Blueberries and Antioxidants
So by now everyone knows that blueberries are good for you. In fact, not only are they good for you, they have been found to be the fruit highest in antioxidant activity in a recent research study done at Cornell University.
Why is antioxidant activity important to you?
Well, one of the main ways in which our cells are destroyed or damaged is through the activity of free radicals, which the antioxidant power of blueberries can halt. Also, blueberries have been found to be as effective in preventing urinary tract infections as cranberries. Fresh or frozen wild blueberries are your best bet and at 1 cup a day, an easy and tasty way to work towards your 5-9 daily servings of fruits and vegetables!
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Author: Dr. Emily Gonzalez, Naturopathic Physician