Blueberry fruits are round, light blue to dark blue, and around 1/2 inch in diameter. Eventhough blue berry is mostly consumed as fresh fruit and juice, it is also used as ingredient to make sauces, drinks, and desserts.
Blueberry is a natural and rich source of antioxidants. Blue berry antioxidants include flavonoids (catechin, epicatechin), anthocyanin (which gives the blue pigment to the fruit), beta-carotene, phenolic compounds and ellagic acid (ellagitannin). Blue berry is high in antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin E, A and C. It is also a good source of dietary fiber.
Health benefit of blueberry
Because of the high antioxidant content, dietary fiber and other nutrients, blueberry is known to have great health benefits. Several researches indicate blueberry's potential anti-aging and anti-inflammatory effects. It may also delay or prevent onset of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases such as memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease. Health benefits of blueberry may be explained by the capacity of its antioxidants to scavenge free-radicals which are causes for age-related human diseases.
List of nutrients and their content in blue berry
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