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Health Benefits of Blueberries

The blueberry is superstar when it comes to antioxidant power. Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down food, or by environmental exposures like tobacco smoke and radiation. Free radicals can damage cells, and may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases.

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Center have found that blueberries rank No. 1 in antioxidant benefits, compared to 40 other fresh fruits and vegetables.

The blueberry also has compounds that reduce the risk of urinary tract infections by flushing bacteria from the bladder.

This food is very low in saturated fat and sodium. It is also a good source of dietary fiber, and a very good source of vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese.

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