Here are the organic benefits of Blueberries

By Jim Fain, PhD

Fresh black/blueberries aren’t too far in the future as summer develops. Strawberries have already been delectable. Dark chocolate and delicious berries make for a delectable treat that is amazingly good for you. Both share high levels of antioxidants plus much more. Dark chocolate is good for blood pressure and improving brain function while having a low glycemic value. Dark chocolate (70% or higher) can be used to improve antioxidant levels in your system, as well. Simply adding dark chocolate to berries is easy, delicious and functional. The locally grown berries are the best. You should stock up as much as you can while available and freeze the extra.

Blueberries & other good types of berries

Blueberries have sidekicks that share much of the same nutritional benefits such as; purple grapes such as muscadine, boysenberries, raspberries, blackberries and cherries. A short list of phytonutrients/vitamins/minerals includes anthocyanins, ellagic acid, quercetin, catechins, carotenoids, folate, vitamins C and E, potassium, magnesium, manganese, iron, riboflavin and niacin. Of course you get the benefit of the pulpy fiber, too.

Blueberries in American history

Blueberries are one of the ten best foods you can eat whether fresh, frozen or dried. Sometimes called star fruit the berries have a long and important history in the American Indian’s diet. The berries were pounded into meat to preserve it while the plant and the berries were used for medicinal purposes such as easing the discomfort of childbirth and for diarrhea.

Europeans often call some blueberries by the name of bilberries. Bilberries can be found in most health food stores. It is said that bomber pilots in England during WW2 ate large amounts of blueberries to improve their night vision. Science supports this story by establishing the blueberry to be very high in antioxidants and phytonutrients that weren’t even discovered until recently. Research done through the USDA at Tufts University determined a cup a day of blueberries might dramatically impact dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. Muscle (motor) control was improved and new brain cells grew when blueberries were added to the diet.

Think of all of these berries as providing direction and organizing the symphony of health in your system. All of the berries have amazing qualities and contribute to something much more than the individual voice. With this in mind, snarf down a wide range of berries, as they become seasonally available being sure they were grown close to home.

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