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Science Verifies Status Of Blueberries As A Super-Fruit

April 20, 2010: 05:01 PM EST
The nutritional and scientifically tested health benefits of blueberries have vaulted the tiny fruit into the ranks of the so-called super-fruits. Blueberies contain no fat, very little sodium and about 57 calories 2.4 grams of fiber per 100 grams. They are also rich in vitamin C and several phytochemicals, including phenolic acid and anthocyanins. Native American tribes knew a good thing when they saw it: they used blueberries for their medicinal benefits, especially for the blood. Modern science has verified their wisdom, finding in various studies that blueberry ingredients play at least some role in reducing the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and urinary tract infections, and improving memory and cognitive function. One 2005 study showed that phenols in blueberries inhibited the growth of, and even killed, colon cancer cells.
Toby Amidor, R.D., "Blueberry's Superfruit Status", Food Product design, April 20, 2010, © Virgo Publishing, LLC
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