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Mark Harris, Vegetarian Times, 2005
Anthocyanins improve the 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.Anthocyanin
“The blueberry has emerged as a very powerful food in the aging battle. Given the possibility that blueberries may reverse short-term memory loss and forestall other effects of aging, their potential may be very great ”
-James Joseph, Ph.D, Chief of the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center
Blueberries are among the healthiest foods you can eat. Their high concentration of antioxidants combat the free-radical damage that can lead to cancer.
In addition to their powerful anthocyanins, blueberries contain another antioxidant compound called ellagic acid, which blocks metabolic pathways that can lead to cancer.
Blueberries are also high in the soluble fiber pectin, which has been shown to lower cholesterol and to prevent bile acid from being transformed into a potentially cancer-causing form.
Research at the Rutgers Blueberry Cranberry Research Center in Chatsworth, N.J., found that blueberries promote contain compounds that prevent the bacteria from attaching to the bladder wall, helping to prevent urinary tract infections.
The high concentration of the natural compound anthocyanin found in blueberries has many benefits including reducing eyestrain and improving night vision.
*All it takes is a half-cup of blueberries to deliciously satisfy one of your recommended 5 A Day servings.
Domestically grown cultivated blueberries are available from May through September or October. At other times of year, you can find imported blueberries in stores.
The wild blueberry season is short, and the berries are not shipped much beyond their growing area. Look for canned or frozen berries, if you live in an area that doesn’t grow them wild.
About 95 percent of cultivated blueberries consists of Northern highbush varieties
Wild Blueberry Walnut Bran Muffins
• 6 ounces (180g) Wild Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
• 6 ounces (180g) yogurt (vanilla or blueberry)
• 1 tablespoon honey (if plain yogurt is used)
• 1/2 cup ice (3 ice cubes)
-Blend well at high speed. Serve immediately.
Maine Wild Blueberry Soup
•4 1/2 cups blueberries
•1 Cup Pinot Noir
•¼ Cup Honey
•Vanilla crème fraîche for garnish
•In a food processor, combine the blueberries, Pinot Noir, and honey;
blend until the mixture becomes smooth, do not strain. Chill the soup before serving.
Garnish each soup bowl with Vanilla crème fraîche.
Nutritional analysis per serving: calories, 234; fat, 5g; cholesterol, 0 mg;
fiber, 4g; protein, 2g;
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