Detox With Blueberries

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Blueberries are a good source of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. They are also delicious – on their own or with cereal, yogurt, salads, etc. They are a great source of polyphenols (especially anthocyanins) and other antioxidants. Read on to see whether you should be eating more blueberries!

  • Consuming blueberries can have a positive impact on your life as it has many health benefits. Blueberries may have blood sugar-lowering, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, anti-cancer and other beneficial effects. These have been studied widely and most experts attribute the many benefits of blueberries to the anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are also found in blackberries, black currants, grape juice, etc. – anthocyanins give these fruits their beautiful blue/purple/black color.
  • A study found that obese people with cardiovascular risk factors who drank a blueberry beverage every day for eight weeks showed a significant drop in blood pressure and a decrease in markers of oxidative stress. The study used the equivalent of two cups of blueberries a day. Another study found that older people with early memory decline who drank a lot of blueberry juice showed improvements on memory tests.
  • Another good thing is that, cooking blueberries does not affect their antioxidants. The substances are fairly heat-stable. Also, blueberries frozen for up to three months still have high levels of antioxidants. Dried blueberries also show as much antioxidant activity as fresh ones.
  • Organic blueberries have more anthocyanins and other polyphenols and greater antioxidant activity than conventionally grown blueberries. Blueberries rank high in pesticide residues, and if you want to limit your exposure, buying organic is an option.
  • Blueberries are great in terms of their antioxidants and potential health benefits. Frozen, dried, or canned blueberries are good options when berries are not in season, or just for convenience. Products like jams and pie fillings, though, often have lots of added sugar.

Source: berkeleywellness.com
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