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. Blueberry antioxidants include flavonoids (catechin, epicatechin), anthocyanin (which gives the blue pigment to the fruit), beta-carotene, phenolic compounds and ellagic acid (ellagitannin). Blueberry is high in antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin E, A and C. It is also a good source of dietary fiber.

Health Benefits 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 can be causes for age-related human diseases.

Blueberry also helps lower LDL cholesterol (a cause for stroke and cardiovascular heart disease), reduce the risk of urinary tract infection, and improve eye vision.

List of nutrients and their content in blueberry

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