they are one of the healthiest foods out there!  Blueberries are fun to pick, and usually at their peak in mid July, so if you did not pick already, you may have missed out this year.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF BLUEBERRIES

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Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and have been shown in studies to be a powerhouse food.

  1. Blueberries support heart health.  With their national antioxidants vitamin C and E, micronutrients and polyphenols, a high intake of berries decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease. (Source)
  2. Blueberries support overall health. The antioxidants in blueberries help reverse damage from oxidants and toxins, keeping the body healthy and fighting cancer cells. (Source)
  3. Blueberries reduce inflammation. The proanthocyanidins found in blueberries help reduce inflammation. Inflammation has been found to be the root cause of disease.
  4. Blueberries support brain health and memory.  Supplementation with blueberry juice was shown to enhance memory capacity in the elderly.  Blueberries contain anthocyanins, which have been associated with increased neuron signaling in the brain centers responsible for memory function.   (Source)

 

 

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