Crazy for blueberries…

A handful of blueberries is a nutritious snack, and their deep color adds flavor to a bowl of fruit or oatmeal. While blueberries do contain fiber, vitamins such as C, K and B6, and minerals like phosphorous and manganese, they also contain several phytochemicals. These phytochemicals, or plant compounds, along with the nutritional value of the vitamins and minerals, give that handful of blueberries much to be excited about.


Blueberries also contain plant compounds called pterostilbenes, which have a high antioxidant content. Antioxidants protect the body from the effects of free radicals, which are free oxygen molecules in the body that can cause and promote cancer cells, aging, stress, and dehydrate the body at exponential rates. Along with antioxidant properties, pterostilbenes have the ability to slow and stop the growth of cancer cells.

Eating blueberries not only protects your body from the inside, it also offers protection for the outside. One of the main causes of skin damage is sun exposure (UV-B rays). These rays cause premature aging and wrinkling by damaging the skin’s cellular structure and destroying the skin’s collagen. Researchers at the Department of Food and Nutrition and Korean Institute of Nutrition in Korea found that when skin cells were exposed to a liquid extract from blueberries, the extract helped stop the breakdown of the skin’s collagen. The study states that it is the anthocyanins in blueberries that are responsible for protecting the skin.

Either way you pick it, blueberries are an excellent source of good nutrition and should, if possible, be added to your diet!

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