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BLUEBERRIES!

• preventing heart disease and stroke by reducing the build up of so called "bad" cholesterol
• guarding against Alzheimer's and other neurological diseases
• combating aging and reversing short term memory loss
• relieving arthritis inflammation
• fighting infection and bolstering the immune system
• promoting urinary tract health
• optimizing vision health and reversing the causes of macular degeneration and blindness
• improving motor skills.

Blueberries have anti-cancer and antibacterial properties.
They are good for the health of the eyes, intestines, circulatory system and urinary tract.properties of the blueberry

Blueberries are part of the Vaccinium species, which also includes cranberries and bilberries. They are small, purple berries that are commonly found in western and central Europe, Canada and North America. Thought to have been used in European folk medicine since the 16th century, blueberries have excellent antioxidant properties which make them useful for preventing cancer and other degenerative diseases. In fact, when compared to other fruits, blueberries are among the top sources of antioxidants.

Blueberries have a powerful antibacterial action in the intestine – especially upon coli bacteria – they promote the healing of gastric ulcers, and the leaves of the blueberry plant contain tannin, which has strong anti-diarrhoeal properties.

Blood circulation is enhanced by substances found in blueberries, such as vitamins A and C, bioflavonoids, anthocyanosides, glycosides and delphininol. Blueberries may help to lower blood sugar, decrease the chances of blood clots forming and enhance the health of blood capillaries.

Blueberries can improve eye health and sight. This is thought to be due to compounds in the berries that enhance the health of capillaries in the eye.

Cranberries

These are (Vaccinium oxycoccos) are a close relative of blueberries and are native to North America. They are a well-known and popular treatment for urinary-tract infections, such as cystitis (an inflammation of the bladder resulting in frequent, urgent and often painful urination). Drinking the fresh juice of either blueberries or cranberries can help to prevent urinary tract infections.

Blueberries in the diet

Since blueberries are excellent antioxidants, they are important in the diet to promote long-term health and to prevent age-related physical changes and chronic diseases. In particular, people with cardiovascular problems, mild diabetes, eye problems, urinary tract or intestinal infections should eat blueberries regularly. Blueberries make wonderful pies, syrups and jam and are much enjoyed by children. They can be made into liqueurs or preserves for adults or the berries can be added to fruit salad or simply eaten as a snack on their own.


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