In the state forest and open space land that surrounds my community, and
in my own backyard, I have many blueberry bushes. I used to pick them
each season until there was an increase in the number of bears in the
area...now I'm just a bit nervous in the woods, but do enjoy finding
them on my bushes. It is always a challenge to beat the animals and birds to picking my berries when they ripen. I have also done a lot of blueberry picking in Maine during vacations. Almost nightly for years I have eaten fresh or organic frozen blueberries in
yogurt with a bit of vanilla and sweetened with a natural herbal
sweetener called Stevia. Now that I am lactose intolerant, I am
learning to make and use yogurts with non-dairy milks, but that is something to
write about another day.
studies show that Blueberries are a tasty way to eat right and stay
healthy. Scientists at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research
Center on Aging at Tufts University ranked blueberries #1 in antioxidant activity compared with 40 other commercially available fruits and vegetables.
James Joseph, PhD, Chief of the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University is working with blueberries to examine their
potential to help improve motor skills and reverse the short-term memory
loss that comes with aging.
"The blueberry has emerged as a very powerful food in the aging battle,"
said Dr. Joseph. "Given the possibility that blueberries may reverse
short-term memory loss and forestall other effects of aging, their
potential may be very great."
University of Illinois study by Mary Ann Lila Smith, PhD, looked at a
particular flavonoid that inhibits an enzyme involved in promoting cancer. Of the fruits tested, blueberries showed the greatest
anti-cancer activity of all.
According to research findings at the Rutgers Blueberry Cranberry
Research Center in Chatsworth, N.J., blueberries help promote urinary
tract health. Explains Rutgers scientist Amy Howell, PhD, blueberries,
like cranberries, contain compounds that prevent the bacteria
responsible for urinary tract infections from attaching to the bladder
like their European cousins, bilberries, have very high concentrations
of anthocyanin, a natural compound linked with many health benefits
including reducing eyestrain and improving night vision.
For a healthy summertime treat, get the blender ready and combine cup
of blueberries into a favorite smoothie recipe. Here are links to a few Blueberry Recipes you may enjoy:
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