Source: Kerala Ayurveda Academy

With flavors that range from mildly sweet to tart and tangy, blueberries are nutritional All Stars bursting with nutrition and flavor while being very low in calories.. Recently, researchers at Tufts University analyzed 60 fruits and vegetables for their antioxidant capability. Blueberries came out on top, rating highest in their capacity to destroy free radicals. Packed with antioxidant phytonutrients called anthocyanidins, blueberries neutralize free radical damage to the collagen matrix of cells and tissues that can lead to cataracts, glaucoma, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, peptic ulcers, heart disease and cancer. Anthocyanins, the blue‐red pigments found in blueberries, improve the integrity of support structures in the veins and entire vascular system. Anthocyanins have been shown to enhance the effects of vitamin C, improve capillary integrity, and stabilize the collagen matrix (the ground substance of all body tissues). They work their protective magic by preventing free‐radical damage, inhibiting enzymes from cleaving the collagen matrix, and directly cross‐linking with collagen fibers to form a more stable collagen matrix. Visionary Fruit Extracts of bilberry (a variety of blueberry) have been shown in numerous studies to improve nighttime visual acuity and promote quicker adjustment to darkness and faster restoration of visual acuity after exposure to glare. Better Brain with Blueberries In animal studies, researchers have found that blueberries help protect the brain from oxidative stress and may reduce the effects of age‐related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

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