A Berry Good Idea
They're happy little do-gooders, with their health saving ways, and their bright and cheery image. Just seeing them in the morning can lift your spirits. Blueberries
are pleasing fruits, whether you eat them plain, sprinkle them on your cereal or use them in a low-fat dessert.
But tasty as they are, their real benefit is to your health. Loaded with antioxidants, which keep dangerous free radicals in check, the blueberry has been shown to be beneficial to health. Researchers know that antioxidants help thwart some cancers and heart disease. And researchers at Tufts University found that feeding blueberry extract to animals helped improve their memory and mental agility.
It's probably the anthocyanin and other natural plant compounds called phytochemicals that make blueberries so healthy. Wild Blueberries, like their European cousins, bilberries, have very high concentrations of anthocyanin.
Once the season is over for fresh blueberries, you can still find the frozen version at your grocer's. Or you can use dried blueberries (The Healthy Basket.com
includes dried blueberries from Wisconsin in its gourmet food baskets). And bilberries are available in an extract available in most health food stores.
Cranberries also are beneficial to health... known for their ability to help protect the urinary tract from infection. Compounds in the cranberry, called proanthocyanidins or condensed tannins, prevent certain bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract and causing those painful infections. The Healthy Basket
also includes dried cranberry fruit/nut mixes in baskets, too.
For healthy gifting, sending tasty products with blueberries will put send a happy, healthy message to lucky recipients.
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