Blueberries are delicious and super food list "superheroes"


Blueberries aren't just a super food they're
Blueberries aren't just a super food they're "superheroes"
(Photos: GardeningGuide.com)

New Jersey Blueberries are in season and make a great addition to healthy eating.

Blueberries were recently ranked number one in antioxidant activity in a study conducted by researchers at Tufts University. Jennifer Meengs, from the Laboratory for the Study of Human Ingestive Behavior at Penn State, reports that blueberries are “superheroes” packed with chemicals that can help fight disease."

Blueberries contain important phytonutrients including anthocyanidins and phenolics which inhibit free radical damage to the collagen matrix of cells and tissues that can lead to cataracts, glaucoma, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, peptic ulcers, heart disease and many cancers, especially ovarian cancer. The American Chemical Society reports that a key antioxidant found in blueberries, pterostilbene, can also help to neutralize free radicals responsible for triggering colon-cancer growth.

 In a study conducted by the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center laboratory, neuroscientists discovered that diets rich in blueberries significantly improved both the learning capacity and motor skills of aging animals, making them mentally equivalent to much younger ones. Blueberries are considered an “anti-aging” food.

Blueberries are also high in fiber and tannins which help reduce inflammation in the digestive track and aid in elimination. Researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey have identified compounds in blueberries called proanthocyanidins that promote urinary tract health and reduce the risk of infection by preventing bacteria, particularly E. coli, from adhering to the cells that line the walls of the urinary tract. 

Blueberries are nutritious, high in vitamins C and A as well as the mineral manganese.


Log in with your social accounts:

Or, log in with your IrishCentral account:

Forgot your password ?

Don't have an account yet? Register now !

Join IrishCentral with your social accounts:

Already have an account ?

For Newsletter Subscribers – Draw for 1 Prize on December 31st.

Prize: Your Piece of Ireland – a Square of Land in the heart of the Glens of Antrim, Ireland

More details here (or you can buy a little piece of Ireland directly): http://bit.ly/1zew9ox

Terms & Conditions

Or, sign up for an IrishCentral account below:

By clicking above you are indicating that you have read & agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

Make sure we gathered the correct information from you

By clicking above you are indicating that you have read & agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

You already have an account on IrishCentral! Please confirm you're the owner.

Our new policy requires our users to save a first and last name. Please update your account: