The Blueberry in terms of fruit consumption in the US ranks only second to the strawberry in popularity.Bit of trivia there, but is ranked in the US diet as having one of the highest levels of antioxidant capacities amongst all fruits.
1.00 cup (148.00 grams) Nutrient% Daily Value
- vitamin K 36% of DV
- manganese 25% of DV
- vitamin C 24% of DV
- fiber 14% of DV
- Protein 1.1 grams 2% of DV
- Vitamin A 79.9 IU 2% of DV
- Vitamin C 14.4 mg 24% of DV
- Vitamin E 0.8 mg 4% of DV
- Thiamin 0.1 mg 4% of DV
- Riboflavin 0.1 mg 4% of DV
- Niacin 0.6 mg 3% of DV
- Vitamin B6 0.1 mg 4% of DV
- Folate 8.9 mcg 2% of DV
- Vitamin B12 ——-
- Pantothenic Acid 0.2 mg 2% of DV
- Choline 8.9 mg
- Betaine 0.3 mg
Some other benefits are:
- Benefits for the nervous system and for brain health.
- Evidence that blueberries can improve memory.
- considered low in terms of their glycemic index (GI)
- Neutralizes free radicals which can affect disease and aging in the body
- Add in the reduction of body fat
- Helps promote urinary tract health
- Proven to preserve vision
- Good for brain health
- Great dietary supplement to help cure heart disease
- Helps with constipation and digestion
Blueberries can prove to be of help to cancer sufferers, because they contain certain compounds like, Pterostilbene ( excellent remedy for colon and liver cancer) and Ellagic Acid, in harmony with Anthocyanin and other anti-oxidants like vitamin C and copper, can do miracles to prevent and cure cancer. Check out a study presented in the Journal of Agricultural and food chemistry that shows that phenolic compounds in blueberries can inhibit colon cancer cell proliferation and induce apoptosis (programmed cell death). A significant 34% reduction in ovarian cancer risk was also seen in women with the highest intake of the flavone luteolin (found in citrus).
So go out and get yourself some Blueberries and get into them. Put them in a smoothie they taste great.
Smoothie recipe care of Young and Raw thank you. Fabulous!