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The Blueberry – The Old Superfood

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BlueberriesThe Blueberry – The Old Superfood

It seems like in recent years that this list of superfoods has become more exotic and impossible to attain.

So, we thought we’d remind you of a superfood that is easily attainable and available all year around either fresh or in your grocery’s freezer – the blueberry.  Dr. Ronald Prior said in a 1998 research study conducted at Tufts University that “[b]lueberries are one of the richest sources of antioxidant phytonutrients of the fresh fruits and vegetables we have studied.”  (Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, vol. 46, no. 7).

The Blueberry’s Benefits Include:

  • Clears/Cleans arteries
  • Improves vision
  • Rich in iron
  • Helps to clear the digestive track
  • Reverses the aging process
  • Protects against disease because of the concentration of antioxidants
  • Promotes weight control
  • Stops urinary tract infections
  • Enhances memory

Blueberries on the plantAs with other superfoods, adding the blueberry to your diet is always a tasty treat.  However, because of the availability of the blueberry, it is much easier to add to your daily diet.

You can use the blueberry to compliment many snacks and desserts.

How to Use the Blueberry in Your Diet:

  • Freeze blueberries and use them in a smoothie or add them to your favorite drink to add texture to your drink
  • Heat blueberries with your syrup and then eat them with waffles, pancakes or french toast
  • Scoop some blueberries into your yogurt with granola
  • Drop some blueberries on your morning oatmeal or cereal
  • Add dried blueberries to trail mix, chicken salad or in protein bars

If you are looking for additional blueberry recipes, you might check out the Oregon Blueberry site.

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