Saturday, October 6, 2012

why eat blueberries

1. Catechins found in blueberries activate fat-burning genes in
abdominal fat cells to assist with weight loss, and belly fat loss in
particular. According to research at Tufts University, regularly
ingesting catechins increases abdominal fat loss by 77 percent and
double total weight loss.

2. They contain a group of natural phytonutrients (plant nutrient)
called proanthocyanidins which have a unique ability to protect both the
watery and fatty parts of the brain against damage from some
environmental toxins.

3. Blueberries are one of the richest sources of proanthocyanidins.
These phytonutrients decrease free radicals levels that are linked to
aging (yes wrinkling!) and disease.

4. In animal studies, those given an extract of blueberries had less
motor skill decline and performed better on memory tests than animals
not given the blueberries. Researchers conclude that compounds in
blueberries may reverse some age-related memory loss and motor skill

5. Blueberries are packed with vitamins C, E, riboflavin, niacin, and

6. They are a rich source of the phytonutrients ellagic acid. Ellagic
acid has proven anticancer and genetic-material- protection capabilities.
It also encourages a healthy rate of apoptosis—how the body seeks
out and destroys harmful or damaged cells, like cancer cells.

7. Because they contain plentiful amounts of the phytonutrient
quercetin, they may reduce the likelihood and severity of allergies.

8. Blueberries contain minerals like iron, magnesium, manganese, and

9. Blueberries contain salicylic acid—the natural version of
aspirin. Salicylic acid is known to thin the blood and reduce pain.

10. Blueberries are excellent anti-inflammatory agents. They increase
the amounts of compounds called heat-shock proteins that decrease as
people age. When heat shock proteins decrease the result is
inflammation and damage, particularly in the brain. Research shows that
by eating blueberries regularly, inflammation lessens.

11. They increase the production of feel-good dopamine. Dopamine is a
natural neurotransmitter (brain messenger) that tends to be low in

12. They just taste great. Ok, this is no surprise but it's a great
reason to eat blueberries anyway.

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