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EAT YOUR BERRIES


Why eat blueberries?  First, they are divine, sweet, satisfying, and versatile.  One cup gives you 14% of your daily fiber, and nearly 25% of your recommended daily amount of vitamin C.  They are low in calories, with fewer than 100 per full cup.  But beyond this, blueberries are loaded with antioxidants.  In fact, they have the highest antioxidant levels of all fruits.  Antioxidants are important compounds that protect brain cells against inflammation and oxidative stress and can prolong better cognitive abilities, memory function, and motor function as you grow well into old age.  The antioxidants in blueberries have been shown to provide significant brain protection against the disabling effects of a stroke.  Scientific research has shown that a diet that includes blueberries may help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, lower cholesterol, improve night vision, support cardiovascular health and promote youthful skin.  Also, the proanthocyanidins in the juice of the blueberry have been shown to eliminate bacteria that attach to the bladder and cause infection. 

Blueberries also are rich in ellagic acid.  Ellagic acid has been shown to prevent cancer under laboratory conditions when the cause is chemical in nature.  The antioxidants in blueberries also counteract the effects of free radicals which are known cancer-causing agents.  

Blueberries are an amazing source of the nutrients that help to improve the quality of your life.