SAN DIEGO, May 31, 2016 — Delicious and beautiful blue-purple hued blueberries are one of America’s favorite fruits.
Pleasing to the palate and low in calories, blueberries are considered a springtime superfood.
Along with only 84 calories per cup, a serving of blueberries contains 4 grams of fiber, 24 percent of the RDA for Vitamin C, 36 percent of the RDA for Vitamin K, and 25 percent of the RDA for manganese.
They may also provide significant protection from the damage caused by free radicals and are considered to have one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants of all commonly known fruits and vegetables.
Blueberries are thought to protect the body against cancer, aging, high blood pressure, heart disease, urinary tract infections and more.
In fact, there are some who believe that blueberries just might be the key to the fountain of youth!
In a study conducted by James Joseph, Ph.D., scientist at the Laboratory of Neuroscience at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Research Center Aging at Tufts University, and published in Vitamin Shoppe’s Amazing Wellness, it was found that feeding lab animals extracts of blueberries helped stimulate neuron function and communication in their brains.
Joseph speculates that the polyphenols found in blueberries would “turn on” the signals in their brains, stimulating old neurons to talk with each other similarly to neurons that are young.
Stimulating neuron communication helps sharpen memory and improves the brain-processing necessary for maintaining balance and coordination.
Blueberries contain antioxidants called anthocyanins, which are responsible for improving the ability to learn and enhancing memory.
Finding new and exciting ways to add blueberries to the daily diet is easy and has delicious, as well as healthful, consequences.
Dr. Ann G. Kulze’s blueberry crumble is a healthy dessert that is loaded with blueberries. http://www.drannwellness.com/article66.cfm
- 6 cups blueberries (or berries of choice), fresh or frozen
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar (or sugar substitute)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon, divided
- 2/3 cup whole-wheat flour (or gluten free substitute)
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat an 8-inch square (or 2-quart) deep baking dish with cooking spray. Toss berries with granulated sugar, lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a large bowl. Transfer to the prepared baking dish, cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, combine flour, oats, brown sugar and the remaining cinnamon in a medium bowl. Mix to blend. Stir in oil and nuts; toss well until evenly moistened and clumpy. Remove the foil from the baking dish and scatter the topping evenly over the berries. Bake uncovered until the topping has browned and the fruit is soft and bubbling, about 30 minutes more.
Serve warm. Makes six servings.
Looking for more ways to add the beauty and benefits of blueberries to daily life?
Consider adding a handful of blueberries on morning cereal, toss into a salad, float them in a bowl of punch, add them to a dessert such as ice cream and sorbet or simply grab a handful and enjoy!
Blueberry juice is an easy way to enjoy the great taste and health benefits while on the run.
Look no further for the fountain of youth–blueberries just might be the long-awaited discovery.
Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!
Laurie Edwards-Tate, MS, is a health care provider of over 32 years. As a featured “Communities Digital News” columnist, LifeCycles with Laurie Edwards-Tate emphasizes healthy aging and maintaining independence, while delighting and informing its readers. Laurie is a recognized expert in home and community-based, long-term care services, and is also an educator.
In addition to writing for “Communities Digital News,” Laurie is the President and CEO of her firm, At Your Home Familycare, which serves persons of all ages who are disabled and infirm with a variety of non-medical, in-home care and concierge services.
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