Thursday, February 3, 2011

Blueberrie's here's a power food you can take to the bank!


1-2 cups a day

Purple Grapes, Cranberries, Boyseberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Currants, Blackberries, Cherries, and all other varieties of fresh, frozen or dried.

  • A synergy of multiple nutrients and polytonutrients
  • Polyphenols ( anthocyanins, ellagic, acid, quercitin, catechins)
  • Salicylic Acid
  • Carotenoids
  • Fiber
  • Folate
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Iron
  • Riboflavin
  • Niacin
  • Phytoestrogens
  • Low Calories

Blueberries: Now here is a power food you can take to the bank!  Everybody loves bluberriesand there are few foods more densily packed with healthful benefits.  

A small but might nutrional force, the blueberry combines more powerful disease fighting antioxidants than any other fruit or vegetable. As one positive report after another has come out on blueberries, the media has taken to calling them brain-berries and youth-berries.  They certainly deserve the good press.  Just one serving of blueberries provides as many antioxidants as five servings of carrots, apples, broccoli, or squash.  In fact 2/3 cup of blueberries gives you the same antioxidant protection than 1200 milligrams of vitamin C.

The extraordinary health and antiaging benefits of blueberries include their role in lowering your risk for cardiovascular disease and, most likely cancer.  We vant forget their help in maintaining healthy skin and reducing wrinkles and sagging skin brought on by aging.

Blueberries work their magic because of their incredibly high levels of antioxidant phyonutrients , particularly one type in the flvanoid family called anthocyanin.  Anthocyanin pigments give blueberries their intense blue purple color. The darker the berry the better. 

Berries, especially cranberries, are a rich source of quercetin, which has been shown to possess significant anti-inflammatory properties. 

The research that really put blueberries on the health map because it gained so much national news, was the fact that blueberries seemed to slow and even reverse many of the degenerative diseases associated with an aging brain. 

Blueberries are native to North America.  Long recognized as nutritional powerfood, Blueberries were a very important part of the American Indians diet.  They called it star fruit because of the star shape at the blossom end of each fruit.  Blueberries were used among ther things as a prservative.  Because of the high antioxidants, the blueberries when pounded down into the meat, slowed the rate of spoilage.  Early settlers learned from the Indians to use blueberries for medical purposes.  They brewed the blueberry as well as the plant to make medicines to cure diarrhea and ease the discomfort of childbirth.

Remember, only 1-2 cups daily can help you in so many ways.  Add berries to cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, salads, pancakes, toast there are so many ways to incorporate these powerfoods into your daily life. 

Make a blueberry smoothie:  plain yogurt, banana, ice, and soy or non fat milk. 

I love my berries and why not eat the foods that help you feel and look better!

Until tomorrow, eat well and have a great day!

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