Today we look at the blueberry a nutritional powerhouse and one of the 21 super fruits – foods in the Freelife Jule of the Orient Jiaogulan tonic.
Blueberries typically grow in northern climates like Maine. Blueberry bushes bear fruit from May through June although the growing altitude and latitude will affect when the bushes will bear fruit.
Blueberries are packed with a wide range of micronutrients, with notably high levels of the essential dietary mineral manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K and dietary fiber. Also they contain Dietary fiber, Protein, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Pantothenic acid (B5), Vitamin E, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, and Zinc.
Blueberries are just one more super fruit that shows why Jule of the Orient tonic truly is such an outstanding super food product.
Blueberries, especially the wild species, contain anthocyanins, other antioxidant pigments and various phytochemicals which greatly support nutritional health.
Researchers have shown that blueberry anthocyanins, proanthocyanidins, resveratrol, flavonols, and tannins inhibit free radicals activity, which assists with the body’s normal response to inflammation.. Similar to red grape, some blueberry species contain in their skins significant levels of resveratrol, a very valuable antioxidant and phytochemical.
Consuming blueberries (and similar berry fruits including cranberries) provides many benefits for the mind, including improvements in mental focus, concentration, and mental sharpness.
Addition clinical studies have shown blueberries to be beneficial for maintaining cholesterol and blood lipids already in the normal range and for maintaining blood pressure already within the normal range.
Antioxidants are thought to help protect the body against the damaging effects of free radicals associated with the aging process. Blueberries, contain many of these naturally occurring antioxidants such as Vitamins C and E. In addition, blueberries contain anthocyanins and phenolics that can also act as antioxidants. Based on data from the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging blueberries are among the fruits with the highest antioxidant activity.
Using a test called ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity), researchers have shown that a serving of fresh blueberries provides more antioxidant activity than many other fresh fruits and vegetables.
Article written by Art James