1. There are about 30 different species of blueberries
  2. Blueberries are native to many parts of the world, especially in the Northern Hemisphere – North America, Europe, and Asia
  3. They are a very good source of Vitamin C, soluble fiber and insoluble fiber
  4. The health benefits are mainly due to the anthocyanidins which are amazing antioxidants. Tufts University rated 60 different fruits and vegetables for the antioxidant capability and blueberries had the highest rating.
  5. Blueberries for the brain – the antioxidant activity may protect against Alzheimer’s disease.
  6. They are used to improve vision and protect against age-related macular degeneration and may protect against cataracts.
  7. They help with urinary tract health. Blueberries have the same compounds that are found in cranberries that stop E. coli from binding to the urinary tract which is the most common cause of urinary tract infections
  8. Blueberries are also traditionally used to treat both diarrhea and constipation. They help with constipation because of the fiber and they help with diarrhea because they contain tannins with help to firm up loose stools.
  9. Don’t wash blueberries until just before eating. Washing will remove the substance on the skin that keeps it from degradation.
  10. When using frozen berries in recipes that don’t require cooking, thaw the berries first before using. If using them in cooked recipes, use unthawed berries to maximize their flavour.
  11. Bonus number 11! Have you been to Blueberry Hills Farm? http://www.blueberryhillsfarm.ca/  Pick your own blueberries from their pesticide-free patch.

Source – The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods – by Michael Murray N.D.