Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Most Healthy Benefits of Blueberries

I have always known that Blueberries are
delicious and plentiful here in the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York, but did not realize exactly, how healthy they are for you.

While researching information about these luscious little fruits and all of their goodness, I found that the most reliable and comprehensive sources of information were found in state or university agricultural websites such as Penn State's College of Agriculture or the Cooperative Extensions of Cornell University. Other sites written by health enthusiasts like Lance Armstrong list everyday uses for Blueberries and health bonuses.

Blueberries have been shown to shrink cancerous tumors and prevent the development and growth of cancer.  Researchers from Cornell University reported that the antioxidants called anthocyanins in wild blueberries prevent cancer from forming and stop them from proliferating. Packed with antioxidant phytonutrients called anthocyanidins, blueberries neutralize free radical damage to the collagen matrix of cells and tissues that can lead to other eye, vascular and organ diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, peptic ulcers, and heart disease.

Medical researchers have found that most diseases of the body are caused by inflammation and that this condition, that breaks tissues down on a cellular level, may be accelerated by the foods we eat or other life habits such as smoking or overindulgence in alcoholic beverages. (Careful, now I said drinking to the extreme. Wine has its own benefits from grapes when enjoyed moderately.)

It has been found that the eating Blueberries or supplements made from the phytonutrients of Blueberries helps your body's defenses to fight against inflammation and helps to preserve brain function to slow down or protect against nerve damage that leads to memory loss and other age-related diseases. People suffering from osteoarthritis or bone and tissue damaging rheumatoid conditions, have found that taking the juice or eating Blueberries, dark cherries, plums, grapes, and other dark or red skinned fruits have lessened the swelling and pain in their joints.

Isn't it great to know that something so sweet and delicious as Blueberries can also be good for you; another example of God's original purpose in providing abundant "Fruits of the Earth" . . . put here for all of us to have. I am continually amazed to learn again, about the availability of these foods that were placed here intentionally for us to live by...and enjoy a healthy life, if only we would choose them over the modern, short-cut processed junk foods of today.

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