I recommend almost all vegetables unreservedly. When it comes to fruits, though, I am careful to push for moderation and careful selection. When I am asked to recommend one type of fruit overall, my answer is berries. They are some of the healthiest fruits on the planet, in part because they haven’t been hybridized into giant fruits full of sugar. They are instead small and densely packed with a variety of potent phyto-chemcials that do wonders to normalize and improve health. And easily one of the best berries on the planet, absolutely loaded with anti-oxidants, is the blueberry.
Blueberries—especially wild blueberries—can have a huge impact on boosting and maintaining your nutritional health by:
- Elevating your antioxidant status
- Decreasing your risk of cancer
- Preventing heart disease and stroke by reducing the build up of so called “bad” cholesterol
- Guarding against Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases
- Combating aging and reversing short term memory loss
- Relieving arthritis inflammation
- Fighting infection and bolstering the immune system
- Promoting urinary tract health
- Optimizing vision health and reversing the causes of macular degeneration and blindness
- Improving motor skills
As with all fruits and vegetables, try to buy organic. If you have a hard time finding quality wild organic blueberries in your area, or if you simply want to try some of the most delicious blueberries available, I highly recommend you try: Vital Choice Wild Organic Blueberries.
New Research Shows Wild Blueberries are the #1 Fruit… And color plays a BIG part!
In a past issue of Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers used a technique called oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) to test the antioxidant power of more than 100 different kinds of fruits, vegetables, nuts and spices. In a laboratory testing, wild blueberries emerged as the top antioxidant capacity fruit– and overall were second only to Mexican red beans! For the first time, in this antioxidant study, the USDA evaluated both wild and cultivated blueberries and found that wild surpassed its cultivated cousins by 48%. Scientists attribute the high antioxidant capacity of Wild Blueberries to anthocyanin, the phytonutrient responsible for the berry’s deep blue color.
The official standings of this study are listed below…
- Small red beans (dried), also
- known as Mexican red beans
- Blueberries (wild)
- Red kidney beans
- Pinto beans
- Blueberries (cultivated)
- Artichokes (cooked)
- Red Delicious apples
- Granny Smith apples
- Black plums
- Russet potatoes (cooked)
- Black beans (dried)
- Red plums
- Gala apples
No wonder I like blueberries so much!
This article was written by Dr. Peter Osborne.