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Berry Good for You!

Blueberries

Blueberry Antioxidants –

Berries of all types are sweet and delicious. They’re full of fiber, so you’ll feel full faster. Berries also pack a walloping antioxidant punch! Antioxidants protect your body against inflammation and free radicals, molecules that can damage cells and organs.

James Joseph, PhD, director of the Neuroscience Lab at the United States Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, Boston, published an important study on blueberries. Unfortunately, as we age, we become susceptible to the damage and inflammation free radicals can cause. Berries help prevent that. They dial down inflammation, he says. They’re an ideal, and sweet, addition to your diet.

Try eating two to three types of fresh, frozen or dehydrated berries each day.

Pay special attention to blueberries. USDA researcher Ronald Prior, Ph.D., showed that a one-cup serving of Wild Blueberries had more antioxidant capacity than a serving of cranberries, strawberries, plums and raspberries.

Blueberries are delicious on cereals or low-fat yogurt, blend into smoothies or put on a bagel with cream cheese. They’re great baked into muffins, too. Try tossing a handful onto your salad.

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