Monday, December 7, 2009

Blueberries

Blueberries

Blueberries are great whether eaten fresh or in one of the countless recipes developed to delight the taste buds. Blueberries have increased in popularity over the past few years for several reasons. Dr. John Braswell, Mississippi State University Extension Fruit and Nut Specialist, describes blueberry as the "celebrity" fruit. Some of the reasons for its well deserved "pop" status is that blueberries are low in calories, high in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins C and E. Eating blueberries may help us fight cancer, diabetes, reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease and lower bad cholesterol levels.
Blueberries contain flavonoids which act as antioxidants. They help protect the heart by reducing how much LDL (bad) cholesterol is produced. Flavonoids may also help reduce inflammation in the heart. They also have Vitamin K, Vitamin C, manganese, and fiber.Blueberries are wonderful just by themselves or in oatmeal, muffins, cereal, or pancakes. Take frozen blueberries and blend them into a smoothie. Enjoy!

Consumption of blueberries may also improve eyesight, sharpen memory and help prevent Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. These tasty berries have also been proven effective against urinary tract infections, reversing skin wrinkling and shows positive results in children.
Blueberries are great....Enjoy!

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