Blueberries

Blueberries are actually stuffed with nutrients and flavor, yet surprisingly low in calories. Lately, researchers at Tufts University examined 60 vegetables and fruits with regard to their antioxidant capacity. Blueberries turned out at the top, rating highest within their ability to destroy free radicals.

Blueberries are An Antioxidant Powerhouse full of antioxidant phytonutrients called anthocyanidins. Blueberries counteract free radical harm to the collagen matrix of cells and tissues that may result in cataracts, glaucoma, spider veins, hemorrhoids, peptic ulcers, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Anthocyanins, the blue-red pigments present in blueberries, enhance the integrity of support components within the veins and entire vascular system. Anthocyanins have shown to improve the upshots of vitamin C, improve capillary integrity, and stabilize the collagen matrix (the ground substance of all body tissues). They work their defensive wonder by preventing free-radical damage, suppressing enzymes from cleaving the collagen matrix, and directly cross-linking with collagen fibers to form a more stable collagen matrix. Red wine may be considered a good source of antioxidant anthocyanins, but a recent study found that blueberries deliver 38% more of these free radical fighters. In this study, published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, researchers found that a moderate drink (about 4 ounces) of white wine contained .47 mml of free radical absorbing antioxidants, red wine provided 2.04 mml, and a wine made from high bush blueberries delivered 2.42 mml of these protective plant compounds.Bilberry, a cousin of the blueberry shows vision improvement, research conducted in World War II by the British air force pilots showed better night vision.To conclude other research has shown that blueberries may protect against molecular degeneration as much as carrots.

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