NOTE: This is a guest essay by Donna Hetrick, certified clinical nutritionist. Bio below.
Wow! Who knew? Eating a cup of blueberries a day can protect against heart disease, cancer and diabetes – and help to turn back the hands of time.
The amount of nutrition packed into a delicious cup of this super food is mind-blowing!
Plus wild blueberries are the crown jewel of the berry family. They have twice the amount of antioxidant activity as conventionally grown blueberries.
“The difference between cultivated and wild blueberries is the difference between farm raised salmon and wild salmon, or between industrial, grain-fed beef and free range, grass-fed beef,” says Medical Medium Author Anthony Williams.
If you think wild blueberries are unobtainable – guess again. They are easily found in most supermarkets in the frozen fruit section. Or you can choose to make yummy recipes with freeze-dried blueberry powder.
Researchers at Florida State University show that eating blueberries daily can lower the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Guess what? The study was performed with blueberry powder – supporting that berries in powder form can still be very beneficial to one’s health.
Researchers at the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center found that “there was improvement in cognitive performance and brain function in those who had blueberry powder compared with those who took a placebo. The blueberry group demonstrated improved memory and improved access to words and concepts. There was also increased brain activity in the blueberry group according to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) testing.”
The exceptionally high levels of antioxidants in blueberries provide Vitamin C which is needed to prevent skin damage. One cup of blueberries contains 24% of the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C.
Eating blueberries on a regular basis can support the healthy development of “bone matrix.” Blueberries are nutritional powerhouses loaded with calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, vitamin K and zinc. In fact, their nutritional analysis reads like a “Bone Density Supplement”!
The high levels of antioxidants, polyphenols and flavonoids in blueberries makes it a perfect anti-cancer food. Plus, it helps cleanse the liver and protect against toxins found in the environment and on conventionally grown food.
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