Packed in this wonderful blue fruit is an amazing collection of antioxidants and nutrients. Its fantastic taste aside, the saying 'good things come out of the blue' really does apply to blueberries. Recent research has revealed some quite amazing properties. It appears the blue pigment, anthocyanin, is the major contributor to its high antioxidant levels.
Did you know?
Blueberries are nature's antioxidant powerhouse and contain higher antioxidant levels than just about every other fruit and vegetable. Antioxidants prevent cell damage that occurs from everyday wear and tear. It is believed a diet high in antioxidants helps avoid such health problems as cancers and heart disease. It also promotes good eyesight, urinary tract health and brain function. Often referred to as 'brain berries', several leading scientists suggest eating half a cup of blueberries a day to protect and promote brain function.
Blueberries are a great source of Vitamins and Minerals
- A single serve of Blueberries provides almost a 1/4 of your bodies recommended daily intake of Vitamin C.
- Blueberries are a great way to get Manganese, an excellent tool in converting your food into energy.
- What a delicious way to increase your dietary fibre, The Fibre in Blueberries helps to keep you regular and can assist in managing your cholesterol.
Try these quick ideas...
- Add Blueberries to school lunches (and adults lunches too).
- Make Blueberry smoothie by blending one cup of mild (standard or soy) milk with one cup of blueberries (fresh or frozen). A banana, yoghurt or ice cream if you wish.
- Sprinkle blueberries over your breakfast cereal. For frozen blueberries - place half a cup in your cereal bowl and cook on high for approximately one minute then top with your favourite cereal and a spoonful of yoghurt.
- Toss blueberries through leafy greens or coleslaws for a refreshing lift.
- Blueberries and sliced strawberries make a delicious fruit platter.
- Frozen blueberries are a healthy, tasty 'lolly' option for kids.