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Magnificent Blueberries

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Blueberries are known for its health benefits but some people may not know how many different benefits one can get from these delicious little blue fruits. Blueberries have a diverse range of micronutrients including essential dietary minerals, vitamins, and soluble dietary fiber.

Blueberries are very low in calories. About 100g of fresh berries provide only 57 calories and, similar to red grape, they contain resveratrol, the anti-aging superfood. Additionally, blueberries contain anthocyanins, other pigments, and various phytochemicals anti-oxidants that contribute immensely towards optimum health and wellness. Studies have shown that pigments found in blueberries may reduce risks of diseases such as inflammation and cancer. Preliminary studies found blueberry consumption lowered cholesterol and total blood lipid levels, possibly affecting symptoms of heart disease. Wild South American varieties may contain higher levels of polyphenols.

Research has shown that supplementation of wild blueberry juice may benefit the brain, improve memory and learning in older adults, while possibly reducing blood sugar and symptoms of depression. Blueberries are among the highest anti-oxidant value fruits. The ORAC value of 100 g fresh blueberry is 5562 TE (Trolex equivalents).

Blueberries contain plenty of vitamin and minerals. Vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin E are found in small amounts but altogether work as potent anti-oxidants. The berries also contain a small amount of B-complex group of vitamins such as niacin, pyridoxine, folates and pantothenic acid. It contains very good amounts of vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and folic acid. Blueberries also contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, iron and zinc.

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