These deep purple berries are
the richest of all fruits in
antioxidant compounds,
which protect us from cancers
and several other diseases.

The wild blueberry has become one of the most popular berries. They are the third-highest plant food on the ORAC scale so just a handful of berries a day can offer protection from some diseases. The compound pterostilbene, which is found in the fruit, could be as effective as commercial drugs in lowering cholesterol, and may also help prevent diabetes and some cancers. Blueberries are a good source of anthocyanins, which can help prevent heart disease and memory loss. They are high in vitamin C and fiber and also appear to help urinary tract infections.

  • Contain a cholesterol-lowering compound.

  • Can help prevent coronary heart disease, diabetes, and cancers.

  • Help beat urinary tract infections.

  • Appear to help protect against intestinal upsets, including food poisoning.

  • Their carotene, in the form of lutein and zeaxanthin, helps keep eyes healthy.

Practical tips:

Blueberries are quite sweet so can be eaten raw, which helps to preserve their vitamin
C content. They can also be lightly cooked in a small amount of water and eaten with
the juices. Blueberries can boost the nutrient content of muffins, cakes, crumbles, pies,
and fruit salads. The berries freeze well and lose few of their nutrients.


Blueberries should be stored in a nonmetallic container—contact with metal can
discolor them.

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