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Advice on Blueberries

The exceptional health benefits of blueberries are attributed to the outstanding compound it contains, the anthocyanidins.

Scientific Name :

‘Passiflora edulis’

Description:

Blueberries come from flowering plants with dark-blue berries that usually grow in clusters. Blueberries start out pale greenish then turns reddish-purple and finally, bluish-purple when ripe. It is covered with a powdery waxy bloom to protect itself. Its flesh is sweet when mature and are like those of grapes - translucent and holds tiny seeds.

FYI:

Blueberries do not last long when left at room temperature because the presence of water will hasten its decay. Store blueberries in airtight containers and place inside the refrigerator. Throw away rotten berries to prevent the spread of the decay.

Nutritional Information and Facts

Blueberries are an excellent source of:

  • flavanoids
  • anthocyanidins - an anti-oxidant that is anti-inflammatory
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Soluble and insoluble fiber such as Pectin
 

Health Benefits:

Blueberries have high quality phytonutrients and anthocyadins which help against or improve these illnesses or conditions:

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Bladder Infection
  • Cancer
  • Cholesterol
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Inflammation
  • Nasal Congestion

Blueberries help improve vision and also provide protection against age-related macular degeneration.

Word of Advice:

Individuals with a history of calcium oxalate should limit their intake of blueberries because these contain a moderate level of oxalates.

Nutritional Values
Preparation Serving Size Carbs Fiber (g) Fat (g) Energy (kj)
Raw Blueberries 100g 14 2.5 0.5 235
Frozen Blackberries 100g 12 2.5 0.5 215
Canned Blackberries in Syrup (drained) 100g 17 4 0 290
 
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