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Blueberries
By Anastasia

Blueberries are not just a delicious snack or a sweet pie filling: they can help you to fight disease, prevent aging and even reduce cholesterol. They may aid in inhibiting the growth of cancer, in preventing strokes and in fighting urinary tract infections.

Researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey have identified a compound in blueberries that promotes urinary tract health and reduces the risk of infection.

Additionally, a few European studies have documented the relationship between bilberries, a relative of blueberries and improved eyesight. A study in Japan documented that blueberries helped ease eye fatigue. This probably happens because of the anthocyanin - the blue pigment in the blueberry. Eye sight is not the only thing that anthocyanin is responsible for improving.

Researchers at the USDA Human Nutrition Center have found that blueberries are the highest in antioxidant activity and have anti-inflammatory properties, when compared to 40 other fresh fruits and vegetables. This high antioxidant content is also the result of anthocyanin. Antioxidants help neutralize oxygen free radicals that can lead to cancer and other age related diseases. Free radicals are harmful by-products of metabolism, which can damage cell membranes and DNA. Free radicals are blamed for many diseases associated with aging.

Blueberries are very high in vitamins and minerals. They contain 0.04 mg of beta-carotene, 13 mg of vitamin C and 1 mg vitamin E per 100 gram.

Ellagic and folic acids that may inhibit cancer development are also found in blueberries.
Blueberries contain anthocyanosides, substance, which is believed to be destructive to the E. Coli bacteria. Additionally, blueberries are a very high in dietary fibers. A hundred gram of blueberries contains 2.4gram of fiber. Fiber is linked to healthy digestion and cancer prevention.

In USDA Human Nutrition Center lab, neuroscientists discovered that feeding blueberries to laboratory rats slowed age-related loss in their mental capacity, which is probably the result of blueberries' high antioxidant content.

American Chemical Society reports that a compound found in blueberries has the potential to be developed into a component for lowering cholesterol, particularly for those who do not respond well to conventional drugs.

All of these reasons sound like really good ones to eat a handful of blueberries a day, because perhaps it will keep the doctor away. You can try sprinkling blueberries on your cereal or your morning oatmeal, mixing them into smoothies, putting them into deserts or just enjoying them as they are.