July- Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

Healthy Foods would like to take the time out to recognize juvenile arthritis awareness month.
Arthritis is an inflammation of one or more joints where two bones meet. There are many types of arthritis and juveniles can be affected.
Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) is often a expression used to explain a standard type of arthritis in children. This is a long-term (chronic) disease leading to joint pain and swelling
The source of JRA just isn’t known. It is actually considered to be an autoimmune illness. With this type of condition, your body’s immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue. JRA usually occurs before age 16.When merely a few joints are involved, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory supplements may be enough to control symptoms, but a natural approach is indeed an alternative you should seriously consider instead.

Arthritis symptoms:

Joint stiffness whenever you awaken each morning

Joint pain

Limited range of flexibility

Joints may be warm or swollen and sometimes red

A child may stop using an affected limb or may limp

Back pain

Body-wide JRA symptoms:

Fever, usually high fevers every day

Rash (trunk and extremities) that comes and goes with the fever

Swollen lymph nodes (glands)

Children who have arthritis in many joints, or who have fever, rash, and swollen glands may need other medicines. These medicines are called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). They can decrease or prevent swelling or inflammation in the body. It is always good to take the natural route with supplements like Omega-3 fatty acids, Glucosamine and Chondroitin

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June- Men’s Awareness Month

If you are a man or care about a certain guy in your life, you need to make sure you are eating the right foods and taking the right supplements. did you know that multiple health issues can be diverted simply by taking herbs, vitamins and eating healthy? For example,
some recent surveys have shown that it may have beneficial effects for those suffering from benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), male pattern baldness and other maladies.
The berries themselves are very high in Fatty Acids and Phytosterols. Siberian Ginseng is another potent and natural herb highly recommended for men. Olympic coaches from the Soviet Union are known to give Siberian ginseng to their athletes for at least eight weeks, believing that it can help develop the body’s muscles and biceps faster. It is also believed to help with breathing and circulation while doing heavy physical activities.St. John’s Wort is another important herb that not only helps with depression but also in muscle development. This herb dries up the body’s stress hormone called the nor-epinephrine. When this happens, more human growth hormone is produced. Weight management is easier when the body has plenty of these growth hormones.

Make sure to celebrate Men’s awareness month by treating your body to one of these herbs.

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Watermelons are loaded with several vitamins: vitamin A, which will help maintain eye health and is definitely an antioxidant; vitamin C, which helps strengthen immunity, heal wounds, prevent cell damage, encourage healthy gums and teeth; and vitamin B6, which will help brain function and helps convert protein to energy.Watermelon also includes the amino acids citrulline and arginine, which will help maintain arteries, blood circulation and overall cardiovascular function.New studies suggest that due to the conversion of citrulline and arginine is that watermelon can act as a pre-sex booster, aiding in blood flow. Watermelon, however, contains the highest concentrations of lycopene of any fresh fruit or vegetable, even higher than the notorious tomato.lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps fight cardiovascular disease and many kinds of cancer – prostate cancer specifically. Watermelons are also abundant in vitamin C, one arm of the now-famous disease-fighting antioxidant trio. Another arm that’s well represented is beta-carotene. Researchers are convinced that beta-carotene and vitamin C are capable of preventing cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other chronic conditions. No matter which way you cut them, when it comes to nutrition, melons are number one.

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The usage of strawberries as well as the strawberry plant itself for treatment purposes, dates back as long as they’ve been eaten. American Indians prepared infusions of strawberry plant leaves as an effective remedy for stomach pain and gastrointestinal ailments like diarrhea.Strawberries are loaded with dietary fiber and Vitamins C and K. They happen to be an excellent source of manganese, pantothenic acid, vitamin B1, and iodine. These are definitely an excellent source of folic acid, biotin, and vitamin B6. Strawberries contain high levels of antioxidants, which are able to reduce the chance of chronic disease. Research indicates that strawberry consumption can increase anti-cancer activity on cancer cells from the breast, esophagus, skin, colon, prostate and pancreas. Specifically, ellagic acid prevents the destruction of P53 gene by cancer cells. Ellagic acid could also bind with cancer causing molecules, thereby making them inactive. Strawberries are also proven to significantly reduce liver cancer cells.Along with their known beneficial effects on cancer and cardiovascular disease, the antioxidant qualities of strawberries can also be beneficial in reversing the path of neuronal and behavioral aging. For those watching your glycemic index, strawberries have a low GI of 40.

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The prune is actually a stunning fruit, containing a rich source of protective antioxidants. Prunes contain potassium and iron, which are essential for healthy blood. Prunes contain a high amount of natural fiber for regular bowel movements. They are high in Vitamin A and C to aid and sustain healthier hair and skin. Chromium which maintains healthy glucose levels is abundant and therefore helps in diabetes. Prunes provide a generous offering of Lutein in order to avoid eyesight failure and slow-release sugars to maintain energy levels up throughout the day. Osteoporosis is typical among people over fifty years of age, and several people suffer bone fractures because of this condition….however recent surveys have demonstrated that post-menopausal women who ate 12 prunes a day were more unlikely to suffer from the condition, with stronger skeletal health.
Losing the cellulite battle? You, yourself are most certainly not alone. Due to their fat free content they are a a fantastic tool in the battle against cellulite.Prunes are also a great natural appetite suppressant. Paying too much on skin creams to smooth the skin? Well the high levels of antioxidants in prunes means that eating just 4 of these super fruits a day is as good for your skin as any expensive anti-wrinkle creams.

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Pineapples are a member of the bromeliaceae family and are composed of many flowers whose fruit-lets are fused around a core.
each fruit-let has an eye which is the spiny part on the pineapples surface. the main and most important enzyme in pineapple is bromelain.
Bromelain has been found to be a great anti-inflammatory great in reducing swelling and aiding in sore throat, arthritis, gout and acute sinusitis. Pineapples are extremely high in antioxidants and an excellent source of vitamin c. The antioxidants help in combating against cancer causing agents. Pineapples possess a high content of manganese which is essential for energy production. Other studies suggest pineapples aide in the prevention of macular degeneration. Pineapples also help regulate the gland responsible for thyroid, while helping to combat infections in the body and actually prevents nausea. In closing some boxers eat the stems of the pineapple for its proven ability to prevent bruising and swelling. Other studies produced, reveal the stems also defend against ovarian, breast, lung, colon and skin cancer.

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Peaches contain a wide variety of vitamins and trace minerals. One peach contains vitamin A, Vitamin B, Riboflavin, Niacin, vitamin C, Calcium,  Iron, phosphorus, potassium, and dietary fiber. Peach flowers have sedative proprieties and so are great for children that are restless, particularly when boiled in water with sugar and honey. Peaches help to insure your skin is healthy and also add color to your complexion.Peaches possess a small laxative effect along with a powerful diuretic effect and thus, are recommended to people suffering from rheumatism and gout.Researches have suggested that peaches have good to excellent antioxidant activity, some antimicrobial activity and good to excellent tumor growth inhibition activity.Many experts have seen that intake of peaches assists in the removing of worms from your intestinal tract.Consumption of peaches, regularly, will keep your bowels regular as well as prevent straining.Being full of Vitamin A, peaches may help prevent cancer in organs and glands with epithelial tissue. Peaches include over 80 % water and therefore are an excellent source of dietary fiber, which makes them beneficial to those attempting to lose weight.

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The average orange provides all of the daily requirements of Vitamin C. It’s actually fiber rich, contains folate, calcium and vitamin B6. So, we can easily declare that oranges are filled with nutrients…but wait, there’s more: One orange provides about 10% of your essential daily folate intake. Vitamin b folic acid is effective in skin health and brain development. Oranges are helpful in protecting against a number of other diseases, like: arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, tuberculosis, pneumonia, rheumatism and diabetes.Magnesium along with a flavonoid called hesperidin in oranges help regulate high blood pressure levels.Mostly because of the abundance from the flavonoid polyphenols, oranges defend against viral infections. So, try eating just as much oranges during the flu season. The fibers in oranges are ideal for the digestive system and relieving constipation. Fibers also reduce cholesterol which can be useful in preventing atherosclerosis. Fibers will also be good in order to keep the sugar levels under control.Oranges are abundant with Iron and Vitamin B6, crucial in the creation of red cells within the blood, which carry oxygen from lungs to cells. Oranges also assist in preventing cancer of the lung.The high content of Vitamin C, flavonoids and phytonutrients in citrus fruits decrease the chance of cardiovascular disease. Antioxidants in oranges protect your skin from cell damage and free radicals, having anti-aging actions.

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Mango is mainly grown in tropical regions. There are numerous cultures globally which use the fruit and leaves for ritual purposes and decorations. Mangoes are extremely therapeutic for people struggling with acidity. The mango and its enzymes aids you to relieve indigestion problems. The Bio-active components including Esters, Terpenes and Aldehydes contained in mango aids to ease digestion.
Mangoes contain a high level of soluble dietary fiber pectin and vitamin C  which helps to lower LDL cholesterol levels. 
Mangoes are abundant in vitamin e which helps regulate sex hormones and boost sex drive and also enhances concentration and memory.
Mangoes are useful to children who lack concentration in studies as it contains Glutamine acid which is good to boost memory and keep cells active. A great acne remedy is simple, slice a mango into thin slices and keep it on your face for 15 minutes, then use warm water to wash your face. The mango helps clear clogged pores on your skin that cause acne. the mango is naturally rich in iron, so people suffering from anemia can consume a mango with dinner. Women that are pregnant and weak form menopause should also consume a mango a day.
A recent suggestion states, that before you go to bed put some 10 or 15 mango leaves in warm water and close it with lid. Drink it the next morning on an empty stomach, which is told to prevent cancer and heart disease, due to the high antioxidants present in the mango

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Lime is consumed internationally in sorbets, beverages, refreshing drinks, pickles, jams, jellies, snacks, candies, sugar boiled confectioneries and culinary foods. There are numerous types of lime found worldwide, specifically within the Caribbean and also the
Mediterranean. Lime is most famous for its ability to remedy scurvy with its high vitamin c content. Lime juice as well as it’s oil are extremely therapeutic for skin when consumed orally or applied externally. It rejuvenates your skin, keeps it shining, protects it from infections and reduces body odor because of presence of a large quantity of vitamin-C and Flavonoid. Lime helps stimulate the digestive system and boost secretion of digestive juices, bile and acids as well as promote the peristaltic motion. Because of this, behind having lemon pickle with lunch and dinner is definitely an time tested practice in India plus some of their neighboring countries.Lime, like some acids are utilized to clean floor and toilets. Lime is also helpful in easing constipation and helps detoxify and heal peptic and oral ulcers.

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The Ayurveda has regarded lemon as being a beneficial fruit and adored its qualities. Lemon is great for vision, pungent and astringent. It checks the unnecessary flow of bile and cleanses the mouth. It breaks up phlegm (cough) and expels wind from the digestive tract. It helps in digestion and removes constipation. It prevents vomiting, throat trouble, acidity and rheumatism. It destroys intestinal worms. Lemon-juice is a really powerful antibacterial. Many experts have proved by experiments that the bacteria of malaria, cholera, diphtheria, typhoid and other deadly diseases are destroyed in lemon-juice. Though lemon is acidic to the taste, it leaves off alkaline residues within the body. For this reason it is useful in every symptom of acidosis. It also contains some vitamin A. Natural vitamin C is much more effective than the synthetic one. Vitamin C of lemon-juice is very effective because it is combined with bioflavonoids (vitamin P). In addition to Vitamin C, lemon also contains niacin and thiamin in small amounts. Your body is well cleansed if lemon-juice combined with cold water and honey is taken on an empty stomach early in the morning. Warm water may be used occasionally to get relieved of constipation. Lemon is incredibly beneficial in maintaining the healthiness of one’s teeth and the bones. The vitamin C content of lemon helps considerably in calcium metabolism. Lemons were also used to prevent scurvy during long voyages.

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Grapes, because of their high nutrient content, play a crucial role in ensuring a wholesome and robust life.Grapes contain flavonoids which are extremely effective antioxidants, which may decrease the damage brought on by free radicals and slacken aging.The health advantages of grapes consist of its ability to deal with constipation, indigestion, fatigue, kidney disorders, macular degeneration and protection against cataract. Grapes, probably the most delicious fruits, are rich sources of vitamins A, C, B6 and folate along with essential minerals like potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and selenium. Due to its eminent therapeutic value, grapes can be used for remedy of asthma. Along with it, the assimilation power of grapes, It increases the moisture present in lungs. Grapes boost the nitric oxide levels in the blood, which prevents blood clots thereby lowering the likelihood of cardiac arrest. In addition the antioxidant present in grapes prevents the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, which blocks the blood vessels. Ripe grape juice is a vital do-it-yourself solution for stopping a migraine. It should be taken early in the morning, without mixing additional water. Grapes are very effective in overcoming constipation. They are considered as a laxative food, as they contain organic acid, sugar and cellulose. They also relieve chronic constipation by toning up intestine and stomach and also help with indigestion. Light and white grape juice help combat fatigue and concord grape juice help in the prevention of breast cancer.Grapes contain resveratrol, a beneficial polyphenol which reduces the levels of amyloidal-beta peptides in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Studies suggest that grapes can enhance brain health and stall the oncoming of neurodegenerative diseases as well as aide in preventing the loss of vision or macular degeneration. Grapes are discovered to possess strong anti cancer properties because of the anti-inflammatory effect of resveratrol present in grapes. It is particularly effective in colorectal cancer and breast cancer. Anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins contained in grapes have properties of an anti-proliferate and can inhibit the growth of cancer causing agents. Grape juice not just prevents the risk of cancer but also suppresses the growth and propagation of cancer cells. The pigments contained in grapes enhance the overall immunity of the body.

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With more than 20 types of grapefruit, they contain a high amount of vitamin A, potassium, folate, calcium, and iron. Eating grapefruit daily appears to reduce rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, as well as other inflammatory disorder symptoms. Grapefruit shields against cardiac arrest, stimulates weight loss aids to prevent strokes, battles prostate cancer and lowers cholesterol.Grapefruit juice is incredibly abundant with vitamin C and potassium. Consequently, it’s used like a medicine in scanty urination brought on by kidney, liver and heart disorders.
Citric acid of fresh grapefruit juice possess an alkaline reaction that boost the alkalinity within the body. The fruit juice has been discovered beneficial in treating many diseases brought on by too much acid in your body. Grapefruit is a great supply of pectin. Pectin is a soluble fiber that can help to reduce blood cholesterol. Pink and red grapefruits contain large quantities of lycopene. Lycopene is actually an antioxidant which is known for decreasing the chance of prostate cancer. Grapefruit stimulates appetite and posses unique ability to burn away fat, for many years people have used the fruit to lose weight. Grapefruit can help prevent and treat diabetes, eating grapefruit may assist people in losing weight which often can reduce the risk for diabetes. The pulp of grapefruit is useful for relieving constipation. When wholly taken, it supplies healthy bulk to assist bowel action. The bitter properties of grapefruit can remove the burning sensation of fever and is excellent treatment for influenza. Grapefruit contain natural ‘quinine’ utilized to help remedy malaria. This ‘quinine’ can be extracted by boiling a quarter of a grapefruit and straining the pulp.

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In this article you will find there are some pretty interesting benefits of apples, that you may not have heard of. Ever hear the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”Bone Protection
French researchers found that a flavanoid called phloridzin that is found only in apples may protect post-menopausal women from osteoporosis and may also increase bone density. Boron, another ingredient in apples, also strengthens bones. These new studies also point to a direction that apples may protect brain cells from the kind of free radical damage that may lead to Alzheimer’s disease. People who eat two apples per day may lower their cholesterol by as much as 16 percent.This makes apples a good candidate to lower your choloesterol.
According to a recent study of about 10,000 people, those who ate the most apples had a 50% lower risk of developing lung cancer. Researchers on the study believe it is due to the high level of the flavonoids quercetin and naringin in apples.
The whole idea behind an apple a day can be found in the current research at Cornell University. The research showed that
rats who ate one apple per day reduced their risk of breast cancer by 17 percent. Rats fed three apples per day reduced their risk by 39 percent and those fed six apples per day reduced their risk by 44 percent. Apples may actually be a very good source of breast cancer prevention. Studies also indicate that children who drank apple juice daily suffered from less wheezing and asthma symptoms.
The skins of apples have been shown on a study that rats which were fed an extract of the skins had a 43% lower risk of colon caner and rats had a 57% lower risk of liver cancer as well. Apples are also great for diabetes management because the pectin in apples supply galacturonic acid to the body which lowers the body’s need for insulin and may help in the management of diabetes. In closing it may be best to listen to the old saying”An apple a day keeps the doctor away”.

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May – Osteoarthritis awareness month

The most frequent type of arthritis is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis effects An estimated 27 million adults from figures based in in 2005 Although there has not been any recent studies, the numbers will more than likely be much higher. Another form of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis that effects nearly 2 million people. Luckily there are some natural options instead of heading toward the prescription route. For instance, glucosomine and chondroitin are natural components of normal cartilage. Glucosomine and chondroitin are also building blocks for cartilage and stimulate the body to make more cartilage, while easing inflammation.

MSM, is another healthy product to consider with arthritis. MSM or methylsulfonylmethane (METH-?l-sul-FON-il-METH-ane) delivers sulfur, an important building block of joints, cartilage, skin, hair and nails, and the methyl groups, which assist numerous essential biochemical functions within the body, including energy production. MSM can be a naturally-occurring nutrient present in small quantities of many foods. Being a health supplement, MSM is synthesized. When made correctly, it really is identical to that present in nature. MSM could be taken alone or in conjunction with other joint supplements, including glucosamine and chondroitin.

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Although figs are a great source of potassium, they have been a proven fruit to Help Lower High Blood Pressure.
Figs are a good source of fiber. Fiber and fiber-rich foods may possibly possess a beneficial impact on weight management. A recent study revealed women who increased fiber intake with supplements substantially lowered their energy intake, however their food cravings and satiety results did not change. Figs,such as other high fiber foods, may possibly be beneficial in a weight management program and also protect against Postmenopausal Breast Cancer.Over 50,000 women were involved in a study of postmenopausal

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Chestnuts, in contrast to other nuts and seeds, are somewhat low in calories; have less fat but are rich in minerals. Chestnuts have vitamins and phyto-nutrients that benefit health.
Chestnuts are comparable to additional starchy foods such as sweet potato, sweet corn, potatoes etc, consisting of mainly starch. However, they also contain high quality proteins.
they are plentiful in fiber and great for lowering bad cholesterol levels.
chestnuts are different form other nuts because of their nutritional contents. They are high in vitamin C and extremely rich in folates (folic acid) and a strong antioxidant.
the nuts also contain potassium, iron, calcium manganese, phosphorus and zinc.
They are rich source of mono-unsaturated fatty like oleic acid which a Mediterranean diet which is rich in dietary fiber, monounsaturated fatty acids, omega fatty acids and antioxidants help prevent coronary artery disease and strokes by favoring healthy blood lipid profile. In closing chestnuts provide 11% of niacin, 29% of pyridoxine (Vitamin B-6), 100% of thiamin, and 12% of riboflavin.

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The dietary advantages of cherries are quite big, especially when you think about their small size. Numerous health benefits of cherries tend to be associated to the natural compound that gives them their color. Anthocyanins provide blossoms, berries and other fruits the colors ranging from red to blue. Several of the greatest fruit options of anthocyanins are red grapes, chokeberry, eggplant and, of course, cherries. These pigments attract pollinators, act as a “sunscreen” and protect the plant from radicals formed by UV light, so they act as antioxidants. The antioxidant benefits are transferred to people when the fruits or vegetables are eaten.
Anthocyanins in cherries also are natural anesthetics and anti-inflammatory. They will inhibit the creation of COX-2 enzymes, just like non-prescription and prescription anesthetics. All-natural anti-inflammatories are viewed to relieve the potential risk of various kinds of cancer. But, there are other nutritional advantages of cherries.
The Anthocyanins found in cherries are used by the body to produce essential amino acids. As antioxidants, they will shield the cells of the body from the harmful, aging and disease creating impacts of oxygen, nitrogen and UV radiation.Cherries also contain melatonin, which is another natural pain reliever and COX-2 inhibitor. Melatonin also helps to regulate sleep and used as a natural sleep aid. Study shows decreased levels of melatonin have been connected with cardiovascular disease and elevated cancer rates in night workers. Your body produces melatonin but only at night time.

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Cantaloupe is an excellent source of vitamin A because of its concentrated beta-carotene content. Beta-carotene can be converted into vitamin A once inside the body. So any time you consume cantaloupe it’s like receiving both these favorable nutrients at once. One cup of cantaloupe is merely 56 calories, however provides over 100% of the daily value for vitamin A. Together vitamin A and beta-carotene are important vision nutrients. In a study of over 50,000 women nurses aged 45 to 67, women who consumed the highest dietary amount of vitamin A had a 39% reduced risk of developing cataracts. In another study that looked at the incidence of cataract surgery and diet, researchers found that those people who ate diets that included cantaloupe had half the risk of cataract surgery, while those who ate the highest amounts of butter, salt and total fat had higher risks for cataract surgery. Beta-carotene has also been the subject of extensive research in relationship to cancer prevention and prevention of oxygen-based damage to cells. Cantaloupe helps with damage from oxygen free radicals and also high in vitamin C. The vitamin C in cantaloupe stimulates the white blood cells to kill bacteria and viruses. In closing cantaloupe is also high in potassium which helps in bone health and people who are involved in sports to protect against muscle deterioration.

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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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