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Blueberries: Summer fruit still has benefits in the Winter

Blueberries may be a summer fruit but contain cancer fighting antioxidants that we need year round.
Blueberries may be a summer fruit but contain cancer fighting antioxidants that we need year round.
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Blueberries aren’t just for summertime fruit salads anymore! When it comes to the little purple berry, there are many health benefits to adding it into the daily diet. It has been known for some time that blueberries contain antioxidants to help fight off many cancers but most people did not realize that it also carries some anti-inflammatory properties. The very thing that gives the berry it’s vibrant color, is also the key component that appears to be responsible for neuron protection.


Phytochemicals in the blueberries help to stave off urinary tract infections while the vitamins K, C, E, A and Folate help to provide the necessary energy for an active body, no matter the age, and boost immunities in a season where germs spread quickly.


While blueberries may be a healthy choice in your own diet, they are also a delicious substitute for the candy and fruit snacks that your children often choose. Children are more apt to eat this fruit if they find it on their breakfast plate in the form of blueberry pancakes, oatmeal, waffles or muffins. Fresh winter breads are another way to get that cancer fighting fruit in your family’s body.


The wonderful thing about this healthy fruit is that it can be found in any grocery store at any time of the year and added into your family’s diet easily. Whether you find fresh or frozen blueberries, there are many ways to use them to help keep your family healthy and providing another serving of daily fruit. When frozen, blueberries should be thawed, drained and then can be added to just about any of your recipes.


To find more health facts and many delicious recipes, visit www.blueberry.org 

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