Blueberries, bilberry and cranberry belong to the family Vaccinium. These berries contain a remarkable supply of antioxidants, more specifically phytonutrients or anthocyanins. These are in the blue-red pigment of the fruit. They promote a reduction of free radicals that can damage cell structure causing conditions such as heart disease, glaucoma and cataracts.
Blueberries protect the brain from oxidative stress and may retard the onset of such conditions as dementia. Another antioxidant in blueberries is ellagic acid, which has the ability to inhibit the formation of cancer; in combination with the good supply of vitamin C, blueberries really have true blue value. The bilberry is a great food for the eyes: it is usually taken as a concentrated extract and may benefit in cases of glaucoma, cataracts and diabetes. Cranberries provide antibiotic qualities against E. coli, combat urinary infections and protect against plaque and tooth decay. Try blueberry jam with pancakes and cream for a simple and nourishing breakfast or brunch. Three cheers for the beaut berry benefits!
GLYCEMIC CALORIES – total: 56 kcal. per 100 grams
INDEX: 65 Calories from: Carb: 52 Protein: 3 Fat: 1