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Superfood: blueberries

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You’ve heard of them before; superfoods. It’s a relatively short list that includes the top foods you should be incorporating in your diet because they will keep you healthy if not healthier. Blueberries, as small and delicious as they look, have astounding health benefits. That deep, mystic blue color means flavonoids and lots of them. Flavonoids are natural compounds that protect the brains memory carrying cells. Memory preservation occurs do to the flavonoids protection against the damaging effects of oxidation and inflammation.

The most remarkable benefit blueberries possess is its proven power to reduce the risk of heart attack in women. The Harvard Health Letter reports that women who ate more than two servings of blueberries or strawberries per week were 34% less likely to experience heart attacks compared to women who rarely ate them.

Anthocyanins, the specific flavonoid in blueberries have also been shown to lower blood pressure and make blood vessels more elastic. Blueberries can easily be added to cereals, yogurts, or salads. It’ll serve you well to increase your intake of blueberries. They don’t taste too bad either.

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