Blueberries, A Great Health Food

If you want a tasty fruit to add to your diet that promotes health, try blueberries.

Besides blueberries, the only other commonly grown fresh fruits in the United States that rate a little higher on the ORAC scale are dark grapes and pomegranates.Yes, these are also healthy fruits to eat, but it’s nice to have a variety, and blueberries lend themselves to not only being eaten fresh, but are useful in cooking and baked goods. 

What makes them so wonderful?

One important thing is blueberries are full of antioxidants.  While fruits like apples and bananas only rate around 200 on the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) scale, blueberries rate a much higher 2,400.  Obviously, that means blueberries contain a lot more antioxidants than most fruits, making them a healthy addition to the menu.

The antioxidants in blueberries and other foods are important because they can prevent or slow the oxidative damage to our body.This is done by preventing or repairing damage damage done by free radicals that produced as by-products of cells in our body using oxygen.

Environmental factors that can also create free radicals in the body, such as pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke and herbicides.The cell damage escalates if antioxidants aren’t there to deal with the free radicals.  It also accumulates with age.

To sum it up, antioxidants help maintain healthy cells.

Hang on though, there are more reasons to love blueberries!  They contain anthocyanin, a phytonutrients that gives the blueberry that lovely blue color.In conjunction with anthocyanin is ellagic acid, another phyonutrient that helps maximum the good effect of the phytonutrients.

anthocyanins and ellagic acid are powerful antioxidants found in both fresh and frozen blueberries.This fruit can assisst the immune system and work against cancer, heart disease and the aging process.This great fruit has anti-inflammatory properties that enhance the health of the body many ways.

There are also many vitamins and minerals in blueberries.Blueberries are a super source of vitamin C, vitamin E and manganese.Both soluble and insoluble fiber like pectin are also in blueberries.

When you think about how hard blueberries work to promote health, why not make them a part of your regular diet?