Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

The Mysterious Blueberry

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

The Mysterious Blueberry

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Blueberries are increasingly popular as more consumers reach for a fruit that is high in antioxidant content and long on taste. Antioxidants shield the body's cells from the plundering effects of free radicals. These rogue molecules corrupt healthy cells - a process that ultimately underlies cellular aging.

Blueberries are among the fruits and vegetables highest in antioxidant capacity, according to tests developed by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), says Ronald L. Prior, chemist with the Arkansas Children's Nutrition Center in Little Rock.

"Our research on aging shows that blueberry supplementation at about 1 to 2 percent of the diet may reverse short-term memory loss and improve motor skills," says James A. Joseph, physiologist at the Jean Mayer U.S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston.

The blueberry's powerful nutritional punch is likely in its antioxidants in the form of both long-established vitamins and newly defined phytochemicals (plant substances). …

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