Superfood’s Wild Blueberries

With an impressive list of potential health benefits, antioxidant-rich wild blueberries hit No. 2 on the Top 10 list of America’s Healthiest Superfoods for Women.

| February 5, 2010

Maine is the No. 1 producer of wild blueberries.

Maine is the No. 1 producer of wild blueberries.

courtesy the Wild Blueberry Association of North America

Portland, Maine – In recent good news for health-conscious consumers, Health magazine has named wild blueberries high on its list of “America’s Healthiest Superfoods for Women.” The feature, running in the magazine’s January/February 2010 issue, singles out wild blueberries’ impressive variety of potential health benefits, including preventing memory loss, improving motor skills, lowering blood pressure, and fighting wrinkles.

“If berries are nutritional treasures, wild blueberries are the crown jewels … truly one of nature’s ultimate antiaging foods,” according to the feature, which gave wild blueberries the No. 2 slot on its Superfoods list. Health editors recommend that readers mix in wild blueberries with their daily berries servings “as much as possible” for their many health benefits, and point readers to the frozen fruit aisle of supermarkets for the healthy frozen version available every season of the year.

A native North American berry, wild blueberries grow naturally in Downeast Maine and Canada. The state of Maine is by far the No. 1 producer in the world, growing more than 90 million pounds in recent years. Sweet and tangy wild blueberries – as opposed to their cultivated counterpart – have been found to have a higher level of antioxidants than most other fruits by USDA research findings and by such respected publications as the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, having long been prized for their nutritional properties. The delicious, pearl-sized berries may help boost immune systems and help guard against cell damage associated with cancer, heart disease, damage from stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and the effects of aging for both men and women.

The recent Health article on America’s Healthiest Superfoods further builds on wild blueberries’ stellar reputation in the health and flavor arena. The magazine reports that when Cornell University scientists recently devised a new method of testing the antioxidant activity in foods, wild blueberries scored the highest marks.

“This is impressive. Wild blueberries have become a bona fide icon for healthy foods, plain and simple,” says Dr. Steven Pratt, senior staff ophthalmologist at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California, world-renowned nutrition authority, and author of the best-selling SuperFoods Rx series of books.

“Of particular interest has been watching the rise of frozen wild blueberries, where the frozen version of the fruit is every bit as nutritious as the fresh off the field.”

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